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humphrey

I’ll start out on a lite note. Check out the blanket.

humphrey

polarbear4

Heart melting.

humphrey

Keeping it lite.

polarbear4

Reminds me of Seth Rich. You know, there used to be a “panda” on DKos that I would dialogue with once in a while during Obama’s first run. hmmm.

He’s a patriot and a hero to me, no matter how he died.

humphrey

On a much more threatening note.

humphrey

This should be a very interesting video to watch.

polarbear4

Thanks, Benny! I was just thinking that it’s very fitting to have an open thread today! But I might not be around all that much.

However, what’s a Fourth of July without Caitlin?

America is a corporatist oligarchy dressed in drag doing a bad impression of a bipartisan democracy. Sometimes it doesn’t even keep its wig on; a recent party at the Hamptons saw Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Charles Koch mixing it up with Chuck Schumer and George Soros. When they’re not dining on champagne and rare fillet together, these people pretend to be locked in a vicious partisan battle that is “tearing the nation apart”, but at Lally Weymouth’s annual Southampton summer party the act stops and the oligarchs frolic together like children.

1776 turned out to be nothing other than a transition from one form of exploitative rule to another, but who knows? Maybe a year in the not-too-distant future will see America celebrating a real Independence Day.

humphrey

Some people have noticed.

polarbear4

A funny that a friend sent me today:

Don midwest

Jimmy Dore Joins Lee Camp To Discuss Why They’re Both Attacked By The Media

well done piece

where should dem party go?

Jimmy thinks Bernie should give up on the dem party

polarbear4

starting to agree with Jimmy. Couldn’t Indies get on the ballot again, like they did with Perot?

Am I the only one finding this site slow today?

humphrey

It does seem to be lagging. I have been refreshing alot.

LieparDestin

Anyone noticed if its better/worse/the same? I’ve tried to make some adjustments but not sure just how bad it was for comparisons sake.

humphrey

It seems about the same. eg I tried to rec your comment but am getting the busy signal. I have to refresh to see if it takes.

humphrey

I see that you are present. It also appears as if it is back to normal. But as you say it is hard to compare,

humphrey

Keep doing what you are doing as the response is much better.

humphrey

Some more from Jimmy.

humphrey

He has been busy. (Which is good.)

humphrey

Here is one for Nancy.

Don midwest

The Intercept has an article about the good things about USA

One of the good things is secularism

Secularism major push with The Enlightenment


HOW TO LOVE THIS FREAKY COUNTRY

Have you noticed that secularism has been successful in separating religion from politics and science? Nope.

I took the opportunity to bring in Bruno Latour through a UK grad student Tim Howles who has worked with Latour’s group.

In summary, my claim is that Latour offers a radical critique of what constitutes the secular. His work demonstrates that secularism as an ideology does not represent a neutral scenography upon whose canvas an authentically political society can be constructed. Secularism as an ideology, and indeed the so-called secular state as it is promoted and celebrated within Western liberal democracy, is better understood as an expression of political religion and hence as a vehicle of religious ‘fundamentalism’. Failure to appreciate this results in a flawed deployment of Latour’s ideas. This error can be seen in a recent attempt to apply Latour’s work for the analysis of contemporary politics, which makes the assumption that it is aiming to shore up or re-institute the authority of the existing secular state, rather than to provide a radical critique of the concept of ‘secularism’ to which it is bound: Tsouvalis (2016), ‘Latour’s Object-Orientated Politics for a Post-Political Age’.

Latour and the Secular

The argument I have been advancing on this blog has centred on the claim that religious categories are essential to Latour’s philosophical project. Modernity, notwithstanding its claims, is ‘religious’ because it leverages categories of transcendence to secure its political hegemony over minority collectives in the world. Modernity is always making a move upwards to the transcendent, and then using what it finds there to secure its own epistemology as unified, de-animated, indisputable, and so on. This is where it gets its understanding of ‘Nature’, ‘Society’, ‘the Economy’, and so on. The movement up and down is associated with the being of ‘the crossed-out God of Modernity’.

Latour’s analysis of Modernity as ‘religious’ can be applied to our contemporary situation, and in particular to our cherished ideology of secularism. This is the ideology that Latour claims has become ubiquitous in what he loosely describes as ‘Europe’ or ‘the West’. Latour considers the phenomenon of ‘Western’ secularism as failing according to its own definition.

dervish

Happy 4th!

humphrey

A message from Bernie.

wi59

Happy birthday to all

humphrey

Looks like the “War Machine” is ramping up the propaganda.

I also suppose it’s also on how you define “liberal”.

humphrey

Also. We can’t forget about Russia!

polarbear4

:O)

orlbucfan

That image is so hoary with age, it’s boring. Looks like a cross between a video game and a cyber comic strip. T and R, Benny!

humphrey

What the hell is she trying to prove by this?

polarbear4

oh no. she’s running for prez with this. too bad. what will this leave us with. i’m commenting on her senate page. very, very disappointed.

polarbear4

on second thought, is the tweet just about this photo? I’m with Benny, then. Odd. I thought it had something to do with Russia/Syria/Iran—dah! and phew! I’m not as disappointed. Fourth of July weirdness.

orlbucfan

Well, she is an ex-Repukelican. The Democratic Party has always been warlike and backed the MICC. Look at their history: Korea and Vietnam. 🙁

humphrey

She is associating herself with things like this unless she firmly rebukes them.

humphrey

This is hardly worth commenting on but I couldn’t resist.

humphrey

Slowly we are heading in the right direction.

humphrey

I hope it comes back to haunt him. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340589-kobach-faces-complaint-alleging-violation-of-hatch-act-with

A legal group filed a complaint Monday asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of President Trump’s voter fraud panel, violated federal law when his 2018 campaign for Kansas governor highlighted his role on the commission.

The complaint by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law points to multiple alleged violations under the Hatch Act, a law enacted in 1939 that prevents government employees from giving an outright endorsement to political candidates.

The legal group asserts that Kobach improperly used his high-level position on Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to promote his gubernatorial campaign on social media.

humphrey

For some reason this makes me think of Tom Perez.

polarbear4

Happy BDay y’all!

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