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January 23, 2015
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Digest for January 20th through January 23rd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 20th through January 23rd:

  • 7 enormous lies “American Sniper” is telling America – This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in…
  • Jon Stewart’s brilliant “F**k you”: Why sputtering obscenity is sometimes the best response to Fox News insanity – “One of the most salient features of our culture,” writes philosopher Harry Frankfurt, “is that there is so much bullshit.” This is an inconvenient fact of life for those who don’t like being…
  • “Be a Man.” What Does That Even Mean? – Man up! Grow a pair! Don't be a pussy! That's the message boys still get from coaches and peers, movies and video games, and all too often their own fathers. It's the message those fathers grew up…
  • What Happens When a Civilian Kills a Cop in Self Defense? – The careless use of SWAT teams in no-knock drug raids — when heavily armed police burst into a home without warning — has resulted in a long list of innocent people being killed or seriously…
  • Imagine Something Different – “Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both…
  • Young Woman Serving 30 Years for a Miscarriage Receives No Pardon – This is what the right-wing war on women looks like.
  • American Liar – Chris Kyle, author of the runaway best-seller American Sniper, was a military hero who killed 160 people during his four tours of duty in Iraq and is now the subject of an Oscar-nominated blockbuster. He was also a fabulist. Before his tragic murder in 2013, Kyle told a number of extremely dubious stories. In one tale, Kyle claimed he killed two carjackers at a gas station southwest of Dallas, and that his driver’s license directed local police officers who questioned him to contact the Department of Defense. Kyle also claimed he traveled to post-Katrina New Orleans with a sniper friend, set up his gun atop the Superdome, and picked off dozens of armed looters.

January 20, 2015
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Digest for January 20th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 20th from 09:48 to 12:26:

January 16, 2015
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Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi To Beyoncé

From Benghazi and Beyoncé, to the terrorist attack in Paris, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.

The world is still reeling from the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which ten journalists and two police officers died. At least, most of the world was still reeling. America’s wingnuts were riding the fresh wave of Islamophobia rising in the western world.

Rupert Murdoch warned of a “growing jihadist cancer” via Twitter.

Comedian Aziz Ansari proceed to mock Murdoch unmercifully.

Ansari had so much to say, that he created a hashtag for it all: #RupertsFault.

Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling slammed Murdoch for imposing collective guilt on all Muslims.

Rowling also praised the Muslim hero who saved Jewish lives in Paris.

Former congressman Joe Walsh tweeted that Islamists should behead those who refused to run an image of the first cover of Charlie Hebdo after the attack.

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Benghazi

The federal investigation into former CIA director David Petraeus has been going on for three years now, but on January 9, FBI and Justice Department investigators recommended charges against Petraeus. Wingnuttia smelled a conspiracy, of course.

Beyoncé

Former Arkansas governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee slammed President and Mrs. Obama’s parenting skills, for letting their daughter listen to the music of Beyoncé. Out promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school … and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable” in Beyoncé’s lyrics, or in choreography “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.” Huckabee described Beyoncé as “mental poison” in his book.

Meanwhile, in response to a caller who asked why he made “disparaging comments about Huckabee,” Glenn Beck called Mike Huckabee a liar and “one of the most disingenuous men I have ever, ever met.” “He is Jeb Bush, hiding behind the cross,” Beck added. “He is a liar to your face. He is a very disingenuous man.”

Mike Huckabee’s own son, David Huckabee, once lost his job as a Boy Scout camp counselor for killing a stray dog, by hanging him by his neck, slitting his throat, and stoning him to death, and was once arrested for having a gun in his bag at the airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. So, Huckabee might want to ease up on criticizing anyone else’s parenting.

Here’s hoping Huckabee is looking over his shoulder, because the “Beygency” has him in its sights by now.

Here’s the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week:

January 15, 2015
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Digest for January 15th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 15th from 15:00 to 15:33:

January 13, 2015
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Digest for January 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 13th from 14:09 to 14:20:

  • It’s Not Just the Cops – Public defenders know that the trouble with our justice system extends far beyond abusive policing
  • Have you experienced homophobia in your day-to-day life? – Last week a BBC radio presenter held hands with one of his male reporters on a Luton street and was shocked by the homophobia they encountered. We’d like to hear from people who have experienced this not as an experiment, but in their everyday lives Last week, two male radio presenters in Luton conducted an experiment to see what reaction they would get while holding hands around the town.
  • #blacklivesmatter voted 2014’s word of the year in US – Twitter protest hashtag is overwhelming victor in American Dialect Society’s annual poll of language experts.
  • The Top 5 LGBT Issues for 2015 – Underneath these headline-grabbing stories lay decades of systemic inequity that shape the lives of queer and transgender people of color. Here are five issues to follow in 2015.
  • Is There Any Relief in Sight for Our Overtested Kids? – If you're contemplating ways to suck the spirit out of a school, this is an effective one. Studies have shown the importance of the first few weeks of school for fostering relationships and building motivation in children. Instead, we were forced to take a route that was sterile and demoralizing—a school-wide lobotomy, if you will. Each morning my former students would trundle into my classroom to submit to an onslaught of questions whose responses were restrained to an A,B,C,D paradigm that rewarded compliance and rote memorization at the expense of creativity and critical thinking.
  • “Has America gone crazy?” – It's a question that dogs me wherever I travel abroad — and one for which I increasingly have no easy answer
  • More Police in Schools Means More Student Arrests [Infographic] – It ought not come as a surprise by now. Institutions with school resource officers–that is, school-based law enforcement personnel–report student arrests for disorderly conduct at nearly five times the rate of schools without similar personnel on campus, according to an infographic released by Boston University. The graphic examines the unequal toll that zero-tolerance policies and discipline have on black and Latino students, and the long chain of consequences that harsh discipline can trigger for young people–including lockup, expensive court-related fees and fines, and a cycle of arrest and jail time. The takeaway is that harsh discipline not only doesn't benefit its targeted students, it also sets them on a path that's dangerous and difficult to correct.
  • 10 things every parent of a transgender child needs to know – Here are my recommendations of 10 things every parent needs to know about their transgender child.
  • Here’s the real reason police unions protect the worst cops – Police unions were created to get rid of bad cops. But today they protect them.

January 5, 2015
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Digest for January 5th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 5th from 13:07 to 13:25:

  • Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes. Let’s help LGBT kids get out | Jessica Valenti – We know that conversion therapy is harmful and that there are few good options for children removed from their parents. We need better options
  • Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident’ – When a white, female shooter is calmly taken into custody, it’s hard not to believe there is a racial double standard.
  • The Brutes in Blue: From Ferguson to Freedom – Ferguson is not a wake-up call to black America, which has been well aware of the injustices and oppression their communities have faced daily, yearly, and over the course of decades and centuries. Ferguson is a wake-up call for white America, to look and learn from the lived experiences of black America, and to join with their brothers and sisters in active struggle against the system which has made Ferguson the status quo.
  • Just How Many Bad Cops are There and What’s Their Impact? – Can you think of ANY profession, where lives hang in the balance, that you would be comfortable with if there were only 90,000 in the US that are bad and wanted to use their positions to do you and your family harm? Of course not. Not when your families lives are directly impacted by whether or not they are good or bad.
  • Are Evangelical Christian Parents Killing Their LGBT Kids? – Last week another transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, took her life because, she said, her parents rejected her. LGBT activist, Dan Savage, has called for charges to be brought against Leelah’s parents and even suggested that Leelah’s siblings be removed from the home. Are her parents really at fault? What about other LGBT kids in Christian homes? Are they also at risk because their parents are Christians? Is it that simple?
  • Changing Masculinity: It’s Time to Pivot – Whichever your point of view, the way masculinity is handled in society needs to change.
  • How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor – Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

December 22, 2014
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Digest for December 19th through December 22nd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 19th through December 22nd:

December 18, 2014
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Taking Money From Obamacare Won’t Cure What’s Wrong With Kansas

Conservative economic policy turned Kansas into a “smoking ruin.” Now, a cure for what’s the matter with Kansas is coming from an unexpected source.

In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed into law a massive tax cut that he said would boost the state’s economy. Brownback even mused about eliminating income tax altogether. That’s how enthusiastic he was. Conservatives were enthusiastic too. Kansas was going to show America how it was done, and Sam Brownback would be a serious contender for the presidency. Never mind what we already know about tax cuts.

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December 16, 2014
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Digest for December 15th through December 16th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 15th through December 16th:

December 15, 2014
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Digest for December 10th through December 15th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 10th through December 15th:

  • Those Who Approved Torture Shouldn’t Be Above the Law – If we don’t hold our officials accountable for having authorized such conduct, we become complicit in it. The prisoners were tortured in our names. Now that the torture has been exposed in such detail, our failure to act would signify a kind of tacit approval.
  • The media treats Dick Cheney like the royals on vacation. He should be in jail | Trevor Timm – Torture architects have been allowed to explain away rape and detention of innocent people. If we can’t lock him up instead, shouldn’t we at least be able to hold the next Dick Cheney accountable?
  • Help Us, Dear God – Somewhere in our country lies an as yet undiscovered gravesite and an appropriate stone to mark the date of death and the burial of the brain of one Richard Cheney, the 46th Vice President of the United States, familiarly and deservedly known as Dick.
  • It’s Not the Law – but Prosecutors – That Give Immunity to Killer Cops – Of course, the feds and their state and local counterparts will not break their pact with the police – not until a people in angry, righteous motion create conditions of ungovernability in America’s cities that allows no other choice.
  • William E. Douglas, Jr.: I CAN’T BREATHE! – I felt this was larger than that poor man, a father and grandfather, being suffocated by the institutions meant to protect and serve him. I felt this howling wail issuing across the country was an expression of something deeper we have felt, but remained unconscious of.
  • What Sexual Assault Does To The Brain – Though we may never know what happened in this particular case, it's not uncommon for trauma survivors to have very fragmented recollections and difficulty with details, according to psychologist Dr. David Lisak, a forensic consultant and sexual abuse expert. This can sometimes lead to an incorrect retelling of the story.