Horror in Homs, Torture Reported Across Syria

By |February 24th, 2012|

The Red Cross has reached the city of Homs. Juan Cole retweeted the link for the video above, as "Friends of Syria" try to maneuver a way through this cricis, which will not be easy. A CBS News report on what's happening in Syria is even worse, including a map of documented torture. Homs "“ [...]

What Women Don’t Know About Rick Santorum Helps Him

By |February 24th, 2012|

The Washington Post has an amusing poll on Rick Santorum and women. I hope Republican primary voters buy into it. But in fact, Santorum has grown more popular among women while talking about his opposition to abortion, his disapproval of birth control and his view that the federal government shouldn't pay for prenatal screenings. A [...]

PBS Pres. Clinton Profile Set Perfectly Against Extreme Republican Primary Battle

By |February 24th, 2012|

Watch Clinton on PBS. See more from American Experience. The rise once again of religious conservatives in the 2012 primary season is a perfect setting for "Clinton," the PBS American Experience documentary of William Jefferson Clinton's presidency. Today's religious conservatives aren't the same as they were in the Clinton era, but it's a reminder of [...]

Wounded Journalists Trapped in Syria After ‘Assassination’ Attempt

By |February 23rd, 2012|

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called it an "assassination" attempt. Now one of the wounded journalists is reportedly in danger of going into shock from her wounds. The dire situation has led to discussions about an ultimatum for Pres. Assad. From the AP: The United States, Europe and Arab nations are preparing to demand that Syrian [...]

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Quran Blowback

By |February 23rd, 2012|

Today, the Taliban called on Afghans to attack "foreign troops." It may be a coincidence, though it hardly matters, because an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on U.S. troops killing two. Pres. Obama had already sent a letter of apology to Pres. Karzai, which is posted on the Afghanistan site. From CBS: Two U.S. troops [...]

The Obama-Biden Ad Republicans Can’t Rebut

By |February 23rd, 2012|

BuzzFeed: Marco Rubio Baptized a Mormon

By |February 23rd, 2012|

Conant told BuzzFeed that Rubio never requested to have his name removed from the LDS Church's records, which means officially, the church is likely still counting him as a member. [...] An overworked bartender at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, Mario had little use for a religion that promoted a strict code of moral conduct [...]

Queer Talk: Bush Appointee Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

By |February 23rd, 2012|

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Yesterday the story broke that Judge Jeffrey White of the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. White is a 2002 George W. Bush appointee, and the second federal judge to rule against DOMA. In July [...]

Rick Santorum: ‘I’m not a visionary, I’m a guy from a steel town.’

By |February 22nd, 2012|

**Post Debate Update Below** If Rick Santorum had stuck to that line he might have had a chance, which comes from CBC "This Morning," with Charlie Rose and Erica Hill. But his arrogant religiosity just wouldn't allow it, which is why Mitt Romney is gaining on him in Michigan and why I just don't believe [...]

Girl Scouts as target and tool in 2012

By |February 22nd, 2012|

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. I spend a lot of time writing about the connections and context of what's going on, whether it be the Occupy movement, the 2012 campaign of stupidity show, LGBT equality, the predictable resurgence of the "religious right" brand of radicalism, or most anything else. The [...]