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“Occupy Mobile member arrested”

Friday, November 18th, 2011

That headline makes it sound like he was doing something baaaad, right? Like maybe disrupting the peace, or defecating in public, or something. But no. He was going through security down at Gov’t Plaza, in order to file paperwork to appear before the city council.

As the group attempted to pass through the security checkpoint in front of the elevators, the security officer said that only two could go up at a time, Hapkmeyer said.
When Henderson asked why not, the officer told him to “shut up and stop asking him questions,” Hapkmeyer said.  When Henderson calmly asked again, the officer arrested him, Hapkmeyer said. (more…)

CO State Senator Likens Obama to 9/11 Terrorists, Then Wants Do-Over

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Colorado State Sen. David Schulthies (R-duh) tweeted the following on Tuesday:

“Don’t for a second think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the U.S. plane right into the ground at full speed. Let’s roll.”

Gee, I can’t imagine why that scenario would remind anyone of the heroes on Flight 93 who prevented 9/11 terrorists from reaching their intended target.  Neither can Sen. Schulthies, who is now doing his best to pretend he didn’t mean what he said.

State Sen. David Schultheis said he didn’t intend for a Twitter post accusing President Barack Obama of “flying the U.S. plane right into the ground” and ending with “let’s roll” as a threat or a reference to United Flight 93, which crashed during the 2001 terrorist attacks….

…” ‘Let’s roll.’ It’s a comment people use all the time any more. ‘Let’s get going. Let’s move on. Let’s make major changes,’ ” Schultheis said. “I can see it now. But you’re busy doing jillions of things during the day. You sometimes don’t analyze every single word.”

Uh huh.  People use “let’s roll” every day in conjunction with references to flying planes into the ground, and they’re not thinking of 9/11 and hijackers whatsoever.  Or about overpowering said hijackers.  Schultheis, like so many of these right-wing crackpots, thinks words have no consequences.  I doubt he’s directly calling for a violent overthrow of the government, or a physical attack on the President, but he might want to stop and consider the effect of his exhortations on the more unbalanced of his Twitter followers.

Not that he will.  This is the same man who voted against a bill that would require pregnant women to be tested for HIV (unless they opted out) in order to avoid transmission to their children — because watching their babies die of AIDS would teach those sluts to keep their legs closed next time.

“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

I guess he didn’t really mean that either.


Kudos to Iowa….for now.

Friday, August 31st, 2007

An Iowa county judge struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality yesterday and today the same judge issued a “verbal stay”.  But not before several couples filed applications for marriage licenses. Of course this is riling up the blowhards in thier state legislature who are renewing calls for a state constitutional amendment banning two men from tying the knot.

We really should just get it all out in the open shouldn’t we?

This isnt about “homosexual marriage” at all. It’s about the fact that certain people in goverment find the idea of two men together “icky”. Sorry lesbians, but str8 white guys don’t seem to have a problem with two gals getting it on. We can argue about mysogeny till we’re blue, pink, or a fantastic shade of fuscia in the face. But it’s the idea of two men having sex that turns off politicians.

Here’s an idea. Let gay folks marry and then they will stop having sex.

I’m not sure where I was going with this, if anywhere.

Anyway, it’s good to be back in Alabama and I hope that Kathy doesn’t mind me ranting on her blog.

Heres the story that “P.’d me O.”(cnn)

Quiz question

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

According to Christopher Hitchens, what in the world today “stinks — indeed it reeks — of whatever horrible, buried, vicarious impulse underlies kiddie porn and child abuse”?

(a) The ongoing slaughter and displacement of Iraqi civilians.
(b) The bureaucratic hurdles faced by U.S. troops seeking to have their war injuries properly classified as disabilities.
(c) The inability of tens of millions of Americans to obtain health insurance.
(d) The ongoing indifference to the displaced victims of Katrina.
(e) The legal and publicity woes of Paris Hilton.

If you guessed (e), you’re correct.

Apparently, to Hitchens, raping a child in front of a camera and selling the images is more or less morally equivalent to making a Paris Hilton joke.

(X-posted at No More Mister Nice Blog.)

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More on that Hitchens column from Lawyers, Guns and Money.

Another Time Writer Wrong About Bloggers

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

And it’s about something much more important than my little ego: the US attorney scandal, initially dismissed by Time‘s Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Jay Carney:

Some bloggers just don’t understand how journalism works. Back in mid-January TPM Muckraker an offshoot of Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talking Points Memo began writing that U. S. attorneys were being fired by the Bush Administration and tried to make a big deal out of it. Although most journalists paid no attention to the hysteria the bloggers were trying to whip up about what Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez would later call an “overblown personnel matter,” Time magazine’s Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Jay Carney took time out of his busy day to patiently mock Marshall.

“Of course! It all makes perfect conspiratorial sense!” Carney wrote. “Except for one thing: in this case some liberals are seeing broad partisan conspiracies where none likely exist.” Though Carney admitted, “It’s all very suspicious sounding,” he pointed out that Marshall had no proof. Marshall was basing his claims on the complaints of one disgruntled district attorney, Carol Lam, who claimed her firing jeopardized investigations into the Duke Cunningham scandal, and the vague charges of Senator Dianne Feinstein who is clearly a partisan. Besides nothing about the story had appeared in the Drudge Report and journalists are bound by the rules of journalistic ethics to ignore rumors unless they appear there first.

Of course, journalists don’t have the time or resources to investigate every suspicious rumor. If they did that, they wouldn’t have time to report the news. And if their confidential sources in the White House thought that journalists were looking into something that might make them look bad, they would stop leaking to journalists, which would make reporting the news impossible.

But Marshall and his reporters, who apparently don’t have anything better to do and may be slightly unstable, kept pushing this story until another U.S. Attorney, David Iglesias, went public with his suspicions about why he was fired. But even then Carney remained steadfast, writing skeptically, “If Iglesias names names, and others tell similar stories, I will take my hat off to Marshall and others in the blogosphere and congratulate them for having been right in their suspicions about this story from the beginning.” Of course, he still wasn’t prepared to waste his valuable time looking into the matter himself and he couldn’t resist getting in a little dig at bloggers, pointing out that “Suspicions aren’t facts,” which bloggers apparently don’t realize because they didn’t go to journalism school.

Uh, yeah, those bloggers — how dare they try to pretend they know anything about investigative reporting?  Carney did finally give a backhanded acknowledgement of Josh Marshall’s superior skills, after the story got so big that the MSM couldn’t keep ignoring it.

Go read the whole thing.  It’s a hoot, in a depressing sort of way.