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Friendship and Freedom - Shadowproof

Friendship and Freedom - Shadowproof

Over the carnage rose prophetic a voice, Be not dishearten’d, affection shall solve the problems of freedom yet, Those who love each other shall become invincible, They shall make Columbia victorious.Walt Whitman, Leaves of GrassFriendship lives uncomfortably in American public life. For one thing, bonds of affection and loyalty among the people threaten the powers that be, even in a democracy full of theoretically sovereign people. Nations are jealous gods.Suspicion of friendship and enforcement of an alienating loneliness are not limited to nations or governments, of course. Possessive...

July 26, 2009
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Republican Operative: "I don't want everyone to vote" - Shadowproof

Republican Operative: "I don't want everyone to vote" - Shadowproof

Judging from of right wing attacks on ACORN’s voter registration efforts, it remains a far greater sin in America to be suspected of voter registration misdeeds than to forcibly and publicly, through deception and armed muscle, keep a registered citizen from voting.Why is this?Republican’s are brazen. They conduct their voter suppression campaigns in the open. Voter roll purges. Phone calls into minority neighborhoods on election day giving inaccurate polling locations. Armed thugs hired to play police or border patrol agents at the polls. Black people harassed by the cops on their way to...

October 12, 2008
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The Smoke of Ocoee: The Assault on Voting Rights - Shadowproof

The Smoke of Ocoee: The Assault on Voting Rights - Shadowproof

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”320″ height=”240″ align=”right” !}Aided and abetted by activist judges with grudges, America’s right wing has made it easier for corporations and harder for actual humans to influence elections. Let that sink in.Corporations are people, the Right says, while actual people are in the way. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, new voter suppression laws threaten to deny the franchise to millions of Americans. Meanwhile, corporations are funneling millions of dollars to candidates who promise to get those actual people out of the way of their inhuman ambitions.Judges...

August 19, 2012
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Unstuck in Time, or Castro! Negroes! Duck and Cover! - Shadowproof

Unstuck in Time, or Castro! Negroes! Duck and Cover! - Shadowproof

In October, 1962, Mrs. Goode’s third grade class at Houston’s Longfellow Elementary School filed out of its classroom in "the shacks," temporary wooden structures used to relieve overcrowding. We were headed for the playground when a couple of jets roared overhead. I’ll never forget that moment, because I turned to the boy behind me in line and mumbled, "Is this it?" By "it" I meant an expected nuclear attack.These were the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and we were getting drilled daily in the "duck and cover" routine. Any minute, we believed, deadly atomic bomb missiles from...

May 3, 2009
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Real True Grit - Shadowproof

Real True Grit - Shadowproof

“Well, there is no beat of a good friend.”–Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, in the novel, True Grit.“He is not my friend.”–Young Mattie Ross, speaking of Rooster Cogburn, in True Grit.The American myth of the rugged, self-sufficient individual is ever-present in our culture. Think of Clint Eastwood’s , a character based on the nameless  “Continental Op” of Dashiell Hammett’s noir thriller, . The characters abandon the very concept of community.  They no longer even want a name that could be known by others.The myth, of course, is just a fictionalized reflection of a belief held by...

September 6, 2019
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Texas Governor Rick Perry's Crime - Shadowproof

Texas Governor Rick Perry's Crime - Shadowproof

When Gov. Rick Perry obstructed an investigation into the 2004 execution of a man, Cameron Todd Willingham, that experts say was innocent, he committed a crime against all of us. State executions are carried out in our names, collectively and individually. Subverting the truth in such a matter is a betrayal of the public trust that is difficult to describe or comprehend. Willingham was convicted of the arson deaths of his three daughters. Now experts say the evidence was deeply flawed.But Perry may have also committed a crime against the U.S., and I’m not talking about his secession...

October 3, 2009
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