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As of Sep 18th - I just got a family cancellation so we now have several open seats on the Germantown bus to the Climate March. If you know of anyone who has been looking or who has given up in frustration please have them call or email me. Our Eventjoy ticketing website is showing "sold out" so people should contact me first.
We've just added 3 buses!
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(But don't forget--if you miss these seats--you can carpool to Trenton and take the train to Penn Station!)
U.S. HANDS OFF IRAQ! NO TO NEW U.S. WAR ON IRAQ! U.S. HANDS OFF SYRIA! NO U.S. TROOPS IN AFRICA!
Philly International Action Center is calling for a demonstration at Dilworth Plaza on September 25th to protest the slide towards war. The Philly IAC has checked with legal people and it looks like the use of the plaza will be unopposed by the city. Please let the IAC know if your group is interested i participating. They can be reached via Betsey Piette's email.
The Sept. 25 date is flexible as is the time, but it is important for the anti-war forces to take a public stand on this latest of what are now clearly endless U.S. wars.
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Gay Pride Parade - Vets For Peace and FUMCOG contingents
Pennsylvania's Gvernor Tom Corbett arrages to meet with students of one of the schools that he's been defunding, but cancels when students, parents and teachers make it clear that they were goingto protest his visit. We all assembled anyway.
Protest at Horsham Air Base about proposed Drone Command Center
Last (?) Protest on behalf of Pfc. Bradley Manning
The 2013 Philly Gay Pride Parade
Demonstration on behalf of Bradley Manning, whose court-martial begins next Monday.
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Also, same problems that apply to privatized schools apply to prisons as well.
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Noting the beginning of the 8th year of the Iraq War. Also, protest of how Pfc. Bradley Manning is being treated.
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Good! Very happy to see an on-the-ground counterweight to the "mission creep" that seemed inexorable when Obama announced that, well, he didn't want ground troops, but, y'know, stuff happens.. Juan Cole also weighs in and adds that the Iraq militias are even less enthusiastic about US ground troops.
There's a wild, baseless, completely evidence-free accusation that the State Department “scrubbed” files having to do with Benghazi. Fox News reports it as though it was a proven fact. And no, Benghazi is nothing like Iran-Contra. Not even a little bit. Oh, and by the way, when a news channel interviews 144 Republican Congresspeople and only five Democrats, that's a pretty clear sign of bias.
Update: Fox News criticizes Media Matters and the media for delivering and receiving press releases and then reporting them as original news. Problem: Fox completely fails to show that MMFA is wrong in any substantive way. If newspeople are reporting accurate news, what's the problem?
I'm sorry, but this is just not acceptable. There's simply no way that the Michael Brown case is so incredibly complicated that the grand jury needs until January to decide what to do. "...there are now six credible eyewitness accounts all in agreement that Michael Brown had his hands in the air..." and that Brown was running away when Darren Wilson shot him. Stop stalling!
Update: Even a Traditional Media guy can tell the fix is in. St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch's “23-year record on the job reveals scant interest in prosecuting [police shooting of civilian] cases. During his tenure, there have been at least a dozen fatal shootings by police in his jurisdiction (the roughly 90 municipalities in the county other than St. Louis itself), and probably many more than that, but McCulloch’s office has not prosecuted a single police shooting in all those years.”
Republican female Senators are VERY annoyed that Democrats are forcing them to show the public what side of the question (fair pay for women) they're on!
What happens when people try to construct a libertarian paradise? A complete mess.
Are renewable energy sources currently limited? Do we need to supplement them with coal-fired plants, at least in the short term? Maybe so, but the city of Burlington, Vermont, is powered entirely by renewable energy. It can be done!
Yes, the US has quite a bit to do with the creation of ISIS. Essentially, US counter-insurgency teams were too clever for their own good. They figured they'd weaken the opposition by turning different factions against each other. That worked pretty well as long as they stuck with just propaganda, but when they started arming opposing sides, it wasn't such a great idea anymore.
And yeah, for some really strange reason, right-wingers are convinced that ISIS is massing at the Mexican border. The areas in Iraq and Syria that they took over are largely empty and Mosul fell more because it was defended by a hollow, unmotivated force than because ISIS was so powerful. For ISIS to even cross the Atlantic in the first place is very highly unlikely.
On the 13th anniversary of 9-11, RT examines 9-11 theories.
The fellow who directed police to John Crawford, an African-American who was then killed by the police in a Walmart, admitted that he lied in order to finger Crawford.
Commenting on the IS/ISIL/ISIS situation, Deena Stryker tells us: "There are no moderates in any rebel fighting group inside Syria today. The various groups are fighting with one hand, holding the black flag of Islam in the other, and they in a hurry to finish off Syria and consolidate it with Iraq,"
Well, THAT'S pretty embarrassing! Andrew Cuomo WAY outspent his primary opponent for re-election as Governor of New York, the opponent had no name recognition and got a very late start and he didn't even get above 60%. So much for his presidential ambitions.
Cheney obviously doesn't subscribe to the wisdom of Sun Tzu: "To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
And yes, most of the right wing still thinks invading Iraq was the right call.
Digby comments on the Ray Rice case, quoting a blogger who has worked with battered women. Well worth reading.
Good! Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, states that there is a meaningful and serious distinction between "Let's hold on for a few minutes to make sure that getting to Benghazi results in an effective mission without just needlessly killing a lot of Americans" and a "stand-down order." The commander on the scene said, essentially, "Let's not just raise the body count to no obvious purpose."
Militia people haven't caused any serious problems at the border YET. It seems only a matter of time before they do and the good that they're doing seems awfully difficult to locate.
Excellent, lengthy piece from a former Army NCO on strategy and ISIS. It's not so much that we need to be careful, but that we have to have a really clear idea of what it is we're doing and what we hope to accomplish. The blogger very much approves of the President's deliberate approach.
Media Matters examines the Fox News special on Benghazi. I watched two minutes of an interview with Mitt Romney on this and counted about half a dozen lies in just that short amount of time. Fox News is trying to justify the Benghazi Congressional Committee, but they have to brush aside the facts in order to make the committee appear to be even somewhat credible.
The NRA is claiming (Via Fox News, of course) that firearms instructions were a standard curriculum in elementary school classrooms during the 60s and 70s. I've seen the claim posted at least twice and it's funny, but not one commenter recalls getting firearms instructions in school during that period or prior! Personally, I got some practice with single-shot, .22 caliber rifles in summer camp, but not school.
Uh-oh! Now those who oppose Net Neutrality are realizing how much they've stepped in it. Even the porn sites are taking the side of the good guys!
And yeah, some good news. To the supreme irritation of its critics, the ACA/Obamacare continues to do exactly as it was intended to do, with costs dropping and patients getting good coverage.
Very interesting to compare Justice Scalia's opinion of women swearing to Turkish government official complaining of women laughing in public. "Women should not laugh in public in Turkey, the Deputy Prime Minister has said in a speech on 'moral corruption' in the country."
Good grief! Politico and it's "brands."A hopelessly trivial and fashion-conscious magazine attempts to understand a man of deep principle. And no, the Politico piece contains just about zero factual evidence.
Juan Cole brings up a very good and highly relevant point about nude celebrity pictures being hacked and displayed: What good is all that NSA surveillance if they couldn't predict the rise of ISIS? Why are we spending kajillons of badly-needed dollars on useless technology that can't predict anything meaningful or relevant?
The results of the analysis of 13 states that raised their minimum wage indicates more a lack of negative harm than presence of positive good, but the lack of harm is very significant compared to all of the weeping and wailing and moaning about "If you raise the minimum wage, horrors! Disaster! Armageddon! Aaugh!"
Kansas Secretary of State refuses to allow Democrat to remove himself from Senate race. Gee, for some strange reason, Republican state secretaries of state have lost an absolutely huge amount of credibility and citizen faith in their objectivity. Hmm, wonder why that is? Keep in mind that the Kansas Secretary of State explicitly reversed his own office's ruling here.
Wow! These policemen were clearly way, WAY outta control! Woman forcibly arrested for waiting for family outside restaurant. Her kids were using restroom inside and she's a human rights lawyer.
Pictures of the Fast Food Strike of Sept 4th.
Very good to hear that New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade will allow gay marchers to join in with identifying signs.
Green Party of Philadelphia is selling tickets for buses going to the New York Climate March on September 21st.
Tch tch tch! Just because the guy's an evil billionaire, doing his best to fund hundreds of secretive front groups and manipulate our politics, people are mean to him!
PhillyIMC has now truly shut its doors and closed it all down.
Disturbing report on Supreme Court using dodgy information from "amicus briefs" to make highly questionable decisions.
Former House Majority Leader Cantor will be going to a highly appropriate place upon his retirement from Congress, to an investment bank, where he'll pull in millions of $.
Why are Americans joining ISIS? Answers are not comforting.
PA Governor Corbett is very unpopular. I especially liked this: "Corbett has tried to attack his opponent, York businessman and all-around good guy, Tom Wolf (D. PA), with every lie he can come up with but voters aren't buying it..."
This is really, REALLY seriously messed up! Why in the heck are the Ferguson police raiding churches to begin with?!?!?! Why are they raiding places where protesters gather in the first place?!?!!? And yeah, Ferguson was an example of white rage more than anything else.
Will there be a government shutdown? A week ago, nobody thought so. Today, it's depressingly likely.
Many who deny global warming have pointed to the slowdown in the rise of atmospheric heat. Sorry, but that doesn't mean global warming isn't real as the seas are very clearly heating up. The good news is that there appears to be more enthusiasm for doing something about global warming. As I've pointed out many times to readers of the Inky (Philadelphia Inquirer), fixing the results of climate change is a win-win. We need to get people employed, we've got very low interest rates on Treasury bonds and we could reduce our dependence on a violent, unstable area of the world.
Comedian Jon Stewart delivers great rant on being black in America and on Ferguson. Michelle Malkin responds "I love watching white liberals swoon over a white celebrity liberal purporting to speak for all 'people of color.'"
Well, that's true, and Chris Rock, an authentically black comedian, has said some good and insightful things about race too, but he's a lot less popular than Stewart is, so Stewart is in kind of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Does he leave all the race commentary to Rock, who will speak to a smaller audience or does the "inauthentic" comedian speak to a larger audience?
US agencies that have loaded up on military-grade equipment are, amazingly enough, losing large quantities of that equipment.
For five years, conservatives have been griping about Obama's vacations. Americans just couldn't care less about such criticism.
Pretty hilarious look at libertarians. Major problem with the movement is that not many people, even those in the movement, actually agree on what libertarianism really means!
Long-term Gaza truce reached!
NY Times writer describes Michael Brown with phrase saying he was “no angel.” Gets a fierce (deserved) reaction. Good piece featuring extensive interview with reporter. Also, good piece on communities becoming war zones.
Melissa Harris-Perry lets Joe have it with both barrels, proving the Joe is a complete moron. But she does so very nicely, with a smile.
Candy Crowley describes Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as a “War Hawk” because he wants to bomb a lot of stuff. But this is a truly moronic statement from a Villager. To illustrate, when Captain John Paul Jones stood on the deck of a burning ship with cannonballs flying around him and said "I have not yet begun to fight!", THAT was heroic! When G.W. Bush sat in a comfortable, air-conditioned studio several thousands miles from Iraq and said "Bring it on!", that was NOT heroic. One of these things is not like the other. Graham is far more like Bush than like Jones. It takes absolutely nothing in the ways of smarts or cleverness to say "Let's bomb everything, everywhere."
Obama sends representatives to Ferguson for the funeral of Michael Brown.
The ALS fundraising gimmick raised $100 million. It challenged people to either get a bucket of ice water over the head or to write a check.
I mean, yeah, it's really great that Rep. Ryan took the ice bucket challenge, but, y'know, kind of cheap and crummy that he voted to de-fund ALS research. One of those "My right hand has no idea what my left had is doing" things.
A Palestinian from Gaza tries the ice bucket challenge. As he has very little access to water or ice, he improvises.
Very good to see that Pam Geller didn't get much of a crowd. Israel does NOT need allies like her! Geller was the driving force behind protests over the “Ground Zero Mosque,” a building of ordinary size and shape that's a block and a half away from the edge of the World Trade Center site.
Premiums are dropping the ACA/Obamacare, a story that's strangely ignored by most media (Well, no, not strange at all). Bwah-hah-hah!!! Cheapness doesn't pay!!! Baseball team cuts worker hours so as to prevent having to pay ACA premiums, stadium gets surprise rainshower, doesn't have enough people to cover the ground, team forfeits game. Krugman adds: “The other involves the 'sticker shock' that opponents of health reform have been predicting for years. Bulletin: It’s still not happening.”
Very cool to see people raising money for Ferguson students.
Ross Douthat usually comes for a lot of (deserved) abuse "Ugh, how is Douthat wrong TODAY?" But today: "How strange is this this Sunday? How about this: Ross Douthat is the only columnist to devote all of his precious inches to the most PRESSING story in the nation, and he's also the only one to be 100% right."
Bwah-hah-hah!!! I agree 100%!! Joe Scarborough, if he's going to comment on Ferguson, should do some on-the-ground reporting first and not just comment from a comfortable air-conditioned studio a thousand miles away!
August 11th, comedian Robin Williams passes away.
August 9th, Michael Brown shot and killed. Only apparent charge or cause or provocation was that of jaywalking
Truth! Things that people WOULD know IF we had a TRULY liberal media!
Yeah, this is cool! Republicans in Congress finally declare victory over a long-dead and buried opponent. The blogger lists a few other more-or-less imaginary problems Republicans appear to be obsessed with, but hey, it's good to see them dispatching at least one!
Yes, it's perfectly normal for all law enforcement agencies in America to have to pick and choose, to prioritize, which crimes they'll enforce. No, there's nothing unusual about what Obama's doing concerning immigration.
Yeah, what this guy says: "I don’t have any qualms with a massive airlift of humanitarian aid, and I have no problem with a much more aggressive air campaign against ISIS." Obama helping out people in serious distress.
Aaugh! Shriek! No-o-o-o!!! Stephen Moore thinks it would cost a BILLION $$$ to educate the unaccompanied minor children coming across the border. Actually, "... the cost to educate these children would be [$620 million, that is] less than 0.006 percent of the value of the economy as a whole."
Hmm, yeah, okay. The NY Times gets one cheer (out of three) for this. They're now referring to "enhanced interrogation" as torture.
Good! A killer was found guilty. A 19-year old girl came to this fellow's porch after an auto accident. She needed assistance and got shot instead. "The jury verdict is likely to elicit a collective sigh of relief in the civil rights community..." after other people were acquitted for much the same offense.
Why, how amazing! [/snark] Turns out a great majority of economists agree with liberal Keynesias (And me, of course). Was mildly surprised to learn the bank bailouts were successful, but everything else was "Yeah, I knew that."
Ah, here we go! I knew someone had added the figures up. Since the year 2000, there have been about a billion votes for local, state and federal elections. How many cases of in-person voter fraud (That is, fraud that would have been preventable by having voter-ID laws in force) have there been? 31. Not 3100 or 31,000, 31.
This is why I recommended to Facebook friends that Netanyahu had better take *any* peace offering, and quickly, as Israel is quickly losing any sort of moral high ground. Good round-up/summary of the Gaza-Israel struggle. The military has done what it can. Only answer now is to make a deal. Half-hour TV spot on situation in Gaza. Impact of Israeli bombing of Gaza's only power plant.
Blogger gets really, REALLY sick and tired of Villagers saying "Both sides are to blame!" between the President and Congress.
Interesting piece on who ends up getting shot. One of the major causes identified here is arguments that get out of control. When people are drunk and get to arguing and are not armed, they're not really competent to do much damage. But when they are armed, damage is very easy to do.
Good to see this. A Turkish lawmaker said it was improper for women to laugh in public, so Turkish women are documenting themselves laughing in public!
Yeah, the House report on Benghazi SHOULD (But probably won't) change the reporting that Fox News does on Benghazi. Wolf Blitzer gets fingered as an enabler of Fox here. Also, gee, wow, amazingly enough, surprise, surprise, Fox completely ignores the report
The University President says that he's not conducting a publicity stunt by taking a substantial pay cut in order to raise the pay of the university's lowest-paid employees. Heck, I'll take his word for that. If it's a stunt, its a good one that more company presidents should copy.
My coverage of Friday's Gaza rally.
A lot of us knew this anyway, but the Republican House Intelligence Committee has concluded that there was no wrongdoing, no scandal in Benghazi in the 2012 attack. In a sane world, there would be no House Benghazi Committee, but of course there is.
Heh! Allison Lundergan Grimes vs Mitch McConnell. The crowd is notably less enthusiastic for McConnell. At one point, McConnell suggests that Obama has to call on Bill Clinton whenever he gets into trouble. Erm, I notice that McConnell can't do the same with G.W. Bush as Bush reminds people of why this country's such a mess to begin with.
Both the original and the parody of the wife-facing-an-enraged forme boyfriend wth a gun show credible, believable scenes that could really happen. My question is: "Which is more likely to actually happen in real life?" I think the cool, calm demeanor showed in the parody is really awesome and I would like to think that people would react that way, but if you read a few of the Daily Kos GunFAIL pieces, you realize that theory is beautiful, but a greater-than-zero percentage of people are complete eff-ups.
*Sigh*, the most useless, ineffective Speaker of the House, I think *ever*, fails AGAIN! This time, he fails to get border security bill passed.
Heh! Republicans complain because Pope Francis and President Obama sound so alike.
Book by Frank Schaefer, who performed marriage ceremony for gay son.
One of the problems with Israel today is that "Operation Cast Lead" (that was conducted right before Obama took office) provoked an extensive report that laid serious blame on Israel for human rights violations. The Obama Administration ignored it and refused to enforce it. The current war is very largely a "chickens coming home to roost" problem.
Delaying action on global warming costs the US $150 billion a year. The price will go up every year we continue to delay.
Ah, okay. The heart of the Israeli complaint concerning SecState Kerry is: "...his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey — two countries viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters — into the cease-fire negotiations." Erm, sorry, but if your position is that you'll only negotiate with people you already agree with, your diplomacy is a FAIL!
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