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Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary.

  • Nuts fighting to save their "rights" aren't just demonstrating or issuing propaganda. Now  they're getting personal
  • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out.

Amanda Gailey, Salon

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open_carry2.jpg A gun rights supporter openly carries two pistols strapped to his leg during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook)

Monday Oct 27| If you want to understand the fight the gun safety movement faces in trying to win over gun extremists in red states, my experience this summer will be instructive.

Moms Demand Action, a group formed after the Sandy Hook shooting to crack down on gun violence, began pressuring the Kroger supermarket chain to prohibit “open carry” in its stores after gun extremists used Kroger stores to demonstrate their “rights.” Gun laws are lax in many states, and it can be legal to openly carry a firearm with no training, and, in some cases, no background checks. The Kroger campaign is the most recent in a string of corporate responsibility efforts in which mothers, flanked by other gun violence prevention advocates, have asked companies to tighten gun policies, arguing that the businesses have an obligation to keep their customers safe.

Amanda Gailey teaches English at the University of Nebraska and volunteers for Nebraskans Against Gun Violence.

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Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out, David Waldman, Daily Kos

  • Six weeks of school (counting from the week of August 25), and three teachers have already accidentally fired their handy little safety tools in school. 
  • Looking sharp, people. Looking sharp.
  • The Hidden Cost of Gun Violence: Meet a Mother and Her 7-Year-Old With PTSD

 

America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal

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The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

Joan Walsh, Salon

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Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | When I first heard President Obama’s remarks on the 2014 midterms to Rev. Al Sharpton on Politics Nation Monday — insisting he’s fine with the red state Democrats who are distancing themselves from him because they “are all folks who vote with me” — I had two contradictory thoughts. Either Obama was being awfully gracious, or else he was mad as hell, and happy to bear-hug cowardly red state Democrats so hard it might hurt them.

Republicans certainly thought they hit political gold. Right away Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus Tweeted gleefully: “All of the Dem candidates running from Obama ‘are all folks who vote with’ & ‘have supported’ his agenda.” The mud-slinging right-wing Washington Free Beacon pounced: “President Obama dealt another blow to red state Democrats on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday.”

Joan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 11: Noam Chomsky On How Progressives Should Approach Election 2012

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  • Professor Chomsky said, “I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it -- seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza."
  • He said he will probably vote for Jill Stein for president in effort to push a genuine electoral alternative.
  • How Do You Take Your Poison?
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Matthew Filipowicz, AlterNet

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

vote1.jpegSeptember 28, 2012  |  Recently, on the Matthew Filipowicz Show, I had the privilege of speaking to Professor Noam Chomsky at his MIT office.  We discussed many aspects of activism including how he felt activists and progressives should approach two party politics and specifically the 2012 election.

Chomsky stated “I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it. Seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza.  And my own judgment, for what it’s worth, is, yes, there’s a point to taking a part.”

Matthew Filipowicz is a comedian, cartoonist, satirist and the host of the Matthew Filipowicz Show.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers, Ralph Nader, Wall Street Journal / Eurasia Review

  • Why is a third-party candidate called a "spoiler" when the nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties, that have given us a spoiled political system (corrupted by the highest bidder) are never referred to in such a pejorative way?
  • Lesser-Evil Math Doesn't Compute
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction

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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

 

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

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  • For those of you … who want a peek into the book before committing to the full 420 pages, here are five of (the author's) key arguments.
  • A Short Guide To 'The Half Has Never Been Told'
  • This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege

Braden Goyette, Huffington Post

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o-3418198-570.jpg?6 10/23/2014Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners.

What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that "The Half Has Never Been Told" is quite a gripping read. Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data and narrative prose to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class.

Braden Goyette: Senior Editor, Huffington Post

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This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege, Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

  • “Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

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  • We broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly "The pattern that was set in January 1976 continues to the present," said Chomsky. "Israel, with the unremitting and decisive support of the United States — military, economic, diplomatic and ideological, for many years has been devoting extensive resources to ensuring a settlement of these terms will not be implemented ."
  • “The Terrorists R Us.”

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgWednesday, October 22, 2014 | Amy Goodman: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he is setting up an investigation into the attacks on U.N. facilities during Israel’s recent assault on Gaza. Some 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilian, were killed in the conflict, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel.

Well, today we spend the hour with Professor Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He’s Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than half a century. In a rare event that took place last Tuesday, 800 people packed the hall of the U.N. General Assembly to see Noam Chomsky—ambassadors and the public from around the world. The event was hosted by the [Committee on the] Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. Noam Chomsky gave a major address, and I followed with a public interview. First, the speech.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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“The Terrorists R Us.” Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

  • The Islamic State “Big Lie”
  • The Criminalization of the United Nations
  • What To Do About ISIS

 

Misinformed USA: Why average Americans vote for Republicans or Democrats

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  • Average Americans need to be more informed about what is going in the country, but also where to get their information. The argument isn't about holding a liberal or conservative ideology, it's about facts that are based on truth and not information based on twisted logic. Americans need to learn to dig a little deeper to find honest reporting, not just believe something that falls in their lap at the expense of a billionaire funded think tank or news organization.
  • Who Rules Public TV?

Robert Sobel, Orlando (FL) Liberal Examiner

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The same argument made here about conservatives can be made about liberals. Just substitute NPR/PBS for Fox News and Democrat for GOP!

March 23, 2012 | One can only wonder why average working class Americans would vote for a party that is so obvious in their bias towards the wealthy. It would make sense that someone in the top 1 percent of the income bracket would vote for the Republican party since they have the wealthiest American's best interest at heart. You could even make the case that highly religious Christians would vote for Republicans even though, at times, they vote against their own best economic interests. So the question remains, while scratching your head, why do working class Americans vote for Republican candidates?

I once sat down and spoke with an acquaintance of mine, trying to get a grip on what people are thinking about the future of our country. He said he voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 because, "we need a business person to get our debt down." I asked where he got his news and information from, and after trying to deflect from the question, the answer finally came. "I don't pay attention too much, but when I do, I watch Fox." Fox News is the primary source for information for millions of Americans across the country and that's where the problem starts.

Robert Sobel is an avid political junkie and full time writer. 

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Who Rules Public TV? Aldo Guerrero, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

  • Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
  • Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

 

 

 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

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Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.

  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Devon DB, Global Research

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

vote1.jpegSeptember 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am notwasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

Devon DB is a 20 year old independent researcher and writer. He is studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers, Ralph Nader, Wall Street Journal / Eurasia Review

  • Why is a third-party candidate called a "spoiler" when the nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties, that have given us a spoiled political system (corrupted by the highest bidder) are never referred to in such a pejorative way?
  • Lesser-Evil Math Doesn't Compute
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction

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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

 

The dirty secret behind attack ads

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  • "Anyone who believes anything a candidate or campaign says about their opponent or themselves in a purchased ad is an idiot." --Jim Meffert, a former Minnesota congressional candidate
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Eric Black, MinnPost

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ElectoralDysfunction300.pngThis the eighth story in a series comparing the U.S. system of politics and elections with other democracies around the world.

10/22/14 I mentioned a couple of installments back that Curtis Gans of the Center for the Study of American Electorate is convinced that negative campaign ads contribute to lower voter participation by causing many Americans to believe that their only choice is between bad and worse.

One former Minnesota congressional candidate says that is exactly the purpose.

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

 

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