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Pickett's Rant

Today is the anniversary of Pickett's Charge, the ill-fated Confederate assault that decided the Battle of Gettysburg in favor of The United States of America.

I watched Fox News' coverage of the occasion a few minutes ago. Shemp did not mention who won the battle... at all. Fox's point-of-view was completely that of the rebels--the losers. The army that lost the American Civil War. If you didn't already know much about Gettysburg, here's what you missed on Fox:

1) Robert E. Lee! Fox mentioned his name about 30 times
2) The hardships, the starvation, the dysentery--that sapped the glorious courage and strength of the rebel army
3) The Battle of Gettysburg lost the war for the South
4) The emotional turmoil that set in when you realized that Fox News was mourning the slave-owners who tried to overthrow the United States government.

...and that's about it. You wouldn't have even found out who was President.

Of course, the Confederacy has gained a lot of ground since they stopped firing bullets and started fighting with money, lobbying, bribery, lying, stealing, and assassination.

What are you going to do today to prevent the Confederates on Wall Street from putting you to work on their retail plantation? What are you going to do today to keep your town from becoming a company-town?

McDonald's is already trying to get away with paying employees in company scrip--debit cards with high bank fees. Banks are already lobbying to tax credit unions... because controlling 93% of all the money in the country is not enough for them. That's just two things; this paragraph could go on for about 33 years.

Do you still have enough money stashed away to ignore this?

Is it time to start an Alison Grimes group?

Just sayin'

Turdle-Boy has GOT TO GO!

FUERZA: THE WRATH OF WENDY

Just heard that the poor widdle cowards tabled the vote until 7/9.



That will (hopefully) backfire and even more protesters will show up then.

That also gives us "Independence Day" to consider... I'd love to see a show of fuerza on that increasingly ironic holiday

See McCartney on Colbert last night doing "Mr. Kite?"

Still wanna talk shit about electronic music?

I didn't think so.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/427086/june-12-2013/paul-mccartney----hi--hi--hi-----being-for-the-benefit-of-mr--kite--

EDIT: They took the video down. Sorry My statement about pooh-poohers of tech still stands, however.

I heard Sandra Day O'Connor was feeling a little blue, so I did a song for her...

LOOKBACK O'CONNOR
https://soundcloud.com/dogknob/lookback-o-connor

Sorry, Soundcloud player no-workee in DU.

Liberal bullying



http://offbeatempire.com/2012/10/liberal-bullying

Um... Bullies? Nah. No bullies on DU; You must be talking about somewhere else...

"B-but... if it weren't for my condescending, bullying shows-masquerading-as-actual-discussion, I'd never get to say anything..."
-- Way too many people on DU, doing the work of professional disruptors -- for free


...snip...

So, if it's not advertisers or conservatives, what's the biggest challenge we deal with every day? The challenge that has my editors second-guessing every post and quaking in fear, just waiting for the awfulness to begin? It's attacks from our fellow progressives.


As a progressive myself, it's also complex and challenging because while I very much share the political values of the folks who engage in this kind of thing, I'm not on-board with the tactics which essentially amount to liberal bullying, and are way worse than anything we see from the conservatives who swing by. The sad truth is that when it comes to the motivations behind this kind of commenting, it's basically the same as the GOD HATES FAGS guys even though the values are the polar opposite.

...snip...

Common call-out culture trends:
Focus on very public complaints. I can think of exactly one time when someone emailed their concern about problematic language. These complaints seem to be always intended for an audience.


Lack of interest in a dialogue. These complaints aren't questions or invitations to discuss the issue. They're harshly-worded accusations and scoldings (which I've written about before).


Lack of consideration for the context or intent. The focus is on this isolated incident (this one post, this one word, this one time), with de-emphasis on the author's background, experience, or the context of the website on which the post appears.


And on a more stylistic note, these complaints are often prefaced with phrases like "Um," and other condescending affectations.


...more...

http://offbeatempire.com/2012/10/liberal-bullying

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

...because only interacting with people you think are "progressives" isn't getting us anywhere...

"We all want to be someone who has watched Rashomon, but right now we want to watch Ace Ventura for the fourth time"


I've done threads about how it is absolutely necessary for us to engage conservatives, but now that there's a TED talk, it's "valid." Cool.

http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

Kinda sad how we need an authority ("a gatekeeper") to say something before we listen... or don't.

Of course there are people here that are so cool, that they post things like "I never watch TED talks unless they're banned."

Happy Second-Class Citizens' Day. Now shut up and get pregnant again!

Someone calling themselves "celibate" just because nobody will fuck them...

...is inaccurate and misleading. Claiming to be part of a group that you might fit into if it were your choice is not the same as being part of that group.

There must be a word for this.

Oh, BTW... I suggest that everyone on DU be tested on this chart. If you fail, you get kicked off of DU.

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