“In Israel-Palestine the powerful party has succeeded in painting itself as the victim, while the ones being killed and maimed become the perpetrators. “They don’t care about life,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, abetted by the Obamas and Harpers of this world, “we do.” Netanyahu, you who with surgical precision slaughter innocents, the young and the old, you who have cruelly blockaded Gaza for years, starving it of necessities, you who deprive Palestinians of more and more of their land, their water, their crops, their trees — you care about life?”—Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare | Toronto Star
(Steve Benen) The Texas governor’s National Guard plan seems unlikely to have much of an effect. Then again, the move may not have anything to do with public policy.
Guardsmen can’t arrest anyone, they definitely can’t fire on civilians, all they can do is wave to anyone crossing the border. So it’s not extremely clear what Perry expects them to do. Of course, this means that someone’s going to ask him what he expects, so someone did.
"I]f these children who’ve undergone these harrowing journeys, to escape the most desperate conditions in their home countries, have gotten this far, are they really going to be deterred by the presence of troops along the border who won’t shoot them and can’t arrest them?" Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Perry.
Rick didn’t have an answer. But all the ‘baggers and bigots — apparently completely ignorant of the fact that the Guard can’t actually do anything but soak up taxpayer money to pose for Perry’s grandstanding photo-op — are cheering it wildy. And that’s the point. This isn’t about Texas or America, it’s about Rick Perry ‘16.
“Once again, Texas taxpayers are being forced to pay for Governor Perry’s grandiose political ambitions,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said in a statement. ”It is a costly misuse of our highly skilled National Guard to demand its service as a mere referral agent for children seeking refuge from abuse. Doing its job effectively, our Border Patrol does not need interference from either Governor Perry or vigilantes. We deserve Texas tough, but today we get only Texas Governor weak – weak on any bipartisan solutions, weak on any meaningful action.”
Rick Perry. Textbook dickhead.
No, not just textbook — literal. Guy’s got a penis where his head’s supposed to be.
“Back in May Mike Hudack posted a rant about the state of the news media. The gist of it is: here we are in 2014, the Internet is at scale — the mobile internet is in the pockets of 30% of adults worldwide and social networks are at a proportionate scale and yet the news media seems to be becoming more and more dumb. Put another way: the world of news creation and access have been blown open and yet most news organizations have hollowed out their news capabilities and are posting the trivial listicles about “28 young couples you should know”.”—
“… Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as “demographic threats.””—
““Hamas uses the population as human shields.”
If I’m not mistaken, the Defense Ministry is in the heart of Tel Aviv, as is the army’s main “war room.” And what about the military training base at Glilot, near the big mall? And the Shin Bet headquarters in Jerusalem, on the edge of a residential neighborhood?”—
“Israel is currently attacking a population of 1.8 million that has no army, no navy, no air force, no mechanized military units, no command and control and no heavy artillery. Israel pretends that this indiscriminate slaughter is a war.”—
2 (10-ounce) whole trout, cleaned and gutted
1/2 cup cornmeal
Salt and ground pepper, to taste
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 lemon, sliced
6 slices bacon
Fresh parsley, for garnish
1. Preheat broiler and set oven rack 4 to 6 inches from heat. With a paper towel, pat trout dry inside and out. Dredge outside of each fish in cornmeal, then season cavity with salt and pepper. Place 4 sprigs of thyme and 2 lemon slices inside each fish.
2. Wrap 3 bacon slices around the middle of each fish, so that the edges overlap slightly. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil, and place fish on pan. Broil until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. With a spatula, carefully flip fish over and cook another 5 minutes, until flesh is firm.
“William Buckley once remarked that the country would be better off governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard University. Here’s a corollary: When it comes to foreign policy, the president of the United States would be better served to consult a few reasonably informed citizens from Muncie, Indiana, than to take seriously advice offered by seers such as Robert Kagan.”—
“… the fundamental question isn’t whether on-street parking contributes some value to businesses. It’s whether that value is greater than the economic and social benefit that would come from improved transportation along major corridors. My bet? It doesn’t even come close”—
“Am I sounding a little testy here? You bet. We all make mistakes. But we are talking about people in public life—writers, politicians, academics—who got the biggest strategic call in many decades completely wrong. Wrong as a matter of analysis, wrong as a matter of planning, wrong as a matter of execution, wrong in conceiving American interests in the broadest sense. None of these people did that intentionally, and many of them have honestly reflected and learned. But we now live with (and many, many people have died because of) the consequences of their gross misjudgments a dozen years ago. In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.”—
The president of the Unifor local, Paul Morse, a Hamilton Spectator reporter, has heard complaints from members, but not a scintilla of direct support.
He understands the principles of journalistic neutrality and objectivity, but he is also paid to protect the interests of his workers and he believes those interests would be hurt by a PC government.
The members he represents are not independent journalistic entrepreneurs, but they are paid to act independently. Nobody has ever sat down at a keyboard wondering what their union would think of their story.
There you have it. Three out of the four Toronto daily newspapers offer up their choice of alternatives to the Liberal government. Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives. Hardly surprising, for the most part, given that all three sit on the right side of the political spectrum. It takes some doing for a conservative politician or party not to secure their endorsement. Remember Rob Ford back in 2010?
It makes perfect sense. Except for just one small, niggling thing. The Progressive Conservative platform is built on a foundation of lies. Its signature set piece, the Million Jobs Plan, is total fabrication, debunked by everyone and anyone regardless of political stripe. Even the endorsements acknowledge it.
“Climate change isn’t like that. Once the West Antarctica glaciers slip into the ocean they’re gone. Once the carbon and the methane is released into the atmosphere we have no way to recapture it. Once the oceans rise and the permafrost melts we have no way to turn back the clock. As tremendous as our mastery of nature often appears, we are outmatched on the geologic scale.”—
“Silverman argues that her scatological humor ought to be especially appealing to a Jewish audience. “[M]any Jews cannot be stopped from discussing what goes on in their GI tracts — the GI tract of a Jew over age 23 is a true melodrama reminiscent of the Old Testament: sudden mass exodus, long arduous journeys, floods, futility, agony, questioning God’s wisdom and lactose intolerance,” she writes. “So the things I talk about are not blasphemy to Jewish people.””—
After Open Carry Texas first brought guns into Target stores, the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started putting pressure on the activists to keep their firearms out of the stores.
“Moms have their eye on Target because it’s a place we take our children to shop — and we’ve been disturbed by some of the demonstrations that gun extremists have held with loaded rifles inside and outside some stores. Assault rifles have no place in the baby aisle,” Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the group, told the Wall Street Journal.
Yesterday night 17 people became the victims of a violent and deranged individual, a madman, who was unbalanced and ill. And yet another white man poor soul has committed an act of terrorism been a victim of inadequate mental health care. Or so the story goes.
The math, McKibben explained, works like this. Global leaders recently came to an international agreement based on the scientific understanding that a global temperature raise of 2°C would have “catastrophic” consequences for the future of humanity. In order to raise global temperatures to this catastrophic threshold, the world would have to release 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here’s the problem: Fossil fuel companies currently have 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide in their fuel reserves—and their business model depends on that fuel being sold and burned. At current rates of consumption, the world will have blown through its 565-gigaton threshold in 16 years.
To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.
Hi. I want to make a tumblr post to help process what a lot of Torontonians — particularly Torontonian women — are feeling about what it is like right now to have this Mayor.
I don’t want any fat jokes and I don’t want any crack jokes and I don’t want any jokes at all, really. And while I am not…
It is the mayor’s supporters who are traumatic to me. That so many people are OK with domestic violence. That so many people will call a woman vicious names and threaten to hurt her if she discloses a sexual assault. That so many people will repeat horrible sexual slurs with no evidence. That reporters got rape and death threats for telling the truth about Ford.
That supporters demand infinite compassion for a man who hurts people, who assaults his wife, who assaults his colleagues, who stampeded up the City Hall stairs and elbowed a cameraman in the face. And that they don’t care about the wife, the colleagues, the cameraman. That Ford’s willingness to hurt people is part of what makes him “fun” or “real” to them, and if you don’t think so you’re “holier than thou”, you must think you’re “perfect.”
Ford Nation feels like this shadow Toronto, this parallel society of people who want to harm me and the people I care about. Not just through policy — actual physical harm. I did not know about these people.
And it upsets me that even left-wing men, progressive men, don’t get why it’s not okay to make degrading remarks about women’s genitals in public and reduce it to “being offended by a word.”
That even left-wing men, progressive men, more-progressive-than-thou men, forget the violence, and say they feel bad for Rob Ford, and they want him to get better, and they mean only the booze and the drugs.
That we’re told over and over again that Renata Ford should “just leave and take the kids” and it doesn’t stop no matter how many times we point out what awful things might happen to her if she did. No matter how many times we tell them what HAS happened to women who did and how the police and courts did jack shit to make it better.
That when I point out that jack shit has been done to make it better for so many other victims, people get angry — at me.
I’d say the mayor’s supporters are even more stupid and dangerous than he is.
So, here’s my open paragraph to Joe the Plumber. You are a hateful sociopath, who, like your former BFF, Grifter Palin, cannot stand being out of the public eye for very long. Yes, a sociopath. Sociopaths pretend to have empathy, but at their core, they don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone other than themselves. Your letter to those grieving families was something one would find in the journal of a serial killer. ‘Gosh, I’m sorry your kid’s dead, but that doesn’t trump my right to kill, maim, harm, terrorize, and threaten.’ Because, Joe the Plumber, that’s all gun extremists want to do. You’re not a rational gun owner, who hunts to feed his family, or target shoots for sport, or has one gun for self-defense. You and your ilk are of the David Barton school of thought: there should be no limits on the Second Amendment.
Guess what, you evil, heartless bastard? Dead children do trump the Constitution, especially when you and the NRA and the rest of the gun extremists have twisted the framers’ original intent. Richard Martinez is absolutely right when he says too many have died. And you are absolutely wrong when you say that doesn’t matter.
I don’t really give a fuck about Joe the Plumber (and I’m not going to bother inserting his real name. He’s just not that important). This is more of a giant fuck-you to the fuckwits like @TacticalTony702 and others of his evolutionary level.
“I recently met with a rebel commander in the Congo. I said to him, “Why are you recruiting children to do your fighting, and using girls for sex?” He denied both charges, because he’s no dummy. He knows there’s an international convention against the practice. So then I proceeded to shame him. These guys live and thrive on their male ego – their prestige. It’s a fundamental trait of leadership. They can never be seen as weak or wavering. They are in the most ruthless of wars and there is no room for nice guys. So, as a former commander, I say to him, “What kind of soldier are you that actually uses kids to do your fighting? You can’t recruit adults? You’re not good enough? You have to steal kids out of schools, drug them, indoctrinate them?” He got so pissed off. Because I was telling him he doesn’t have the balls to build a legitimate force.”—
“Although the contract may have been shredded by greedy companies driven by greedier financiers, the sense of entitlement on the part of white men remains intact. Many white men feel they have played by the rules and expected to reap the rewards of that obedient responsibility. It’s pretty infuriating not to get what you feel you deserve. That’s the aggrieved entitlement that lies underneath the anger of American white men.”—
“Most of the people attacking Andrea’s integrity are just a few disgruntled Stalinist pseudo-intellectuals who still cannot believe Karl Marx’s prediction of world socialist victory did not come true.”—
“… men go on dates thinking they won’t get laid, and women go on dates thinking they might get raped, punched, maybe killed. Remember that as a man you can say all kinds of shit and add “lol” at the end of it and nobody gives a shit, but as a woman anything you say might be interpreted as antagonistic and end up with rape threats or death threats.”—
This kind of hateful rhetoric is exactly what MRA and PUA (Pick Up Artist) groups believe, and Rodgers was a known member. He was active on their forums, subscribed to their videos, and lifted their language in several disturbing videos published before the tragedy. He, like many MRA and PUA supporters, maintain a sense of entitlement towards women and their bodies, and consider men being dominant to women the natural order of things.
Men who subscribe to this kind of thinking are not necessarily so extreme as Rodgers, but that doesn’t make it any less troubling. You may have seen them hanging out at the mall, or on online dating sites (often referred to as “Nice Guys of Ok Cupid”). These are men who perpetuate a culture of misogyny and blame feminism for what they perceive as a reduction in men’s rights. They believe women owe them sex, should be submissive to their needs, and need to be put in their place. To restore the balance, these men are violent, sexually aggressive and disdainful towards women.
But if you think for one second, for one solitary second, that demanding tolerance for men as a group, that dismissing the reality of violence against women because not all men kill, not all men rape, if you think that’s more important than demanding justice for those who have been brutalised and murdered by those not all men, then you are part of the problem. You may not have pulled the trigger. You may not have raised your hand to a woman in your life. But you are part of the problem.
This is not the time, to use the refrain of apologists for bigotry, to play devil’s advocate. The devil has more than enough advocates today. On most days, I can put up with aggressive faux-objectivity being used to shout down women’s experiences and silence gendered trauma, but not today.
"A disturbing video entitled ‘Elliot Rodger’s Retribution’ was posted to YouTube the day before the shooting. In it, a young man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger describes his plans to launch an assault targeting women at a sorority house as payback for his life of ‘loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.’
'I will slaughter every stuck up, blonde slut I see inside there … You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male,' the young man says in the video. He then describes how he plans to 'take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person.'”
I want to punch the next MRA / PUA I meet in the mouth.