Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good Clean Fun

Short-Term Memory Loss

When it comes to official recognition of Steve Jobs, it's not just about weighing The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth's heroic work for civil rights slightly less than Steve Jobs's innovations in computer gadgetry (and marketing). Apparently, it's also evidence of the Administration's short-term memory loss about Steve Jobs's use of LSD, his positive opinion of the experience, and the Administration's own flip-flop on medical marijuana policy (via Glenn Greenwald):

[Steve] Jobs' praise for his LSD use is what I kept returning to as I read about the Obama DOJ's heinous new policy to use the full force of criminal prosecutions against medical marijuana dispensaries in California.

Yet now, U.S. Attorneys in California will expend substantial law enforcement resources to persecute medical marijuana dispensaries that sell to consenting adults even though those transactions have been legalized by the voters of California and 16 other states

Progressives love to point out the hypocrisy of social conservatives who righteously rail against (and demand legal sanction for) the very same sexually sinful behavior in which they enthusiastically engage — and rightly so. But what about a society that continues to imprison millions of human beings for using substances that vast numbers of people in the nation have secretly used and enjoyed, or which empowers people with the Oval Office, or reveres people like Steve Jobs, who have done the same?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Where Is Our National Memory?

October 5, 2011 saw the passing of The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with Dr. Martin Luther King. This was man of unsung greatness, whom Diane McWhorter over at the NYT rightly calls "the key architect of the civil rights revolution’s turning-point victory in Birmingham, the mass marches of 1963." ("Marching in King's Shadow," Oct. 6, 2011.)

Of course, President Obama should honor Shuttlesworth's life with some recognition. Perhaps even a simple, elegant tweet to inform his 10,400,000 Twitter followers about the man's legacy. Well, I found only this:

Not to diminish the impact of personal computing (I'm writing this on a Macbook Pro right now, in fact), but come on! Steve Jobs made Obama's work possible?! Jobs's death merited not merely one, but two tweets. Here's the second:

Didn't Rev. Shuttlesworth "change the way we see the world" too, by being so instrumental in removing the albatross of Jim Crow from around the country's neck for all the world to see? And for being a proponent of nonviolent resistance at least as early as Dr. King? Where is our national memory?

At least Obama did issue a statement in memory of Shuttlesworth, in which he says "America owes Reverend Shuttlesworth a debt of gratitude." Truth! But his statement about Steve Jobs was a bit longer, and included this: "The world has lost a visionary." Maybe so, but what we desperately need now are more visionaries in the mold of Fred Shuttlesworth.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Dollar Post-It Art

From the mind of Patrick McGilligan:

Image from lethargicarts.com!

Keep the U.S. Postal Service alive! Send your money and SASE to:

Lethargic Artist's Studio
2110 4th St., Unit 27
Santa Monica, CA 90405