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Festive Left Friday Blogging: It was ten years ago today…

…that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play:

Actually, the Venezuelan people didn’t need no stinkin’ band. They rescued their president from a US-backed coup attempt with no outside help whatsoever, and with him, their democracy. The State Dept. would rather you forgot all about that, no doubt. But I’m not about to do that, and neither should you. This is one very lucky Friday the 13th for Venezuela, because their beloved president is still with them, and so is their democracy. ¡Viva Chavecito!

Campaignus Interruptus

So long, Rick…and thanks for all the wanks.

Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking and immense tactical cunning.

But despite having successfully powered through economic reforms, despite having waged wars and militarily occupied countries in order to put in place free market ‘democracies’, Capitalism is going through a crisis whose gravity has not revealed itself completely yet. Marx said, ‘What

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Dear Harper Government™: Fuck You. Love, Quebec.

And thanks so much for forgetting the Montréal Massacre, too. It only took you bastards 23 years to set us collectively back half a century. Bray-fucking-vo. Meanwhile, les Québécois(es) se souviennent:

On a day the government fulfilled a long-standing goal and saw legislation to destroy the federal long-gun registry set to receive royal assent, it was stymied in a Quebec courtroom.

Quebec Superior Court stepped in and ordered a delay in the deletion of registry data from that province, following a request by the provincial government.

The court has granted the reprieve until further motions for an injunction can

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Clip ‘n’ Save: Jesus vs. Jeezus

A handy-dandy primer to print out and distribute to all the confused fundies you might know. I suggest leaving a few hundred copies in the tracts rack at your nearest fundie church, too.

I was wondering when THEY would show up…

Hot on the heels of Trayvon Martin’s murder by an armed white vigilante, we get…this:

And this is what THAT was all about:

A member of the Ku Klux Klan was arrested in Mount Victory, Ohio over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a black man during a march.

Kevin Allan Gibbs, 22, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

[...]

“I was cooking supper, and that’s when I saw them over on the other side of the street,” Wayne Miller, who

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Quotable: George Carlin on incentives

The JFK assassination hoax that refuses to die

Oh, Che. What would you say if you knew how much of this struggle still remains to be fought…and how much ground the good guys have lost since you lost your last fight? Case in point: this professional liar from The Gang That Could Not Shoot Straight. This is what we North Americans are up against:

Brian Latell, who studied Cuban affairs as a CIA analyst in the 1960s and became the agency’s chief intelligence officer for Latin America, says in a book that he is certain Castro at least knew the attack was going to happen.

On the morning

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Gorgeous, George!

OMG, look who got arrested earlier today:

Yes, that’s George Clooney. The movie star. He’s now free, along with his dad and a group of other prominent activists who were protesting on behalf of the people of Sudan, in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC.

Clooney and the other protesters were put in plastic handcuffs and removed from the steps of the embassy earlier Friday after accusing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of provoking a crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan.

The arrests began after

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Happy Women’s Day. Have you found YOUR feminism today?

Don’t you love that ad? I sure do. It’s a timely reminder of just what we’re all up against. Here’s another:

ThinkProgress was being a little low-ball on the count there, because I spotted WAY more than just 70 sexist smears coming out of that juddering piehole. Didja notice that near the end, they didn’t even ding him for saying his ultimate sexist slur, FEMINAZI? That’s how inured we are to the climate of sexism that Rush Limbaugh has helped to create. We don’t even call him on his most constant sexist-fascist projection anymore.

But pay no attention to that

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Stupid Sex Tricks: Fake flash, real arrest

Well, howdy there, Beer Can Man. Ill-advised dress-up games seem to be a thing with you, eh? Let’s hope this doesn’t become a thing for anyone else…

Meet Jacob Bovia.

The 28-year-old Maryland resident is facing five criminal charges for exposing himself to several women around the campus of Anne Arundel Community College, according to police.

And by “himself,” cops are referring to the set of fake genitalia that Bovia allegedly showed female victims while he was seated in his Honda Accord. Police reported that when they collared Bovia–who was “acting suspicious” in a school parking lot–he “was in possession

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

Via Cubadebate’s Facebook page, some fresh photos that came in just now:

Now, who might that healthy, hearty-looking guy be? Surely not the same walking corpse that the lamestream media, on the orders of a crapaganda-peddling putschist private “intelligence” (ha!) outfit known as STRATFOR, have been writing off for dead already?

Oh yeah, and he got a distinguished visitor, too. You may recognize him:

That’s another guy whom the lamestream media were writing off for dead, very prematurely, after a round of abdominal surgeries a few years ago. Notice a pattern there?

Friendship and solidarity: ALWAYS good for

Heroes for Today: Sandra Fluke, standing tall for women

Watch this video in its entirety and see if you can find anything about this bright young woman that would justify the Pigman, Rush Limbaugh, in calling her a slut simply for asking that her Catholic university provide birth control pills to female students who need them for medical reasons:

Notice, too, how the university president himself is backing her up on this one, despite any differences over school policy. Sweet, eh?

I do believe this won’t be the last we hear of Sandra Fluke. She has the makings of a real leader and advocate. In a few years’ time,

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Stupid Sex (Hater) Tricks: Amend THIS, motherfuckers!

Actually, I think female orgasms should be written into EVERY constitution.

(You’ll note as well that the would-be legislators totally forgot the clitoris, which is made for nothing BUT pleasure, as it serves no reproductive purpose whatsoever. And that’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it. Uh-huh, uh-huh.)

Who knows more about women’s health than women?

These guys do:

Women’s Health Experts Speak Out from Judd Nelson

Because when a middle-aged (or older) man tells you to put an aspirin between your knees, you know he knows what he’s talkin’ about. Right, ladies?

Man up, Vic!

You want a piece of me? First, Vic, get a warrant:

And when you’re done that, get a life:

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews claims he was attacked on two internet fronts from inside the House of Commons last week and says in a letter to the House Speaker that one of the assaults—the short-lived Vikileaks Twitter account spreading details of his divorce—was an attempt to “anonymously degrade” his reputation.

In a letter Mr. Toews (Provencher, Man.) sent to House Speaker Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.), Mr. Toews reveals that, as affidavits from his divorce were circulating on Twitter

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Henrique Capriles Radonski: Neither victim nor victor

Remember this picture? The lamestream media up here don’t want you to. According to them, this silly poser, who pretended to be a Communist while in China for the Beijing Olympics, is The Man Who Will Beat Hugo Chávez, assuming that the allegedly rampant anti-semitism in Venezuela doesn’t make him the victim of a one-man pogrom before the campaign wraps up. But while the increasingly irrelevant Wiesenthalers and ADL soil themselves to no end over Henrique Capriles Radonski, and over the horrible “pig” insult allegedly lobbed at his head by you-know-who (in the presence of Sean Penn,

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Stupid (Anti-)Sex Tricks: The American Lie League, and other hilarious crapagandroids

Need a good laugh tonight? Here ya go:

Mmmmmm, penis cupcakes and vagina macaroons! Yummy!

Jezebel calls this “the most hilariously lewd thing you’ll ever see”, and they’re not far from the truth. This hysterical video inadvertently gives away the makers’ own creepy fetishes. Calling Planned Parenthood a pusher of sex-as-drugs-to-children, and then offering up graphic evidence of the “paraphernalia” while claiming that PPFA is sex-obsessed?

BTW, the “children” for whose consumption that stuff is are college-aged, meaning they’re legally adults, and therefore, old enough to consent, or at least make up their own minds about what they’re about to,

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Stupid Sex(ist) Tricks: Why I will never be a vegan

Aside from the serious health concerns they blithely neglect to mention in their quest to turn the whole world vegan, PETA also engages in false, deceptive and highly offensive advertising that’s downright abusive to women:

There is so much wrong with this ad. What kind of man is so sexually out of control that he puts his partner in a neck brace and leaves her barely able to walk? (And then sends her to the store in her underwear for more plaster, to fill up the hole he made in the wall using her head. How thoughtful!)

Answer: A

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

Looks like Simón Bolívar will have even more company in orbit. In addition to his Bolivian and Ecuadorian counterparts, he’s going to be joined by another Venezuelan satellite, named after another independence hero:

The new satellite, “Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda”, represents a great leap for the development of technological independence in Venezuela, said president Hugo Chávez.

During a meeting with engineers who will be traveling to China to prepare for the project of building the second Venezuelan satellite, the head of state added that this would also aid scientific, human and economic development in Venezuela.

“When we talk about

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Maggie’s melancholy marriage crusade, and me

Ahem. A little mood music, maestro:

Ah, that sets the tone brilliantly for what I’m about to say…

And here it is. This morning, this Salon link popped up in my Facebook feed. Maggie Gallagher is a frequent wanker on my weekly list, and it’s not hard to see why. She’s said so many stupid things about same-sex marriage that I sometimes think I should just give her an entry to herself.

So imagine my shock when I found out the real reason for Maggie’s antipathy to same-sex marriage, which turns out NOT to be plain old homophobia like you’d

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Bradley Manning: NOMINATED!

A group of Icelandic parliamentarians has nominated the world’s most famous whistleblower for one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Undoubtedly he deserves it, but that probably means he won’t get it. After all, look who got it before him.

Never Cry Wolf (just throw strychnine)

This…is unbefuckinglievable. This is the sort of shit that would have been done 50 years ago. It’s also the sort of shit Canada isn’t supposed to be doing anymore. And yet, this is happening right now, and for the worst of all conceivable reasons:

Late last week, internal documents went public showing Canada is fretting over its sullied reputation for unfettered fossil fuel development, while resorting to poisoning wolves rather than fixing the problem. NWF released a paper today showing tar sands, oil and gas development in Canada is contributing to the decline in caribou herds. Rather than improve environmental

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Sure would be funny if all the local weather-’hogs went on strike like this, eh? After all, this is their hibernation time.

As for me, I’m celebrating Brigid today. Blessed be!

No more fucking Pink Things

I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. And I have just sworn never again to buy another “Pink for the Cure” (or whatever they call it) thing.

Not that I don’t love my pink long-sleeved Columbia t-shirt, or my pink lipsticks (all 11 of ‘em), but this whole damn pink thing has got to end. Starting with that most odiously merchandise-heavy of Pink Things, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Yes, that’s right, you heard me. No more Komen Krap. No more of those lovely but insanely overpriced Lilly Pulitzer silk scarves. (Shameful confession: yes, I have

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