(UPDATED LINK) Save the Date: George Clinton comes to the NMAAHC!


Save the date!

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?

A Conversation between George Clinton and Michel Martin

 

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Date:Friday, October 31, 2014
Time:7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Location: National Museum of Natural History,
Baird Auditorium
10thSt. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Federal Triangle Station; Blue, Orange, and Silver LinesListen to master band leader and funk impressario George Clinton as he describes his own emergence as a funk music icon, businessman and cultural visionary in a candid conversation with National Public Radio host, Michel Martin.

Participants may be filmed, photographed and recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s educational and promotional uses.

The event is free, however reservations are required. We anticipate space for this event will fill up so don’t wait to make your free reservations.

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Ads the GOP wants to hide from Voters!


This could be a game changer.

When news broke Wednesday that Senator Mitch McConnell and fellow right-wing Senate candidates Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Tom Cotton were caught on tape pandering to a roomful of right-wing billionaires like Charles and David Koch, MoveOn members swung into action.

Within 48 hours—thanks to thousands of small-dollar contributions from MoveOn members—we were able to release two new 30-second TV ads introducing the real Ernst—a Tea Party candidate hoping to take progressive Tom Harkin’s Senate seat in Iowa —and McConnell to their constituents.1 2 The Des Moines Register called Ernst’s comments “evidence that Ernst is beholden to billionaires.”3 The Washington Post said the ad “signals how the revelation will be used against other GOP candidates.”4

 
This may be Ernst and McConnell’s “47% moment.” Their comments, caught on tape, could risk their election—just as Mitt Romney sparked voter backlash and outrage after he called 47% of Americans freeloading victims in 2012—but only if we make this moment one that voters will remember when they go to the polls.

Can you take a moment to watch MoveOn’s ad targeting Senator Mitch McConnell and share it with everyone you know?

If further proof was needed that Ernst and McConnell have been hand-picked by the Koch brothers to advance their extreme policy agenda, this is it.

With your help, we’ll be able to turn these leaked recordings into a political liability for Ernst, McConnell, and others beholden to the ultra right-wing, ultra-wealthy Koch network.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Kristin, Aiyi’nah, Justin, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. “At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300494&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=5

2. “Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive),” The Nation, August 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300499&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=6

3. “New TV ad hits Ernst on Koch Brothers conference,” The Des Moines Register, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300532&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=7

4. “Happy Hour Roundup,” The Washington Post, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300533&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=8

Finally! A candid exposé of Chevron’s dirty tricks


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Finally!
A Candid Exposé of Chevron’s Dirty Tricks
It’s not easy to try to explain the saga of the decades long battle to hold Chevron to account for deliberately poisoning people and planet in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Rolling Stone does a very good job of it, however, in yesterday’s article Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorean Villagers by AlexanderZaitchik.The article skillfully explains how Chevron turned a straightforward case into a neverending legal battle – because winning based on the merits was never an option for the oil giant. From blaming the victim to threatening and pressuring their allies, Chevron’s tactics are as dirty as the crude they dumped in the rainforest. The oil giant has launched the greatest assault on corporate accountability to date, yet until now, mainstream coverage of that attack has been frustratingly scarce.

In fact, considering Chevron’s history of going after anyone critical of their actions in Ecuador, Rolling Stone should be applauded for aggressively investigating a story that few others have been brave enough to take on. Zaitchik confronts the sordid details of the false narrative concocted by Chevron to fuel its retaliatory RICO suit against Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorians, but unlike others reporters, he doesn’t let fear of Chevron’s army of lawyers or Judge Kaplan’s outrageously biased decision dilute his reporting or outweigh the facts.

Most importantly, Zaitchik reminds readers that, “it’s the farmers and the Indians, not the lawyers, who continue to struggle daily with the 50-year legacy of oil production in the region.” For their sake, it’s about time the media told the full story.

Read the article here »

Courage V Cowadice


VoteVets.org

Charles Erwin is a Vietnam Veteran suffering from a number of debilitating and life-threatening ailments resulting from his exposure to Agent Orange.

I’ve met, served with, and led men like Charles – service members with the courage to fight and willingness to sacrifice for their country.

But their courage stands in sharp contrast to the cowardice Mitch McConnell demonstrated when his Republican Senate Caucus blocked improvements to veterans’ health care during the crisis earlier this year.

So when I heard VoteVets was set to run an ad giving voice to Charles’ story and the role Senator McConnell played in blocking improvements designed to help him, I knew that I had to help.

Can I count on you to join me with your $10 contribution to help VoteVets expand their Kentucky ad buy?

I’ve been a proud supporter of VoteVets since their launch back in 2006, serving on their Board of Advisors from day one. Their work gives voice to veterans and military family members in all of the important issue and political campaigns of our time.

But this effort is especially important. Thank you for supporting it.

General (Ret.) Wesley Clark
VoteVets.org

Feminism


 
by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
 
 
The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason–including equal civil rights–and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle. Feminists–and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality–are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.
Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination.
 
by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
 
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So, why did I go to urban dictionary for the definition of Feminism?

 I got my Cosmo in the mail and while the fashions are fun some gaudy others worthy of a second look or two most are out of my price range but then when I see the hair and beauty products well now that is a whole different response entirely. Then, an article about feminism popped up and yes folks are questioning Beyoncé among others with headlines such as … “Can you be Sexy and a Feminist” or as Cosmo asks, “Can you be a Sexy Feminist? It was a quick read and in all honesty I don’t spend a whole lot of my time dissecting labels, but I will say that being a feminist used to be defined as … a woman who didn’t appreciate men some said they despised them needed, always question the roles of men & women, demand equal access to education, be a companion forget about being happily married least we acquiesce simply because we are women. I don’t subscribe to hating on men, I like men on several levels, that includes my dad, my kids father, my son and a couple of boss’ who happened to be male, admit that I too have danced to music with lyrics that say negative things about women is not a great thing because I do get upset about their meaning as well.  However, it does appear that the word feminism and or being a feminist in this 21st society is ever changing ever evolving to being about a belief in equality and the rights of everyone. Cosmo asked stars like lady gaga, lana del rey and taylor swift just to name a few, but when Pharrell was asked he stated, “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be (a feminist). I’m a man, but I do support feminists.”

Anyway, an article worth reading in Cosmo September 2014 ~~ Nativegrl77

What do you think? Is being a feminist gender specific?