July222012
“… the US administration has solidified a dichotomous view of the world by intimating that the world can be divided into good or evil, without nuances or in-betweens. Since the US administration has asserted our goodness, then, by definition, whomever we clash with must necessarily be evil.4 This is all the more so when we adopt paradigms such as the axis of evil or rhetorical concepts such as “rogue states”. Such terms run counter to the idea of specific and individual liability and fault, and significantly contribute to the idea of collective and generalisable fault. Effectively, what this type of language connotes is that there are bad nations of people, and not just guilty individuals. Again, at the symbolic and emotive level, this type of language contributes to an environment in which bigotry and prejudice thrive. At the heart of bigotry and prejudice is the willingness to generalise about a people and to consider these generalisations incontrovertible and unassailable. When our leadership presumes itself capable of generalising about whole nations, branding them as evil, we set a normative example that supports the creation of binary categories and, in short, the flourishing of hate literature of the type we have witnessed recently.”

Khaled Abou el Fadl

I should be baking cookies, but instead I’m posting quotes from an article..

July92012
“When women got the right to vote is when it all went downhill because that’s when votes started being cast with emotion and maternal instincts that government ought to reflect.” Rush Limbaugh 7/3/12
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Ahmed Rashid Extended Interview - Pt. 1 || The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Pakistani Journalist Ahmed Rashid, author of the bestseller Taliban, talks about Pakistan and his new book Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

Watch Part II here

March132012
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Could The Use Of Flying Death Robots Be Hurting America’s Reputation Worldwide? || The Onion

The First Responders debate the U.S. military’s use of drone planes to rain fiery death upon Afghanistan from above. (Aired 10/11/11)

I personally think ‘flying death robots’ is more effective than the euphemism ‘drone.’ If we called them flying death robots, wouldn’t people take the issue of drone strikes more seriously?

March122012
Newspapers censor “Doonesbury” strips about abortion news || Feministing
All this week, “Doonesbury” is running a series of comic strips about the ultrasound laws that have popped up recently. The first strip features an abortion patient being sent to the “Shaming Room.”
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise in our current political climate that some newspapers have decided not to run the strips about abortion. Or that the list of papers that have opted out of running the strip is dominated by publications in states where ultrasound laws have come up.

Newspapers censor “Doonesbury” strips about abortion news || Feministing

All this week, “Doonesbury” is running a series of comic strips about the ultrasound laws that have popped up recently. The first strip features an abortion patient being sent to the “Shaming Room.”

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise in our current political climate that some newspapers have decided not to run the strips about abortion. Or that the list of papers that have opted out of running the strip is dominated by publications in states where ultrasound laws have come up.

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Panel Analyzes Obama’s Furious, Profanity-Filled Rant at Nation || The Onion

February152012

TIME Magazine’s U.S. Edition - Daily Show

TIME Magazine’s American issues feature soft cover stories, while their international issues offer hard-hitting world news. (03:31)

I know a lot of tumblr people have noticed this a long time ago, and now Jon Stewart speaks on it!

February82012
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