Morning Musing: The #BrooklynRiot

by TKOEd • Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 • no responses - be the first

That was the hashtag for what was a typical demonstration in the world today. Think those kids are outliers? Let Me Google That For You. Protests today often turn violent. Think about what it takes to get people into the streets today. The 60′s are long gone. I generally believe that marching nowadays is worthless (for reasons that have much to do with our media & political class), but I understand why people do it. I frequently understand the anger. Especially when it’s another young Black man/boy shot to death by the police. No matter what the circumstances were surrounding the shooting people are angry. As Martin once said “…in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.”

But what happened last night in Brooklyn was not a riot. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I lived through a riot once. And as I read the #BrooklynRiot tweets last night it was plainly obvious that what was going on was not a riot, but lots of people attempting to be heard. People exercising a right that is often severely curbed by the NYPD, NYC govt & the police departments & governments of many other cities:

Congress shall make no law…abridging…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And as happens sometimes in this situation, some people took the protest as an opportunity to stir up some trouble. I make no excuses for those who destroyed people’s property, but make no mistake about it, some of those people were/are filled with anger. An anger that had nowhere to go, but out. And anger that we refuse to discuss except with lip service.

I don’t know who decided to declare that protest a riot when some folks turned bad, but my money is on the NYPD. They are almost universally adversarial towards Black & Latin@ people. If they want the anger to begin to subside then their tactics & attitude must change.

The irony of this so-called riot is that without the trouble there would be almost zero coverage of last night’s demonstration.

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Quote of the Day: Questioning the Jewish State

by TKOEd • Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 • no responses - be the first

But if the people who “own” the state in question are an ethnic sub-group of the citizenry, even if the vast majority, it constitutes a serious problem indeed, and this is precisely the situation of Israel as the Jewish state. Far from being a natural expression of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, it is in fact a violation of the right to self-determination of its non-Jewish mainly Palestinian citizens. It is a violation of a people’s right to self-determination to exclude them — whether by virtue of their ethnic membership, or for any other reason — from full political participation in the state under whose sovereignty they fall. Of course Jews have a right to self-determination in this sense as well — this is what emancipation was all about. But so do non-Jewish peoples living in the same state.Any state that “belongs” to one ethnic group within it violates the core democratic principle of equality, and the self-determination rights of the non-members of that group.

I don’t understand how anyone can consider Israel a democratic country.

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Quote of the Day: Pastor Rick Warren

by TKOEd • Monday, Feb 11, 2013 • no responses - be the first

I predict that the battle to preserve religious liberty for all, in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade. If it takes a popular movement to reign in overreaching government, then Hobby Lobby’s courageous stand, in the face of enormous pressure and fines, will likely be considered the Birmingham bus boycott, where good citizens finally got fed up with having their rights trampled on, and decided to challenge those who favor conformity over freedom.

Warren is speaking on a lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts & crafts chain, to keep them from having to pay for healthcare that provides reproductive care to women. My first response is FUCK YOU, Rick Warren. I have to other point to make though:

1. The idea that a company already restricting women’s rights is at the forefront of any “new” civil rights movement is not infuriating, but extremely laughable. In the eyes of people like Rick Warren & Hobby Lobby’s owner, David Green the only person who’s right’s matter are the owner’s. Women, as usual, in these arguments are irrelevant. Their rights don’t even begin to matter.

2. I’m need people to immediately stop using the Civil Rights Movement (and MLK in particular) as some sort of leaping point for their hatred of the poor, women, & even minorities. That “content of character” quote doesn’t mean what you think it means.

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Right-Wing Wacko Watch: NM State Rep. Wants Abortions After Rape To Be Illegal

by TKOEd • Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 • no responses - be the first

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

This bill has a less than zero chance of passing, because as the the article states Dems control the NM statehouse, but the fact that Cathrynn Brown would even introduce something as ludicrous is eye opening. Mississippi is down to its last abortion clinic & while we just celebrated 40 years of Roe the march to restrict abortion marches on unimpeded in many states.

I do not believe we will ever see Roe overturned nationally, but the tactics of people like Brown & the anti-choicers who occupy many statehouses must be beat back vigorously.

 

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Quote Of The Day: George Saunders

by TKOEd • Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 • no responses - be the first

Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.

This is so right to me. We all strive to be heard, and the process of getting to where we feel like we have something substantive to say is a hard one. But it’s one more people should tackle, more often, not less.

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Quote Of The Day: Israeli President, Shimon Peres

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 • no responses - be the first

President Obama asked me who I think is preventing democracy in the Middle East. I told him, “The husbands.” The husband does not want his wife to have equal rights. Without equal rights, it will be impossible to save Egypt, because if women are not educated, the children are not educated. People who cannot read and write can’t make a living. They are finished.

This is a must read interview. Mr. Peres has many interesting views.

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Quote Of The Day: Black Turnout

by TKOEd • Friday, Dec 28, 2012 • no responses - be the first

This year marks an increase in black turnout for the fourth consecutive presidential election

So our turnout has been increasing since well before Barack ran for POTUS. Surprise, surprise.

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Quote Of The Day: All My Babies’ Mamas

by TKOEd • Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 • no responses - be the first

Via Shadow and Act:

“‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”

Django is the least of our media problems (if it’s a problem at all). I won’t be watching. Hopefully, neither will you.

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5@5: Mo’ Guns, Mo’ Problems

by TKOEd • Friday, Dec 21, 2012 • no responses - be the first

The CEO of  the NRA is bat-shit crazy:

Stunning NRA Press Conference Blames Shooting On Media, Video Games, Movies And Calls On Congress To Put Cop In Every School

Gary Wills talks about near worship of guns in America:

Our Moloch

Andrew Rosenthal wonders why we treat the 2nd amendment as being unlimited:

Is the Second Amendment Absolute?

Guns everywhere would lead to a Cold War in America says Alan Jacobs at The American Conservative:

Guns, Risks, and Safety

At T-NC’s blog, Tony Horwitz sees the parallels between the old “Slave Power”, and the new “Gun Power”:

 

The NRA and the ‘Positive Good’ of Maximum Guns

 

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