Thursday, July 17, 2014
What God Has Taught: Christian Places of Grace and Truth Are On the Move And Love (Almost) Everyone If They Read the Bible
The Hobby Lobby monster lives, and grows. Even as a Boston-area Christian college joined in a letter to Obama by religious leaders praising our "blessed nation" where "all persons are created in the divine image of the creator" except can they pretty please discriminate against LGBT people? - the Green family has announced their plan to build an $800 million Bible museum hard by the godless halls of Congress in hopes of telling the story of "a reliable historical document.... like none other." Green has warned that "this nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught (and) lessons from the past." And we agree, though he's probably not talking about the lessons stemmimg from that pesky idea of separation of church and state.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Return to Sender: GOP Pol and Protesters Hilariously Mistake Y Campers For Dreaded (Albeit Short) Brown-Skinned Invaders
The humanitarian crisis that is the influx of thousands of unaccompanied kids from Central America stranded at our border has been met with the usual right-wing compassion, aka hysterical protests about an "invasion" of "illegals forced upon us." So when news spread of the expected arrival of 40 (short) invaders in an Arizona town, Tea Party congressional candidate Adam Kwasman turned up to speechify about "the abrogation of the rule of law" and later tell a reporter he'd seen the children on the bus and "the fear in their faces" about this "sad state of affairs" - except, umm, he'd seen local kids going to a YMCA camp. Priceless video. Bonus Jon Stewart suggesting an enemy invasion force isn't really dangerous "until it can reach and open its own cereal.” Kwasman when told the kids were Y campers: "They were sad too."
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Archie Takes A Bullet Against Homophobia and Gun Nuts
RIP Archie Andrews, the 73-year-old, red-headed, all-American comics icon who died today stopping an assasination attempt on his friend Kevin Keller, a married openly gay senator campaigning for gun control. The death of the timeless good guy at the hands of a homophobic gun freak, which concluded a "Life with Archie" series portraying grown-up versions of the Riverdale gang, was praised by his creators as "a tonally perfect tribute to a character who has always put his friends first" but slammed by right-wing critics because obviously that could never happen. "He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale, but the best of all of us."
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
This Criminal Act: Navy Nurse First to Refuse to Carry Out Brutal Gitmo Force-Feedings
In the first known instance of U.S. military conscience objection at Guantánamo, a male Navy nurse has refused to continue taking part in the often brutal forced feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers, who consider the practice torture. News of the historic action, reportedly by a Latino captain, came from a Syrian hunger striker who is challenging the policy in court and described the nurse's evolution: "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore.” "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act." - the nurse reportedly announcing his refusal
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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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