Friday, June 20, 2014
For A Solar Solstice
Saturday, the longest day of the year, will see a celebration of solar power with "Put Solar On It," a national day of action by The Climate Reality Project, Mosaic and other organizations. Arguing that solutions do exist to solve the climate crisis, organizers plan a host of events aimed at bringing solar power into communities.
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Obama In the Toilet
Addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition's evangelical confab in D.C, Rand Paul described a nation "in a full-blown spiritual crisis" where he vowed to "stand up for unborn children" because "no nation (can) long endure that doesn't respect life from those that are not yet born to life's last breath" - except maybe for people who disagree with him, which is evidently why a likeness of Obama ended up in the urinals at the very respectful conference. Because nothing says faith, freedom, class and Christian grace like pissing on our duly elected president. From one 'pro-life' attendee: "The law of God is written on our hearts & it's not just a law but a call to mercy, compassion & love."
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Scott Walker Is A Crook, Just Like You Always Thought
In revelations from newly unsealed documents that should be more shocking than they are, Wisconsin prosecutors say Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a wide-ranging "criminal scheme" to coordinate fundraising between his campaign and conservative groups - in violation of "multiple elections laws"- to fend off his richly-deserved recall in 2012. So much for Walker's gloating claim after his always-questionable victory that, "Voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions."
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Trayvon, Still: Circumventing the Permitting Process
Troubled by Trayvon Martin's death and seeking to “have these conversations in the public space," a Boston street artist and professor has erected a small guerrilla monument to Martin on a lamp post stump he considered "ripe for intervention." He put the plaque, with a hoodie splayed on the ground, across from a Civil War monument as "a marker to how far we've come in terms of race relations...power and equality since the end of slavery." "I think there are many stories like his out there...I wanted it to be more open than just a memorial to Trayvon - I wanted it to be to all young people out there with a hoodie talking on a cell phone to a friend."
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Wait, Really?
Dick 'I Am Not An Actual Human Being' Cheney has crawled out of his cave twice in recent days: To pen a ghastly op-ed on how we need to kill more people in Iraq with the straight-faced line on Obama, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” and now to stand before a fake field with his awful daughter to grimly announce a new group to "restore American strength, power and influence" because "America's armed forces (are) the greatest force for good the world has ever known" blah blah. Among the furious responses, Mark Danner's stunning, definitive Cheney series offers the best reasons why Cheney should just shut up.
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Trademark Board Rules No You Can't Name Your Dumb Sports Team After the Scalped Heads of Native Americans Sold For Cash
In a landmark ruling on a case filed by a group of Native Americans, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled six trademark registrations for the name "Washington Redskins" because the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of federal laws banning offensive language. Team officials have long fought a change to the name, which refers to a colonial-era bounty on Native-American heads, from 50 pounds for adult male scalps to 20 for kids'. The team says any change would cause "every imaginable loss you can think of." You mean, like the annihilation of a people, their culture and their scalps? Update : Outraged conservatives have taken to Twitter to suggest new names. Like "Washington Benghazi Gay Guys."
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It's Nuts
In the name of the lofty democratic ideals that gave rise to our fine nation, the new cogent, nuanced, informative GOP ad analyzing the very real political and moral flaws of Hillary Clinton. Because we have not yet reached the lowest low, and why waste a furry animal costume?
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Martinez, Rodger and All the Rest: We Are You and You Are Us
Powerful photos just released of the meeting of two grieving fathers - Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher, 20, was murdered in Isla Vista, and Peter Rodger, whose son Elliot, 22, killed him. They are not alone: Martinez also went to D.C. to deliver 2.4 million #NotOneMore postcards to elected officials, and to speak at the National Press Club. He was surrounded by the families of other shooting victims at Newtown, Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech. Which is to say, too many. Roxanna Green, whose daughter Christina, 9, was killed in Tucson: "We say not one more parent should ever have to bury their child. Not one more parent should ever have to wonder who their child would grow up to be." Update : Today's gun atrocity: A 33-year-old teacher, musician and new dad welcoming home his three-day-old infant was shot dead by a stray bullet from the idiot who lived next door.
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A Twisted Love Affair: Who Is This Year's Tiny Miss Coal Princess?
Under the maxim "Once a coal queen, always a coal queen," West Virginians just gathered to celebrate the beleaguered industry that's trashing their communities, killing their neighbors and paying them badly if they can find work by crowning the new Baby, Toddler, Little and Jr. Miss Coal Princess at their annual Coal Festival . The festival is about both fighting for their jobs and culture, and raising scholarship money in a state where, some critics argue, "anyone who is willing to die in a mine to support their family" should make enough to send their kid to school. “We’re in a love affair with coal right now because of the way we live. It’s a twisted love affair: we depend on it for everything that we do, but at the same time it’s killing us.”
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Monday, June 16, 2014
The New Ground-Based Defense Missiles Cost $40 Billion We Could Use For A Lot of Other Things. Oh, and They Don't Work.
A decade after it was declared operational for bogus political reasons, the $40 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense System "cannot be relied on," says a report from the L.A. Times. It has an "abysmal" record, having failed more tests than it's passed, "performed less well than people had hoped," and earned a worse, not better record over years of tinkering. It was also designed for a threat that likely doesn't exist, or as Charles Pierce puts it, "not to defend ourselves against missiles (but) as a platform for international dick-waving." And politicians - the guys who cut food stamps - want a bunch more.
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