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Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:41 AM PDT

Best analogy of the GOP shutdown

by dopper0189

So, Imagine that the company you work for held a poll, and asked everyone if they thought it would be a good idea to put a soda machine in the break room. The poll came back, and the majority of your colleagues said “Yes”, indicating that they would like a soda machine. Some said no, but the majority said yes. So, a week later, there’s a soda machine.

Now imagine that Bill in accounting voted against the soda machine. He has a strong hatred for caffeinated soft drinks, thinks they are bad you you, whatever. He campaigns throughout the office to get the machine removed. Well, management decides “OK, we’ll ask again” and again, the majority of people say “Yes, lets keep the soda machine.”

Bill continues to campaign, and management continues to ask the employees, and every time, the answer is in favor of the soda machine. This happens, lets say… 35 times. Eventually, Bill says “OK, I’M NOT PROCESSING PAYROLL ANYMORE UNTIL THE SODA MACHINE IS REMOVED”, so nobody will get paid unless management removes the machine.

What should we do???

Answer: Fire Bill and get someone who will do the f*cking job.

Bonus: Bill tells everyone that he was willing to “Negotiate”, to come to a solution where everyone got their payroll checks, but only so long as that negotiation capitulated to his demand to remove the soda machine.

Bill is a f*cking jackass.



Have a problem with the title to my diary? Which word in it? Was it one of them, all of them, or none of them? Because it seems we now have a front page diary that contains the phrase Niggaz as well as a front pager who regularly drops Niggaz in comments. Because if I may quote  "The young people these days don't attach any stigma to the word, and I'm well aware of that. Here in New York, all races use it among themselves." Really? Is that the now the standard on Daily Kos front pages? Comments are one thing in of themselves, but front pages?

Young people also use terms like Bitches, calling something they don't like "gay" (while at the same time being very pro-marriage equality) all without attaching any stigma to it. Don't believe? Just Google "Niggaz be like" and "bitches be like" and you'll see stuff like this:

Images intended as off color humor. My question is our community standard now whatever the "kool kidz are doing is kool wit me doe?"

Because just as battle of the too common usage "on the street" of the term Niggaz and Bitches is being waged, there has been a parallel battle being fought just as hard to stop people from saying "that's so gay", when what they really mean to say is "that's so horrible". I bring that up because people not "connected" to the black community and the N-word battle have all heard about that fight.

We have all heard (mostly) young woman referring to their friends lovingly as a "bad bitches". We all know that Black people saying: "that right there is my nigga" and people seeing something lame and saying: "that's so gay!" is something that happens every day. It's just like some exclaiming "that's fucking awesome" without attaching any sexual meaning to it, even though the expression itself is profane. The question I'm asking everyone reading this diary, is do we as community want these expressions as regular features by people who have such a large voice in our community?  Should Daily Kos be a place where diarists write that Congress tried to "Jew the President down" on spending just because "people on the street" use that expression?  All the expressions mentioned above aren't used literally by the majority of people who utter them.

Just to make sure I'm clear, the "kids these days are saying it" can be used as an excuse to offend every group and everyone on Daily Kos. If it's no big deal to use once common expressions the kids are using, why not use all their common terms? Since the "kids say them" is the justification for constantly saying one of them, why not all of them?
If you want to be "real," the cats in the hood dropping terms like Niggaz everyday are also dropping bitches, and using gay (or the f-slur) to describe crap they don't like. Go ahead and name me a real hood where these cats only drop Nigga and not the other two. Why only only be partially "authentic"?  
I can hear the some of retorts now to Niggaz. "But, but, but....... the kids these days use it and it doesn't mean the same thing" and "rappers use it all the time." Well, folks, I can tell you for a fact dropping the N-word isn't something the kids just started doing. I heard it as a kid, I'm sure black members of Daily Kos older than me have heard it as children. Even in popular culture remember NWA dropped their first big crossover album in 1988! that's 25 years ago folks, and no MWA didn't invent black folks calling each other the "n-word". In fact if you go back and read black news papers, court documents, and other articles of history, you can find black people using the word COON in the same way, many now use Niggaz.
The Indianapolis Freeman’s Sylvester Russell, its main drama critic, knew his racism quite well and staged a sit-in sixty years before they became common. He had no use for “nigger.” Yet he casually noted in 1904 that “The Negro race has no objections to the word “coon.” And in his time, “ace boon coon” was current slang among blacks for “best friend”--and is still used in warm irony now in some black quarters.

To be sure, the word elicited controversy just as nigger does now. The following year Russell interviewed black stage composer superstar Bob Cole, who was dedicated to showing whites blacks’ dignity by doing his vaudeville act in black tie and writing gem-like “genteel” songs (the one with any resonance today is “Under the Bamboo Tree”). Cole said “The word ‘coon’ is very insinuating and must soon be eliminated.”

But then, Cole had no problem with, of all things, “darkey”!

The upshot of this gaslight-era ethnic lexicography is, quite simply, plus ça change.

The reason one might feel that one has been hearing the black use of the N-word “lately” is because one has heard rap only “lately,” and because only “lately” has there been a regular string of black stand-up comedy shows on television and black comedy films. Before all this, the same stuff was going on, just largely unrecorded--i.e. in spoken language, always thriving, be it on the streets of Detroit or Kiryas Joel.

Yeah, I know the kids want to believe they invented the world, but this has been going on a long, long, long, time. Yeah, and not to keep flashing back, but these same rappers are dropping bitches in their songs and they aren't always using it as a slur. So why draw the distinction and not use both?

OK I think I made my point. So let's get to the meat of it. Why did I write this diary and what do I want to come out this?

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Should 10 year old children be handcuffed? What about 7 year old children? Or 6 year old children? This isn't a theoretical question. This also isn't a question be asked about children in some foreign sounding distant land. Furthermore it's not a question you're being asked in reference to children with diagnosed mental impairments that could lead them to hurt themselves.

Unfortunately this is a question concerning children being detained and handcuffed, often for hours without parental notification, right here in the USA.

Maybe this first picture doesn't disturb you, maybe you can rationalize it based on the physical size of the child, or that it's just Mississippi:


But what about this next 7 year old child?


        7 year old Wilson Reyes, published with permission from his mother Frances Mendez

Maybe you're still rationalizing it. This young man did after all get into a scuffle on the playground, and he was being a bully. Maybe you think he should be taught a lesson.

Well then how do you justify this one?

             Jmyha Rickman published with her mother's permission

This young lady's crime was throwing a tantrum in elementary school. For that she was literally thrown in the slammer.

More below the orange fleur-de-lis thingy.

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One picture says it all....

                                              Photo courtesy of Stephen Crowley/The New York Times


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I've often been struck by something that I've seen occur far too often in progressive organizations. At some point a revelation strikes someone they look up and realize "this organization doesn't reflect the diversity of progressives in America". There is a long history of this from Labor Unions and first wave feminist nearly a century ago, to Yearly Kos (NetRoot Nations precuser) and Occupy Wall St. today. Over and over progressive organization seem to constantly confront this "what's happening" moment. Why?

This being Dr. Martin Luther King Day I thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit this question, I originally posted a shorter version of this diary in Black Kos, but today I wanted to reach a broader audience, that my not feel "comfortable" going there. I also wanted to expound on the issues I raised there more. So the question then becomes two fold: Why do movements that grow out of progressive ideals lack the actual diversity of progressives in America? Secondly what to do about?


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The lastest creative use of President Obama's race by his political opponents Rick Santorum suggested that Obama should be pro-life because he's black. Conservatives are shamelessly attempting to racialize the abortion debate because the prolife base of older white evangelical rural voters is shrinking.

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The PNP (People's National Party) lead by Portia Simpson-Miller which is the liberal party in Jamaica is poised to win today's election in Jamaica, defeating the conservative administration of the JLP (the Jamaican Labor Party) and Prime Minister Holness.*

In what many are finding a remarkable stance Mrs. Simpson-Miller has advocated not only the overturning of Jamaica statutes banning homosexuality (buggery laws) but that she would be open to having gays serve in her administration.

Jamaica is still a country with a long way to go in improving the human rights situation of it's GLBT citizens but tonight at least all those believe in human rights for all can celebrate this victory.

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As most people know a great number of people have been boycotting Daily Kos for the last week in both a protest to the tone of the discourse on Daily Kos, and to show solidarity with some of the banned members who got caught up in the ensuing Purge of 2011.

But in many ways boycotting was the easy part. It drew attention to the issues, and made a number of people take a step back, and do some self reflection. But now comes the real work, the hard part, how do we fix this? How do we address the underlying issues so things don't degenerate and spin out of control the way they did. Daily Kos is both a sounding board and center of debate, so let's not be under any illusions that heated debates won't erupt here. Heated debates are in many ways good for our party, our movement, and this site, it's where ideas get hashed out in between elections. The question becomes, how to we channel these energies into ways that build our movement not into one that tears it apart? Because this is just the latest in a long number of meta wars that have continued to do damage to this site.

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This video from just blew my mind. Was shared with me on Facebook by author and scientist (and D Kos member) David Brin.

Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.

Kind of makes you think.........


Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 05:53 AM PDT

Happy Birthday "Troublemaker"

by dopper0189

On July 18th 1918 to the Xhosa people of Southern Africa, once was born a child named Rolihlahla.

Rolihlahla in the Xhosa language means "to pull a branch of a tree", or more colloquially "troublemaker".  Rolihlahla's paternal great-grandfather Ngubengcuka (who died in 1832), ruled as the Inkosi Enkhulu, or king, of the Thembu people. However, because he was only the Inkosi's child by a wife of the Ixhiba clan (the so-called "Left-Hand House"), the descendants of his branch of the royal family were not eligible to succeed to the Thembu throne.  

Rolihlahla's father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, served as chief of the town of Mvezo. However, upon alienating the colonial authorities, they deprived Mphakanyiswa of his position, and moved his family to Qunu.  It seems chief Mphakanyiswa, had a little Rolihlahla or "troublemaker" in him.

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Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 01:35 PM PDT

DEFUNDING Conservatism Part 2

by dopper0189

In DEFUNDING Conservatism Part 1 I explored the grand idea connecting attacks from the political right on progressive institutions. While many on the left correctly call attacks on public sector unions and legal decisions like "Citizens United" and the "Walmart class action case" class warfare, and correctly call the Herman Cain talk radio lead cries to protect against "sharia law" signs of religious bigotry, they are also missing the larger point. What these attacks have in common is they help to build a narrative aimed at defunding the major sources of financing for progressive causes.

In the 1990's Karl Rove researched who "funds" Liberals and Democrats. He realized that the majority of funding (80%) for progressive cause came from 3 source. Unions, trial lawyers, and "Jews" (this is his finding). So he helped author plans to kick out 3 of these legs by breaking public sector unions, limiting class action suits, and to breaking the "special relationship" between Jews and the Democratic Party.

I then began to outline a strategy that is aimed not so much at preventing attacks on progressive institutions, but launching a counter attack on the political rightwing's sources of funding. In part one I explored using state ballot initiatives to break the power of corporate money at the state level, and to a lesser extent at the federal level. But in many ways cutting back on corporate money is the "easy" part as a sizable number of blue collar conservatives support these actions. But breaking the next leg of conservative money is much harder because it's a mirror image of this problem.

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Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM PDT

DEFUNDING Conservatism Part 1

by dopper0189

I've been batting this diary around for along time. The way I see it those of us on the left have been playing short term defense for too long, because too many of us fail to understand the long term offensive plans of modern conservatism. Today's radical conservatives don't just want to "win" they want to prevent the left from being able to return to power in any meaningful way. Attacks on ACORN, Union busting, trying to tie Democrats to sharia law, pushing for government funding of for profit Universities, limiting class action law suits are all tied to one master idea.

                       >>>>>> DEFUNDING THE LEFT <<<<<<<<

In the 1990's Karl Rove researched who "funds" Liberals and Democrats. He realized that the majority of funding (80%) for progressive cause came from 3 source. Unions, trial lawyers, and "Jews" (this is his finding). So he helped author plans to kick out 3 of these legs by breaking public sector unions, limiting class action suits, and to breaking the "special relationship" between Jews and the Democratic Party. The fourth and more recent strategy is to break the "brains" of progressive ideas by attacking academia by promoting for profit "non-research" Universities (professors teach and don't do research on inconvenient things like global warming, classism and sexism).

The Swift Boat Veterans for Lies is but a tiny piece of a schematic Rove has been carrying in his head since his salad days in Texas. Bush's Brain will die happy the day he achieves his two greatest goals. The first of these is to turn the U.S. into what is fundamentally a one-party system. Secondly, he wants the federal government to have so little money that it can do nothing to get in the way of business interests; nor will it be able to sustain any kind of socially progressive assistance for disadvantaged Americans.

His desire to destroy the Democratic Party is not about fair play politics. Rove sees a country where there is only symbolic opposition and democracy is more of a "Potemkin Village" show than an actually tallying of votes and a discussion of issues. He and the Republicans believe they know what is best for America. They do not consider ideas from the left or the center. Those people are simply wrong to them.

Of course, the irony is lost on Rove and his henchmen that a one-party nation, at the worst, turns us into something akin to a communist country or, as a minimum, the pseudo-democracy maintained for decades by Mexico.

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