Wrote an article about American torture on the Axis of Justice website here. Nothing groundbreaking, but I think it puts it all into a simple framework and slices up the torture apologists pretty well (figuratively speaking). If I thought my audience on that site had the interest/attention span, I would have made it much longer, more in-depth, and would’ve spent more time on Obama’s mounting complicity in the torture regime (or at least letting the criminals get off scott-free), and on the BushPlus Super Unconstitutional Powers he is giving himself. Clearly, President HopeChange’s real ideology is pragmatism. I’ve heard a few skeptical lefties say that maybe Obama is playing the long game, that he’s biding his time and advancing his schemes when prudent. And maaaybe that’s possible… But my guess is that if you want to see Obama unleash a wide array of progressive action, you’re going to need to get yourself and a few million of your closest friends to organize, put the pressure on, and make him do it.
May 27, 2009
May 25, 2009
About, damn, a year ago, I posted an article about an upcoming video game that might have some troubling, racist imagery. Actually, my article was about how depressing it was that hundreds of video game fans seemed completely unwilling or unable to see how any aspect of the game could possibly be seen as racist. One of the few valid points on their behalf was “the game’s not even out yet, everyone’s getting all upset about a trailer for the game. The game itself might be way different.
So, the game (Resident Evil 5) has been out for weeks now, and here’s an article by a guy who played the game and discusses the game’s depiction of race and ethnicity. Thorough and thoughtful. And only a little nerdy.
May 7, 2009
I was pretty energized by this video from a recent Bill Moyers Journal. It’s about how people in Boston are organizing with the support of an organization called City Life/Vida Urbana to fight against impending foreclosures and evictions of their homes.
I thought the video did a great job of showing people learning about their legal rights, working to help each other out, and fighting against the deceit of the banks that got them (and us) into this financial crisis in the first place. It’s good to see people saying “we won’t let you take our neighbor’s home” instead of just letting the corrupt lenders throw them out because they think they have no other choice.
The Bill Moyers page also has some good resource links for people who want to get involved, or who are in danger of losing their homes right now. Click for those.
May 3, 2009
In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Condoleezza Rice had to defend herself from accusations of war crimes from a 9-year old. My hat goes off to you, young Misha Lerner.
Misha’s mother claimed that his original question was “If you would work for Obama’s administration, would you push for torture?”, but The Man made him tone it down to more of a “are the things that Obama is saying about your administration’s interrogation techniques hurting your feelings?” type thing.
Cue right-wing nutjobs blaming the whole thing on his liberal terrorist parents, and sending the boy death threats at school in 3… 2… 1…
May 1, 2009
Best headline I’ve read in a while:
Implies that the US is not going to invade Iran during the Obama administration. Of course, then he goes on to talk about sanctions, which can do just as much damage. Damn, I went and made myself sad.