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Army Seeking Death Penalty for Sergeant Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians

The Army has charged that Sergeant Bales, 39, who was serving his fourth combat tour, walked away from a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan and shot and stabbed members of several families in an ambush in two villages in the early morning hours of March 11. At least nine of the people he is accused of killing were children.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/us/robert-bales-faces-death-penalty-in-afghan-massacre.html?_r=0

seems to me the death penalty should be reserved for acts that overwhelmingly shock the conscience and for which the evidence far passes the reasonable doubt standard. this may be one such case.
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:11 PM (3 replies)

New Villian Emerges In AFP Tent-Gate: Guy Fawkes-Masked ‘Radical Anarchists’

A spokesperson for conservative group Americans For Prosperity told TPM on Thursday the tent’s collapse this week during protests outside the state capitol may have been instigated not by union protesters — some of whom were “helping us” after the tent collapse, she said — but rather by “radical anarchists” wearing Guy Fawkes masks and coming from the Occupy movement.

Spokesperson Annie Patnaude also alleged some of the protesters threatened to blow up propane tanks inside the tent, potentially creating a deadly conflagration. Meanwhile union supporters continued to say the tent was felled by AFP members themselves, a charge Patnaude called “upsetting.”

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/afp-tent-guy-fawkes.php?ref=fpb

but curiously the dude does not want to press charges:

Michigan Police Scratch Their Heads At Fox Contributor’s Post-Punch Media Tour

If Fox News contributor Steven Crowder wants justice after being assaulted during right-to-work protests in Michigan this week, he sure has a weird way of showing it. That’s the word from Michigan State Police, who are ready to investigate and prosecute the man who punched Crowder multiple times on camera Tuesday — if only Crowder would let them.

The video of Crowder taking those punches has gone viral, even as Crowder’s story about the circumstances has started to unravel. Regardless of exactly what happened leading up top the punches, however, there’s a potential crime caught on film and according to Michigan State Police, Crowder has so far shown no interest in having it investigated.

Meanwhile, media reports have poked holes in the original, edited video Crowder posted online after he was punched. The New York Times reported “a look at the video broadcast on the Sean Hannity show appears to show quite clearly that left out an important section of the footage when he put together his edit.”

The unedited footage shows “the man who punched Mr. Crowder being knocked to the ground seconds before and then getting up and taking a swing at the comedian,” the Times reported.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/steven-crowder-no-charges.php

i suspect this is about to unravel as a AFP (Koch Bros.) media stunt.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:13 PM (2 replies)

Brietbart.com and Glenn Greenwald Love/Hate, respectively, movie they have never seen

You can't make this shit up. The latter thinks it glorifies torture and that is shitty (which it would be but I have no idea and neither does Glen Greenwald.) The former thinks it glorifies torture and that fucking rocks (which is fucking nuts but I have no idea and neither does Brietbart.com)

Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves

Can a movie that relies on fabrications to generate support for war crimes still be considered great?


"I have not seen this film and thus am obviously not purporting to review it; I am, instead, writing about the reaction to the film: the way in which its fabrications about the benefits of torture seem to be no impediment to its being adored and celebrated."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/10/zero-dark-thirty-torture-awards

Well, all right then, Glenn

Then there is this sh*t.

“So will the film impact the public’s perception of bin Laden’s death?” writes Breitbart.com’s Christian Toto. “After all, the media gave credit to President Barack Obama for capturing the terrorist leader even though Obama spoke out specifically against enhanced interrogation. … In theory, bin Laden would still be alive and plotting more attacks had Obama’s ‘no torture’ policy been in place.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/critics-on-obama-dark-zero-thirty-84894.html#ixzz2EnaPlXg5

Nevermind the Academy Award winning makers of the film say that they are both wrong.

“Zero Dark Thirty” writer says “it’s misreading the film” to say torture led to bin Laden capture

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/11/zero_dark_thirty_writer_says_its_misreading_the_film_to_say_torture_led_to_bin_laden_capture/

I think I will wait and make up my own mind.
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:01 PM (16 replies)

Lindsey Graham: Debt Ceiling Will Force Obama To Man Up On Medicare Cuts

Lindsay's is butching it up again.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/10/1308501/lindsey-graham-debt-ceiling-will-force-obama-to-man-up-on-medicare-cuts/



sh*t like this is why people get outed. his position on lgbt issues, not the debt.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:32 PM (12 replies)

how dare obama eliminate head start!?

i have never heard him actually say he would and know of no plans of his to do so.

but still, how dare he!?

what a sell-out.

it makes me so mad.

are you cheerleaders proud of re-electing him now?

edited for the inference/context challenged:







Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 10, 2012, 05:25 PM (22 replies)

we need to focus on state legislative races, big time

we need to get some redistricting done so that these gerrymandered teabagger district can be redrawn. making senators really fillibuster and redrawing house districts are the two biggest institutional reforms i can think of that need doing.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:08 AM (2 replies)

Raise Capital Gains Tax Rates if You Want Fairness in the System

Tax them like ordinary earned income. It seems incredibly unfair to me that even a wealthy person who actually does run a business and makes payrolls and creates jobs, etc should be taxed on her personal income at a higher rate than someone who shuffles money around, gambling on stocks.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:39 PM (33 replies)

Protesters Gather in Cairo

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CAIRO — In the second potent showing of opposition rage in less than a week, tens of thousands of people streamed into Tahrir Square on Friday, angrily denouncing Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, and the hasty passage earlier in the day of a draft constitution written by an Islamist assembly.

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Slogans calling on Mr. Morsi to leave or for his government to fall have energized crowds and drawn new faces to the opposition, including people staunchly opposed to Islamist leadership and those who have supported figures from Hosni Mubarak’s government, like Ahmed Shafik, a former minister who ran against Mr. Morsi in the presidential race. Strikingly, some revolutionary activists now refuse to use the word “remnant,” as they had in the past, to describe their new allies, saying instead that they are glad for the support of people who decided to stay home during the uprising.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/after-moves-on-new-constitution-protesters-gather-in-cairo.html?hp&_r=0
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:48 PM (2 replies)

You can fool some people sometime

but you can't fool all the people all the time.

Eventually the "reality based community" wins because of, well, reality.

Karl Rove is at least a person of interest in this famous Suskind excerpt:

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

What we saw on election night (Rove's Fox News tantrum) was the moment when the real world swept away "the new realities they created" - the ones in which the president of the united states is a muslim who supports al-quada and a communist hell bent on destroying capitalism.

Well, traditional real reality is finally really and truly catching up with the "new reality" rove (with a sycophantic national press) conjured for his idiot prince-boss and it is shattering it. 2008 was the first blow, 2010 was the when the reactionaries struck back in a low-turnout election. But 2012, with its higher than last time turnout among hispanics and african americans and the huge gender gap shows that 2008 was the beginning of the mega trend, not an out-lier.

Posted by arely staircase | Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:16 PM (0 replies)

Gohmert elaborates about Muslim Brotherhood comments

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
An East Texas congressman says "anti-Muslim investigations" into the Obama Administration are necessary because of the "horrendous decisions" in backing revolutions in Muslim countries across the world.

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Congressman Louie Gohmert of Tyler was a guest on The Frank Gaffney Show on Tuesday. On the show, the congressman claims the Obama Administration actively aided al-Qaeda and charges that it follows the advice of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"You look at the decisions it made especially in the last two years in going through the revolutions in Northern Africa and across the Middle East and to the Far East, and the only way you can explain the horrendous decisions that were so completely wrongheaded would be if the administration had a bunch of Muslim Brotherhood members giving them advice," said Gohmert.

http://www.ktre.com/story/20221849/gohmert-muslim-brotherhood-giving-advice-to-obama-administration

East Texas' Bachman Turner Overdrive
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:14 PM (8 replies)
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