our wise president: President Barack Obama

If Trayvon Mar­tin were of age and armed, could he have “stood his ground” on that sidewalk?

~ Pres­i­dent Obama

I have a dream that my four lit­tle chil­dren will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the con­tent of their character.

~ Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.

We are not ene­mies, but friends. We must not be ene­mies. Though pas­sion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affec­tion. The mys­tic chords of mem­ory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the bet­ter angels of our nature.”

~ Abra­ham Lincoln

We the peo­ple of the United States, in order to form a more per­fect union, estab­lish jus­tice, insure domes­tic tran­quil­ity, pro­vide for the com­mon defense, pro­mote the gen­eral wel­fare, and secure the bless­ings of lib­erty to our­selves and our pos­ter­ity, do ordain and estab­lish this Con­sti­tu­tion for the United States of America.

~ Pre­am­ble to the United States Constitution

framing children’s deviance by race

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/07/17/framing-childrens-deviance/ by Lisa Wade, PhD at Soci­o­log­i­cal Images

… there is good evi­dence that peo­ple, begin­ning as chil­dren, inter­nal­ize the stereo­types that oth­ers have of them. As Ann Fer­gu­son shows in her book, Bad Boys: Pub­lic Schools in the Mak­ing of Black Mas­culin­ity, black chil­dren, espe­cially boys, are stereo­typed as pre-​criminals; not adorably naughty, like white boys, but dan­ger­ously bad from the begin­ning. And stud­ies with chil­dren have shown that they often inter­nal­ize this idea, as in the famous doll exper­i­ment in which both black and white chil­dren were more likely than not to iden­tify the black doll as bad (see this sim­i­lar demon­stra­tion of white pref­er­ence on CNN and a dis­cus­sion of the orig­i­nal doll exper­i­ment at ABC). So I think this ter­ri­bly sad story of Latar­ian is show­ing us how chil­dren learn to think of them­selves as deviant and bad from the soci­ety around them. Latar­ian, remem­ber, is seven, just like Pre­ston. They’re both chil­dren, but they are being treated very dif­fer­ently, as these pro­grams illus­trate, and it is already start­ing to sink in.

a man challenges sexual harassment in public space and wins

public space and harassment

Chang­ing The Creepy Guy Nar­ra­tive by Chris Brecheen at Writ­ing About Writing

… the real vil­lain is the cul­ture that dis­cour­ages her from rebuk­ing him in no uncer­tain terms lest she be cas­ti­gated. (And that’s the best case sce­nario; the worst is that she angers some­one with much greater upper body strength who may become vio­lent.) The real antag­o­nist is a soci­ety where she is actu­ally dis­cour­aged from being hon­est about what she wants…or doesn’t want. And the soci­ety that social­ized him that it’s okay for him to cor­ner her…pressure her.…be per­sis­tent to the point of ignor­ing the fact that she has said no.

photo: African-​American soldiers in the Civil War

negroes civil war photos[Dis­trict of Colum­bia. Com­pany E, 4th U.S. Col­ored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln]

African-​American Civil War sol­diers a scan of a glass neg­a­tive in the Pho­tographs of African Amer­i­cans Dur­ing the Civil War: A List of Images in the Civil War Pho­to­graph Col­lec­tion in the Library of Con­gress Prints and Pho­tographs Divi­sion Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 20540 USA

abortion clinic, unnecessary requirements, and Milla Perry Jones

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Perry’s sis­ter an advo­cate for sur­gi­cal cen­ters by Patri­cia Kil­day Hart at the Hous­ton Chronicle

One of the con­tro­ver­sial tenets of the abor­tion restric­tion bill would require all abor­tions to be per­formed in ambu­la­tory sur­gi­cal cen­ters, which are a dis­tinct type of health­care facil­ity set up for out­pa­tient surg­eries. Abor­tion rights advo­cates say the new require­ment would force many clin­ics to close because they wouldn’t be able to afford to upgrade their facil­i­ties. They also say the upgrades are unnec­es­sary and that no data shows cur­rent clin­ics aren’t prop­erly equipped to pro­vide good care…

…One com­pany that will be faced with that deci­sion is United Sur­gi­cal Part­ners Inter­na­tional, based in Addi­son, TX. Their vice-​president of gov­ern­ment affairs is Milla Perry Jones, Gov. Rick Perry’s sis­ter. She is also on the board of the Texas Ambu­la­tory Sur­gi­cal Cen­ter Soci­ety. It should be noted that the leg­is­la­tion now under con­sid­er­a­tion by the Texas Leg­is­la­ture is pat­terned after pro­pos­als that have been adopted in other states, so it did not orig­i­nate with Gov. Perry’s office. Rich Par­sons, a Perry spokesman said he could not say whether Perry has dis­cussed the leg­is­la­tion with his sis­ter, but said, “he strongly sup­ports pro­tect­ing women’s health by rais­ing the stan­dard of care they receive at abor­tion clinics.”

support the Military Justice Improvement Act

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Thun­der­clap!

Stand with Sen­a­tor Gilli­brand in sup­port of the Mil­i­tary Jus­tice Improve­ment Act to ensure vic­tims’ voices are heard.

In 2012 alone, it’s esti­mated that there were 26,000 unwanted sex­ual con­tacts, assaults and rapes through­out the U.S. mil­i­tary. But of those, only 3,374 were reported.

Vic­tims tell us time and again that they don’t report these crimes because the deci­sion­mak­ing author­ity lies within the chain of command.

The Mil­i­tary Jus­tice Improve­ment Act will remove this author­ity from the victim’s chain of com­mand and place it in the hands of trained inde­pen­dent mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tors where it belongs. Only then will vic­tims feel that jus­tice can truly be done.

Join the fight to reform the mil­i­tary jus­tice sys­tem today.

Senator Elizabeth Warren: regulating banks

abortion, legislation, and the coat hanger abortion

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When judges force doc­tors to aban­don evidence-​based med­i­cine by Dr. Jenn Gun­ther at her web­site Wield­ing the Lasso of Truth

Some recent exam­ples of gov­ern­ment inter­fer­ence include manda­tory age require­ments for Plan B, trans­vagi­nal ultra­sounds before abor­tion, pro­hibit­ing doc­tors from ask­ing about firearms, and laws that force doc­tors to lie to women about a link between sui­cide, breast can­cer, and abortion.

Anatomy of a coat hanger abortion

If you are going to joke about coat hang­ers and abor­tion you should know exactly what you are jok­ing about.

policies and evidence-​based medicine

religious extremism: the Republican party

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Gov­ern­ment… is the min­is­ter of God…”

~ Supreme Court Jus­tice Antonin Scalia’s in his book First Things

Joan Bokaer, is the founder of Theoc­racy Watch and the prin­ci­ple author of that web­site. This talk took place on April 29, 2005 dur­ing the sec­ond term of the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion. It was spon­sored by the New York Open Cen­ter and the CUNY Grad­u­ate Center.

In this talk, Bokaer out­lines a brief his­tory of the theo­cratic Chris­t­ian move­ment to infil­trate the Repub­li­can party with the aim of rul­ing it. She opens with the Gold­wa­ter pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in 1964, and traces the move­ment to the 2005 Texas GOP.

Using the words of two for­mer insid­ers and the lead­ers of var­i­ous Chris­t­ian Recon­struc­tion­ist orga­ni­za­tions she describes the belief sys­tem of Domin­ion The­ol­ogy, which illus­trates how they are using this polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy to impose their author­i­tar­ian reli­gious views on soci­ety. She explains that though the U.S. is not a theoc­racy yet, that there is a pow­er­ful move­ment made up of peo­ple who not only believe that the U.S. should be a theoc­racy, despite all evi­dence to the con­trary, but that it was founded as one. She uses the terms “Chris­t­ian Recon­struc­tion­ist” and “Domin­ion­ist” interchangeably.

In the course of her research she attended many evan­gel­i­cal church ser­vices and is care­ful to point out that she is not crit­i­ciz­ing the peo­ple in these con­gre­ga­tions who she described as being “the most won­der­ful, really kind, decent, hon­est peo­ple”. She is most cer­tainly not ques­tion­ing their reli­gious beliefs or the forms by which they express those beliefs for the pur­poses of wor­ship. It is her view that these peo­ple are being manip­u­lated by lead­ers of the movement.