Pretty odd to see right wing loon Nick Searcy in this savagely funny Key & Peele video, although since he’s playing a racist cop it isn’t too far from his real personality. (Possibly NSFW due to F-bombs.)
Important Note to Journalists Writing About Pamela Geller: Please Stop Calling LGF a “Conservative Site”
Tonight I want to draw your attention to two good pieces on hate group leader Pamela Geller, but even though I agree with the basic direction of these articles I want to make a separate point, and I’ll quote the paragraphs that I have issues with.
First, Alan Feuer in the New York Times: Pamela Geller, Organizer of Muhammad Cartoon Contest, Trumpets Results.
After getting her start in new media as a frequent commenter on the conservative website Little Green Footballs, Ms. Geller, who once worked on the business side of The New York Observer and The Daily News, began taking on issues relating to Muslims and Islam after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Second, Margaret Hartmann at New York Magazine: What You Need to Know About Pamela Geller.
Her activism was sparked by 9/11. She said she “felt guilty” that she knew little about those who attacked the country, so she started studying Islamic extremism and commenting on the conservative site Little Green Footballs (Charles Johnson, who runs the blog, has denounced her).
Again, I completely agree with the basic thrust of both of these articles, pointing out that Pamela Geller is driven by hatred of Muslims that goes far beyond any reasonable criticism.
But what do I have to do to get mainstream journalists to stop labeling Little Green Footballs as a “conservative site?” Seriously. All they have to do is read the front page to see that’s no longer remotely close to an accurate description, and it hasn’t been for many years now.
Yes, there was a time when this description was (sort of, with caveats) accurate, but that time has long passed.
Please, folks. I appreciate the mentions of LGF in these articles, but I don’t appreciate the out of date, misleading descriptions of what this site is about.
Thanks to Margaret Hartmann for correcting her article: What You Need to Know About Pamela Geller.
A previous version of this post incorrectly identified Little Green Footballs as a conservative site. Charles Johnson notes that hasn’t been the case for many years. We regret the error.
No correction at the New York Times, although author Alan Feuer did apologize to me in an email and said he had a word limit that precluded adding any more detail.
Shaun King was furious.
The author and life coach turned activist has been one of the most prominent online voices in recent months, as protests of police impunity that began in Ferguson, Mo., spawned demonstrations in cities across the country. For those following the ever-growing roster of names of black men and boys killed by police, he has been one of the essential follows.
But his latest tweet storm, published Monday afternoon, was not about a new police shooting. In fact, it was about an old one.
For King and many of the other activists who have been some of the driving forces online behind the Black Lives Matter protests, the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November as he played in a park near his home was one of the most difficult of the many anecdotes.
For many of the most vocal activists, that Tamir was a child and that his shooting was captured on grainy camera footage makes this case the most difficult to stomach. When extended video of the shooting — which showed Cleveland police tackling Tamir’s sister to the ground as she ran to his dying body — was released late last year, one of the top protest organizers in Ferguson texted to tell me it had made him physically sick, imagining what he would do if his younger sister was wounded and he was tackled while trying to help her.
So when a new court filing in the Rice family’s civil suit against the city of Cleveland revealed that Tamir has yet to be buried and that his mother was, at least temporarily, living in a homeless shelter, King was incensed.
“Absurd!” he insisted to me in a direct message on Monday afternoon, especially, he noted, because just months earlier an army of online samaritans had raised almost $60,000 for the Rice family.
So where had all of that money gone?
In 24 hours, I raised $60,000 for the family of Tamir Rice. Little did I know that white supremacists & 2 scumbag attorneys would intervene
Timothy Kucharski had been one of two attorneys representing the Rice family for several weeks when he got a call from a friend in early December, asking about an online fundraiser he was seeing in the Rice name.
Created on the Web site youcaring.com, thousands of dollars were pouring into a fund for the Rice family. But Kucharski had never heard of King — one of the fund’s primary organizers — and Rice’s mother told him that she was unaware of the fundraiser.
As the fund surpassed $27,000, Kucharski contacted law enforcement as well as youcaring.com directly, asking that the assets being donated to the fund be seized and held for the Rice family. He contacted King, who has previously used his social media following to raise money for victims of police shootings and natural disasters and who insisted that his plan was always to give the money to the family. As they went back and forth, a number of Twitter users — led in part by right-wing blogger Charles C. Johnson — began insisting that the fundraiser was a scam and demanding it be halted.
@ChuckCJohnson’s pitiful excuse for a news blog once again has flunked Journalism 101 by identifying the wrong woman as the wife of Nadir Soofi, one of the two gunmen shot dead in Garland, TX, Sunday.
The woman identified by GotNewsDotCom’s ace reporter Shannon Knutsen is in fact the wife of a man living in Birmingham, England, Abu Hussain Al-Britani.
Despite having no valid proof that Soofi, 34, was even married, here’s what Johnson’s GotNews published:
It should come as no surprise that the usual RWNJs now take this travesty of reporting as the gospel truth and are harassing the owner of that Twitter account, plus anyone with a similar account name.
Knutsen’s reporting is wrong on multiple levels. Al-Britani was not one of the shooters. He’s still alive — in England. The woman referenced in the article is in fact his wife, though.
The real shooters, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were apparently both single and sharing an apartment in Phoenix. Simpson may have been following al-Britani’s Twitter account, but al-Britani is not Soofi, being alive and all.
But it’s Award Winning Journalism, folks!
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As usual, our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) is trying to elbow his way into the story of the shootings in Garland, Texas — he went to the scene of the attack and actually posted pictures of himself trespassing and tampering with the crime scene, and boasting about it.
Notice that Johnson calls the yellow tape “caution tape.” Uh, no. It’s clearly marked, “CRIME SCENE - DO NOT CROSS.” That’s a bit stronger than a “caution,” wouldn’t you say?
He broke the law here, clearly and obviously, then posted the evidence himself and bragged about it. The fact is that deliberately crossing into a marked police investigation scene is a crime, and carries a possible prison sentence.
I notified Garland PD about this clear case of obstruction of justice and trespassing — if you have a Twitter account, please retweet these to bring it to the police’s attention:
48 hour rule applies here, we don’t have real details on who or why, although we all probably want to speculate.
At least two people were shot Sunday afternoon in the parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting its inaugural Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit and $10,000 Cartoon Contest.
The cartoon exhibit featured “images of Islam’s prophet, both historic and contemporary, and speeches by leading voices of freedom and internationally renowned free speech advocates,” according to an AFDI release
The gunmen or their motives are not yet identified, and I’m still not going to speculate on that. What I will say is that the press is being remiss in their duty to report all of the facts.
So I will detail the history, not because I think the gunmen are somehow justified, (they are not, whatever their motive,) but rather that the public needs to be fully informed before shaping opinions.
In this country you have the right to hate, to be a bigot, and everyone else has the right to point that out.
Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, and their foreign allies have used their Free Speech rights in the US to persistently smear, hate, and defame all Muslims worldwide for over a decade. The history is long, and includes all of the standard theocratic hateful lies & libels traded in tit for tat manner by the six major branches of Abrahamic religions circling the Mid East since the time of Alexander. It also includes newly minted modern conspiracy theories cooked up by Spencer and Geller (creeping sharia anyone?)
You could write a book debunking the insane bigotry of these two and their allies, but I’m not going to - instead I will link the many pages here at this site that detail the long history of bigoted insanity and the alliance with the new Far Right movement in Europe in the hopes that real reporters will delve into this and make sure the U.S. Public at least understands the background.
I will finish by saying this: if you sling shit at a group of people long enough eventually you will find the mean, the crazed, and the extreme among them, and that’s been Geller’s plan all along. There is free speech, and there is provocative free speech designed to make you think, and then further on the edges is free speech designed to provoke, I will let you decide where in this spectrum that Geller lies.
LGF history on Pamela Geller:
LGF history on Robert Spencer:
Southern Poverty Law Center on Pamela Geller:
Southern Poverty Law Center on Robert Spencer:
Lindsey Bever at The Washington Post does a good job of painting the full picture:
One of the suspects, his prior terror indictment from the FBI, and his possible motives has been identified in this ABC story:
Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Africa, but a judge ruled the government did not adequately prove he was going to join a terror group there.
ABC identifies one of the shooters as Elton Simpson, of Arizona. Convicted by FBI previously for lying to them. http://t.co/IWYp50Zpqi
Alabama Shakes experienced a meteoric rise following the release of their 2012 debut and took their time crafting their sophomore album, expanding on their soulful blues-rock sound. Last week, timed to the release of their new CD, Sound & Color, they performed live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series.
Watch / Listen to the full session here: kcrw.com
Rand Paul, Abbot of Texas, now Ted Cruz. If they aren’t directly and blatantly pandering to the nutjob Base of their party, then they are all complete Idiots. With a capital I.
I bet Harvard wishes they could just erase this particular alumnus from their ranks. What a fucking embarrassment.
Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy SEALs. Conspiracy theorists operating on the fringes of the conservative blogosphere, however, have other ideas about what the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, is intended to do - such as implement martial law, seize Americans’ guns, and imprison political dissidents.
Rather than squash those theories outright, Cruz apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” he said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”
This short film was made in association with Talenthouse. Mark Knopfler requested independent filmmakers create their own visual interpretations of the song.