Archive for category Equal Rights
Read this: Inequality is all around us and as it spreads it’s ugly head pops up in seemingly unintended places, but one has to wonder about that. At the very least it is a product of simply not caring. It is pretty commonly accepted that starving government programs (excepting the military) is a tactic utilized constantly by the right in order to feed public contempt for government. As profitable corporations pay no taxes or receive giant refunds and the flight of potential tax revenue as corporations and the wealthy hide money in off shore tax havens has resulted in most of our government programs becoming grossly and intentionally underfunded. The result is: conservative or liberal, we are all frustrated with our government whenever and wherever we interact with it. This is not really news but a closer look at certain specifics illustrate that loss of basic constitutional rights (for the poor of course) can proliferate as a result.
The article below from The Nation Magazine, by Sara Mayeux focuses on our starved legal system where typical austerity focuses cuts on programs that can least afford them. Read the rest of this entry »
Read this: As an avid basketball player and fan, I just had to include this. In the two articles below from The Nation Magazine, author Dave Zirin interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a whole range of subjects. Kareem has always been one of my favorites and I am glad to see him in an article in The Nation Magazine. He always seems to be overly serious, seeming to have trouble with the shallow focus of many, particularly in the world of professional sports. Zirin says that “sitting down with a basketball legend with a genius-level IQ demands eclectic questions and invites delicious answers.” Somehow they never get to basketball and that is appropriate today. After the interview Zirin say he “somewhat understood what makes Kareem that ‘different kind of cat’.” He goes on to suggest that a less athletically gifted Kareem would “have been perhaps a New York City librarian, content amidst the stacks of books and fulfilled by showing that one troubled kid how to find joy in the written word. Librarian Kareem would also have written crime thrillers with a social justice bent after work, just as a hobby.”
Well Kareem is writing and creating some notice in the process. He even recently got under the skin of “The Donald”. The first link describes the lead up to the interview with Kareem and the second link deals with some of his main points of emphasis.
Watch or read: One of my favorite old shows, The West Wing, abounded with great writing, on very real issues, that we sometimes still face today. The Daily KOS article below, by Jen Hayden, beautifully demonstrates an answer, more like a counter, to religious arguments focusing on the Bible and calling homosexuality an abomination. By demonstrating the selective use of the Bible to support some historical issues / practices and not others, it becomes crystal clear that things are just not that simple. After fictitious President Bartlett delivers his counter, everyone is left speechless and the room is silent. You can’t help but feel well done Mr. President. Too bad it is not always this easy, but if we arm ourselves with a little more knowledge maybe we can help to silence more of these feeble arguments.
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