Category Archives: Idiocy

Headline of the day II: Cruzin’ for a bruzin’


From The Contributor:

Ted Cruz Adviser Thinks Minneapolis is Under Islamic law

Clare Lopez, the vice president of the Center for Security Policy and a national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, told a Minnesota radio program yesterday that parts of Minneapolis have become “no-go zones” where the police “don’t go” and are letting Sharia law take hold.

Headline of the day II: Trump “made in USA” fail


From Raw Story:

Chinese-manufactured Trump scarves just recalled for putting 20,000 Americans at risk for burns

A federal agency recalled around 20,000 scarves made under the Ivanka Trump brand on Wednesday for failing to meet flammability standards, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s decision affects Trump’s Brushstroke Oblong and Beach Wave scarves, both of which are made entirely of rayon.

Days of Revolt: America’s brutalizing ways of war


The latest edition of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges’ weekly series for teleSUR English, features a joint interview of two American combat veterans who have seen first hand the brutalization and depersonalization integral to Uncle Sam’s imperial adventures’

Featured are Michael Hanes, a ten-year veteran of the US Marines Corps who served in Iraq as a member of the elite 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, the top echolon the the service’s special forces detachment, and Rory Fanning who served in Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion, that service’s original special warriors.

Both men have become peace activists and work on behalf of military veterans, and both see the brutality of America’s military engagements as the most essential recruiting tool for groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.

From teleSUR English via The Real News Network:

Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

From the transcript:

FANNING: Right, right. So we’d land in there. We’d put a bag over every military aged person?s head, whether they were a member of the Taliban or not, give the person who identified that person money, and then that person would also get that neighbor?s property.

So in a country with as much desperation and poverty as Afghanistan at the time, you’d do anything to put money or food on your family’s table and essentially that?s what we were doing. But we were also bringing people who had absolutely no stake in the fight into the war. And, so we were creating enemies, you know? I signed up after 9/11 to prevent another 9/11 from happening, but soon after arriving in Afghanistan I realized I was only creating the conditions for more terrorist attacks and it was a hard pill to swallow. I mean, we were essentially a bully, you know?

HEDGES: I mean worse than a bully, I mean, you know, we murder.

FANNING: Well we’d have a rocket land in our camp and we wouldn?t necessarily know where it came from. It came from that general direction over there. We’d call in a five-hundred pound bomb and it would land on a village. I mean, we know [because of] the International Physicians Against the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, that a million people have been killed around the world since 9/11. You know, we know, conservatively, that at least 80 percent of those people have been innocent civilians. So, I think to understand Brussels you have to get to the root of some of this stuff.

HEDGES: Yeah, and maybe Michael you can talk a little about some of your experience in Iraq.

HANES: Yes, well I mean, you know, the same thing with me, really. I was in the Iraq invasion and we pushed up into Baghdad and things [became], really, very real for me when we began to kick in doors, place charges in doors and rush into these homes and terrorize these people.

You know, I would say probably about 50 percent or more of the intel that we got was just dead wrong. Busting in these doors you come into a family?s house and there’s elderly women, young little girls, three, four years old, just screaming and horrific, just terrified to where they literally soil themselves. They pee their pants. And then, you know, you’re taking grandma and throwing her up against the wall and interrogating her. And that, you know, hits you right here. It hits you really hard.

And that’s when I began to ask myself, what the hell am I doing? You know? And then if you happen to be a young man in there, in your early twenties or anywhere in that range where you can carry a weapon, then just by mere association of being a young male, a possible insurgent, Saddam Fedayeen loyalist, whatever the case may be, you were taken out of the home and taken somewhere to be interrogated.

Headline of the day II: Another leakage casualty


And it’s one with a notably ironic twist.

From teleSUR:

Panama Papers: Head of Chile’s Transparency International Resigns

The president of the Chilean branch of Transparency International resigned Monday after being implicated in the corruption scandal unveiled by a massive leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm specializing in establishing shell companies.

And a cartoon bonus from the editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Joel Pett: Happy with their laundering

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Ted Cruz: The non-alternative to The Donald


For some Republican presidential voters, a choice between the two top contenders is akin to being forced to decide if you’d rather die from cancer or prolonged starvation.

Leave it to Samantha Bee to give us a short, concise look at three prominent homicidal Cruz fans, adherents of the malignant Christofascism that has taken over the hard Right margins of the evangelical movement.

From Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:

Team Cruz

Program note:

Who are some of Ted Cruz’s biggest fans? Prepare to not be surprised in the slightest.

Graphic responses to a meltdown meltdown


A new scientific study predicting an unexpectedly rapid meltdown of Antarctic ice and a corresponding rise in sea levels has prompted some graphic rsponses.

First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Miami Herald:

Jim Morin: What we meant was . . .

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From the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post:

Tom Toles: Breaking news in climate hoax conspiracy land

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Meanwhile, in California, the lower than expected rains and snows from this winter’s El Niño have left politicians in the state capital looking for some Silicon Valley wizardry — at least in the imagination of the editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee:

Jack Ohman: Minimum water. . .

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Headline of the day: Spooks endangering kids


From the Washington Post:

CIA left explosive material inside Va. school bus after training exercise

The “putty-type” material was found under the hood during routine maintenance on the vehicle, which ferried students to and from school in Loudoun County this week.