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Have They No Shame? August 11, 2014

  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions
  • Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'
  • Ignorance Uncensored

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If You're Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama's Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions

1. How many troops should we have left in Iraq?

2. How long is long enough?

3. Should troops have stayed in Iraq without a status of forces agreement?

4. Would U.S. troops try to retake Mosul and Fallujah? You want another Battle of Fallujah?

Shadee AshtariHuffington Post 

n-JOHN-MCCAIN-large570.jpg08/12/2014 | Soon after authorizing targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from lawmakers and pundits blaming the unfolding crisis on the Obama administration's 2012 decision to withdraw combat troops from the region.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an outspoken Iraq hawk, appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday criticizing Obama's strategy against the Islamic State, previously called ISIS, as overly cautious.

Shadee Ashtari is a senior at UCLA majoring in Communications with a minor in Political Science. At the Burkle Center, Shadee is an editor and writer for The Generation. 

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Part 2: Rush Limbaugh Says Robin Williams Killed Himself Because Leftists Are 'Never Happy'

(Yet) research published last (2013) year found that suicide rates tend to be higher in states that vote Republican and have a higher rate of gun ownership.

Ed MazzaHuffington Post

/Robin_Williams.jpg08/13/2014 | Rush Limbaugh seems to think he knows why Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide earlier this week -- and it's because unhappiness is an attitude of the political left.

The leftist attitude is "one of pessimism and darkness, sadness -- they're never happy, are they?" Limbaugh said on Tuesday's broadcast of his radio show. "They're always angry about something. No matter what they get, they're always angry." 

Ed Mazza: Overnight Editor at the Huffington Post, San Francisco Bay Area.

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Related:

Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

 

Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending August 10, 2014

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 10 New items including:
    • Ignorance Uncensored
    • The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site,
    • Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014
    • The United States of Cruelty
    • Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity
    • George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”
    • Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.”
    • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
    • MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry
    • Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund 

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

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The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon 

  • Who's really behind the "growing online community"?
  • American Racism

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Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: Wingnuts’ anti-child disgrace: From Murrieta to Oracle, America’s worst at it again
  • Part 2: Michelle Bachmann Just Compared Child Immigrants to Rapists

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity,  Mike Adams, NaturalNews

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | An out-of-her-mind Sen. McCaskill today attacked our favorite TV doctor today for his advocacy of green coffee beans and other natural supplements.

Just to put all this in perspective, at a time when Islamic militants are about to seize Baghdad, when 1,000 immigrants per day are streaming across the Texas border, when the national debt has exceeded $17 trillion, U.S. veterans are dying from lack of medical care and our civil rights and liberties are eroding by the day, Sen. McCaskill wants to focus on green coffee beans.

Seriously? Here's the full story on this extraordinary, inexcusable stupidity from Capitol Hill.

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Steve Sack

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George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges” Katie McDonough, Salon

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying about sexual assault in order to get "privileges"

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Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.” Katie McDonough, Salon

Asked to defend the remark, the delegate said, "I don’t care. ... if I say something in public, I say it in public."

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Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.” Katie McDonough, Salon

  • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
  • But the measure is actually just a sneaky attempt to endow fertilized eggs with legal rights and ban abortion.
  • As usual, the words “pregnancy” and “protection” are red herrings.

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MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry, David Edwards, Raw Story

And this is a "serious" candidate for Congress, eager to join others equally as ignorant...

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Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud, Joan Walsh, Salon

  • From Ayn Rand to Charles Murray, he thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery
  • “Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy

 

Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

  • To this day, we still do not know the full details of how the funding of bonds, costs, etc. for the new Vikings Stadium will be handled.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats

Arne Carlson, The Governor Arne Carlson Blog

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880x550_0000_Exterior_PlazaPerspective.jpgTo this day, we still do not know the full details of how the funding of bonds, costs, etc. for the new Vikings Stadium will be handled. newminnesotastadium.com

08/05/14 | A longtime friend and a retired legislator has an expression that forms the basis of this blog: “Minnesota does not have a money problem, it has a priorities problem”. How true.

For instance, tonight some 2,000 young people in the metro area will search for shelter. Statewide that figure is nearly double. Some will find bed space with friends and acquaintances. Most will sleep in their lean-tos, tents, or cardboard boxes. Those with minimum wage jobs will use the bus system, walk, or bike to work. Their hot meal will come at night when various shelters provide food, Internet service, a hot bath and some donated clothes.

Arne Carlson: Elected Governor of the State of MN in 1990; re-elected in 1994 by a landslide. Named with Hubert H. Humphry and Carter Vice President Walter Mondale as 1 of 3 "Great" political figures of 20th Century in MN Poll.

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Related:

The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • The Nation’s sports editor questions whether taxpayer money should be spent to build new arenas in cities where public infrastructure dollars are scarce.
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

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Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats, StaffMoyers & Company

  • The 3,400 stadium jobs (the Yankees promised) paid a median wage of $10.50 an hour for non-managerial positions. The Yankees, meanwhile, had grabbed $50 million in tax breaks, $326 million in capital improvements, $1.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds and 24 acres of parks that had been owned by the public
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan

 

Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

  • The U.S media has been pitifully remiss in sounding the clarion call alarm regarding this festering, open wound on the American body politic, allowing this sick sectarian infection of fundamentalist Christian fascism to appear “mainstream” and metastasize.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.
  • The Evangelical Persecution Complex

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet

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images_2014_07/2014_802_ton.jpgTony Dungy, former professional American football player and the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. (Photo: Brad Ward / Flickr

July 23, 2014 | Background: On July 21, 2014, I received a phone call from a female U.S. military fighter pilot. She happens to be gay. She is not "out", despite the fact that the odious "don't ask don't tell" policy no longer burdens the American armed forces and has been justly abolished. She knows well that homophobia is still rampant in the ranks, which is why the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) currently has 863 LGBTQ clients among our current number of over 38,000 U.S. military members and veterans, 96% of whom are practicing Christians themselves. She related that she had just experienced a loud conversation in her squadron area where a number of her fellow pilots were robustly cheering on Tony Dungy's comments about how he would never have drafted Michael Sam for a team for which he was head coach and why. Michael Sam is the NFL's first openly gay player. She told me that her fellow pilots were effusively praising Dungy's "honesty" etc. She was terribly distraught. She asked me what I thought about it. This Op-Ed is my response to her.

A maelstrom of extremism is battering the United States of America, weakening and eroding the fundamental values of tolerance and inclusion embodied by our beautiful Constitution. The name of this extremist threat? Fundamentalist Christianity or "Dominionism." This disturbing storm trend has entailed the infiltration of all fields of social life in U.S. schools, military bases, and a plethora of other key fora. Indeed, the three branches of civilian government have become bloody battlegrounds for the advancement of a hateful and bigoted agenda of American Christian extremist exceptionalism and supremacy. Big-box retailers, chicken sandwich purveyors, school boards and school districts, police departments, fire departments, sewage workers, legislatures, celebrities, and sports figures have served no small role as pawns, masterminds, and auxiliaries in this seditious modern-day brutal Crusade. A case in point is former Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach, NBC commentator, and unabashed homophobe, Tony Dungy.

Mikey Weinstein is founder and president of the six-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated  Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. 

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Related:

The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking.
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left.

The Evangelical Persecution Complex, Alan Noble, The Atlantic

  • The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community
  • Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

 

The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site

  • Who's really behind the "growing online community"?
  • American Racism

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon 

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redskins_helmet.jpg(Credit: AP/Nick Wass)

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 |  Say what you will about what the team itself does on the field, but there’s no denying that the institution of the Washington Redskins is flailing like freshly caught carp on a dock right now. Last month, the U.S. Patent Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the team’s name was “disparaging to Native Americans,” canceling six federal trademark registrations and inching its hotly debated nomenclature closer toward a change. But while the fight to keep the name rages on, the “community” behind the team has launched a new “Redskins Facts” site to sway public opinion — and oh, Lordy, is it hilariously misguided.

This week, ads on the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated sites began trumpeting the new outpost for “a growing online community of passionate Washington Redskins fans and others” and vowing to offer “historical evidence to fair-minded opinion leaders on both sides of the issue so ongoing discussions can be constructive.” That community, however, is so far made largely of its official sponsors, team alumni Gary Clark, Chris Cooley, Mark Moseley, Ray Schoenke and Roy Jefferson. Speaking to Slate Tuesday, team spokesman Tony Wyllie did not directly state how the site was being funded, but declared, “The alumni and the Redskins have a long history of supporting each other and this education effort is no different. So where it is appropriate for the alumni to pay for expenses then they will and when it is appropriate for the Redskins then the organization will. Since it is so early in the education effort there is no easy breakdown available.” Slate also notes the compelling connection between the site and Burson-Marsteller, a P.R. firm that touts itself as one to call on “when the stakes are high: during a crisis, a brand launch or any period of fundamental change or transition.” And Deadspin further finds that among the first followers of the site on Twitter were Burson-Marsteller employees. Smooooooooth.

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon. She's written for the New York Times, Time Out, The New York Observer, and more, and is the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream."

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Related:

American Racism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
  • Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences
  • Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism

 

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