Volume 21, Number 11
Battle of St Paul
“FREE GAZA MOVEMENT”
Breaking Gaza's Seige
The Infamous Three G's
Outrageous Gift Offer
Goodbye to Bush Offer
GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY NOTES
Quo Vadis Culture Wars?
US Nuke Threat
Bush Seeks Legacy
Globalization v. Democracy
Jeffrey M. Smith
Eleanor J. Bader
Abortion & Life
Eleanor J. Bader
The American War in Pakistan
Bailout & Election
Bush Economic Legacy
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Sarah Palin and the Infamous Three G’s
After eight long years of abysmal incompetence and shameful blunders under neo-conservative rule, I never thought I’d see this again in my lifetime: a presidential ticket that espouses major tax cuts for big corporations and the filthy rich, across the board deregulation, oil drilling to solve our energy crises, denial of climate change’s causes, expansion of market-based healthcare, and kooky religious attitudes towards science and the fate of the world. Is it just me or is it Groundhog Day all over again? Despite Bush’s monumental failures--Katrina, two wars, inaction before 9/11--and despite problems of historic proportions facing our country--the economy, international terrorism, Wall Street bailouts--the Religious Right is blissfully gung-ho for a Palin presidency. Uhm, I meant a McCain presidency.
Judging by the enthusiastic response, it’s no secret the evangelical base was lukewarm about John, but has fallen in love with Sarah. Despite zero foreign policy experience (other than being able to see Russia from Alaska), despite zero military experience (other than gubernatorial powers over the Alaska National Guard), despite little erudition of history (her cluelessness about the Bush doctrine), and despite flip-flopping on several issues (Bridge to Nowhere), the Republican base is frothing at the mouth for this former mayor of Lake Wobegon.
But honestly, why? The secret lies with Karl Rove as usual. While Obama is running a 1980 campaign (like Reagan trying to convince the American public he’s reliable), McCain is using Bush’s 2004 strategy. According to Time magazine, Rove “speaks regularly with the McCain campaign.” Rove’s protégé, Steve Schmidt, is campaign manager. According to Politico, Rove was heavily involved in McCain’s VP selection process. If there is anything Rove knows (as the documentary Bush’s Brain illustrated), it’s how to ignite the religionistas using the three G’s: gays, genocide, and God. They’re fail-safe topics to fire up the Values Voters, which is a quarter of the electorate, because no Democrat can argue against this sacred cow.
Let’s discuss the first infamous G. According to the “reality based community” (scientists), homosexual’s brains are involuntarily attracted to pheromones of the same sex: Gay men’s hypothalamuses are activated by a chemical found in male sweat. Their brains react as though female. Homosexuality, therefore, is by no means a “choice.” As to the roots of gay bashing--the story of
As for “genocide” (abortion), the basic facts of human reproduction must be acknowledged: 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies result in miscarriage; 60 to 80 percent of all fertilized eggs never become implanted in the uterus. Maybe God ought to be tried at
There is one tried and true method of decreasing the abortion rate: A strong economy. During the
Moreover, there is no biblical basis for anti-abortionists’ fervent beliefs. In the 600 laws of Moses, not one mentions abortion. In Exodus 21:22-25 (right after the Ten Commandments), it’s very clear a fetus is not considered a human. If a pregnant woman has a miscarriage as the result of a quarrel between two men, the offender should be fined; if the woman dies, the offender must be killed. In Genesis 2:7, there’s no mistaking when life begins: “[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” Zygotes do not have nostrils.
Finally, the big G, the politics of God. Was Jesus’s mission on earth to die for our sins and teach Christ-consciousness or to establish a state-run Christian empire? When the Devil tempted Jesus with world dominance during his 40-day fast, Jesus replied: “Get thee behind me Satan. For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord thy God and serve him only.’” To the Son, government, country, and politics were inconsequential ephemeral things: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Sarah Palin’s lack of knowledge, lack of experience, and “faith based” beliefs are disturbing. Since 30 percent of vice presidents become president, this should be a serious concern for all Americans. The fact that John McCain is 72 and has a reoccurring form of cancer cannot be overlooked. A major question in this election is, will “values” voters be able to see beyond their worldview or, once again, fall prey to their own religious temptations?
Frazer Merritt has spent considerable time researching the influences of corporate lobbyists on
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
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BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
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LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
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ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
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CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
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NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
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MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
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GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
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LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
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