Stephanopoulos Apologizes to His Viewers on Clinton Donations http://t.co/EiU6K6NOL2— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 15, 2015
The well-established practice of hiring political operatives to pose as journalists gives the bosses at ABC News no plausible deniability about this blatant case of a conflict of interest on the part of Bill Clinton's former chief of staff. So he apologizes. Good. He should lose his job. But Steph is not an aberration. The establishment sneers at criticisms of this sort of thing, because they take it so completely for granted.
The lecturing of social media activist DeRay Mckesson by Wolf Blitzer a couple of weeks ago over the unrest in Baltimore over police violence showed the same establishment blinders. Until they take off the blinders, an occasional sacrificial lamb will make no difference.
The media bosses are not interested in doing real journalism because their fake journalism is more profitable. I'm not sure how to overcome that, except to make the most of alternative media.
Defying the U.S., Colombia halts spraying the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer http://t.co/g0aAX1y4Tn— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 15, 2015
Good. The war on drugs is a colossal failure. But America is exceptional, so how can we be wrong? This is just pathetic.
GLAA is proud to be part of a diverse coalition of DC-based organizations that wrote on Wednesday to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee opposing congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District of Columbia.
The letter begins:
Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:
As organizations that represent residents of the District of Columbia, we write to express our opposition to the DC private school voucher program, which was implemented by Congress as part of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.
Our organizations represent a diverse cross section of the residents of Washington, DC, with a wide variety of interests and concerns. We are united, however, in opposing this voucher program, which was imposed upon us by a Congress in which we have no voting representation. Some of the undersigned groups oppose the DC voucher because the program is ineffective and lacks accountability; others because the program offends the notion of home rule; and still others because the program allows private schools to receive federal funds and educate our students while they maintain exemptions from federal and District of Columbia civil rights protections.
Organizations signing the letter are ACLU of the Nation's Capital; Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC Region; DC Vote; Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.; Jews United for Justice; National Organization for Women, DC Chapter; and Washington Teachers' Union.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office admits that it had provided inaccurate information to the Supreme Court in a death penalty case before the justices.
Jamie Kirchick has an interesting piece in Slate on Sy Hersh's ill-sourced alternative version of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Also, A blunt interview of Hersh by Isaac Chotiner.
Another image from the GLAAD Media Awards.
There are not three finer men than Jason Collins, Derrick Gordon, and Michael Sam. Thank you guys for finding your strength and thereby helping so many others.
Marshall University running back Steward Marshall jumped out of a car and assaulted a gay couple. He might have gotten away with it, but there was video.
The Supreme Court has refused to grant certiorare to a case that challenged a 2013 New Jersey law banning the use of so-called "conversion therapy" on minors.
This is good news for D.C.'s Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2014, which became law on March 11. Read GLAA's testimony on that legislation.
The New York Times Magazine has a fascinating story on social media activists Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) and DeRay Mckesson (@deray), who met last summer during the police-citizen standoff in Ferguson. McKesson has been ubiquitous during the unrest in Baltimore the past few weeks. He is smart and brave, never letting the media get him off-message. He is openly gay and single. A new era in activism dawns.
This is hard to watch. So many desperate people are perishing at sea.
It's about damn time!
As Dan Quayle once allegedly said, "What a terrible thing it is to lose one's mind, or to have no mind at all. How true that is."
That's nothing. A crazy woman once sued GLAA for $100 billion billion. As I recall, she said we were doing mind control via the gold braid on her sofa, or the fillings in her teeth.
“knife was not a switchblade & it is lawful.” Mosby said officers “failed to establish probable cause for an arrest” http://t.co/xAlmXw4wN7— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 1, 2015
Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who comes from a family of police officers, has had to deal with a lot of dishonesty and diversion coming from the Baltimore Police Department. This is one example.
On Thursday I attended an interview with Ugandan activist Pepe-Julian Onziema at the National Endowment for Democracy. Rick Sincere reports. The presence of the Ugandan ambassador was a bit of a surprise, and showed the respect that Pepe has earned. Congratulations to him.
Raw Story reports:
On Tuesday’s airing of the Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore laid into Fox News for its racist coverage of police brutality protests in Baltimore.
Excellent speech by Mrs. Clinton, appearing at Columbia University.
Orioles game, closed to public, is under way. pic.twitter.com/dThcReZvcl— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) April 29, 2015
A Camden Yards empty of fans provided an eerie backdrop for today's Orioles game against the White Sox.
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April 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted the House Republican leadership for sending to the Rule Committee, at the request of the House’s most conservative Members, a disapproval resolution to overturn the District of Columbia Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), which would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees, their spouses, and their dependents because of their private reproductive health decisions. Norton will testify against the disapproval resolution at today’s Rules Committee markup, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in H-313. In her prepared testimony, Norton said, “For the first time ever, the House would affirmatively authorize employers, in this case, in the District of Columbia, to use religion to discriminate against employees for their private, constitutionally protected reproductive health decisions.” If RHNDA is overturned, employees in D.C. could be fired for having an abortion after being raped, for using condoms, or for buying birth control for their daughters. The Rule Committee is the final stage before a bill goes to the House floor for a final vote.
“Although their bill so grossly violates the privacy and the reproductive rights of employees in the District of Columbia that it should be inconceivable that they would bring it to the floor of the House of Representatives, House Republicans are set on continuing their war on women, especially the women of the District of Columbia,” Norton said. “The Republican leadership decision to send the disapproval resolution to the Rules Committee was made after a new House caucus, the House Freedom Caucus, the most extreme and conservative House caucus, demanded it. Not only does this disapproval resolution violate the private health decisions of employees in D.C., it violates the local democratic rights of 650,000 District residents by overturning a local law that matches our citizens’ local interests. I will vigorously defend the District’s local anti-discrimination bill from being trampled on at today’s Rules Committee hearing.”
Norton’s testimony, as prepared for delivery, follows:
The Chief Operating Officer of the Baltimore Orioles, John Angelos, made an eloquent statement on racial and economic injustices in his city. Keith Olbermann explains.
Activist DeRay Mckesson refuses to let CNN's Wolf Blitzer move him from his focus on police violence. McKesson is right. He himself practices and advocates nonviolent protest, but that is not enough for the establishment media. I would love to see the tape of Blitzer asking police officials if they renounce police violence against black men.
Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic gets at the racist double standard at the heart of the failure of policing in his native city:
When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.