After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Anwar al-Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.
What’s most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar (“No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law”), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki - including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists - criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.
This. Every single word of this. I condemn this fully. Don’t give me any of this “But he was a terrorist!” bullshit. So was Timothy McVeigh. We had boxes upon boxes of evidence against McVeigh. He killed Americans on American soil. And he still received a full trial and appeals under the law.
And what about “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh? He was an American citizen, captured as an enemy combatant who admitted to fighting alongside the Taliban and aiding Al-Qaeda. He was given a plea deal, partially to avoid the controversy of his confession being suppressed in court due to it being obtained “under duress”. However, he was granted the right to a trial, after being indicted, and was given the right to accept or reject a plea deal.
The Obama administration was considering indicting Anwar al-Awlaki. I suppose assassination was the easier route. Note he was “believed” to have shifted his focus from “encouraging attacks” to “directly participating” - but it’s not like any of that evidence will ever be presented in a court of law.
I condemn the Obama administration’s actions. If you condemn the actions of the Bush administration in regards to warrantless wire-tapping and other violations of due process and civil rights, then you must condemn the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. It doesn’t matter that he may have been guilty of everything he was suspected of and more. He was an American citizen, deserving of due process before being deprived of his liberty, and there isn’t a deprivation of liberty more permanent than assassination.
Up until this announcement, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been unwieldy and somewhat lacking in a coherent voice, but that’s all about the change. New York City labor unions have decided to descend upon the streets of Lower Manhattan on Friday.
The leadership of the Transit Workers Union Local 100—comprised of subway and bus workers—voted unanimously to support the protestors. With a membership of 38,000, 5 Oct. will easily be the largest day yet in the protest. On 12 Oct., SEIU 32BJ, representing doormen, security guards, and maintenance workers around the city, is also staging a rally in support of the cause.
It’s unclear for now whether the transit system will be completely shut down while the 38,000 workers are participating in the protest. If it is, the Occupy Wall Street movement will definitely make its mark in history. And either way, it now has a substantial footing to make a real statement about American economy policy.
Jackie DiSalvo, an #OccupyWallStreet organizer, summarized the movement’s policy as such: "Occupy Wall Street will not negotiate watering down its own message."
You have no idea how excited I am to see this.
Update: Conflicting reports online have this set for Wednesday or next Friday. Tell you what - join Occupy Wall Street in NYC or a nearby city both days!
The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country.
Occupy Wall Street has been picking up some decent support from unions in the past few days. Yesterday we reported that the Teamsters Union declared their support for protestors, and we also found out that the United Pilots Union had members at the protest demonstrating in uniform.
Keep it rolling, folks! I wish I could make it to New York, hoping to make Occupy Denver soon! I’m thrilled to see the union support. Workers everywhere, arise!
“For logistical reasons, though, yes, certainly, decisions have to be made… Through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012 — is a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person? Are they someone like me who’s maverick? You know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it and I don’t mind stirrin’ it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively to find solutions to the problems that our country is facing. …That’s the biggest, um, contemplation piece in my process.”—
SARAH PALIN, word vomiting on Fox “News” about whether or not she’ll run for president, via The Daily Show (via inothernews)
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What the hell is going on at the University of Wyoming lately?
"I am writing to express my dismay resulting from Saturday’s football game—and it has nothing at all to do with Nebraska.
I am referring to the “Ask the Cowboys” segment, which during players were asked, “What is your best pickup line?” One of the players (I did not catch the name) responded, “Does this napkin smell like chloroform?” complete with a graphic of a chloroform bottle.
Seriously? No one along the line of production saw a problem with this? Coach Dave Christensen felt it necessary to prevent the band from playing a certain tune, because he felt the students’ cheer associated with it was unsportsmanlike, but he is perfectly alright with one of his own players advocating the drugging and raping of someone in front of 32,000 people? And this only the day after an event was held on campus attempting to educate the public as to the very real, and continuing, horror of sexual assault!
It made me ashamed to cheer for my own school’s team!”
The author is right about Christensen’s salary - our football coach makes more than the university president, the governor, or any other employee in the state. He’s got a zero-tolerance policy towards misbehavior by players for the most part. I hope he takes this player aside and explains why this comment was, uh, less than enlightened - especially if someone hadn’t seen the movie!
To top it off, the questioner looked to be about eight or nine. I can just see someone’s parents being asked about chloroform, as one commenter mentioned. Thanks to Geoff Hiatt for a great letter. So, UW… what the hell?
“I don’t know, but I expect the wealthy to write a check ’cause it’s as bad as it’s ever been. It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I’m sure people will bitch about it, but if it meant we get to operate in this country and live here another day, then so be it.
One way or another, before it’s over they’re gonna have to come and take big money from the earners and big corporations to save the country. I’m sure that everybody that has a patriotic cell in their system will say, ‘If it’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done.’ I’d rather live here and not have as much money than live anywhere else and have twice as much.”—
Toby Keith, on taxing the rich and corporations.
Yes, that Toby Keith who wrote the “We’re gonna put a boot in your ass” song and who you would assume is a Republican through and through.
He’s a Democrat.
Maybe if he puts this in a catchy song, the red states will take notice, along with their congressmen. I might just play Toby Keith on my radio show if he were to do that.
Somehow, I’d forgotten he was a Democrat… Write that song, Toby Keith. I’ll play it in Wyoming.
What's maybe saddest about that girl's profile is that it says she studies anthropology. So you'd think she should know something about cultural relativism and how you're not supposed to judge one group as being superior to another because they're not; they're just different. Shit, I took one lower-division intro to cultural anthropology class as an undergrad and -I- know this. In the immortal words of GOB Bluth, "Come on!"
Exactly! Why do I get the feeling it’s something like, “Oh, I’m not racist because I totally feel bad about genocide committed against American Indian tribes, plus this looks so cute, amirite?! And I have Asian friends that don’t care if I make my eyes look Asian-y and talk in a cartoon-y accent! GOD! You’re the RACIST because YOU brought it up! I wasn’t even THINKING like that!”
I’ve heard it all before, and I have a sneaking suspicion she believes at least part of that.
A senior New York police officer accused of pepper-spraying young women on the “Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations is the subject of a pending legal action over his conduct at another protest in the city.
The Guardian has learned that the officer, named by activists as deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, stands accused of false arrest and civil rights violations in a claim brought by a protester involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican national convention.
Then, 1,800 people were arrested during protests against the Iraq war and the policies of president George W Bush.
Alan Levine, a civil rights lawyer representing Post A Posr, a protester at the 2004 event, told the Guardian that he filed an action against Bologna and another officer, Tulio Camejo, in 2007. The case, filed at the New York Southern District Court, is expected to be heard next year.
Shock, gasp, clutch the pearls. An officer accused of violating the civil rights of protesters is accused more than once. Interesting that it’s directed at protesters supporting progressive causes. Maybe Officer Bologna takes after the stock that created Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
A word of advice to the NYPD: Remember Rodney King. Remember what happened after the LAPD beat him to an inch of his life and the officers responsible were not punished. Remember and learn.
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all”—
Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale.
But it’s not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they’ve got in mind. They’ve developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.
During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.
"The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset," Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis, who planned the event, told CNN-affiliate KGO. "But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions."
Really? By the way, you’re not even original. It was done in Florida several months ago, and several times before that. In Florida, they sold parts of cookies based on race. I bet one of Campus Republicans’ main arguments is that because we have a black president, racism is over. It’s totally true, amirite?! I mean, white folks are constantly discriminated against! Here’s Tim Wise’s thoughts:
"I get the joke. How very original. It’s been done for 15 years. The point that I think needs to be made … is that by the time anyone steps on a college campus … there has already been 12- to 13-years of institutionalized affirmative action for white folks, that is to say, racially embedded inequality, which has benefited those of us who are white. And it’s only at the point of college admissions that these folks seem to get concerned with color consciousness.”
So yes, have your bake sale, and play the victim for people being angry. It’s not like this country has a pattern of hundreds of years of embedded inequality or anything. It’s a little quite a bit condescending to have a table full of white college kids offer a person of color (or a woman) a cookie at a discounted rate because of their race or gender, and then say, “See, that’s what it’s like when you get into college!”
Hey I know you're in WY but there's going to be an Occupy Denver at Civic Center Saturday Sept. 24th, 12:00-7:00pm. If you can spread the word on here it'd be much appreciated. Or perhaps you'll get this in time to say a bit on your radio show. I'm having trouble finding many details about it but there's @OccupyDenver on twitter and Occupy Denver on Facebook. Thanks!
I’m about to announce it on the show! Thanks for the heads up! I wish I could be there…
If anyone is near Denver, go! This is hugely important.
SlutWalk 2011 at UW will begin in less than two hours at 5 PM… For your information:
Description: Meet in front of the Union to send a message that nobody ever asks for or deserves sexual violence. Recent campus dialogues about sexual assault have resulted in inappropriate remarks about this important issue. We as a community need to take a stand firmly against victim blaming and a culture of violence. Being a slut is not wrong. Join us and wear whatever you feel comfortable in; whether that’s stilettos, a miniskirt, and fishnets or jeans and a sweater. After rallying, we will be marching downtown and back to the Union. Afterward, join us in spreading the word about sexual assault downtown at the street dance.
I’m curious what the Tumblrverse thinks of SlutWalk. Thoughts? You can reply, message me, or reblog.
“Last night, Troy Davis was executed in Georgia for the murder of an off duty police officer.
In 1989 Davis shot and killed an off duty police officer, Mark McPhail. He was convicted of capital murder in 1991 and spent the last 20 years on death row. His cause was taken up by liberal celebrities (a pretty good indicator that the jury got it right) as well as the usual suspects… Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP tweeted, “In death, Troy Davis will live on as a reminder of a broken justice system that kills an innocent man while a murderer walks free.”
A broken system? Only a far left activist can get paid to make such idiotic statements.”—
Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, on the execution lynching of Troy Davis. This man has claimed to be a former prosecutor, which sends chills up my spine when he writes liberals championing Davis’ cause means the jury got it right. It doesn’t matter that members of the jury who convicted Davis said if they knew what they know now, they would have voted for acquittal.
There’s a few people in the comments disagreeing with him, and for their dissent, they’re roundly condemned as “closet leftists” and the like.
Phillips claims to be pro-life all over the site. Pro-life my ass. All he does in the rest of the post is whine about how much it costs the state to kill someone and how long it takes. Phillips suggests speeding it up, writing, “Perhaps the question we should be asking is why does it take twenty years and an untold amount of taxpayer money for justice to be delivered?”
No. We should be asking how this happened in America and how we’re one of the last industrialized countries with capital punishment. We will pay billions in taxpayer dollars to kill someone (more expensive than life imprisonment) but GOD FORBID we suggest spending one cent to take care of others in any way.
As an ex-prosecutor, Phillips should know the dangers of eyewitness evidence instead of simply dismissing it. Further, he knows that the appeals process is constitutionally upheld. He’s simply callous.
Well, Sheriff Joe Arpaio went and did it. He’s using taxpayer’s dollars to investigate a settled question, and it’s difficult to argue racism is not playing a part. From ThinkProgress:
The lawman is… willing to use official resources to pursue the bogus conspiracy theory. As birther website WorldNetDaily gleefully reported:
Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
The decision, he says, is simply a matter of doing his duty.
Arpaio’s investigation comes in response to a complaint filed by the Surprise, Arizona Tea Party, which alleges that Obama may be using a forged birth certificate…
The Cold Case Posse is an officially-sponsored all-volunteer group of people with skills and backgrounds that make them qualified to investigate cases. The group has been inactive in recent months due to “budgetary limitations within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office,” but apparently a wild goose chase looking into the veracity of the president’s birth certificate is an appropriate use of funds.
Arpaio is, of course, claiming that politics did not come into play regarding his decision. He’s just doing his duty. So why does he consider it his duty to cater to the Tea Party versus not misappropriating taxpayer dollars? Turns out there’s a lot Arpaio considers his duty that’s outside the bounds of common sense. Here’s a short list:
“I’m under attack all the time. They call me gay, there are death threats. There are times where I’m not thinking as clearly as I should, and in those unclear moments, I always think to myself, ‘Fire the first shot.’ Bring it on. Because I know who’s on our side. They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns. I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with.
And I have people who come up to me in the military, major named people in the military, who grab me and they go, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing, we’ve got your back.’ They understand that. These are the unspoken things we know, they know.”—
Andrew Breitbart, fantasizing about starting a civil war and killing liberals at a Boston Tea Party event.
I’d like to compare and contrast for a second. Conservatives got all riled up over Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa’s comments on Labor Day. At a rally in Detroit, he said, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. And President Obama we want one thing: Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. That’s what we’re going to tell him. He’s going to be - and when he sees what we’re doing here he will be inspired. But he needs help and you know what? Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back and keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to America where we belong!”
So he’s talking about voting anti-union politicians out of office. Conservatives self-righteously condemned his remarks as “thuggery” and “hate speech.” Tea Party Express leader Amy Kremer said, “It is high time that elected leaders like President Obama were held accountable when their key supporters engage in harmful and divisive rhetoric.” Well, I think Breitbart’s quite clear, particularly when he says, “We outnumber them in this country and we have the guns…”
Penn Bullock at Towleroad writes, “On the face of it, Breitbart’s admission demands a congressional or criminal investigation. If he’s implying that military officials have pledged their armed support to him and the right-wing, those officials are guilty of treason. If Breitbart is lying, he’s diagnosable.” I’d agree. If (and that’s a big IF) he’s telling the truth, those “military officials” are supporting armed insurrection against the American government and its people. The military tends to frown on its members doing that.
Watch the video of Breitbart’s remarks here. So, how long before Breitbart gets on Fox News and whines about it being taken out of context? Hoffa’s comment was taken out of context. This isn’t. This is talking about bullets v. ballot boxes and the bullets winning.
Late Friday afternoon, The Huffington Post announced its latest way to get free content from writers. According to Forbes, “The Huffington Post’s best response to those critics who accuse it of exploiting writers by not paying them has always been the libertarian one: Within the boundaries of the law, consenting adults are free to enter into whatever sorts of arrangements they choose, even one that involves donating their labor to a for-profit corporation. But what about when those writers aren’t adults?” Yes, that’s right, kids as young as 13 are being invited to provide content for Patch, which is run by the Huffington Post Media Group.
Today on Advertising Age, “Patch ‘is churning out one piece of content every 9 seconds.’” That’s what this is about, folks: churn. Page views. And getting unpaid children to help AOL shovel content - digital coal - into its page-view oven. Quite simply, AOL/HuffPo intends to monetize the work of minors earning $0/hour. On Patch and HuffPost High School, it will sell ads against content created by minors - but it will not share advertising revenue with those minors.”
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true, but if they want to play war we could bring all of our troops home and give them the now empty office jobs. Actually now that I think about this, it’s a really bad idea. Uh… We can try them for war crimes?
Yes. I will believe corporations are people when they can be tried for war crimes.