Mar 16

KONY 2012

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Hilariously, several online friends on Facebook have suddenly become very concerned about the goings on in Africa. People who’s normal updates consist of “CANT WAIT TO SEE HUNGER GAMES LOL” are suddenly foreign policy experts. They watched a video, man! It had like, a super epic soundtrack! The Kony 2012 campaign has gotten a lot of liberals really ginned up to start throwing bombs at a new country.
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Stacy Lynn Baum via flickr
Stacy Lynn Baum via flickr

Hello again, I’m back. I had a lot of work to catch up on and some family tragedies which prevented me from updating for a bit. I’m glad to be past it (or for the most part, but writing here will help get the last of it over with – I hope) and back here. I have been watching the news with an eye that always looks towards what I am going to be writing about next and so much has happened that it was hard for me to decide what I should come back to blogging with. The recent attacks on the lives of women by the male power structure of our society have dominated my attention, though.

The Republican primaries have fueled what seems to be a race to the bottom in backward thinking. All around us, Medieval notions about the roles of women and the decisions that they make over their bodies are being called back into question. Invasive procedures that amount to rape for women wanting an abortion are serious discussions. Women are locked out of positions in a panel to discuss birth-control, of all things. Santorum’s opinions on women’s rights seems more at home in a Salem witch trial. Backward religious superstitions are allowed to halt initiatives on preventative health-care for women, while those same institutions pay for Viagra for men.
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Feb 9

You Could Be Our Lucky Winner!

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cathyse97 via flickr
cathyse97 via flickr

Our government does not represent us. The politicians may speak endlessly of mandates from the people, or that their elections are messages by the electorate demanding the ever more repressive policies they introduce – but it’s demonstrably false. Voter turnout is always low, and polling nearly always shows that popular opinion is against federal opinion. We have wars that no one wants, drugs policies nobody obeys, ever dwindling services that people want and need. AT this point is it even a surprise that Congressional approval rates are at 5%, with only 1% rating them as “excellent”? Of course the 1% love them. But now, polling shows that people would rather have their representatives chosen at random than the sociopathic millionaires they have today! Sounds awesome, sign me up.
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Sasha Y. Kimel via flickr
Sasha Y. Kimel via flickr

It’s that time of year again when I clean my mp3 player of all the junk I’ve collected throughout the year and narrow down what warrants sticking around. I love my music political and I want it to tell me what it thinks, there’s enough flowery feel good music out there for me to hear anytime I want – I want something that seeks to rock the boat! I mostly listen to punk rock but here’s what really got me thinking last year. Let me know in the comments what you liked in 2011.
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Jan 20

It Happens Already

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Metal Chris via flickr
Metal Chris via flickr

With the massive protest against SOPA/PIPA comes the states response in the form of the takedown of filesharing site MegaUpload.com. It serves as yet another example that the state can and will do anything they want whether or not their actions are codified in some legalese passed by old men in a congressional chamber. The codification of their acts only acts as a way of removing any doubt of their ability – a metaphorical smearing in our face of their power. Like the NDAA before this, these proposed laws are actions that the state already commits. It really doesn’t matter if they pass or not. It. Is. Already. Happening.
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*eddie via flickr
*eddie via flickr

If this election’s primary season for the Republican nomination hasn’t presented enough evidence to show us the truth of this, then take a look at this article on io9. Turns out, democracies only work when large swathes of uninformed individuals side with a perceived majority. Well no kidding. What else would cause an endless cycle of individuals voting against their every interest, relieving themselves of any ounce of power they might have held, and placing it in the hands of sociopathic millionaires? The fallacy that we are taught, that democracies only work when people are informed, is proven false every 2 years in America yet we go on believing we can make a difference in those booths.
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sokabs via flickr
sokabs via flickr

Fat and happy from a wonderful family gathering over the holiday weekend, I returned to check my Facebook account this morning and was greeted with a liberal friend’s usual in-your-face Obama infatuation. This time, in the form of a supposed George Clooney quote basically putting down anyone who isn’t satisfied with Obama by making the point that Republicans could be made happy voting for him. I have pictured it for you here (click for enlarged indignation):

I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am. Democrats eat their own. Democrats find singular issues and go, ‘Well, I didn’t get everything I wanted.’ I’m a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for people whom you’ve elected. If [Obama] was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this, they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-industry. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.
-George Clooney

First of all, it’s a pet peeve of mine anytime I hear some fucking celebrity tell me anything about politics, whether I agree with them or not. I don’t need some mega-rich asshole, who pretends for a living, to tell me what my best interests are. However, since I suspect that this election year we will be seeing a lot of attacks on people who are sick of Obama – let’s indulge Mr. Clooney.
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mikecogh via flickr
mikecogh via flickr

If you couldn’t predict the turn of events concerning the National Defense Authorization Act and Obama’s “threat” to veto it, calling you naive would be an understatement. The man has basically caved on every plank of his campaign, embraced every reactionary idea, and sacrificed no expansion of his power. This is the same man who has already killed Americans without trial and held them indefinitely without charges. Why then, would he have vetoed what he is already doing? That’s not the behavior of power!

So yeah, the White House is backing down on its veto threat, in a move that has become so tired we can barely even pay attention. When it passes, and it will, we’ll have been thrown onto the next in vogue faux outrage. Much like the SOPA bill, that again, simply codifies already occurring acts committed by those in power. It never mattered if we defeated this bill.

Indeed, if reports are to be believed, it was never our lord and savior Obama who was trying to save us by threatening to veto the bill for further destroying the rights of Americans, but rather it was he who demanded the ability to do so! He wants to hold you forever, trial or not. He wants these things, and his threat to veto it was a complete lie. It only furthers the concept that you can never rely on a savior to give you your victory.

aMixedmedia via flickr
aMixedmedia via flickr

As often happens when tyrants get a taste for blood, American leadership wants to codify its recent behavior against American citizens. They want to be able point to a document and explain that they are simply following the law, not acting out their dominance fantasies. While a few new outlets (very few actually, I hardly see coverage of this in most corporate media outlets) are freaking out, it needs to be explained that even if the National Defense Authorization Act passes and becomes the law of the land – it wont change the status quo of life in modern America. It simply codifies what has been happening for years. It makes the treatment of José Padilla, Bradley Manning, and Anwar al-Awlaki the law.
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Nov 21

“Thanksgiving” (updated)

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DonkeyHotey via flickr
DonkeyHotey via flickr

As if the leaders of our government’s legislative bodies couldn’t be more deaf to the demands of not just those courageous enough to protest in the Occupy movement, but to long-standing widespread public opinion throughout the country, their latest campaign seen in the planned and managed train wreck that is the “Super Congress” is nothing more than barely masked austerity designed not to create jobs for the mass of unemployed, but to rob them further. Remember the Bush tax cuts, the ones that along with two costly wars has drained the ability for the U.S. government to provide even basic service to its most vulnerable citizens? Remember when Obama, who campaigned dishonestly for ending the cuts, extended them for the millionaires whilst the poorest still go without basic necessities every day? Well, looks the Democrats might have them made permanent.
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