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Jul 18 screed commented on KIRO Host Dave Ross Ties Himself in Knots Trying to Defend His Participation in The Mikado.
Of all the kinds of current and historical racism that have and continue to poison our politics and society, the complaints about the Mikado seem pretty small potatoes to me. It seems to me there are much bigger examples of racism that should be getting the attention. Like race and income patterns, like race and access to education and health care, etc. Oh yea, that's right, Ms Chan works for the Seattle Times so we shouldn't expect her to comment on the racial implications of Washington state's super-regressive tax system. But let's call out Dave Ross by name because he dresses up for a role in a famous Gilbert and Sullivan play. It was a cheap shot and I expect she did so to generate controversy and cause the kind of 'conversation' we're having now.
Jul 2 screed commented on I Wish Every Voter in America Would Read This One Paragraph Before the Midterm Elections.
@16 kind of like the message democratic party leaders tell the democratic base...
Jul 2 screed commented on I Wish Every Voter in America Would Read This One Paragraph Before the Midterm Elections.
Tea-baggers don't have to do anything. They got the Supreme Court carrying water for them now so even if they grind the legislative branch to a shuddering halt, the judicial branch will keep the reactionary agenda moving forward.
Jul 2 screed commented on Facebook COO Apologizes for Experimenting on Users Poorly Communicating the Existence of User Experiments.
Facebook is no different than many many other corporations - to corporations we are just lab-rats to be manipulated in both hidden and obvious ways to make us identify with and ultimately buy their products. Marketing/advertising is not a billion dollar industry for nothing. So if you are outraged at Facebook, realize that you are saturated at every turn with messages meant to manipulate and control your behavior. It has become so ubiquitous that it seems almost pointless to even comment on it. I just don't see a big difference between what Facebook did and what every consumer-based corporation does every single day.
Jul 1 screed commented on USA vs. Belgium Open Thread!.
@23 was he offsides on the shot?
Jun 30 screed commented on What Do We Call Politicians Who Value the Rights of Corporations Over the Rights of Individuals?.
@36 There was and continues to be criticism of the Affordable Care Act from the left, from liberals/progressives who aren't mindlessly partisan Democrats. It started the day it became clear that Obama would not even consider single-payer, and continued through the torturous on-again, off-again 'public option' debate (the stink of it became excruciating when Joe Lieberman was paraded out to put the final public nail in the public-option coffin, a job he did with equal parts smarmy sanctimony and unabashed glee). It was a shit-show to be sure, the cave-ins, the pre-emptory 'compromises' the Dems were all to happy to agree to, all for how many republican votes? Oh yea, that's right, NONE! Not a single republican senator voted for the legislation. Alright, back on topic. I agree that democrats complaining now about the Hobby Lobby case is like crows coming home to roost. They created a flawed piece of legislation and now they're complaining when it starts falling apart. Remember all that happy talk about the ACA being like a 'starter home' which provides a foundation that can be built on? Kinda like Clinton promising to fix NAFTA later. Still waiting on that one. So instead of improving the ACA 'starter home', we're tearing it apart (medicaid expansion, contraception coverage, what next?) and turning it into a lean-to, or maybe into a cave. But the insurance companies and drug manufacturers are still making really really fat profits, so its all good. From a corporatist perspective, what's not to like?
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Jun 30 screed commented on What Do We Call Politicians Who Value the Rights of Corporations Over the Rights of Individuals?.
I use the term 'corporatist' often to describe pols that push policies which favor the interests of corporations over the interests of real, live humans. Mostly I think these pols do it out of corrupt and lazy expediency, cause they're in this perpetual chase for money - for campaigning or for just plain old fashioned kickbacks. However, I think if you were to look at it from an ideological perspective, the closest term I can think is 'fascist.'
Jun 26 screed commented on Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones.
@23 I would agree with your support of the ruling if free speech rules were equitably applied to all members of society. This ruling tells me that it is not acceptable to limit in-your-face speech against women going to and staff who work at abortion clinics. How about speech against politicians on their way to a convention? Or corporate CEOs? Or delegates at some international summit on free-trade? As it is now, that kind of speech is limited to free speech areas, far enough away from the people it is directed at to even hear, never mind actually respond to.
Jun 26 screed commented on Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones.
@15 while I totally agree, see my comment (#10). I don't see how the Supremes in good conscience can now rule that 'free speech zones' at political conventions and other corporate gatherings (or anywhere, really) are constitutional. But of course they will because I think we are at a point in constitutional interpretation where double standards are completely acceptable, and increasingly necessary to furthering ideological agendas. Look to the rulings on 'Corporate Personhood' if you needed any proof. There is no mention in the constitution of corporations, directly or indirectly, and yet 'corporations' enjoy a full suite of rights, given to them from multiple supreme court rulings. These 'rights' were invented out of nothing, based only on the ideological desire to protect the financial interests of affluent and well connected aristocrats. So yea, don't expect ethical, well-reasoned or consistent rulings from the Supreme Court, as an institution it is as bought off and partisan as any of the other branches of government.
Jun 26 screed commented on Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones.
#3 silly you... of course not! When it comes to protesting the Powers That Be, the state can impose all sorts of restrictions. Didn't you read the footnote in the constitution - the one about the bill of rights really only applying to real Americans, not Dirty F'n Hippies? Here's an idea - let's start protesting the Supremes by screaming "Corporate Whore!!!" and "Constitution Killer!!!" inches from their faces as they walk to work. Then you'll see a double standard hard at work. You can ponder the unfairness of it all as you sit your ass in jail.

 
 

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