Ok, so Thom Hartmann suggests that libertarians are racists. But I think he’s suffering from cognitive bias. White cognitive bias. Rand Paul’s Confederacy Scandal Is Not an Anomaly — Libertarianism Is a ‘Philosophy’ That Papers Over Deep Racism in America Essentially, I believe Rand Paul and Ron Paul are clearly racists, so this is essentially [...]READ MORE »
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Prohibition has never solved a single problem.
Prohibition has also never actually worked to do anything but breed inequality and allowed the belief in the “undeserving” poor to exist. These are the “bad” ones. The ones that questioned, or just disregarded authority and didn’t care about respectability. We don’t have to care about what the state does to them. And so the police state is born on the back of hate and racism because it’s ok that police beat and kill and imprison blacks, hippies and latinos for “coloring outside the lines”. Essentially, I gave up my “whiteness” in exchange for being a full member of the human race. I lost my whiteness by not leaving behind my 60’s radicalism and continuing down that civilly disobedient path well past the time when ordinarily most people have given up their ideals. It’s no surprise at all to me that I ended up in prison.
Starting on November 14th 1991, I began a sentence of nearly 6 years (5 years and 8 months to be exact) in federal prison, and 4 years on supervised release so that’s really 4 months shy of ten years as an inmate in the federal prison system.
While I was in prison, I made alcohol upstairs in the plumbing shop where I worked as the clerk and the emergency plumber for $35 per month. We used tomato juice, orange juice, grape juice, etc. and unbaked bread dough for yeast. In the winter we froze it for extra kick. I traded this alcohol for weed and so I wasn’t completely without medicine while I did my time for cultivating marijuana and distributing LSD. I don’t personally like alcohol but I’m ok with most people who do. There are always going to be idiots unfortunately, and there is nothing I can do about that.READ MORE »
I’ve been studying native American philosophy and in general indigenous ways for most of my life. I can make fire without lighters and accelerants and I’ve been on a personal vision quest for four decades. These things go on you know…
It’s as simple as this, in these times, I think it’s important to attempt historical accuracy in movies since there are plenty of native American actors that could play the role of Tonto…
However, I think it would be even better if you demanded that Sherman Alexie be allowed to re-cast the entire film, and rewrite the entire script, which would then make it a brutal comedy where no feelings were spared on either side. I have no idea what you would get out of this other than pleasantly surprised as well as deeply moved.READ MORE »
I want to talk to my democrat friends who are in the fight to help Obama win in 2012. One person, even if he’s the president, can’t really change things in America. But I still believe the work you’re doing is important to do. I also want to talk to my friends in Occupy Wall Street, this involves everyone. We’ve been dealing with a lot of issues lately, particularly the question of whether the 99% spring is a co-opting of the movement, moveon.org, etc. which has pushed people to having that conversation so I think all this is relevant to the movement as well.
Regardless of the fact I no longer consider myself a democrat and that I think it is important to work outside the system, I am still proud of the fact that I was a significant part of Obama’s election in 2008. I was the head organizer of the Indianapolis ACORN office at that time, I found and trained all the initial people and together we built a GOTV operation that in the end employed almost 400 registrars and registered 24,500 new voters in Indianapolis. The last time Indiana went blue was 1967 and it’s only done that three times. So that isn’t something that I’m going to look back on and think; “What a waste of time…” Organizing is what it is and politics is the art of the possible. I do not think it was foolish. I did what I thought was the right thing. I would do it again because at the time, it seemed like the right choice and in fact I still believe it was.
I want you to know, that I hope Barack Obama wins if the alternative is Mitt Romney if for no other reason than the fact that Mitt will appoint terrible supreme court justices. I think I and many other people will prefer Obama’s pick for the highest court in the nation.
I look at the long haul. I’m willing to fight all your fights with you, I always vote for who I think will be best for the country, not just my own personal views.
On the issue of health care, I’m hopeful and grateful for the work that has been done by everyone but I know there is much more to do. I have serious health issues, reforming this system matters to me personally. I’m of the belief that “some disassembly may be required”, but that doesn’t mean I think we can’t save some parts of the world as we know it. We just have to sort through it all together and see what’s important to us.
So please don’t treat me like a dirty hippie pariah for saying that I’m not happy with Obama. I’m not an “herbal tea bagger”, I don’t think he’s evil, I’m just justifiably dismayed and righteously angry at the failure of so many of his campaign promises. The system seems to have absorbed him.
I’m just sick of being marginalized in my own country for having chosen the safer alternative recreational drugs over alcohol .READ MORE »