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07.09.14 - 10:59 AM

The over-reaching, over-regulating, money-grubbing feds at OSHA have fined Freedom Industries an exorbitant $11,000 for last January's massive spill of coal cleaning chemicals that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe water, one in five people with health problems and local businesses down about $61 million. Oh yes, and the "clean-up" site is still leaking - twice last month - but Freedom, which has conveniently declared "bankruptcy," says it's only because of "heavy rain" and who could've predicted that?

-Abby Zimet
07.08.14 - 9:02 PM

Seeking to target the country's fastest growing demographic, GOP strategists have launched the Asian Republican Coalition. It boasts a "broad definition of what constitutes the Asian American community," including those who are married to an Asian or doing business in Asian markets. Actually, they'd probably let you in if you ever ate sushi. We love GOP minority outreach.

-Abby Zimet
07.08.14 - 6:42 PM

Furious that Arctic-trashing Shell is using kid-friendly LEGO to clean up its image - reportedly selling 16 million Shell-branded toys worth $116 million - Greenpeace has begun a campaign aimed at pressuring LEGO to end the sketchy partnership. Protests at England's Legloland, and a darkly stunning new ad in which an idyllic Arctic, huskies and all, drowns in oil.

-Abby Zimet
07.08.14 - 1:34 AM

With the arrest of six Jewish extremist suspects in the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged the killers will face "the full weight of the law,” insisting, “We do not differentiate between the terrorists.” To make good on his promise, say Muhammad’s parents, Israel should demolish the homes of the guilty Jews - just like they demolished the Hebron homes of two Palestinians allegedly behind the murder of three Israeli teens, just like they've demolished over 25,000 Palestinian homes, just like they've never, ever done to any Jewish home.

"Justice is when they destroy their houses just like they destroyed the homes in Hebron." Khdeir's father

-Abby Zimet
07.07.14 - 9:47 PM

Change Happens (If Much Too Slowly) Dept: Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted out his long-ago, self-assured mugshot today to commemorate his 1961 release from a Mississippi prison where he served 37 days for "disorderly conduct," aka daring to use a bathroom labelled "white." A leader of the Selma to Montgomery March, the tireless Lewis has been arrested over 40 times fighting for civil rights - he calls it "good or necessary trouble" - for which we thank him.

-Abby Zimet
07.07.14 - 11:19 AM

Amidst the vengeful carnage in Israel, a sliver of grace in the figure of Rachel Fraenkel, whose son Naftali was one of three murdered Israeli teens. A respected scholar of Jewish law, Fraenkel has met and grieved with the family of murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir - and they with her, now, simply, all members of "two families that have lost their sons” - and swiftly released a statement when Mohammed's burned body was found.

“There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no justification and no atonement for murder.”

-Abby Zimet
07.03.14 - 11:43 PM

John Fugelsang got it right: The Hobby Lobby ruling is no mere slippery slope but "a ski jump covered in lube." Since the old men of SCOTUS decided a celestial craft store gets to decide whether, how and why women have sex, much has happened, both terrifying and heartening, from many more exemptions granted and sought (and furious dissents by the female justices) to boycott campaigns, clergy handing out condoms and the flooding of social media with protests. The best is a brutal hijacking of Bristol Palin's cheery #HobbyLobbyLove aimed at celebrating the "victory" with retail selfies. To wit: "Still laying on aisle 6 with my legs up in the air. When will the pap-smear guy show up?" "Tying my wife's tubes has never been easier! Thanks!" Etc. Fight's not over.

-Abby Zimet

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