Friday, March 30, 2007

Windowsill

by Arcade Fire
from Neon Bible

Don't wanna hear the noises on TV
Don't want the salesmen coming after me
Don't wanna live in my father's house no more
Don't want it faster, I don't want it free
Don't wanna show you what they done to me
Don't wanna live in my father's house no more
Don't wanna choose black or blue
Don't wanna see what they done to you
Don't wanna live in my father's house no more

Cause the tide is high
And it's rising still
And I don't wanna see it at my windowsill

Don't wanna give 'em my name and address
Don't wanna see what happens next
Don't wanna live in my father's house no more
Don't wanna live with my father's debt
You can't forgive what you can't forget
Don't wanna live in my father's house no more
Don't wanna fight in a holy war
Don't want the salesmen knocking at my door
I don't wanna live in America no more

Cause the tide is high
And it's rising still
And I don't wanna see it at my windowsill

MTV, what have you done to me?
Save my soul, set me free!
Set me free! What have you done to me?
I can't breathe! I can't see!
World War III, when are you coming for me?
Been kicking up sparks, we set the flames free
The windows are locked now so what'll it be?
A house on fire or a rising sea?

Why is the night so still?
Why did I take the pill?
Because I don't wanna see it at my windowsill

Don't wanna see it at my windowsill
Don't wanna see it at my windowsill
Don't wanna see it at my windowsill

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The War on Immigrants Putting Children in Prison

Check out this video about the facility in Hutto, Texas.



This is where the anti-immigrant movement is taking us. They are blaming people with relatively little power for just about every problem you can imagine, from job loss to crime to America's health care crisis. Meanwhile corporate America usually gets a free pass to bust unions, rob pensions, and charge hundreds of dollars for medicine while making record profits. Oh and then there are the billions of dollars going to that unecessary war in Iraq that could be used for health care and education, not to mention the tax cuts for the very wealthy that Bush wants to make permanent. Oh but immigrants are the problem. Right.

I've concluded that if you speak of immigration as a crisis in this country you must either be ignorant or evil.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Palestine International Bike Race

According to this Free Palestine blog: "The Race is the longest international sport event to protest against human rights violations, Israeli checkpoints, and restrictions on freedom of movement." But judging from this photo from joeskillet, the race itself had its own issues with Israeli checkpoints ...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Gonzales Should Go (actually he never should have been confirmed)

With all the buzz right now about Alberto Gonzales and the U.S. Attorney scandal, we should remember that he was selected by Bush after his infamous torture memo and his public support for the Patriot Act. While some Democrats made some noise about his nomination, as a whole the Senate Democrats did not filibuster. He was also strongly supported by mainstream Latino organizations - LULAC and NCLR - who attempted to excite their community about the prospect of a Latino at such a high level of U.S. government (see this post about the behind the scenes debate between the NLG and LULAC). In the end, Gonzales has served as a poor role model for our community and to the extent people connect him to the Latino population in the U.S., he's tainted all of us.

Oh yeah, but some of us could have predicted that ...

Published on Sunday, November 28, 2004 CommonDreams.org
The Gonzales Debate: Identity Politics Meets the Right Wing
by Carlos Villarreal

Right-wing identity politics has been an effective tool used by some Republicans to move this country to the right, and as a method, it is about to accomplish a tremendous victory in the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General and the support for Gonzales by mainstream Latino organizations. Sadly, the confirmation of the first Latino to hold such a high office will not be a triumph, but a major defeat for people of color in this country and throughout the world.

go to full common dreams post ...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Imagine ...

... this guy is an Iraqi patrolling the streets of New York or Omaha or Denver.



Would you join the insurgency?

(He's actually Pfc. John Boyles patrolling in Baghdad today according to CNN.)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Josh Wolf Letter

Here's the original article: Josh Wolf - blogger - has no press pass

Here's the text of the letter published in the Chronicle:

'Josh Wolf, journalist'

Editor -- As a gay man who lives and works in the Mission, I am offended that Debra J. Saunders would use Officer Peter Shield's sexual orientation as a way to excuse the plight of incarcerated journalist Josh Wolf ("Josh Wolf -- blogger -- has no press pass," Feb. 27).

The comparison in the last sentence to a hate crime is way off the mark.

The activists never put anyone in danger. The only truly dangerous action taken was by Shields and his partner.

Wolf is a journalist, who this year received the Journalist of the Year award from the Society of Professional Journalists. If he had captured a hate crime on video, there may be good reason for Wolf to hand over his tape. But that is simply not the case here, and the fact that Shields is gay has nothing to do with Wolf or the shameful and wasteful actions of the U.S. attorneys.


Here's the full text of the letter I sent:

As a gay man who lives and works in the Mission, I am offended that Saunders would use Officer Peter Shield's sexual orientation as a way to excuse the plight of incarcerated journalist Josh Wolf. The comparison in the last sentence to a hate crime is way off the mark, particularly since the injury to Shields was more likely an act of self defense or defense of another.

Although I don't necessarily agree with the tactics of every single person at the protest in question, the activists never put anyone in danger. The only truly dangerous action taken was by Shields and his partner who drove recklessly into a crowd of people and jumped out of their car chasing activists. Shields ran swinging his baton. Were any of the activists he was attacking gay? It clearly wouldn't matter to Saunders who wrote this piece not as a defender of gay rights, but as a defender of police.

Josh Wolf is a journalist, who this year received the Journalist of the Year award from the Society of Professional Journalists. If he had captured a hate crime on video – and the feds were actually interested in investigating such a crime, which is unlikely – there may be good reason for Wolf to hand over his tape; a court that utilized a balancing test weighing the rights of a free press against other interests might agree. But that is simply not the case here, and the fact that Shields is gay has nothing to do with Wolf or the shameful and wasteful actions of the U.S. Attorneys.