…as she gnashed her teeth in anguish at the unfairness of it all.
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) September 23, 2015
Fellow who shot and killed that poor Kentucky State trooper was a Ferguson protestor.
— Jan Crawford (@JanCBS) September 11, 2015
I’m sure it’s tied into the Iran Deal they want so desperately to go through. No sense in reminding people what Islamic terrorists are capable of when we’re getting ready to fund them.
…it helps when your minions track the Jews for you, because, as everyone knows, ONLY JEWS think the Iran deal is an ASS LOAD of bad idea.
— Political Math (@politicalmath) September 10, 2015
‘Cause it AIN’T just Bibi…
Take that, Bibi. https://t.co/V9Gn9vP6xN
— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015
Thanks to her feckless, pandering hero, we’re ALL gonna take it…in the shorts.
And this weekend has been a hoot, sitting back, eating popcorn and watching the circus.
In all honesty, I do have a horse in the race I’m already working for, but, that aside, I canNOT imagine a better evening for almost ALL of the GOP candidates, from the breakout girl on the undercard, to the stage full of fellas at the main event. With one notable exception, they were well spoken, informed, intelligent, empathetic, committed, personable, FUNNY and determined. Not to mention, the VERY PICTURE of diversity.
Then there’s Hillary and Bernie as front runners. Fires you right up, doesn’t it?
What a GREAT start to the Silly Season. I can’t WAIT.
…for a New York Times correction on this teensy point of contention.
“…the full video was in fact posted at the same time as the edited version. It is not the case that the full video was released “after Planned Parenthood complained of selective, misleading editing.”
— Neal Dewing (@Neal_Dewing) August 6, 2015
…you’d NEVER guess one of them to be the delightful Ted Rall, would you?
Ted Rall, Los Angeles Times cartoonist, dropped after blog post appears to stretch the truth
A left-wing cartoonist’s recent depiction of a 14-year-old encounter with the LAPD has gotten him canned as a freelance contributor to the LA Times after the paper said it had “serious questions” about the accuracy of the encounter.
Ted Rall, whose illustrator’s pen has targeted the intellect of U.S. troops in Iraq and the widows of terror attack victims, was dropped by the Times after a May 11 blog post in which he said he was “roughed” up by police for jaywalking in 2001.
“An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer does not back up Rall’s assertions; it gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall’s license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed,”
the Times wrote on Thursday in the space above where Rall’s blog post was originally published. “Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers.”
Rall “stands by his blog post,” according to the Times.
Rall defends himself in a nearly 2,500-word post on anewdomain.net, including why, when his encounter with the LAPD was over, he asked the officer for dining recommendations.
“Listening to the tape now, I can’t imagine what I was thinking,” Rall writes.
“The only explanation I can fathom is that I had classic Stockholm Syndrome. I was stunned at the time. Not that I’m comparing myself with a rape victim — far from it — but now I better understand why sometimes a raped woman will question pressing charges or call a date-rapist at home hours after he left her. I was blathering nonsense, I guess.”
No, you are “blathering nonsense” NOW, Teddy.
…reality check last night before, of course, bringing in Mark Kelly.
…JUDY WOODRUFF: And yet we saw — and in fact what we saw in the last week, killings that didn’t get the kind of publicity that the shootings in Chattanooga, this one in Louisiana, there were family — families involved.
MEGHAN HOYER: Exactly. Yes.
There were five mass killings this week. That doesn’t include the shooting in the theater last night. Again, the majority of those were family killings, a family found dead in Modesto, a woman and her children, a family in Oklahoma where two teenagers have been arrested and the rest of their family has — was stabbed.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And, again, these are the kinds of things that often don’t get the kind of attention.
MEGHAN HOYER: Right, they might get the regional attention, but they don’t get the national buzz.
JUDY WOODRUFF: What about the guns that are used? What did you learn about whether they are gotten legally or not?
MEGHAN HOYER: Well, in terms of mass killings, about three-quarters of them are committed with guns. That means the other quarter of them are not gun-related at all.
Of the gun killings, what we have seen are that most guns are handguns. They are not these high-capacity assault rifles or high-capacity assault weapons that we hear so much about. We looked a little bit at legal vs. non-legal acquisition. In a majority of cases, they’re acquired legally.
And even in cases where they’re not, what experts say is that these are people who tend to be very determined. And where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Even if they have been banned from getting guns, if they have a prior record, generally, they find a way to find a weapon.
All the bluster, the referendum, all for, er, well, nothing
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras surrendered to European demands for immediate action to qualify for up to 86 billion euros ($95 billion) of aid Greece needs to stay in the euro.
After a six-month offensive against German-inspired austerity succeeded only in deepening his country’s economic mess and antagonizing his European counterparts, there was no face-saving compromise on offer for Tsipras at a rancorous summit that ran for more than 17 hours.
What was the point of all the
drachma drama if he was just going to kick the can down the road anyway?
I mean, does anyone really think that the Greek economy will suddenly start producing surpluses?
All he’s managed to do with this emotional Mediterranean chest pounding, whipping up the populace with all his “humiliation” talk, is reserve himself a spot on a lamp post it seems to me.
In the end he collapsed like a wet gyro.
…Charleston is having none of it.
— YBR (@YoungBLKRepub) June 22, 2015
God bless them, every one.
…which stands for “NOT OBSERVED.” That would be the box next Stephanopoulos’ name for “neutral/unbiased interview/moderator.”
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization, the On Media blog has learned.
In both 2013 and 2014, Stephanopoulos made a $25,000 donation to the 501 nonprofit founded by former president Bill Clinton, the Foundation’s records show. Stephanopoulos never disclosed this information to viewers, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book “Clinton Cash,” which alleges that donations to the Foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State.
In a statement to the On Media blog on Thursday, Stephanopoulos apologized and said that he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.
Now, about those Presidential debates…
ths updates: What Stephanopoulas MEANT to say was
“I gave the Clintons SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. My bad. SO I’ll be a sport and not moderate the GOP Primary debate, mm’kay?”
And he apparently ripped the author of Clinton Cash a new one his show 3 weeks ago withOUT divulging how he’d contributed to the “cash” himself.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 4, 2015
Because, you know, they never gave moi my much-needed “space to destroy”
“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Rawlings-Blake said. “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”
What The Hell.
Since the looting seems to be an officially sanctioned and approved City Hall community activity, I hope that ever single person who lost property sues the Mayor and city government for restoration.
…rings no bells with this pretentious princess.
ESPN has “suspended” the delicate college graduate for a week. A FRICKING WEEK.
She’s apologized for letting her frustration get the better of her, but NEITHER for her unkind words, NOR directly to the tow company cashier.
She needs to HAVE no job. Like another entitled asshat who used his superior station in life to berate an undeserving, lower tier employee.
Karma should show THIS bitch what a REAL one looks like.
Note to Comcast: Duke’s nickname is not “Tar Heels”
and it is so telling of the current state of our supposed “journalists” that it takes John Oliver to do it
It’s worth watching in its entirety; in spite of the validity of several of his points, Edward Snowden really is an egotistical ass.
The fraternity and UVA.
Pardon my french but Dear Rolling Stone: Fuck You
Rolling Stone magazine retracted its article about a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity after the release of a report on Sunday that concluded the widely discredited piece was the result of failures at every stage of the process.
The report, published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and commissioned by Rolling Stone, said the magazine failed to engage in “basic, even routine journalistic practice” to verify details of the ordeal that the magazine’s source, identified only as Jackie, described to the article’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
On Sunday, Ms. Erdely, in her first extensive comments since the article was cast into doubt, apologized to Rolling Stone’s readers, her colleagues and “any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.”
Something bad may have happened at some point, sometime, somewhere to that young lady, we will never know, but the article is a hoax, a complete lie and fabrication.
I tell you, I regret every day that this guy didn’t become President
I want you to know that today I’ll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel. And I know that when I visit with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever.
…We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle and decades of patient work. But 60 years later, we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.
Not when there are still voices that deny the Holocaust. Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel’s destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don’t even acknowledge Israel’s existence, and government-funded textbooks filled with hatred toward Jews. Not when there are rockets raining down on Sderot, and Israeli children have to take a deep breath and summon uncommon courage every time they board a bus or walk to school.
…Because of the war in Iraq, Iran — which always posed a greater threat to Israel than Iraq — is emboldened and poses the greatest strategic challenge to the United States and Israel in the Middle East in a generation.
…And then there are those who would lay all of the problems of the Middle East at the doorstep of Israel and its supporters, as if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of all trouble in the region. These voices blame the Middle East’s only democracy for the region’s extremism. They offer the false promise that abandoning a stalwart ally is somehow the path to strength. It is not, it never has been, and it never will be.
…Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.
That starts with ensuring Israel’s qualitative military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat — from Gaza to Tehran.
…We must isolate Hamas unless and until they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and abide by past agreements. There is no room at the negotiating table for terrorist organizations.
…Let me be clear. Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.
…Syria continues its support for terror and meddling in Lebanon. And Syria has taken dangerous steps in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, which is why Israeli action was justified to end that threat.
…We must never force Israel to the negotiating table, but neither should we ever block negotiations when Israel’s leaders decide that they may serve Israeli interests.
…There is no greater threat to Israel — or to the peace and stability of the region — than Iran. Now this audience is made up of both Republicans and Democrats, and the enemies of Israel should have no doubt that, regardless of party, Americans stand shoulder to shoulder in our commitment to Israel’s security.
…The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. Its president denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.
…He criticizes my willingness to use strong diplomacy but offers only an alternate reality — one where the war in Iraq has somehow put Iran on its heels. The truth is the opposite. Iran has strengthened its position. Iran is now enriching uranium and has reportedly stockpiled 150 kilos of low enriched uranium. Its support for terrorism and threats toward Israel have increased. Those are the facts, they cannot be denied, and I refuse to continue a policy that has made the United States and Israel less secure.
…We will also use all elements of American power to pressure Iran. I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. That starts with aggressive, principled diplomacy without self-defeating preconditions, but with a cleareyed understanding of our interests. We have no time to waste. We cannot unconditionally rule out an approach that could prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We have tried limited, piecemeal talks while we outsource the sustained work to our European allies. It is time for the United States to lead.
…We will pursue this diplomacy with no illusions about the Iranian regime. Instead, we will present a clear choice. If you abandon your dangerous nuclear program, support for terror, and threats to Israel, there will be meaningful incentives — including the lifting of sanctions, and political and economic integration with the international community. If you refuse, we will ratchet up the pressure.
…Finally, let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel. Sometimes there are no alternatives to confrontation. But that only makes diplomacy more important. If we must use military force, we are more likely to succeed, and will have far greater support at home and abroad, if we have exhausted our diplomatic efforts.
Ah, what could have been, what could have been had President Obama governed in any way similar to the way Candidate Obama quoted above promised. As Ace so poignantly put it yesterday: “So, Jewish Democrats who voted for Obama: How’s Obama’s ass taste?”
U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together
Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers
LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.
U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.
…“Once again, in the face of Iran’s intransigence, the U.S. is leading an effort to cave even more toward Iran—this time by whitewashing Tehran’s decades of lying about nuclear weapons work and current lack of cooperation with the [International Atomic Energy Agency],” said one Western source briefed on the talks but who was not permitted to speak on record.
…“Instead of ensuring that Iran answers all the outstanding questions about the past and current military dimensions of their nuclear work in order to obtain sanctions relief, the U.S. is now revising down what they need to do,” said the source. “That is a terrible mistake—if we don’t have a baseline to judge their past work, we can’t tell if they are cheating in the future, and if they won’t answer now, before getting rewarded, why would they come clean in the future?”
The United States is now willing to let Iran keep many of its most controversial military sites closed to inspectors until international sanctions pressure has been lifted, according to sources.
The White House has decided that a nuclear Iran is a good thing.
The Germanwings crash wasn’t an accident. According to the reports now, the co-pilot locked the pilot out and wouldn’t let him back in.
And then dove the plane into the ground.
Funny how there’s been a complete embargo on the names of the pilot or co-pilot, isn’t it.
What’s up with that?
UPDATE: now we have a name: Andreas Lubitz
UPDATE the Second: the prosecutor:
We heard the captain ask the co-pilot to take control, then we hear the noise of a seat that goes back and a door open, we can assume he went to relieve himself.
The co-pilot was alone. It is at this moment that the co-pilot manipulates the buttons of flight monitoring system to action the descent of the plane.
The action of this altitude can only be deliberate. We hear the captain then speaks via an interphone to speak to the co-pilot, no response of co-pilot, he taps on door, no response from the co-pilot, all we can hear is the sound of breathing, until impact suggesting the co-pilot was alive until impact.
Air traffic control tried to get through via 7700 but couldn’t get through. Air traffic control even tried to contact other planes to try and contact the plane, but no response.
Alarms sounded to signal to crew the proximity of the ground, then we hear banging of someone trying to break down the door
The pull up alarms to pull the plane up went off.
Just before the final impact one can heard what appears to be the first impact of the plane on a mountain top.
There was no message of distress type or mayday recevied by air traffic control, and no response to all the air traffic controllers.
The interpretation is 48 hours after the crash, I take precautions, but for us investigating…the most plausible and realistic is that the co-pilot by a deliberate decision refused to open the cabin door to the captain and actioned the button ordering the loss of altitude.
There was a deliberate desire to destroy this plane. Apparently the co-pilot was breathing normally. He said absolutely nothing after the captain left the cabin.
There’s going to be a whole lot of digging into this guy’s background.