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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35

The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that, despite being billions over budget and almost a decade behind schedule, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. That’s an unsurprising conclusion, given that all of the individuals interviewed in the story work either for the federal government or for Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor for the F-35. 60 Minutes’ producers broke a basic ... Full Story

Jesus Wants You To Buy An AR-15

Jesus Wants You To Buy An AR-15

  This Week In Crazy  By Henry Decker #1 This week’s “winner” is retired lieutenant general and current Family Research Council vice president Jerry Boykin. Boykin, who was last seen on this list fawning over his image of Jesus Christ as a “man’s man” with “big bulging biceps” and a “thin waist,” has added another accessory to his fantasy Christ: An AR-15! “The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 is says when he comes back, he’s coming back ... Full Story

Police tase and beat a deaf man unconscious

California police use taser on deaf man trying to communicate with them via sign language (via Raw Story ) Four police officers in Hawthorne, California used a taser on a man who was attempting to tell them that he was deaf via sign language. The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Jonathan Meister, who was charged with… (more…)

Gun Fail LI

Welcome to Lowe's! How may I shoot you? (P.S. 23 kids accidentally shot last week) GunFAIL L  By David Waldman We have an extraordinarily long list this time around, and it took extra time to compile it and sort through it, which accounts for its late publication. New Year's Eve, like July 4th, is like Black Friday for GunFAIL. Brand-new guns are given as gifts for Christmas (at least one of which went off and shot the gift giver this week), a little extra drinking is going on, the kids are ... Full Story

Christie just doing New Jersey Stuff

Christie just doing New Jersey Stuff

  Hey, it's just New Jersey stuff!   By Eugene Elander As a one-time New Jersey resident, I can't say that I am surprised by the bizarre "punish Fort Lee by causing gridlock" tactic perpetrated knowingly by top staff of Governor Chris Christie, with the complicity of their friends at the Port Authority.  That's just a typical example of what I learned during my tenure in the Garden State; it's called New Jersey Stuff -- and if those outside of New Jersey have ... Full Story

Destroying Iraq

Destroying Iraq

I Helped Destroy the Iraqi City of Falluja -- I Won't Be Complicit Again The media accepts the overly simple narrative that al-Qaida took over. The reality is Maliki is crushing dissent with US-made arms. Photo Credit: By Joseph A. Lambach, U.S. Marine Corps (http://www.defenseimagery.mil; exact source) , via Wikimedia Commons January 11, 2014  |  By Ross Caputi I am having flashbacks to my time as a marine during the second siege of Falluja in 2004. Again, claims are being ... Full Story

Rocky Mountain National Park is Underfunded, Under

Rocky Mountain National Park is Underfunded, Under Threat

  New Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center Analysis Details Impacts of Budget Cuts to Beloved Parks By Lindsey A Wilson, Field Associate Environment Colorado Denver - As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Rocky Mountain National Park as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service. “At Rocky ... Full Story

Obama, economic champion

Obama, economic champion

  Best president for economy? Obama By Froma Harrop: Lend me your ears. I have come to praise President Obama and bury the myth that Republican presidents are better for the economy than Democratic presidents. Not only do Democrats produce superior economic results, but they blow Republicans out of the water in the comparisons. Let’s turn the mic over to Bob Deitrick, a principal at Polaris Financial Partners in Westerville, Ohio. Deitrick crunched 80 years of numbers. ... Full Story

Drone pilot speaks out

Drone pilot speaks out

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't) By Heather Linebaugh Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire ... Full Story

Right Wing planning coordinated attack

Right Wing planning coordinated attack

  Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War" Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives—and Karl Rove. —By David Corn   Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists ... Full Story

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