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The T-Shirt Wars Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:29:00 EST in America
by Southern

Garry Reed

The once unpretentious T-shirt has become ground zero in America's never-ending culture war.

Wearing the wrong shirt in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you banned from airports, expelled from schools, barred from military bases, kicked out of shopping malls and threatened with arrest just about anywhere.

The media is littered with stories of people stopped, threatened or arrested for attempting to board commercial airliners with cartoon guns on their T-shirts. The reasoning is always the same; it's a security risk.

When the transpo-police can't explain how a fabric firearm figure can possibly pose a threat they quickly backslide into that most politically correct of platitudes: "It's offensive."

Classic Che tee for weekend revolutionaries

Classic Che tee for weekend revolutionaries
(source: thecheststore.com)

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1976 Jimmy Carter Election Ad Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 15:24:53 EST in America
by Southern

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30 Years Later, Survivors Remember Jonestown Massacre Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 19:38:29 EST in America
by Southern

Tim Reiterman

Jones, pre-Koolaid

This undated photo from the California Historical Society, shows Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones.

Dark clouds tumbled overhead on that afternoon 30 years ago, in the last hours of the congressman's mission deep in the jungle of Guyana.

With a small entourage, Rep. Leo Ryan had come to investigate the remote agricultural settlement built by a California-based church. But while he was there, more than a dozen people had stepped forward: We want to return to the United States, they said fearfully.

Suddenly a powerful wind tore through the central pavilion, riffling pages of my notebook, and the skies dumped torrents that bowed plantain fronds. People scrambled for cover as I interviewed the founder of Peoples Temple.

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Guess what else is in the bailout bill Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 18:57:20 EST in America
by Southern

Bailout bill contains buried provisions to invade your privacy

Quote of the Day: "Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds." -- John Perry Barlow

Do you think the IRS should set up undercover operations to entrap unsuspecting taxpayers?

Do you think the IRS should release your confidential tax returns to law enforcement and intelligence agencies upon request?

If you answered "No!" to either question, you're out of luck. Before its October recess, Congress passed a bill giving the IRS these powers.

You may ask, "Why didn't Downsize DC oppose this bill?"

As a matter of fact, we wrote against it virtually non-stop for two weeks!

Don't remember?

That's understandable. These provisions are buried in Sections 401 and 402 of Division C in H.R. 1424, the Bailout bill.

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Untied States Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 23:49:31 EDT in America
by Southern

If at first you don’t secede…

John Schwenkler

Whoever wins on Nov. 4, few Americans will harbor any illusions about their national unity. No matter which pairing one chooses—red and blue, Right and Left, coastal elites and flyover salt-of-the-earthers—there is no getting around our status as a country divided, a people set apart from one another as much by regional culture as by religion or political ideology.

A perfect time, in other words, to talk about secession—which is what will happen when the Middlebury Institute’s Third North American Secessionist Conference convenes in Manchester, New Hampshire a week and a half after the election. Thomas Naylor, whose Second Vermont Republic is one of the country’s most active secessionist organizations, is candid about the motive for the scheduling: “The date was set,” he tells me, “on the assumption that Hillary Clinton would be elected—and of course that’s not going to happen.” Nevertheless, the post-election timeframe is “looking more and more important every day” as popular outrage against the Wall Street bailout and anxiety over impending recession continue to build.

The Manchester conference brings together secessionists of all types. Writing in Orion, Bill Kauffman described the crowd from 2006 as “ponytails and suits, turtlenecks and sneakers, an Alaskan gold miner and one delegate from the neo-Confederate League of the South who wore a grey greatcoat, as if sitting for a daguerreotype just before the battle.” Despite—or perhaps because of—their ideological differences, they all share a common cause: to regionalize, to decentralize, to debunk the myth of a nation indivisible and replace it with a story that gives difference its due.

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No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 @ 17:06:14 EDT in America
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Wanted

In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen

DINITIA SMITH

''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970's as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago. The long curly locks in his Wanted poster are shorn, though he wears earrings. He still has tattooed on his neck the rainbow-and-lightning Weathermen logo that appeared on letters taking responsibility for bombings. And he still has the ebullient, ingratiating manner, the apparently intense interest in other people, that made him a charismatic figure in the radical student movement.

Now he has written a book, ''Fugitive Days'' (Beacon Press, September). Mr. Ayers, who is 56, calls it a memoir, somewhat coyly perhaps, since he also says some of it is fiction. He writes that he participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, the Pentagon in 1972. But Mr. Ayers also seems to want to have it both ways, taking responsibility for daring acts in his youth, then deflecting it.

''Is this, then, the truth?,'' he writes. ''Not exactly. Although it feels entirely honest to me.''

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