The incarceration-industrial complex is one of those subjects so big as to tempt one to avoid it, daunted by the question of where to even start. Fortunately some people are braver than I am and stand up for the locked up. They are not amused by a new comedy about to hit theaters. From the Richmond VA Times Dispatch:
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What a great, great movie/animation/whatever. Now I have to go find My Neighbor Totoro...
Yeah, yeah, so I'm a little late catching up on my popular culture. I don't want to trash Disney (Leah)... Read below the fold...
This is a very, very important quote, from a source I hope is informed and worth our attention:
"To tell you the truth, I feel like there are literally millions of evangelical Christians that don't have a home right now," Hunter said
Who said this? Go read the whole thing and find out. But here's my offer: Christians, I offer you an atheist olive branch. Come back to the teachings of Your Lord, and I will link hands with you. I mean this in honest, heartfelt sincerity. Really. Read below the fold...
Update: more Construction Period issues with formatting, forgive the lack of spacing.
Warning: gut level, angry post.
No, really. I have always hated the show, not found it funny, and been annoyed with it. For years, I've said so, only to be told of how "boring, dour, unfunny and lame" I am. All that is probably true. But let me put it to you plainly, in the way that I initially reacted to the show, when told ('cause even back then I didn't watch a lot) I simply had to see it: Read below the fold...
I always find it disingenuous when people who know what's going on in this country say they don't hate Bush.
What do you have to do to be worthy of hate?
Shouldn't you hate someone who causes hundreds of thousands of deaths on the merest of whims?
Shouldn't you hate someone who defiles what just might have been the greatest country on earth â€” bringing in torture, theocracy, election fraud, abandonment of hurricane victims, and a massive transfer of wealth... to the most wealthy?
As for you, is "hate" too strong a word? Not strong enough?
Sirota has two good pieces up about the foolishness of clinging to terms like "Democrat" and "Republican" and of worrying about "bipartisanship" and "centrist mandates." They're very good, and I want to be among the first voices joining his, as progressives understand the opportunities and challenges of this incoming Congress and what can be done there. Read below the fold...
Hair-raising comment at Juan Cole today. This is from an email he received from someone he identifies only as "a professional who used to be in Iraq but now is in a nearby country" but it should scare the crap out of...well, just about anybody. The correspondent talks first about the fact that there are now no neurosurgeons or cardiac surgeons in Iraq because they have either been killed or fled the country. Read below the fold...
The nice thing about Thanksgiving is that it hasn't been corporatized. Halloween, yes; Xma$, yes--in fact, they've already been playing Xma$ music for weeks--but Thanskgiving remains blessedly uncontaminated by corporate marketroids trying to sell their shit. (OK, OK, butterball turkeys are way corporatized, but compared to Xma$? A bagatelle.)
At any rate, we are thankful for you, alert Corrente readers, so here are these changes:
- If you can log in, you can now blog here (in Drupal-ese, "authenticated users" now get blogs. A decision taken back at our last LA meeting, but it took awhile to get to. Sorry.) Click the "Post of my blog" link in the sidebar.
- Feel free to cross post and link back to your home blogs.
- Front paging is at the discretion of the Fellows of The Mighty Corrente Building.
- Decisions by the judges are arbitrary and final.
- In case of ties, a Republican will be tossed
- We also added a "buddy list." Except that, after lengthy and prayerful consideration, not, we used the word "moonbat" instead of the word "buddy." ("Buddy" makes me think of, erm, being invited out for ice cream. Ick.) So, if you make somebody your moonbat, their posts will get listed in a sidebar block. These are social networking/community building tools, or so I'm told.
- To make blogging easier, we added a WYSIWYG toolbar, so you can click on the B button, and get bold, and so on. (The one thing you can't to is paste HTML angle brackets into the new editor. It won't understand them, and they will show up as angle brackets. Sorry.)
To add someone to your moonbat list:
- Find the link in one of their posts that says "click to add to your moonbat list" and click it.
- The profile page of the the post's author will appear.
- Scroll down to "Moonbat actions" and click the link that says "Add..."
- A confirmation page will appear. Click OK.
To remove someone from your moonbat list:
- Click on the expanding "Fellow moonbats" link in your sidebar.
- Your moonbat list will appear.
- Click one of the links. That moonbat's profile page will appear.
- Scroll down to "Moonbat actions" and click the remove link.
- A confirmation page will appear. Click OK.
Support? Ask the bartender. Tell him the guy under the stairs sent you. And so to bed. Read below the fold...