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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 11:52 PM PDT

SAE = Racism is Taught & Exists

by pbsloop

I admit it, the part of me that went to college with frat boys is very happy to see any of them get punished for being jerks, but I worry that many are going too far in their calls for punishment.  Expulsion from school. Death threats. Social media vilification. It's all happening fast for them. And it's easy for all of us to jump aboard on that train.

I worry, though, that we are scapegoating them and letting the real culprits off the hook.

And already we are getting the obligatory apologies that including statements that so and so is "not racist."

How do we go beyond a conversation about whether Adam Kemp (the "not racist" guy from above) or Parker Rice (BTW he is also “a good guy and NOT a racist.”) does or does not have hate in their heart? How do we go to a larger conversation about how these young people learned racism?

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The Blood Libel slip is not the first time Sarah Palin has waded into the waters of anti-Semitism. I don't know if it is intentional or not (I personally believe it is unintentional), but it may, in fact, very well be her signature issue.

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I am a Christian and I am not an expert in anti-semitism by any stretch. That said, it is painfully obvious to me that anti-semitism and its basic mechancial structure is one of the major forces in play in today's politics. This week, Glenn Beck brought this more out into the open.

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Every time Progressives bash Sarah Palin, George Bush, etc on grammar we weaken our movement and thus people, animals, our planet die a little more.

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This case seems similar to the one where Fox news had to admit it does not actually care for the truth to win its court case.

The legal structure of the DLC forbids it from helping a party. Instead the DLC is forced to admit that its purpose is to promote its corporatist agenda rather than help promote real change.

DLC dismisses exempt status attack by IRS

"The Internal Revenue Service said the nonprofit organization became an advocacy group for elected Democrats and demanded payment for three years of back taxes."

"[T]he IRS could revoke the organization's nonprofit status for future tax exemptions if it benefited only one political party, namely Democrats. "

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Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 09:29 AM PDT

DLC under fire from IRS

by pbsloop

I write this with a heavy sense of irony. One the one hand it is great to the DLC under fire from the IRS. On the other hand, the IRS's case is based on the idea that the DLC is helping get democrats elected. The upshot is that the DLC is now forced to make the case that its purpose is to advocate for its agenda not to help the Democratic party.

DLC dismisses exempt status attack by IRS

"The Internal Revenue Service said the nonprofit organization became an advocacy group for elected Democrats and demanded payment for three years of back taxes."

"[T]he IRS could revoke the organization's nonprofit status for future tax exemptions if it benefited only one political party, namely Democrats. "

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Human Rights Watch just published a study describing Walmart's anti-union activities. The amazing part is the clips from the walmart training videos

Some highlights of the "training" video...

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I work in nonprofit finance. I think nonprofits are great. I give to nonprofits. For Katrina, I donated through the blog world and at my church. I  watched the star-studded telethons and even the no-defense NBA All-star type relief game. I did my patriotic duty right? No

Here are the facts- framed as if everything is great...

philanthropy.com :


    The Chronicle of Philanthropy

September 17, 2005

Donations for Hurricane Recovery Pass $1-Billion

American charities have raised $1.06-billion to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The pace of giving is unprecedented in American history. In the two weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Americans donated $558-million to charitable causes, and in the two and a half weeks after the tsunamis hit, major American relief groups raised $406-million.

While this is great that people are giving money, let's not forget that $1 billion is not that much when compared with a $200 million price tag...

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Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 03:12 PM PDT

Mexican immigration scare

by pbsloop

A recent diary about Gov. Dean said this...

www.dailykos.com :

Gov. Dean asked us, "What will they use in 2006?" Illegal immigration. It's already begun. Schwarzeneggar has said he will invite the minutemen to California, to patrol the borders there. Illegal immigration will be presented as the threat to the American people.

Sounds kind of kooky? But I think the marching orders may have been sent out...My recent GOP USA email ( I don't know why I read it either)....had this as the top article of the day:

www.gopusa.com :

Border Patrol Breakdown: Murder Suspect Fled Back to Mexico

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It's that time of the year again- Black History Month. We get to reflect on our nation's (not so great) history of racism! Woo-hoo. As a white person (and former ditto head myself) I didn't care and thought it was for nothing. Then as a nice sweet white liberal I thought it was cool but not neccessary. But now I know better! Progressives must fight for a proper account of racism. Here's why (as I try to chanel Howard Zinn...)...
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Wed Dec 22, 2004 at 12:48 PM PST

Newsmax readers in pain

by pbsloop

Interesting to watch as hard right Newsmax and GOPUSA readers cheer on their leaders to attack....Republicans!

"Oh my god- Maybe there is a reason Alan Keyes got 2% of the vote...No No No...Can't be...Are Republicans not all facists?...No No No... Can't be," you can hear them say.

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Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 07:05 AM PST

Reframing Abortion?

by pbsloop

Hi-

I did GOTV in Ohio and was stunned by the amount of people that told me that they were going to vote for Bush simply because of Kerry's stance on abortion. I also read my George Lakoff and think we can re-frame the issue in a way that people will understand.

Anyway here is my shot at the issues and how we can win back this issue....

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Can abortion be reframed so that pro-lifers can come back to the Democratic party?

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