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Still recovering from an electrifying conference in Detroit. Wanted to post this.

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Rev. William Barber from the Forward Together movement spoke for an hour on Thursday night and wowed the Netroots Nation audience. It was many people’s first exposure to Rev. Barber, and it was all anyone could talk about on Friday morning. And least one person said it was the best speech they had ever heard live.

Barber drew energy from the crowd. He talked at one point about how, to get out of the wilderness, you don’t go down into the valley. There are snakes down there! Instead, he said, you make for the ridge tops.

From his telling, there is a climatic effect, an elevation above which snakes don’t go. Our politics, Barber said, have got to “rise above the snake line.” By the next morning, you could buy Rise above the snake line buttons in the exhibit hall with the coiled Tea Party snake below the line on the lower half.

He seemed to be enjoying himself, and was much lighter on his feet by the end of this speech even bouncing a little bit.

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Jul
18

Friday Open Thread

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VP Joe Biden spoke to the Netroots Nation conference last night on a variety of policy issues including marriage equality.

“There’s so much unfinished business,” Biden said. “But I believe in a nation that understands the most precious right Americans possess is the unfettered access to the ballot box.”

At her booth at the conference, Lisa Graves from The Progressive magazine and the Center for Media and Democracy showed her organization has been keeping a close eye on North Carolina’s radical legislature.

It’s Friday Open Thread. What’s drawing your scrutiny?

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Jul
17

Live Stream – Netroots Nation 2014

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Check back for the addresses listed below and here.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014 Keynotes

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Keynote featuring Vice President Joe Biden
7:15 to 9 p.m. Opening keynote featuring Rev. Barber

Friday, July 18, 2014

10 to 10:45 a.m. Morning keynote featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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Jul
12

Land Ho

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(Cross-posted with permission from chickflix.net)

Land Ho

land-ho-movie-posterLand Ho is a road movie, in which a couple of 60ish ex-brothers-in-law named Colin and Mitch head to Iceland to, as Mitch puts it, “Get their groove back.” That includes getting stoned and watching the young crowd in Reykjavík dance, driving their Hummer through the wilderness to take a plunge in the hot springs, and lots of buddy repartee about aging and loss replete with Mitch’s constant teeneage boy style sexual joking. The film ultimately feels more like a bunch of scenes than a full fledged story, so it works mostly as a travelogue that makes you wish you could go to Iceland and, groove or no groove, just see the place.

As it begins, Mitch is visiting Colin, who has just gone through a divorce from his second wife, and Mitch, to cheer him up has booked them a trip to Iceland, whether Colin likes it or not. The two characters are polar opposites; Mitch is all bravado and jokes and Colin is quiet and self-contained. And you wonder that they could have ever been really close, but Colin needs a pick-me-up, and it is a cool gift he’s being given, though at a certain point you can see he needs a break from Mitch.13929-1

Land Ho is what I’d call a pleasant film. You can see places that it could have been very funny, but it feels forced. Part of the problem for me was the casting of Mitch. I don’t think the actor was up to the part. A lot of his lines felt like he’d just learn them. The actor playing Colin was much better and in a buddy film, where they need to play off each other, having the more boisterous one weaker than the straight man is a problem. The biggest problem for me was that script-wise, the story really doesn’t go anywhere. There is “a secret” that when revealed is not all that surprising and doesn’t really change anything. There are indeed some funny scenes and the travelogue quality makes it engaging on the visual end, but it is slow even at just over 90 minutes. Wait for it on a plane, preferably one to somewhere beautiful.

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Jul
11

Friday Open Thread

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Judge strikes down GOP-drawn Florida congressional lines

Breitbart on border security – NOT.

What else is news?

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Jul
10

Fashion Tips From Forbes

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Just what does the fashion-conscious, America-hating, “liberal fascist” wear to impress comrades when the left gathers to plot world conquest and the destruction of capitalism? Forbes has your answer, just not in those terms. Jonah Goldberg probably would not approve of What To Wear: Netroots Nation ’14:

Here are two inspirational style guides for Netroots Nation ’14. I chose to highlight a simple dress and trouser pants in neutral color palettes, because each take comfort as well as style into consideration and you, likely, already have something similar in your closet (no shopping necessary), plus both pieces are versatile and can easily be styled to convey ‘working’ elegance or ‘sleeves rolled up’ casual wear. It is about dressing to feel and appear accessible to whomever you are speaking to or conversing with, and making it easy. 

Yes, you read right.

Two weeks from now, we’ll let you know how many of the almost “3,000 political organizers, activists, and progressive thinkers” in Detroit took Forbes’ advice.

Okay, maybe Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Vice-president Biden? Probably not.

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Jul
09

We Are Amused

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Makes you want to jump up and shout, “I’m Spartacus!” doesn’t it?

James Protzman (of BlueNC) posts this at Daily Kos. Worth repeating in its entirety:


I am now a corporation

by James Protzman


UPDATE: All of this is absolutely true.

Yesterday, July 6, 2014, We were reborn as a Limited Liability Corporation called James Alexander Protzman, Inc. (DBA, James, Inc.). It’s very exciting and We are giddy with glee about the possibilities.

The process was simple, though not inexpensive. For less than $200 using an online filing, We were able to purchase this sacred status in only five minutes. Now We have all the rights of other corporations, which as We all know, is the fastest growing front for freedom in America. In any case, We now have many more rights than “regular” people, even though We are also still a regular person, too. We think of it as dual citizenship with benefits. And We get to use the royal “we”!

Our corporate agenda is a work in progress, and We would appreciate any input and guidance you may have. One thing We are considering, for example, is filing for office here in North Carolina, perhaps for governor. We already have one unincorporated corporation in that top spot, Pat McCrory (Duke Energy), so the precedent is well on its way to being cemented in stone.

One established part of Our corporate agenda is the promotion of world peace. We object to the burden of paying taxes to fund the US war machine, which violate Our religious beliefs. We will be filing suit shortly, based on the Hobby Lobby ruling.

Corporate welfare also goes against Our religion, which is ironic since We are a corporation. More litigation to come here.

We have been a corporation for only one day, but We can already feel that change is in the air. And please be advised that our corporation has already lawyered up. We are in a position to take you to the cleaners for any perceived threat to our religious freedom.

Of course, We have not yet chosen a religion, having not yet completed our scenario modeling and crisis simulation planning. But We will in due course. As soon as We understand which denominations confer the greatest competitive advantage, We will be making an announcement. Early evidence suggests that something in the poly-theistic domain could be promising. We are especially interested in the maximum number of paid holidays.

Speaking of pay, We believe that working for our corporation is a privilege. Pay and benefits are out of the question.

If you have other suggestions to help shape Our corporate agenda, please share them. For those who wish to invest, an IPO is in the works. We are also looking to establish a board of directors with special experience in frivolous litigation and off-shore investing.

These are exciting times, no?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/07/1312228/-I-am-now-a-corporation

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Jul
07

Before Their Time, Setting An Example

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Found on Facebook. Remarkable.

[h/t Jill Boniske]

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Jul
04

Fourth of July Friday Open Thread

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Let the fireworks begin.

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Jul
04

What Hobby Lobby Is Really About

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Over at the Great Orange Satan, Ken Bernstein (aka, teacherken) beats me to something I’ve been meaning to write about. He revisits a 2012 AlterNet post by mutual friend, Sara Robinson: Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now:

Robinson suggests 500 years from now looking back, the three great achievements of the 20th Century are likely to be the invention of the integrated circuit (without which the internet does not exist), the Moon landing (which she thinks will carry the same impact as Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe), and

the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Far from being a mere 500-year event, we may have to go back to the invention of the wheel or the discovery of fire to find something that’s so completely disruptive to the way humans have lived for the entire duration of our remembered history.

A professional futurist, Robinson explains why men are so threatened. Since the dawn of humanity, biology limited women’s options and roles in society. And men?

They got full economic and social control over our bodies, our labor, our affections, and our futures. They got to make the rules, name the gods we would worship, and dictate the terms we would live under. In most cultures, they had the right to sex on demand within the marriage, and also to break their marriage vows with impunity — a luxury that would get women banished or killed. As long as pregnancy remained the defining fact of our lives, they got to run the whole show. The world was their party, and they had a fabulous time.

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