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
Rick Perry can't explain what the National Guard is supposed to do at the border -
(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.
In Hebron, Palestinians have erected protective metal barriers above their homes and shops, since “settlers” are fond of bombarding them with garbage, bricks, rocks, and bags of piss and shit and even acid. — Anne Thériault - I was praying that this was some kind of sick…
CNN reassigns Israel correspondent Diana Magnay after her tweet | MidEast | Daily Sabah -
So they’re making mass murder a spectator sport now, with tailgate parties and everything.
Thugs whoop it up as rockets land on Gaza, threaten reporter and crew. Reporter tweets what they are. CNN reassigns reporter.
Second Amendment Activist Shoots At Carload of Children in Road Rage Incident (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party -
America. Open Carry. Stand Your Ground. Because guns.
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”. —
You gotta read this! — Maker’s Perspective — Medium
H/t one of my fave gurus: Mathew Ingram. Zay geszundt, landsmann.
Fifty-nine percent said they believe that a news site that runs sponsored content loses credibility—although they also said they view branded content as slightly more trustworthy than Fox News. — Sponsored content is the holy grail of digital publishing. But does it work?
… 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.” —
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel: Max Blumenthal: 9781568586342: Amazon.com: Books
Another self-hating Jew, I guess.
“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 showed restraint in Gaza before attacking? You must be kidding - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz
Amira Hass on Israel’s brutality and hypocrisy. Spare me the “purity of arms” bullshit and the screeching about Israeli apartheid.