Daily Archives: May 11, 2010

Ethnic cleansing continues in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will assimilate you.

So I’m thinking of Repugnican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as something like the Borg Queen, telling Arizonans: “You will be assimilated! Resistance is futile!”

I mean: WTF?

Arizona is out-Texasing Texas.

This from The Associated Press:

Phoenix – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program on Tuesday, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the measure for years, said a Tucson school district program promotes “ethnic chauvinism” and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.

“It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it,” Horne said.

The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. It also prohibits classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government. [Um, any such class exists anywhere?]

The Tucson Unified School District program offers specialized courses in African-American, Mexican-American and Native-American studies that focus on history and literature and include information about the influence of a particular ethnic group.

For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors.

Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.

Brewer’s signature on the bill comes less than a month after she signed the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration — a move that ignited international backlash amid charges the measure would encourage racial profiling of Hispanics.

A Republican running for attorney general, Horne has been trying to restrict the program ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta in 2006 told students that “Republicans hate Latinos.”

District officials said the program doesn’t promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.

About 1,500 students at six high schools in the district are enrolled in the program. Elementary and middle school students also are exposed to the ethnic studies curriculum. The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.

Sean Arce, director of the district’s Mexican-American Studies program, said last month that students perform better in school if they see in the curriculum people who look like them.

“It’s a highly engaging program that we have, and it’s unfortunate that the state Legislature would go so far as to censor these classes,” he said.

Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday expressing concern about the measure. All people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage, they said….

Jesus Fucking Christ.

White culture is taught every fucking day in the public schools, but for any other culture to be taught is equated with an attempt to overthrow the fucking government –– and, incredibly, perversely and insanely ironically and hypocritically, even to how whitey traditionally has treated others in the South.  

This latest new law signed by Arizona’s Borg Queen is white supremacism and white paranoia and the continued suppression of minorities by whites in Arizona — plain and simple.

And I should know whitey, because I’m white myself.

And boy, is whitey stupid. A law passed by terrified whites trying to disempower non-whites is, I believe, only going to empower these non-whites even more in the long run; when they feel that they are under attack from the whites (because they are), they’re only going to have more solidarity and even more resentment toward whites, not less, yet the genius authors of the law claim that they’re trying to prevent the resentment of whites by non-whites.

Arizona not only violates the civil rights of non-whites by deeming the teaching of their culture to be akin to attempted governmental overthrow, but Arizona cripples its students by refusing to teach them about a diverse world in which more and more is going global.

All students benefit by learning about other cultures and not just about the Borg — er, the white — culture.

Until and unless the insane white supremacists no longer run Arizona’s state government, there’s no way in hell I’m setting foot in Arizona again unless a close family member of mine who lives there should die.

I am ashamed that I was born and raised in the un-American state of Arizona, and I consider California — where diversity is cherished and, because it is cherished, taught — to be my home state.

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I join the cat fight over Kagan

“So is she gay?” — asks gay pundit Andrew Sullivan of Elena Kagan.

“Elena Kagan is not gay,” answers gay pundit Richard Kim of The Nation. (Um, I think he’s gay, that is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Sullivan and Kim exemplify the two camps on this question — this question that I would answer with another question: “Is Johnny Weir gay? Duh!”

Concludes Kim:

Gay isn’t some genetic or soulful essence; it’s a name you call yourself –and Kagan has not done that. So in my book, case closed. Elena Kagan is not gay. Is she straight? I don’t know, and again, I don’t care. Why does she have to have a sexuality at all?

Wow. I wholeheartedly disagree.

Gay is not just “a name you call yourself.” A straight guy can call himself gay and that doesn’t make him gay. Gay indeed is a “soulful essence,” and it’s probably genetic, too, at least in many if not in most cases.

What is Kim smoking? (Shit, maybe it shouldn’t be legalized…)

Why does Kagan have to have a sexuality at all? Um, because she’s a human fucking being?

Why is it so important for Kim and his ilk to strip Kagan (and some others) of all sexuality? (I mean, who is she, Jesus or Mary?)

The straw man that Kim and the others of his camp put out there is that people want the salacious details of Kagan’s (and other public figures’) sex lives. The very last sentence of Kim’s piece is: “The Senate and the press have the right and responsibility to interrogate [Kagan] about her legal opinions—not about her sex life.”

Oh, puhfuckinglease.

Like anyone (besides a “tea party” dipshit, perhaps) actually is going to ask Kagan if she engages in cunnilingus (receptively and/or administratively) and/or whether she has worn and/or been the recipient of a strap-on.

No one, to my knowledge, has much, if any, interest about any of Kagan’s actual sexual practices (or whether she even engages in any sexual activity at all).

However, to assert that her sexual orientationa basic part of herself (and perhaps I should write that as “her self”) — is irrelevant is pure, raw, unadulterated bullshit.

Sullivan writes of the question of Kagan’s sexual orientation:

It is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish. We know she is Jewish, and it is a fact simply and rightly put in the public square. If she were to hide her Jewishness, it would seem rightly odd, bizarre, anachronistic, even arguably self-critical or self-loathing. And yet we have been told by many that she is gay … and no one will ask directly if this is true and no one in the [Obama] administration will tell us definitively.

He continues:

In a word, this is preposterous — a function of liberal cowardice and conservative discomfort. It should mean nothing either way. Since the issue of this tiny minority — and the right of the huge majority to determine its rights and equality — is a live issue for the court in the next generation, and since it would be bizarre to argue that a justice’s sexual orientation will not in some way affect his or her judgment of the issue, it is only logical that this question should be clarified…. Are we ever going to know one way or the other? Does she have a spouse? Is this spouse going to be forced into the background in a way no heterosexual spouse ever would be?

Yup. Excellent fucking points.

Sure, I would rather focus on Kagan’s record (what there is of it) and how she might perform for the plethora of progressive causes as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

But, truth be told, there is plenty of that discussion already, and as a blogger, I prefer to discuss what people aren’t discussing but should be; there is no reason for me to regurgitate what plenty of others already are saying.

And I’m with Andrew Sullivan on this one.

The fact that no one — on the uncomfortable right or on the cowardly left — wants to address Kagan’s sexual orientation — when one’s sexual orientation is as basic to oneself one’s self as is one’s race, age, biological sex, and political and spiritual/religious beliefs and values — and that addressing her sexual orientation at all is considered by so many to be “inappropriate” — demonstrates how far the United States of America needs to go on the issue of equal human and civil rights for those who are not heterosexual and/or not gender-conforming.

Frankly, I don’t want to see Elena Kagan seated on the U.S. Supreme Court until I know whether or not she is heterosexual or homosexual or somewhere in between, and whether or not she has a significant other, and if so, whether her partner is a he or a she. (We would find it awfully odd for a heterosexually coupled U.S. Supreme Court justice to try to hide his or her partner, so why wouldn’t we find it equally odd for a gay or lesbian justice to hide his or hers?)

You know, as a member of the court that will rule on my equal human and civil rights, Kagan’s business indeed is my business.

Duh!

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iHate the iPad (and the iPhone and the…)

“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror that you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

 — Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith

President Barack Obama has taken some heat from tech-lovers for recently having told graduates at a graduation ceremony:

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.

“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”

In his speech to the graduates, Obama mentioned Thomas Jefferson, who, Obama said, recognized “that in the long run, [the] improbable experiment called America wouldn’t work if its citizens were uninformed, if its citizens were apathetic, if its citizens checked out and left democracy to those who didn’t have the best interests of all the people at heart.”

Yup. I wholeheartedly agree with the president on this one. While you’re wasting your time with your latest gadget and are not participating in the political process, others are — and they’re probably not looking out for you.

I am surrounded by people with all kinds of technological wizardry — iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. — who have the means to say just about anything to just about anyone just about anywhere in the world. But they don’t seem to have much that is very important or very meaningful to say.

Americans seem to mistake technology for good content, but content is king.

Plenty of good content is available online, but let’s be honest — is that what most Americans are accessing with this technology? Are they accessing the best that our culture has to offer?

I don’t think so…

Most of all, I think, iHate the iPad.

The iPad is little more than a fucking status symbol.

Recently my boyfriend and I were at a mall (where I pretty much go only for shoes) and we saw a temporary Apple store set up. The place was packed as though it were the second coming of Christ. Apparently the sheeple were covering their bases — if they weren’t saved by Christ, then the iPad and/or the iPhone would save them.

It was my first opportunity to see an iPad up close. I was unimpressed. So the screen adjusts its landscape or portrait orientation as you move the iPad. Oooo! Yeah, that’s worth the hundreds of dollars.

I found the iPad to be too heavy and all of the display iPads were covered with smudges, since you have to touch the screen to work it. Might as well coat it with Vaseline and get it over with.

I have access to desktop computers at home, at work and at my boyfriend’s apartment. I don’t even like laptops because I like to be able to use a real keyboard, not a squished keyboard. I like to be able to spread out and relax when I’m at the computer.

Since I have no use for even a laptop, I certainly have no use for an iPad, which doesn’t even have a keyboard. iPass on the iPad. And on the iPhone, too, since I don’t have use for even a simple cell phone. I have plenty of access to land lines, and I prefer e-mail anyway.

But back to what Obama said — again, I’m with him. We Americans are too entranced with our gadgets, and in our obsession with our gadgets that we don’t even need, we are losing meaning and purpose and depth. And we’re becoming even more isolated from each other because increasingly, we prefer to socialize via gadgets rather than in person. We don’t even want to talk to each other on the telephone anymore — we want to text or instant-message instead, even though it’s less efficient and more time-consuming to have a conversation that way.

And I’ll never understand how it makes one cool to purchase what everyone else is purchasing, most notably today, the iPad.

I have the impression that on some level, Americans really do believe that their technological gadgets are going to save them.

Meh. Your iPhone won’t even work when Armageddon comes.

Better find something on the inside to save your soul.

Learn the ways of the Force.  

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At least one inquiring mind wants to see Elena Kagan nude (um, I’m good…)

On WordPress, I can see what search terms people use to find my blog. My WordPress blog has had more hits on each of the past two days than it has had on any other day in more than a month, and by far, the piece that I posted last month on U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan — titled “Kagan Looks Queer to Me” — is getting the most hits. 

“Elena Kagan looks like a man” and “Kagan looks like a man” are the top two search phrases that people used to stumble upon my blog yesterday.

Someone found my blog by typing “Elena Kagan nude” into a search field. (Um, good luck with that search. Please don’t share the results with me…)

But seriously (all of the above is true, however), I am a little surprised that President Barack Obama has picked Kagan as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens.

I’m more than fine with another woman on the court — even if Kagan is confirmed, women still will be under-represented in the composition of the court — but I didn’t think that the Obama administration was ready for the chatter about Kagan’s lack of gender conformity and her sexual orientation (whatever it may be) that no doubt will ensue. Therefore, I had expected the administration to pick someone else.

Some are comparing Elena Kagan to Harriet Miers, George W. Bush’s ill-fated nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O’Connor.

I mostly disagree with the comparison. I surmised at the time of the Miers fracas in 2005 — and I still surmise — that Bush never really intended to get her on the U.S. Supreme Court, but that he nominated her only to give the appearance that he was willing to put another woman on the court, only to end up putting yet another stupid white man (Samuel Alito) on the court instead. 

Obama, I believe, really wants Kagan on the court. 

Finally, I have to note that Kagan has been femming it up as of late. In her appearance with President Obama yesterday to announce her nomination to the high court —

** Alternate Crop ** President Barack Obama introduces ...

Obama names trailblazing Kagan as Supreme ...

Associated Press and AFP photos

— she looks more feminine than in any other photo of her that I’ve seen.

Just sayin’.

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