This article is so interesting, I’m reblogging it - again.
"When it comes to attitudes about traditional gender roles, gender-based assumptions about black female religiosity are double-edged. While black male non-believers are given more leeway to be heretics, black women who openly profess atheist views are deemed especially traitorous, having eschewed their family role as purveyors of culture and religious tradition.
"…Black women with children who don’t fall in line, who raise their children as atheists, may find their race credentials revoked."
"The Pentagon is denying the facts: Photographs of Abu Ghraib torture are even more sexually explicit than first reported, including rape and sodomy, writes The Daily Beast’s Scott Horton, who has obtained specific and detailed corroboration of the photos."
"The night after Colin Powell delivered his infamous argument to the United Nations justifying the invasion of Iraq, Lawrence Wilkerson, his chief of staff, sat down and wrote a letter of resignation. It was, said Wilkerson Friday, " the lowest point in my professional and my personal life."
He stuffed the letter in his desk drawer. And left it there.
"If I have a regret when I go to my grave, it is that I did not resign," said Wilkerson, because of course Powell’s speech turned out to be almost entirely false."
“The collaborative online encyclopedia Wikipedia has banned the Church of Scientology from editing the site. The Register reports Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee, or ArbCom, voted 10 to 0 in favor of the ban, which takes effect immediately.”
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”—Stephen Roberts (via poisonthemonkey)
“…Tom Goldstein, a partner at Washington law firm Akin Gump and the founder of ScotusBlog, a widely read blog on the Supreme Court…. simply sees it as Sotomayor noting that in comparison to district court judges, “there’s more policy involved” in the appeals courts. “The truth of the matter is, in the court of appeals, they are dealing with gaps and ambiguities in the law,” Goldstein said. There’s a lot for judges to interpret. Appeals court judges often have to make a call when a statute is unclear. In a sense, the policy is set by those calls made by the judges, even if they don’t want to. To use that one line from Sotomayor to paint her as an activist judge is misleading, he said… David Garrow, a historian who follows the Supreme Court, agrees.”
— “RNC [Falsely] claims Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said judges make policy,” from PolitiFact (Via Media Matters)
"…according to The New York Times, a small but growing segment of the American population, galvanized by the hyper-evangelical climate of the Republican Pleistocene, have begun organizing nationwide and becoming more vocal about their atheism.
Although African Americans are not visible in the “movement,” some are easing away from religion. For black atheists, actively breaking with religious tradition is an even graver rejection than that of white intellectuals electrified by the “pew-storming” rhetoric of atheist gurus such as Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins.”
“And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.”—Barack Obama (via savagemike)
"The anatomy of the Sotomayor whisper campaign is pretty straightforward. Once it was obvious that she was a serious contender, an unknown number of Second Circuit prosecutors and former clerks banded together and approached The New Republic's legal correspondent Jeffrey Rosen with attacks on the prospective nominee's….”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Your Name: Pam Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Pink 4 letter word: Pens State: Pennsylvania Boy Name: Phillip Girl Name: Penelope! Occupation: Porn Star….? sure Something you wear: Pants Celebrity: PAUL RUDD Something found in a kitchen: Pantry You Shout: PARTY! Body Part: Phalanges XD
Your Name: Matthew Famous Artist/Band/Musician: MADVILLIAN! 4 letter word: MARS State: Michigan Boy Name: McLovin Girl Name: Mala’Quisha Occupation: Model Something you wear: MY DICK BITCH Celebrity: Matthew Broderick Something found in a kitchen: Mudkipz You Shout: MICROPALAENTOLOGY! Body Part: See Something you wear
Your Name: Noel Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Nirvana/Nas 4 letter word: Nips State: NewYork Boy Name: Noel (Nole) Girl Name: Noel (No-el) Occupation: Neurologist Something you wear: Nothing Celebrity: Noel Purcell Something found in a kitchen: (n)Woman You Shout: Nigga Plz! Body Part: Nose
Your Name: Natalie Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Ninjas In My Closet 4 letter word: Nike State: New Jersey Boy Name: Nathaniel Girl Name: Natasha Occupation: NASA computer…person haha Something you wear: Nicker bokers Celebrity: Natalie Portman Something found in a kitchen: Nothing ahaha You Shout: NO FUCKING WAY Body Part: Dammit stupid “kn” sounding words. Neck
Your Name: Brittnie. Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Blink-182. 4 letter word: Boys. State: Buh… Boy Name: Brian… ew. :| Girl Name: Bella or Brooke. :D Occupation: Biologist… ew. D: Something you wear: Belts. Celebrity: Brittney Spears! Something found in a kitchen: Bags from the grocery store! You Shout: BAHAHA. Body Part: Boobs! ^__^
Your Name: C. Famous Artist/Band/Musician: I actually heavily dislike this band, but this one was hard for me, so “Cradle of Filth” and ew. 4 letter word: Crap. State: California Boy Name: Cory Girl Name: Calleigh Occupation: Cook Something you wear: Crop tops Celebrity: Christina Ricci… or Carly Pope Something found in a kitchen: Cutlery You Shout: Crap Body Part: Cupid’s Bow. :)
Your Name: L Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Led Zeppelin 4 letter word: Lick State: of Licentiousness Boy Name: LaBron Girl Name: Leticia Occupation: Lazy-ass Something you wear: Long hair Celebrity: LindseyfuckingLohan Something found in a kitchen: Leftovers You Shout: Kiss my ass! (close enough to L) Body Part: Long legs
The GOP doesn’t give a shit about losing the Hispanic and Latino vote, or the womens’ vote, so don’t take any glee in the losses among those constituencies that the party will be facing in 2010 and 2012; the GOP knows it won’t be capturing many voters from those groups any time soon.
Instead, Republicans are focused on waging a smear campaign against Judge Sotomayor using surrogates (Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan, Haley Barbour, Tim Tancredo, Curt Levey, and other right-wing extremists) to raise campaign dollars from its shrinking but still-radical base; to intimidate future Obama appointees from accepting an offer from him; and to tarnish Obama by planting doubt in the less-informed members of the public about his decision-making.
Expect the aforementioned surrogates, and others, to start lying about Sotomayor’s rulings tomorrow while Republican members of Congress continue to take a more reasoned, measured, and concerned tone about the judge… Even as they draft new smears behind closed doors for use by their media hit men.