Jan. 21st, 2010 01:13 pm
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'Oath Keepers' Leader Arrested for Child Rape; Cops Find Stolen Grenade Launcher In His House
We first noticed Marine Sgt. Charles Dyer, aka "July4Patriot," back in March, when we ran one of the first reports on the "Oath Keepers" bloc of the Tea Party movement -- an organization devoted to recruiting military and police-force veterans into a Patriot-movement belief system predicated on a series of paranoid conspiracy theories, especially the notion that the federal government intends to begin rounding up citizens and putting them in concentration camps.
Dyer played a prominent role in connecting the Oath Keepers to the Tea Party movement, speaking at a July 4 Tea Party rally in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. And he's been involved in organizing militia "maneuvers" in Oklahoma.
Dyer cropped up again in the news -- this time in the police blotter for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl:
An ex-military man has been arrested on charges of rape of a child and forcible sodomy.
Charles Alan Dyer, 29, of Marlow, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Stephens County Sheriff’s deputies, said Sheriff Wayne McKinney. Dyer served in the United States Marines in Iraq.
Oh, and guess what police found when they searched his home:
During the search the sheriff’s deputies noted several firearms and a device believed to be a Colt M-203, 40-millimeter grenade launcher, a complaint filed in the United States District Court of Western Oklahoma by Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco Special Agent Brett Williams said.MORE

I am so sick and tired of white people screaming about how they are at risk of being enslaved. Seriously. And the idea of him not liking foreign troops coming here to occupy here is highly highly amusing, considering events around the world. And considering the news that just came down from the Supreme Court, his screaming about the government threat!!! is even MORE hilarious. And finally, dear black guy holding the umbrella for him. You do know that he doesn't mean you when he's talking about Americans, righhtttt?

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And here was I complaining about the covers that showed women posing extra sexily in impractical heels. We ARE going to get around to a time when women ARE NOT SEEN AS FUCKING TROPHIES AND AWARDS FOR OBNOXIOUS MACHO MEN, correct? At SOME point in time? Also? Put DOWN the photoshop. No really. Put. it. DOWN.

via: [livejournal.com profile] cofax7

ETA: And then there the cover that features actual fucking. Right then.
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Yo. I keep seeing the excuse that well the publishers don't give the cover artists any info about the books protags. My question is...why not? They give the cover artists some small summary of what the story is about right? Some signpost so that they have an idea of what to shoot for? What is wrong with adding the fact of the protags race to those signpost? Is it going to take that much ink? Not specifying the race of the characters to the cover artist is a stupid, hurtful and rather easily correctable practice. Change it. Now.
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I NEED these books in my life. FOR THE COVERS ALONE

Full cover of King Maker and summary Honestly? I tend to HATe the varied retellings of Arthuur. This one I would read teh hell out of. I am THAT excited.
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Sexual Harassment or Religious Freedom?

Friendly Atheist has the story of Mary Linklater, former choir director at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, who was sexually harassed by her pastor and another prominent church member; complained; was cruelly retaliated against and eventually fired; sued; and won. The church is now appealing the judgment...
...on the basis of the "Ministerial Exception" -- the legal principle that, because of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion, religious employers have more leeway in hiring and firing than secular employers do, and can hire and fire based on religious criteria.
I'll say that again.
The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is claiming, in court, that resisting the unwanted sexual overtures of your pastor and boss is a "religious criteria." They are arguing that screwing the pastor when he asks you to is part of the religious doctrine they adhere to, and that they have the right to fire someone who doesn't adhere to it.MORE

Please excuse me while I stare.

Also: U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.
At the end of the serial number on Trijicon's ACOG gun sight, you can read "JN8:12", a reference to... Expand
At the end of the serial number on Trijicon's ACOG gun sight, you can read "JN8:12", a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." The ACOG is widely used by the U.S. military. Collapse
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The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents MORE

Yes well, in any case those Muslims just need to be converted anyway. And so much for the separation of church and state. And of course, note that part where oh the objections are being raised by a group that's "not christian". *Eyeroll* Doesn't mean that what you are doing isn't fucking WRONG, asshole. It even brings up questions about your morality, at that, considering that you all are supposed to be so much more moral than us non believers. The idiot who claimed that this is the worst example of church and state separation does need to be cited for exaggerating though.


Jan. 18th, 2010 08:13 pm
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Riz Khan - The role of media in the USA

Has the mainstream media in the US replaced serious coverage with "junk news" and tabloidism
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Angel Taylor Like you do

LOVE the album
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AGAIN, DAMMIT!!! A-FUCKING-GAIN via[livejournal.com profile] racebending , a book called Magic Under Glass has a fucking white girl on the cover. And this is the book's description of the main character:

Nimira is a performer, dancing and singing in search of fortune, after migrating from Tassim, in the far East... in Lorinar, she is nothing but a dark-skinned amusement, a novelty “trouser girl” who earns nothing but pennies and whose number comes after acrobats and trained dogs in the music hall she is employed at. ... Nim was a breath of fresh air. For starters, she is dark-skinned and from a different culture; she is strong without being kick-ass: she cries when she has to cry, she fights when she has to fight, she adapts when she has to adapt. She is resilient, she is practical – and she is proud! Proud of her heritage and past.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. [livejournal.com profile] bookshop suggests a boycott of Bloomsbury. I am planning to finally get around to buying Liar, but will be happy to join after this. DAMMIT! Didn't we JUST GO THROUGH THIS!!!! the icing on the cake is that the book trailer has the character as dark skinned. *headdesk*
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America's greatness for helping Haiti.

America's victims of the earthquake individualized, Haiti's undifferentiated mass of hurt and dying made into disaster porn.

Isn't America great for helping Haiti?

America's journalists anticipating violence, some of the coverage almost seeming to call it down, quite frankly; to the point of excitedly and irresponsibly confirming rumors as fact, and having to back away from it.

Aren't we the most generous people in the world?

Slight mention that any other country might be there helping out the Haitians.

But Americans are helping Haiti, we are SO great!!!! (And I exasperatedly begin to think of Jesus' admonition to the Pharisees.)

And then there is the fucking sensationalizing of the Haitians rescuing themselves with their BARE HANDS. I just cannot see what the hell is so strange about this. Wouldn't Americans do the same thing if they were in that situation? Don't all people who don't have access to expensive equipment use whatever they have on hand to rescue people in peril? Isn't the situation dramatic enough that hyperbolic, grating expressions of shock and horror can be dispensed with? To say nothing of the almost slavering eagerness to see riots and violence among the BLACK AND POOR survivors? I suppose you can't expect better from the country that allowed the complete and ongoing clusterfuck that was and is the aftereffects of Katrina. To say nothing of the biased reporting that took place.
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Chris Matthews is on my tv carefully saying how much Haiti's problems are due to its politics. He is also congratulating the US on how much its image will be burnished because of how quickly it is responding to the crisis. In fact,most of the reporters that are on my tv are emphasizing how poor and desperate Haiti's people were before the quake. And how sad isn't it, that this country has never been able to get its act together oh my! And not ONE of the assholes has mentioned that the United States and the French were and are a main cause of the poverty, and dictatorship and blood shed. Let me just add to the education going on all over lj and dreamwidthRead more... )
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[livejournal.com profile] skywardprodigal has a list of she trusts in terms of donations to Hailti.

[livejournal.com profile] help_haiti is going on in fandom

Also? Dear Lord, can you PLEASE do something about Pat Robertson? Send him a vision or something. He's making you look bad.

Also Rush Limbaugh. Seriously. This guy is poison in the body politic.

Keith Olberman and Eugene Robinson discuss them both

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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This article at Muslimah Media links up some hijab fashion blogs. Hijab's High
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Listening Post / Listening Post - Yemen news coverage

Media coverage of Yemen and terrorism, Media in China and India, Irish Atheists challenging Blasphemy Law, Macau ten years since the handover of Macau to China.

Read more... )
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Fault Lines / Fault Lines - Rio: Olympic City

An explosion of joy on the streets of Rio greeted the announcement that the city would be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. Two weeks later, Rio saw an explosion of violence when a police helicopter was shot down by drug traffickers. The government's reaction has been to intensify the crackdown on the citys slums - or Favelas. A Human Rights Watch report in December accused Rio and Sao Paolo police of killing over 11,000 people since 2003. Many, the report claims, were executed by the police, shot at point blank range. Many were innocent. And on many occasions, the police tried to cover up the evidence.

This week, Fault Lines travels to Rio to look at the crackdown in Rio's Favelas, and what it means for the people of the city.

Apparently you can't have the Olympics without fucking over poor people.
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Why are Indian students being attacked in Australia?

The Autralians are claiming that its not racism

In fact, one Tim Colbach, columnist for the The Age claims that Indian TV needs to stop whipping up hysteria because there are far more killings of Indians in India than in Australia, and India has dowry deaths too!! So let some common sense reign, eh? Kids? If you don't know what derailing is? There is a classic example. Indian blogger Madhavi brings the subject back on track

And then Mr. Colbach pulls out two instances of Australians murdered in India over a ten year period. You all do it too!!!

Nevermind that in 2008, at least FIFTY ONE foreign exchange students, nearly HALF of them Indians, were killed. Never mind that coroners were deliberately suppressing and under reporting murders. What I want to know is...What were the stats in 2009?
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Haiti's Earthquake Worst in 200 years

Aftershocks rattled the city as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares long after nightfall, singing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets to see if a loved one was underneath. Outside a crumbled building the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile.

It was clear tens of thousands lost their homes and many perished in collapsed buildings that were flimsy and dangerous even under normal conditions.

"The hospitals cannot handle all these victims," Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles, a former senator, said as he helped survivors. "Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together."

An Associated Press videographer saw a wrecked hospital where people screamed for help in Petionville, a hillside Port-au-Prince district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians as well as the poor.MORE


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