Archive for June 2010

Video Overnight Distraction- Conan the Barbarian: The Musical!

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We are running our quarterly fundraiser so if you are able and so inclined, donations can be made at the widget below, the donate button to the side or email us at thepoliticalcarnival at gmail.com for a irl address.

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If we are to keep TPC going, we will need donations, it’s as simple as that. We know many of you are in the same boat, or worse, as we are, and we empathize.

So, for those who are able, and are so inclined, we are once again put in the position of asking for assistance.

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Video- President Obama Q&A at Wisconsin Town Hall

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Teacher To 12-Year-Old Girl Who Wore Mexico Soccer Shirt: “What Are You Doing In My Country?”

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Here's an appalling story:

Coral Avilez, who is all of 12, wore a tee shirt to her middle school in Big Bear, California. It happened to be a shirt she bought in Mexico. It also happened to be a soccer shirt, because of, you know, the World Cup and all. What a brat, huh? What a horrible child. Especially when her teacher asked her if she "supported Mexico", and, thinking Teacher Dearest was referring to soccer, answered in the affirmative.

Teacher:

“Then what are you doing in my country?”

Me to teacher: "What are you doing in a school?"

A very stunned, American-born Coral:

"Why?"

Teacher:

“Because people like you make me pay higher taxes and make my insurance rate go up."

Coral then ran out of the room in tears. But at least she was made to feel worse -- yes, worse-- after that. That's right, the abuse continued:

On Monday she asked not to go back to class, and she was given two choices: sit in the principal’s office and read a book,or pick up trash with the janitor. Martinez said Coral felt uncomfortable in the principal’s office, and she opted to picked up trash.

She had to pick up after the other kids, because she looked Mexican. That was what she got for answering "yes" to a question. That's what she got for being not like Teacher Dearest. That's what she got for wearing a tee shirt with a Mexico reference. That's what she got for being not white.

Now the girl and her mother, supported by local civil rights groups, are asking that the teacher’s conduct be investigated for possible disciplinary action. The teacher later apologized to the class, according to local newspapers.

I bet that apology did wonders to soothe Coral Avilez.  At such a vulnerable time of her life, I'm sure she won't be affected forever at all.

It's so reassuring to see that they're teaching racial profiling in my state. Why, just the other day I said to Mr. Laffy, I said, "Gee, why can't we be more like Arizona?"*

Lucky us.

*Obvious sarcasm.

H/t: I forgot, sorry!

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TPC fundraiser fun! Vuvuzela symphony planned at BP headquarters

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First, I admit it. I enjoy saying "vuvuzela".  Vuvuzelavuvuzelavuvuzela. There. Now that that's out of the way, I can continue.

Via BoingBoing:

In order to put a bit of public pressure on [BP], we plan to buy 100 vuvuzelas and hire 100 vuvuzela players off Craigslist to play in front of BP's International Headquarters in London for an entire work day. Ideally, the players will keep coming back every day until they fix the gusher.[...]

Budget: $2,000 = $1,000 for the vuvuzela protest ; $1,000 for the Gulf Disaster Fund

Speaking of budgets... (You knew this was coming)...

The fact is, we do need donations, unfortunately. Since we've expanded the site to fit our needs, we now pay for the domain name and the server, among other things.

Did I mention I lost my job of 14 years last January? We know many of you are in the same boat, or worse, as we are, and we empathize.

We also now have a subscription service set up where you can pledge a small (or large) monthly amount to help us out. An extra added shout out THANK YOU to those who have already donated. We appreciate the hell out of you.

So, for those who are able, and are so inclined, we are once again put in the position of asking for assistance.

We thank you so much for your loyal readership, and for your generosity.

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VIDEO- Hardball: Chris Matthews v. Rick Barber

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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This from the man who brought you "Slavery".

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Busted! Whistle blower: BP sinks oil with Corexit dispersant as cover up

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Have you been watching the clock? Because I have, and it's been ticking loudly... tick tick tick...

Hear that, BP?

Tick tick tick...

That's the sound of impending prison time.

Tick tick tick...

Testimony before a Senate investigative panel this week is expected to reveal what many have suspected about BP all along; they don’t care about the environment, the animals that are dying, and the lives that are being destroyed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Anderson Cooper interviewed Fred McCallister, V.P. of Allegiance Capitol Corporation, who said that BP is using dispersants to sink the globby thick oil slicks to hide the immensity of the disaster. Surprise! See, that way, the goo sinks before anyone can collect it. We all pretty much called that weeks ago, now, didn't we?

So why would BP do that? Why would they want to hide the size, the enormously scary size, of the massive oil volcano?  To save money. So they won't have to pay fines. That's been their prime motivation for pretty much everything, as we all know. For example, remember when they underestimated the size of the gush?

McCallister will appear before a Senate investigative panel on Thursday. He'll say that BP's only focus is protectimg their own financial interests.

Tick tick tick...

For more details, go here.

For my other posts about the horrific effects of dispersants, including invading the food supply, go here.

H/t: Jamieharbor

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Breaking: Biggest revamp of financial oversight clears the House

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Via an L.A. Times news alert e-mail:

Biggest revamp of financial oversight clears the House

The House on Wednesday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, and last-minute changes this week appeared to solidify support in the Senate and pave the way for the legislation to reach the White House later this month.

The 237-192 House vote split sharply along partisan lines.

Democrats charged in often-contentious debate that Republicans were protecting Wall Street from tough new regulations designed to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis and end the prospect of future government bailouts.

But Republicans said the legislation was a dangerous expansion of government power that would restrict access to credit by consumers and businesses. They blasted it for failing to address the future of seized mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and warned that the legislation would lead to more bailouts.

More soon at http://www.latimes.com

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