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Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 4:57pm.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 4:39pm.
Here's a bit from the Charlotte DL Blog, really telling what it's all about:
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 3:33pm.
The one post every liberal must read today:
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 2:46pm.
We at Living Liberally are all about the intersection of film and politics. That's what Screening Liberally is all about. We especially love it when we find out that politicians are into movies too and today, HuffPo taught us that our latest political film buff is none other that McCain's former top economic adviser Phil Gramm!
Gramm's journey into porn began in 1973, when his brother-in-law, George Caton, rushed to tell him about an exciting low-budget soft-core production called Truck Stop Women. A promo poster for the film boasted of its buxom stars: "No Rig Was Too Big For Them To Handle." Caton, who was in charge of fundraising for the production, asked Gramm to become an investor. To entice his brother-in-law, Caton showed him scenes of Playboy Playmate of the year Claudia Jennings displaying her bare essentials (she is naked throughout much of the film).
Because there's nothing conservatives likes more than comedic drag queen troupes.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 1:40pm.
The question of what exactly it means to be a liberal is something we often deal with as members of Living Liberally chapters and communities. It's become a stigmatized label that carries with it images of weakness and radicalism, lethargic apathy and elitism.
Part of what Living Liberally has sought to do since its creation has been to remove that stigma. To make it so that people can proudly say that they're a liberal, whether its at a New York City bar where talking politics is no-no or Goody's in super-red Pocatello, Idaho. Living Liberally enables people to build progressive community and show the world what their liberal values are.
But the question still remains: what do liberals believe? Is it the values of human rights, equality and justice? Is it absolute liberty and the search for personal empowerment? These are questions I deal with pretty often.
And as it turns out, I might have found the answer. William Martin's new book What Liberals Believe is filled with THOUSANDS of liberal on many issues from rights to religion. The sayers of these quotes include (and I'm just flipping to a random page and reading off some names here) Thom Hartman, Herman Hesse, Vaclac Havel, MLK, Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Lao Tzu.
It's a great reference book and might help us liberals to truly define our core beliefs.
I don't know. Maybe our lack of one comprehensive way of thought, our commitment to individual values and interpretation and our desire to constantly strengthen and grow the marketplace of ideas is an important part of what we liberals believe: "Democracy doesn't live on bread along; it lives on ideas too." (Bill Moyers quoted on page 619.)
Submitted by Emma Needleman on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 11:43am.
2. Huffington Post blogger (and Brandeis University sophomore) Nathan Robinson agreed to watch FOX News for 24 hours straight.
4. Alternet ranked the top ten worst things McCain has done...this week.
5. Elsewhere, the feud between comedian and VH1 "fundit" Michael Ian Black and Tucker Max (the I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell guy) stretches on.
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 6:17pm.
Jonathan Levine's new film The Wackness is great. It really is. It's depressing. No doubt. But it's a good movie.
Josh Peck, as recently graduated- prep school- drug dealer- hip hop enthusiast- virgin- depressive- bored Luke Shapiro and Sir Ben Kingsley as lost- frustrated- depressive- addicted- bored- tired Dr. Squires are excellent together. Their relationship gives the movie an uncompromising reality that infiltrates every moment of the New York City Hip-Hopped bildungsroman. All the actors have a great understanding for their characters and the director really gets you into the protagonists head. So much so, that your emotions twist and squeeze along with Luke's as he suffers through heartbreak, insecurity and a drugged out emptiness that pervades each frame.
As to the movie's authenticity: A+. Heck, I know kids from my New York City high school of whom this movie could very well be a biography. The film stays true to its location, its music and the complexity of each of its characters and the real life teens whose lives this story replicates. So, what about the drugs?
How come, people ask, Luke was never arrested for dealing drugs, even though in the movie he was often doing so in public, out in the open, using a converted Italian Ice cart? Why was there never the slightest fear of repercussions of his actions. Even though 1994 was right when Rudy Giuliani stepped up his anti-drug enforcement? Simple answer: HE'S WHITE.
The Drug Policy Alliance Network, an organization dedicated to promoting drug policies "grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights," lists many reasons why the war on drugs as currently executed in the United States is completely unjust. One of the key reasons they list is the outrageous racial disparity in drug arrests and convictions.
While African Americans represent "only 13% of drug users," a stat that anyone who watches the Wackness will easily recognize, "they make up 38 percent of those arrested for drug offenses and 59 percent of those convicted of drug offenses." Huh? How could this be? According to DPAN, these higher rates reflect the war's enforcement of laws in inner city areas "where drug use and sales are more likely to take place in open-air drug markets where treatment resources are scarce."
Thus, even though Luke deals in open air areas such as Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the law enforcement resources aren't directed at such a well-to-do, white, neighborhood.
Other examples of this institutionalized racism include the disparity in sentencing among those convicted of using or selling crack cocaine and powder cocaine, two drugs made from the same active ingredient but the first used more often by lower income minorities and the second by more wealthy whites. Guess who gets the stricter sentence?
The Drug War also ends giving lower level dealers and runners more time than mid-level dealers because the mid-level dealers can usually give the police more information, and in doing so get around the mandatory minimums faced by almost all of the lower lever dealers.
As DPAN says:
Submitted by Seth Pearce on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 3:24pm.
The one thing every liberal must read today:
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