Rick Wiles, the Christian fascist radio show host, had fake “ex-terrorist” Walid Shoebat on his show this week and the results were predictably idiotic. Obama is a jihadist, blah blah blah, he’s using gay rights and ISIS (which he’s in favor of, despite bombing the shit out of them) to destroy America. Stop me if you’ve heard this bullshit before.
He is waging jihad from inside the White House, his foreign policy is 100 percent pro-Islam, he has waged jihad on this country, he has shredded the Constitution, he has defiled the U.S. military by forcing the military to accept homosexuality,” he said.
“Obama is destroying Christian America, that’s his assignment as a jihadist, it is to destroy Christian America.”
After Promising the End of Government Shutdowns, Mitch McConnell Threatens Another Government Shutdown
If you want a more dysfunctional and delusional government, elect more GOP members to congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged to strong arm President Obama into adopting a host of Republican policy priorities, from repealing the Affordable Care Act to undoing environmental regulations, should Republicans take back the senate in November. In the process, the Kentucky senator appeared to undermine his pledge to avoid future government shutdowns.
In an interview with Politico published on Wednesday, McConnell laid out a plan of attaching policy riders to must-pass spending measures and forcing Obama into a standoff: sign off on the bill or close down the federal government.
“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell told the publication. Obama, McConnell added, “needs to be challenged, and the best way to do that is through the funding process. He would have to make a decision on a given bill, whether there’s more in it that he likes than dislikes.”
Six years ago party positions weren’t miles apart.
It’s hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, backed cap-and-trade for carbon emissions. After joining his ticket, so did Sarah Palin. But back then, lots of Republicans and conservatives also supported an individual mandate to buy health insurance. The Republican Party of 2008 was a big enough tent to include people who admitted demonstrable problems existed and supported free-market-oriented solutions. Not anymore. The rise of the Tea Party movement and the rightward shift of the Republican base and the politicians who pander to it put an end to all that. Whoever is the Republican nominee for president in 2016, it’s a safe bet that he - and yes, it will be a he, as all the leading contenders are male - will oppose taking any action on climate change. Chances are that he won’t even admit it exists.
The Republicans basically fall into four categories: (1) Flat-Earthers, who deny the existence of manmade climate change; (2) Born-Again Flat-Earthers, who do the same, but who had admitted climate change exists back before President Obama took office; (3) Do-Nothings, who sort of admit the reality of climate change but oppose actually taking any steps to prevent it; and (4) Dodgers, who have avoided saying whether they believe climate change is happening, and who also don’t want to take any steps to alleviate it. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fall into the latter category. The Do-Nothings are blue and purple state governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio. In a sign of how far rightward Republicans have moved since 2008, these are actually the guys who are trying to position themselves as relatively moderate and pragmatic. The Born-Agains are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Both are staunch conservatives but only partial wingnuts. Back when that meant believing in climate change, they did, but they have since followed their base into fantasyland. Everyone else is an outright denier and always has been.
Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown, reportedly left home with his family a few days before his name was made public. A fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than $10,000 to cover the financial needs of Wilson’s family, “including legal fees.” (The campaign has since increased its goal to $100,000.)
It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted. Delores Jones-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, looked at 21 publicized cases from 1994 through 2009 in which a police officer killed an unarmed black person. Of those, only seven cases resulted in an indictment—for criminally negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, or violation of civil rights—and only three officers were found guilty.
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said yesterday.
Urbanization and habitat encroaching are known to negatively affect plants and animals. However, a study by researchers at the University of Sydney has found that city life helps a certain species of spiders to grow large and produce more offspring.
“Our findings show the impact urbanisation can have on local wildlife. While many species do not survive encroaching urbanisation and the consequent loss of native habitat, others have a more complex relationship with man-made changes to the landscape,” said Elizabeth Lowe, a PhD candidate in the University’s School of Biological Sciences and lead author of a study.
For the study, the researchers collected golden orb-weaving spiders (Nephila plumipes) from different sites in Sydney and from the countryside too. These spiders are abundant in Australia and can be found both in cities as well as in the countryside. These eight-legged creatures tend to stay at the same location.
Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following a Wednesday night thunderstorm but things were largely peaceful.
Attorney General Eric Holder sought to calm tensions with a visit there yesterday. The visit came more than a week after the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Protesters marched around a single block in Ferguson overnight pressing for violence, like the kind that claimed the life of Michael Brown, to end.
Some police officers wore regular uniforms -but not riot gear- as they controlled the smaller crowds…but they made 6 arrests compared to the 47 the night before.
Israeli airstrikes killed three senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas early Thursday in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, Israeli and Palestinian officials said, the most significant blow to the group’s leadership since Israel’s operation in Gaza began more than six weeks ago.
The attack, which also killed the father of a leading Gaza human-rights advocate, followed Israel’s assassination attempt Tuesday night on Mohammed Deif, the shadowy chief of Hamas’s military operations who has topped Israel’s most-wanted list for years. Mr. Deif’s fate remains unknown, but his wife and baby son were among those killed in the strike on a Gaza City home.
A historic swell and epic conditions were on tap for the Top 34 on the first day of competition at the 2014 ASP Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch highlights from the mind-blowing action, featuring “WYK” from rockers Restavrant.
Round 2 resumes in sporadic conditions as the field fights to stay in the contest during the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch up on all the action with Day 2 highlights, featuring Walking, from Ash Grunwald.
Shabazz is a known agitator who inserts himself into any racially charged situation that’s in the news, see Southern Poverty Law Center’s write up on him here:
The news report from KMOV, video at link.
Many African American church leaders told News 4 a man pretending to spread messages of peace is actually escalating violence in Ferguson.
Pastors are pointing the finger at Malik Shabazz, the former leader of the New Black Panther Party, and many church leaders want him to leave Ferguson.
“I am upset with a certain group of them that are rebel rousers. We know them by name. Last night was the scariest night of my life,” said Pastor Mike Robinson.
Robinson said there is growing concern over Shabazz and what he is doing in Ferguson.