Monday, October 13, 2014
Republicans Are People Too, Just Awful Ones Who Have No Decent Ideas and Cut Vital Health Funding To Prove It
Earnestly if surreally arguing they're not jerks wholly lacking in empathy, the GOP has launched its 4,624th rebranding effort: A Repubs Are People Too campaign swiftly hijacked with the likes of "#IAmARepublican because I am pro-life except for, you know, guns." But officials desperately working to combat Ebola in the wake of a decade of GOP cuts to public health programs remain unamused, as does a ferocious new ad charging, "Republican Cuts Kill."
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Friday, October 10, 2014
This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege
For everything you need to know about America's justice (sic) system, a brief impromptu video wherein Jody Westby, a take-no-prisoners white attorney, comes to the aid of Dennis Stucky, an older, disabled, black handyman who gets stopped by cops for walking while black in a fancy D.C. neighborhood. Check out Westby's calmly imperious tone as she berates the cops, "Now please leave our neighborhood" - and imagine the bloody result if she was black and, God forbid, male.
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Frack For The Cure, Because We Love A Good Dose of Benzene With Our Pink Ribbons
Happy Breast Cancer Industry Month! Bring On the Sketchy Profit-Driven Alliances! In the most egregious pinkwashing ever, the Susan Komen breast cancer giant has teamed with the Baker Hughes oilfield giant to produce pink drill bits "for the cure," thus facilitating fracking operations emitting a "special toxic mix" of chemicals known to lead to leukemia and - yes! - breast cancer. Activists promptly thanked both companies for "partnering on the most ludicrous piece of pink sh*t (we've) seen."
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
No Charges For Baby-Burning Butt-Stupid Cops Because Hey Mistakes Happen
A grand jury in Georgia has declined to charge any of the cops in a botched drug raid who threw a stun grenade into the crib of Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, severely burning him, detaching his nose from his face and possibly causing brain damage, arguing that though the raid was "not in accordance with best practices," there was no "criminal negligence." The kicker: The county will not help pay for Bou Bou's medical expenses because to do so "would be in violation of the law."
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Human Nature 1, NRA Talking Points 0
Police in Oregon are looking for a suspect who at gunpoint robbed a guy proudly open-carrying his new gun, because the suspect liked the second guy's gun better than his own, thus proving the sage NRA theory the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, unless the good guy has a gun that's cooler and shinier than the bad guy, in which case, not so much. One gleeful response to the news: "Damn, someone found a loophole in the otherwise-flawless logic of (the) NRA."
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Monday, October 6, 2014
Voice of the Voiceless: Mumia Speaks, Students Listen, Conservatives Freak
Urging them to take on "the challenges that abide in the world...and strive to make it better," longtime Death Row inmate and progressive icon Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a commencement speech at Goddard College, outraging police and others who called him a cold-blooded "cop killer" with nothing to say. Citing a nation "in deep trouble," he exhorted students to take on the complex questions of power, politics, race, gender and "where one stands in the world" to "have a voice within that monstrous din."
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Seizing Silwan: Come Steal More Parts of Palestine For $136 A Day! (But Keep Guns Loaded)
Last week, Jewish settlers from Elad came in the middle of the night to seize seven buildings holding 22 apartments in Silwan, a long-coveted Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem. To watch over their plunder until new full-time residents arrive, Elad then placed online ads seeking settlers for hire for $136 a day. One requirement: To “keep gun loaded and ready to fire at any time.” It adds, "Only suitable applicants will be accepted," leading to the inevitable question: Suitable for what?
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Jordan Has Received His Justice. Many Others, Not So Much
Remarkably, jurors have found Michael Dunn (white) guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Jordan Davis (black) for the crime of listening to loud "thug music." While Davis' family praised the verdict for "giving justice (to) Jordan (and) all the nameless faceless children that will never have a voice," recent events - no charges for Zimmerman, little progress in Ferguson, a guy shot for getting out his license while black - suggest their numbers will keep growing.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Bomb Everyone Muslim, Even If They Did Invent Algebra
Our perpetual war grows ever more appalling, with U.S. airstrikes against ISIS costing over $1 billion a month even as a mounting consensus finds those strikes politically and morally indefensible. With Obama now having bombed seven Muslim countries in the name of a "moral imperative," many Muslims feel caught in the middle. Some have declared #Not In My Name. Others are rejecting collective guilt with wry #Muslimapologies: "Sorry for saying may peace be upon you every time we greet someone."
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Soldier's Heart: Jacob George's Sorrowful Ride Till the End
Oh so heartbreaking to hear of the suicide - or death from moral injuries - of Jacob George, 32-year-old farmer, musician, activist and veteran of three tours of Afghanistan who came home shattered by post-traumatic horror he insisted was not a disorder but a basic human response to the inhumanity of war. George fought hard to heal - riding his bike 8,000 miles to sing and speak, seeking peace with comrades and Afghans, and on his best day hurling medals back to the generals who broke him.
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