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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 30

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  • Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!
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  • Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don Wright

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Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!, Kyle, People for the American Way

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Have you been wondering about those thousands of birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Years Eve? According to "respected prophet" and Religious Right rising star Cindy Jacobs, the event which some have playfully dubbed the "aflockalypse" was the result of ... wait for it ... the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy getting repealed. I wish I was kidding. You really have to see this.

Glenn Beck Targets Frances Fox Piven, Editors, The Nation
Frances Fox Piven Is Way Tougher Than Glenn Beck

Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post

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  • Michael Reagan can absurdly twist history to make his father a paragon of civil rights. But Reagan was hardly the "best friend" of blacks.
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  • CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986
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Are Disney Princesses Evil?

Author Peggy Orenstein on raising daughters in an age of gender-branded diapers, tiara-toting toddlers, and sexed-up preteens.

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Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones

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Where do Disney princesses fall on a 1-to-10 scale of harm to a girl's identity? How about Bratz, pink mania, Facebook? "All of this stuff seems 1, but might be 10, and you don't really know," says author and New York Times Magazine essayist Peggy Orenstein as we chat about her new book. "It's not any one thing. It's the whole onslaught." Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a highly entertaining (and disconcerting) romp. Orenstein hangs out with teachers, teenyboppers, marketing execs, social scientists, tots in tiaras, and her own seven-year-old to probe the beguiling contradictions of our growing girly-girl culture. Referring to the nearly half of six- to nine-year-old girls who wear lipstick or gloss, Orenstein tells me, "I don't know why the percentage is not zero."

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Read on for her lowdown on gender-branded diapers, Facebook's dark side, and how the parents of preschool beauty queens are more like us than we'd care to admit.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 23

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  • The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement
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  • Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Luckovich

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The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement, Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

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  • Constructive and engaging public dialogue is the antidote to the nasty rhetoric polluting America.
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  • Words Have Consequences
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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie, Stephan Salisbury, TomDispatch

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  • Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King
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  • More guns does not equal less crime
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Steve King: Democrats Driven By 'Irrational Leftist Lust For Socialized Medicine', Nick Wing, Huffington Post
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) continued his bluster against health care repeal in a recent interview with Human Events, saying that the entire package was driven by Democrats' "irrational Leftist lust for socialized medicine."

Rick Santorum on Obama: I Find It Remarkable For A Black Man To Decide Who Are People, Grassy Knoll, Democratic Underground
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Which is why he lost his bid for re-election.

‘You’re going to have to shoot them in the head,’ Beck said of Democratic leaders, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Discussing Democratic leaders during a June (2010) broadcast for the Republican Fox News Channel, conspiracy host Glenn Beck told his followers they would have to "shoot them in the head" in order to bring an end to an alleged "communist" agenda.

Slight Uptick In Pedestrian Deaths Is Apparently Michelle Obama's Fault, Jason LinkinsHuffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
The Daily Caller is pretty sure they have this all figured out, anyway: Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The reason may be First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign.

Anti-Immigrant Group’s Comments Following Arizona Tragedy Are Shockingly Insensitive, Jill Garvey, Imagine 2050

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  • Anti-immigrant groups, no matter how extreme or divisive their agenda, continue to position themselves as mainstream voices.
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  • Republicans Hope to Trample Constitution With Racist New Proposals
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Comcastrophe: Obama's FCC Approves Enormous Corporate Media Merger for Comcast/NBC

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  • Culmination of the deal, combined with the FCC's recent, loophole-ridden "Net Neutrality" rules, sets the table for Comcast to turn the Internet into cable television, where it has the ability to speed up its content, slow down or block its competitors such as Netflix, and hike the rates for its programming and services. We'll all end up paying more -- whether you're a Comcast subscriber or not.
    The new Comcast will control an obscene number of media outlets, from TV and radio to movie studios and a network of millions who subscribe to cable and internet.
    Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger
    Let Washington know there are consequences to blessing this bad deal.

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Josh Silver, Free Press/AlterNet

On Tuesday (Jan 18), the Federal Communications Commission blessed the merger of Comcast, the nation's largest cable and residential Internet provider, with NBC-Universal. The Justice Department immediately followed suit, removing the last obstacle to the unprecedented consolidation of media and Internet power in the hands of one company.

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You should be afraid and mad as hell.

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The new Comcast will control an obscene number of media outlets, including the NBC broadcast network, numerous cable channels, two dozen local NBC and Telemundo stations, movie studios, online video portals, and the physical network that distributes that media content to millions of Americans through Internet and cable connections.

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Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger, Free Press
According to press reports on Tuesday (Jan 18), the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers in history.

Comcastrophe, Free Press
Let Washington know there are consequences to blessing this bad deal.

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Get Angry: The Year’s 10 Best Political Documentaries

From Eliot Spitzer to Daniel Ellsberg, documentary filmmakers didnt lack engrossing subjects this year.

Michael Atkinson, In These Times

Thanks largely to personal technology and its discontents, were living through a renaissance of activist filmmaking--never before in the history of popular media have nonfiction films been so convenient to execute, so inexpensive to finance and so easy to distribute. Every year oodles and oodles of angry political essay-films come out now, in theaters and/or on DVD and streaming services, on every subject from war to Wall Street to industrial pollution, and no viewer can be blamed for feeling like a drowner in a sea of outrage. But you need see only 10--the best political docs of 2010.

• Inside Job (Sony) As thorough and well-researched and absolutely enraging an explication of the financial meltdown as we’re likely to get (since that seeming obligatory tsunami of thousand-page Grand Jury indictments will never be written), Charles Ferguson’s film is one of several Wall Street exposé docs this year. But it’s the one that needs to be seen, preferably with an Ativan.

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•Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Magnolia) Alex Gibney’s portrait of the felon-lobbyist is a lively, action-packed evidentiary affair, and if you didn’t quite understand what Abramoff did when his name hit the headlines in 2006, here’s where you’ll get it all straight. Which is what you should do, because the man’s outrageous career of graft, extortion, fraud, money laundering and possibly murder reveals the essential amorality of our federal circus so clearly that any withering hope you held that we lived in a democracy worthy of the word will be squashed.

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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie

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Stephan Salisbury, TomDispatch

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The landscape of America is littered with bodies.

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They've been gunned down in Tucson, shot to death at the Pentagon, and blown away at the Holocaust Museum, as well as in Wichita, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Brockton, and Okaloosa County, Florida.

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Total body count for these incidents: 19 dead, 26 wounded.

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Not much, you might say, when taken in the context of about 30,000 gun-related deaths annually nationwide. As it happens, though, these murders over the past couple of years have some common threads. All involved white gunmen with ties to racist or right-wing groups or who harbored deep suspicions of "the government." Many involved the killing of police officers.

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More guns does not equal less crime, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
There is no evidence to support the popular American fantasy that guns serve as a deterrent to crime and shooting sprees.

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The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement

Constructive and engaging public dialogue is the antidote to the nasty rhetoric polluting America.

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Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

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If we as a nation learned anything from the shootings in Tucson it is that stirring, meaningful speech is still possible. Yet it can be hard to hear above the roaring sewer that often passes for public dialogue.

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President Obama did what is expected of a leader in response to the national tragedy. He honored the victims of the shooting rampage, but gave a rousing speech filled with — dare I say — hope.

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Words Have Consequences, Gary Hart, Huffington Post
We all know that there are unstable and potentially dangerous people among us. To repeatedly appeal to their basest instincts is to invite and welcome their predictable violence.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 16

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  • Bachmann wants Minnesotans ‘armed and dangerous’ against Obama energy policy
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  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands after putting cross hair over district
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Nate Beeler

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands after putting cross hair over district, Michael Daly, New York Daily News | NY
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Here is what Sarah Palin said on the Facebook page where she depicted Gabrielle Giffords in the cross hairs of a rifle scope: "Don't retreat! Instead - RELOAD!"

Joe Klein: Ed Schultz 'Stupid', Huffington Post
Klein was speaking on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday (January 9), talking to host Howard Kurtz about the media climate in the wake of the Arizona shootings.

Bachmann wants Minnesotans ‘armed and dangerous’ against Obama energy policy, Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent| MN
Michele Bachmann described herself as a “foreign correspondent on enemy lines”

Sarah Palin Accuses Journalists Of 'Blood Libel,' Calls Loughner 'Apolitical', Talking Points Memo
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Four days after a gunman attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin responded to criticism over a map she posted before the election that featured gun sights over 20 targeted Democratic districts, including Giffords's.

Alaska, Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s Map, Billy Wharton, Bronx County Independent Examiner | NY
“We'll aim for these races,” “This is just the first salvo” and “join me in the fight.”

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Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story

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  • "I think it's the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that ... This has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in, and I think it's time that we do the soul searching," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said at a press conference on Saturday (Jan 8).
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  • Alaska, Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s Map
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