random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  They call Keeney a radical. Who made him a radical? I've seen the time when I didn't have the right to eat in this state. I've seen the time when I was refused a job. I've been served with eviction papers and thrown out of my house. I've see women and children brutally treated in mining camps. I've seen hell turned loose. They didn't call me a radical when circular after circular went out from my office during the war, urging miners to waive their rights and produce all the coal they could. They didn't call me a radical when I agreed to forget our contracts and work for Uncle Sam. Now they call me a radical because I insist on holding what the miners of this state have gained. It is an old trick. They are merely trying to cover up their determination to crush us. ... We don't propose to get out of the way when a lot of capitalists from New York and London come down here and tell us to get off the earth. They played that game with the American Indian. They gave him the end of a log to sit on and then pushed him off that. We don't propose to be pushed off. They say we shall not organize Western Virginia. They are mistaken. If Frank Keeney can't do it, some one will take my place who can. But West Virginia will be organized and it will be organized completely.

tagged: miners, labor, unions, West Virginia, radicalism
  —Frank Keeney (President of District 17, United Mine Workers of America, 1912)

resurrecting my old abortion rights button

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

“I’m pro-choice and I shoot back.” It’s not strictly true since I don’t own a gun. I love how Bill O’Reilly freely tosses around incendiary rhetoric (arguably, “inciting violence”) but is so incapable of taking responsibility or acknowledging his own words. Why is he a frickin’ pundit talking head if he thinks his words are […]

gassing muslim children in Ohio “not a hate crime”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Apparently, Dayton, Ohio, officials think that tossing pepper spray* into a mosque nursery, filled with infants and directly in the face of their ten-year-old babysitter, is nothing more than a random chance chemical irritant attack. Certainly not a hate crime. In fact, it was probably motivated by love — James Dobson-style “tough love” for those […]

back to mormons and forced “marriage”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Source: More Clarity About Abuse, Intermarriage, Child Breeders, andthe Fundamentalist Churchof Later Day Saints, Sara Robinson, Orcinus, 2008/4/25 [Warren] Jeffs was convicted last year in Utah of forcing a 14-year-old girl into marriage with an older cousin. I’m sick of these quotes that just talk about “marriage” and accept the use of that word. If […]

creationist & religious violence against science & education

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Just a list of links for the flurry of postings on this topic: * Bug Girls’ Blog, Weekly WTF: More threats by Creationists, 2007/7/12; related Pharyngula, 2007/7/11; Bug Girl’s blog, 2007/7/20 * Bug Girl’s Blog, Creationist Death Threats, Part 2 (2007/8/24) * Pharyngula, Another example of amoral religiosity, 2007/8/24 * Sunclipse, Creation, Power and Violence […]

the bear stearns of organized pedophilia

Monday, April 14th, 2008

It’s a bit dicey to find anything funny in the sexual slavery / prostitution ring known as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, aka, the Mormon child abuse cult). Bill Maher managed to do it by pointing out the discrepancy between society’s treatment of misbehavior by “cults” and misbehavior by “religions”. If you […]

barking dogs != relaxation (or security)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

For the record, the menacing presence of very large german shepherds is not a plus at a train station. And when you hear their barks, whimpers, and howls nearby it makes you worry whether they’re attacking someone, upset or excited at someone’s lunch, etc. Word is they’re sniffing for bombs but I don’t think for […]

death by religion, part # in-the-hundreds-of-millions

Monday, February 25th, 2008

I haven’t heard any recent updates about Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali, the woman sentenced to death for witchcraft. A Saudi Arabian court issued the death penalty in 2005 for a woman who allegedly made a man impotent, through witchcraft, among other sins. According to Human Rights Watch, she was beaten until she signed (by placing […]

vagina dentata: prior art?

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

South African inventor Sonette Ehlers has developed the “rapex”, a barbed female condom aimed at discouraging rapists. A coordinator for Rape Crisis cautions that the device could backfire, and rapists in penile pain might respond with increased violence. Of course, Neal Stephenson in Snow Crash (1992) was all over this idea: his teenage protagonist wore […]

ad refusal: BeAWitness

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

I’m almost always infuriated when I hear about publicly licensed networks and stations refusing to air political ads. The latest: A media critique ad that aims to bring attention to the Darfur genocide. Be A Witness. Link from Ann Bartow @ sivacracy 8/25

Juarez: missing-non-white-women meme, at work?

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

This article is the first time I have seen NYT coverage of the missing women in the maquiladoras towns along the border — a rash of killings and disappearances that has affected literally hundreds of women, many of whom worked in US-owned factories. Searching the NYT archives since 1996 (“missing women maquiladoras”, “missing women Juarez”) […]

what could be wrong with promising to kill queers?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

jimmy swaggart boasts manfully that he would kill a queer who looked at him cross-eyed: I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. [Swaggart laughs; audience laughs and applauds.] And I’m gonna be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God […]

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