6 posts tagged Politics
6 posts tagged Politics
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REBLOG THIS.
I don’t think I’ve ever asked anyone to sign a petition before, but I’m imploring you to sign this one. Journalist Steve Sotloff is an American Citizen and reporter with Time Magazine, and a friend of my family. He went missing in August of 2013, and is now being held by #ISIS. He was show in the execution video of #JamesFoley.
There has been a lot of talk about the bravery of journalists in #Ferguson, and they deserve to be commended for getting out from behind their desks and blogs. But there is a huge difference between tear gas and rubber bullets and being beheaded.
I’ve already lost one journalist I knew - Tim Hetherington (who directed the documentary Restrepo along with Sebastian Junger). He helped Paul Azaceta and I with research for GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES before being killed in Libya. I don’t want to lose another.
Clicking on the link below will allow you to sign a petition asking The White House to do everything in its power to free Steve. It would mean a lot to me and my family, not to mention his, if you would sign the petition and share this Facebook post.
Thanks for your time and attention.
Pangea drawn with today’s political boundaries
Why I find reading about and discussing Gaza so utterly despairing. My #FB and Twitter feeds are on either side of the Venn Diagram, my heart is in the middle.
It’s worth reading the whole thing on Simon’s website, where you’ll find his point is more nuanced. But I’m struck by it’s optimism. I saw David Simon speak at USC 2008 and someone in the audience asked whether he was for Hilary or Obama. His response was “they’re all Carcetti”…Carcetti being The Wire’s well intentioned mayor of Baltimore who is inevitably corrupted by the system.
I think both quotes are worth thinking about, because whatever side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should temper your happiness, sadness or apathy with the sobering thought that our system is still deeply flawed. And without deep systemic change we won’t be able to tackle the very real challenges that face us all.
From @hoopshype, a list of NBA Owners, Players, Coaches etc. who donated to Obama and Romney, and what their contributions were (this doesn’t include money give Super PACS, Congressional and Senate Candidates etc):
HoopsHype.com NBA Campaign Donors
by HoopsHype - Updated: August 18, 2012
"HEY, EVERYBODY: you know how Mormons “baptize” dead people who weren’t Mormons — including Holocaust victims — because Mormons believe they have a right to choose Mormonism for the deceased? And you know how the Mormon Church says that being gay is a choice? The same church that doesn’t think you should have a choice about being posthumously baptized? Well, now you can choose homosexuality for dead Mormons! Just go to www.AllDeadMormonsAreNowGay.com, enter the name of a deceased Mormon or ask the site to find a dead Mormon for you, and — presto! — that dead Mormon gets to have a gay afterlife!”
(From Dan Savage’s "Savage Love" column on Nerve.com. This may beat his successful effort to have the word Santorum defined as "The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” )