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Talking Alaska: Obama signs executive order supporting Native American Languages Link post



Last Friday President Obama signed an executive order entitled Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. The signing took place as part of the third White House Tribal Nations Conference and comes after a long campaign by tribal organizations and other advocacy groups, including theLinguistic Society of American Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. The Order makes several explicit references to Native languages. I have highlighted some of these references below.
  • “The Initiative shall help expand educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all American Indian / Alaska Native students, including opportunities to learn theirNative languages, cultures, and histories.”
  • “the Initiative shall promote, encourage, and undertake efforts, consistent with applicable law, to …  increasing the number and percentage of AI/AN children who enter kindergarten ready for success through improved access to high quality early learning programs and services, including Native language immersion programs…”
  • “Each [federal] agency plan shall include: … the preservation and revitalization of tribal languages and cultural traditions.”
  • “…encourage the private sector to … providing funds to support the preservation and revitalization of Native languages and cultures…”
The signing of this Executive Order has been well received with many positive reactions over the weekend. For example, Alaska Senator Mark Begich noted that the Order will have repercussions for new legislation:

“Any new law must respect and embrace Alaska Native cultures and languages, as well as give educators the tools needed to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. I am pleased to see a focus on improving educational outcomes and career opportunities.”

For the complete text of the Executive Order see the press release.


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December 12th, 2011 234 notes #langauge #native #american #indigenous #president #obama #support #history #linguistics




Matt Romney says his dad Mitt will release his tax returns “as soon as” President Obama releases his birth certificate. Guess he hasn’t seen our mugs?


I love it when the Obama campaign trolls. LOL

Wow. What are we 12? Still, this is hilarious!

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Reblogged from barackobama December 31st, 2011 3,339 notes #obama #romney #troll







TL;DR The President’s opponents played the electorate like a fiddle and will get away with it because people don’t seem to realize they’ve been tricked into being angry at the wrong person.

He signed it because if he didn’t, defense spending including benefits to veterans and their families would not have been authorized. The sections of NDAA that many people here seem to have a problem with are sections that were added into the document by primarily Republican legislators and which the President adamantly opposes but was powerless to stop. I’ll repeat that: the parts of this bill that many people here hate were included against the President’s wishes and in a way that he is powerless to stop. The only way he could have stopped these sections from being included would have been to try to veto the bill in its entirety, a move that would have been both political suicide as well as being futile, as Congress would simply have overridden him. He is explicit in his opposition to exactly the parts of the bill everyone here hates, going so far as to detail exactly which sections he opposes and why.

You’ll notice that the bill also restricts his ability to close Guantanamo Bay; this isn’t coincidence. These sections are openly hostile to the President’s stated mandate - they are effectively a giant ‘fuck you’ to the President, as well as a nasty way of eroding the President’s support with his own base. Observe:

  1. Draft legislation that is almost guaranteed to piss of the President but more importantly piss of his base.

  2. Attach said legislation to another piece of larger, more important legislation like, say, the Defense Spending budget for the entire year so that any attempt to dislodge the offensive legislation will result in a political shitstorm, as well as place the larger legislation in jeopardy.

  3. Once attached, begin a PR campaign that highlights the offending legislation and brings it to the attention of as many media outlets as possible - not just the traditional media, but alternative media outlets as well (Fox news, MSNBC, Media Matters, Huff-Po, Infowars, etc.)

  4. Here’s where it gets tricky: Simultaneously, speak to both your party’s base and the opposition’s. To your base, argue that the legislation is necessary to ‘Keep America safe’ and that the President, by opposing it, is clearly soft of terrorism and endangering the military by trying to strip the legislation out. At the same time, sit back and watch your opponent’s liberal supporters tear into the offending legislation as being dangerous, anti-democratic, and a threat to civil liberties. You know they will; that’s what they care about most. You’ve designed legislation that will make them froth at the mouth. You don’t even have to keep flogging the message; one look at the legislation will be enough to convince most people that it is anathema to everything they hold dear. Because it is.

  5. Pass the ‘parent’ legislation. Doing so forces the President to sign it or attempt to veto it. Since the legislation in question just so happens to be the military’s operating budget, a veto is out of the question. The President must sign the bill, you get the legislation you wanted, but you also practically guarantee that your opponent’s base will be furious at him for passing a bill they see as evil. Even if he tries to explain in detail why he had to sign it and what he hates about it, it won’t matter; ignorance of the American political process, coupled with an almost militant indifference to subtle explanations will almost ensure that most people will only remember that the President passed a bill they hate.

  6. Profit. you get the legislation you want, while the President has to contend with a furious base that feels he betrayed them - even though he agrees with their position but simply lacked the legislative tools to stop this from happening. It’s a classic piece of misdirection that needs only two things to work: A lack of principles (or a partisan ideology that is willing to say anything - do anything - to win), and an electorate that is easy to fool.

This is pretty basic political maneuvering and the biggest problem is that it almost always works because most people either don’t know or don’t care how their political system actually functions. The President was saddled with a lose-lose situation where he either seriously harmed American defense policy (political suicide), or passed offensive legislation knowing that it would cost him political capital. To all of you here lamenting that you ever voted for this ‘corporate shill’, congratulations: you are the result the Republicans were hoping for. They get the law they want, they get the weakened Presidential candidate they want. And many of you just don’t seem to see that. You don’t have to like your country’s two-party system, but it pays to be able to understand it so that you can recognize when it’s being used like this.

EDIT: thanks to Reddit user Mauve_Cubedweller for this post

Agreed, that’s the thing with this whole bill, it’s way more complicated than what the alarmists are making it out to be. The NDAA is not a singular “indefinite detainment” bill, that single article is a huge thing that the Republicans got in to put the President’s back against the wall and ensure that he could never close Guantanamo (which is its own fuck off lose-lose situation).

It’s just one of those shitty things where you ask yourself what you would do? No answer you give is free from fucking over lots and lots of people.


People are forgetting a Presidential campaign is around the corner. The GOP is going to do and use every little trick they can.

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Reblogged from dummiesinpublic January 4th, 2012 9,887 notes #congress #games #gop #legislation #news #perspective #politics #president #obama #republicans #democrats #system

Ask President Obama... Link post

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will speak to the nation in his annual State of the Union address. 
Starting today, you can ask President Obama the questions that are on your mind about the direction of the country and vote on others that you think should be asked. He’ll answer several of your top-voted questions during a special interview, which will take place on January 30, live from the White House. A selection of people who submit questions will also be invited to join a Google+ Hangout live with the President during the interview.
The deadline to submit is January 28 at midnight ET so submit your question now.
Note: President Obama and the White House are not responsible for question selection and will not see the questions that will be asked prior to the interview.
4 days left to vote and ask your questions.
January 25th, 2012 11 notes #president #obama #questions #ask #acta #sopa #pipa #economy #education



There’s this girl who is always on my bus with a pin on her backpack that says “Don’t blame me - I voted for the American”.

And every time I have to sit behind her and stare at that pin I just seethe the whole time thinking about the fact that there are people as ignorant as her in the world.

Seriously, though, what the hell?

Put a stickie on her backpack that says, “Your arrogance is astounding. Stop watching FOX News.”

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Reblogged from totallyspocked April 17th, 2012 10 notes #birther #obama #locals #xenophobia #ignorance
taking Obama to the White House

Lesley Arfin, writer of the HBO show Girls, in her blog, has a metaphor for “pooping”. This ties to what Mark (of Mark Reads) mentioned here about working with her. She apparently compared Obama to poop regularly because he is brown. (via redlightpolitics)

She needs to go.

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Reblogged from redlightpolitics April 19th, 2012 410 notes #girls #hbo #writer #lesley arfin #PRESIDENT #Obama

IMF warns US against cutting deficit too fast Link post


WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that the Obama administration could be slicing the deficit too fast for the weak US economy as it pared its growth forecast.

“Downside risks have intensified,” IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said at a news conference, citing external pressures from the eurozone debt crisis and its potential deterioration, and domestic issues linked to the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff.

In an annual report on the world’s largest economy, the IMF trimmed growth forecasts to 2.0 percent in 2012 and 2.3 percent in 2013, down a tenth point from April’s estimates.

The slower growth outlook mainly was due to sluggish consumer spending, the key driver of gross domestic product activity.

“It is critical to remove the uncertainty created by the ‘fiscal cliff’ as well as promptly raise the debt ceiling, pursuing a pace of deficit reduction that does not sap the economic recovery,” the fund report said.

The country’s “tepid” recovery three years after exiting the Great Recession was under threat from the pre-programmed “fiscal cliff” combination of sharp spending cuts and tax increases at the year-end, and the need to raise the debt ceiling in the coming months.

The fiscal cliff is the result of Congress’s failure to agree on a deficit reduction plan, resulting in mandated tax increases and spending cuts to take effect by January 1, 2013.

Congress remains deadlocked over how to avoid the mandated measures, and the political impasse was not expected to end before the November 6 presidential election.

The IMF warned that leaving the measures to take effect could force a US contraction early next year, slamming an already fragile world economy.

Lagarde highlighted that the US fiscal and debt issues have eroded confidence in the country.

“The domestic effect would be severe, with negative spillovers to the rest of the world,” Lagarde said.

According to the Media, the deficit is high and according to GOP media, it’s higher than it’s ever been in US history. Funny, this.

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Reblogged from sinidentidades July 7th, 2012 15 notes #news #government #politics #economy #economics #GOP #Fox News #Romney #Obama

Obama directs that wildland firefighters be offered health insurance Link post


President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, White House officials told The Denver Post Tuesday.

The temporary seasonal workers who descend into fire zones are usually young people who work sundry outdoor jobs, depending on the season. Some pick up contract work removing trees in the fall or they work at ski areas in the winter. Many are college students.

But because they are not full-time U.S. Forest Service employees, they previously did not have the option of purchasing federal health insurance.

Under a directive that will be made in the “near future” from the Office of Personnel Management, this group will get that option by the end of this month, White House officials said.

I had no idea they were not eligible. Thank you to the Obama Administration for taking care of our first responders in this regard. Now, let’s work to make it more affordable. 

Reblogged from cognitivedissonance July 12th, 2012 103 notes #Firefighters #health care #politics #U.S. Forest Service #wildland firefighters #health insurance #Barack Obama #Obama #Obama administration

Sarah Palin says the POTUS is “shucking and jiving”


I just want to show that this exists and that she should be continuously called out for this:

This is how history is relevant. This phrase has power behind it. A phrase that has been in use for over 100 years, though is has been in documented recorded since at least the early 1900s), created by americanized Africans to describe how enslaved Africans and later freed Africans (cuz we weren’t really American until 1964) would use intentionally deceiving words and actions in front of the dominant class (racist Euro Americans) as a form of survival and resistance. You pretend to be humble and subservient in front of massa so that they wouldn’t kill you and your family and your whole community, but you have no intention of actually obeying.

So not only is Sarah engaging in casual racism, but her accusation evokes a specific coded-language that says that the President is (1) lower in status if not a slave, (2) deceitful and resisting his ‘masters/the ruling class (3) not acting subservient like he’s supposed to.

She can miss me with that.

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Reblogged from nealzonwheelz October 25th, 2012 788 notes #sarah palin #obama #shuckin' and jivin' #language #coded-language #racism #history #HISTORY IS RELEVANT #news #politics #election 2012
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

- Mitch McConnell

And this is exactly how the entire Republican party acted.  Did they think we’d forget? 

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Couldn’t even do that right!

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Reblogged from bostongrits November 9th, 2012 20 notes #politics #Obama #republicans #gop #election 2012 #President Obama #government #lol




I cannot recommend this video enough. This woman breaks it down perfectly.

The Stories That Europe Tells Itself About Its Colonial History

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“She said once she was shocked that her son while being taught Belgian history, was taught nothing about Congo. She said “They teach my son in school that he must help the poor Africans, but they don’t teach him about what Belgium did in Congo.” Of course, all countries are evasive about the past for which they feel ashamed, but I was shocked by what seemed to me not evasiveness but an erasure of history

If her son doesn’t learn that the modern Congo State began a hundred years ago as the personal property of a Belgian king, who was desperate to get wealthy from ivory and rubber, if her son doesn’t learn that the hands of Congolese people were chopped off for not producing enough resources to meet the king’s greed, if her son doesn’t learn that the Belgian government later led Congo with a deliberate emphasis on not producing an educated class, so that Congolese could become clerks and mechanics but couldn’t go to university, if her son doesn’t learn that more recently, even though it was the Americans who installed the Mobutu dictatorship, Belgium was a major force behind the scenes propping him up, if this young Belgian boy, knows nothing about these incidents, then, at some point, they would perhaps no longer have happened because the past after all is the past because we collectively acknowledged that it is so. 

This young Belgian boy would grow up to see Africa only as a place that requires his aid, his help, his charity with no complications for him. A place that can help him show how compassionate he can be, and most of all, a place whose present has no connection to Europe. 

It is not that Europe has denied its colonial history. Instead, Europe has developed a way of telling the story of its colonial history that ultimately seeks to erase that history”

so when obama has the gall the say that Africans can no longer blame colonialism for their issues…..i say fuck you barry

She’s my hero.

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Reblogged from fredjoiner March 12th, 2014 6,758 notes #Congo #genocide #enslavement #wealth #rubber #money #capialism #europe #Obama #belgium #ivory #Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie #history #culture