To Donald J. Trump, In 1993, when very few knew who Osama Bin Laden was or the threat his group would pose, I was a young terrorism analyst working for the Intelligence Community. It was a confusing time in the early post-Cold War world. No one wanted to believe a single individual without the massive resources of a nation state could be a significant threat to the United States. So to help explain the tremendous power of influence that one person could yield, I compared Bin Laden to someone everyone did know at the time: a public figure whose charisma [...]
Former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly took to Twitter last night to question the honesty of a remark made by Beto O'Rouke during last night's Democratic Debate. https://twitter.com/BillOReilly/status/1184272817854046208 The tweet immediately backfired when O'Rouke replied with a picture of the woman mentioned. He also took the opportunity to take make a dig at O'Reilly who, in 2017, paid at least $45 million to settle multiple sexual harassment claims, including $32 million to a former Fox News analyst. https://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1184305812535234560 Life comes at you fast, Bill!
Dear Conversion Therapists, When will you eventually give up the charade that people are able to change their sexuality? In the past your ‘profession’ has used castration, ice pick lobotomies, and psychiatric institutions. It has conducted electric shock therapy sessions, induced vomiting, and physically beaten any mannerism it deemed not ‘masculine’ out of young gay men in an attempt to turn them straight. Some have even tried to put the "fear of God" into them. Did any of it work? No. These young men who come to you for help are in a crisis. After years of society feeding them [...]
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Open letter: Dear Mr Trump, You’re an asshole and your Evangelical supporters are ignorant hypocrites.
Dear Mr Trump, You’re an asshole. Most of us think so, but sometimes it just needs to be said out loud. You aren’t our “favorite President,” as you frequently claim on Twitter. You’re not our favorite anything. And you won’t be until you become our favorite “former president currently serving a lengthy prison sentence.” You became president by riding the movement and momentum of the very worst parts of American society – our fears, our latent (and not-so-latent) racism, and our xenophobic, isolationist impulses. But no movement has carried you aloft more than the Evangelicals. Given their constant moral outrage, [...]
Former national security adviser Susan Rice appeared on The Late show last night and shared her view on President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. Rice: "These are the people who for the last four years have been fighting on our behalf, with our equipment to defeat ISIS, and they have done it with enormous efficacy, and they’ve sacrificed immensely, and we basically just said to them, 'See ya.'" Watch: https://twitter.com/colbertlateshow/status/1181363210596835328 The comments came hours after Trump took to Twitter to post a bizarre set of tweets where he claimed he would 'totally destroy and obliterate the [...]
In a trio of cases being heard this week, the Supreme Court is set to decide whether it’s illegal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. But if SCOTUS decides the answer is “no,” it not only will leave LGBT Americans unprotected, it could ultimately undermine all claims of sexual harassment, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex.” The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has interpreted that to include sexual orientation and gender identity since the Obama administration. But the Trump administration is [...]
To the spineless, complicit, irredeemable GOP Trump enablers: You did this. You have fomented the chaos, division, and discord that Trump sows. You’ve enabled his every foible, you’ve excused his destruction, and you’ve attacked anyone challenging Trump’s cult of personality. And now that the walls are closing in, you’re silent. Or worse, you’re continuing to defend or excuse the behavior that everyone outside the Fox News bubble can see is destroying the institutions that underpin our democracy. But we know how this story goes. As more and more comes out and even the most ardent Trumpers have to acknowledge that [...]
In a a preview of an interview with CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley, the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her thoughts on whether Trump will win re-election in 2020. "Well, I hope not, and I don't think so -- because the objective is to field whoever is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump." She later added: "Because Donald Trump right now poses a direct threat, a clear and present danger to the institutions of our government, to the rule of law, to our standing in the world." Clinton also commented on the 2016 race: "I believe [...]
This is 89-year-old Maisie Green. Maisie has hand-knitted 450 dog coats and blankets for abandoned pooches at the The Dog's Trust re-homing center in Islington, UK. Ms Green donates her gifts to the center three times a year. The Basildon Standard reports: She said: “I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully. It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat. It keeps me busy and often I like to knit whilst watching television. Dogs Trust is the [...]