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Alinksy is Also the Right’s Alinsky

[ 34 ] March 16, 2012 |

I have to suggest a modification to Ed Kilgore’s point here. Breitbart isn’t exactly the right’s equivalent to Alinsky on the left, since both figures are cited pretty much exclusively by conservatives and neither has any discernible influence on contemporary American liberals (although Alinsky may be considered more influential on the left in the sense that he’s more “ignored” than “viewed correctly as a dishonest buffoon” like Breitbart.)

“Scientifically Undisputed?”

[ 21 ] March 16, 2012 |

One thing about the War on Women is that Republicans seems to feel that it entitles them to not only lie a lot but to embed these lies in legislative enactments.

The Anti-Semitic Idiocy of Mr. Brooks Bayne

[ 28 ] March 16, 2012 |

In convenient chart form!

Exposed

[ 57 ] March 15, 2012 |

I’ve been exposed.

A comment on my Alternet piece on vibrators:

Erik Loomis is a professor of leftist indoctrination, mischaracterized positions, unproven assumptions and leftist propaganda. Late night comedians do the same. You’re in that league. Where is any underlying evidence of a “Republican” war on women or their sexuality.

It goes on from there.

But I guess this is nothing that you all didn’t already know.

Saramago

[ 1 ] March 15, 2012 |

Guernica is publishing a Jose Saramago short story in two parts. Here is the first.

There’s not much left unpublished from the great writer I presume. This story is part of a collection of short stories soon to be published. After that, I doubt there is a lot.

This piece is not atypical of late Saramago with his emphasis on the slightly nefarious side of government and how the everyday citizen gets gobbled up by more powerful forces seemingly by accident. It’s not my favorite Saramago theme, but I’ll take what I can get at this point.

Game Changer

[ 66 ] March 15, 2012 |

I was going to vote for Obama until this happened:

Verona, PA – While campaigning in Puerto Rico, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum received the endorsement former major league baseball player Carlos Baerga.

“I support Rick because he is a Christian and has fought for the people of Puerto Rico for many years, and stands behind the people on the issue of statehood,” Baerga said. “I am grateful to have played professional baseball in the United States and I want all young people to have the same opportunity, and Puerto Rican statehood would make that possible.”

I haven’t been this moved by a celebrity endorsement since Wilford Brimley convinced me to vote McCain/Palin in 2008.

Sexism and Obituaries

[ 7 ] March 15, 2012 |

As someone who is marginally obsessive about reading the New York Times obituaries, and not only to track my Death List, I found this discussion of sexism within the NYT obituary column interesting. Focusing on the case of philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus, it seems that a lot of far more obscure male philosophers have received obituaries where she has not. The NYT obituary editor simply claims the preponderance of men is because these people grew up at a time when men had more opportunities for public prominence. While that may be true, it can also become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Birth Control McCarthyism

[ 30 ] March 15, 2012 |

Corey Robin has a very important post placing the rise of anti-birth control legislation within the context of the right to privacy and corporate control over our bodies and lives. Essentially, Robin’s argument here is that while Americans may be “free” in the sense that the state itself does not punish individuals for private beliefs and transgressions, under Republican rule, the state opens the door for employers to do the very same thing, as we are seeing with the tying of employer-provided health insurance and contraception.

And here’s where the McCarthy specter becomes particularly troubling. Notice the second provision of the Arizona legislation: employers will now have the right to question their employees about what they plan to do with their birth-control prescriptions. Not only is this a violation of the right to privacy—again, not a right our Constitution currently recognizes in the workplace—but it obviously can give employers the necessary information they need to fire an employee. If a women admits to using contraception in order to not get pregnant, there’s nothing in the Constitution to stop an anti-birth control employer from firing her.

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It’s unclear what the future of Birth Control McCarthyism will be, but anyone who thinks the repressive implications of these bills can be simply brushed aside with vague feints to the religious freedoms of employers—more on this in a moment—is overlooking the long and sordid history of Fear, American Style. Private employers punishing their employees for holding disfavored views or engaging in disapproved practices (disapproved by the employer, that is) is the way a lot of repression happens in this country. And it can have toxic effects, as Liza Love, a witness before the Arizona Senate committee, testified:

“I wouldn’t mind showing my employer my medical records,” Love said. “But there are 10 women behind me that would be ashamed to do so.”

In the debate over the legislation, Arizona Republican Majority Whip Debbie Lesko (also the bill’s author) said, “I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union.” She’s right, though perhaps not in the way she intended: unlike in the Soviet Union, the government here may not be able to punish you simply for holding unorthodox views or engaging in disfavored practices (though the government can certainly find other ways to harass or penalize you, if it wishes). What happens instead is that your employer will do it for the government (or for him or herself). As the president of Barnard College put it during the McCarthy years, “If the colleges take the responsibility to do their own house cleaning, Congress would not feel it has to investigate.”

Frightening.

In Addition to All This

[ 57 ] March 15, 2012 |

Using the term “co-ed” at all in 2012 is pretty strong evidence of sexism, as its use to describe Sandra Fluke while accompanied by all kinds of additional misogyny makes clear.

This is obviously a variant of Landsburgism, but I’m also fascinated by the idea that if you have any remaining disposable income, it’s somehow illegitimate to receive anything for health insurance premiums that you’re compelled to pay for.

Nobody Cares About Federalism

[ 79 ] March 15, 2012 |

The latest reminder.

Sandra Fluke: Jew Lover

[ 155 ] March 14, 2012 |

You were thinking that the real problem with Sandra Fluke is that she’s a prostitute who won’t show us her sex tapes in exchange for allowing her to use birth control.

You would be wrong.

You see, this right-wing investigative journalist brings us the real story.

Sandra Fluke’s boyfriend is…wait…a JEW!!!!

And not the good kind of Jew that likes to kill Palestinians in order to further bizarre apocalyptic fantasies of right-wing Christians.

No, Fluke likes the kind of Jew who might know leading Democratic players like….oh my god….CASS SUNSTEIN!!!!!

Here we go:

Anyway, on to Adam’s “typical Democrat family”. The term BIll O’Reilly used to describe Bill Mutterperl is “Democratic stalwart”. However, as soon as I heard his name in a story about Sandra Fluke, I almost choked, due to my sudden epiphany. Why? Because anyone familiar with Boston and New York political history knows about the wealthy Mutterperl family’s long tradition of supporting the typical Jewish variant of socialism. Bill Mutterperl’s family are much more than Democratic stalwarts.

The Mutterperl family, via Adam’s great grandfather Sol’s handbag fortune, established the “Mutterperl Scholarship Endowment Fund” in 1951 for Brandeis University. This school, as some people call it, is named for Louis Brandeis, a secular Jew, Zionist, and United States Supreme Court Justice appointed by Woodrow Wilson. Brandeis was a self-proclaimed socialist. Herbert Marcuse, the famous Frankfurt School Marxist, came to Brandeis in 1954, three years after the Mutterperl fund was created. Brandeis University is one of the nation’s leading petri dishes for anti-American and neo-Marxist thought.

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There’s that “social justice” code word again. Jewish Socialism is linked to a very progressive concept of the above tikkun olam. New Bedford, MA, where Raphael Mutterperl ran the family’s manufacturing arm, was a hotbed of Marxist trade-unionism in early 20th century America. Why? It was easy to “sell” radical trade-unionism to a whole people group who were brought up in the lap of Weimar Marxian ideology, because New Bedford had many new eastern-European Jewish immigrants living there at the time, including, of course, the Mutterperl family.

For some added historical context, two popular Marxists, Samuel Gompers and Daniel De Leon, agitated in New Bedford, and were instrumental in fomenting strikes amongst the workers of the textile mills there. As I wrote before, Gompers was the founder of what is now the largest Marxist union organization in America, the AFL-CIO.

OMFG, Sandra Fluke’s boyfriend’s family once owned a factory in a city that SAMUEL GOMPERS, noted MAOIST, once entered to try and organize? This is true news here!!! Moreover, you can bet your bottom dollar that Gompers was trying to organize the factory that the family owned. I mean, clearly that means that the communist conspiracy to destroy our rights by ensuring decent health care began in New Bedford!!!

I have not been so outraged since I heard that Barack Obama and Derrick Bell were both BLACK!!!

Where are you LAMESTREAM MEDIA?

Last Chance!

[ 0 ] March 14, 2012 |

Last chance to update your bracket. See you on the other side…

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