America in black and white in Alabama

In an age of “both sides do it” and “teach the debate,” some issues are simply black and white. So it was this week in Alabama, where truth and myth, hate and hagiography collided in two stories of the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and white supremacy. On Monday, the “Heart of Dixie” celebrated…

Rick Scott Permanently Funds Anti-Abortion “Fake Clinics” With Your Money

If someone told you that taxpayer money was being used to fund InfoWars, the Enquirer, or another fake news outlet, I image you’d be pretty ticked.  However, at least—for the most part—they are relatively harmless in that the only people who believe they are real are extraordinarily stupid. (Like Trump supporters.) But Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

Is Joy Reid being Frankenized

Here is the trouble with giving in to even obvious ratf*ck*ry, even when you know it is dubious, because you want to sent the right message.  It opens you up to more ratf*ck*ry, and each time it gets a little more difficult to fight back.  I disagree with Joy Reid on some big things (Bernie,…

Abortion, free speech, and the right to lie

In a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver led a 20-minute deep dive into the world of “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs). With more than 3,500 such locations around the nation (more than double the number of facilities providing abortion services in the United States), CPCs exist to dissuade women from choosing to terminate…

BREAKING: Poison Attack on Thousands of Americans.

Thousands of American children have been poisoned. Thankfully, the US wasted no time in responding and….oh no–wait, they did. My bad.  Cuz it’s just Flint: All of Flint’s 8,657 children under the age of six should be considered exposed, according to a recent citywide public health directive. It wasn’t Bashar Al-Assad.  It was Republican Rick…

Unknown warplanes over Aleppo; explosion at Iranian base

This just coming in. Massive explosions are being heard from an Iranian weapons store at Jabal Ezzan / Azan Mount south of Aleppo, immediately after reports of unknown warplanes flying overhead. The Jerusalem Post is speculating that they’re Israeli jets, but the facts are not known right now.  Casualties are reported. This is said to…

Assessing the damage in Syria (not a liveblog): First analysis

A new day. Information will trickle out over time, but let’s begin with what we know now. Let us start with the Pentagon briefing. They focus their maps and discussion on just these three sites. We’ll get into secondary sites a bit later.  They offer the following before-and-after comparisons of their targets: Unfortunately I have…

Fox Claims Trump to Strike Syria. Trump to Address Nation Momentarily. Update: Trump Orders Strikes.

x #BREAKING It Begins. The United States will Strike Syria pic.twitter.com/t6fsRrW0zQ— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 14, 2018 x Pentagon: decision has been reached to strike Syria. President Trump to address the nation shortly. — ☆ Ƙαѕѕαη∂яα 🌷🍃🍓 (@KassandraTroy) April 14, 2018 x Imagine telling someone a decade ago that Donald Trump would be…