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.

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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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