Friday, January 29, 2016
There Is No Future With Occupation
Since October, Palestinians have repeatedly defied the Occupation and its ongoing abuses - expulsions, demolitions, arrests, settlements - proclaiming that, "The intifada is connected to the occupation, and so it will continue." Photographers from the collective ActiveStills have collected stunning portraits of the fiery young protesters, many with no political affiliation other than the quiet and implacable resolve that, "This is our land. We must do anything to free it from occupation.”
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Hello Huck: Try the Pork Chops
Yowza. Mike "God-Guns-Grits-Gravy" Huckabee, polling at 2% in Iowa, has now made the weirdest, worstest, most deranged ad in what he astutely calls a "cuckoo- ca-choo" election. Preach it, Mike! Channeling Adele and Monty Python in a "Hello" parody, his chanteuse applauds local landmarks in lyrics like "Your Woodbury County Supper Club/ has quite a cute ba-bee!" and laments, "If Bernie wins I'm going to dieeeee!" The response has been basically, "Umm, hello?"
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Sieg Fail: In Praise of Those - Citizens, Artists, Clowns - Who Insist They Like All Colors, Not Just White
Europe's governments have largely failed the million refugees they've helped create - cue doors and wristbands of shame, theft, teargas and racist backlash - but its people often step up to declare "we are one, united humanity." Greek islanders have earned a shot at a Nobel by saving thousands; online wise guys have shredded Denmark's greed; Banksy has decried French violence; and Finnish clowns mocking racist patrols have taken to the streets to let "peace and love flow without borders."
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Bernie's Yearning: Because Nothing Is So Unstoppable As A Flavor Whose Time Has Finally Come
As Sanders surges, two key endorsements, sweet and substantial. Ben and Jerry's Ben Cohen has unveiled a "participatory flavor" featuring mint ice cream - us - topped by solid chocolate - the 1% - which we're told to whack into pieces and spread around. And Clinton ally Robert Reich has declared Hillary "the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have" but Bernie "the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have." Onward.
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I Ain’t Got No Home: Woody Guthrie Hated Racist Old Man Trump
In an apple/tree tale of improbable juxtapositions, turns out Woody Guthrie rented a Brooklyn apartment in 1950 from one Fred Trump, a racist, sketchy, low-income housing profiteer who later taught everything he knew to his appalling son Donald. Despising Trump and his use of FHA guidelines banning “inharmonious uses of housing” – aka integration - Woody wrote a bitter song decrying "Just how much/Racial hate/(Trump) stirred up/(In) human hearts," which makes us miss him more.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Rematch: On Shaq and A Cop and A Bunch of Kids
Small Good Thing Dept: Amidst America's epidemic of police abuse, this: When a Florida cop got a noise complaint about some black kids playing basketball, dashcam video caught him turning up, ruefully explaining why he'd come and shooting a few hoops before promising to return with backup. This weekend he did, with more cops and Shaquille O'Neal and life lessons all around.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Justice Finally Served: Serial Rapist Cop Gets 263 Years In, Yes, These Here United States
In a rare act of actual justice, rapist, predator and former Oklahoma cop Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was sentenced Thursday to 263 years in prison for sexually assaulting eight poor black women while on patrol on the assumption he could get away with it because, as one victim testified, "he was a cop and I was a black woman." The judge ruled the 263 years run consecutively because "each victim deserves their own sentence to be served."
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Horrifically Audacious: Black Lives Matter Protest Rahm "Chutzpah" Emanuel Of All People Talking About Trust At Mayors' Conference
Mayors of U.S. cities plagued with racism and police violence assembling "with their suits and coffee" at a conference dubbed "Invest and Protect" is "like a fantasy world - it's Disneyland," charged a BLM protester who crashed the event to urge Chicago's Rahm Emanuel to resign. Later, Emanuel kept the police "code of silence" he regularly blasts to ignore the protest, fail to mention the murder of Laquan McDonald and blithely lecture the crowd about trust between police and the community.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Palin/Trump: Heads Are Spinnin'! Command Fire! No More Pussy Footin'! The Main Thing! More Words!
Last night bedazzled, demented, shrieking former reality star Sarah Palin endorsed smirking current reality star the Donald in a syntax-murdering, possibly speed-and-wacky-tobacky-laced word salad that proclaimed Trump builds big things and power through strength and we don't wanna chill and thank you enemy and let's kick ISIS' ass! The spectacle prompted memorable headlines - "Hot Mess Endorses Dumpster Fire" - and comments - "A glimpse into hell."
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Occupation Inc: Contributing To and Profiting From Human Rights Abuses
In what's been hailed "the next frontier of BDS," Human Rights Watch has called on corporations to end their settlement businesses, charging they “unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and other resources.” Ceasing all settlement activity, it says, is “the only way for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities."
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