Here’s a traditional overnight open thread, for overnight discussions, folderol and general goofing off.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and finally got around to it — we now have a page at GoFundMe where you can donate any amount you like to help support LGF, so we can continue providing you with great content and services like our user-submitted LGF Pages. Here’s the link, at which there are more details and a fundraising pitch: Little Green Footballs Fundraiser - GoFundMe.
There’s also a badge at the top of our right sidebar to quickly get to the same page.
Predictably, some of our right wing friends are getting themselves worked up over this and spewing insults; for example, John Nolte from Breitbart “News:”
Money-grubbing, American troop-hating liar is asking for donations… https://t.co/6UInKZjNHw
And of course, the Ginger Avenger also noticed:
The lesser Charles Johnson is asking for donations to write about the better Charles Johnson.
Blogger Charles the Lesser seeking funds to write about Journalist Charles C Johnson, continue stalking & online bullying.
So if you need a good reason to donate (besides the fact that it will help pay our server costs), keep in mind that it will make people like John Nolte and Chuck C. Johnson very sad. (Because it will help us continue calling them out for their right wing insanity.)
Thank you very much in advance for anything you can contribute!
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.
@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!
Texas Gov. Abbott Falls For Right Wing Conspiracy Theory, Orders Texas Guard to ‘Monitor’ Planned Military Exercises
Alex Jones cultists have occupied Austin and taken over the governor’s mind. It should be emphasized that these orders have gone to the STATE Guard, not the Texas National Guard. The State Guard is an unpaid and usually unarmed (though officially sanctioned) volunteer militia.
I’ve noticed an interesting and rather bizarre back narrative in the uproar over this Jade Helm exercise. A lot of the alarmed citizens seem to be unaware that the US military has ever conducted exercises like this in the United States, or that its missiles, tanks, and other equipment have always been stationed, and periodically moved around, in this country. I know it is weird, but what other inference can you draw when people carry on about this being “unprecedented” or various kinds of equipment appearing “suddenly” in locales where it has in fact been visible for years? One conspiraloon spelled it out to me. She threw their standard claim at me that I was only “taking the government’s word for it” when I pointed out that Reese Air Force Base had conducted military training near Lubbock for almost 50 years.
The same propaganda technique, pretending that the familiar and routine is new and sinister, is very much on display in the similar conspiracist uproar over recent ammunition purchases by various federal agencies. Published records show that similar orders have been placed in past years for similar amounts, and this goes back as far as you care to go. Should our 50,000 Coast Guard personnel (who work for DHS) have to buy their own ammunition to maintain the required handgun proficiency? The IRS needs ammunition because some of its field agents are armed and guns are useless without practice. The necessity for this should be obvious to anyone who knows what hard core tax evaders are like.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a two-month long U.S. military exercise scheduled to be held in Bastrop County this summer. The move comes amid suspicions from some residents (and the Internet) about the motivations behind the training.
The exercises, designated Operation Jade Helm 15, will involve more than 1,200 soldiers, Marines and others between July 15 and September 15. The military says the exercise is intended to train personnel on acclimating to unfamiliar terrain and climates.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Lastoria, says the summer months will offer an ideal training climate.
“After driving around Texas all of two weeks ago logging in about 900 miles in less than 48 hours, I can see the terrain is very challenging and is going to make our soldiers sweat,” Lastoria said. “And sweating in peacetime is what we want because we want to reduce the bleeding in wartime.”
On Monday, dozens of people filled the Bastrop County Commissioners Court to voice concerns about the military exercises. Lastoria took a number of questions from people who suspect Jade Helm is something nefarious. Bastrop County resident Daniel DuCloux has some reservations about the training program.
“I think historically, it’s much more common for governments to be tyrannical and infringe on other’s rights,” DuCloux said. “So when you see a large military build-up like this, I think it’s our duty as citizens to question what’s going on and to find answers. I mean, if we don’t, then who will?”
Here’s an open thread to discuss the terrible events in Baltimore or anything else.
Sort of amazed that anyone familiar with Baltimore is shocked by the rioting tonight. http://t.co/O7icuxrCXM
One more thought on the Indiana “no gays allowed” bill, to kick off our overnight open thread:
As my grandmother used to say, “You can gild a turd, but you can’t make it smell no better.”
Many eyes around the world are directed today towards Israel, where 5,883,365 eligible citizens poured into more than ten thousand voting stations to determine the identity of the country’s next prime minister and the make-up of its government coalition.
With polls now closed, it is estimated that 71.8% of eligible citizens voted in this election, representing the largest turnout since 1999.
Initial exit polls made public at 22:00 Israeli time (16:00 EST), have presented a close competition between the Likud, headed by current PM Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Zionist camp headed by Yizhak Herzog, with both parties essentially tied with 27 projected knesset seats each; The newly formed Arab list, a coalition between four Israeli-Arab parties, has made history and secured its place as the third largest party in the country with 13 projected seats; Yesh Atid, headed by former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, is the forth largest party with 12. Given the close results, analysts are predicting that the final election results will probably not be known before Thursday.
Despite claims by Netanyahu, who called on his supporters to arrive in large numbers due to “a significant Arab voter turnout”, no unusual turnout was noted among votes in the Israeli-Arab sector.
Earlier today, the Likud was forced to admit it distributed an edited tape of former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, now running at the head of his own party, Kulanu. The tape, which made use of a two-year-old recording from when Kahlon was a Likud member, was used in election calls, misleading voters into believing that Kahlon was supporting PM Netanyahu. The Likud was banned from using the tape and was fined 20,000 NIS by the court.
Some photos from today’s trip to the election booth (disclaimer: this writer is a dual US/Israeli citizen, and as such is eligible to vote while in Israel):
Russian Liberal politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated across the street from the Kremlin today:
He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the center of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby.
“Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back,” an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said by telephone.
Nemstov was a long time Putin critic. He was shot on his way home from conducting a TV interview. He had been scheduled to be part of a major anti-war rally on March 1st
More: Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow
More of Nemtsov’s background:
Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Борис Ефимович Немцóв; 9 October 1959 - 27 February 2015) was a Russian statesman and liberal politician, a co-chair of the RPR-PARNAS political party, one of the leaders of the Solidarnost movement and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin.
Nemtsov was the first governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (1991-97). Later he worked in Government of Russia as Minister of fuel and energy (1997), Vice Premier of Russia and Security Council member from 1997 to 1998. In 1998 he founded the Young Russia movement. In 1998, he co-founded the coalition group Right Cause and in 1999, he co-formed Union of Right Forces, electoral bloc and subsequently political party. He was elected several times as Russian parliament member. Nemtsov was a member of Congress of People’s Deputies (1990), Federation Council (1993-1997) and State Duma (1999-2003). He also worked as Vice Speaker of the State Duma and the leader of parliamentary group of Union of Right Forces. After a split in the Union of Right Forces in 2008, he co-founded Solidarnost. In 2010, he co-formed coalition For Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption (was refused in registration as party). Since 2012 Nemtsov has been co-chair of Republican Party of Russia - People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS), a registered political party.
He was a candidate of physico-mathematical sciences, was as an author of several publications criticising the Putin administration, and was an active organizer and participant of Dissenters’ Marches, Strategy-31 and rallies «For Fair Elections»
Putin is of course deeply concerned
Putin is already floating his own theory of what happened, according to Dmitry Zaks of AFP:
Less than an hour after Nemtsov death was reported, Putin entered into the controvsery around his death in a second way. Putin is “taking personal control of the investigation into Nemtsov’s murder,” according to a Kremlin spokesperson, someting that will not be reassuring to Putin’s opponents.
Obituary from Radio Free Europe
Once dubbed the “golden boy” of Russian politics in the media, Nemtsov was later named first deputy prime minister by Yeltsin, a move that many interpreted as the Russian leader’s bid to groom his heir to the Kremlin.
After Yeltsin handed over power to Putin, who was elected president in 2000, Nemtsov became a vocal critic of the new Russian leader as the Kremlin moved to stifle critical media outlets and launched a campaign against wealthy Yeltsin-era oligarchs who refused to toe the government’s line.
Nemtsov served as a deputy in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, during Putin’s first term. He lost his seat in 2003 parliamentary elections that saw the pro-Kremlin party United Russia seize an overwhelming majority.
In the ensuing years, he led an array of liberal-minded opposition movements and parties, and authored reports accusing Putin’s government of massive corruption.
In 2013, Nemtsov released a report alleging that officials and businessmen had stolen up to $30 billion in funds earmarked to finance the 2014 Winter Olympics in his hometown, Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“It is obvious that Putin’s friends are running the preparations for the Olympic Games,” Nemtsov told RFE/RL at the time. “It is also obvious that one is reluctant to put his own friends behind bars. However, we cannot look at all this passively because the scale [of their activities] will only grow bigger. The embezzlement they are presiding over is not just some kind of children’s game but a real threat to Russia’s national security.”
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