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Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents “The West”. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited – to the great glee of the mad Mullahs – by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see – but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian “Realpolitik” sense; it just makes us look bad.
Yesterday, during a cable news discussion of gun violence and the Newtown school shooting, I dared mention a taboo truism. During a conversation on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes,” I said that because most of the mass shootings in America come at the hands of white men, there would likely be political opposition to initiatives that propose to use those facts to profile the demographic group to which these killers belong. I suggested that’s the case because as opposed to people of color or, say, Muslims, white men as a subgroup are in such a privileged position in our society that they are the one group that our political system avoids demographically profiling or analytically aggregating in any real way. Indeed, unlike other demographic, white guys as a group are never thought to be an acceptable topic for any kind of critical discussion whatsoever, even when there is ample reason to open up such a discussion.
David Sirota, at Salon (via thesmithian)
Vidal warned us; still, we let it happen.

Vidal warned us; still, we let it happen.

thepeoplesrecord:

California votes to overturn Citizens United briberyJuly 6, 2012
California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.
California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.
A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.
“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”
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Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.

thepeoplesrecord:

California votes to overturn Citizens United bribery
July 6, 2012

California became the sixth state to take a stand against Citizens United, which has given corporations and individuals unlimited power to spend on federal and state of elections. The California Senate voted yesterday 24-11 to pass the resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

California’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 22 puts California in the company of Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland as states working to put an end to what amounts to legalized political bribery.

A coalition of groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause, California PIRG, CREDO Mobile, California Church IMPACT, Free Speech for People, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, and many other organizations advanced the resolution and kept pressure on the legislature to pass AJR 22. The coalition worked with California Assembly members Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen in introducing the resolution.

“Today’s vote sends a clear message that California rejects this misguided ruling made by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court,” Wieckowski said. “The Legislature’s action and the 50,000 Californians who quickly signed petitions in support of AJR 22, show that it is time to restore sanity to our campaign finance laws. If Congress doesn’t act, our electoral process will be more dominated by wealthy interests and their concerns will drown out the voice of common Americans. This resolution is designed to send a grassroots message to Washington about the urgent need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling and restore fair elections to the people.”

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Adding to his checkered record, my state senator, Juan Vargas, supported this bill.

Would you know what a Muslim-American looks like if you saw one?

Would you know what a Muslim-American looks like if you saw one?