Whole lot of walkin'

Nixon has won Watergate

Jonathan Turley, USA Today
6:03 p.m. EDT March 25, 2013

Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an "imperial presidency" with unilateral powers and privileges. In 2013, Obama wields those very same powers openly and without serious opposition. The success of Obama in acquiring the long-denied powers of Nixon is one of his most remarkable, if ignoble, accomplishments.
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Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon's impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality.

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Hellraisers Journal: Savannah Port Drivers Are Standing Up!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday May 16, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: A sample of poetry by Josphine Conger.

The Prayer of the Modern Woman

Unbind our hands. We do not ask for favor in this fight
Of human souls for human needs. We ask for naught but right,
That we may throw the burdens from our backs and and from
our brains
The thrall of servitude. We are so weary of the pains
That crush our hearts, and cramp our wills reducing all desires
To childish whims, while great hopes lie like smoldering fires
Within our brains, or burst distorted from some weak, unguarded
point,
Leaving ruin and sorrow in their track....

We do not want our rights doled out; we want full liberty,
To grow, and be, and do our part, as Nature meant we should;
We want a perfect sister-as well as brotherhood.

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Hellraisers Journal: Our food and child labor, USA.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday May 15, 1903
Pennsylvania - The Breaker Boys

According to the laws of Pennsylvania, no child under the age of 12 is to be employed outside the mine. However, the miners living in poverty as they do, must often make the choice between perjury and hunger. Young boys can be found hunched over the chutes picking the impurities from the coal. They sit in this hunched position for long hours breathing the coal dust into their young lungs. They receive from 27 to 39 cents for a 10-hour day. Should a young boy fall into the chute, he will most certainly be crushed to death.

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Are We Really the Reality Based Community? We Don't Act Like It.

This is not directed at the reality based VOTS community.

And by "we" I don't mean me or I, because I make a good effort to at least try. I'm talking about blogs like Daily Kos. I had always assumed, because of the many insightful writers on the site and on the front page that was the case. However, we are starting to see some of what we see with corporate control of all airwaves in how site moderation is run.

For instance, whether on Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC there is always a fake debate when it comes to climate change which is undeniably happening since we have hit 400 ppm of CO2 in our atmosphere for the first time in 3 million years. When this spectacle that pretends to be a live debate on TV happens, there are always two guys picked by the network to come on TV to debate the issue; one a NASA scientist like say James Hansen and one fringe dwelling Koch funded climate changed denier to debate as if there is something to debate as if both sides have an equal argument to make. WRONG. The science is in.

I always thought we in the progressive blogosphere prided ourselves on not accepting that dynamic, but now I am starting to wonder. On the issues I go to great lengths to cover when it comes to the economy, there are certain undeniable facts that have to be acknowledged whether you are a Post Keynesian MMT proponent like me or not. I mean, if we are any different than debates on red state or the corporate owned media, that is. I have to wonder about that now, because it now appears from what went on in my last diary in the comment section that a moderator here stepped in and made an effort to portray the troll like behavior and continual denial of established facts in every diary of mine as "just an honest disagreement."

It was inferred that I was "out of line" for accurately describing a commentator while using a term that accurately describes his brand of troll like behavior. That's not out of line. When people act like trolls in every diary of mine I can only ignore it for so long before calling it out directly. We can't just ignore this kind of behavior forever in this community. I mean, not if we still consider ourselves part the reality based community. Do we?

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Hellraisers Journal: Global retailers are bowing to pressure!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday May 14, 1903
Appalachia, U.S.A. - The Miners' Children

Last year Dorothy Adams wrote an article for The New York Herald titled, "Little Strikers: Blighted Childhood of Tiny Girl Mill Hands." She told of a strike of mill girls in Appalachia, how they worked ten or more hours per day. These little girls cut velvet with razor-sharp knives while breathing air heavy with lime dust. They made two or three dollars per week. When they went out on strike, they longed for Mother Jones to come and help them. Little children with feet and ankles swollen, they are old long before their time. Mother Jones could not come, she was busy with strikers elsewhere. These little girls of the mills are often the daughters of the miners. The little sons of the miners are often found working as breaker boys.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Mother's Day

As a family we were never the Hallmark Card picture of any holiday, but we celebrated and enjoyed them just the same. Mother's Day was no exception. We never did anything over the top, just cards and flowers for mom, gifts when we were flush, and a nice family dinner. The non-moms get to clean up and that is pretty much how it went for most of my life.

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Gender Prison: Updating old stories

I try to make a concerted effort to update past stories when appropriate. This week we have movement in four stories from varying measures of the past.

An arrest has been made in the Cleveland area in the gruesome transcide. In California two transgender bills have progressed in the legislature…and a judge in Riverside County has ruled that a transwoman's law suit may move forward. In Hong Kong, a transwoman has won the right for transgender people to marry under their post-operative gender.

The updates and links to the old reports are available inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: Babies in the Mills

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 13, 1903
Pennsylvania - Babies in the Mills

Children must be twelve years of age, by state law, to be allowed employment in the textile industry. However, all that is required for proof of age, is the oath of the parents. It should come as no surprise, then, that parents would perjure themselves when faced with starvation. There are no federal laws against the employment of children. State laws are enforced poorly, or not at all. Many Americans believe that employment is good for poor children, and accept that these children spend long days working around dangerous machinery rather than spending their young days in school.

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