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Shame on the Whole Lot of You

Posted in ethics, gender, politics by jaeminuf on September 6, 2008

Senator McCain with Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt has transformed John McCain’s campaign into an elbows-out, risk-taking, disciplined machine. – An Adviser Puts His Stamp on McCain CampaignThe New York Times

Steve Schmidt stands for all that I find problematic about politics. His modus operandi is what most people purport to find repugnant about politicking. McCain used to criticize this type of “win at all costs, including stretching the truth so much that it bears little resemblance to itself” politicking. That McCain who was critical of dirty politics, I actually liked.

Must we resort to this to win? Are we that base? To stoop to such demeaning strategies and to devour such meat with frightening voracity that we make a pack of laughing hyenas appear civilized?

This criticism is not limited to Steve Schmidt and whichever likeminded Republicans.

Dems! Whatever happened to being the change you want, of wanting a more elevated, diginified political engagement? (more…)

What Doesn’t Happen In the US?

Posted in ethics by jaeminuf on August 30, 2008

My students have been known to assert that stuff like this doesn’t happen in the US, and I often have to tell them otherwise. That the first amendment doesn’t enforce itself but requires our vigilance. Between the recent Inglewood incidents and this incident, the LAPD appears to be careening out of control.

Monday night along the tree-lined walkway entrance to the Hollywood Bowl, as Radiohead was closing the second of their two sold-out nights at the venue, Sean Carlson and Phil Hoelting, promoters of this weekend’s annual F Yeah Fest, were handing out flyers to exiting fans. Their friend Michael Reich, creator of the popular music video site Videothing.com, was recording the two for an upcoming documentary. As Reich shot, he noticed a scuffle occurring within his frame; in the background four security guards could be seen restraining a crowd member as they were ejecting him. The guards, employees of CSC Security, the company contracted by the Bowl to provide protection, were being overly rough with him, alleges Carlson. “They’re strangling him – brutally. He’s gasping for air.” Reich turned his camera directly on the action as the CSC guards continued to restrain the man. … The guard walked up to [Reich] and said, ‘What the fuck do you think you’re filming?’ and grabbed at the camera,” says one eyewitness who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation.Founders of F Yeah Fest and Videothing.com Allegedly Beaten by Security Guards After Radiohead ShowLA Weekly

This Los Angeles Times article provides an update on the Hollywood Bowl altercation.