News Appetizers: There’s Something About America

Well, well, well, look what the kittens drug in.

Yes, the news seems to have quite an effect on me

Welcome back you delicious, delectable intelligent beings, you makers of the maked and you dreamers of dreams. We convene at this little spot for another week where we dive into the abyss to uncover the why, the who, and the how. Each go around, we take a look at the news, reading every word of what can be a mad, mad world, and wonder how to get off this merry-go-round of absolute insanity. So buckle your seat belt, and tighten your emotional girdles, let’s hop like pop right into the current events that make us go, “AAAAAAHH!” and bury our head into the sand.

A New Jersey judge sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, when he was having sex with a man, a punishment that, according to the NY Times, “Angered prosecutors and did little to quiet the debate over using laws against hate crimes to fight anti-gay bias.” Clementi killed himself back in September 2010 after discovering that Ravi had spied on him via webcam in their dorm room at Rutgers University. Ravi originally faced 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him of all 15 counts against him, which included bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with a witness and evidence. (NY Times)

A private commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful lift-off early Tuesday, officially opening the door for private space flight. When asked for comment, NASA replied by crying. (NPR)

NATO held its annual conference in Chicago over the weekend (and as you can imagine, people are not happy); however, leaders of the group have sealed a “landmark agreement to hand control of Afghanistan over to its own security forces by the middle of next year, putting the Western alliance on an ‘irreversible’ path out of the decade-long war.”  Neoliberalism has never looked so good.  (The Chicagoist, Al Jazeera)

However, fucking up other people’s countries and planning wars is never without some backlash. Check out the veterans who returned their medals at one of the many the anti-Nato rallies. (Chicago Tribune)

Yea, standing your ground is solid, unless you’re a black woman. (Common Dreams)

Pastor Charles L. Worley is such a gem when he isn't being such a homophobic a-hole.

WOW. A vial of Ronald Reagan’s blood is available for sale in an online auction. PFC Auctions says the blood was taken from Reagan after the failed 1981 assassination attempt against him. As of this writing, the latest bid for the vial was £6,270 ($9,910). Reagan Smash. (BBC)

Oh look, healthcare costs rose again. Hey, all my uninsured people, anyone know how to do some cut rate blood testing? (MSNBC)

Again, why the death penalty? 2,000 inmates and ex-cons have been exonerated since 1989. More than 100 of those persons had been sentenced to death. (The Huffington Post)

Oh look, someone let their homophobic grandpa out to go testify. What a charmer. (The Huffington Post)

Well, chicklets and chickadees, that wraps up another rip-roaring good time of all the bad news. But remember, when the dark looks darkest, there may be a marshmallow around the corner. A marshmallow that brings peace and understanding and empathy. Or maybe just a marshmallow. I’m hungry.  Nonetheless! When things look bad, kiddles, just remember that we are all in this together and we all got to work this thing out. Adieu, adieu.

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