Archive for September, 2009

Say It Ain’t So!

Posted in Domestic with tags , , , on September 8, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

I am not sure what we can do at this point (because writing to the Supreme Court is kinda like praying, no one is listening and even if they were, things probably wouldn’t change) but I had to share this with everyone.  There is a very interesting and important editorial in the New York Times that everyone needs to read.  It concerns the Supreme Court and corporate money.

Essentially the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments about a case that could make our electoral system much, much worse.  I have already talked about how much money there is in politics and how we won’t be able to really change anything until we get that money out.  But if the conservatives on the Court rule how we expect them to, then corporations (and unions) would be able to spend money with impunity.  They would be able to spend as much money as they saw fit from their own coffers to defeat legislation or candidates.  Even though unions would have the same power, clearly the corporations have waaaaaaay more money than the unions.

If the corporations are allowed to spend whatever the hell they want to, then we can kiss our democracy good-bye.  But this is not a done deal.  They have not ruled on it yet.  They will begin to hear arguments on Wed.  So we will have to wait and see how it turns out.

The “Other”

Posted in Human Rights Abuses, Middle East, War and Peace with tags , , on September 6, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

It is a tragic story.

A group of US soldiers gang-raped a 14-year-old girl and then killed her and her family.  Thankfully, those that committed the crimes have been sentenced to life in prison.  But is this something that should really surprise us?

We take young men and turn them into killers.  They need to be desensitized to the violence that they perpetrate.  If they can’t pull the trigger without a second thought then they will probably lose their lives and possible cost others their lives too.

The best way to ensure that these soldiers will do what they need to is to ensure that they do not think of those they are fighting as human beings.  They are the enemy, plain and simple.  I’m sure that some (perhaps most) think and talk about them in extremely derogatory terms.  When one doesn’t think of the “other” as equal is becomes easy to injure and kill it.

This is a case that the world found out about.  How many others cases are there that we know nothing about?

Republican Press Attack Mob

Posted in Environment, WTF? on September 4, 2009 by Mort the Sport

Recently, the right wing press has been attacking Van Jones for his radical views and using his appointment to demonstrate how radical the White House has become with Obama in office. This is a laughable assertion. One (in this case, low-level) appointment cannot be used to generalize the entire administration. If that were true, then why don’t the Republicans base their opinion of Obama on the Gates appointment? Why not, because it’s not representative. That’s why not. Van Jones, too, is not representative of the entire administration. If he were, the country would be doing a whole hell of a lot better. What I find it interesting that what Fox News seems to think is abhorrent, frankly, I (and probably others who read BNG) consider street cred.

Update (by BP): Van Jones resigned on Saturday (9/5).