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Sunday, March 31, 2013

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The State of Kansas, RIP (guest post)--the obituary all Kansans should read


One Jason Probst of the Hutchinson, Kansas HutchNews wrote the following, extremely well-written and appropriate opinion piece that was published in their paper today:


Kansas 1861-2013





Americans think they know their nation's history


They don't.

We don't know our nation's history. Case in point, from Facebook yesterday:


 

J. Marion Sims is called “the Father of Gynecology” due to his experiments on enslaved women in Alabama who were often submitted as guinea pigs by their plantation owners who could not use them for sexual pleasure. 

He kept seven women as subjects for four years, but left a trail of death and permanently traumatized black women. 

Anarcha was one of the women Sims experimented upon. A detailed history of this monster is in Harriet Washington’s book, Medical Apartheid.

Sims believed that Africans were numb to pain and operated on the women without anesthesia or antiseptic. The procedures usually happened this way.

Black female slaves who were guinea pigs would hold one subject down as Sims performed hysterectomies, tubal ligation, and other procedures to examine various female disorders.

Sims also performed a host of operations on other slave populations. The following excerpt details his “practice” on enslaved infants.

Sims began to exercise his freedom to experiment on his captives. He took custody of slave infants and, with a shoemaker’s awl, tried to pry the bones of their skulls into proper alignment.


Link: 


JMarion Sims 

Happy birthday, Johann


This seems especially fitting since it's Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, Sunday and Easter Sunday, all in one.

The Republican jobs plan for America


Endless news and cartoons at www.bipartisanreport.com


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Finally, finally, someone's talking about jobs


And wouldn't you know, it's the President and not someone in the other political party:


By PETER BAKER and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Declaring, "Let's get started rebuilding America," President Obama promoted a merger of tax breaks, loans and private investment to generate money for projects.

This is long, long overdue, even if we all ignored this recent report:

The latest national report card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers this month on the state of bridges, roads, power grids, rail networks and other systems showed that the country’s grade had actually risen for the first time — but to a D-plus from a D. 

I've been writing on this for some time, both here and on our Missouri Senator's home Facebook pages, in an effort to get some money for widening, improving and updating Interstate 70 from East Missouri and St. Louis, all the way across the state to Kansas City and the Kansas border.

It needs it badly, it's unsafe, it's narrow, it would be good for families and personal travel as well as business and business travel. It would create jobs for the region. There's just everything good about it and we need it sorely, as I said.

So, now, we wait.

We wait for the Republicans to come out against it.

Well, hey, it was proposed by this President, wasn't it?

WHAT DO WE WANT??

JOBS!!

WHEN DO WE WANT THEM??

4 YEARS AGO!!

Senator McCaskill?  Senator Blunt?

True then, true now, Part II



"The only part of the so-called national wealth that actually enters into the collective possessions of modern peoples is their national debt ... The national debt has given rise to joint-stock companies, to dealings in negotiable effects of all kinds, and to agiotage, in a word to stock-exchange gambling and the modern bankocracy."

~ Karl Marx, Capital Vol. 1 (1867)


One day, when we get away from all the patriotism in this country and confusion of Capitalism with 
patriotism, Karl Marx will be viewed with the respect he more rightly deserves.

Link:

Karl Marx - Wikipedia

Equality? Busting out in America?


The real "undue burden" on Americans


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Lies, liars and the real reason for George W Bush's chosen war



"...that's how George Bush won the war in Iraq. The invasion was not about "blood for oil", but something far more sinister: blood for no oil. War to keep supply tight and send prices skyward.


Oil men, whether James Baker or George Bush or Dick Cheney, are not in the business of producing oil. They are in the business of producing profits.
And they've succeeded. Iraq, capable of producing six to 12 million barrels of oil a day, still exports well under its old OPEC quota of three million barrels.
The result: As we mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion this month, we also mark the fifth year of crude at $100 a barrel.
As George Bush could proudly say to James Baker: Mission Accomplished!"

Links:

Full article here:  The Real Reason for the Iraq War | VICE United Kingdom


Greg Palast | Facebook


Greg Palast - Wikipedia

Quote of the day


"Forget global warming, forget war, poverty, disease. What really matters is whether other people, in private, sleep with their own sex."

--Richard Dawkins

Friday, March 29, 2013

Imagine what would be possible for America


Can you imagine what not just what the Republicans but America could accomplish if they didn't focus so much on trying to legislate on guns, abortion and women's reproductive rights?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

JJ's Restaurant fundraiser this Sunday


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On Sunday, April 7, The American Restaurant will host Saber! A Celebration for JJ's, bringing together the city's finest chefs and beverage vendors in support of the JJ's family. 

Tickets available here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/352903

The event includes tasting stations, silent auction and a "Hall of Fame" wine silent auction. The bottles will be signed by JJ's owner Jimmy Frantze. They include

1.5 of Verite Le Desir
1.5 l of Cardinale
3 liter of Murphy Goode Cabernet
1.5 of Murphy Goode Liar's Dice Zin
1.5 of Edmeades Zin
3 liter of Freemark Abbey Cabernet
6 Liter of 1999 'Luce' Super Tuscan 
750 ml 1999 Gaja Barbaresco 'Sori San Lorenzo", Piedmont, IT
3L 1989 Sean Thackrey "Orion" Old Vines Rossi VIneyard, Napa, CA
1.5 ml Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley vintage TBA
750 ml bottles from the 2011 vintage:
Siduri and Novy Wineries, donated by Adam Lee and Dianna Novy Lee
3L Cambria Chardonnay "Katherines Vineyard", Santa Maria Valley, CA
3L Cambria Pinot Noir, Santa Maria ,CA
3L Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
and many more

Saber! will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. with a special program at 7 p.m.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:  
Craig Adcock (Jude's Rum Cake)
The American Restaurant
Bluestem/rye
The Broadway Cafe
Café Sebastienne
The Capital Grill
Coaches
Happy Gillis
Carter Holton
Jasper's
The Jacobson
Le Fou Frog
Local Pig
Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions
The Rieger Hotel, Grill & Exchange
Room 39
Starker's Restaurant

All money raised will be donated to the JJ's Staff Assistance Fund managed by Country Club Bank.

















On Sunday, April 7, The American Restaurant will host Saber! A Celebration for JJ's, bringing together the city's finest chefs and beverage vendors in support of the JJ's family.

Tickets available here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/352903

The event includes tasting stations, silent auction and a "Hall of Fame" wine silent auction. The bottles will be signed by JJ's owner Jimmy Frantze. They include:
1.5 of Verite Le Desir
1.5 l of Cardinale
3 liter of Murphy Goode Cabernet
1.5 of Murphy Goode Liar's Dice Zin
1.5 of Edmeades Zin
3 liter of Freemark Abbey Cabernet
6 Liter of 1999 'Luce' Super Tuscan
750 ml 1999 Gaja Barbaresco 'Sori San Lorenzo", Piedmont, IT
3L 1989 Sean Thackrey "Orion" Old Vines Rossi VIneyard, Napa, CA
1.5 ml Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley vintage TBA
750 ml bottles from the 2011 vintage:
Siduri and Novy Wineries, donated by Adam Lee and Dianna Novy Lee
3L Cambria Chardonnay "Katherines Vineyard", Santa Maria Valley, CA
3L Cambria Pinot Noir, Santa Maria ,CA
3L Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
and many more

Saber! will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. with a special program at 7 p.m.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:
Craig Adcock (Jude's Rum Cake)
The American Restaurant
Bluestem/rye
The Broadway Cafe
Café Sebastienne
The Capital Grill
Coaches
Happy Gillis
Carter Holton
Jasper's
The Jacobson
Le Fou Frog
Local Pig
Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions
The Rieger Hotel, Grill & Exchange
Room 39
Starker's Restaurant

All money raised will be donated to the JJ's Staff Assistance Fund managed by Country Club Bank.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Quote of the day---What have I been saying?





"Whatever issue you may be most concerned about -- climate change, widening inequality, declining real median wages, rising poverty among the young, the soaring costs of healthcare, bailouts for Wall Street, the sprawling military-industrial-congressional complex, the morality brigade that wants to dictate who can marry and whether a woman has control over her body, a government captured by corporations and the wealthy -- nothing can be done until we get big money out of politics and reclaim our democracy. It is the first step to all reform. It's difficult, it's frustrating, it's not sexy -- but it's a necessity."

--Robert Reich,   political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.  Quote from his Facebook page today.

I say again, we have to work--heck, fight--to get the big, ugly, corrupting money of the wealthy and corporations our of our electoral and political systems. We have to end "campaign contributions."

Links: 


Robert Reich - Wikipedia


Robert Reich | Facebook

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Entertainment overnight


Conclusions you have to come to about Kyle James


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Okay so, once again, Kyle James--son of Kansas City Mayor Sly James--is in jail. This above, is apparently his latest arrest photo, too.

Who cares what the reason is. (Well, other than the his parents, anyway).

With this, with him being arrested and put into jail once again, it seems easy and obvious to come to at least a few conclusions about him.

First, he must not learn lessons.

Second, he must not care a fig about his father's political career or personal reputation, let alone his own.

Third, he just can't seem to grow up, mature and take responsibility for his own life and actions.

Sad, very sad, as well as unfortunate and totally, utterly, completely unnecessary.

Quote of the day--our real problems


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@[151141887957:274:Howard Zinn] hit the nail right on the head with this one. Who else here is tired of widespread "civil obedience"? (via this amazing album which you should all check out: http://imgur.com/a/hMDce#15)

In solidarity,
~Jonathan, posting leftist/Progressive content here every day at 5:30pm and 9:30pm EST

Monday, March 25, 2013

Entertainment overnight




Link:  Bebo Valdés, a Force in World of Cuban Music, Dies at 94

Bill Moyers asks a great question


It is:

"Ten years ago this week, the United States started a war that would last for eight years, claiming an estimated 189,000 lives, costing over $2 trillion and causing untold economic and emotional devastation for the Iraqi people. Is there a “conspiracy of silence” over the anniversary of our invasion of Iraq?"

As pointed out in the link below: ""Big media’s culpability in the run-up to the war was explored in a documentary that originally aired onBill Moyers Journal in 2007. Buying the War investigated the media’s pro-war cheerleading in the months preceding the March 19, 2003, invasion. " You can see it here:



Full article here:

Because it makes sense, right?



How many people do you know like this? Thanks to the @[112683575413451:274:Lexington Herald-Leader] for this share.

While Kansas cuts higher education funds


This, from NBC News last evening at the same time the Kansas Legislature is cutting $29 million dollars more from the higher education budget:



On college campuses, many students striving to make the grade don’t have enough food to eat. Trying to tackle this challenge, colleges are now bringing food pantries onto campuses, hoping to help students through these tough times.

Across the U.S., safety-net programs aimed at reaching the nearly 1 in 7 Americans living in poverty struggle to reach those in need. Food stamp enrollment climbed to record levels following the recent recession, with nearly 48 million participants in December 2012.

Other states are trying to help their students in college.


Not Kansas:


House Speaker Merrick OK with 4 percent cut to higher

education

Seriously, how do you do that?


Against food stamps and not for a good, "living wage."


(M) I know that a lot of you are probably sick of this meme, but this one makes a great point. Thanks to The Informed Liberal for sharing this with us.

Posted on the Being Liberal fan page.

A corporation's and business owner's and wealthy person's dream

America's 2nd Iraq War, our war of choice



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quote of the day: Whither now, humankind?


"Sadistic flicks, sea rise, assassination drones: are we up to playing God? A tectonic shift in civilization has never happened this fast before, and we’re still part-chimpanzee with double Ph.D.’s in trial and error. Invent pesticides and see what they do to our organs, sell civilians assault rifles and count the schoolhouse shootings, experiment with longevity and economics, friendship and cellphoning."  

--Edward Hoagland from today's New York Times in his article Pity Earth's Creatures

It's a fantastic article with great questions for us. I highly recommend it.  It's also brief.

Bill Maher on the Pope, Part II


And this is where it gets really funny.  And true:

Bill Maher on the Pope, Part I


Here's your "Catholic Education" for you


So many of us don't know our history:

Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women in Magdalene Laundries until 1996


From the article:


The Irish Prime Minister gave a partial apology today for the government’s role in a 74-year scandal in which, a new official government report says, over 10,000 women were forced to work without pay at commercial laundries called Magdalene Laundries, operated by the Catholic Church for “crimes” as small as not paying a train ticket.
Wikipedia notes that the estimate of the number of women who were used as forced slave labor by the Catholic Church in Ireland alone goes as high as 30,000 over the entire time the Magdalene laundries were in operation.
The last Magdalene laundry closed in 1996.

Women were locked in, couldn’t leave Magdalene Laundries for months, sometimes years

The women were locked in and not permitted to leave.  And if they tried to get away, the cops would catch them and bring them back. They were quite literally Catholic slave labor working for the government and even Guinness, which would pay the laundries for the women’s slave labor.
Half of the girls enslaved in these Catholic Church prisons were under the age of 23.  The youngest entrant was 9 years old.

Singer Sinead O’Connor was perhaps the most famous Magdalene Laundry slave

Singer Sinead O’Connor was forced to work in a Magdalene Laundry in Dublin:
When I was a young girl, my mother — an abusive, less-than-perfect parent — encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored “Magdalene laundries,” which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests’ clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.

This, however, is, for me, the most difficult to believe and hardest to forgive them for:

No apology from the Catholic Church

Absent from any of the media reports on the scandal that I could find was an apology from the Catholic Church which operated the Magdalene laundries and made handsome profits from contracts with government and hotels.  Oh, found one. It seems the Catholic Church blew the women off.  I know, you’re as surprised as I am:

Victims of the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Irish Catholic Church have received an apology and compensation, but no one has taken responsibility for what happened in the laundries. Cardinal Sean Brady, the most senior Catholic cleric in Ireland, met with Justice for Magdalenes in 2010. He said “by today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend” but that it was a matter for the religious orders who ran the laundries to deal with. The religious orders have declined to meet the women.

The Irish Cardinal wasn’t interested in hearing from people who were hurt and abused — if not sexually, certainly physically and mentally, by the Catholic Church.  And it’s not the Catholic Church’s fault. 

The laundries were run by nuns, many of whom treated the women sent to work there as slaves:

Senator McAleese’s inquiry found that half of the girls and women put to work in the laundries were under the age of 23 and 40%, more than 4,000, spent more than a year incarcerated.

Fifteen percent spent more than five years in the laundries while the average stay was calculated at seven months.

The youngest death on record was 15, and the oldest 95, the report found.

The Irish state is also implicated in the scandal because the police would take women to the asylums after arresting them for trivial offenses and would return runaways.

The story of the Magdalene laundries shows what happens when an institution — in this case the church and the government — is considered beyond criticism. It probably isn’t a coincidence that the last of the laundries closed in 1996, shortly after the first wave of the Catholic pedophile priest scandals hit Ireland.

Let me reiterate that for a moment.  The Catholic Church had slaves as late as 1996.

There is more to the article, too. There are women's brief accounts of what was done to them. It would be worth our time to go the the original article so we all know more of what happened. 

The world needs to know what happened, we need to never forget and we need to make sure things remotely like this are ended and that they're not repeated, of course, ever.