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Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian ambassador
Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat in Washington whose interactions with former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn's firing, according to the Justice Department.
By Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN

What’s worse than an administration filled with racists, liars and thieves?  …an administration filled with racist, liars and thieves who are also incompetent morons.  

Sexism doesn’t just hurt women, it breaks our very humanity.
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And With This I Lost My Faith In Humanity

I’ve been doing comment shaming for around 2 months now and some days it really drains you.  This is one of those moments.  CNN.com has repeatedly shut down it’s comment sections on every article about the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that has struck the Philippines.  What could be so controversial about the strongest recorded superstorm to ever make landfall? 

Yesterday’s headline read: 10,000 feared dead.  The comments hadn’t been shut down, so I was able to find out why all of the other comment sections had been shut down.  It was because of all of the Racism, politicizing and down right insanity being typed by real people.  I was able to catch some of the trolling and bullshit as it was being posted and pulled by moderators.

Remember in an article talking about the deaths of 10,000 PEOPLE, commenters railed against Obamacare, Muslims, Foreign Aide and Black People.

Here are many of the worst I’ve found.

Yep, do you see all of this bullshit?  Do you see?!!  Do You see it??!!!

10,000 people maybe dead.  That’s 3 times the bodycount of 9/11, or most non-jokable day.  But that doesn’t stop these soulless fucks. Most of these comments don’t even mention the Typhoon or the destruction, because the one things Trolls hate more than anything else is context. 

At least no on mentioned Hitler for once.

I’m going to go clean my revolver with my mouth and listen to Elliot Smith songs.

Hometown in the headlines?

A young man I went to high school was arrested yesterday for alleged terrorist plotting, right in our backyards of Ashland. While this is shocking in and of itself, I was even more jarred to see front page coverage of our town, our high school, and our yearbook right on CNN.com. Of course this is a big story, but it’s still quite odd and hits pretty close to home. It goes without saying how awful the entire situation is and how lucky we are that law enforcement was able to catch him. However, my roommate had a difficult time understanding the sorrow on my face as I tried to explain just how tragic I find the whole situation. I’m probably going to ruffle a lot of feathers - everyone’s initial reaction falls somewhere along the line of “that bastard, I hope he rots in Guantanamo!” - and while I would NEVER defend Rezwan’s horrendous intentions, I can’t help but immediately ponder the effect this will have on the people around him. Perhaps I’m judging from a standpoint of naivete, but assuming his family had no part in this, the lives of his brother and parents just changed forever. It’s also terrible for a proud community whose name is now on the map for the most deplorable of crimes. Rather than brewing over with revenge, I mostly find it sad and puzzling how someone can let that much hatred fester inside of them that they grow so radical in their beliefs. Not just him, anyone.

(For AK): Another phenomenon that became immediately evident was the way in which everyone from Ashland took to their various social media outlets to claim territory over the news story. It’s no secret that we’re wired to rubber neck and love drama so it’s only natural and perhaps expected that when such a large shocking story breaks right across the street, we’re inclined to advertise things like “that’s my neighborhood!” Despite this, it was unsettling to see people using Facebook and Twitter as a platform to say obnoxious things:

  • The terrorist who was just arrested who lives on my street used to bully me when I was in middle school. #karma
  • I went to high school with a terrorist. only in Ashland.
  • Yes I live on the same street as the terrorist all over the news, yes I will be on channel 4
  • Hometown classin’ it up with some terrorism.

Of course everyone is entitled to an opinion, especially on topics as controversial and emotionally-charged as this, but this type of collective reaction just seems crass to me. Again, I feel I must restate that I do not defend or support anything that Rezwan stood for as I’m sure my empathy for the bigger picture at hand will be construed as unpatriotic. I’m just incredibly turned off by the way Ashlanders are sensationalizing a news story, attempting to inch as close to it as possible without having any real connection to it at all.

I got a bad haircut this week and I’d be lying if I didn’t have a meltdown over it. You know those ugly crying phone calls to Mom? Yeah. The last time I lost it over a haircut was the day before September 11 and afterwards, I vowed to never get upset over something so trivial again. This latest story is sobering and brings me back to that place. People are suffering far worse in my own hometown today. I’m sorry for the whole situation that’s transpiring in Atown and hope that even if it’s twenty years from now, somewhere, somehow, we will have learned something good from this and come out as better people on the other end.

Praise God!

There were no reports of fatalities or major damage in Mexico due to Hurricane Patricia.

Mexican officials had expressed cautious optimism overnight, with President Enrique Peña Nieto saying “damages have been minor to those corresponding to a hurricane of this magnitude.”

“We as government are not supposed to mention faith and God but the only thing I can tell you is that God helped and watched over us so this monster of a hurricane did not hurt us here in Nayarit and in Mexico,” Roberto Sandoval, governor of Nayarit state, told CNN en Español

The worst of the hurricane went to the mountain areas.

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Warpaint interview: New sound, old friends (via CNN.com)

10 years

I can’t believe it’s already been almost 10 years since the attack on the World Trade Center in NYC.  I remember where I was, what I was doing, and the complete awe I felt at the time.  The “where?”  My history class, which is kind of ironic (don’t you think?).  The “what” was staring in awe and confusion at the television in our classroom.  I have never been in a classroom that was that quiet before, without an exam going on, or the teacher lecturing.  I do admit, I didn’t understand what was going on, but I could grasp the fact that it was something HUGE.  I knew kids that I went to school with that had family that worked in NYC, we might have been eight or nine hours away from the city, but it was still NY.  As we get closer to the anniversary, there are news articles and press everywhere.  I found one particularly sad, it was on CNN.com and it was of people who didn’t make it to work on-time, and it saved their lives.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/03/near.death.decisions/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

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Rachel Dolezal's biracial appearance is "blackface," brother says - CNN.com
Ezra Dolezal says he didn't know how to respond the day his adopted sister took him aside and asked him "not to blow her cover" about having a black father.
By Ray Sanchez and Ben Brumfield, CNN

Holy crap! Just when I thought the world couldn’t get any more crazy…

When I was a kid, I definitely had a long phase were I idolized black culture.  I liked rap, and basketball, and a lot of my pals were black and I thought they were the coolest.  Of course, I didn’t have that much of an idea of all of the privilege and, frankly, safety afforded me as a white boy… it didn’t dawn on me the sheer peril, adversity, and hardships facing black people in America.  Then again, I was only, like, twelve-years-old.  

So I guess I can understand the draw of wanting to emulate a racial/cultural identity other than your own.  But this woman has taken it to a whole new, absurd, offensive, and downright selfish extreme.  Not only did she accept scholarships she didn’t deserve, she parlayed the whole matter into a successful and possibly lucrative career.  

Steeling identity and job opportunities from people of color is not all that different than any other form of racially based hate-crime.  And Ms. Dolezal, who claims to idolize and identify with black culture, is going to go down as just another racist offender who has actively contributed to the suppression and persecution of people of color.