All Further Articles for 2010-04-09

Friday, April 9, 2010
God Could Do A Bit More Smacking, Please
Bearing signs that read "God Hates Your Tears" and Thank God for Dead Miners," a few odious creeps from the Westboro Baptist Church came to West Virginia to rant that the mine disaster was the work of an avenging God, but they were overwhelmed by several hundred peaceable demonstrators with better signs reading "I Love Everyone" and "God Hates Signs." They were there "sending a strong message that we are a justice-loving people" - as opposed, clearly, to the bigots from Topeka. "So God reached down and smacked one of those mines, killing 25... Now you moan and wallow in self-pity, and pour (sic) over the details of the dead rebels' lives, pretending they're heroes."
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Where Is the Red Cross?
A Democratic legislator just returned from Haiti questioned the wisdom of giving donations to the Red Cross, whose earthquake relief efforts "we didn't see anywhere, at all." Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman joins others who have raised the issue of how effectively the Red Cross used millions donated to them.
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Cutting to the Chase
Obama's waffled grievously on too many substantive issues, but now and then we see the sharp dry candor we wish he'd get back to. In an interview on his new nuclear policy with ABC's clueless George Stephanopoulos, Obama was hilariously dismissive on the subject of a Sarah Palin remark that the Washington Monthly's Steven Benen called "an idiotic quote from a dim-witted former half-term governor of a small state" – raising the real issue of why any so-called journalist would bring it up at all. "The last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues." - President Obama, who showed remarkable restraint by not adding, "or any other issues."
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Heckuva Job
The U.S. government, Gulf Coast states and New Orleans have consistently violated the human rights of hurricane victims since 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Amnesty International charged Friday. Their report, titled "Un-Natural Disaster," blasted the inadequate housing, health care and policing help for mostly poor black victims. "Orleans Parish Prison is now the largest mental health psych facility in the city of New Orleans." - Justin Mazzola of Amnesty.
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