Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) On Planned Parenthood



Comments Off on Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) On Planned Parenthood

Filed under US Politics, Women's Rights

Jamie Kilstein on Conan

One of my favorite progressives in the entire world, Jamie Kilstein, was on Conan last night and pretty much brought the house down.

Watch this, and then go listen to Citizen Radio, the progressive podcast that he does with his wife, Allison Kilkenny.

I wish I could present the video here, but alas WordPress is like my mother: mostly lovable, but on occasion vindictive as hell.

Here’s what Coco had to say about Jamie:

In addition to being a comedian, Jamie Kilstein is the co-host of the incredibly awesome radio show Citizen Radio. You can tell that he is one smart guy: Obama, technology, terrorism, changing the world! For one little comic to tackle such big topics is pretty cool. My favorite part of his set was the joke about technology and Japan… he has a GREAT point. I can’t just RE-TYPE it down here in the little blog area though! You gotta watch it!

Also, it was Jamie Kilstein’s first time on TV! Conan loves introducing new comedians to the world, and he seemed very pleased to present Jamie’s debut tonight. Way to go Jamie, you killed it.



Filed under Fun Shit, Media

Cornel West on Craig Ferguson

So, for Black History Month, I would like to talk about being black in America. But that’s, well, fucking stupid because I’m a privileged white girl. So here’s Cornel West, talking to Craig Ferguson on last night’s Late Late Show. It was a really spectacular conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Dr. West, on courage, wealth disparity, black history and an orgasm machine.



Filed under Human Rights, Media

I’m envious of my British contemporaries.

Just watch this:

Unfortunately I haven’t written about this yet, but this is one hell of a story. If you aren’t paying attention to the British student protests, I’ll catch you up with this great article at the BBC.

After an initial headlong dash towards Whitehall, those at the front of the demonstration abruptly changed direction as a line of police blocked their way, and rushed back towards Trafalgar Square.

They led several thousands of university, college and school students and other protesters onto Pall Mall and round the edge of St James’s Park at a breathless clip.

As they neared Parliament Square, a police line cut them off.

Figures, including Simon Hardy of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, clad in a fluorescent orange bib, shouted “turn around and go that way!” – pointing back towards Westminster Abbey.

The crowd obeyed, briefly breaking into squeals and dancing as a sound system, wheeled on a trolley, cranked into action.

“It’s a spontaneous demo – the strategy is not to get kettled,” said Mr Hardy, in reference to the cordon behind which hundreds of protesters were held for hours after protests on Wednesday descended into clashes and vandalism.

A cat and mouse game around the streets of Westminster began, with the traffic grinding to a halt as the horde flowed past, shouting “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts” and obscenities about the prime minister and his deputy.

Police watched, filmed and photographed from the sidelines, while clusters of vans with lights flashing appeared at various points along the way, blocking off some routes.

“It’s a perfect strategy, it’s like a roving protest – last time we were kettled for several hours, but the police don’t know where we’re going because we don’t know where we’re going,” said Robin Minouge, 30, a fine arts and photography student at the University of the Arts in Camberwell.

A few youths banged on the windows of a bus as they marched from Victoria towards Hyde Park, which they passed to the cow-like honking of vuvuzelas and chants of “revolution”.

But other students shouted “peaceful protest, peaceful protest”, and some drivers caught up in the melee honked in support – or amusement – to cheers from the protesters, as snow began to fall.

That is so important. I just want to interrupt this for a moment to explain HOW VITAL remaining peaceful is to protesting. On the day of Glenn Beck’s rally, I walked in Al Sharpton’s Reclaim the Dream march. One of the things people kept saying was that we might get yelled at or even threatened, but we were to remain positive and focused on staying together. Solidarity.

Why? Because a movement is only as strong as its members.

As they reached Green Park, the protesters weaved among slow-moving traffic, briefly surrounding a stretch limousine as they passed the Ritz.

At one point police closed in to escort a Jaguar through the crowd, although the driver eventually sped off down a sidestreet.

Officer workers, Christmas shoppers and tourists looked on in bemusement as the crowd turned left at Piccadilly, up Regent Street and took over one side of Oxford Street.

Reggae blasted from the trolley-borne sound system, while a police helicopter whirred overhead and the occasional waft of marijuana mingled with the traffic fumes.

Jack Rowley, 25, an employee at a London student union, admitted he was “a bit tired”, after wheeling a shopping trolley full of hot drinks, food and blankets “in case we get kettled”.

Most of the marchers I spoke to were students or sixth form and college students, angered both by tuition fee rises and cuts to the educational maintenance allowance, which supports low-income college students.

But there were school pupils too, such as Sophie, aged 15, from Lewisham, who said she was missing triple science, “but this is more important”

“You shouldn’t have to pay that much to go to university – you just shouldn’t,” she said.

A young man, aged 16 and also from Lewisham, refused to give his name, but said he was there “for violence”.

He said he had been among those smashing windows at Millbank, following a group of anarchists as a “spur of the moment thing”.

“I don’t really like the police – they took my iPod and didn’t give it back,” he said.

Several students told me they had only recently become interested in politics and the recent fees protests had been their first taste of political activism.

Khyati Patel, an A-level student from Westminster Kingsway FE college, took a few minutes out from trying to cajole passengers on passing buses into gestures of support, to give a passionate denouncement of the Lib Dem’s U-turn on tuition fees.

She said she felt “alive, really alive”, and had never been politically active before.

“I think it slapped me across my face, saying you should have paid attention to the government because they’re liars”, she said before her friend grabbed her and they rushed off, afraid of getting left behind as the marchers ploughed onwards.

I’m gonna pull a CNN and leave it there.


Comments Off on I’m envious of my British contemporaries.

Filed under Activism, Human Rights

Ron Paul: ‘What we need is more WikiLeaks’

There are times when I remember why I love Ron Paul. This is one of them.

While I disagree with him fervently on most issues, when it comes to government transparency, Ron Paul’s one of the most reliable voices in Congress. While on Fox Business, he explained his view of WikiLeaks.

“What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve,” he said. “Can you imagine what it’d be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged.”

Yes they would. And he continued.

“In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth,” Paul insisted. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we’re in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it… This whole notion that Assange, who’s an Australian, that we want to prosecute him for treason — I mean, aren’t they jumping to a wild conclusion? I mean, why don’t we prosecute The New York Times or anybody that releases this?”

Most politicians, but especially Republicans, have called for Assange’s prosecution, forgetting that Assange is not a US citizen and apparently that we have laws protecting the freedom of the press. It’s nice to know that there are people who stand by their principles and not their political parties.

1 Comment

Filed under Media, US Politics

US pines to sue WikiLeaks, abandons last shred of democratic principles.

Everyone has been in a tizzy over the latest document dump by WikiLeaks (LMAO. I’m a child.) But here’s an important thing to remember: NOTHING in the cables was actually harmful to our troops.

Might the Gossip Girl-esqe comments about how Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi “reportedly cannot travel without his senior Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytsk,” written by Gene A Cretz, the American ambassador to Libya, put some strain on our diplomatic relationship with Libya? I’d be surprised if it didn’t. And calling Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, “feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader,” well… that can’t help our ties with most countries in Europe. So yes, Hillary Clinton and the rest have all right to be frustrated with this.

Add that to the more volatile issues, like how a lot of Arab nations want us to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran, and you get a shit storm of embarrassment.

But you know what? It’s not Assange’s fault that these diplomats said things that could have put our relationships with our allies in danger. It’s not WikiLeaks’ fault for DEFENDING the public’s right to government transparency because the government won’t do it on their own.

No. Here’s the deal. The establishment is mad because Assange is being a journalist and making information public so that citizens of not only this country but the international community can hold their leaders accountable. And the media is mad because the establishment is mad. They have to protect the powerful, or they’ll lose their access. It’s all about the access, baby.

I tweeted a lot about this yesterday because I think a lot of liberals watched MSNBC during the day and just accepted the bullshit narratives about WikiLeaks as sacrosanct. This is my main problem with MSNBC, and I’ve made no secret of it. People perceive them to be a liberal station because of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, but holy shit, Chuck Todd is no fucking liberal. Joe Scarborough? The guy is a thoughtful conservative, but he’s a conservative nonetheless. And the rest of the daytime, except Dylan Ratigan, is just establishment shit in the vein of CNN.

So don’t trust the domestic media’s coverage of the WikiLeaks issue. It’s just propaganda used to cover for the real problem: that we don’t know how to do diplomacy.

But apparently, reason and truth doesn’t matter. Because we want to catch the little devil. He’s an easy target. So take a look at this report from Al Jazeera:

With controversy raging around the release of secret documents, what legal repercussions will WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, face? Assange is neither a US citizen nor a resident, so the extent of the reach of US law is in question.

Interpol called for the arrest of Assange as his site’s dumping of secret US cables exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan over nuclear arms safety.

France-based Interpol said that it had alerted all member states to arrest the 39-year-old Australian who is wanted in Sweden for questioning over the alleged rape and molestation of two women.

Hmm. Yeah, it’s interesting they’d bring this up now. My guess is that this has more to do with the revelation that Assange is going to do a dump of documents from a very powerful bank. Because diplomatic relations are important, but there’s no money in that. When there’s money to lose, that’s when things are going to get tough for Assange.

1 Comment

Filed under Media, US Politics, War and Peace

Cenk is my favorite person ever.

This video is just over 2 minutes long, and it features Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks and MSNBC. He talks about the one point that Jon Stewart made with which I completely agree: that the system is inherently corrupt and needs to be covered, regardless of party.


Comments Off on Cenk is my favorite person ever.

Filed under Media, US Politics