Washington Post blasts terror TARGETS for “offering no apology”

What a backwards word we live in.  

from WaPo:

Pamela Geller, the woman behind the Texas cartoon contest attacked by two gunmen late Sunday, knew what she was doing when she staged the controversial event featuring irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Tex.

The Dallas suburb had hosted a pro-Muslim conference in January, about the time Islamist terrorists killed a dozen journalists with the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo. Geller, a blogger and fierce critic of what she calls the “Islamization” of America, wanted to make a statement.

So she sponsored the Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in the same exhibition hall as the earlier conference. She and her associates invited 200 people and hired 40 heavily armed off-duty police officers and security guards to protect them.

And then they unveiled the pictures: A drawing of Muhammad on a unicycle. A picture of the prophet with a beard of snakes. An angry Muhammad wearing a turban, holding a sword and yelling: “You can’t draw me!” — a reference to the fact that depicting the prophet is considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

If the contest was intended as bait, it worked.

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The mentality behind the Washington Post’s “no apology” headline today is no different than that of ISIS punishing rape victims for being raped. Victim blaming at its purest.

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Richard Cohen — the inexplicably still-employed centrist hack that the neoconservative editorial board of the Washington Post masquerades as a liberal — should never, everwrite about the intersection of politics and race in America. He’s proven this many, many times throughout his more than three decades as a nationally syndicated columnist. He even once wrote a column racist enough that it led to Ben Bradlee, his late boss, offering a public apology — and this was in 1986, not exactly the high-water-mark of white sensitivity to issues of race. But as he’s grown older, and the cultural norms around race have changed, it has become evermore difficult to ignore his complete inability to write anything worthwhile about his home country’s most important social fissure.

The man who may be the worst pundit in America has a new hot take on mass incarceration

Why Are House Cafeteria Workers Paid Better Than Senate Cafeteria Workers?

Why Are House Cafeteria Workers Paid Better Than Senate Cafeteria Workers?

To see a test of conservatism vs. liberalism, right within our nation’s capital, one needn’t look further than the people who serve our legislators their lunches.

The Washington Postdid an expose of the House and the Senate cafeterias. In the House cafeteria, people make a decent living. They profiled Rickie Toon, who at 60, makes a modest living of about $18 an hour, but enough to have bought a…

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The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized - The Washington Post

A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site's Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.

Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson and the WNBA’s domestic violence problem

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From the article: 

As international groups pull staff from the three countries, airlines suspend commercial flights and neighboring countries close their borders, some have argued that it will be next to impossible to contain the outbreak — that public health systems are too weak, the cost of providing effective care too high and health workers too scarce.

But Ebola has been stopped in every other outbreak to date, and it can be stopped in West Africa, too. The crisis we are watching unfold derives less from the virus itself and more from deadly and misinformed biases that have led to a disastrously inadequate response to the outbreak.

These biases, tragically, live on, despite evidence that disproves them again and again.

Just 15 years ago, Western experts said confidently that there was little that rich countries could do to stop the global AIDS crisis, which was killing millions of people in Africa and elsewhere.

Selena died 20 years ago today. Here’s why we’re still talking about her mark …

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Absolutely one of the most beautiful things I have read in a long time. There is so much real life truth in this article, articulately written in a way that is not offensive to the Gender Variant/Non-binary community, but also understandable to the majority.

The first part of the article made me cry because it gives a real life example of the struggle non-binary individuals go through, just to find clothing that is for them. That is exactly what I am trying to change with #GENDERFLUX! I am starting from the ground up with simple t-shirts and building my brand bit by bit until I have created a full blown clothing line that encourages diversity and originality, WITHOUT gendered norms!

Seriously a good read, do not pass this up!

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-Elliott Alexzander

J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels have a great many concerns that express the series’ larger themes of fascism, democracy and diversity. Among them is the struggle for the rights of house-elves, who play an enormous role in the functioning of the wizarding world even as they reap almost none of the rewards of the magical economy.

The house-elves emerge as characters in the “Harry Potter” novels much in the same way that children themselves might become aware of the workings of the economy as a whole. When Rowling’s characters initially enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they think certain things there come to pass by magic. Food appears, beautifully prepared, on dinner tables. Beds are made, fires are lit.

But Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione come to learn that most of these tasks are performed by house-elves, who work not just at Hogwarts but in the homes of many wizarding families. In almost all cases, they are bound to their employers by magic, which is convenient for wizards in two ways: They can force these virtual slaves to do even the most dangerous and disagreeable tasks, and they can do it without paying the house-elves.

Ultimately Harry, Hermione and Ron decide that their concern for non-magical persons and certain classes of magical beings means that they must become advocates for house-elves’ rights as well.

But that is not the end of their education. They also learn that if you want to help people, you have to listen to what they want and need and respect their wishes. When the main characters in Rowling’s series inadvertently free a house-elf named Winky from her rigid wizard employer, they are initially surprised when she is devastated and becomes an alcoholic. The wizards saw her release as a simple matter of her rights, but Winky lost her home and what she perceived to be her family. Instead of just forcing her out of bad conditions, Harry, Hermione and Ron needed to convince Winky that a new kind of life would be better and then deliver on their promises.

And at the end of the “Harry Potter” novels, the three young characters get a powerful illustration of what solidarity really means.

—  “Why the Harry Potter books are the perfect way to explain Labor Day to kids” | by Alyssa Rosenberg for the Washington Post.
Washington Post "fact checks" SNL spoof critical of Obama's executive overreach

Talk about your lows in journalistic integrity.  Washington Post is so desperate to shield Obama’s amnesty executive order from criticism that they’re actually fact checking an SNL spoof.

The response on Twitter has been merciless…and hilarious:

There are dozens more of these on twitter, and they’re all hilarious.