LA Progressive: August 15 to 21, 2010 — Articles

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Ramadan: The Best Time To Discuss America’s Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment. You have ideologues like Newt Gingrich saying building a mosque near the twin tower site is tantamount to building a Nazi building next to a Holocaust site, or building a Japanese memorial at Pearl Harbor. -Anthony Samad

Will The Public Ever Get Energized About Net Neutrality? As if the Supreme Court’s enthusiastic approval of oligarchy wasn’t enough, we’re facing another one of the biggest threats to free speech and democracy – corporate control of the Web. -Sylvia Moore:

High Stakes Teaching: The Value-Added Sham. The value-added sham won’t help parents and communities of color struggling to achieve educational equity for youth who have already been intuitively assigned a jail cell by a public school culture marching in lockstep with the teach to the test ethos. –Sikivu Hutchinson

Data Shows ICE Fails to Focus on Serious Crime. 79% of the people deported through Secure Communities are non-criminals or were picked up for lower level offenses, such as traffic offenses. -Michele Waslin

The Newtiness of Newt. Newt’s bilious public statements, along with damning quotes in the Esquire piece from his second wife (out of three, so far) Marianne and from former long-time Republican congressman Mickey Edwards, suggest that Newt’s regeneration does not appear to have included a new heart. -Michael Sigman

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Did Broken Immigration System Bring Down American Apparel? Rather than crippling one of the few clothing manufacturers left in the U.S. — one that pays its workers a decent wage and has dedicated a portion of its profits to advocating for immigration reform — perhaps the focus in the absence of major reform should be on punishing those employers who make a profit by exploiting immigrant workers via the strengthening of our nation’s labor laws. –Andrea Nill

Sarah Palin Tweets Support to Schlessinger. Sarah Palin tweeted that Laura Schlessinger’s 1st amendment rights ceased to exist thanks to activists trying to silence her for using the N-word. Schlessinger’s constitutional rights were unaffected, her employability was. -Sharon Kyle

Markos Moulitsas Speaking in LA September 22nd. Markos Moulitsas, a driving force in new media and founder of The Daily Kos, will speak and sign his ground-breaking book at a free reading to support the LA Media Reform Group’s annual media summit.

America “Refudiates” Rights When Used. The controversy over building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero shows that in America, you have constitutional rights – until the second you try to use them. -Ed Rampell

Tavis Smiley Gathers Teens for 2010 Leadership Institute. Young leaders from across the country will join Tavis Smiley, Antwone Fisher and Grammy-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell for five days of leadership training. Sessions will be streamed live at www.youthtoleaders.org August 20 at 7:30 pm PST.

Obama Admin: No More Regulatory Shortcuts for Deepwater Drilling Projects. The Obama administration announced Monday that it is no longer fast-tracking offshore drilling projects in deep water by exempting them from detailed environmental review. -Marian Wang

Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good. The Constitutional straight-jacket that keeps the state government in gridlock and voters in despair is the same institutional structure that brought the pathetically unqualified body builder into the governorship in the first place. -Joseph Palermo

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Blacks and The N-Word. But, our culture’s present-day cavalier use of the n-word speaks less about our rights to free speech and more about how we as Americans — both White and Black — have become anesthetized to the damaging and destructive use of this epithet. -Rev. Irene Monroe

Destroying America to Save It: Reflections on a Mosque. There is a more fundamental issue: if we allow our response to be governed by intolerance, we deal a hard blow to the version of America that embodies freedom of religion for all. Will we then turn in upon ourselves, resentful and repressive towards the Other, and terrified to live by our own truth? -John Peeler

Gabriel Buelna Interviews Dr. Rudy Acuña. Part 2 of Gabriel Buelna’s interview with Dr. Rudy Acuña on his efforts to challenge Arizona elected officials on the issue of immigration.

Is Print Really Dead? Those who grew up pre-Internet love the feel of a newspaper in their hands, and many cannot imagine reading a book on a computer screen. But what’s become known as the Millennial Generation, those who knew computers before they could read, do not have loyalty to the printed page. -Randy Shaw

A Permanent Housing Collapse? The housing market appears to be on a never-ending downward spiral, with the much-discussed “recovery” always around the next corner. -Shamus Cooke

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In One Weekend, Tea Party, Neo-Nazis, and ‘Border Activists’ Rally behind Arizona. As proponents of SB-1070 insist that their support of the law has nothing to do with race, they can’t deny that for some people it boils down to “white people who are not afraid to stand up,” as one Tennessee rally attendee noted. -Andrea Nill

The End of Encyclopedias? Conservapedia is mainly silly, reflecting Schafly’s cranky ideas, such as that vaccines are a conspiracy to poison us. But the wider idea that science, and other kinds of knowledge, can be “liberal” or “conservative” is dangerous. This is exactly the argument that German Nazis and Soviet Communists used to reject “Jewish” or “capitalist” ideas. -Steve Hochstadt

Topic? I Don’t Need No Stinking Topic. Rubes, suckers, marks, johns, and other clubbies apparently think that tossing bottles around is the same as good bartending. Wrong. People who need juggling with their alcohol should do their drinking at the circus. -Mike Price

Shame on You, Harry Reid. When I heard about the “split” in the Democratic party between Harry Reid and President Obama regarding the building of the mosque near Ground Zero, and as I listened to Senator Reid voice his objections to the mosque, my first thought was that the Senator should know better. -Tanya Acker

On Reading the Sunday Paper. Like many people, I get some of my news these days from blogs. But I still read a daily newspaper. Had I not, I might have missed several key reports. -Ron Wolff

General Petraeus Goes to Media War. It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer. -Norman Solomon

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Why Growth Is Good. If governments keep hacking away at their budgets while consumers almost everywhere are becoming more cautious about spending, global demand will shrink to the point where a worldwide dip is inevitable. -Robert Reich

Why Elvis? Elvis brought color, rhythm and soul to the white music market, which was dominated at the time by Como , Dean Martin, Tennessee Ernie, Mitch Miller and the Maguire Sisters. -H. Scott Prosterman

Living in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society. Pandering to our darkest fears about “the others” coming to our side of the island to kill us is, also, officially no longer racist. -Tina Dupuy

Why Won’t the FCC Treat Hate Speech the Same As Foul Language? It seems to be far easier to punish a broadcaster for one f-bomb dropped on the air, than it is if the same on-air personality unleashed a tirade of bigoted garbage. -Sylvia Moore

9/11 Responders Bill Not Controversial: Illegal Immigrants Were Heroes, Too. 9/11 was the single largest attack on U.S. soil, killing 3,000 Americans of every color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and level of physical ability. Those who responded to this tragedy with total disregard for their own personal safety are unequivocally American heroes. And yes, some illegal immigrants rank among those heroes. I saw them with my own eyes. -Lucia Brawley

Civil Rights and Wrongs Onstage at Two L.A. Theatres. Art emerges out of our collective psyche to reflect our times, and it’s fascinating to see how L.A. theatre is responding to the current attack on our civil, human and constitutional rights and liberties. -Ed Rampell

Republicans Used to Like the Whole Constitution. In today’s uber-conservative Republican party, President Eisenhower would be a socialist, too, even a Red, and Nixon would be a liberal. -Berry Craig

Converting Military Restraint in Wars into an Effective National Strategy. The US should attempt to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world by ending meddling in places such as Yemen and Somalia and withdrawing forces rapidly from Iraq and Afghanistan. -Ivan Eland


U.S. Policy in Iraq Urged Indiscriminate Shooting of Civilians, Say Three Former Soldiers. Three former U.S. soldiers involved in the infamous “Collateral Murder” helicopter gunship attack on Baghdad civilians in July 2007, say that attack was nothing out of the ordinary. -Sherwood Ross

The Use and Abuse of the Fourteenth Amendment. Many conservatives are now pushing to amend the Constitution to change the provision of the Fourteenth Amendment that allocates citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. Unlike many examples of creative interpretation, this proposal would formally amend the amendment. Liberals learned in the 1970s, with the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, how hard it is to amend the Constitution; here is our chance to teach the same lesson to conservatives. -John Peeler

Mitrice Richardson: Blame the Victim. With accusations as serious has the ones currently lodged at the Sheriff’s Department, if I were Baca, I’d do anything I could to clear my Department’s name, even if it meant subjecting my deputies to a polygraph for the sake of good faith and good will towards the community. -Jasmyne Cannick

Forget Double Dip: We’re Still in One Long Big Dipper. It’s nonsense to think of the economy heading downward again into a double dip when most Americans never emerged from the first dip. We’re still in one long Big Dipper. -Robert Reich

Lessons from FDR: When the Right Cries Wolf, Bite Back. FDR viewed Social Security as part of his broader New Deal effort to humanize capitalism. Born to privilege, he understood that many business groups and wealthy people considered him a traitor to his class. They were, he thought, greedy, unenlightened, and on the wrong side of history. He was determined to take them on. -Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen

Reframing the Birthright Citizenship Debate with Facts. The truth is that majority of immigrants come to the U.S. to work, to reunite with their families, or to flee persecution—not to have children. -Seth Hoy

Santana Rocks 80th Birthday Tribute to Human Rights Icon Dolores Huerta. I echo the sentiments of Congressman Grijalva that Dolores Huerta is an integral part of America’s legacy. America and Americans are better because of her. -Linda Milazzo

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  1. Montana says

    I am so happy that the ugly (inside and out) crazy old gym teacher reaped what she had sowed. She could have gotten her argument across by saying “N word” and not using the word and by not saying “don’t NAACP me” but like Michael Richards AKA “Cosmo Kramer”,she ends up the the trash heap of history, a history of her own making. I am so happy that the free market AKA sponsors started to pull their ads (I guess they were exercising their free speach) and she finally realized that she was just another “run of the mill gabby” and her days were numbered. She realized that she was not as smart as she thought she was, finally!

    Palin was the one who got bent over the use of the word “Retard”, Palin also said that the people have the right to build the Mosque in NY, but out of respect for the 9/11 families they shouldn’t, but I guess this same standard is not applicable to Laura Schlessinger. Do you see the hypocrisy? The problem with Palin is the same when she mistakenly referred to Ronald Reagan Eureka College, being in California and we all know its in Illinois, same thing, she does not fact check anything she is going to say. She is soooo Palin!

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