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ABLC Has Moved!!

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Please visit me at my new home at RH Reality Check. I am not redirecting this URL because all of my archives are here. 

So, to recap: Archives here, new content there.

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Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) Plenary Speech at Abortion Care Network Conference

Speechify!

I was one of four plenary speakers at the Abortion Care Network conference in March of this year. It was my first time giving a speech of this magnitude, and I think I did pretty damn good job (if I do say so myself, which I just did, so there you have it.) It’s 40 minutes long, so open up a cold can of awesome and listen to me discuss the ways in which I think we can build a broader reproductive justice coalition that centers the most vulnerable among us.

[You have to click through to view the video since it is not embeddable.)

Imani Gandy Speaking at Abortion Care Network Conference from Peg Johnston on Vimeo.

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We’re Back! (Sorta!)

Well hello there, dear Angry Black Readers! Didja miss me?

I have returned to my home blog for reasons which I won’t get into now. You can check my archives at TWiB for the goings on-since April when I joined Team Blackness. (I’m still on Team Blackness and still co-hosting TWiB in the Morning – don’t you worry your pretty little head.) But I have things to say, and I’m going to be saying them here.

The point is, stay tuned for more of the Angry Black stylings to which you became accustomed.

If you’re looking for any of the old ABLC writers, they can be found at This Week in Blackness or at their personal blogs. They may make an appearance here periodically. Who’s to say, really. Not me. I don’t know what’s going on. I just run the joint.

But with the midterms coming up, Republicans trying to crawl into my nether-regions, and people refusing to stop being terrible, I figured it was time for me to start blogging again.

So let’s do this!

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Remember, These Are The “Smart” Guys

Scalia and RobertsYou know that Supreme Court Justices like Antonin Scalia and John Roberts are intellectual giants, because their right-wing groupies constantly tell us so. And, of course, an obliging media gladly repeats that trope. But I’m starting to think maybe I don’t understand the meaning of “smart,” because for supposedly smart guys, they have a tendency to say things that sound … well … not so smart, at times.

I mentioned yesterday Justice Scalia’s apparent misunderstanding of how the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause works, but that’s not the only time he’s demonstrated a tenuous grasp of legal principles. Consider that this is the Justice who apparently has difficulty understanding his own opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the case that first found a personal right to keep and bear certain types of firearms under the Second Amendment. In Heller, Justice Scalia wrote:

Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. …

We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. [United States v.] Miller [, 307 U.S. 174 (1939),] said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those “in common use at the time.” 307 U. S., at 179. We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of “dangerous and unusual weapons.” [Citations omitted]
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The 1980s Aren’t Dead; They Aren’t Even Past

Rios Montt TrialWilliam Faulkner said that, didn’t he? Or something like that.

In any event, undoubtedly it’s my age, but if you listen carefully you can still hear the echoes of that god-awful-est of decades. As I’ve theorized before, seemingly all of America’s biggest problems have their genesis in the horrible, and sometimes vicious, policies of the Reagan and first Bush Administrations, particularly in the area of foreign relations. The crimes our country was involved in, directly or indirectly, caused enormous suffering from Latin America to the Middle East, from South Africa to Southeast Asia, and as we learned on so many occasions, the pain we helped inflict in those places can come boomeranging back to us in the worst way.

Often, though, the victims of our foreign policy were so weak and powerless, they had no means to strike back even if they wanted to. So it was in places like Guatemala, where this week the long suffering people began to see a glimpse of justice:

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – The trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity opened on Tuesday, the first time a country has prosecuted an ex-head of state in a national court on such charges.
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Your Friday Clash Song: I Am The Voice Howling From Your Radio …

Okay, Clash purists generally don’t consider the Mick-Jones-less Clash of the mid-1980s to be the genuine article, but this was too good to resist: A live version of “Dictator,” the studio version of which is the opening track on Cut The Crap (1985).

In honor of Rand Paul, natch.

So, I took some heat in the comments section of yesterday’s post on drones (and in the comments on my previous post on civil liberties), the upshot of which is that I, like Pres. Obama, favor unchecked executive power, summary executions, and, of course, dead babies in the Middle East and Central Asia. Because I don’t see eye-to-eye with Glenn Greenwald, or something.
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Republicans Are Mocking Sequester Cuts As Silly — They’re Not

It’s a clown party, bro.

yellowstone-closed-630Republicans are mocking sequester cuts. Why? Because they’re jerks.

They’re feigning outrage that the sequester cuts have forced the White House to cancel tours, and mocking the president, all the while the sequester cuts are having real effects on real people. Everything ranging from programs to feed the hungry, to school lunches for low-income kids, to Head Start, to tornado relief efforts in Atlanta, Georgia, to border protection in Arizona to domestic violence services in Arkansas are on the chopping block.

People are losing their jobs, or are losing income because of furloughs. In Oklahoma, San Francisco, and St. Petersburg, Florida, airports are closing their air traffic control towers. Oh, and the Detroit airport is closing its control tower, forcing pilots to schedule their own departures and arrivals. Fantastic, right?

And, as Jed Lewison at Daily Kos pointed out today, the Army suspended its tuition assistance program.

The sequester is not funny — not to those affected by it. But Republicans would rather mock the fact that the sequester has hit the White House too, or introduce stupid bills prohibiting the Secret Service from protecting the president if he goes golfing (of all things) until the White House resumes tours, or feign outrage that “the people’s house” is closed than do their damn jobs. Continue reading

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Site Maintenance Announcement

The latest WordPress update borked my blog, so while we work out the kinks, I’ve switched back to my old theme, which is also somewhat borked (hi, random-ass words floating on the left sidebar), but not as borked.

Please stand by.

-ABLxx

President Obama’s Last Campaign Event in Iowa [photos]

It’s Election Eve, y’all, and I’m a dangerous combination of mildly intoxicated, excited as hell, and freaked the fuck out.

Here are a couple of photos from our president’s last day of campaigning, via NYT‘s Doug Mills’s Twitter feed.

First, President Obama plants one on FLOTUS:

Second, a tear rolls down the OMG! KENYAN ISLAM! cheek of our first black president during his final campaign speech in Iowa:

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(I’m seriously freaking out, but you’re still welcome.)

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Nate Silver is Not a Witch… He’s You.

20121105-212442.jpgI’m two glasses into a bottle of single malt, y’all, and in no position to be blogging about anything, but I wanted to share a couple things with you.

One: Nate Silver — the most hated man on the right, places President Obama’s reelection chances at 92%. This is a goddamn lie, obvs, because math is for hippies.

Two: The fact that someone created this website — isnatesilverawitch.com — restores my faith in humanity.

That is all.

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