Friday, June 19, 2015
Anguish Into Action: It Takes Us
In a ghastly synchronicity, a searing photo exhibit and two films about our nation's relentless bloodletting, and the "anguish, love and perseverance" of those left behind, appeared less than 24 hours after the Charleston massacre again reminded us the bloodshed goes on. Joe Quint's "It Takes Us" exhibit, a film about Jordan Davis and Quint's film of Sandy Hook survivors - broken and declaring, "This is who we are now" - insist it must stop.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
On White Riots
Because Charleston's horror, like so much before, was fueled by guns and a racist media demonizing as "thugs" every African-American seeking justice, a call from Brave New Films to "change the biased narrative - one word at a time." Their short new film, "White Riots," uses a simple trick of transposing news coverage on black protests - over life and death - and white protests - over football games lost and won - to lay bare the rank discrepancies.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
What Drought? Oblivious Rich People Whine About Brown Golf Courses, Normal People Drought-Shame Them
Despite dramatic new NASA findings of water shortages and the historic drought ravaging California, irritated rich people are having none of this alarmist nonsense. They're insisting we're in fact not all equal, defending their innate right to use more than their share of vital resources, and plaintively asking, "What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our houses?" Actually, yup, say those with just dirt around their houses. Cue drought-shaming, the latest tool in class warfare.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Jeb! Is Who Jeb! Is Which Is the (Admittedly Improbable) New Face of America!
If you haven't heard, a new clown named Jeb!, last name unknown, has joined the crowded GOP car, declaring he's not one of the "pampered elites." Jeb!'s start was a tad rough, with mean people mocking Jeb!'s logo and how he can't remember his last name, hairy gay guys and Die Hard fans messing with Jeb!'s website, and Dreamers heckling him while he mistakenly deported some who wanted to hear him. But Jeb! is in to win because "America deserves better." True, that, with update from Trump/Colbert.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
On the Most Moral Army In the World (Sic) Washing Itself Clean of Dead Children, Again
No one should be surprised the IDF, "the pride of the people," has found itself innocent of wrongdoing - commanders' "professional discretion (was) not unreasonable" - in the July killing on a Gaza beach of four boys aged 9-11, "four skinny children of fishermen, wearing shorts." For those disingenuous media who are, listen up: Israel kills, with impunity, including children, and will continue to do so until the world, the International Criminal Court and we insist they stop.
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Friday, June 12, 2015
The Trouble With (Needless to Say) Distractingly Sexy Girls
The trouble with (sorry to say) astonishingly stupid boys, even high-achieving ones, is that many remain mind-blowingly sexist. Because a U.S. astronomer last month calling scientists "boys with toys" wasn't enough, now we have a British, knighted, Nobel-winning biochemist saying the trouble with girls in the lab is that everyone falls in love and "when you criticize them they cry." Actually, they don't. They take to Twitter with the merciless, hilarious #DistractinglySexy.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Evil Is Real: George Bush Is Making Millions Off His Ungodly Crimes
The empire staggers on. Obama sends more senseless troops to Iraq, revisionists proclaim the "courage" of those who trashed it, and W, accomplishing at least his mission of “replenishing the ol’ coffers,” is raking in millions with $175,000 speeches - including one to a homeless shelter - to people who seem to think he has something to say. David Jay really does. Lest we forget, his huge portraits of mangled veterans - "We need to see them because we created them" - are what Bush wrought.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Surprise! All the White People Who Started the McKinney Debacle Are Thugs and Creeps
It seems lunatic now-resigned cop Eric Casebolt isn't the only bizarro player with a tawdry history in the McKinney pool party story. The guy who called 911, hurled racial epithets and praised the police response is Sean Toon, who served time for maiming and killing farm animals, and for assault. The woman who attacked a black teenage girl is a possibly racist loan officer who has been put on leave. And social media - including a deft SeanToon911 hashtag - is all over them.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Yet Again
More gut-wrenching video of sociopaths in uniform and power, this time in Salinas, CA where "law enforcement" beat senseless a mentally ill man who was running into traffic and may or may not have attacked his mother, who - irony alert - called police for help. Nationwide, the Stanford prison experiment lives on. Salinas police are reviewing the beating "to see if it was justified." In the words of Richard Boxing, who filmed the horror show, "Really?"
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Monday, June 8, 2015
Each Unjust Death Diminishes Us: Kalief Browder 1993-2015
In an awful end to a ravaged life, Kalief Browder - jailed, beaten, starved and abused on Riker's Island for three years, two in solitary, for allegedly stealing a backpack at age 16 - has killed himself. Broken by his ordeal, Browder had struggled with mental health issues since his release in 2013. The night before he hung himself with an air conditioner cord, he told his mother, “Ma, I can’t take it anymore.” The barbarous U.S. criminal justice system at work.
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