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Gary Tyler

Gary Tyler is out today but had to admit (allege) guilt as part of the arrangement. Do people actually believe him or did they just want to create him as a permanent felon?

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Jill Stein

I have decided to vote third party if Hillary Clinton is the candidate. Louisiana will vote Trump in any case, and my vote will not make a difference to that; if I thought it would I would vote Clinton for Roe v. Wade and some related things.

But her militarism and foreign policy disasters mean that the vote would also sit heavy on my conscience — too heavily, considering that it would do nothing good. And the feeling of being coerced would weigh on me, too.

A third party vote would be a vote of no (or little) confidence in the Democratic Party and I think they need to receive this message. This is going to be my eleventh Presidential election and I have voted third party at least three times, perhaps more. I am just not a Democrat, even though I register that way faute de mieux and vote that way sometimes.

Here, meanwhile, is a very interesting post on how Clinton will win because she is a Christian. I keep thinking that the Hillary-firsters have got to be more comfortable than I am with this.

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Le futur

It appears that for 19 years Louisiana has sought exemptions from Federal rules requiring recipients of food assistance to work or receive job training. The reason for this is that the said recipients are unemployed due to lack of work, not lack of training or lack of effort to find jobs. And the state does not have work for them to do or training for them to undertake, or even community service projects in their area.

I am against community service as payment for food assistance. It resembles slavery, and I strongly suspect this is why some legislators also have scruples about it. I think the state needs to create jobs, and not wait for the oil and gas industry to have them again. There is plenty of work to be done, if major projects are funded. This, of course, goes utterly against the grain of Jindalism.

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Cornejo II

Es evidente que categorías como mestizaje e hibridez toman pie en disciplinas ajenas al análisis cultural y literario, básicamente en la biología, con el agravante —en el caso del mestizaje— que se trata de un concepto ideologizado en extremo. En lo que toca a hibridez la asociación casi espontánea tiene que ver con la esterilidad de los productos híbridos, objeción tantas veces repetida que hoy día García Canclini tiene una impresionante lista de productos híbridos y fecundos … De cualquier manera esa asociación no es fácil de destruir. De hecho, en el diccionario Velázquez inglés-español la palabra híbrido suscita de inmediato una acepción algo brutal: “mula”. Por supuesto que reconozco que el empleo de estos préstamos semánticos tiene riesgos inevitables; al mismo tiempo considero que detrás de ellos como que se desplaza una densa capa de significación que engloba y justifica cada concepción de las cosas. Incluso estaría tentando de afirmar que una lectura de ese sustrato de significado es más productiva que la simple declaración de amenidad e impertinencia de las categorías empleadas para esclarecer un punto concreto.

Here is Cornejo I.

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My afternoons at Angola

I thought of writing another poem about Angola, to see whether it turned out to be poetic or imitation poetic, but decided I should start a series of posts about my visits to the place.

I am reading Wilbert Rideau’s memoir. When Rideau he was still at Angola, and was editor of the magazine, he was the prisoner who had the most, and most varied contact with the outside world. He had not always been like that.

I started visiting Angola because I got involved in a campaign to free Hayes Williams, long before the the Innocence Project came in on his case. Williams was the complainant in Williams vs. McKeithen, filed in 1971 and won in 1975.

The suit meant massive improvements in Louisiana prison conditions. People still file for remedy under it, and I should follow this more closely. These experiences, in any case, were what got me interested in the law.

The prisoners fill out forms, and they write poems, letters, plays, and legal documents.

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Do you understand the election?

I do not, that is to say, I do not understand the attitudes of the voters.

Most younger people I know do not vote. This includes people even up into their forties, except those who have a Ph.D., and M.D. or a J.D. (yes, that much education). They say it is because “the government is bad,” or the government does not affect their lives. If pressed, they say that it is because they do not understand how things work. Someone, a minority por más señas, even told me he knew himself well enough not to vote, because he knew that as a voter he would betray the interests of his race and class because he was too poorly informed and too easily swayed by right-wing rhetoric.

In the meantime, there appear to be Sanders voters who will not vote for Clinton in the general election. I would understand if there were a serious third party campaign (I am not one of those who say third parties make the Republicans win). But so far there will be none, and there is a great difference between business as usual (Clinton) and the Republican candidates we have now.

I do not think the minority voters who support Clinton over Sanders are magically better informed about the inner virtues and faults of each. I think some of them are uninformed voters (voters of any race, color, creed, or national origin can be uninformed). I think many others are really, really concerned about how right-wing the Republicans are, and have gone for Clinton early on as the safest bet to win against them.

I do not understand the Clinton voters who say it is anti-feminist to vote against her. What about Sarah Palin, then? Or, is it “racist” not to vote for Ben Carson … or Marco Rubio?

Mostly, though, I do not understand the Clinton voters who think she is a liberal candidate, and that Sanders is unrealistically left-wing. He’s just like a white liberal Democrat from back in the day, from what I can tell, and I cannot understand why it is so far out to vote for him.

The most intriguing comments on Clinton I have heard are that one has to elect masses of women, any women, for women’s rights to get on the agenda, and that we are not likely to get a first woman president who is also a progressive. These things are surely true.

I, however, cannot make someone this hawkish my first choice, or even anything but a lesser-of-evils choice, so I guess that defines how I make my choices. I don’t think peace is unsupportive of women, though — to the contrary, if one thinks of women in the countries where wars are actually waged.

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Gary Tyler interview 2006

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