Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Framed In Fantasies: The Fall of Saigon and All That Came Before
This week marks 40 years since the fall of Saigon, that "quintessential bitter end" to a war whose current retelling - through "soft lies, willful amnesia, and rampant revisionism" - increasingly transforms a brutal American imperial misadventure into something more noble and less ghastly than it ever was. With the ghosts of Iraq and Afghanistan all around us, those who endured the Vietnam War are resolved to set the grievous record straight.
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Baltimore's Language of the Unheard
With Baltimore's street violence receding, residents are laboring to clean up its debris and clear up its lessons in the face of what many charge is willfully skewered coverage ensuring "you only see what they want you to see." Officials calling for "order" and "non-violence," they say, miss the context of the rage: A state that persistently represses, abuses and kills its citizens has abrogated its right to demand those victims behave better than it does.
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Monday, April 27, 2015
Geller: My Jihad Is To Post Hate Speech on Buses To Assault Public Sensibilities and Call It Free Speech
In a questionable victory for blessed "freedom," a judge has ruled New York buses must run the uber-Zionist American Freedom Defense Initiative's vile new Islamophobic "Killing Jews" ads that brutally spoof a legit #MyJihad campaign to “take back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists.” The court argued our much-touted if often problematic First Amendment protects even "offensive" material; more than one observer argued of the incendiary ads, "They may be legal, but they're disgusting."
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Read All About It: Cops Break Up Fight, Subdue Aggressor, Nobody Dies (Maybe 'Cause the Cops Were Swedish?)
New Yorkers acclimated to being terrorized by the NYPD are agog because four young Swedish cops on vacation calmly, humanely stopped a subway beatdown without shedding any blood, breaking any necks, shooting any retreating backs or otherwise launching any unwarranted executions. Back home, Swedes were baffled by the fuss: "If you see something bad, you just do something to help - it's ordinary." The cops were likewise confounded, asking, "Is this a big deal?" Actually... no, it shouldn't be.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Don't Let Them Drown: It's Not Happening Here But It's Happening Now
Powerfully highlighting the world's "shameful" response - or lack of it - to the horrific drowning deaths of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean, Amnesty International in the UK lined up two hundred body bags on Brighton Beach to ask the searing question, "How many more must die?" A broader campaign likewise urges us to honor our "unbreakable moral obligation to save them."
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Guns 'R Us: Actual Elected Official Sure Loves His Assault Weapon, aka "Beautiful Patriotic Paper Weight"
A Colorado Tea Party rep got into trouble for posting a photo of his illegal-in-D.C., stars-and-stripes bedecked AR-15 until police decided it's no biggie if our politicians fondle and fetishize a firearm that looks like "the unfortunate offspring of a military artillery piece having sex with a Toby Keith concert" and then use the controversy to fundraise so commie types won't again try to "strip us of our rights." No wonder the U.S. is the world's most heavily armed country; next up is Yemen.
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Monday, April 20, 2015
This Must Stop: On Running Unprovoked and Other Crimes
Another One. Freddie Gray died in Baltimore, his neck broken; he got arrested because he may have had or sold a knife. Eric Garner was maybe selling cigarettes. Walter Scott was running away. Michael Brown was walking. Tamir Rice was playing. Those in the March 2 Justice are protesting. Toni Morrison on the conversation about race America needs to have: "I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. Then when you ask me, 'Is it over?’, I will say yes.”
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
A Return to the Earth
Amidst Earth Day rallies and concerts, celebrate our singular planet with the extraordinary photos of two Scandinavian artists documenting "the link between humanity and the natural world" in their "Eyes As Big as Plates" series. Occasionally popping up online as "Old Finnish People With Things on Their Heads," the ongoing project in fact seeks to blend folklore with personal stories to portray the timeless "slippage of elderly figures into the landscape."
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Wielding Life and Death
The saga of the Tulsa killing of Eric Harris by Robert Bates, a rich old guy who liked playing cop and wore "a badge that was bought not earned," just got sketchier. Reports of the sheriff's office falsifying his training records have surfaced even as a rambling Bates has come forward to say the shooting was the second worst thing to happen to him after getting cancer - failing to mention it was probably the worst thing ever to happen to Eric Harris, who's like, you know, dead.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Clinton vs. Sanders: Follow the Money
Nobody's ready to cut Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton any slack, least of all Bernie Sanders, who says he questions if she's "prepared to take on the billionaire class.” Newly published - and stunningly revealing - records of the top contributors for them both bear him out. While Sanders' money comes almost exclusively from unions, Clinton's comes solely from Wall Street and other fat cats. Notes Sanders, "It's not what she says, it's what she does."
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