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Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2011

— Earlier this year, I mentioned Bluestem Prairie’s breaking the story of a certain repeat sex offender, Jeremy Giefer, who seemed to be getting astonishingly gentle treatment from various prominent “law and order” Republicans such as Tony Cornish. Well, guess what? The Twin Cities media doesn’t seem to be much interested, but as BSP’s Sally Jo Sorensen reports, the DC-based The Politico has picked up on it:

Pawlenty’s pardon problem involves Jeremy Geifer, who had been convicted in a statutory rape case involving a 14-year-old girl he later married. Geifer had been described by everyone in his life as a model of reform, which eventually led to a 2008 pardon by a three-person board led by Pawlenty.

But late last year, Geifer was accused of sexually assaulting another underage girl more than 250 times. Pawlenty moved swiftly, asking for a probe into whether Geifer lied on his pardon application and pushing to close down a day care run by his wife.

What Politico chose not to mention: The latest alleged victim of Giefer’s is none other than his own teenage daughter, the very person he fathered off of the 14-year-old girl he married.

— Speaking of local journalists breaking stories, Karl Bremer, of the blog Ripple in Stillwater, just got one heckuvan atta-boy:

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has informed me that I won a Page One Award for “Best Use of Public Records” for my series on “Minnesota and the Man Known as ‘Bobby Thompson.’” They won’t reveal whether it was 1st, 2nd or 3rd place until the annual awards banquet June 7.

‘Bobby Thompson’ is the assumed name (probably one of many) of the notorious scammer and Michele Bachmann pal behind the fake charity known as the “U.S. Navy Veterans Association”.

— Speaking of Page One Awards, City Pages’ Nick Pinto was nominated for one for his followup work on the Giefer story mentioned above, the one Sally Jo Sorensen broke at BSP.


(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Rachel Corrie Civil Lawsuit News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 5, 2010

As Edward Teller says, don’t expect to see much about the second phase of this lawsuit, filed in Israel by Rachel Corrie’s parents, in the US press:

Among the witnesses to appear today, tomorrow and after the holidays, are two Military Police investigators who in March 2003 decided, together with the southern district prosecutor, to close the case. The state will also present an expert witness who will give his opinion as to the bulldozer driver’s field of vision.

The state submitted 13 affidavits, including that of the driver who ran down Corrie, his commander and other military officials involved in the case.

Rachel Corrie, you will remember, is habitually mocked as “Saint Pancake” by right-wingers and other crass persons not wanting to admit that she or the Palestinians on whose behalf she acted were or are human beings.

And again, as Edward Teller states:

A summation of documents having to do with the first phase can be found at the niche at the Rachel Corrie Foundation devoted to the trial. Before the civil suit began, I felt strongly that Corrie had died in an unfortunate event. But the patterns of IDF communication uncovered during the first phase indicate to me that she was intentionally killed.

Rather like what happened to the Mavi Marmara flotilla, it would seem.

Posted in 2010, Gaza, heroines, israel | 1 Comment »

You Go, Indeed

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 15, 2010

With a big hat tip to La Vie de Cyclisme:

I just love this video.

Posted in feminism, Good Things, heroines, Just for fun | 3 Comments »

Getting Their Due

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2010

Some of the 300-odd survivors of the 1000-odd Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program came to Washington, DC yesterday to receive some long-delayed recognition.

WASP Betty Wall Strohfus and USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, March 10, 2010

WASHINGTON – Betty Strohfus, 90, has never liked having her feet on the ground.

“As a kid, if I couldn’t climb a tree, I’d sit on the roof,” she said.

So Strohfus couldn’t pass up a chance to fly during World War II, when she came across a brochure asking women to join the military’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, which was designed to free up male pilots for missions overseas.

Known in her flying days as Betty Wall, Strohfus, of Faribault, Minn., was one of nearly 200 WASPS who gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to receive a long overdue recognition of their work — the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.

More than 1,000 women flew non-combat missions for the United States during the war, including a handful of Minnesota women. Never commissioned or given benefits, the WASP pilots were not even recognized as veterans until 1977. On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley paused in their other duties to bestow the medals.

They had the Right Stuff well before the Apollo program.

Posted in heroines, veterans | 2 Comments »

Senate Finally Admits Corporatist HCR Is DOA; Public Option Revived By Pingree And Polis

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 27, 2010

Give Jane Hamsher a hand, because she and Representative Grijalva knew what was coming, as well as how to fight it so that a true HCR bill would rise from its ashes:

Against all odds, the $1.4 million being spent each day on lobbying failed. Those who insisted that it was unfair to force the country to pay money to private insurance companies without the alternative of a government run program won. We won because of Raul Grijalva’s leadership, and because the public rejected a health care bill that put corporations first and people second.

Now it’s time to return to the task of passing real health care reform. And this morning in the Houuse, Chellee Pingree and Jared Polis are pushing the Senate to reconsider the public option.

For those people who are genuinely concerned about the Federal deficit, the public option is the better choice as it cuts over $100 billion from the deficit over a ten-year period, in addition to providing better coverage for more Americans than ever before.

The good guys are winning for a change, and it’s because they planned ahead and thought several moves ahead.

Posted in Good Things, health care, heroes, heroines | 4 Comments »

Jane Hamsher Needs Your Help

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 6, 2009

Short and not-so-sweet: She’s being punished for being TOO effective:

I mentioned the other day in the comments that we’d been getting a bit of funding from an organization, and that they let us know last Friday night that we’d had our funding cut.  We have been working crazy hours with an intense sense of commitment to put together the calendar of events for the month of August and suddenly had to scramble so people could still be employed come Monday morning.  We would have had a list of searchable events and targeted events up earlier, but we were thrown for a loop at the last minute.

Members of Congress called the organization and told them not to renew our funding because they didn’t like Mike Stark asking them questions on the Hill.  Which we knew. The organization told us, however, that it was because they had “run out of money,” and then today we learned that they’re actually accepting proposals for things similar to what we were doing.

It’s crazy that we were the first organization to get an August events calendar up with a widget that anyone could embed on their site, and we did it in the midst of scant resources and tremendous pressure.  It certainly says something about the way the health care battle is being fought — or not, as the case may be.  But we’ve been the ones collecting information day in and day out, having asked readers here and at Daily Kos to crowd source the information and enter it into our event reporting tool.  We’ve had a small, underpaid staff working until the wee hours of the morning doing rapid response on things like the Pelosi/Polis/DeGette event last night.

As I said the other day, we’ve raised a little over $66,000, both from contributions made by individuals and the funds that came from the organization.  We need to raise $150,000 total to keep everything going through the end of October.     We’ve got an amazing team working on this, including organizers and bloggers and programmers who have been doing a fantastic job.  Mike Stark’s videos have been all over the cable news networks, and so far we’ve managed to get 15 members of Congress to publicly pledge to vote against any health care bill that has co-ops or triggers — something that organizations with $40 million budgets have failed to so. 

It hit me right in my gut on Friday night when I was told that on Monday morning, there would be no more money to pay these people.  We need your help.  

Can you help us get to $150,000 so we can continue our campaign until a health care reform bill is passed?

Compare results: Jane’s spent well under $100,000 and is nearly halfway to the goal of getting forty progressive Democrats to take the pledge not to vote for any health care reform bill that doesn’t have a public option. That’s pretty good bang for the buck — and better than what a lot of groups, which seem to exist to serve as sheltered workshops for the rellies of legislators, have done!

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Cronkite, Keller, Dr. King

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 19, 2009

Glenn Greenwald has a excellent piece on how the news media is eulogizing Walter Cronkite while ignoring the very things he did that made him most praiseworthy.

Thing is, this is done to all of the really great heroes:

Look at Helen Keller. Notice how the biographies we see of her in our grade-school classes and in the mass media almost invariably stop when she hits the age of twenty? Even though she lived a good six decades beyond that? It’s because she became a Socialist. She realized that the only reason she was able to interact with the rest of humanity at all, much less at such a high level, was because she was lucky enough to be the daughter of the most important and richest man in her Alabama town — and that most children didn’t have that advantage.

Look at Martin Luther King. Notice how his biographies leap straight from the March on Washington to the Memphis balcony? It’s because he spent the last years of his life fighting against America’s involvement in Vietnam. (That’s why the TradMed loves to talk about the “Dream” speech but never the “Drum Major” speech.)

They do it to all of them, Glenn. If they can’t demonize them, they censor what makes them heroes.

Posted in heroes, heroines, media | 1 Comment »

Heroes walk among us

Posted by Charles II on May 14, 2009

Despite the existence of large numbers of noxious people with no obvious reason for existing, such as one Jules Crittendon, there are a remarkable number of genuinely brave people in this world who deserve to be celebrated.

Amy Kazmin, BBC:

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning democracy advocate, is to be tried in Rangoon’s notorious Insein Prison for violating conditions of her house arrest after an incident in which an American allegedly swam across a lake to her compound then spent two nights inside.

Ms Suu Kyi, who has been confined to her dilapidated colonial-era bungalow since May 2003, was taken to Insein on Thursday and formally charged. The 63-year-old, who has suffered from low blood pressure and dehydration over the past week, is being held in a house on the prison compound until the trial, which is due to start on Monday.

The charges against Ms Suu Kyi, which carry a potential sentence of five years in prison and relate to the bar on her receiving visitors without government authorisation, have dismayed her supporters…

Sari Gelzer, Truthout:

In a victory for Lt. Ehren Watada, the Justice Department decided last week that it would drop attempts to retry the officer for his refusal to deploy to Iraq.

Watada faces two remaining charges stemming from his public statements on the illegal and immoral nature of the Iraq war. The fate of Watada’s continued legal limbo is currently in the hands of Fort Lewis officials who will decide how to proceed with the charges of conduct unbecoming an officer.

It has been almost three years since Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to go to Iraq. His decision was not that of a conscientious objector opposed to war in general, but of an officer who felt that participating in the Iraq war was akin to committing a crime.

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BREAKING: Lefty Blogger Appears On MSNBC, Fails To Be Crazy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 22, 2008

Jane Hamsher’s taking the lead on opposition to Lieberman has generated waves in the TradMed, so much so that she was invited to speak on MSNBC this morning. Watch as she lays out the case against Lieberman — and for the power of the netroots — in a calm, concise, logical manner.

Meanwhile, as Howie Klein notes, Jane was also on NPR this week — and so infuriated up-and-coming coddled righty writer Jamie Kirchick, who NPR had invited to speak after her for “balance”, that he not only bashed her on the air (and so bizarrely that the NPR host actually dared to take him to task for not having the guts to say those words when Jane was still on the air and could answer them in real time), but also in a newspaper column. Kirchick was so enraged by Hamsher that he violated a key tenet of the GOP/Media Complex: Never acknowledge the existence of the popular left in America — and especially never do so by name. Ooops.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, Fire Dog Lake, heroines, Joe Lieberman, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 6 Comments »

An encomium to Katharine Gun

Posted by Charles II on October 14, 2008

Heros and heroines never get enough recognition. They place their fortunes, their liberty, even their lives on the Divine altar, offering them on our behalf. They are almost always forgotten.

BBC image of Katharine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq War
[Image from the BBC]

Katharine Gun was one such heroine. A junior intelligence officer in the Blair Administration, she released a memo from the NSA to GCHQ that requested assistance in a “surge” to spy on members of the UN Security Council to blackmail them into voting for an invasion. The document showed that the US was not sincerely seeking to avoid war with Iraq. I wrote on her behalf to the British Ambassador to ask that she not be prosecuted for a violation of the Official Secrets Act. She did escape jail, but is struggling financially. Here, at 33 minutes, is an interview of her. There’s also about 25 minutes of Robert Fisk.

Let us remember a great lady who tried “to prevent imminent harm and death to innocent lives.”

Posted in heroines, Iraq war | 3 Comments »

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