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7:44pm August 21, 2014

 McConnell's plan for a GOP-led Senate: everything that's wrong with congress now, times a million

7:12pm August 21, 2014

 Elon James White (elonjames) on Twitter

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Everyone needs to be following Elon James White! His coverage of Ferguson has been TOO REAL!!

I don’t spend much time on twitter. The short format and rapid-fire posting makes me feel like I’m trying to drink water from a fire hose. But whenever I get on Twitter, I enjoy reading the posts from @elonjames.

6:40pm August 21, 2014

 http://ghouldilocks.tumblr.com/post/95305243129/chauvinistsushi-telling-the-people-of-ferguson

agoodcartoon:

chauvinistsushi:

Telling the people of Ferguson to take this anger and “channel” it to the polls, i.e elect officials that reflect them, is so fucking beside the point and victim blaming. This is ignoring disenfranchisement of the black voter (racism) and the poor voter (can’t take time…


this is what pisses me off so much about the flood of shit cartoons every time sharpton or jackson is in the news, to wit:
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as if they were using the murders to, what, push some kind of radical agenda? instead of literally saying “don’t hate on cops, if you don’t like the situation just vote,” completely ignoring the above. a lot of the cartoons were done before sharpton even opened his fucking mouth
6:08pm August 21, 2014
futurejournalismproject:

Syrians Honor Jim Foley
Image: Residents of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to Jim Foley, the American journalist executed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Via Kafranbel Syrian Revolution on Facebook. Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

Syrians Honor Jim Foley

Image: Residents of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to Jim Foley, the American journalist executed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Via Kafranbel Syrian Revolution on Facebook. Select to embiggen.

5:36pm August 21, 2014
5:04pm August 21, 2014

 Joe The Plumber: Hold A Job Fair In Ferguson, Protestors Will 'Scatter Like Cockroaches'

quickhits:

Hey look, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzlehoopy is extremely racist, too. 

I’m sure you’re all as surprised as I wasn’t.

4:32pm August 21, 2014
assholeofday:

Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for August 20, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
Perhaps no one symbolizes the dysfunction of US government as much as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
After 30 years in the Senate, McConnell is running a disastrous re-election campaign against the dynamic and charismatic Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell recently told Kentucky’s long-suffering voters that it wasn’t his job to bring jobs to the state. Just yesterday, he was slammed again for neglecting Kentucky’s farmers.
In the midst of America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McConnell spent four shameful years trying to sabotage President Obama’s recovery efforts, in a smug, Un-American attempt to focus on his number one priority of “making Obama a one-term President.” McConnell’s unprecedented use of the filibuster helped push the GOP’s approval ratings to record lows. Just last year, the GOP shutdown cost the country another $24 billion in a futile attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and derail the Obama recovery.
What reason could there possibly be to vote for Mitch in 2014? His answer came today: MORE SABOTAGE! McConnell told Politico that if he somehow beats Lundergan Grimes and the GOP regains a Senate majority, he will put ANOTHER government shutdown back on the table —unless Obama caves to the ridiculous demands of Teapublican extremists.
Simply put, Mitch’s message to voters: Vote for me. Together, we can destroy America.
This is McConnell’s 4th time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Politico

assholeofday:

Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for August 20, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

Perhaps no one symbolizes the dysfunction of US government as much as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After 30 years in the Senate, McConnell is running a disastrous re-election campaign against the dynamic and charismatic Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell recently told Kentucky’s long-suffering voters that it wasn’t his job to bring jobs to the state. Just yesterday, he was slammed again for neglecting Kentucky’s farmers.

In the midst of America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McConnell spent four shameful years trying to sabotage President Obama’s recovery efforts, in a smug, Un-American attempt to focus on his number one priority of “making Obama a one-term President.” McConnell’s unprecedented use of the filibuster helped push the GOP’s approval ratings to record lows. Just last year, the GOP shutdown cost the country another $24 billion in a futile attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and derail the Obama recovery.

What reason could there possibly be to vote for Mitch in 2014? His answer came today: MORE SABOTAGE! McConnell told Politico that if he somehow beats Lundergan Grimes and the GOP regains a Senate majority, he will put ANOTHER government shutdown back on the table —unless Obama caves to the ridiculous demands of Teapublican extremists.

Simply put, Mitch’s message to voters: Vote for me. Together, we can destroy America.

This is McConnell’s 4th time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Politico

4:00pm August 21, 2014
humanrightswatch:


Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime
The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), released a video of Foley’s purported execution. The group announced that it also is holding the US citizen journalist Steven Sotloff and that his fate depends on future US policy measures against the extremist group. Deliberate murder of civilians and hostage taking during an armed conflict are war crimes.“James went to Syria because of his commitment to exposing the horrors civilians faced since the uprising against the government there,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “He, like the other journalists who are now held prisoner in Syria, courageously risked his life so that the world might know the truth and act to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.”Foley, a US citizen, had been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. Despite his family’s persistent efforts, including a global campaign to free their son, very little was known about his situation and whereabouts throughout the period of his abduction, including which group was holding him. In its publicized execution of the journalist, the Islamic State claimed that his killing was in retaliation for US military intervention against the group in Iraq.Prior to his abduction, Foley worked as an independent journalist in the Middle East for five years. He covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria for the GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse, and other international news agencies. In addition to his journalistic work, Foley had assisted Human Rights Watch with the video documentation of human rights violations. He was also one of the filmmakers who filmed the work of the Human Rights Watch emergency team for the independent documentary “E-Team”.
Read more.
Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images

humanrightswatch:

Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.

The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), released a video of Foley’s purported execution. The group announced that it also is holding the US citizen journalist Steven Sotloff and that his fate depends on future US policy measures against the extremist group. Deliberate murder of civilians and hostage taking during an armed conflict are war crimes.

“James went to Syria because of his commitment to exposing the horrors civilians faced since the uprising against the government there,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “He, like the other journalists who are now held prisoner in Syria, courageously risked his life so that the world might know the truth and act to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.”

Foley, a US citizen, had been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. Despite his family’s persistent efforts, including a global campaign to free their son, very little was known about his situation and whereabouts throughout the period of his abduction, including which group was holding him. In its publicized execution of the journalist, the Islamic State claimed that his killing was in retaliation for US military intervention against the group in Iraq.

Prior to his abduction, Foley worked as an independent journalist in the Middle East for five years. He covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria for the GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse, and other international news agencies. In addition to his journalistic work, Foley had assisted Human Rights Watch with the video documentation of human rights violations. He was also one of the filmmakers who filmed the work of the Human Rights Watch emergency team for the independent documentary “E-Team”.

Read more.

Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images

3:28pm August 21, 2014

 China: Stop Arms Sales to War-Torn South Sudan

2:56pm August 21, 2014
liberalsarecool:

#Ferguson could be 1950s/1960s America. 

liberalsarecool:

#Ferguson could be 1950s/1960s America.