Posts tagged news
Posts tagged news
My Pulse news widget just made me do a double take. Rep. Steve Stockman is virulently homophobic and more than a little batshit so “Rep. Steve Stockman Comes Out” would have been a BFD. Not that I’m saying he’s closeted, mind you.
But seriously, abbreviated headline… You shouldn’t do that to me on so little coffee.
Apparently, the NSA is worried about elves and gnomes recruiting spies.
Sometimes, you run across a post that breaks your brain. This would be one of those times.
Chris Kyle was the most deadly sniper in American history, tragically murdered by a good friend at a shooting range. Here’s an alternate perspective on his life and death beside that of nationalism. Chris Kyle was, by many accounts, a loving son, father, and husband who said he had “no regrets” over what he did as a sniper, which was rob others of the opportunities to be loving sons, husbands, and fathers because he was ordered to do so.
From the New York Times on the death of Nelson Mandela:
Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990. He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.
"A peaceful end" — do you see that? After being released, he peacefully negotiated with those who imprisoned him and brought the African National Congress to electoral victory, joining with others to banish government-sanctioned apartheid.
If you’re going to criticize the president for not recognizing the death of Chris Kyle, where should it stop? Must the president speak out on the death of every veteran? Or the death of every person killed by a bullet?
I’m tired of this false equivalency of “Obama did ____ but didn’t do _____ … hmmm.” I’m not sure what this post above is trying to do. Is it documented that Obama was given the opportunity to speak on behalf of Chris Kyle and chose not to? All I can find are insinuations. If Obama orders a burger, does that mean he hates chicken farmers? If Obama gets a chocolate milkshake are we to say he hates White people because he bypassed vanilla? The death of Nelson Mandela has global reverberations and ought to be recognized by the president. I’m not sure how that’s inspiring discontent, but apparently it is.
Perhaps in the next speech Obama gives, he could recognize the growing problem of PTSD among combat vets and the ease of obtaining guns, two factors that played a role in Kyle’s murder. Or maybe he could mention all the men, women, and children murdered by U.S. forces in the name of enforcing democracy. Or just maybe, Obama could state we’re moving towards embracing Mandela’s legacy of ending oppression through non-violence. That’s something I’d like to see the president speak on behalf of today.
From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.
Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.
Hey DC folks! Check this out, you won’t regret it. I went to this event in Cheyenne, and it’s a terrifying, yet vindicating, recreation of a very dark chapter in LGBTQ and American history.
Take a gander at the book here. Here’s the summary:
“‘Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies.’ This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, ‘ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.’
Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.”