I want to shoot her right in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away; I want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that you’ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS, the families [...]
Chris Hedges’ article on his recent meeting with Assange is a mix of interview and essay, Assange’s statements and Hedges’ thoughts and expansion thereon are well worth reading – and thinking about.
(Excerpts of the audio here).
In Floriduh, a state where fully one-quarter of death row inmates have been exonerated since the 1970s, you’d think lawmakers would want to exercise an abundance of caution. No sense in executing innocent people…RIGHT?? (Unless, of course, Republicans want to demonstrate their law and order bona fides.)
Au contraire, mon ami, for this is Floriduh, [...]
I respect entrepreneurs who build something from nothing, particularly the vast class of entrepreneurs in the United States who build small businesses and smaller medium sized firms. They are the backbone of any employment growth we have with very little help from the government(s). It’s all Wall Street and very little Main Street. (Image: Creative [...]
(smh.com.au) – President Barack Obama has recommitted to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison following the arrival of “medical reinforcements” to deal with a mass hunger strike.
Nearly 40 Navy nurses, corpsmen and specialists have gone to the detention centre, as 100 inmates who have been held for more than a decade without trial refuse food.
I look forward to the day when someone announces that they’re gay and the general public reaction is “And….???” Not to minimize the undoubtedly difficult and challenging decision Jason Collins made to come out, but his sexuality changes nothing. He’s still a human being. He’s still a gifted athlete. He still put his pants on [...]
The Bush years saw the use of the Supreme Court to steal a Presidential election. It saw the triumph of Right-wing hyper religiosity over governance. It saw the erosion of our civil rights and the suppression of dissent. It saw the reality that America in fact DOES torture. It saw an increased disdain for the [...]
We are beginning to see significant concern expressed in the non-MSM concerning the legal aspects of police behavior when alleged criminals are apprehended. While the events in Boston are the latest trigger, the concern applies to all law enforcement activity, at both federal and local levels and dating much further back and to [...]
(McClatchy) – Military commanders Tuesday offered a description of a communal prison camp where the captives ruled inside their cellblocks for months, covering cameras, poking guards with sticks through fences, spraying U.S. forces with urine and refusing to lock themselves inside their cells for nightly sweeps.
At Guantánamo’s communal camp, only if all the prisoners [...]
(NYT) – A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.
Read the report here
New York Times Editorial, April 13
Nearly four years after an anti-abortion extremist opened fire and killed a Wichita abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, as he stood in the foyer of his church, a new medical clinic offering comprehensive reproductive health services — including abortions through the first trimester of pregnancy — opened on April [...]
Convention set up to reform Irish constitution recommends that same-sex couples get full marriage equality
The Guardian, By Henry McDonald, April 14
Ireland is to hold a referendum on legalising gay marriage after a special convention set up to reform the Irish constitution recommended that same-sex couples in the republic be recognised in law.
(Also foisted upon an unsuspecting public at What Would Jack Do?)
This idea of background checks is very concerning given the fact that the United States military has been increasingly showing hostility toward evangelicals and Catholics as being somehow threats to national security and people that need to be watched. Well, what does that have [...]
By Adil E. Shamoo Consortium News, 3/28
With Syria and Iran, President Barack Obama faces getting mired in two wars that could set the entire Middle East aflame, and perhaps the rest of the Islamic world, too.
Such an outcome would be in part due to Mr. Obama’s Middle Eastern policy, and the willingness [...]
(Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved an unprecedented offensive ” intervention brigade” with a mandate to operate in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
However, while the enabling resolution authorizes the first- ever offensive unit, of 2,500 troops, to go after rebels by itself or with government troops in [...]