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Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM PDT

Racist E-mails from Republicans

by Karma for All

I am sick to death of Republicans denying their racism even as they are passing around testimonies of this amongst one another.  I am going to start compiling these e-mails in a public place.  Romney et. al. are dog-whistling for these barely concealed racists.  I am so angry that I want to publish the distribution list, but I can't because my husband will not disassociate himself from one of them, as it is his own father.  

I have no patience for this.  I have already been branded and pretty much put aside as not part of their race by these people as a yankee/liberal/woman/not white enough/educated person.  I am so glad to not be recognized as a member of their group.  

There have been increasingly cray-cray e-mails from them in the past few months, beginning with a calling out of the Black Caucus as racist, then going on to pictures of black mothers surrounded with children that are living off of them, a picture of a little black girl with two middle fingers up that said, "F*** you, my daddy says get off your ass and get back to work so he don't have to," a picture of a horse's backside next to the president in a series of pictures showing before and after make-up, a bunch of loony gun e-mails, sexist e-mails showing Hillary Clinton photoshopped onto a photo of a woman wearing a thong bathing suit, and homophobic e-mails, like the one showing a picture of a trans-gender man with a "sunscreen warning" on it.  I wish I had some of these to post, but I have to admit that for awhile we have been handling my fury at them by double deleting.  

My husband, because his dad abandoned him when he was three, cannot reiterate to the man, his wife, and their pack of smarmy friends that we do not want these e-mails. He just hasn't gotten beyond the childhood trauma and fear to this day and will concede anything to keep him around.  

I usually just delete the e-mails as they fall off automatically from our mail, but realized when watching the dog-whistling go on that many people haven't seen the scum that is being shared.  And so I'm keeping them here.  These are amongst some of the tamer e-mails, but I still wouldn't advise reading them, unless you are forced to try to figure out how the lunatics tic like we are, unfortunately.  My apologies to everyone.

Aside from wanting to share the crud, lest there be any doubt that this is what we're dealing with in the GOP, this is therapy for me.   They send it, I post it.  

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I was not raised with guns, they're not a part of my culture, and my dad was never a hunter when he brought us up.  I did hear stories about his hunting as a young boy in the aftermath of the depression to feed his family.  His mom was a widow and they were very poor.  I will not list all of the unsavory things they consumed.  He also hunted mink a very long time ago to sell to Sears Roebuck for cash.  My dad laughed when he told us these stories, but they were serious to me, even as a child.  They've kept me humble about life, and I often think about them when I try to contemplate just what the deal is with gun ownership for people.  Because of his stories I never really understood what would compel people who didn't need to to go out and hunt, but I do know that this is my perception.  There are other families who have hunting as part of a tradition.  It's just not my thing.  


Have you spent most of your life feeling safe without a gun?

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Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday – a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating.
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Who is most likely to be hedging against the downgrade/default?  

Investors are spending $4.8 billion to hedge against the possibility that credit rating agencies will downgrade U.S. debt--or worse, that the U.S. actually will default.

I'll leave that debate to people who have more experience in investments as I've spent most of my life without money and don't know the ins and outs of Wall Street.

Common sense has told me from the beginning though that the Tea Party, which is a frankenstein of wedge issues, is the tool for GOP cash.  And so, if you follow that logic it would make perfect sense that they would stamp their feet until they got a phony crisis (ala Shock Doctrine) to somehow profit.  


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Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:42 PM PDT

Death of a City

by Karma for All

Last week a parent in our dying city drove her four babes into the freezing waters of the Hudson, one escaped.

In a past life, in the first minutes of the year 2000...full of hope for the millenium, I brought my babes to the same boat landing and set floating candles on the water.  To make it a memorable evening for all of us, we brought a little boom box and played Loreena McKennit as we watched our candles float down the river.:

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

At the time the song was meant to create a touchstone for our little family, to a time when life seemed peaceful and significant.  It was the turn of the century, before 9/11, before the wars, before the recession.  There was something about being alive to see the new century.  

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Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 02:16 PM PST

Poverty and Obama

by Karma for All

The Obama administration is focused intently on easing poverty, more so than perhaps any administration since the mid-1960s. But there’s more to be done if we want live up to the belief that all Americans should have a real opportunity to build economic security.

Barbara Blum is the former President of MDRC and former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.

So, after reading some diaries today based on a premise offerd by Charles Blow in his editorial here,

and asking questions that went unanswered, I decided to answer the question "What about the poor?" as posed to the Obama administration on dKos with a little research on my own.  I went to, a blog that devotes a good deal of time to the subject matter and found the above quote.

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Hi everyone, this diary is more of a discussion thread based on this premise:

The Republican party is moving toward extinction as it becomes the party of exclusivity.  As the tea-bagger people come forward they make it clear that they are determined to work against the "other" they perceive in society.  These are exclusions based on race, sex, socio-economic background, culture, heritage, religion, and more.

The Democratic party is and must continue to frame itself as the growing party of inclusion.  This means we are willing to listen to all viewpoints, and include all of America and our global community in all of our considerations.  It should be an easy thing to show that we are the party of American ideals and represent what freedom actually is.  This means we will always be the majority in America for as long as people believe that our country does not exclude people based on the narrow-minded parameters of the Republican party.  

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 at 09:58 AM PDT

Diary of a future burn-out II

by Karma for All

I've decided to continue my adventures in this school year in a series.  Here is a diary I wrote in desperation this week:

Consider this diary a continuation of my plea.

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Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 03:57 AM PDT

Diary of a future burn-out

by Karma for All

I came to dKos in utter frustration this morning.  What follows is a long comment from another diary.  I am sorry it is unedited, but I am running right now.

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This morning President Obama signed this:

Another victory: Student loan reform

The reforms that President Obama signed into law include historic investments to make education more affordable, and deliver on another key campaign promise. The legislation:

•Ends subsidies to special-interest private lending companies
•Doubles funding for Pell Grants to help more students afford a college education
•Will cap a graduate’s annual student loan repayments at 10 percent of his or her income
•Helps an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees and certificates over the next decade, by revitalizing programming at our nation's community colleges

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Youth violence in the city I teach in has reached crisis proportion.  Yet another 17 year old was stabbed just yesterday near our high school.  Last month an entire day of instruction was lost after a 13 year old stabbed another 17 year old to death just before Dr. King's birthday.  I have been heartsick over the way my students experience childhood in these times, and things have gotten worse as poverty increases.

Today I read an article in the local paper that let me know President Obama is on it.

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Less than a month ago President Obama used one adverb to truthfully describe the behavior of the police in the Gates issue.  The entire right wing absolutely flipped out over it.  It was all over every news station.  There were people everywhere decrying it, police in the streets, posters even here caught up in that one word.  Why?  Because Obama is our first black President and all of America was watching to see if he would slip up in any way and reveal any part of his blackness in the matter that occured because of the system of racism most of us have all grown up in.  

Yesterday a white man walked over to a black woman, pulled a picture of Rosa Parks out of her hands, and tore it up on film.  And now we must silence and excuse.  I'm not having any of that.  I have spent two days now alarmed at the undertones of racism, doing my best to diary about how white people contribute to racism in this country in subtle ways.  I've tried different approaches, but none could possibly work as well as what I've just heard Claire McCaskill say on national television.    


Is there racism involved in any part of this issue, from the act itself to this reply?

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