Remember?

Remember before 9-11, when the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan was all the rage among US liberals, who called for everything up to and including military action to liberate these women from their oppression?

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Remember 2002 when, after we had routed the Taliban, this man became the new president of Afghanistan, destined to usher in an era of freedom and democracy?

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Well, as it turned out, we gave this man, who was part of the Mujahadeen, worked for the Taliban, and then positioned himself for leadership of the country by kissing up to Conoco, Cheney, and Bush, over $150 million dollars in cash, in paper bags delivered to his office, over ten years of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Women, on the other hand, are no better off. Women are still stoned for being raped.

Pussy Riot Whipped By Sochi Police

I would like to know why there hasn’t been a single word from the United States State Department about this. I would also like to hear from the Olympic Committee. I am not a fan of Pussy Riot, but I am most certainly a fan of free speech. Russia has no business hosting an Olympic Games, and I hope this will be their last for a very long time. If I were an Olympic athlete, I would refuse to compete in solidarity with these brave women.

Argumentative? Me?

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I like to argue. I freely admit that. I will argue politics or culture or whatever all day. I also like to be right, to win an argument. It’s ingrained in me. That is NOT, however, what is going on when I pull out the snopes or the scientific journal or whatever source about a catchy but incorrect visual that one of my friends posts. You see, I believe in the same things as my friends. I believe that our ecosystem is fragile, damaged and threatened by all sorts of things we do to it. I believe that all violent death and all war is a horrible thing that shouldn’t exist. I believe that every human deserves the same opportunities as any other, even if it means that those who have benefited the most pay more. I’m a pretty damned liberal Liberal. Because of this, it bothers me more when someone on “my side” is putting out false information than it does when someone from the other side is. I want us to win. And if we are to win against the powerful, wealthy opposition of the status quo, we’d better get our facts straight.