Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

By: Friday May 30, 2014 2:00 pm

During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening.

The teen, who showed no remorse when arrested a few hours later, mumbled a few words about his reasons. He said he murdered the cabbie “’Cause that’s what I do to people that don’t listen.”

 

FDL Movie Night: HELL With Director Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Lisa Stock works in the realm of magical realism, creating fantasy worlds redolent with myth and mystery. In HELL, a series of vignettes take us through dreamlike experiences that expound upon sins, a trip through Dante’s circles of Hell set in modern times, fraught with social anxiety and surreal saturated colors. She shot HELL in locations around the world, and adapts her tightly budgeted shoots to shifts in weather and other forces majeures.

Albuquerque Police Violence Update

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:10 pm

Albuquerque made international news as the result of a police lapel-cam video gone viral, of officers killing a homeless mentally-ill man on March 16. James Boyd, or Abba, as he preferred, was the 37th person shot and the 22nd killed by police in Albuquerque since 2010. (The toll has risen to 23 after another police shooting on March 25. There was a non-fatal shooting by plain clothes US marshals (caution, graphic content and language) on March 28.)

It is due only to the lapel cams that we know how Abba died. The police have refused to make many of their (our) videos public, but the videos we have seen are difficult to watch. WHY was this video released? Soon after the shooting, the newly hired Chief of Police pronounced it “justified.”

The Right-Wing Privilege of Advocating Violence

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 5:10 pm

Earlier this week, perennial presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Ron Paul made a rather startling remark while campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. At least, it would have been startling coming from anyone but a privileged white man on the political right.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 1:59 pm

When it comes to telling the inconvenient set of truths that increasingly set Israel apart from what we consider to be a Western democracy or a society akin to the USA or western Europe, no good deed remains unpunished. Max Blumenthal, in two books published four years apart, has exposed two authoritarian Old Testament-based cultures for their anti-democratic underpinnings. The first book, unveiling strange Christian and Christianist currents in our political world was widely praised. The second, examining somewhat similar forces in Israeli political, religious, cultural and educational life, is being widely damned.

Bursting the Blue State Fantasy That Gay Enclaves Are ‘Safe’ to Be Out

By: Monday May 27, 2013 11:15 am

In the past week NYC has been rocked by a few incidents of hideous violent attacks against gays and transgender residents. There have been shootings assaults outside gay bars and a brutal killing of Mark Carson in another shooting in the Village.

Michelangelo Signorile, who also points out the unending violence against transgender residents that goes under-reported in the media:

The Boston Marathon Explosions: Showing Empathy With the Victims of Bombings

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:25 am

On April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, three people were killed when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Over 144 were wounded. Doctors performed at least ten amputations on those injured. The same day, in the cities of Baghdad, Fallujah and Kirkuk in Iraq, there were “serial blasts.” Fourteen car bombs and three roadside bombs went off. Thirty-three people were killed and over 160 were wounded.

Legacy of Tiller’s Murder: Anti-Choice Terrorists Threaten Staff at Wichita Clinic

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 3:50 pm

Nearly four years after Dr. George Tiller’s assassination, anti-choice violence continues to percolate in Wichita. It started up again two years ago, with the harassment of Dr. Mila Means. Anti-choice terrorist Angel Dillard penned a letter threatening violence against the doctor, who sought to include abortion care in her private practice. That letter has resulted in federal charges against Dillard brought under the FACE Act.

After Steubenville – Don McPherson, Former NFL Player, on Toxic Masculinity

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 4:25 pm

There has been a lot of worthy essays written about this topic, but this effort caught my eye — “Former NFL quarterback Don McPherson challenges media response to Steubenville verdict,” part of human rights group Breakthrough’s One Million Men, a campaign to engage men to end violence against women around the world. It was unreal to see the rape culture-affirming coverage by the media (Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow of CNN’s coverage come to mind, sadly), that went on and on about the destroyed lives of the convicted rapists, forgetting the victim here is the girl who they violated.

America’s Death Penalty Is Crumbling

By: Monday March 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Satirist Stephen Colbert called the death penalty “as American as killing someone with an apple pie,” but jokes like that might not work much longer.

America’s death penalty appears to be crumbling.

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