Hack opportunist would be better description.
Matt Yglesias at Vox reports on an interesting development out of an all-female panel of Democratic luminaries on Thursday: Hillary Clinton kept using feminism to frame her arguments, particularly when talking about the concerns of working class women. [...]
But, as Yglesias writes, this distinction between “social” issues and “economic” issues is a false one, always has been. Reproductive rights, for instance, are inseparable from economic considerations. Same goes, perhaps obviously, for pay equality. Clinton’s remarks suggest that the Democrats are moving towards a more holistic understanding of feminism, seeing that it is more than just a handful of “women’s issues” (with a side dose of corporate leaders extolling us to lean in) and instead using a feminist “take” on nearly all issues, like workers’ rights and the minimum wage.
To be clear, Clinton is not re-inventing the definition of feminism. Feminist academics have been on this for a long time, wedding feminism to race and class. But Clinton’s remarks show how Democrats are beginning to move that sort of thinking out of women’s studies seminars and turning it into a potent political strategy, reinforcing the notion that the traditional liberal agenda is particularly important to women.
Today is the “People’s Climate March”, supposedly going off in 1000+ locations all over the world to bring the world’s attention to the dangers of Climate Change.
As we reported yesterday, they are assembling in 6 main groups in NYC, some with fun names like “The Science is Settled”, “We Have The Solutions” and We Know Who Is Responsible”(let me spoil it for you, rush to the ending-the capitalists did it!). Some of the groups marching? SEIU, CAIR and Democratic Socialists. Sounds like scientists, right?
We’ll be trying to cover it throughout the day and post fun things for your enjoyment.
This one may take the prize:
Help me with this one, please, no idea…
The same folks that made an appearance in Ferguson, in Florida for Trayvon, etc. All the same leftist activists run from crisis to crisis in order to pull people to the ultimate goal, revolution and communism. At least these guys are honest about it, in that sense.
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You know what else is “settled science?” . . . libs are pompous assh*les.
Via CNS News:
Shawn Donovan (sic), director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Friday that if you don’t believe in climate change and support federal spending to fight it, you believe the earth is flat.
“The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn’t get you membership in a fiscal conservatives caucus,” Donovan said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “It makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society.”
Donovan, who formerly ran the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, is now in charge of the arm of the executive branch that oversees the federal budget and a range of other executive branch functions, including oversight of federal regulations and congressional legislation.
They thought he was trying to warn other people they wanted to shoot. Poor little Antonio had no gang ties, but that didn’t matter.
Gang members in Chicago’s South Side shot a 9-year-old boy out walking in his neighborhood last month because they thought he was trying to warn rival gangbangers about their whereabouts, police said.
The four men — Jabari Williams, 22, Michael D. Baker, Paris Denard and Derrick Allmon, all 19 — were out looking to shoot rival gangsters on Aug. 20 when they encountered 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr. in a yard near his Grand Crossing home, police said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Allmon, who was armed and stalking two rivals, thought the boy was yelling out to warn his targets when he cut down the boy in a hail of bullets and left him lying next to a concrete slab in the back of a stranger’s yard on E. 71 St., police said.
Police found the third-grader’s bloodied body a short time later and rushed him to a local children’s hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After a monthlong investigation, cops caught up to the killer and his accomplices last week.
Desmond Tutu continues to milk his role in the anti-apartheid for all its worth.
Via Raw Story:
Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace prize winner and activist, has called for an international campaign to boycott mining companies, oil corporations and other businesses involved in the trade of fossil fuels. Writing exclusively in the Observer prior to this week’s UN climate summit in New York, Tutu says the same approach that was taken by the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign, of which he was a leader, should now be adopted in the battle to halt global warming.
“The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world’s poor,” he states. “Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.”
In his Observer article, Tutu urges world leaders including President Barack Obama to take a strong lead in setting up carbon emission curbs. However, he also proposes the launching of a populist campaign that would mirror the anti-apartheid campaigns, which argued that firms which conducted business with apartheid South Africa were aiding and abetting an immoral system. The businesses were targeted and their goods were boycotted.
Now Tutu wants to repeat this process for global warming. “Nobody should profit from the rising temperatures, seas and human suffering caused by the burning of fossil fuels,” he states. “We can boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil fuel companies; demand that their advertisements carry health warnings; organise car-free days and other platforms to build broader societal awareness.”
Just wanted to give an update to this case,since we were all sort of left hanging on Friday after reports of shots fired. They apparently thought they had him cornered then, but no such luck.
Via NY Post:
Pennsylvania police locked down a neighborhood and fanned out with heavy rifles to corner a cop-hating sharpshooter accused of killing a state trooper in the Poconos, sources said.
Cops shut down roads and told residents to stay in their homes as the manhunt for Eric Matthew Frein, 31, intensified in Barrett Township on Saturday.
“They would not let us turn around to go a quarter-mile back to our house . . . I’m hoping that sooner or later [Frein] just says, ‘I give up. You win,’ ” said Canadensis resident Richard Barry, who couldn’t get to work due to the roadblock.
Frein, a self-styled survivalist, is charged with gunning down Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass during a shift change at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks Sept. 12.
FBI agents wearing tactical gear rushed to the scene on Saturday morning after dozens of police in bulletproof vests surrounded the home of Frein’s parents, where he was believed to be hiding.
Two shots were fired at around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, a Monroe County 911 dispatcher said, but no injuries were reported, and no further details released.
About 20 people who couldn’t get back to their houses found refuge at nearby firehouse and were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday morning.“Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken,” she said.
Absolute gold, Elly Maye! Of course, there are many other reasons. My suggestion? Make it a video series…
HT: Anne Lieberman
How’s that whole agreement working out?
Syria, which had claimed to have destroyed all of its chemical weapons production facilities, has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a ricin-producing laboratory.
Reuters reports that, according to diplomatic sources, Syria detailed three new facilities to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as part of an ongoing review of the government’s chemical arsenal.
The new disclosures lend support to accusations in recent months from some Western governments that Syria had not been upfront in its previous declarations regarding dismantling of its chemical weapons facilities.
The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed last year to eliminate its entire chemical weapons program after a sarin attack on Aug. 21, 2013 killed hundreds of people in Ghouta, a neighborhood in Damascus. Syria has never declared it had any sarin, and blamed the attack on rebels.
Under the agreement between Damascus, Washington, and Moscow, reached under the threat of U.S. military action, the OPCW oversaw the destruction of 1,300 tons of chemical weapons that Syria declared to the Hague-based body.
Can’t make these things up…although I will give her props for responding to the hospital’s request and actually going to visit.
Via Weekly Standard:
First Lady Michelle Obama visited sick children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she complained about living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and being married to the president of the United States. She made the comments in response to being asked about her “favorite part about being in the White House.”
“About being in the — about being First Lady is being able to do stuff like this, really. And it is so special for me to get to meet kids like you guys,” Michelle Obama started.
“Because sometimes living in the White House and being married to the President and trying to live a life like that, it can be hard. But when I meet you guys, I am so inspired, which is one of the reasons why I like to come and spend time with you guys. You all are smart, and you’re focused, and you’re just so courageous. And it’s just fun to be able — I could be here all day with you, if you haven’t noticed.”
The crowd of sick kids and parents laughed. So the first lady continued: “So this is a cool part. But living in the White House, actually living in the White House, what’s the best part? The best part is — I like the South Lawn, I like the Truman Balcony — I was telling Austin that, that that’s one of my favorite places to be, because we can be outside and you can look over the fountain, and you see the Washington Memorial, and it’s a really pretty view. And it’s peaceful.”
The comments were part of a 26-minute question and answer session Obama held with the kids.
HT: Stoopid Housewives
It hasn’t been ‘secret” in a while, but imagine, mothers aren’t allowed to question the deaths of their sons or even where they are sent, and journalists get attacked…
Via NY Post:
Giving lie to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia isn’t fighting in Ukraine, up to 80 Russian troops were killed in a skirmish there last month, according to information released by an opposition politician.
Members of an elite Russian paratroop force talked about the brutal battle near Luhansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, in telephone transcripts leaked to politician and newspaper publisher Lev Shlosberg.
“We’re f——g walking along looking for these f—–g Ukrainians,” one paratrooper says in an account reported by the Sunday Times of London.
“We get out into the open and are seen, kapow!” the paratrooper says.
“We dashed out onto the road, there was a field, sunflowers, and a checkpoint,” he continues. “They started to bomb it — bam bam bam — and they destroyed it.”
Having trouble finding a gift for the liberal in your life? Then today’s your luck day!
Despite Facebook’s claims that a cluster of pages peddling ISIS goods would be taken down, recent searches show many pages containing merchandise with the terrorist group’s symbols still remain on the most popular social-media site in the world.
“At Facebook, we have rules that bar direct statements of hate, attacks on private individuals and groups, and the promotion of terrorism,” said Facebook spokesman Israel Hernandez in June. “We have a team of professional investigators both here in the U.S. and abroad who enforce these rules. Where hateful content is posted and reported, Facebook removes it and disables accounts of those responsible.”
The items offered for sale include baseball caps, clothing and jewelry – many bearing the familiar black flag associated with the terrorist group and its slogan, “Baqiyah.”
One of the Facebook pages is run by a jihadi sympathizer based in Toulouse, France. He posts pro-ISIS messages on his “Baqiyah Création” page and advertises “high-quality” products made for “true believers,” according to MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor.
Attached since Huma was an intern in 1996, no kidding…
When Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign imploded last year amid new sexting revelations, the fallout buffeted his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton’s inner circle was furious with Weiner, and Abedin’s role with Hillary was said to be in doubt.
“Huma has a choice to make,” New York magazine quoted a “close associate” of Abedin’s as saying. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?”
The magazine described Abedin as “traumatized” by the prospect of leaving the inner sanctum.
One year later, Abedin’s marriage to Weiner appears intact, and her role in Hillary’s camp is secure. As Clinton’s personal chief of staff, Abedin was constantly at her boss’ side as Clinton toured the country promoting her memoir, “Hard Choices,” over the summer. And there she was again last weekend, standing just behind Clinton as the former First Lady worked the rope line at an Iowa steak fry, a visit widely seen as the first concrete public step by Clinton toward an expected 2016 presidential campaign.
The only apparent change in Abedin’s longtime presence as Clinton’s trusted “body woman” was the length of her hair — she cut her long locks into a sleek bob over the summer.
Whoopee! More free stuff!
The city’s new ID cards will do more than just give undocumented immigrants identification — they’ll grant free memberships to top cultural institutions, from Carnegie Hall to the Bronx Zoo.
And officials hinted the cards eventually will provide discounts at movie theaters and other more commercial entertainment venues.
It’s part of a plan to make the cards — which will debut in January — appeal to a wide range of New Yorkers, not just to undocumented immigrants, Mayor de Blasio said.
Hizzoner made the issuance of ID cards a cornerstone of his mayoral campaign. The cards, he said, would help undocumented immigrants access services they could not receive without identification.
HT: Steve Crespo
Meanwhile Lurch’s Operation Dithering Coalition of 40 is still recruiting.
Via Stars and Stripes
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, as leaders of the ethnic group appealed for international assistance in their battle against the extremists.
The movement of the Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fighting in the northern Kobani area, which borders Turkey. Militants of the extremist Islamic State group have been barreling through the area over the past three days, seizing villages and forcing at least 60,000 Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey.
“Kobani is facing the fiercest and most barbaric attack in its history,” said official Mohammed Saleh Muslim, head of Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union. The groups’ members dominate the Syrian Kurdish group known as the YPK, which is fighting the Islamic State militants.
“Kobani calls on all those who defend humane and democratic values … to stand by Kobani and support it immediately. The coming hours are decisive,” he said in a message sent to reporters.[...]
But it’s not clear if the U.S. would be willing to assist the Syrian Kurdish fighters. The YPK is viewed with suspicion by many Syrian rebels and their Western supporters because of perceived links to President Bashar Assad’s government. That may be changing, however, as Kurdish fighters battle alongside some Syrian rebel groups against the Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria.
NATO member Turkey is also wary of the group, which it believes is affiliated with the Kurdish PKK movement. Turkey has so far been cool to any international coalition to fight the Islamic State group, but if Western countries are seen publicly arming the Syrian Kurds, it would likely destroy any hopes of cajoling the Turkish government into cooperating.