1416 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

May 16, 2015

WH quiet on Gambia president's 'slit your throats' remark

May 15, 2015

Stephanopoulos Apologizes to His Viewers on Clinton Donations

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 U.S., Colombia Halts Aerial Spraying of Crops Used to Make Cocaine

Good. The war on drugs is a colossal failure. But America is exceptional, so how can we be wrong? This is just pathetic.

May 14, 2015

CAP on the rape of LGBT immigrants in detention

Boehner derails

D.C. organizations write to Congress opposing school vouchers

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.

Read the full letter here.

OK AG to SCOTUS: Oops!

BuzzFeed reports:

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.

Kirchick: A crank theory of Seymour Hersh

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.

May 13, 2015

Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade

Loose Lips: Bowser Retreats on FOIA exemption for police body cams

Thank you, Mayor Bowser.

May 12, 2015

Record-breaking art

Singapore defends Glorious Leader, even in death

If you take free expression for granted, or you think it is essential that we censor wrong-thinking people, look at Singapore.

Swedish activists deploy 'gay propaganda' defense system against lurking Russian subs

Could we maybe stop mistreating children with disabilities?

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, police handcuff an autistic girl and pin her to the ground for climbing a tree.

Jeb Bush caves to Hillary on Obama's immigration actions

And Jordan Sekulow is not the least bit happy.

May 10, 2015

Three exemplars, ready for their closeup

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.

Gay-bashing college running back can't escape the evidence

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.

Rescued Boko Haram victims speak

When news came that most of the girls rescued from Boko Haram were pregnant, words failed me. Thank goodness they are speaking out.

Headlines we wouldn't have dared to make up

May 06, 2015

When Police Are Outside Agitators

America's Motels Keep Exploding Because of Meth

I really don't think this is the best travel promotion campaign I've ever seen.

The Daily Show commemorates the Hate Class of 2015

It was a weird morning last week outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. Jessica Williams of The Daily Show went for it.

May 05, 2015

SCOTUS affirms New Jersey's conversion therapy ban

Good news from the U.S. Supreme Court:

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.

'Our demand is simple: stop killing us.'

(Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson. Photo by Christaan Felber for The New York Times)

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.

AP: raw footage of migrant rescue in Mediterranean

This is hard to watch. So many desperate people are perishing at sea.

Michael Savage: Obama to arm Crips and Bloods to defeat true patriots, or something

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."

Nebraska woman sues all homosexuals

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.

May 01, 2015

Mosby is on the case

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.

Onziema speaks at National Endowment for Democracy, Ugandan ambassador attends


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.

April 30, 2015

Really, Fox? 'Black guerrilla families'?

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.

Hillary Clinton addresses Baltimore crisis

Excellent speech by Mrs. Clinton, appearing at Columbia University.

April 29, 2015

Virginia Foxx disses EHN

Oh no she didn't.

Stewart to media: Maybe we should have cared about #Baltimore before it was on fire

NCLR: We stand with #Baltimore

Brava and bravo to our friends at the National Center for Lesbian Rights for this powerful statement.

And a child shall lead them

You have to be taught to hate.

No peanuts, no cracker jack, no fans

A Camden Yards empty of fans provided an eerie backdrop for today's Orioles game against the White Sox.

Norton condemns Republican leadership for bringing disapproval resolution to Rules Committee


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April 29, 2015

Norton Condemns Republican Leadership for Bringing Bill Allowing Reproductive Health Discrimination Against D.C. Employees to Rules Committee Today, Final Step Before Floor Vote

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:

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April 28, 2015

Legal analysis of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges

Ari Ezra Waldman's legal analysis of the oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges are at Towleroad here:

  1. Part 1 of oral argument
  2. Debunking states' "procreation-centered" defense of bans
  3. Solicitor General’s argument

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Orioles COO John Angelos speaks out on racial and economic injustice

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.

DeRay Mckesson won't follow Blitzer's script

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.