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Verdict IN: Campbell’s > Progresso December 31, 2008

I’ve never been much of a soup person; that is, of any soup other than chicken noodle without chicken chunks or anything besides broth and a shit-ton of noodles (I’m not proud of my pickiness). However, I may need to start buying more soup, at least if it’s from Campbell’s, as they have just taken a small but significant step towards equality.

Now, ostensibly, what they did isn’t that big of a deal. They simply took out a four-page ad in The Advocate, an LGBT magazine, advertising their products (here’s what they looked like). Three out of the four ads are lone men talking about the wonderfulness that is Campbell’s, but one features two women and a young boy. (more…)

 

Links Round-Up! October 23, 2008

I don’t feel like typing a lot today, as I have a midterm to study for and a mouse bite on my finger to nurse (yes, for serious. Yes, it hurt quite a bit. Yes, I’m milking it for all it’s worth). So, here’s some recommendations on some of the topics being bandied about the blogosphere today:

  • The incomparable David Sedaris on the election:

    To put [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

    To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

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If McCain loses, will it have been my fault? He seems to think so. October 21, 2008

Why thank you, Senator!

McCain blamed the “feminist left” for criticizing Sarah Palin since he announced his choice for a running mate.

Again, interesting choice of words for the senator, there. I wonder if he thinks that everyone on the left is feminist. Because while they certainly should be [<— Liss’s classic “Important Announcement” post – a must read] – I think I can say, fairly definitively, that they are not. Not when I’ve seen “Drill, Baby, Drill” shirts with Palin on them that were not talking about oil. Not when I heard about the new Sarah Palin porno (and no, I will not link to it. It’s not even good). And absolutely not during the primaries, when I got to listen to Obama and (to a lesser extent) Edwards supporters be every bit as misogynistic and narrow-minded and hateful as Rush Limbaugh, only it was okay because they hated him too! Gag me.

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Debate Post-Mortem/Quick Hits October 17, 2008

Well, now that the dust has settled from the bloodbath that was Wednesday night’s debate (does that count as mixing metaphors?), some quasi-objective analysis may be attempted (if you haven’t yet, be sure to read the liveblog here).

  • First, the man I know you’ve all been wondering about: Joe the plumber. In deciding to make him the lynchpin of McCain’s debate talking points, the campaign demonstrated the same thorough vetting capabilities as they did when selecting Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee. Namely, Joe has a different first AND last name than McCain said he did, is not a registered plumber, owes more than $1000 on back taxes, and with his current income, would receive tax cuts under Obama’s plan. In addition, even if he were to buy a small business and end up making so much profit that his income was >$250,000, he would almost undoubtedly be better off under Obama’s plan, because there are only a couple percentage points between the two plans in that bracket and Obama’s comes with added breaks for small businesses. So….way to go, GOP! (It is mildly encouraging, though – they’re such awful liars, the quest for transparency in government would be that much easier to achieve). (more…)
 

Just so you know… October 14, 2008

Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans — theradicalnotion @ 10:59 pm
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Disclaimer: not voting for Barack Obama is not, in and of itself, racist. Certainly, there are racist reasons not to vote for him, but there are racially-neutral reasons to do as well (coming from both liberal and conservative viewpoints). I personally am not ecstatic with his stances on several issues, particularly on LGBT rights and women’s rights. He is not my ideal candidate, though in all respects he is much more in accord with my views than McCain. So, I am sympathetic to the notion that somebody might not buy into the messianic Obamania that has permeated the left in the past year, and not want to have to answer to cries of “racism!”.

Nonetheless, this much is true: a vote for McCain is a vote for racism. It is a vote for many other things; it’s a vote for misogyny, for idiocy, for fiscal irresponsibility, for homophobia, for ineptitude, and lots more fun stuff. But racism is what we will focus on today.

The Republican party, of course, has a long and storied tradition of racism (even more so than America in general has said history). Alternet has an excellent post on how if McCain were really more concerned with issues than party lines or ideology, he would have broken with the Republican tradition of bigotry and hatred.

What a sick joke: if McCain had been the maverick he thinks he is and expects to be taken for, if he had continued to tell George W. Bush to stuff it and conducted an honorable campaign, he might have single-handedly redeemed his own party, the party whose rank and file voters and most powerful member famously regarded him as some kind of traitor. But by trying to fit in and play by the established rules, he’s treated fence-sitters and swing voters to a sight designed to convince them that to support McCain/Palin is to sign on to march off a cliff with the rest of the caveman army.

As it stands now, however, even bigwig conservatives are distancing themselves from and condemning McCain’s tactics.

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Miscellanea October 6, 2008

Sorry, peeps, but ’tis the midterm season again, so no insightful postage today. But as I can certainly identify with your (perhaps imagined on my part) near-constant pursuit of erudition and greater procrastination material, I will link to some more good articles from the past few days.

This is becoming a pattern, isn’t it? Ah well. Tomorrow I will, of course, be liveblogging the second presidential debate, in which McCain will probably just come right out and ask Obama if his SSN starts with 666, and I will cry.

No time for categories today! We shall post these links WILLY-NILLY, with NO REGARD for alphabetizing, subject matter-izing, or conveniencizing!

  • Another study confirms the wage gap and unequal treatment given to men and women in the workplace, but in an interesting way: they interviewed transgendered people before and after transitioning, and catalogued the differences in the treatments. While I would be the last to argue that trans people don’t face discrimination (duh), it is interesting that merely transitioning produced at least some of the societal benefits or disadvantages inherent in each gender, in spite of previous socialization and any other bigotry directed towards them.
  • This explains the vomitous speeches I’ve been hearing from McCain and Co. all day – cognizant of the fact that he cannot beat Obama on his policies, especially economy-wise, he has blatantly resolved to focus on “character attacks” – i.e. racism, xenophobia, and [insert your favorite type of bigotry here].The sad part is that this will undoubtedly be effective, at least for some people.

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Fucking Disgusting September 29, 2008

Filed under: Domestic Terrorism,Politics,Racism — theradicalnotion @ 4:53 pm
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A terrorist act committed mostly or exclusively by Muslims makes all the headlines, but apparently terrorism targeted specifically at Muslims is not worthy of mention.

I couldn’t find the following story at any of the major news sites (MSNBC, CNN, FOX); a Google search turned up nothing either in the way of national media, save for the omnipresent Blogs.

Chemical irritant empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton’s mosque

Update: Islamic Society baffled by incident at worship service

By Kyle Nagel

Staff Writer

Saturday, September 27, 2008

DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors.

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Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m.

Someone “sprayed an irritant into the mosque,” Dayton fire District Chief Vince Wiley said, noting that fire investigators believe it was a hand-held spray can.

According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window. […]

The 300 or so inside were celebrating the last 10 days of Ramadan with dinner and a prayer session, but the prayer session was interrupted so those suffering from tearing, coughing and shortness of breath could receive treatment.

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“It’s very disturbing,” Sabagh said. “Something like this has never happened before.”

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