Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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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Everything Is Not Awesome
Furious that Arctic-trashing Shell is using kid-friendly LEGO to clean up its image - reportedly selling 16 million Shell-branded toys worth $116 million - Greenpeace has begun a campaign aimed at pressuring LEGO to end the sketchy partnership. Protests at England's Legloland, and a darkly stunning new ad in which an idyllic Arctic, huskies and all, drowns in oil.
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To Treat Them the Way They Treat Us: Demolish Their Houses
With the arrest of six Jewish extremist suspects in the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged the killers will face "the full weight of the law,” insisting, “We do not differentiate between the terrorists.” To make good on his promise, say Muhammad’s parents, Israel should demolish the homes of the guilty Jews - just like they demolished the Hebron homes of two Palestinians allegedly behind the murder of three Israeli teens, just like they've demolished over 25,000 Palestinian homes, just like they've never, ever done to any Jewish home. "Justice is when they destroy their houses just like they destroyed the homes in Hebron." Khdeir's father
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Getting Into Good Trouble: John Lewis Got Busted 53 Years Ago For Using A 'White' Toilet
Change Happens (If Much Too Slowly) Dept: Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted out his long-ago, self-assured mugshot today to commemorate his 1961 release from a Mississippi prison where he served 37 days for "disorderly conduct," aka daring to use a bathroom labelled "white." A leader of the Selma to Montgomery March, the tireless Lewis has been arrested over 40 times fighting for civil rights - he calls it "good or necessary trouble" - for which we thank him.
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Murder Is Murder
Amidst the vengeful carnage in Israel, a sliver of grace in the figure of Rachel Fraenkel, whose son Naftali was one of three murdered Israeli teens. A respected scholar of Jewish law, Fraenkel has met and grieved with the family of murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir - and they with her, now, simply, all members of "two families that have lost their sons” - and swiftly released a statement when Mohammed's burned body was found. “There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no justification and no atonement for murder.”
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Thursday, July 3, 2014
#HobbyLobbyLove (Sort Of), Also Fallout, Boycott and Condoms
John Fugelsang got it right: The Hobby Lobby ruling is no mere slippery slope but "a ski jump covered in lube." Since the old men of SCOTUS decided a celestial craft store gets to decide whether, how and why women have sex, much has happened, both terrifying and heartening, from many more exemptions granted and sought (and furious dissents by the female justices) to boycott campaigns, clergy handing out condoms and the flooding of social media with protests. The best is a brutal hijacking of Bristol Palin's cheery #HobbyLobbyLove aimed at celebrating the "victory" with retail selfies. To wit: "Still laying on aisle 6 with my legs up in the air. When will the pap-smear guy show up?" "Tying my wife's tubes has never been easier! Thanks!" Etc. Fight's not over.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Drag Queen Schools Bigots: You Need To Drop the Hate
In an epic moment of righteous rage, anti-gay bigots at Seattle's Pride Parade got their asses handed to them by sequined, sashaying, Scripture-quoting, self-described "fucking huge" local drag queen Mama Tits, who shut them down with the declaration, "You have no power here - be gone!" Asking "why don't you read your own book?" the community icon used "the strength of all the people who had ever been hurt" by haters. "I pushed his sign away from my face and hair, because you DO NOT TOUCH my hair....It was all I could do to not get violent, but I didn’t because once that happens, we all los e."
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Cecily McMillan Released
Occupy activist Cecily McMillan has been released from Rikers Island after serving 58 days of her three-month sentence. Describing a dehumanizing world "where words like freedom and rights don’t even exist," she read a statement on behalf of other female inmates calling for better access to health care, drug treatment and education "in the interests of returning the facility to its mission and restoring dignity to its inmates. "I am inspired by the resilient community I have encountered in a system that is stacked against us. The only difference between people we call 'law-abiding' citizens and the women I served time with is the unequal access to resources."
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The Other's Child
Israel vowed revenge for the murder of three abducted teens, and swiftly, fiercely, so it has been: Within days, they have killed at least eight Palestinians, demolished the homes of the families of two Hamas suspects, announced sweeping new settlements, and pounded Gaza in over 30 missile attacks. Amnesty International has called for justice for the teens, not collective punishment. Many others have condemned a selective sympathy that more deeply sees and mourns the unfathomable loss of one child, any child - a pain many Israeli and Palestinian families share - over another. Thus, "While everyone will remember Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, no one will remember Ali, Mohammad or Mustafa." Nor Nadim Nuwara, 17, who "survived a premature birth and a car accident, but did not survive the occupation." "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
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