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Will The US Succumb To Another Bout of Usanity?

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Usanity is like a weaponized version of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome. #OfficerGoFuckYourself has clear symptoms of both conditions. But Usanity is broader and more profound. Usanity is that syndrome which grips an entire diverse nation, the most heavily armed on the planet, and turns it into that cop with his rolling eyes and gun pointed: “I will fucking kill you!” 

Kieran Kelly, Countercurrents.org

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%23OfficerGoFuckYourself.jpg26 August, 2014 | A white male in a uniform brandishes an assault rifle, pointing it directly at peaceful protesters and journalists: “I will fucking kill you!” When asked his name, he responds “Go fuck yourself” earning himself the hashtag #OfficerGoFuckYourself.

No one threatens the policeman, but his stance and his wide eyes betray his hyper-alert state. People stroll behind him without offering any sign of confrontation, but his adrenaline is pumping. He is in the grips of Usanity, and for him the world is suddenly full of threats and offenses.

Kieran Kelly blogs at On Genocide.

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Pete Seegar vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist ~ Edward Renehan

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“Subtleties don’t travel well in a ‘sound bite’ culture”—this book will bring this and many other of Seeger’s lyrics to a new level leaving you educated on this dark and tangled era in our nation’s history.

Reviewed in NationofChange.org

seeger_0.jpgAugust 22, 2014 | Shining a light on the McCarthy era, “Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” is an inspiring, yet surprising story of how this brave man’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of association was put before the risk of imprisonment and professional ruin. During an “ugly chapter” in U.S. history, this book is a well-researched and well-written story that shows the real importance of the First Amendment.

“Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” sets the record straight as the author, Ed Renehan, reveals some secrets about Seeger’s struggle for social justice through the late 1950s and early 1960s. After he was subpoenaed in 1955 to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee yet refused to comply, Seeger was convicted of contempt of Congress and sentence to jail, which was later overturned. Renehan not only tells the story of Seeger’s struggle to preserve freedom and integrity, it is a look at how the American government has victimized artists, “shutting down dialogue on important social issues.”

Nation of Change: Progressive Journalism for Positive Action

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Remembering Robin Williams

What a loss. Not only a brilliant, unique comic talent, political satirist and actor but also a deeply caring and motivated activist. A mensch for sure. RIP.

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company 

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August 12, 2014 | Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now.

He came bearing bagels. Lots and lots of bagels. He was, as a colleague said last night, a mensch.

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Have They No Shame? August 11, 2014

  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions
  • Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'
  • Ignorance Uncensored

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions

1. How many troops should we have left in Iraq?

2. How long is long enough?

3. Should troops have stayed in Iraq without a status of forces agreement?

4. Would U.S. troops try to retake Mosul and Fallujah? You want another Battle of Fallujah?

Shadee AshtariHuffington Post 

n-JOHN-MCCAIN-large570.jpg08/12/2014 | Soon after authorizing targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from lawmakers and pundits blaming the unfolding crisis on the Obama administration's 2012 decision to withdraw combat troops from the region.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an outspoken Iraq hawk, appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday criticizing Obama's strategy against the Islamic State, previously called ISIS, as overly cautious.

Shadee Ashtari is a senior at UCLA majoring in Communications with a minor in Political Science. At the Burkle Center, Shadee is an editor and writer for The Generation. 

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Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'

(Yet) research published last (2013) year found that suicide rates tend to be higher in states that vote Republican and have a higher rate of gun ownership.

Ed MazzaHuffington Post

/Robin_Williams.jpg08/13/2014 | Rush Limbaugh seems to think he knows why Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide earlier this week -- and it's because unhappiness is an attitude of the political left.

The leftist attitude is "one of pessimism and darkness, sadness -- they're never happy, are they?" Limbaugh said on Tuesday's broadcast of his radio show. "They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry." 

Ed Mazza: Overnight Editor at the Huffington Post, San Francisco Bay Area.

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Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

 

Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending August 10, 2014

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 10 New items including:
    • Ignorance Uncensored
    • The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site,
    • Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014
    • The United States of Cruelty
    • Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity
    • George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”
    • Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.”
    • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
    • MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry
    • Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Pat Bagley

Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund 

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

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The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon 

  • Who's really behind the "growing online community"?
  • American Racism

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Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: Wingnuts’ anti-child disgrace: From Murrieta to Oracle, America’s worst at it again
  • Part 2: Michelle Bachmann Just Compared Child Immigrants to Rapists

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity,  Mike Adams, NaturalNews

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | An out-of-her-mind Sen. McCaskill today attacked our favorite TV doctor today for his advocacy of green coffee beans and other natural supplements.

Just to put all this in perspective, at a time when Islamic militants are about to seize Baghdad, when 1,000 immigrants per day are streaming across the Texas border, when the national debt has exceeded $17 trillion, U.S. veterans are dying from lack of medical care and our civil rights and liberties are eroding by the day, Sen. McCaskill wants to focus on green coffee beans.

Seriously? Here's the full story on this extraordinary, inexcusable stupidity from Capitol Hill.

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Steve Sack

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George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges” Katie McDonough, Salon

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying about sexual assault in order to get "privileges"

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Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.” Katie McDonough, Salon

Asked to defend the remark, the delegate said, "I don’t care. ... if I say something in public, I say it in public."

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Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.” Katie McDonough, Salon

  • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
  • But the measure is actually just a sneaky attempt to endow fertilized eggs with legal rights and ban abortion.
  • As usual, the words “pregnancy” and “protection” are red herrings.

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MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry, David Edwards, Raw Story

And this is a "serious" candidate for Congress, eager to join others equally as ignorant...

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Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud, Joan Walsh, Salon

  • From Ayn Rand to Charles Murray, he thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery
  • “Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy

 

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