Category: My Soap Box

He Had Gays Torn to Pieces by Dogs and We Name Schools After Him

Is Vasco Núñez de Balboa a role model for our children? An SF school and street are named after a slave-trading conquistador who helped wipe out a native population BY   TOM GALLAGHER  – December 15, 2017 The movement to remove the names of slave owners from positions of honor has taken down individuals both famous …

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The Sexism Spectrum

The Sexism Spectrum By Toni Mester Why do women have to be groped or raped before male dominance is recognized as systematic oppression? Because sexism spans a wide spectrum of behaviors, many of which are commonly tolerated as human nature or accepted cultural norms. As a result, many men don’t recognize or understand their own …

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A Poem From Within

This Is a Poem About What Causes Poems Like This to Be Written By Jesse J. Before I begin this poem … I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence … In honor of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon On September 11th 2001 … I’d …

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Trump Tweetstorm: Build Wall Around Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans worse than Mexicans!!  Mexicans are rapists, murderers, thieves.  Puerto Ricans are Democrats!  Disgusting!  Invading Florida scheming to turn the state blue!  Hundreds of thousands of them.  In a state where just a couple of thousand votes decide national elections. Do they think I’m an idiot?  I’m much smarter than them!  Most smart man …

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Big Fish, Little Fish

This engraving done in the Netherlands in 1557 could have been etched as an editorial cartoon about the current Republican tax proposals in Congress. Look, says the man in the rowboat in the foreground to his young child, a few big fish make meat of the other fish. Above the drawing, in Latin, French, and …

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Paradise Papers and Hell on Earth

Some electronic Robin Hood has hacked 13.4 million files from the Appleby law firm, which specializes in providing “offshore services” to the very crème de la crème of corporations and individuals.  Those services, the firm insists, are not tax evasion.  They are tax avoidance.  Evasion is illegal. Avoidance is, as Donald Trump remarked, smart business. …

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Vietnam Not Remembered

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens  REED RICHARDSON Reposted by permission from Fair.org  In Ken Burns’ introduction to The Vietnam War, bombs fly back into airplanes and flames leap off of houses into flamethrowers. If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ popular PBS documentaries, …

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