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Aftermath (Part 5): Patriarchal Theocracy

Aftermath (Part 5): Patriarchal Theocracy

patriarchal

  [pey-tree-ahr-kuh l]
adjective[1]. of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father’s conservative, patriarchal ways.2. characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church.

theocracy

 [thee-ok-ruh-see]

noun, plural theocracies.

1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.
(http://www.dictionary.com/)

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Connecting the Dots, Part 2

Connecting the Dots, Part 2

United States of ALEC from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

On October 11, 2012, I wrote the following post: Do you know ALEC? If not, you should. And you should be afraid. Continue reading “Connecting the Dots, Part 2”

Today’s the day.

Today’s the day.

There is no irony for me today, no sense of amusement that our recognized Inauguration Day falls today on the same Monday when we honor the life and recognize the too-early death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Continue reading “Today’s the day.”

36 Windows: October 15, 2012 – Civil Liberties

36 Windows: October 15, 2012 – Civil Liberties

These links represent a variety of violations to privacy, personal liberty, even truth.

Especially disturbing, the Contraception video, which seems to imply that our coming Baby Boom problem would be cured by breeding enough children to help us cope with the coming onslaught of elderly and sick, but which  fails utterly to discuss the realities of raising children specifically to care for their elders. How would this be any different from slavery?

Under Legal, racial profiling gone horribly wrong, not just for those whose rights have been violated, but for the officers forced to comply with the quotas. Turn these tables and imagine that these officers are teachers trying to keep their jobs and being judged for their students’ test scores, and you begin to see the problem with the assumption that the only way to know a public servant is doing her job is by the volume of reports she files each week.

Legal

The Hunted and the Hated
An Inside Look at the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy (Upworthy):
http://www.upworthy.com/meet-the-17-year-old-who-blew-the-lid-off-racial-profiling-with-his-ipod

US court says reading other people’s online email is OK, privacy be damned (Naked Security/Sophos):
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/10/15/reading-online-email-privacy/

The Lunatic Fringe

You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception
http://www.upworthy.com/wow-just-wow-anti-women-propaganda-at-its-finest

Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day (The New York Times):
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/us/seeing-a-homosexual-agenda-christian-group-protests-an-anti-bullying-program.html

Let’s Do Lunch! Religious Right Attacks Kids Making New Friends in School (Americans United):
http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/let-s-do-lunch-religious-right-attacks-kids-making-new-friends-in-school

New Metro Ads Protest ‘Hate Speech’
Religious coalition calls on Metro to donate the money it received from a controversial ad campaign (NBC4 Washington):
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/New-Metro-Ads-174184471.html

Education

The School Voucher Crisis (Center for Inquiry):
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/advocacy/the_school_voucher_crisis/ and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/OPP_School_Vouchers.pdf

A kinder way to tackle truancy (The Guardian):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/03/kinder-way-to-tackle-truancy

Back to October 15, 2012 “36 Windows…”

Education cuts? Good grief!

Education cuts? Good grief!

Baltimore Sun: Lawmakers looking favorably on cuts in education funding: A first step might be easing counties’ obligation

I don’t get it. We mandate by federal law No Child Left Behind, then pull funding from schools to ensure that the only thing teachers can teach are the ways to pass the tests mandated by NCLB. Who wins here? Certainly not the kids. Continue reading “Education cuts? Good grief!”

Insert witty title here…

Insert witty title here…

CNN. Gotta love them. Better than the Enquirer any day…

The good… [No longer CNN but NY Times, because this is the Memory Hole.]

Florida Court Strikes Down School Voucher Program

Gov. Bush vows to find ways to continue nation’s first program

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The Florida Supreme Court struck down a statewide voucher system Thursday that allowed children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense — a program Gov. Jeb Bush considered one of his proudest achievements.

The bad… [No longer CNN but Media Matters. See above.]

Robertson suggests God smote Sharon

Evangelist links Israeli leader’s stroke to ‘dividing God’s land’

(CNN) — Television evangelist Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed.

[Robertson later apologized here, because he was threatened with fund withdrawal: Robertson apologizes to Sharon’s son]

And finally, the ugly… [This one IS CNN.]

Wal-Mart ‘heartsick’ over DVD grouping

Reports: No. 1 retailer apologizes for racial links on Web site, spoofs poor holiday sales in song.

I don’t have an icon to reflect the proper sense of mixed disgust and relief. Must try to do something about that…

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