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Mohammed Deif

Mohammed Deif – Dead or Alive?

Posted by  ▪  August 20, 2014

Fate of Hamas military head uncertain after Israeli attack on his house

LIVE feeds added at bottom of post Mohammed Deif is the head of Hamas’ military wing. Israel has made several attempt to assassinate him over the years, injuring but not killing him. The latest was last night, but Deif’s fate is unknown: Hundreds of Palestinians turned out on Wednesday for the funeral of the wife…
4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
Rick Perry Mugshot cropped

The mugshot that launched a presidential campaign?

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

If Rick Perry beats the charges, which he should, he emerges a hero and 2012 is ancient history.

Texas Governor Rick Perry was booked today on charges of abuse of power, but before he went in to pose for the greatest mugshot in the history of mugshots, he took the time to speak at a pickup rally organized in support of the Governor and his fight against Texas democrats. The…
14 votes, 3.71 avg. rating (75% score)
James Foley Journalist beheaded ISIS

American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014


ISIS has released a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog. Foley…
7 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (81% score)

Someone bombed Tripoli, but who?

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

At least six are dead, and no one knows who’s responsible.

In today’s bizarre news, at least six are dead in an airstrike that took out a small arms depot and other targets. The problem is, no one really knows who is responsible. The New York Times reports: Unidentified warplanes on Monday bombed a small arms depot and other locations in the Libyan capital, Tripoli,…
4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (86% score)

Misleading Initial Narrative of Zimmerman-Martin Case Applied in Ferguson

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

Ferguson Shooting Triggers A Too-Familiar Misinformation Cascade

The fatal shooting of the Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson has raised a hue and cry about a wide variety of social issues, among them the increasingly vitriolic nature of American race relations, the astonishing militarization of the police (or, perhaps more accurately, their equipment), and the curious (to…
13 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (92% score)
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

Rocket fire from Gaza, ceasefire talks over? (Live Updates and Video)(Update: Fighting Resumes)

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

Hamas breaks truce again, instigates large scale rocket barrages and Israeli retaliation.

Update: Looks like the fighting is on again after Hamas and/or other Gaza groups started firing rockets into Israel even before the prior truce was over. The question is, how much will it escalate? More updates and coverage in live video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post: Israeli…
9 votes, 4.56 avg. rating (91% score)
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Meet Rick Perry’s Legal Team

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

Lawyers, assemble!

The recent indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry has drawn the ridicule and ire of pundits and analysts from both sides of the aisle (even David Axelrod thinks the indictment is “sketchy,”) but Team Perry isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the Governor’s legal defense. Perry has hand-picked his counsel…
9 votes, 4.11 avg. rating (83% score)
Fake Photo Women Being Sold in Mosul

No, this is not a photo of women being sold in Mosul

Posted by  ▪  August 19, 2014

It’s a 2013 Egyptian protest.

The Featured Image is being spread widely on Twitter and Facebook as evidence of abducted women being sold either into slavery or marriage by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq. Now ISIS may very well be doing such things, but this is not a photo of ISIS selling women. It’s a photo from 2013 of…
4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
Mike Brown autopsy sketch

Eyewitness testimony often unreliable, as Michael Brown case already shows

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

Eyewitness testimony often is not reliable, with or without motive to lie.

According to the preliminary report from the autopsy requested by the Michael Brown family, Brown was shot six times, four in the right arm and two in the head, the last head shot killing him. All of the shots entered from the front. These findings could end up being revised, but so…
12 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)
Amanda Carter

Montana Democratic Senate nominee has some strange video selfies

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

Amanda Curtis’ state legislative career is one long video selfie, posted daily to YouTube.

We covered the story here. Senator John Walsh, busted for plagiarism and speak-o’s and other ridiculousness ended his reelection bid. Left without a Senate candidate, the Democrats picked a really interesting candidate to fill Walsh’s shoes. Meet Amanda Curtis: Politico reports: Curtis, 34, was chosen Saturday as the Democrats’ replacement candidate for Sen….
3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (92% score)

Rick Perry isn’t afraid of “this farce of a prosecution”

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

…and neither are his fundraisers!

Formed this year at the end of July, “Rick PAC,” Rick Perry’s Political Action Committee, is still going strong with their fundraising efforts ahead of the 2014 elections and 2016 presidential election cycle. I received this in my inbox this morning, and am taking it as proof positive that Rick Perry is…
4 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (82% score)

Israel: Hamas Planned West Bank Coup of Palestinian Authority

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

The “Israel made it up” crowd takes it on the chin. Again.

Israeli newspapers are reporting on the just disclosed coup attempt by Hamas to dislodge Fatah in the West Bank. The Times of Israel reported: The Shin Bet said it arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives in May and June, confiscated dozens of weapons that had been smuggled into the West Bank, and seized…
7 votes, 3.29 avg. rating (68% score)

Patient Advocates Attack “Discrimination” Under Obamacare

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

America still doesn’t understand insurance, and government doesn’t make it easier.

Patient advocates are up in arms over allegations that insurance companies are violating Obamacare’s anti-discrimination provisions. Groups like the AIDS Institute and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society cite difficulties with getting coverage for expensive medications and finding quality in-network care as just two in a long list of grievances against the…
3 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (82% score)

#Ferguson – Latest Developments Open Thread

Posted by  ▪  August 18, 2014

Events moving quickly, the truth lags behind.

Things have moved so fast in the shooting of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots, that it’s hard to keep pace. Andrew likely will have a post later with some legal analysis, but for now I’m just going to post some links, and readers can update in the comments. Does this make it…
10 votes, 4.10 avg. rating (82% score)