October 21st, 2010

  • merig00

13 injured in Kassam training site explosion in Rafah

Five children and three women among casualties after blast at Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades site located in southern Gaza Strip.

A powerful explosion ripped through a Hamas Kassam rocket training site in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Ma'an news agency reported.

In a statement Hamas did not give a cause for the blast in the town of Rafah. The Israeli military said it wasn't involved, which suggests that the explosion was an accident.

The blast shook through the densely crowded Tel As-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah. Hamas said thirteen people were injured during the explosion, including five children and three women, all by flying glass shrapnel.

Ambulance crews arrived on the scene to evacuate the injured to Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, said Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights has repeatedly called on the territory's Hamas rulers not to store explosive materials in civilian areas. It said a similar explosion in August wounded 58 people and destroyed seven houses.


NPR Ends Juan Williams's Contract After Comments on Muslims

NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.

NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

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Video of Juan Williams's and O'Reilly's comments about Muslims:

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ETA 2: Juan Williams responds to being fired by NPR. Upset he didn't get the courtesy of getting "to come in and do this eyeball-to-eyeball?"

Depression ~ Exhaustion
  • mzflux

So much for political discourse...


While I was already aware of the corporate astroturfing within the Tea Party movement, this man's straightforward enthusiasm for lying bewilders me. How he cannot cringe while ordering people to act as if they've read something they haven't even skimmed is beyond me. It's depressing that he's calling for such a blatant lack of morality and intellect from his audience. He places information suppression above genuine political dialogue and he's not even a little bit ashamed. If he's not comfortably unethical than I can only assume he's a master at cognitive dissonance.
mus | like a bird in a cage

Walkom: Khadr’s only hope is U.S. embarrassment

If Gitmo prisoner Omar Khadr catches a break, it won't be courtesy of his own government.

Nor will it be the result of lobbying by his Canadian compatriots, most of whom — according to the polls — just don't care.

Rather, it will be because Washington desperately wants to avoid the embarrassment of having its first post- 9/11 war crimes trial focused on a man whose alleged offence — killing an enemy soldier in the heat of battle — occurred when he was 15.

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Janeway - Side

Efforts to Prosecute Blackwater Are Collapsing

By James Risen

WASHINGTON — Nearly four years after the federal government began a string of investigations and criminal prosecutions against Blackwater Worldwide personnel accused of murder and other violent crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cases are beginning to fall apart, burdened by a legal obstacle of the government’s own making.
In the most recent and closely watched case, the Justice Department on Monday said that it would not seek murder charges against Andrew J. Moonen, a Blackwater armorer accused of killing a guard assigned to an Iraqi vice president on Dec. 24, 2006. Justice officials said that they were abandoning the case after an investigation that began in early 2007, and included trips to Baghdad by federal prosecutors and F.B.I. agents to interview Iraqi witnesses.

The government’s decision to drop the Moonen case follows a series of failures by prosecutors around the country in cases aimed at former personnel of Blackwater, which is now known as Xe Services. In September, a Virginia jury was unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of two former Blackwater guards accused of killing two Afghan civilians. Late last year, charges were dismissed against five former Blackwater guards who had been indicted on manslaughter and related weapons charges in a September 2007 shooting incident in Nisour Square in Baghdad, in which 17 Iraqi civilians were killed.


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ice cream

Black councilman told he should work in cotton field

A squabble at a council meeting in a Georgia city has caught the attention of the NAACP after a white councilman told his black counterpart that he should be working in a cotton field.

The exchange took place in a recent Warner Robins City Council meeting near Macon, Georgia, said Larry Holmes, president of the NAACP in Houston County.

"They need to learn to respect each other, and they need to stop all the name calling," Holmes said.

"Ever since this new council was elected, there has been different problems. For one thing, they just can't seem to function there in a more pleasant and peaceful manner."

The controversial "cotton field" exchange happened at the meeting at the Warner Robins City Council earlier in October, said CNN affiliate WMAZ-TV in Macon.

The heated argument captured on tape was between council members John Williams, who is white, and Daron Lee, who is black, the affiliate reported.

During the exchange, Lee said he was tired of being interrupted and was upset about how he was treated at an earlier meeting.

"I was disrespected last Monday. I'm getting about tired of you all, talking to me any kind of way. I'm not working in a cotton field," Lee said.

Williams paused for a second and then replied, "You should be."

Lee then walked out of the meeting but later returned, the TV station reported.

The racial talk continued during the public comment period of the meeting. One resident suggested that the City Council should get diversity training.

Lee told the affiliate later it was not the first time that he has heard racially insensitive remarks at a meeting.

"He smiles in your face and makes racial remarks," Lee said. "I am pretty much used to it by now. I had it last meeting. It is a poor representation of the council."

Williams explained his remarks to the affiliate.

"I worked in the cotton field," Williams said. "I drove a cotton basket many miles. It is not a racial remark at all. [Lee] makes everything racial."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has written a letter to the City Council that Williams should resign, Holmes said.

"We're just saying if they can't work together that maybe someone needs to resign," Holmes said.


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Don't read the comments at either source.
Chibis- Keith Gaga

Fox News Sued By Ex-Employee Alleging He Was Fired For Complaining About Workplace Racism

Fox News Sued By Ex-Employee Alleging He Was Fired For Complaining About Workplace Racism

Fox News is facing a lawsuit from a former technician who alleges that while at the network, he faced "daily abuse, fear and humiliation" from other employees because of his race, and when he eventually complained, he was fired.

One instance occurred during the 2008 presidential campaign. According to the complaint filed by Harmeen Jones, 32, who is African-American, two of his coworkers said in front of him that they wouldn't feel comfortable having a black president. Jones alleges that one of the men looked at him, saw he was uncomfortable and said, "[A]m I offending your blackness?"

Another example came during the health care debate, when he and his co-workers were working in the "intake room" with screens showing footage from a tea party rally. "[T]his is what happens when you mess with white people's health care," one of the men allegedly told Jones.
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Anyone surprised? I'm sorry, bluetooth16.

Sebastián Piñera = attention whore. The pope is still Catholic and bears still shit in the woods.

Cecilia Morel is bored whenever Piñera shows the paper of the miners

In a video circulating on YouTube, the first lady asks the president not to show a group of reporters in London the message "We are well in the refuge, the 33." But the president ignores her and takes from his pocket and shows the copy of the page written in bright red letters.

The first lady Cecila Morel is bored whenever the president Sebastián Piñera whips out every chance he can get, the message written in red letters from this past August, sent to the surface by the 33 miners trapped beneath the surface of the San Jose mine.

It was so evident in a video circulating on YouTube, showing the head of state speaking English with a group of journalists in London, the first leg of his European tour that also took him to France and continues with him in Germany.

In the pictures, the head of state said on camera he carried with him several gifts, including copies of the first message sent by the miners, when his wife, without losing her smile, whispers "do not show it."

But Piñera ignores her and also displays the message that says "We are well in the refuge, the 33" and continues, noting that he is also carrying a piece of rock taken from the depths of the Copiapina reservoir, presumably the same rock he later gave Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, without losing her composure, the first lady is still looking, still smiling, with an attitude that could be interpreted as relief when Piñera folded up the message and placed it back in his pocket.

The exact moment of this episode appears 44 seconds into the video:

Lolz, I kind of love Cecilia Morel, just because even she knows what a clown her husband is. Also, I totally get some Jenny Sanford vibes from her (because it was rumored that they were separated before the past election and that Piñera begged her to get back together with him so that he could run for president).
almost forgot the source

Lesbians don't belong anywhere, according to some people

The recent gay bashing incidents in LGBT-friendly New York City, including one especially abhorrent attack in the Bronx, have made national headlines. While it is uncertain whether the attacks have always been occurring with such frequency and failed to receive media attention or whether there has been an increase in anti-gay bias, the uptick in anti-gay sentiment reported in the media has been disturbing, especially during LGBT History month.

Most of the situations involve bias against gay men, but The Stir has listed several incidents in the past few years involving gay women, many occurring in places where one wouldn’t expect such blatant displays of ignorance. While none of these incidents resulted in violence, they are a sign that, despite making great strides towards equality and acceptance, we still have a long fight ahead of us.

A lesbian couple talk about being kicked out of a Baltimore Ravens game:

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Heath smoking

Toxic substance forces closure of AZ Rep.Grijalva's office

*Breaking News*
Police locked down the Tucson congressional office of Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) on Thursday afternoon after staffers received a package containing a “confirmed” toxic substance, a Grijalva spokesman said.

A suspicious package with swastikas written on the envelope was mailed Thursday to the Tucson office, where about a dozen staffers work. Upon inspection, it was found the package contained a white powder authorities later determined to be toxic, said Grijalva campaign spokesman Adam Sarvana.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43985.html#ixzz132qsRcrc

For the record, Grivalja is an outspoken opponent of the SB-1070, the Arizona Immigration law. He appeared on Keith Olbermann just now and said that he was sure that his opposition to the bill is what is behind this attack and confirmed that he's received numerous threats before this.

  This is some fucked up shit, here.


Brazil election and why is #serrarojas a TT

Lula accuses opposition candidate of feigning attack

Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday accused the opposition-party presidential candidate, Jose Serra, of feigning an attack during a campaign event.

'It is a blatant lie,' Lula said.

He claimed that the centre-right Serra staged a 'farce' when he said he had been hit in the head by an object hurled at him Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro by supporters of Lula's Workers' Party (PT). Dilma Rousseff, Serra's rival in the runoff presidential election of October 31, is also a member of the party and has been endorsed by Lula.

'That episode turned yesterday into farce day, lie day,' Lula said at a press conference in the southern Brazilian city of Rio Grande.

Serra said he was attacked Wednesday during a campaign walk in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Campo Grande, allegedly by PT supporters. As a result of the attack, the centre-right candidate cancelled the remainder of his campaign in Rio ahead of the runoff October 31.
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Brazil's ugly abortion reality lost in election noise

(Reuters) - It was a little-noticed headline amid the daily crime, violence and accidents in Rio de Janeiro's rough outskirts -- Adriana de Souza Queiroz, 26, dead after a clandestine abortion went wrong.

Queiroz, who scraped a living handing out pamphlets and was 3 or 4 months pregnant, last month became one of the some 300 Brazilian women who die each year after back street abortions.

The issue of abortion in the world's most populous Roman Catholic country has been thrust into the spotlight by a presidential election in which front-running candidate Dilma Rousseff has been punished by religious voters for her past support for decriminalizing the procedure.

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Brazil's Green Party to remain neutral in run-off vote

The defeated Green Party candidate in Brazil's presidential election has said she will remain neutral before a second round run-off vote on 31 October.

Marina Silva, who won 19% of the vote in the first round, said this would allow the Greens to boost their support and advance the environmental agenda.

"We should place ourselves in a position as moderators," she explained.

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Pffft, this campaign is disgusting, makes Fernando Collor look classy etc, etc.