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I don’t see how anyone who confronts Obama’s record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might have concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I’d have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers. Nope. […] ‎The whole liberal conceit that Obama is a good, enlightened man, while his opponent is a malign, hard-hearted cretin, depends on constructing a reality where the lives of non-Americans — along with the lives of some American Muslims and whistleblowers - just aren’t valued.

Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama

On stage, as he smiles into the camera, using words to evoke some of the best sentiments within us, it’s hard to believe certain facts about him:

  1. Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis. The drone war he is waging in North Waziristan isn’t “precise” or “surgical” as he would have Americans believe. It kills hundreds of innocents, including children. And for thousands of more innocents who live in the targeted communities, the drone war makes their lives into a nightmare worthy of dystopian novels. People are always afraid. Women cower in their homes. Children are kept out of school. The stress they endure gives them psychiatric disorders. Men are driven crazy by an inability to sleep as drones buzz overhead 24 hours a day, a deadly strike possible at any moment. At worst, this policy creates more terrorists than it kills; at best, America is ruining the lives of thousands of innocent people and killing hundreds of innocents for a small increase in safety from terrorists. It is a cowardly, immoral, and illegal policy, deliberately cloaked in opportunistic secrecy. And Democrats who believe that it is the most moral of all responsible policy alternatives are as misinformed and blinded by partisanship as any conservative ideologue. 
  2. Obama established one of the most reckless precedents imaginable: that any president can secretly order and oversee the extrajudicial killing of American citizens. Obama’s kill list transgresses against the Constitution as egregiously as anything George W. Bush ever did. It is as radical an invocation of executive power as anything Dick Cheney championed. The fact that the Democrats rebelled against those men before enthusiastically supporting Obama is hackery every bit as blatant and shameful as anything any talk radio host has done.  
  3. Contrary to his own previously stated understanding of what the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution demand, President Obama committed U.S. forces to war in Libya without Congressional approval, despite the lack of anything like an imminent threat to national security. 

In the end, Conor Friedersdorf sums up my thoughts like no one else: “Romney revels in bellicosity; Obama soothes with rhetoric and kills people in secret. To hell with them both.”

To hell with you both.

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Well this is horrifying to learn.

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brashblacknonbeliever:

ro-s-aspa-rks:

Listen, you monkey fighting tables…

The US Civil War was about SLAVERY.

It was about commerce. It was about the commerce related to the buying, selling, and trading of black HUMAN BEINGS.

The South was not willing to change their ways and they went to fucking war for it. It does not mean the North was noble, but rather the spread of slavery wasn’t doing our country ANY FUCKING GOOD. The South wanted to secede and keep their slavery ways! 

If you do not understand that, then I suggest you enroll in some classes, buy some books, watch some documentaries, and talk to some people. Maybe even go on some blogs and websites and read….OR MAYBE you should go back to middle school and read the textbook that your social studies teacher gave you to read, which you were too busy ignoring because you were being a pre-teen lunch table.

Sit down.

I really wonder if these “the Civil War wasn’t about slavery” assholes have even fucking read the damn constitution of the Confederate States of America.

I’m willing to bet $50 they haven’t.

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People in the U.S. confuse big government and small government as the only two models. What we need is smart government”. Article describes economic and social policies that work well from Germany, Canada, Australia, Israel, China, Brazil, Thailand and Singapore.

abaldwin360:

Fixing America’s Economy: Nine Ideas from Around the World

By Peter Coy | Bloomberg Businessweek

Democrats and Republicans are dug in like soldiers at Verdun over what to do about the sputtering U.S. economy. Exhausted by the political stalemate, they’ve been reduced to magical thinking, hoping that things will eventually get better by themselves. But time isn’t on America’s side. The country is suffering its highest average duration of unemployment since at least 1948. “The longer this goes on, the greater the danger that the cyclical downturn becomes structural. People and things that lie idle start to lose their productive value. Then you’re into all sorts of troubles,” says Karen Ward, senior global economist at HSBC Holdings (HBC) in London.

[FULL STORY]

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Black vs. AfAm in US & no vs. at all

liquornspice:

larepublicadedetroit:

Now, I definitely have heard with my ears and read about non-AfAm Blacks in the US making it clear that they aren’t African-American. In books or in US media, I always read this interpreted as self-hate, disdain for AfAms, denial, etc. As the daughter of a self-identifying ‘Black’ immigrant, I always felt like there was something else missing (even though I recognize these other factors can and do exist, it’s not THE ONLY reason someone would have to be defensive corrective). There’s something that’s clearly not included in the explanation that’s not about denial or opposition.

I think Maritza Quinones Rivera sums it up very nicely:

“Being mistaken for African-American, from my perspective, suggests that my Blackness is not derived from my geographical and historical context, but rather it is constructed through the lens of the US mainland’s Black/White racial dichotomy.”

The feeling of having an identity, your identity, monopolized and you don’t have hegemonic power in explaining what it is/means to you.

For me, there is no mistaking because I am African-American, but I am also second generation Panamanian and to have that ignored simply because I’m black is ridiculous and gave me all types of complexes growing up related to myself and my family.

This is how it feels being African American too. When people find out you’re just “regular Black” they stop asking questions. Like there’s no diversity or rich ethnic history of Blackness within the United States.  Nobody cares to know if your grandparents speak Gullah or Louisiana Creole or the difference in culture between Blacks who’ve lived Oklahoma Indian Territory versus New England Algonquin tribes.

We’re in a country that can’t figure out slaves came from different places or that the Great Migration happened for a multitude of reasons & included going West as well as North. History, sociology, hell the basic realities of blackness (see all the hair questions that still come up) just aren’t going to register for most people.

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The New York Times
One Iraqi I met observed that the United States had sponsored expensive art shows in his neighborhood three years in a row, but did nothing about the lack of functioning sewers, electricity and running water. “It is like I am standing naked in a room with a big hat on my head,” he told me. “Everyone comes in and puts ribbons on my hat, but no one seems to notice that I am naked.”

Peter Van Buren, a State Department Foreign Service officer in Iraq from 2009-10 (x)

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Dual Ethnicity and Depressive Symptoms: Implications of Being Black and Latino in the United States

larepublicadedetroit:

Dual Ethnicity and Depressive Symptoms: Implications of Being Black and Latino in the United States

  1. Blanca Ramos University at Albany 
  2. James Jaccard University at Albany 
  3. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Columbia University

Abstract

“This study investigated the expression of depressive symptoms in adolescents who are of Afro-Latino descent. Levels of expression of depressive symptoms were compared for four groups of adolescents in Grades 7 through 12 residing in the United States: European Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Afro-Latinos. One hypothesis is that Afro-Latinos should exhibit higher levels of depressive symptoms than either African Americans or Latinos by virtue of being double minorities. An alternative hypothesis is that Afro-Latino youth will show lower levels of depressive symptomology because of their access to a broader repertoire of cultural resources when faced with stress and depression-inducing events. Results indicated that Afro-Latino females tended to exhibit higher levels of depressive symptoms than those of the other ethnic groups. Across all ethnic groups, adolescent females tended to show higher levels of depressive symptoms than adolescent males and older adolescents tended to show higher levels of depression than younger adolescents.”

Full article available at a subscribed university:

http://hjb.sagepub.com/content/25/2/147.abstract

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dreeismydoppelganger:

It reads: there are first class deaths (Americans, Israelis and Europeans) and second class deaths (Palestinians, Iraqis, Chileans, Afghans, Africans) #doublestandard

dreeismydoppelganger:

It reads: there are first class deaths (Americans, Israelis and Europeans) and second class deaths (Palestinians, Iraqis, Chileans, Afghans, Africans) #doublestandard

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thelifetimenetwork:

Mainstream US media outlets are ignoring the Occupy Wall Street protest today.

Al Jazeera isn’t. Keep up to date here.

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peecharrific:

The poverty level is up again, for the fourth year in a row, and there are now more poor people in America than any time since the Census Bureau began keeping records 52 years ago.

it’s also notable that the parents in the family who were interviewed send out 65 resumes EACH per week AND go to an employment office to apply for ANY available jobs. poor DOES NOT equal lazy.

mercyusa.org

It costs $3,250 to dig a well in Somalia to provide drinking water to 600 people and their livestock. One Tomahawk missile costs $1,450,000. For every Tomahawk fired, the US can provide safe drinking water to 1/4 million dying Somalians.

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