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Archive for September 24th, 2014

No Indictment of Cops in Wal-Mart BB Gun Shooting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

No Indictment of Cops in Wal-Mart BB Gun Shooting
An Ohio grand jury found police officers’ actions were justified in last month’s fatal shooting of a man holding an air rifle at a Wal-Mart store, a special prosecutor said Wednesday, prompting the man’s family to say they were “disgusted” by the decision. Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier said the Greene County grand jury in Xenia opted not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford III in Beavercreek. A 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle in the store. Police said he didn’t obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle taken off a store shelf. Crawford’s family, which has called for a federal investigation, said it was “incomprehensible” that police were not indicted.

GOP Candidate for Congress: Romney Right About 47%
A Republican Congressional candidate in Nevada argued that Mitt Romney’s famous 47 percent comments was not only true, it’s even more true now than when Romney said it during the 2012 presidential campaign. “Can I say that without getting in trouble like Gov. Romney?” the candidate, Nevada state Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, said in video posted by the Nevada Democratic Party. “The 47 percent is true. It’s bigger now.”


Fan claims injury from Rod Stewart soccer ball

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fan claims injury from Rod Stewart soccer ball
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A soccer ball kicked into the crowd is bouncing back to Rod Stewart in the form of a lawsuit by a Southern California man who says his nose was broken at a Las Vegas concert in October 2012.


Outrage ensues after Obama’s coffee cup salute

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Outrage ensues after Obama’s coffee cup salute
Critics are unhappy with the commander in chief after he saluted two Marines with coffee cup in hand


Fox’s Bolling Calls First Female UAE Pilot That Bombed Islamic State “Boobs On The Ground”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox’s Bolling Calls First Female UAE Pilot That Bombed Islamic State “Boobs On The Ground”

From the September 24 edition of Fox News’ The Five:

Previously:

Fox’s Bolling Introduces Palin Segment: “Speaking Of Hot People … “

Fox Debuts The Five With Litany Of Sexist Stereotypes


Summit With a Purpose

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Summit With a Purpose
Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — We are taking a huge gamble with the world’s future. Individual nations — and citizens — must choose to do the right thing to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change, even if it means paying an economic cost. Counting on altruism is risky. But it just might work. More than 100 world leaders will assemble Tuesday at the United Nations to discuss what they are already doing, and further steps they might take, to address what majorities in many developed nations see as the gravest and most urgent problem facing the planet. No concrete action will be taken. President…


VIDEO: The real attraction at a conference?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: The real attraction at a conference?
Delegates may hope for some lighter moments as they debate party policy at their party conference.

VIDEO: MP reads missing bits of Miliband speech
Angela Eagle delivers some of the parts of Ed Miliband’s speech that he forgot to deliver to his conference.


Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Execute Those We Tortured

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Execute Those We Tortured
The United States must be held accountable, too, for breaking the law.

United Nations General Assembly: Security Council Passes Resolution to Thwart Foreign Fighters
The United Nations Security Council adopted a legally binding resolution compelling countries to “prevent” and “suppress” their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorist organizations.



Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says
Prakash Javadekar, the environment minister, said India’s priorities were economic growth and the alleviation of poverty, which would require new coal power.



In Israel, Values of a Holy Respite Are Adapted for a High-Tech World
Israel experiments with modern observances of the Jewish “shmita,” a traditional rest period for farmers that comes every seventh year.




Forbes Fires Columnist For Writing That Drunk Girls Are The Real ‘Threat’ To Fraternities

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Forbes Fires Columnist For Writing That Drunk Girls Are The Real ‘Threat’ To Fraternities

It’s just the latest example in a long line of writers making offensive arguments about college women and sexual assault.

The post Forbes Fires Columnist For Writing That Drunk Girls Are The Real ‘Threat’ To Fraternities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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CREDIT: Shutterstock

Bill Frezza won’t be keeping his gig as a Forbes contributor after he wrote a controversial article entitled “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities” that didn’t sit well with readers. The piece was quickly taken down — although a cached version is still available — and a spokesperson for Forbes confirmed to the New York Daily News that Frezza will no longer contribute to the site.

Frezza currently serves as the president of the alumni house corporation for MIT’s Chi Phi chapter and has written regular opinion columns for Forbes. In his now-deleted article, he argued that fraternities are being endangered not by frat brothers’ actions, but by the “female guests” who may get too drunk at their parties.

“We have very little control over women who walk in the door carrying enough pre-gaming booze in their bellies to render them unconscious before the night is through,” he wrote. “In our age of sexual equality, why drunk female students are almost never characterized as irresponsible jerks is a question I leave to the feminists.”

The article also bemoaned false rape accusations that may emerge “months after the fact triggered by regrets over a drunken hook-up, or anger over a failed relationship.” Frezza noted that “it doesn’t take much for a campus kangaroo court to get you expelled, ruining your life while saddling your fraternity with a reputation for harboring rapists.”

As is fairly typical for articles about college women and sexual assault, the column was accompanied by a stock photo of a woman drinking:

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CREDIT: Forbes.com screenshot

In an email exchange with the New York Daily News, Frezza said that the accompanying photo was in “poor taste.” But he has continued to stand by his article even after its removal from Forbes’ site. He told the Huffington Post that he “expected it to provoke a conversation” and urged people to “read the whole thing and not just the gawker ‘blame the victim’ spin on it.”

Frezza is just the latest example in a long line of writers who have used their media platforms to suggest that college women are getting too drunk and falsely accusing men of rape. Particularly as issues of college sexual assault have gained national prominence, critics have argued that female students can solve the problem by simply drinking less. Slate contributor Emily Yoffe frequently writes about college women’s responsibility in this area. Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto argued that rape victims and their rapists are equally responsible for the crime if they were both drunk. And syndicated columnist George Will provoked widespread outrage when he wrote a column suggesting that rape victims enjoy a “coveted status” on campus and are lying about being assaulted to raise their profiles.

But as an occasional contributor, Frezza is somewhat more expendable than Yoffee, Taranto, and Will, all of whom have kept their jobs despite similar outrage about their work. While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stopped carrying Will’s syndicated column after the recent controversy over his approach to sexual assault, he continues to be employed at the Washington Post despite repeated calls on the paper to fire him.

Regardless of whether or not drunk women pose a “threat” to them, national fraternities have recently become more involved in efforts to combat sexual violence on campus. Just this week, eight prominent frats announced they will work together to develop training programs for their members on binge drinking and sexual assault.

The post Forbes Fires Columnist For Writing That Drunk Girls Are The Real ‘Threat’ To Fraternities appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.
From: John Nichols

Tuesday the Congresswoman called for “a full congressional debate and vote on any military action, as required by the Constitution.”

Looking Backward: James Campbell Reviews His Own 1982 ‘Nation’ Essay on Leaving Scotland
From: Back Issues

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

Yes, Tipping Sucks. But You Still Have to Do It.
From: Bryce Covert

Marriott made $626 million last year—but that doesn’t mean that if you don’t tip your hotel housekeeper, she’ll see any more of those profits.


Obama Has Legal Authority for Attacks in Syria

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 24th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama Has Legal Authority for Attacks in Syria
Eric Posner, Slate
The United States is now officially at war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. U.S. planes began dropping bombs on targets in Syria this week. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has told the Senate that ground troops may be needed. But President Obama did not ask Congress for legal authority to go to war. Bruce Ackerman, a professor at Yale Law School, thundered in the New York Times that Obama’s declaration of war “marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition,” reflecting the theories underlying “Bush-era abuses…

The Astroturf Campaign to Silence Limbaugh
Patrick Howley, Daily Caller
The recent campaign to silence conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh is led by ten liberal activists engaged in a more than four-year long effort to destroy Limbaugh by targeting his advertisers, including a Media Matters executive vice president.A former Kent State university professor even targeted a small businessman advertising on Limbaugh’s show using her official university email account.

Global Warming Can Still Draw a Crowd
Ed Rogers, Washington Post
Before the climate change demonstrations got underway in New York City, I was thinking about writing a belittling piece on how the crowd that would gather in the streets would primarily be made up of the usual suspects: Wannabe Occupy-ers, malcontents, public service unions and assorted liberal groups with nothing better to do. But the fact is, I respect their turnout.