Poverty is Growing in the ‘Exceptional’ USA, But It Isn’t a Campaign Concern

By |June 25th, 2012|

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Seriously addressing the increasing levels of poverty will not be done by Obama or Romney. It is being addressed by hunger, homeless and health care advocates, Occupiers, 99%-ers, and others, but we won't hear much if anything about that from Campaigns or media. Like poverty, [...]

SCOTUS Upholds Capitalistic Democracy

By |June 25th, 2012|

ANYONE LOOKING TO THURSDAY might take today's ruling on the Citizens United challenge as a harrowing warning. That today's ruling and the Citizens United case came about because of the right's fear of Hillary Clinton in the White House has been largely forgotten. The analysis at Election Law Blog is important to digest for anyone [...]

SCOTUS Punts on Racial Profiling, Next Stop Lawsuits

By |June 25th, 2012|

The court backed a section of the Arizona state law that calls for police to check the immigration status of people they stop. - Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Arizona Law [Wall Street Journal] CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS jumped in to make the majority and avert a tie, due to Justice Kagan's recusal, that would [...]

Campbell Brown Takes on Planned Parenthood

By |June 25th, 2012|

"We got more than what we thought we'd get" "” Rep. Bart Stupak (via C-SPAN) AND FOR GOOD REASONS. There's a dust up over Campbell Brown's op-ed in the New York Times on Sunday, people coming to Planned Parenthood's aid because of a blast by Dan Senor's wife. The Times was wrong not to affix [...]

The Irrepressible Secretary Hillary Clinton

By |June 24th, 2012|

SECRETARY CLINTON is in a league, a class, a realm all her own. A swearing in as only she could. h/t to reader "newdealdem1," one of our valuable commenters, as well as a financial supporter jumping in on the TM.com fundraiser!

Historic Egypt Election Delivers Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi to the Presidency

By |June 24th, 2012|

**UPDATED below with White House Statement** "There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. ... The people are the source of authority," he said. Asked about the role of women, he vowed that "women's rights are equal to men." And asked whether he would maintain Egypt's 1979 accord with Israel, [...]

TM.com, The Hillary Effect and 2012 Context

By |June 23rd, 2012|

by Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. I think a lot about context. Analysis of a particular incident can be helpful. But without context, without some idea of what's gone before; without some idea of what other related things are occurring in the same time frame; without additional information about the [...]

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Anne-Marie Slaughter Doesn’t Want Her Dream Job Anymore

By |June 22nd, 2012|

OH, SWEET EGO. So, the first Director of Public Policy Planning at State Department would rather be at home. Oh, to have so much, then decide it's just not enough. What it means for other women, however, is very much in question. Ann-Marie Slaughter writes that admitting "I want to be at home" was one [...]

Saudis Look to Funding Free Syrian Army

By |June 22nd, 2012|

UK GUARDIAN reports: Saudi officials are preparing to pay the salaries of the Free Syria Army as a means of encouraging mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on the Assad regime, the Guardian has learned. The move, which has been discussed between Riyadh and senior officials in the US and Arab world, is [...]

Queer Talk: Gay Pride and Slander

By |June 22nd, 2012|

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. I've written a bit about June 2012 and Pride earlier (see here ), but wanted to take another quick look, via a couple of articles I've recently read. This isn't just a Queerdom thing, of course, for at least two reasons. One, equality "” and [...]