Affirmative Action Hurts Blacks?

Is this man on a par with the terrorists who seek to destroy the American way of life?

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During Wednesday oral arguments in a Supreme Court case on affirmative action, Justice Antonin Scalia argued that black Americans do not benefit from race-based quota policies. “They’re being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them,” he reportedly said of black students. “Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools,” the justice added. He said they benefited from a “slower track.” Scalia has long opposed affirmative-action policies in higher education.

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Reagan Said That

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In 1981 President Ronald Reagan gave this speech representing his views on immigration and amnesty. Some people consider Ronnie a saint so heed his words …

Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands. No free and prosperous nation can by itself accommodate all those who seek a better life or flee persecution. We must share this responsibility with other countries.

The bipartisan select commission which reported this spring concluded that the Cuban influx to Florida made the United States sharply aware of the need for more effective immigration policies and the need for legislation to support those policies.

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Take a Left at Albuquerque

mapamundiI was reminded earlier today that the continents of North and South America are never mentioned in the infallible Book of God. No wonder Columbus refused to believe he hadn’t found a route to the East Asian coast: He relied on the mythology of the Bible as if it was the truth.

The only other explanation would be that God refused to acknowledge the existence of America and some very human public relations firm came up with that catchy phrase, “God Bless America.”

Either way, it doesn’t seem like Christianity has a firm position in America.

Capitalism Is Over

capitalismI have been reading a lot on the internet, catching up with the holidays where I tended to veg-out under the covers. This article in Salon originally appeared in the TomDispatch written by Rebecca Solnit. The article makes a strong point for what I will conclude is a reactionary capitalistic oligarchy having gone too far in the pursuit of vast profits at the expense of the health of this planet and the whole concept of truth and empathy, opting instead for lying, corruption, and strong-arm tactics to subdue the country and have it bow to their wishes.

Rebecca Solmit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift. I think there’s an old adage in history: if you go too far, someone will invent a guillotine (or something to that effect).

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