Sunday June 9, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Hello. A programming note: Today was a decent show, but sadly, Saturday's shows are kind of a waste of time for me since there is meaningless Congressional baseball talk(without the same caliber talk of reforming it or killing the filibuster) and hour long discussions about New jersey politics and Chris Christie I think are unwarranted. So therefore, I am going to be doing strictly a Sunday series on this now. That is when we talk about real shit like warrantless phone-tracking, warrantless surveillance, and the NSA as we did today.

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Transgender Heroes #4: Ruby Corado

 

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Ruby Corado was 16 when her parents sent her to the United States to escape the civil war in El Salvador. When she arrived in Washington DC, she found very few resources for Latinos and none for LGBT Latinos.

When she was 20, she was working in real estate management and also entered into the world of social justice by volunteering at a hospice.

I saw that the nuns that were there didn’t have any shoes and they were looking to help these people. They would hug them and they would kiss them and would give them so much love. And this was a point in my life when I’m trying to make it in society, I’m trying to pretty much achieve the American dream, and here I am very young, 20 years old, and I see that these women were really giving.

--Corado

When she moved to DuPont Circle, she began welcoming LGBT Latinos into her home. Many of them were immigrants like her.

I kept seeing some of these kids– they were rejected by their family, they were having a hard time in school. I was like a big sister to them. I just didn’t understand why people would be so mean. I didn’t understand why they would reject their kids. I realized that I could be there for them.

--Corado

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To Paul

Every once in awhile an occasion arises that I feel requires me to re-introduce myself to some people, so that I can introduce myself to a few new readers.

In this case, I sense that introducing myself to my FISA reader is warranted. I'm going to refer to you as Paul. I know that is unlikely to be your name, but I like the name Paul, and it was the name of one of my more subversive friends back in my hippie days. I think that it was likely also not his real name, times being what they were.

This diary can also be viewed as me taking a break from reporting on news stories from the transgender community and being a lot more personal.

So what you will find on the inside was compiled 17 years ago...and contains writings from before that. It also may be viewed as the introduction to the book I may write after I retire. But then, by now I've probably written a good half dozen introductions to that non-existent book, so who knows? We'll have to see if I ever really finish writing my life.

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Hellraisers Journal: Standing Together in Bentonville! #WalmartStrikers & Bangladeshi Workers

Sunday June 7, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Dainty Lady Blows Whistle, Calls Girls Out On Strike

Leo Schultz who was arrested yesterday at the Athletic Club while calling the workers there out on strike, was released later in the evening after paying bail of $700. He returned to the Restaurant Employees Union Hall where he was met by wild cheering.

Meanwhile, the Siegal, Cooper & Co. restaurant was having its own problems. A well-dressed, silk-parasol carrying Miss Chilton entered this fine establishment and seated herself for lunch. She then took out a small whistle, and blew it in a most unladylike manner. "Come on girls," she shouted, "a strike is on."

The girls answered the call and began to file out. At the elevator a forewoman threw her arms around one of the girls and begged her to come back. The girl striker replied:

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I Don't Care What the Excuse Is!

I'm so pissed i could spit, so consider this rant my virtual spitting.

I don’t care if the president is a registered Democrat - I'm not gonna play cutesy semantic games because of it. And I don’t care who started it - I've been pissed for a looong time about this. Now there is undeniable proof that all of our fears – fears that many of us were vocal about for more than a decade now - over what the Patriot Act could be used for are, in fact, well grounded and not some tin foil conspiracy theory. And don’t get me wrong - this is SPYING on the entire populace. Period. They may not have listened to your phone calls – YET – but they have no legitimate reason to have scooped them all up in the first place. None. This kind of overreach is EXACTLY the kind of thing (at least in spirit) the founders had in mind when they put that Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights fcol.

I don’t care that technology makes it easy to do. We have a need for privacy and there is a pretty clear penumbra of privacy in the Bill of Rights. No need for privacy you say? How far do you think the Founders would have gotten if the British government did this kind of spying? How many slaves would have been able to be moved through the Underground Railroad if government had had this level of legal access to all communications?

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The Scoop

I think everyone should read Glenn Greenwald's (with the contribution of Spencer Ackerman and Ewen MacAskill) Guardian piece that started the ball rolling on Verizon and the Obama Administration's Warrantless Wiretapping of Every. Single. United States. Resident.

If you wish to just cut to the chase- NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. Otherwise my reader digested excepts as they appear on The Stars Hollow Gazette below.

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Hellraisers Journal: Meet Lisa Lopez of #WalmartStrikers, "I had to apply for food stamps."

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

Saturday June 6, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Strikers Shut Down Cafes and Clubs

The strike of the Restaurant Employees is spreading. Today six more establishments were shut down including the Athletic Association. Here Business Agent Lucky Baldwin along with his assistant Leo Schultz climbed the fire escape to gain entrance to the kitchen. Schultz shouted, "There is a strike on here!" The cooks dropped their work and informed their fellow workers of the strike situation. Within ten minutes the kitchen was closed.

Next, Baldwin and Schultz headed to the billiard room where soon the bartenders, markers, and bowling ally boys walked out. Leo Schultz was arrested and taken to the Harrison street station. He has been charged with burglary.

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US Government Secretly Collects All Verizon Phone Records in Massive Data Fishing Expedition

HELLO, VERIZON? I'M INTERESTED IN YOUR SHARE EVERYTHING PLAN...

We are receiving confirmation today of a secret FISA court order that requires Verizon to hand over to the NSA all phone call metadata, including the phone numbers and locations of all US customer communications between April 25th and June 19th.

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Hellraisers Journal: Dolores Huerta in Bentonville & speaks to #WalmartStrikers. Sí se puede!

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

Friday June 5, 1903
From the Bisbee Daily Review: "The Strike Situation"

This Bisbee, Arizona newspaper is expressing great concern that 4,000 striking copper miners might choose to have the Western Federation of Miners backing them up in their strike for better wages:

The dispatches last night indicate that the strike situation in the Clifton-Morenci district is growing more serious. There is an indication of trouble brewing. The report that the representatives of the Federation of Miners are going to Clifton and Morenci to organize unions will not help matters but may result in an unnecessary prolongation of the trouble.

Clifton and Morenci...are pioneer copper camps in Arizona; there has never been a labor organization there: never before has there been any serious labor trouble there. In no other camp in Arizona has there been more perfect satisfaction between laborers and employers until the present trouble. The companies have always shown the most kindly consideration for the men employed and on the other hand the men employed have always been loyal and faithful to the interest of the companies.

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