Monday, July 14, 2014
Open Carry: Guitars For Guns
Fed up with Open Carry Texas freaks hauling assault rifles in with them to buy lunch, about 500 Texas musicians held the first Open Carry Guitar Rally, marching while packing a giddy array of instruments and singing a repertoire from Steve Earle to Outkast to Star-Spangled Banner. Part of a broader Guitars For Guns campaign - shades of Woody Guthrie - the event was perfect for Texas, one sage explained, where "a bizarre phallic obsession is just part of your DNA...The guitar obsessives are the safest people to be around.” "This is punk. This is patriotic."
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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Sderot Cinema: Israelis Watch Gaza Bombing For Just Good Fun
Camped out in a sort of "reality war theater," ever-enterprising Israelis have dragged plastic chairs and sofas up to a Sderot hill to eat popcorn, smoke hookahs and cheer at explosions over Gaza in a photo posted by a Danish reporter. The photo has caused outrage online, with commenters slamming "the morality of a people so skewed that murder is a public spectacle." Those present said they were there to "look at Israel creating peace." They inexplicably failed to mention the part about burning children.
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Friday, July 11, 2014
Antarctica: Don't Come Here
Though he gets the appeal of free snow cones and penguins, John Oliver is more worried about the environmental impact of an estimated 40,000 eager tourists a year traipsing to and inevitably trashing Antarctica. His solution: A hilarious anti-tourism PSA.
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Asking For Trouble: Albuquerque Police Repeatedly Accused of Excessive Force Buying Hundreds of Assault Rifles To Solve Problem
Albuquerque police, which have been dubbed the worst in the country for its long record of well-armed abuses, have come up with an innovative response to a DOJ investigation finding officers using their own personal assault rifles as "status symbols” have contributed to a "pattern and practice" of excessive force: Now, the police will buy them. The APD - which has faced widespread protests and paid millions in legal settlements to shooting victims' families but never prosecuted a cop - says it's buying 350 AR-15 assault rifles to replace the officers' because "that training shouldn't go to waste." So now, all good. Walter White, come home.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Dead In Gaza
Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least 52 people, including 13 children - the youngest, 18 months old, died along with his 27-year-old mother - and wounded over 450. Here are the names of the dead, released by Gaza's Health Ministry to Beirut-based newspaper al-Akhbar. The children are marked in bold. Because we can give them, at least, their names. Grievous Update : They are still updating, and naming. The dead now total 213, including at least 45 children, two of them 18 months old.
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The Most Expensive Warplane in American History Is Too Dangerous to Fly and Just Caught Fire (Again) But They Plan to Spend $1 Trillion On It Anyway
Days before its long-planned, much-hyped debut at a U.K. airshow, the entire fleet of the endless boondoggle known as the Joint Strike Fighter has been grounded after one caught fire, the latest in a years-long series of disasters almost every time it's tried to leave the ground. The plane's pricetag is now $399 billion; it's seven years behind schedule; when done, it will cost over $1 trillion. No doubt entirely coincidentally, Lockheed has spread its jobs and contractors across the country, thus ensuring broad support in Congress. And yes, there are many cool things we could do with the money.
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A War of Choice Not Necessity
Outraged by an American media that turns a blind eye to Israeli abuses - Diane Sawyer's was the latest and most egregious example - U.S. Jewish activist Daniel Sieradski has called out an Anti-Defamation League ad aimed at justifying the bombing of Gaza as “the latest act in a storied history of shameful behavior.” Then he posted a new version of the ad - which has since gone viral - with the concise text, "Fixed."
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Freak Show: Koch Brothers Vision of Health Care Is Truly Bizarro
Channeling David Lynch, the Koch-backed Generation Opportunity - whose mission is to convince young people to opt out of the totalitarian evil that is health care - has released a darkly crackpot video invite to an upcoming "Creepy Carenival" in D.C. that, "like Obamacare itself, comes with a veneer of excitement (weirdo Uncle Sam! mandatory vasectomies!) but as soon as you begin to experience it, you realize you are being taken for a ride." WTF? The kicker: A new study shows that ads by opponents of Obamacare - who have outspent supporters 15-1 - may have increased enrollment. Nice work guys.
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Less Than Tyrannical Feds Fine Freedom Industries Whopping $11,000 For Poisoning Water of 300,000 People, Because Freedom
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?
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Here Is the Asian Republican Coalition, Whose Definition of Asian Would Include Donald Trump and Woody Allen
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. Update: More stellar conservative outreach at a Wisconsin press conference on immigration reform, where one speaker said Congress has been useless "because a (N-word) is in charge."
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