(TPM) The government shutdown battles are poised to make a comeback if Republicans win control of the Senate this fall.
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.
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:
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
(TPM) Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to “cockroaches.”
Hey look, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzlehoopy is extremely racist, too.
I’m sure you’re all as surprised as I wasn’t.
Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for August 20, 2014
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
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”.
Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images
A conflict that has been raging in South Sudan since December has been characterised by extraordinary acts of cruelty against civilians, war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. China may well be enabling these crimes, whether it intends to or not.
Chinese officials have publicly stated their commitment to peace and stability in South Sudan and the region, and have supported the peace talks under way in Addis Ababa.
But the sale of US$38 million worth of missiles, grenade launchers, machine guns and ammunition to the government of South Sudan, reported last month, says otherwise.
The likely use of those weapons by parties to the conflict in South Sudan would contribute to the grave human rights abuses that have characterised the conflict.
The conflict began in the capital, Juba, in December, triggered by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir, who is ethnic Dinka, and former vice-president Riek Machar, from the Nuer ethnicity. The fighting quickly took on an ethnic dimension. Government forces carried out widespread killings, including a gruesome massacre, and detained hundreds of Nuer men in Juba.
These atrocities triggered reprisal killings of ethnic Dinka in the town of Bor and other parts of the country. In the following weeks and months, conflict spread, and with it, horrible abuses of civilians by both sides in Bor, and the towns of Bentiu and Malakal, all of which have changed hands many times.