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If your blog posts anything like the above, please reblog this so I can follow you! I really want to build up a big network of progressive bloggers to help inspire my own vision and get more involved in activism in general.

Please and thank you, comrades!

Oh hi mostly my entire blog. 

Well, except cat pictures. I post those often.

I post cat pictures too. :)


I’m looking at you, Rep. Peter King, among others.

Why did you think your districts and states would not be sacrificed to the anti-government spending Moloch YOU helped create? What made your community special enough to escape unscathed?

Is it because you’re a member of the same party? If you’ve learned nothing else in the past two years, it should have been this: Party does not trump ideologues, nor does it trump their will to impose their ideology on everyone – including you.

You gerrymandered yourselves into this mess, and now have representatives unable to represent or even govern. They have no desire to even attempt to govern, only to break down what little functioning governance and cooperative spirit remains.

You are not immune from the consequences of your blind worship at the altar of no spending and no taxes. You will have to return to your district and explain to your constituents why they were not important enough to receive consideration from the U.S. House, a governing body incapable of doing anything but throwing temper tantrums because their hatred of the president outweighs their will to do their jobs.

Good luck with that.


What Meg said.

Does the Second Amendment prevent Congress from passing gun-control laws? The question, which is suddenly pressing, in light of the reaction to the school massacre in Newtown, is rooted in politics as much as law.

For more than a hundred years, the answer was clear, even if the words of the amendment itself were not. The text of the amendment is divided into two clauses and is, as a whole, ungrammatical: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The courts had found that the first part, the “militia clause,” trumped the second part, the “bear arms” clause. In other words, according to the Supreme Court, and the lower courts as well, the amendment conferred on state militias a right to bear arms—but did not give individuals a right to own or carry a weapon.

Enter the modern National Rifle Association. Before the nineteen-seventies, the N.R.A. had been devoted mostly to non-political issues, like gun safety. But a coup d’état at the group’s annual convention in 1977 brought a group of committed political conservatives to power—as part of the leading edge of the new, more rightward-leaning Republican Party. (Jill Lepore recounted this history in a recent piece for The New Yorker.) The new group pushed for a novel interpretation of the Second Amendment, one that gave individuals, not just militias, the right to bear arms. It was an uphill struggle. At first, their views were widely scorned. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, who was no liberal, mocked the individual-rights theory of the amendment as “a fraud.”

But the N.R.A. kept pushing—and there’s a lesson here. Conservatives often embrace “originalism,” the idea that the meaning of the Constitution was fixed when it was ratified, in 1787. They mock the so-called liberal idea of a “living” constitution, whose meaning changes with the values of the country at large. But there is no better example of the living Constitution than the conservative re-casting of the Second Amendment in the last few decades of the twentieth century.

…It is clear that the scope of the Second Amendment will be determined as much by politics as by the law. The courts will respond to public pressure—as they did by moving to the right on gun control in the last thirty years. And if legislators, responding to their constituents, sense a mandate for new restrictions on guns, the courts will find a way to uphold them. The battle over gun control is not just one of individual votes in Congress, but of a continuing clash of ideas, backed by political power. In other words, the law of the Second Amendment is not settled; no law, not even the Constitution, ever is.


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Religion determines politics for Asian AmericansDISCOVER Magazine

I was at ASHG this week, so I’ve followed reactions to the election passively. But one thing I’ve seen is repeated commentary on the fact that Asian Americans have swung toward the Democrats over the past generation. The thing that pisses me off is that there is a very obvious low-hanging fruit sort of explanation out there, and I’m frankly sick and tired of reading people ramble on without any awareness of this reality. We spent the past few months talking about the power of polls, and quant data vs. qual (bullshit) analysis, with some of my readers going into full on let’s-see-if-Razib-is-moron-enough-to-swallow-this-crap mode.


Religion determines politics for Asian Americans

I was at ASHG this week, so I’ve followed reactions to the election passively. But one thing I’ve seen is repeated commentary on the fact that Asian Americans have swung toward the Democrats over the past generation. The thing that pisses me off is that there is a very obvious low-hanging fruit sort of explanation out there, and I’m frankly sick and tired of reading people ramble on without any awareness of this reality. We spent the past few months talking about the power of polls, and quant data vs. qual (bullshit) analysis, with some of my readers going into full on let’s-see-if-Razib-is-moron-enough-to-swallow-this-crap mode.


Chris Hayes toasts the organizers responsible for getting President Obama re-elected, and for thousands of other victories throughout the annals of American democracy:

When the victory bell rings, we rush to talk about the Great Men of History who made it so, the candidates and the master strategists who ran their campaigns. Or we point to the exit polling demographics and say it was destiny, fated and inevitable. But nothing in politics is inevitable and progress only comes about because of the tireless labor of organizers who never get to give speeches at podiums, who don’t get vacation-home money like the brand-name strategists and who don’t show up on cable news, unless they’re in the background of a photo op. But the reward they do get is the fulfillment of the soul that comes from struggle.

Just finding out that my friend Luke is none other than Chris Hayes’ brother!


Asian Americans Push for Political Clout
Voice of America

A record 21 Asian Americans are vying for seats in the U.S. Congress on Election Day. The numbers reflect the fact that Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic group in the country.


Asian Americans Show Ballot Box Power
AP via YouTube


This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don’t think there’s a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote.

Your cynicism is understandable. But cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you succumb to it, the regressives who want to take this nation back to the 19th century win it all.

The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages – all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel. 

Then America is entirely theirs.

The alternative to cynicism is to become more involved in politics. Help create a progressive force in this nation that grows into a movement that can’t be stopped.

We almost had it last year in the Occupy movement. We had the arguments and the energy. What we lacked was organization and discipline.

I’ve spent years in Washington and I know nothing good happens there unless good people outside Washington are organized and mobilized to put pressure on Washington to make it happen.

This isn’t new. In the election of 1936, a constituent approached FDR with a list of things she wanted him to do if reelected. “Ma’am,” he said, “I’d like to do all those things. But if I’m reelected, you must make me.”

We must make them.

I suggest a two-step plan.

Step one: Vote for Barack Obama for President and vote for every Democratic senator and representative in Congress. Get off your ass and make sure your friends and relatives do the same.

Step two: Starting Election Day, regardless of who’s elected, commit at least three hours every week to political organizing and mobilizing. Connect with other progressives in your city and state. Help find and recruit new progressive candidates to run against Republicans in swing states, and against conservative Democrats. Support the members of the progressive caucus in Congress. Raise money. Raise a ruckus.

Make it our goal to reverse Citizens United, even if it takes a constitutional amendment. And have public financing of elections (including requiring the media to provide free political advertising as part of their commitment to public service).

Also break up the biggest banks and resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act.

Put a 2 percent surtax on wealth in excess of $3 million. And a one-tenth of 1 percent transaction tax on every financial transaction. And restore top tax rates to what they were before Ronald Reagan became president.

Use half this revenue to pay down the national debt and half to make sure every American has a world-class education.

Put a tax on carbon, and use the revenues to reduce or replace payroll taxes.

Have a single-payer health-care system that delivers care at far less cost than our current balkonized and inefficient one.  

And much else.

You say it can’t happen — the system is too rotten.

It won’t happen if you wallow in the comfort of your cynicism. But it will happen if you and others like you get fired up.

We’ve done it before.

I remember when progressives joined with African-Americans to get enacted the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. I remember when progressives stopped the Vietnam War. When women finally got freedom of choice over their own bodies. When the Environmental Protection Act became law.

Who would have imagined two decades ago that America would elect an African-American as President of the United States? Who would have supposed gays and lesbians would begin to achieve equal marriage rights?

Of course we can take America back.

Stop complaining and start organizing. 

And by all means, vote.


October Issue: The Political Adolescence of Asian America

Just how far has the fastest-growing minority group come politically? This story goes local, taking a closer look at three noteworthy case studies, to help answer that question.

SO THIS IS THE YEAR. Finally, Asian Americans will matter. That’s what a casual observer might glean from the spate of articles heralding the arrival of Asian America onto the national political stage. A sampling of headlines:

“Could 2012 Be the Year of the Asian Voter?”

“Will Asian voters swing the election?”

“With surging numbers, Asian-Americans look for congressional gains”

“Asian-Americans take higher profile in congressional races”

“Overlooked Asian-American voters could tip scales in November election”

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A wild Binder appears!



According to this report by the National Public Radio, more Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are running for higher elected office such as Congress. NPR goes on to examine this new phenomena. 

Glad you caught on, NPR.

Governor Romney: I created the TV Show ‘Friday Night Lights’ and came up with the phrase ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.’ I was not thrilled when I saw that you have plagiarized this expression to support your campaign … Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series. … Please come up with your own campaign slogan.

writer-director Peter Berg, in a letter to the Romney campaign, via soupsoup via The Hollywood Reporter. (via washingtonpoststyle)

How embarrassing: 

(via think-progress)

(via think-progress)

PBS chief Paula Kerger spoke to CNN’s Carol Costello on Thursday, and didn’t mince words in her response to Romney.

"With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me," she said. Later, she called it a "stunning moment."

Noting that the debate touched on education, she called PBS “America’s biggest classroom,” adding, “This is not about the budget. It has to be about politics.”

Kerger also fact-checked Romney — who she has tussled with before — pointing out that PBS doesn’t get any direct money from the government.

"In fact, the money that comes from the government into the Corporation for Public Broadcasting goes to our member stations," she said.