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Since this is a positive development, I, of course, have not seen this diaried on this site, except in Black Kos.  I wanted to highlight this historic development, as it is one of the only significant financial settlements that tacitly acknowledge  the second enslavement of African-Americans under Jim Crow, and of the betrayal of Native Americans through policies that stripped them of their lands.
I believe this is a monumental step in a generations old fight.  President Obama will get to sign the settlement owed to Native American and Black Farmers.

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Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 10:33 PM PST

Where is David Addington?

by vmm918

The Devil has an attorney and his name is David Addington....

He was the contemptuous, evil architect of the legal scaffolding that set up the U S torture chambers and assisted the Bush/Cheney administration in destroying and politicizing the DOJ.  He was Gonzales'  puppetmaster and Dick Cheney's consigliere....

Where is he now?

(Jacob Heilbrun reported in August in the National Interest)

Just wanted people to remember where his lair is....

Front Organizations. The next development, is the creation of front organizations designed to give outward, institutional credibility to the lies.  This development begins to create a separate world in which the sympathizers can belong and move in without being challenged by "facts" that conflict with the believed lies.  These organizations are usually created with a great deal of anonymity and obscurity.  These organizations serve as the facade of the totalitarian movement to the nontotalitarian world and as the facade of this world to the inner hierarchy of the movement.

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Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 08:05 PM PST

Our President's Statement on DADT:

by vmm918

I did not see this diaried anywhere on DKOS...

I thought it important to record what our president said about the report released from the DOD re garding DADT......

How can anyone doubt his committment to slow, steady, sound institutionalization of the right of gays and lesbians to serve their country openly and with honor......??

but of course, that does not fit the meme...does it...??

see below

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Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 03:02 AM PST

American Totalitarianism: A Primer

by vmm918

Hannah Arendt, in her brilliant analysis "The Origins of Totalitarianism", traced in exhaustive detail how European totalitarianism was created. Over the years,that totalitarianism ate democracies and grew in popularity, dragging much of the world into the horrible war of World War II and its atrocities.

How did this happen and what signs are present that the pre-conditions for totalitarian rule are being createdin this country?  Could we  be just one election away from the likelihood that totalitarianism, American style, could completely eclipse democracy in this country, as we have known it?

Most of us are familiar with the (14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism)  It is equally important to understand the social pre-conditions that lead to totalitarianism and fascism...........(follow below the fold, grasshopper)

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After the Civil War, when African-Americans began to experience freedom from enslavement for the first time in over 300 years, there was a brief period of jubilee.  During this period of time, African-Americans began to be enfranchised and efforts were made by the Lincoln Era Republicans and northerners to educate and empower former slaves.

The North had sacrificed much in keeping the Union whole and Southerners had sacrificed much trying to keep their stranglehold on the lives and labor of black people and their myth of white supremacy. Lincoln was assassinated before he could fully cement his vision of reconstruction and re-union of this country.  He was killed by a group of men who considered themselves super-patriots.  John Wilkes Booth thought that people would laud his action and hold him to be a hero.

Over the next 10 years black people would watch their freedoms slowly slip away into nights of terror, and the advent of Jim Crow, which was "slavery by another name".  Jim Crow officially ended when I was a teenager, but not without the upheaval and straining of our democracy to its breaking point.....at this point, I just want President Obama to live.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 02:45 PM PDT

Wage Slavery

by vmm918

As a therapist, I have some contracts with Employee Assistance Programs.
I get referrals of "troubled employees" who are having difficulties which seem to effect their work.

More and more, my referrals involve people whose main issue is how they are being treated at work, as the unemployment rates rise higher and higher.

I have had cases where a state employee has been made to work over 60-70 hours per week as a salaried employee,(w no overtime or flextime) when her job description is for 40.  And while this phenomena is not unusual sometimes, to be expected to work these hours for the past 6 months and to be threatened with losing your job if you take time off is downright abusive.

Other instances below....

Poll

Do you believe that you or people you know are being exploited by employers in the current job market?

43%44 votes
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0%1 votes
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| 101 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM PDT

Eid Mubarak! Announcing: "Mooz-lum"

by vmm918

Today is one of the most beautiful in the year to Muslims.  It is the day after having completed the fast of Ramadan, Muslims gather in their best clothing to have a morning prayer and to celebrate any spiritual growth they have experienced during the fast.

In Atlanta, my community looked colorful, happy, and grateful for the successful completion of the fast.  We greeted each other with joy and love, took pictures, ate food (in the daylight!) and kissed each other and our babies.

The controversy surrounding Islam and the Qur'an seemed light years away.  In comparison to this spiritual high, the politics that accompany a possible book burning seem petty and small.  Now,...about "MOOZ-LUM".

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Tue Sep 07, 2010 at 10:46 AM PDT

Throw all the Qurans in the Ocean.....

by vmm918

I just spent the night in prayer in this holy month of Ramadan....
it is the holiest night of the year, Laylat al Qadr......The Night of Power.......

much discussion was had between prayers regarding the attempts to provoke Muslims world wide into some kind of action.

most of us are too busy seeking the favor of our Lord to pay attention...yet let this video answer those who wonder why there is not more outcry from American Muslims at the threat to burn Qur'ans by the minister in Florida.....

There are at least 1 million people in the world who know the Quran by heart....they are called Hafiz....

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Wed Sep 01, 2010 at 03:55 AM PDT

FIGHT BACK! GET OUT THE VOTE!

by vmm918

There is something wrong with a site that is supposedly dedicated to electing more and better democrats having the majority of the diaries on the site reacting to republicans and what they are doing, rather than to democrats and how we can maintain our majority.

I am frustrated with DINO's, but I prefer them to the fascists who will come to power if we lose our majority.  This is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

I plan to volunteer to GOTV this weekend with OFA and I plan to only respond to diaries on this site that promote positive, electoral action that fights the enemies of democratic, people centered policies and laws.

How about you?

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Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 12:41 PM PDT

What is the Progressive Platform?

by vmm918

I am increasingly puzzled by so-called progressives.  Is there a Progressive Party convention that has been held somewhere?  Is there a Party organization?  Where is the progressive platform written and where can I get a copy?

I am a democrat.  A yellow-dog democrat (I know....an increasingly unpopular breed)...I know what the party platform is...and I agree.

Where the heck did these progressives come from....Who is their daddy?

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Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 01:39 AM PDT

Goebbels and teh Fox

by vmm918

If Joseph Goebbels were alive today he would be proud of FOX, Limbaugh, et al.   Why do I say such a thing?  Let us Look at his principles:

  1. There is no truth.
  1. All information is irrelevant.
  1. History and media messages are mere narratives.
  1. Truth is what you choose to believe.

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Jump.LINK

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 08:58 PM PDT

SC Justice Thomas' Nephew Tasered

by vmm918

Don't tase me bro has taken on a new meaning.

I just wonder how Ol Clarence is gonna conservative his way out of this one.......

Of course, this could have happened to any white guy who tried to commit suicide......see story below....(from Wonkette)Wonkette

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