Tag: America’s Shame

When Australia Experienced a Mass Shooting, the Government Enacted Gun Reform

When 35 people were murdered by a lone gunman in Tasmania in 1996, the conservative government did something the American government hasn’t: it quickly banned automatic and semiautomatic weapons.

Source: When Australia Experienced a Mass Shooting, the Government Enacted Gun Reform

When it comes to Guns, the US is a Third World Country run by Corporate Lobbyists for a Profit

The MAGA promise

21 are dead in another mass shooting, including 19 schoolchildren. The white slavers of the Old South used to call US slavery our “peculiar institution.” Nowadays we have another peculiar institution, the gun culture.

Source: When it comes to Guns, the US is a Third World Country run by Corporate Lobbyists for a Profit

The radical right’s takeover of the Supreme Court is complete | Salon.com

Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

There is no Independent bipartisan system in the USA and the Republicans know that while the Democrats still dream of Democracy. Actual rule is from the top down and that needs to be guaranteed Republican no matter who is in government. Trump merely ensured that was welded into the system and all its major institutions. SCOTUS, the ultimate system’s safety switch.

It’s very hard to fathom why the right seems so determined to prolong the deadly COVID-19 pandemic but it’s obvious that they are. From politicians banning mask requirements to media celebrities pushing disinformation about vaccines, there is no escaping the fact that Republicans and their allies simply do not care that more than 850,000 thousand Americans are dead in less than two years from this scourge and that hundreds of thousands of them are still dying because they refuse to take life-saving vaccines. That the majority of them are their own constituents who have died because they believe right-wing conspiracy theories is just mind-boggling, but apparently they are convinced that this is good for them politically and gives them great ratings.

Source: The radical right’s takeover of the Supreme Court is complete | Salon.com

Jan. 6 Committee Just Proved Fox News Knowingly Lies on Air — but Don’t Expect Their Viewers to Care | The Smirking Chimp

The Great American Experiment has become a diseased version of what was once intended and they keep feeding that disease rather than curing it. The System is very broken and there is no equivalence to the actions on both sides of the divide. There is no common purpose the ‘we’ is just ‘me’. One group still wants to Serve America while the other simply Service it. Trump has been doing the latter all his life and Mary his neice warned and told America so.Even she didn’t believe he’d get as far as he has.

If voters and activists are going to care, they need to start seeing consequences happen, and not just to the foot soldiers who stormed the Capitol. Trump, Meadows and other co-conspirators who organized and led the coup are all walking around free, openly plotting another coup, while also cooking up various schemes to defraud their own supporters. As long as the Department of Justice treats an organized conspiracy to overthrow the government as beneath attention, Democrats can’t expect voters to take this seriously. Yes, even if they release a bunch of text messages proving what everyone already suspected.

Source: Jan. 6 Committee Just Proved Fox News Knowingly Lies on Air — but Don’t Expect Their Viewers to Care | The Smirking Chimp

Julian Assange’s Health Central to Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Yellow ribbons with messages from supporters of Julian Assange are tied to the railings of the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal hearing for his extradition to the United States on October 27, 2021 in London, England. The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks founder with espionage, had appealed a January ruling that Assange should not be extradited to the US due to concerns over his mental health and the risk of suicide in a US prison. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

“The U.S. government’s unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange makes it clear that this prosecution is a punitive measure, but the case involves concerns which go far beyond the fate of one man and put media freedom and freedom of expression in peril.”

Source: Julian Assange’s Health Central to Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

U.S. Left Most Afghans Who Helped Americans Behind | HuffPost

Overall, the U.S. facilitated evacuation of about 117,000 people who were not U.S. citizens from Afghanistan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, although that figure includes more than just SIV applicants. More than 20,000 Afghan refugees were being housed at military bases within the U.S. as of Wednesday, with another 40,000 awaiting processing at military bases abroad, CBS News reported. All refugees and SIV applicants are extensively vetted.

Source: U.S. Left Most Afghans Who Helped Americans Behind | HuffPost

Right-wing commentators insult police officers who testified at January 6 committee hearing | Media Matters for America

image — January 6 committee — officers testifying

But a significant portion of right-wing media personalities responded by attacking the officers for their testimonies and insulting them on personal levels. For example, after Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn described how a crowd of rioters had yelled racial insults against him — something that Dunn, who is Black, said he had never experienced before while in uniform — The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Dunn had made his claim “without evidence.” Just to be clear, Dunn was describing an event that occurred directly to him on January 6 — but Davis instead questioned whether “left-wing politics might have influenced his claims today.”

Source: Right-wing commentators insult police officers who testified at January 6 committee hearing | Media Matters for America

Donald Rumsfeld Was a Bloodthirsty Warrior for the Free Market

The American warfare state’s upper reaches are filled with bloodthirsty megalomaniacs. But few have been as deranged as Donald Rumsfeld, whose appetite for imperial violence combined with free market zealotry produced one of the most spectacular failures in all of US military history.

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Donald Rumsfeld, Rot in Hell

People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a “Border Crisis”

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Biden to reverse Trump’s White Supremacist, Sadistic near-ban on Refugees, but US still Lags, Sweden, Germany other OECD Countries

The ‘American Dream’ of upward mobility is broken. Look at the numbers | US news | The Guardian

People wait in line to receive food at a food bank in Brooklyn, New York, April 28, 2020.

The US has far less mobility and equality of opportunity today than almost the entire European Union

The ‘American Dream’ of upward mobility is broken. Look at the numbers | US news | The Guardian

6 January 2021: America’s new ‘day of infamy’

Where were you on the 6.1.2021?

Political unrest within the White House led to a domestic terrorism event some in the media have compared to the attack on Pearl Harbour, writes Dr Lee Duffield.

6 January 2021: America’s new ‘day of infamy’

Trump’s latest crime “shocks” the media: His niece, Mary Trump, is not surprised | Salon.com

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When it comes to Donald Trump, too many people in the mainstream media and elsewhere have tried to impose complexity onto simplicity. For many such observers there must always be some other explanation for Trump and his movement’s anti-democratic behavior and overall evil. Therefore, we must ride the hamster wheel of shock and surprise at each new example of Trump’s ignominious behavior.

Trump’s latest crime “shocks” the media: His niece, Mary Trump, is not surprised | Salon.com

Cairo on the Potomac: The siege on US Capitol was the election violence of a fragile democracy

TRUMP TURNED THE USA INTO A SHITHOLE NATION TODAY

Supporters of President Donald Trump, following his encouragement, stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Waving Trump banners, hundreds of people broke through barricades and smashed windows to enter the building where Congress convenes. One rioter died and several police officers were hospitalized in the clash. Congress went on lockdown. While violent and shocking, what happened on Jan. 6 wasn’t a coup. This Trumpist insurrection was election violence, much like the election violence that plagues many fragile democracies.

Cairo on the Potomac: The siege on US Capitol was the election violence of a fragile democracy

US Billionaires Have Increased Their Riches By $1 Trillion During the Pandemic

A trillion dollars could maintain wages at pre-crisis levels for all workers in America, enabling people to stay home and stop the spread of the virus, for four months. Instead, it’s gone into the personal piggy banks of a handful of billionaire owners and investors.

US Billionaires Have Increased Their Riches By $1 Trillion During the Pandemic

US Presidential Debate: Trump-Biden face-off prompts shock, despair and, in China, glee

The debate between Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden was an indicator of the "bad shape of the American democracy", one analyst said.

The truth is, the European leaders feel alone because they know that what Trump has dismantled cannot be rebuilt so quickly and so easily,” she said. “As for the others, Putin, Bolsonaro, Erdogan, they must be telling themselves what we already knew: They can do everything, because the US isn’t a leader anymore.”

US Presidential Debate: Trump-Biden face-off prompts shock, despair and, in China, glee

‘We don’t want to be the suckers’: US to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He doublecrossed the Kurds to get their oil wells. Has stayed in Syria for Exxon’s sake. Refuses to leave Iraq and is still in Afghanistan. But he’s turned his back on his European allies for not paying him. However, he doesn’t pay the UN and has left the WHO in order to bring them to their knees and says he’s not a” sucker”. Bye Bye American Pie. (ODT)

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Only rich people’s lives matter in America

Although this is not the first time an unarmed Black person has been killed by the police, yet the protests this time are very different. In the past, it used to be mostly a Black versus White affair. However, this time many diverse forces have joined the protests. In some places, even the police and parts of establishment have joined the protests. There is dissent at the highest levels, particularly to the idea that the US Army should be called to deal with the protestors. This poses a very serious challenge for the establishment. This raises the possibility of a fundamental change in the American system. Maybe the Blacks and all other people besides the rich and the powerful will also matter and they all can breathe.

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Trump’s acquittal in impeachment ‘trial’ is a glimpse of America’s imploding empire | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Iowa.

Donald Trump’s short but indelible political career has been based around the principle of divide-and-fool. His acquittal in the impeachment trial by the US Senate will further fan the flames of the most profound national split since the Vietnam war, perhaps even the civil war.

First, expect Trump to be cocky and take a victory lap, falsely claiming “exoneration” just as he did after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation left him bruised but unbowed. A day after Mueller’s leaden testimony to Congress, the president felt able to act with such impunity that he made his bullying phone call to the leader of Ukraine.

via Trump’s acquittal in impeachment ‘trial’ is a glimpse of America’s imploding empire | US news | The Guardian

Deported From the Streets of Detroit to Death in Iraq

Death by Trump (ODT)

Before he was deported, Jimmy Aldaoud had never stepped foot in Iraq. Born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents, he immigrated to the United States with his family via a refugee resettlement program 40 years ago, when he was just 15 months old. He considered himself American and knew hardly anything of Iraqi society. Still, on the afternoon of June 4, he found himself wandering the arrivals terminal of Al Najaf International Airport, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, with around $50, some insulin for his diabetes, and the clothes on his back.

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