Category Archives: Hypocrisy

Yet another tragic American distinction

From the American Civil Liberties Union:

There’s Only One Country That Hasn’t Ratified the Convention on Children’s Rights: US

We find ourselves commemorating yet another anniversary for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive human rights treaty on children’s rights and notably the most widely ratified treaty since its introduction over 25 years ago. The treaty has been ratified by every country with one notable exception — the United States, which never even sent it to the Senate for consent and approval.

Until this year, the United States was one of three countries — the other two being Somalia and South Sudan — that had failed to ratify the CRC. And while it was embarrassing enough to be in this limited company, this year, our fellow outliers ratified the convention.

So now we’re completely on our own.

Headline of the day: Batshit crazy pandering

From McClatchyDC:

Huckabee: Obama ‘probably’ wants Americans to learn Koran verses

Islamophobes play dangerous media game

Right wing propagandists eager to spread their loathing have taken up Photoshop and false branding in the wake of the attacks in Paris, throwing truth to the winds in their vicious smear campaigns.

What follows are two variations on a them.

First, the false branding, via The Independent:

A Facebook video being widely shared that supposedly shows Muslims in London celebrating in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks is fake, it has been shown.

The video, entitled “Muslims Around The World Celebrate The Islamic Victory In Paris France”, claims to show a large group of Muslim men cheering and waving Pakistani flags outside Tooting Broadway station in south London, following Isis’ statement claiming responsibility for the attacks.

The voice of a newsreader can be heard over the cheering, describing scenes of Friday’s violence in which 129 people were killed in a wave of attacks.

It has since been revealed that the footage actually shows British Pakistanis celebrating a cricket victory during the 20/20 games in 2009.

And the Photoshop variant, via RT:

A Sikh man from Canada found himself at the center of unwanted attention after a bathroom selfie he took was doctored to make him look like one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks and then spread in the media.

The digitally altered image of Veerender Jubbal showed him wearing what looked like a suicide vest and holding a Quran. It appeared on the front-page of one of Spain’s largest newspapers, La Razon.

It was subsequently picked up by two Italian newspapers and an Italian TV channel with nearly 2 million followers. “One of the terrorists may have entered Greece along with Syrian refugees. The unidentified attackers were between 15 and 18 years and acted in three teams,” read the text by the image of Jubbal. La Razon apologized on Sunday afternoon.

On the left is the Photoshop version, with the original on the right:


Sikhs like Jubbal aren’t even Muslims, though they are all too often the targets of violence, including murder, by those out to injure followers of Islam.

Quote of the day II: Willie+Barry+Weed

From Joe Heims interview of Willie Nelson for the Washington Post:

JOE: You’ve been a big proponent of legalizing marijuana, and as you probably know, D.C. legalized it last year.

WILLIE: You know, I was in Washington the day they legalized it. I happened to be playing at the White House, so I asked President Obama, “Did you hear they legalized pot here today?” and he said, “Yeah, I heard about that.” And I laughed. And he said, “Well, you know, I’m from Hawaii.” So we had a big laugh about it.

JOE: Did you light one up at the White House?

WILLIE: No. Well, I did, but not with him.

And the Hawaii reference refers to antics of this young Occidental College student from Hawaii, a hip-lookin’ dude sportin’ a Panama hat and Bogartin’ a doobie:

The Infamous Bogartin' Barry O

The Infamous Bogartin’ Barry O

Headline of the day II: Et tu, Obama?

From The Intercept, and the banksters are dry-washing their hands in joyous abnticipation:

Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation

Quote of the day: Snowden on torture hypocrisy

Speaking to Swedish journalists Lena Sundström and Foto Lotta Härdelin for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter:

It’s really just crazy, the way that the US Government has handled the issue of torture. Because it’s so clear that is what they’ve done. We’ve even had an investigation in the intelligence committee, which almost never does anything meaningful. They usually act more like cheerleaders for the intelligence community, than watch-dogs. When they get a report that’s so clear and when there were indications that there were people in the CIA, who wanted to talk about these things, but who felt stressed. Some even asked to be moved, because they couldn’t cope with the things they were witnessing and they wanted to do something about it. But instead of providing some path for these individuals to report the wrongdoings that they were witnessing, the CIA actually asked them to stop documenting the abuse.

And the only person, who, to this point, has been convicted of this kind of wrongdoings, is the CIA officer who reported the waterboarding.

Headlines of the day: Ben Carson, good or bad?

Following up on that photo of Ben and Jesus,  the Ben Carson myth is founded on a tale he tells of having been a bad, bad boy tell an encounter with Jesus on the throne [no, it wasn’t Jesus sitting on the heavenly throne, but Ben sitting on that mundane object sometimes called the porcelain god].

But for the myth to work, his tales of a bad “before” and a cherubic “after” have to be true, and that’s where he’s running into trouble.

From New York Magazine, a truly surreal headline:

Ben Carson Defends Himself Against Allegations That He Never Attempted to Murder a Child

The Washington Post notes the reason for Carson’s reluctance to admit he may have been a better boy than he claims:

Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America

And as for the good boy who emerged out of all those youthful troubles?

First, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Ben Carson may have fabricated a story about being the ‘most honest’ student while at Yale

Finally, wrapping it all up with the New York Daily News:

Ben Carson admits he lied about West Point scholarship, insists stories about troubled childhood are true