Politics A La Americana

Politics, however unpopular, truly are a driving force in our society. In school, I focused on on American domestic politics and American foreign affairs so this blog will mostly reflect that. My personal political beliefs run towards the more moderate/liberal side of things, depending on the topic. However, I try to keep this blog from getting too partisan. Please feel free to message me if you want to talk shop! I love this stuff way more than I should!

aljazeeraamerica:

Anti-Islam ad featuring James Foley pulled from NYC buses: Group decides not to run one of the controversial ads after receiving complaints from slain journalist’s family

A group that bankrolled a series of anti-Islam ads to be displayed on New York City buses and in its subway system decided to pull one of the spots after receiving complaints from the family of slain American journalist James Foley, who was executed by a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in August.

Blogger Pamela Geller and the far-right group American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which paid $100,000 to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for six advertisements with anti-Islam messages, withdrew the spot at the 11th hour. The other five ads will run for four weeks beginning on Monday.

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By Marisa Taylor

Photo credit: Patrick Sison/AP

mediamattersforamerica:

A Veteran Describes How The Right-Wing Media’s Misogyny Comes At A High Cost For The U.S. Military

During my time in the Air Force in the early 2000s, I remember regularly seeing Fox on the TV at work and hearing Limbaugh’s angry rants blasting from the radio. Now imagine being a woman in this atmosphere in the last few years, when Limbaugh repeatedly labeled Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and Fox hosts referred to a female pilot as “boobs on the ground” and suggested she “couldn’t park” her jet. Add that to the fact that many of these shows are aired on bases around the world using taxpayer money, and the situation quickly becomes too much to stomach … 
Now put the right wing’s misogynistic messaging into the context of rampant sexual assault in the military, with an estimated 26,000 incidents in 2012, and it creates one very ugly picture. The normalization of the sexual objectification of women, which is actively encouraged by conservative media figures, only makes it more difficult for women in the military to fight the well-documented “invisible war.” If one has the ability to reduce women to mere objects to be used for amusement, what’s to stop them from hitting or raping a fellow service member, particularly if he thinks that he will face little punishment for his actions?
Fox host Eric Bolling may have apologized for his remarks, but that doesn’t erase his participation in the disturbing right-wing trend of encouraging the deep-seated culture of misogyny in the military. This was far from an isolated incident. If conservative media outlets truly want to “support the troops,” then they will change the way they talk about women, in the military or otherwise. Given how many women currently serve our country, it’s more important than ever to truly appreciate their contributions to the defense of our country if we hope to maintain a fully functioning, unified military force that’s capable of handling serious threats to our national security.

Read the full story here.

mediamattersforamerica:

A Veteran Describes How The Right-Wing Media’s Misogyny Comes At A High Cost For The U.S. Military

During my time in the Air Force in the early 2000s, I remember regularly seeing Fox on the TV at work and hearing Limbaugh’s angry rants blasting from the radio. Now imagine being a woman in this atmosphere in the last few years, when Limbaugh repeatedly labeled Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and Fox hosts referred to a female pilot as “boobs on the ground” and suggested she “couldn’t park” her jet. Add that to the fact that many of these shows are aired on bases around the world using taxpayer money, and the situation quickly becomes too much to stomach … 

Now put the right wing’s misogynistic messaging into the context of rampant sexual assault in the military, with an estimated 26,000 incidents in 2012, and it creates one very ugly picture. The normalization of the sexual objectification of women, which is actively encouraged by conservative media figures, only makes it more difficult for women in the military to fight the well-documented “invisible war.” If one has the ability to reduce women to mere objects to be used for amusement, what’s to stop them from hitting or raping a fellow service member, particularly if he thinks that he will face little punishment for his actions?

Fox host Eric Bolling may have apologized for his remarks, but that doesn’t erase his participation in the disturbing right-wing trend of encouraging the deep-seated culture of misogyny in the military. This was far from an isolated incident. If conservative media outlets truly want to “support the troops,” then they will change the way they talk about women, in the military or otherwise. Given how many women currently serve our country, it’s more important than ever to truly appreciate their contributions to the defense of our country if we hope to maintain a fully functioning, unified military force that’s capable of handling serious threats to our national security.

Read the full story here.

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chicagotribune:

U.S. to pay Navajo Nation $554M in settlement

In the largest settlement with a single American Indian tribe, the Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million to settle claims that the U.S. government has mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation for decades.

A wave of protest in Hong Kong extended into the working week on Monday as thousands of residents defied a government call to abandon street blockades across the city, students boycotted classes and the city’s influential bar association added to condemnation of a police crackdown on protesters a day earlier.

The continued public resistance underscored the difficulties that the Hong Kong government faces in defusing widespread anger that erupted on Sunday, after the police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons to break up a three-day sit-in by students and other residents demanding democratic elections in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

On Monday afternoon, the Hong Kong government canceled the city’s annual fireworks show to mark China’s National Day, which falls on Wednesday — an implicit acknowledgment that officials expect the protests to continue for days.

The police crackdown Sunday not only failed to dislodge protesters from a major thoroughfare in the heart of Hong Kong but appeared Monday to have motivated more people to join the student-led protests. A government announcement that the riot police had been withdrawn from the protest centers also seemed to open the door to growing demonstrations. The number of protesters, which had ebbed overnight, swelled again by midday Monday, as office workers in slacks and dress shirts mixed with crowds of students in black T-shirts.

Many of the new arrivals said they were angered by the police’s actions on Sunday, which they called excessive.

“This morning I was happy to see that they stayed and insisted on continuing the protest,” said Cindy Sun, a 30-year-old bank worker who joined protesters in the Admiralty district during her lunch hour.

“What they were doing was not appropriate, especially the tear gas,” she said. “The students were completely peaceful.”

Chloe Wong, 46, a mother of two, said she was inspired to join the protesters in Admiralty by the scenes of tear gas being fired the day before. She said she could find time to participate for only an hour but wanted to show her support.

“The protesters, they are so young,” she said. “They are fighting for our future, for my children’s future.”

Demonstrators were also blocking major streets in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay and in Mongkok in Kowloon, one of the world’s most densely packed places.

Hong Kong has maintained a reputation as a safe enclave for peaceful demonstration and commerce, and the crackdown here has raised the political cost of Beijing’s unyielding position on electoral change in Hong Kong. Late last month China’s legislature called for limits on voting reforms here and barriers for candidates for the position of chief executive, the city’s top leadership post.

The New York Times, "Hong Kong Residents Defy Officials’ Call to End Protests."

How soon until China murders these protestors?

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Drones aren’t necessarily bad but right now they exist without transparency or accountability and nothing good ever comes from that. 

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incomeinequality:

This is the most important chart about Income Inequality that you’ll see this year.

The chart is pretty dramatic.

It’s from Dr. Tcherneva, an economist at Bard College.

"It shows how much of U.S. income growth has been claimed by the top 10 percent of households during economic growth years (expansions), and how much was claimed by the bottom 90 percent.”

The overall answer is not shocking (the rich are drop-kicking everyone) but the pattern is quite striking and consistent. Notably, the negative numbers by the “bottom 90%” in recent years - that is the vast majority - is perhaps riot worthy.

A summary of the research can be found here.

npr:

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory’s next chief executive.

Here’s a closer look at the issue and what’s at stake.

Photo: Chris McGarth, Getty Images

breakingnews:

Officials begin to recover bodies from peak of Japan volcano

APMilitary and other rescue workers began airlifting more than two dozen bodies from the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Monday, where a sudden volcanic eruption is believed to have killed at least 31 people.

Photo: Firefighters and members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at an ash-covered cabin, center left, near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

chicagotribune:

ICYMI: Qatar pulled out of the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games on Thursday after refusing to abide by international regulations preventing them from wearing hijabs, while organizers said they were powerless to do anything about it.

The Qatari players had been asked to remove their head coverings before their opening group game against Mongolia on Wednesday, but chose to forfeit the match instead.

mapsontheweb:

How much you would need to make to be considered in the top 1% earning households in America

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thinksquad:

The federal government acted after images of officers in the St Louis suburb wearing the bracelets were posted online.

Wilson is the white officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9, sparking protests that are still taking place.

Wilson, who shot the 18-year-old six times in unclear circumstances, has not been charged and remains on paid leave.

The Department of Justice wrote to Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson to explain the bracelets had “upset and agitated” residents, many of whom said the police wearing them had also illegally used black tape to cover up plates identifying them.

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/police-banned-from-wearing-i-am-darren-wilson-bracelets—lywW1AQ4Hx

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-teesa-:

9.25.14

Jason Jones sits down with Native American activists working to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

Once in a while The Daily Show really nails it. This was one of those times. See the full segment here.

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breakingnews:

Chelsea Clinton welcomes baby girl

USA Today: Bill and Hillary Clinton have become grandparents for the first time with the arrival of Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born Friday to daughter Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. 

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Photo: Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 23, 2014 (Credit: AP /Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


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