Tags: class division

v2 10.03.14

v2 10-03-2014

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v2 09.06.14

v2 09.06.14

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verbatim 39.2

verbatim 39.2

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Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day isn’t International Workers’ Day

Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day isn’t International Workers’ Day

by Patrick Devlin A salute to working women and men in America on Labor Day! Even after 50 years of stagnant wages, union-busting, job outsourcing, and the appalling lapdoggery of politicians in both legacy parties who serve the interests of the modern oligarchs – we are obliged to stand with our fellow workers and acknowledge that our work makes our land. And, remember also that it is not to enrich the selfish wealthy that we work…at least that is what Eugene Debs believed. “I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely […]

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Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

by Patrick Devlin After a long day of anti-comedy at work I sat down determined to be info-tained by watching the comedy news. The Daily Show had ended but I consoled myself that I was not too late for the Clobert Report (better show, anyhow). I turned on the TV as Colbert was introducing the show and, not yet paying full attention – I thought I heard that his interview guest was going to be Hillary Clinton, and I said to myself, “shit, don’t really need that”. I did decide to stay for the pre-interview skits and turn the channel […]

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Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

by Patrick Devlin Reporter Stephanie Simon writing for Politico has reported on her findings after reviewing government subsidies granted to parents who choose to abandon public education and instead send their school age children to private schools, including hundreds of theological schools. Simon reports that in 2014 US taxpayers will pay nearly $1 billion to subsidize the private education, and in many cases this means the religious education and indoctrination, of grammar and secondary school children across America by providing publically paid for “vouchers” to their parents. The movement to expand the subsidization of private school religious indoctrination has been […]

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Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has handed American law enforcement agencies an unqualified victory that arguably restricts the Constitutional prohibition against unwarranted searches and seizures. In a split decision the court ruled that even when a person who is the subject of a law enforcement investigation has refused to have his home searched by police, the Supreme Court determined that, if law enforcement officers simply ask another person who happens to live at the same address while the investigatory target is not present (a type of third party consent referencing another’s constitutional rights) the law enforcement agents can […]

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verbatim 38.4

verbatim 38.4

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The bipartisan beatification of our beloved bullies

The bipartisan beatification of our beloved bullies

by Patrick Devlin “This [bridge scandal] is not the disaster for him that people think it is. I think it’s Miley Cyrus. It looked like a scandal when she was twerking at the VMA Awards, but it turns out that it just made her a bigger star…I also don’t think that this is going to be a scandal that is going to affect him negatively with the people in his own party. He keeps saying ‘I’m not a bully.’ Sure he’s a bully, and that’s what they like about him. If he is not a bully, who is he? He […]

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when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

by Patrick Devlin The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctirnal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November. Responding to queries regarding how the new leader of the church wants his priests to approach the communities of the faithful as well as those who may consider becoming Catholic, the pope proposed his analysis stating, “It is a hermeneutical question: reality is only understood if […]

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