ALEC Retreats, the Right Wing Freaks

From Dissent Magazine:

Mark Engler
April 27, 2012

Customers should be able to know if companies that they are supporting with their purchases are busy spending money on groups that undermine environmental regulations, attack workers’ rights, promote “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, advance discriminatory “Voter ID” laws, and otherwise bolster the right-wing legislative vanguard. And if these consumers don’t like this behavior, they should be at liberty to take their business elsewhere.

That proposition seems to fall pretty safely within a free market, vote-with-your-dollars paradigm. In fact, watchdogs who are providing consumers with full information about misbehaving corporations should be seen—again, within a free-market framework—as providing a valuable service, since informed consumers are supposed to be an important part of efficiently functioning capitalism.

But no. If you ask right-wing talking heads, campaigners who dare to suggest that consumers express displeasure with corporations are waging a war on “open thinking and discussion of legislation.”

The impetus for this debate is the effort to hold companies accountable for their memberships in the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, groups including and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have been encouraging consumers to tell corporations paying hefty dues to ALEC that not all of us approve of their behavior. The tactic has worked beautifully. More than a dozen institutions have dumped ALEC, with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Yum! Brands (owner of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut), and Procter & Gamble all joining the exodus since I last wrote.

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Henry Rollins’ Letter to a Young American

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Are cops too trigger happy?

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Man Who Attacked CeCe McDonald Had a Swastika Tattooed on His Chest

Let me get this straight.

A Nazi and a bunch of his thug friends attack a black transgender woman with both hate as a motive and with intent to cause great bodily harm, if not murder her and instead of being a willing victim, she fights back and Nazi-boy winds up dead.

The thugs who committed the hate crime are free and the victim is in jail.

This is not fucking Nazi Germany where Nazi thugs get to attack people with the intent of murdering them and people are prosecuted for fighting back.

I want my country back from the Taliban Christians.

I want my country back from the Republican, Nazi KKK.

I want a world where decent people can defend themselves when Nazis and the KKK attack them.

I want a world where the police and all those spy on the citizens organizations protect us from Nazis and the Klan.  Not one where they protect the Nazis or the Klan from decent people.

From Minnesota Public Radio:

Judge will rule if tattoo is allowable evidence in murder trial

by Laura Yuen, Minnesota Public Radio

April 27, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A man who was killed outside a Minneapolis bar last summer had a tattoo of a swastika on his chest.

At a hearing today, the attorney for a transgender woman accused of fatally stabbing Dean Schmitz said the tattoo is relevant to next week’s murder trial of CeCe McDonald because it symbolizes Schmitz’ hatred of people who are different.

McDonald, an African American, says Schmitz, who is white, taunted her with racist and transphobic slurs. McDonald maintains she acted in self-defense after a woman in Schmitz’ group smashed a glass against her face.

Judge Daniel Moreno will decide whether to allow photographs and testimony about the tattoo as evidence. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.

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Kansas Will Become Hotbed Of Co-Ed Church Showers! (According to WorldNetDaily)

This I why I get angry with post-ops who mouth this shit.

It is also why I think the so called “radical feminists” aren’t really feminists but are trolls aimed at abetting the ultra right wing’s war on women.

From Truth Wins Out:

by Evan Hurst
April 25th, 2012

Here is a hysterical screed meant to induce panic in the hearts and minds of garden variety wingnuts, written by Bob Unruh of WorldNetDaily:

Yes, look how far we going! So, if you’re guessing that this is typical anti-trans panic about “men in dresses” peering at wingnut ladies in the bathroom, you’re right.

Homosexual activists are demanding cities across Kansas add sexual orientation and “gender identity” to their protected classes, a move attorneys warn could hit even churches and other faith-based groups.

The “coed shower” plans have been around for several years, with the infamous battle in Montgomery County, Md., several years ago in which officials adopted special provisions for those who choose an alternative sexual lifestyle then manipulated election rules so that voters were not allowed to express their opinion on the law at the ballot box.

If you’re confused as to how we went from, in one paragraph, anti-discrimination laws, to “coed showers” in the second paragraph, then you are obviously not an excitable wingnut.

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U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

From Wired:

April 27, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

The fighters join a growing naval armada that includes Navy carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers plus patrol boats and minesweepers enhanced with the latest close-in weaponry.

It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq Boeing-made F-15Cs flew air patrols from Saudi Arabia, but the Iraqi air force put up no resistance and the Eagle squadrons soon departed. For the next nine years Air Force deployments to the Middle East were handled by ground-attack planes such as A-10s, F-16s and twin-seat F-15E Strike Eagles.

The 1980s-vintage F-15Cs, plagued by structural problems, stayed home in the U.S. and Japan. The brand-new F-22s, built by Lockheed Martin, suffered their own mechanical and safety problems. When they ventured from their home bases in Virginia, Alaska and New Mexico, it was only for short training exercises over the Pacific. The F-15Cs and F-22s sat out last year’s Libya war.

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States of Fear in a World of Injustice

From Common Dreams:

Robert C. Koehler
Published on Friday, April 27, 2012 by Common Dreams

This was the headline: “Zimmerman, Martin’s parents to face off in court.”

The words, of course, merely summed up a moment in the news cycle last week. We, the news-consuming public, were primed – by CBS, but it could have been any mainstream outlet – for a tidbit of potential drama the next day in the hottest murder trial around right now. But in the process, we were also silently reminded, yet again, that everything is spectacle. At the level at which we call ourselves a nation, nothing is serious, not even matters of life and death

There’s something so painful about all this – painful beyond the horror of the crime itself, or the national murder rate. The 24-7 media trivialize the stakes and gleefully report the “courtroom drama” as a sporting event; but even more distressingly, the legal bureaucracy swings into motion without the least awareness of any value beyond its own procedures. It all happens with a certainty of purpose that generates the illusion that things are under control and social order prevails.

But none of this has anything to do with what social order actually requires when harm has occurred, which is . . . healing.

The next day, at George Zimmerman’s bond hearing, he surprised his lawyer and everyone else by addressing Trayvon Martin’s parents directly, if pathetically: “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

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