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Snarkadelia Revamp!

Hey guys! Just checking in to let you lovelies know that I am in the process of performing CPR on this blog, and that it’ll be kicking and screaming (not literally, of course) by the end of this weekend!

I’ve got a lot of stories to share with you.

Much love (and a little lust),

Cate

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Peter King Makes Democracy Cry

Just when I think that this democracy can’t become any more “in name only,” I read stories like this (via Raw Story).

Legislation aimed at helping the United States prosecute WikiLeaks and other sources of leaked information was introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Tuesday.

“Julian Assange and his associates who have operated and supported WikiLeaks not only damaged US national security with their releases of classified documents, but also placed at risk countless lives, including those of our Nation’s intelligence sources around the world,” Rep. King, the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement.

“As international pressure has held back Assange, we now find that his colleagues are planning to spin off a new website called OpenLeaks, dedicated to the same dangerous conduct.”

Um, let’s get one thing straight. Journalism is not “dangerous conduct.” Journalism, proper journalism at least, allows for an informed public. And that in turn allows for that informed public to make informed decisions on, say, Election Day. And while certain establishments have done a great deal and spent countless dollars to destroy journalism, its original purpose remains the same.

The bill, known as the the SHIELD Act, would amend the Espionage Act to make publishing classified information “concerning the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community” an act of espionage.

So why is telling the truth, and informing voters about the deeds and misdoings of the government, considered “dangerous conduct” by politicians such as Peter King? Well, either he’s a fool who doesn’t understand the concept of the free press and therefore should not be serving in Congress, or he doesn’t care about what Thomas Jefferson (you know, that Thomas Jefferson — the writer) had to say about the importance to democracy of the press.

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

And also:

Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues of truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is freedom of the press. It is therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.

Maybe King doesn’t have the same impression of democracy as Thomas Jefferson did. Or may I simply misunderstand Jefferson’s words.

Either way, King has it out for WikiLeaks. And he isn’t fighting alone.

Sens. John Ensign (R-NV), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate last week.

Glad to see we’ve got such principled men running our country.

This article was originally posted at Liberaland.

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Elizabeth Edwards, dead at 61.

A truly incredible activist, author and mother, Elizabeth Edwards died of her cancer this morning at 10:15. She posted this message on Facebook yesterday:

“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered,” Edwards wrote on her Facebook page Monday. “We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human.

“But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that, I am grateful.”

 

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Just Fuckin’ Do It: 3 Freedoms for Burma

I’m trying a new feature here at Snarkadelia: Just Fuckin’ Do It. I think its important for progressives to get their shit done if they’re going to call others out on being apathetic. So each week I’ll post an easy action for you to do and send to your friends. It may be a petition to sign, a cause to research, letter writing, or even occasionally non-violent direct action for extra credit.

So, in honor of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, this week’s Just Fuckin’ Do It…

Sign a pre-written letter from Amnesty International to the ministers of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (all members of ASEAN) that encourages them to use their powers to pressure Myanmar to allow the Burmese people the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

Here is the letter:

Dear Minister,

Myanmar held elections for the first time in two decades on 7 November 2010.

The human rights situation in the country remains grim and since the election there has been no public comment made by the government of Myanmar on this issue. More than 2,200 political prisoners, many of them prisoners of conscience, continue to languish behind bars in Myanmar. Under Electoral Laws enacted in March 2010, none of them were able to participate in the elections.

I therefore urge your Government, as a member of ASEAN, to work with all ASEAN states to uphold the integrity of the binding principles of the ASEAN charter, for “respect for fundamental freedoms, the promotion and protection of human rights, and social justice”, by pressing the Myanmar government to:

  • Release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience arrested solely on the basis of their peaceful political activity, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Ensure that all people in Myanmar can enjoy the “three freedoms” of expression, peaceful assembly, and association.

ASEAN has a key role to play to bringing these long-overdue human rights improvements to Myanmar.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully,

It takes two minutes. Simply follow this link and fill in the information requested.

And then your karma is that much better.

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Cheney to Bush: “Mary is gay.”

Read this interesting excerpt from Bush’s new memoir:

By the time Dick came to the ranch to deliver his final report, I had decided to make another run at him. As he finished his briefing, I said, “Dick, you are the perfect running mate.”

While I had dropped hints before, he could tell I was serious this time. Finally, he said, “I need to talk to Lynne.” I took that as a promising sign. He told me that he had had three heart attacks and that he and Lynne were happy with their life in Dallas. Then he said, “Mary is gay.” I could tell what he meant by the way he said it. Dick clearly loved his daughter. I felt he was gauging my tolerance. “If you have a problem with this, I’m not your man,” he was essentially saying.

I smiled at him and said, “Dick, take your time. Please talk to Lynne. And I could not care less about Mary’s orientation.”

I’d like to punch this man in the face. I’m so glad he waited until after the election to remind the country of how much an ass he is.

I’ll say this: I’m glad he seemed to have no problem with Mary’s sexuality. In fact, it seems that he was fairly progressive in that sense, especially considering that he didn’t call it “preference” or “choice.” That makes his attacks on the queer community that much more despicable.

 

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DADT repeal… not so much.

According to the Advocate, Robert Gates spoke out in favor of dropping a repeal provision in the DOD bill. Why? Because he needs the sweet, sweet cash. “I would like to see the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ but I’m not sure what the prospects for that are,” Gates told the Associated Press Saturday.

A source close to Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says that Levin is “making calls under the premise – we can’t afford to waste time on a controversial provision, so we’ll strip out the controversial provision and be able to get the bill on and off the floor in the available amount of time.”

But what’s missing in that is why it won’t pass. “This is another in a long series of cases where Democrats are capitulating to the Republicans,” said the source.

In other words, the inevitable failure of the Democrats to find their spine. They still have a majority in the Senate, slim though it may be, but… apparently that’s not good enough.

 

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Weekly Potpourri: #FreeKeith Edition

In honor of Keith Olbermann, I present… Keef’s Greatest Hits! Enjoy, my snarks.

 

1. Special Comment on Katrina

 

2. Ground Zero Five Years After 9/11

 

3. Bill O’Reilly’s Petition to Can Keith Because of Loofah

 

4. Proposition 8

 

5. Human Rights Campaign 2009

 

6. Death Panels and Life Panels

 

7. Shirley Sherrod

 

8. Worsts: “Reporter” Gets Sexually Excited By Sarah Palin

 

9. The Death of Habeas Corpus

 

10. Bill O’Reilly and Daily Kos


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