Sunday, April 28, 2013

The World Is a Battlefield: Jeremy Scahill on "Dirty Wars" and Obama’s Expanding Drone Attacks


I've become increasingly obsessed with Democracy Now, and Amy Goodman. Here she features another brilliant reporter Jeremy Scahill talking about drones, assassinations and the POTUS killing Americans. The trailer for his new movie "Dirty Wars" is chilling to say the least:



TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Jeremy Scahill: The Secret Story Behind Obama’s Assassination of Two Americans in Yemen

The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Jeremy Scahill’s new book, "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield." The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later. Scahill reveals CIA Director John Brennan, Obama’s former senior adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security, suspected that the teenager had been killed "intentionally." "The idea that you can simply have one branch of government unilaterally and in secret declare that an American citizen should be executed or assassinated without having to present any evidence whatsoever, to me, is a — we should view that with great sobriety about the implications for our country," says Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation magazine. Today the U.S. Senate is preparing to hold its first-ever hearing on the Obama administration’s drone and targeted killing program. However, the Obama administration is refusing to send a witness to answer questions about the program’s legality. "Dirty Wars" is also the name of a new award-winning documentary by Scahill and Rick Rowley, which will open in theaters in June. We air the film’s new trailer. Click here to watch Part 2 of this interview.

Stewart: Bush Library the 'Hard Rock Cafe of Catastrophic Policy Decisions'

h/t crooksandliars I love Jon Stewart enormously.....sooo hysterical:

Now that we've just had the opening of the George W. Bush library this Thursday, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart had field day with the former president and what he's been doing with his time compared to his counterparts, who are devoting themselves to public service or doing NGO work, in sharp contrast to Bush, who told CBS that he was painting "two or three hours a day."
STEWART: Sometimes it seems only a gallon of paint can... drown out the screams of those I've wronged. Plus, sometimes they let you use your fingers.
Stewart showed a portion of the softball interview with Bush given by Charlie Rose this week, asking him if he's getting any better at his painting and Bush responding that "It's all in the eyes of the beholder." Stewart concluded, "So in other words, art history will be the judge."
After showing news footage that the library is going to contain over 43,000 "artifacts" from the Bush presidency, Stewart concluded:
STEWART: So it's basically the Hard Rock Cafe of catastrophic policy decisions.
Stewart went on to take some shots at Bush and the reports on his rising poll numbers and why, and then wrapped things up with his "Senior Correspondent" Al Madrigal and the ridiculous "Decision Theater" ondisplay at the library, or as they rightfully dubbed it here, "Disasterpiece Theater."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

And They Say Gay People Shouldn't Adopt

This really makes me sick to my stomach

FILE - This undated photo combination provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Herbert and Catherine Schaible. The Philadelphia couple serving 10 years' probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor , has violated their probation now that another of their children has died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith-healing. Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children. Authorities have yet to file criminal charges in the death of the 8-month-old boy last week, after he suffered with diarrhea and breathing problems for days. But charges could be filed once authorities pinpoint how the baby died. Photo: Philadelphia Police DepartmentPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another of their children has died.Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing.Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children.The Schaibles have yet to be charged in the death of the 8-month-old boy last week, after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for days. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.Catherine Schaible's lawyer says the couple are good parents, and that they are deeply distraught over the loss of another child.