Tuesday, May 21, 2024

THIS JUST IN! MARJORIE THINKS SHE'S PRETTY!

 BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S MEGA DUB  & THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS & THE COMMON ILLS  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

SWINGING ALLY CAT AND DIVORCEE MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE IS BARING THE CLAWS AGAIN AFTER A HOUSE COLLEAGUE NOTED LAST WEEK HER "BUTCH" BODY.


SHE JUST  CAN'T LET IT GO BECAUSE, IN THE PAST, SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN THE BULLY AND NOT THE BULLIED.


TODAY, THE FAILURE OF A CONGRESS WOMAN INSISTED, "YES, MY BODY IS BUILT!"  TO WHICH PEOPLE PASSING BY SHOT BACK,  "YEAH, WITH CHICKEN FAT!"


LUNCH LADY ARMS AND POSSESSING A BOTTLE BLOND BLEACH JOB THAT LEAVES HER HAIR LOOKING LIKE URINE, MARJORIE INSISTS SHE'S A CATCH.  


AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A SOCIAL DISEASE, MARJORIE IS THE CATCH OF MILLEDGEVILLE.

 

FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Starting with legal news.  Tariq Tahir (THE NATIONAL) reports, "Julian Assange has been granted the right to appeal against extradition to the US to face charges in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of files relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."  Ben Quinn (GUARDIAN) notes:

 Assange had been granted permission to appeal only if the Biden administration was unable to provide the court with suitable assurances “that the applicant [Assange] is permitted to rely on the first amendment, that the applicant is not prejudiced at trial, including sentence, by reason of his nationality, that he is afforded the same first amendment [free speech] protections as a United States citizen, and that the death penalty is not imposed”.

Legal argument on Monday focused on the issue of whether Assange would be allowed first amendment protections. Assange’s team did not contest the assurance around the death penalty, accepting that it was an “unambiguous executive promise”.


The decision means Mr Assange will be able to challenge US assurances over how his prospective trial would be conducted and whether his right to free speech would be infringed.

Mr Assange’s lawyers hugged each other in court after the ruling.

Earlier on Monday, the 52-year-old’s wife Stella Assange told the BBC that it would be a "decisive" day in the protracted legal battle.


In other legal news this morning,  and Madalena Araujo (CNN) reveal:

         

The International Criminal Court is seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the October 7 attacks on Israel and the subsequent war in Gaza, the court’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Khan said the ICC is also seeking warrants for Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as two other top Hamas leaders — Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, the leader of the Al Qassem Brigades and better known as Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader.

The warrants against the Israeli politicians mark the first time the ICC has targeted the top leader of a close ally of the United States. The decision puts Netanyahu in the company of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, for whom the ICC issued an arrest warrant over Moscow’s war on Ukraine.

A panel of ICC judges will now consider Khan’s application for the arrest warrants.

[. . .]

 The charges against Netanyahu and Gallant include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict,” Khan told Amanpour.     




Sunday,  US President Joe Biden spoke at Morehouse College.  CNN has video here.  REUTERS notes, "Some students wore keffiyehs -- the black-and-white head scarf that has become an emblem of solidarity with the Palestinian cause --  around their gowns. A handful of students turned their backs to Biden in silent protest. Morehouse's valedictorian also called for a permanent and immediate ceasefire, garnering Biden’s applause."  John Bowden (THE INDEPENDENT) adds, "When he began speaking, one student held up a Palestinian flag and a handful turned their chairs away from him.  One faculty member was seen turning her back to him and raising a fist, while standing in silent protest."  POLITICO notes, "Some walked out when Biden was presented with an honorary degree. Many kept their heads down as he spoke and declined to stand or applaud."  NDTV reminds, "A number of Morehouse students had called for Biden's speech to be canceled over the Gaza war but the ceremony went ahead without disruption."

Today, Nandita Bose (REUTERS) reports, "Several top White House aides say they are confident protests across U.S. college campuses against Israel's offensive in Gaza will not translate into significantly fewer votes for Joe Biden in November's election, despite polls showing many Democrats are deeply unhappy about the president's policy on the war."

Hmm.

Well that's good to know.  Then I don't have to vote for the Democratic Party nominee whomever it is, as I announced here last year that I would.  Good to know my vote's not needed.  I can do other things with it and with my time.

You do get that's the reaction you're going to sew.

Either this is an important election where every vote will count or it's not.

You don't get to tell the public that it's an important election and also that their feelings about an important issue don't matter.


It appears Joe Biden's campaign if staffed with idiots who have no clues.




The war in Gaza rages on while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces mounting pressure from abroad and within. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called on Netanyahu and other key Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Sunday, stressing the need for Netanyahu to agree to a “day after” plan for the Gaza Strip that he’s been long evading. As my colleagues reported, the Biden administration sees a strategic failure in Israel’s decision to invade the southernmost Gaza city of Rafah — a move long opposed by both Western governments and international humanitarian organizations — and fears Netanyahu’s current course “is not worth the cost in terms of human lives and destruction, cannot achieve its objective, and will ultimately undermine broader U.S. and Israeli goals in the Middle East.”
Netanyahu has scoffed at calls for plotting peace while fighting the war, arguing that it distracts from fully defeating Hamas. Experts warn that may be an impossibility and Israel’s own security establishment is getting increasingly vocal in its frustrations with the prime minister’s prevarications. On Saturday, Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s erstwhile rival and current member of the country’s war cabinet, threatened to quit if the prime minister did not come forward with a “comprehensive” plan by next month prioritizing the release of hostages and an alternative governing structure for the territory, among other things.  


Saturday, Laura Barron Lopez (PBS NEWS WEEKEND) explained, "Tonight, there is turmoil within Israel's government. Benny Gantz, a centrist in Benjamin Netanyahu's War Cabinet is threatening to quit if a government does not adopt a new plan for the war in Gaza by June 8th." AP noted, "His announcement on Saturday escalates a divide within Israel’s leadership more than seven months into a war in which it has yet to accomplish its stated goals of dismantling Hamas and returning scores of hostages abducted in the Oct. 7 attack."  Daniel Estrin (NPR) added, "The ultimatum by Benny Gantz, a former army chief and current minister in Israel's three-member war cabinet, reflects growing discontent among Israel's leadership about the protracted war in Gaza and Netanyahu's far-right political partners. The move could pose a significant challenge to the stability of Netanyahu's government." Christy Cooney (BBC NEWS) provided this context, "Mr Gantz was speaking just days after another war cabinet member, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, urged Mr Netanyahu to state publicly that Israel had no plans to take over civilian and military rule in Gaza."


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  • "Iraq snapshot"
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    "Pasta alla norma (Eggplant pasta) in the Kitchen"

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    "Easy Thai Peanut Curry in the Kitchen"

    "Greek Greens in the Kitchen"

    "Roasted Eggplant in the Kitchen"

    "Paul Rudnick, Burly Marjorie Taylor Greene and 10 children's movies"

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    "DEATH BECOMES HER"

    "Should Lauren Boebert even be running for Congress right now?"

    "Paul Rudnick provides the laugh, Lauren Boebert is the sad joke"

    "Idiot of the week"

    "Hate merchant Harrison Butker"

    "A kicker thinks he's accomplished something and has wisdom"

    "Hate merchants (plus two people worth applauding)"

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    "So Help Me Todd"

    "We can fight back and we can win"

    "Harrison Butker is a hate merchant"

    "Books and also who's the worst person on Twitter?"

    "Scary"

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    "THIS JUST IN! CROOKED CLARENCE NEEDS DA MONEY!"


     

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    THIS JUST IN! CROOKED CLARENCE NEEDS DA MONEY!

    BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S MEGA DUB  & THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS & THE COMMON ILLS  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    CROOKED CLARENCE THOMAS DECLARED AT A FRIDAY CONFERENCE, "WE'RE IN A WORLD AND WE -- CERTAINLY MY WIFE AND I THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS IT'S BEEN -- JUST NASTINESS AND THE LIES, IT'S JUST INCREDIBLE.  BUT YOU HAVE SOME CHOICES. YOU DON'T GET TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM DOING HORRIBLE THINGS OR SAYING HORRIBLE THINGS.  BUT ONE, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAN AND ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THEY CAN'T CHANGE YOU, UNLESS YOU PERMIT THAT."


    REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT  -- CROOKED CLARENCE ALTERNATED BETWEEN SOBBING AND RAGE.


    "PEOPLE THINK I HAVE IT EASY," CROOKED CLARENCE SOBBED, "THEY DON'T KNOW ME! THEY DON'T ME!  AND I'VE BEEN HURT SO BAD BY HARLAN CROW!!!"


    YOU HAVE?


    "PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW BAD OF A PAPER CUT YOU CAN GET WHEN SOMEONE PUTS 30 ONE-DOLLAR BILLS IN YOUR G-STRING ALL AT ONCE!"


    AND THERE ARE OTHER PROBLEMS?


    "YES!  SO MUCH PAIN!  DO YOU THINK ALL THE MONEY HARLAN CROW STUFFS IN MY PANTIES MAKES ME FORGET WHAT A FAILURE I AM?  WHAT A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY?  WHAT A TRAITOR TO MY OWN RACE?"


    HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT ENDING THE BRIBES AND BEHAVING ETHICALLY?


    "NO!  NO!  THEY  CAN'T CHANGE YOU UNLESS YOU PERMIT THAT!  I SAID THAT FRIDAY.  AND I'M NOT GOING OUT LIKE THAT!  THEY'RE NOT GOING TO IMPOSE ANY ETHICS ON ME!  I'M ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS!  AND FAT WHITE WOMEN!"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Four people, including a child, were killed when Israeli forces bombed a house in the eastern part of the southern city of Rafah, Palestinian state news agency Wafa reported.

    The victims were taken to the Kuwaiti Hospital. Their deaths bring the overall toll in Gaza to 35,034 people, the enclave's health authorities said. The majority of the dead are women and children.



    Over 14,000 of the dead are children.  There are also medical workers and aid workers on the list as well as journalists.  Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a list of the journalists known to have been killed and, in the preface to the list, noted:

    The Israel-Gaza war has taken a severe toll on journalists since Hamas launched its unprecedented attack against Israel on October 7 and Israel declared war on the militant Palestinian group, launching strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

    CPJ is investigating all reports of journalists and media workers killed, injured, or missing in the war, which has led to the deadliest period for journalists since CPJ began gathering data in 1992.

    As of May 12, 2024, CPJ’s preliminary investigations showed at least 97 journalists and media workers were among the more than 35,000 killed since the war began on October 7—with more than 34,000 Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the West Bank and 1,200 deaths in Israel.



    The press would have you believe another milestone was reached: The US government standing on its hind legs.  But it still crawls despite articles like this insisting "No ‘credible plan’: U.S.′ Blinken issues harshest criticism yet of Israel’s Gaza operations:"

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued harsh words for Israel, criticizing its operations in the Gaza Strip and saying it lacked a plan to protect civilian life ahead of an expected assault on the city of Rafah, where more than 1.2 million displaced Palestinians are sheltering.

    “We believe two things,” Blinken said in an interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation” that aired Sunday.

    “One, you have to have a clear, credible plan to protect civilians, which we haven’t seen. Second, we also need to see a plan for what happens after this conflict in Gaza is over, and we still haven’t seen that.”

    That's the 'harshest' the administration has been in the seven months of killing?  That's still mighty weak and mighty pathetic.  This morning, THE NATIONAL notes:

    amilies fleeing to Khan Younis amid Israeli attacks on Rafah are returning to "extensive damage" in the city, with no clean water available, according to the UN's relief agency for Palestinian refugees.

    "A new level of desperation, unfolding under the world's watch," UNRWA said, publishing video footage of a badly-damaged UN shelter in the city. 





      Over the seven months of Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza, the United States has worked vigorously to offer maximum support for Israel while trying to give the impression that it is concerned about the massive loss of Palestinian life. The performance has been difficult to maintain, as virtually every American action contradicts the occasional words of concern for the devastation being fully abetted and enabled by American policy.

    In recent weeks, political pressures have forced President Joe Biden to try to take more concrete steps to deter what he considers “excessive” Israeli actions. Such Israeli actions—which apparently do not include killing over 35,000 people; wounding over 78,000 more; completely destroying the health, education, and civic infrastructure in Gaza; and a daily flow of war crimes—raise concerns in the White House that Israel’s image around the world is becoming one of a genocidal regime and that image is reflecting on its American patron.

    Rafah has become the focal point of this concern. Biden was prepared to support the horrors of the past seven months, but with some 1.4 million people stuffed into Rafah (an area that was crowded when it was home to 275,000 people before Israel’s onslaught), he realizes that a full-scale ground invasion of the kind that we witnessed in most of Gaza will cause a horror show that even Americans and Europeans—most of them, anyway—will not be able to abide.

    Israel’s closing of the Rafah crossing; its assault that has forced over 100,000 Palestinians, who had already been displaced, many multiple times, to flee once again; and its devastation of an already devastated area does not meet the American standard of a “major ground operation.”

    So Biden made a statement. “Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers,” Biden told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “I made it clear that if they go into Rafah—they haven’t gone in Rafah yet—if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities—that deal with that problem.”

    Those words, in typical Biden fashion, were as clear as a muddy lake and left massive amounts of wiggle room for the White House to continue to arm Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza. They also provided a roadmap for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to follow if he wishes to continue his genocidal campaign and not risk harming the one aspect of Israel’s relationship with the U.S. that Netanyahu cares about: the inexhaustible supply of arms.

    Biden’s words are the latest in a series of statements and actions meant less to deter Netanyahu than to deter protesters and the voters who have been abandoning him in large numbers over his genocidal policy in Gaza. As we have seen over the past seven months, these words have, at best, pressed Israel to slow its genocidal attacks just a little and occasionally relent in some small, largely symbolic way, in its staunch efforts to block humanitarian aid from reaching the people in Gaza. 

    In related news, if there's something you want to be able to say you didn't hide it from the press, you release it on Friday in a Friday news dump so the corporate press will largely ignore it.  That happens with the US State Dept report on the government of Israel's actions in Gaza.  


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    "Iraq snapshot"

    "Iraq snapshot"



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    "The media lies continue"

    "KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES"

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    "LOPEZ VS LOPEZ, EXTENDED FAMILY, Diana Keaton, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Macklemore"

    "Weekend Box Office"

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    "John Waters"

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    "trying to farm out my book assignment"

    "books"

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    "shut up, joe"

    "her career is over"

    "Chase Rice"

    "Like Paul Rudnick, we all do eye rolls over Marjorie Taylor Greene"

    "Like a proctologist with Parkinsons, MTG loses her touch"

    "Stand with the students"

    "Junior is disgrace"

    "How much corruption does Trump get to partake in before he is behind bars?"

    "Trump wants to put it to the people"

    "Trumpy gets grumpy"

    "Donald & Stormy"

    "Put him in jail already"

    "MY MAMA, CASS"

    "Flo Rida and Brian Wilson"

    "AMAZON censors for the puppy killer"

    "Macklemore"

    "FORBES notices Bruce's recording career is over"

    "A 35 year old woman doesn't need to be mocking a 2..."

    "Trump's idiot is destroying the US postal system"

    "NY's racist governor"

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    "Science post: Where did Venus' water go, a brewery for carbon?, and coral reefs"

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    "Science post - Orangutan Rakus does first aid and look at the amazing Blue Morpho"

    "Media: Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich -- two responsible for their own failures"

    "Most of us just pet our dogs"

    "Who's the real blood hound?"

    "THIS JUST IN! KRISTI NOAM BRAGS ABOUT KILLING A DOG!"





    Monday, April 29, 2024

    THIS JUST IN! KRISTI NOAM BRAGS ABOUT KILLING A DOG!

    BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S MEGA DUB  & THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS & THE COMMON ILLS  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    ADULTERER KRISTI NOAM IS FACING BACKLASH OVER REVEALING IN HER NEW BOOK THAT SHE KILLED HER 14-YEAR-OLD PUPPY CRICKET -- SHOT IT DEAD.


    "YEAH, I DID IT," SHE BOASTED TO THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S MEGA DUB  & THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS & THE COMMON ILLS  -- "AND I'D DO IT AGAIN!  I HATED THAT DOG.  I REALIZED I HAD TO PUT HER DOWN."


    NOAM THEN BEGAN LAUGHING.  THESE REPORTERS ASKED WHAT WAS SO FUNNY?


    SHE REPLLIED, "I JUST REMEMBERED HOW MY DAUGHTER KENNEDY GOT HOME AFTER AND WAS ALL 'HEY, WHERE'S CRICKET?  WHERE'S CRICKET?'  IT STILL MAKES ME LAUGH.  WHERE'S CRICKET?" 


    TOLD THAT VOTERS MAY BE APPALLED BY THE KILLING, NOAM INSISTED, "IT COULD BE WORSE.  I COULD HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THE TIME I SHOT GRANDMA WHEN SHE BURNED THE SUGAR COOKIES.  BUT I JUST WINGED HER."


     FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    Sabreen al-Sakani has passed away.  Her life was brief, not even one week.  Born last Sunday after her mother was killed, she seemed a 'survivor' of the assault on Gaza.  BBC NEWS explains:

    Baby Sabreen al-Sakani was delivered by Caesarean section in a Rafah hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

    Amid chaotic scenes doctors resuscitated the baby, using a hand pump to push air into her lungs.

    However she died on Thursday and has been buried next to her mother after whom she was named.

    Baby Sabreen was among 16 children killed in two air strikes in Rafah last weekend. All were killed in a bombardment targeting the housing complex where they lived.

    [. . .]

    Sabreen's mother, also called Sabreen, was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when the Israeli air strike on the al-Sakani family home took place just before midnight on Saturday as she, her husband Shukri and their three-year-old daughter Malak were asleep.

     


    Sabreen al-Sakani: one name among the more than 34,000 people killed in Gaza since 7 October. Sabreen was 30 weeks pregnant when she died after sustaining terrible head injuries in an Israeli airstrike in the south of the enclave. 

    Thankfully, her baby daughter lived after being delivered by emergency Caesarean section, at a hospital in Rafah last weekend. With more on this story - and the latest on the war in Gaza that was sparked by Hamas-led terror attacks in southern Israel – UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke to Dominic Allen, from the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA.

    She was thought by some to have been a sign of hope but on Thursday she became another sign of reality, another child dead as a result of the actions of the Israeli government and their never-ending assault on Gaza.  Sabreen al-Sakani is one more child in the growing number of over 14,000 dead as a result of the Israeli government.

    And yet some wonder why US students are protesting the assault on Gaza. If you're one of those wondering, the many reasons why are staring you in the face if you'd only open your eyes.


    President Shafik, one week ago, you authorized the New York Police Department to clear Columbia’s South Lawn of student protesters. We watched police officers zip-tie and arrest 108 of our friends, classmates, and coworkers. In response, students have mobilized in the hundreds at Columbia and campuses across the country, defending their right to peaceful protest for divestment from Israel. Now, police battalions surround campus, students enter and exit through security checkpoints, NYPD correctional buses circle the block, helicopters drone overhead, reporters probe students for front-page quotes, and communication from the administration has all but disappeared—with the exception, of course, of ominous late-night emails.

    Columbia has become a national spectacle. Instead of defending your students’ right to free expression or engaging publicly with activist organizations, you and other administrators are scrambling to save face—granting campus access to select media outlets, the founder of a hate group that is as rabidly Islamophobic as it is antisemitic, and the occasional opportunistic politician—while abandoning the rest of campus. As tensions escalate here and elsewhere—Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, and Brown University, to name a few—we question whether you understand the impact of what you have done. President Shafik, this is your legacy: a president more focused on the brand of your University than the safety of your students and their demands for justice.


    Her legacy is in tatters and her actions last week, her resorting to lies (the peaceful students were no clear and present danger) and bullying tactics did more to grow the movement than anything else.  This will remain her legacy.


    What she can't grasp, the US Secretary of State does.  AFP quotes Antony Blinken speaking of the campus protests this morning while he was in China, "It's a hallmark of our democracy that our citizens make known their views, their concerns, their anger, at any given time.   I think that reflects the strength of the country."

    CNN notes, "A wave of pro-Palestinian campus protests is rippling across the US, with hundreds of people arrested at universities throughout the country this week."  Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Jennifer Hassan,  Richard Morgan and Karin Brulliard (WASHINGTON POST) add, "Arrests at pro-Palestinian protests that expanded Thursday to colleges across the country brought the total number of people detained in a week of demonstrations to more than 500, with officials struggling to quell the unrest by clearing encampments and closing buildings."  The US has seen this before.  Michael Albert (ZNET) explains:

    I went to MIT, class of 1969. It is now 2024 not the late sixties, but rebellion for change is again in the air. I think it is just getting revved up. I can feel it. I’ll bet you can feel it too. And maybe, hopefully, it will not crescendo any time soon but will instead persist. And perhaps, hopefully, it will seek more than immediate changes. And maybe, and I think I can feel this too, it will be much smarter than we were back then, back in 1968.

    The rebellious events at Columbia last week have spurred rebellions of students and sometimes others at a rapidly enlarging community of campuses, including at my personally much-despised alma mater, MIT. [Note, I am not unbiased about campus rebellion or about MIT. The former undergirds mass change, over and over. Have at it. The latter is an instance of elite, academic, grossly rotten business as usual. When I was president of MIT’s student body, during steadily growing and intensifying rebellion, among the epithets I used for MIT was “Dachau on the Charles” because of its war research. Some on campus were too literal or too dense to see why I named it thus. For them, I would acknowledge the main difference, which was that MIT’s victims were not local, like Dachau’s—no, MIT’s victims way back then were half a torn-up world away in Vietnam enduring American carpet bombing. And regarding Dachau, MIT’s victims were not hanging like burned out lightbulbs in MIT’s corridors nor lying breathless like fish out of water gassed in MIT’s labs. And now, 56 years later, MIT’s current victims are way off in Gaza enduring Israeli carpet bombing (but with American bombs). They are not being forcefully exiled from MIT’s classes, dorms, playing fields, and clinic—not yet, anyway. My point: history sometimes repeats, sometimes with ironic differences, sometimes with healthy differences.




    A number of people were arrested at Ohio State University in Columbus after demonstrators refused to leave part of campus Thursday night, a university spokesperson said.

    The number of arrests was not immediately available.

    “Well established university rules prohibit camping and overnight events. Demonstrators exercised their first amendment rights for several hours and were then instructed to disperse,” spokesman Ben Johnson said in an email.

    “Individuals who refused to leave after multiple warnings were arrested and charged with criminal trespass,” he said.

    The Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported that its reporters witnessed at least a dozen people being taken into custody.


    CBS NEWS adds, "In Philadelphia, more than 100 students at Temple University walked out of class and marched from campus to City Hall, CBS Philadelphia reported. The protesters were also joined by students from Drexel University."





    AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: Protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza have rocked campuses from coast to coast over the past week amid an intensifying police crackdown. At the University of Texas in Austin, school officials called in local and state police, including some on horseback, who violently broke up a student encampment on campus. At least 50 people were arrested, including at least one journalist. Some faculty at UT Austin are going on strike today to protest the police crackdown.

    Meanwhile, the Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Columbia University continues a week after over a hundred students were arrested in a failed attempt by the university administration to clear the demonstration. University President Minouche Shafik had said on Tuesday — had set on Tuesday a midnight deadline to reach an agreement on clearing an encampment, but the school extended negotiations for another 48 hours. On a visit to campus Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson called on Shafik to resign.

    SPEAKER MIKE JOHNSON: I am here today joining my colleagues in calling on President Shafik to resign if she cannot immediately bring order to this chaos. As speaker of the House, I am committing today that the Congress will not be silent as Jewish students are expected to run for their lives and stay home from their classes, hiding in fear.

    AMY GOODMAN: For more, we’re joined in New York by Sarah King, member of Columbia University Apartheid Divest. She is Jewish, one of the students arrested at the encampment last week who’s now suspended. We’re also joined by Joshua Sklar, a graduate student at University of Texas Austin, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace Austin, who was at Wednesday’s protest.

    We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Josh, there were more than 50 arrests at UT Austin. If you can respond to the House speaker, who’s saying that these encampments around the country are antisemitic and pro-Hamas?

    JOSHUA SKLAR: It’s absolutely ridiculous. I was there with a contingent of Jewish students, and we were received very warmly. There were even Jewish Zionists there, and they were not harassed at all. In fact, I would say that they probably felt safer than the majority of protesters.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: Sarah King, if you could describe what’s happening now at Columbia University and your own position? You were suspended?

    SARAH KING: Yes, I was one of the over 100 students who was arrested as part of a peaceful protest in the Gaza Solidarity Encampment, and I’m one of the student who’s been suspended, as well, so I’m currently not allowed to be on campus. And I have to say it’s — the camp itself is very beautiful. It’s been a real place of interfaith celebration and solidarity, in support of the people of Gaza, who are now at over 200 days of genocide. But, you know, the threat is really coming from Columbia University, which has sent the police on hundreds of its students who are entrusted to its care.

    AMY GOODMAN: And can you talk, Sarah, about what’s happened, how you got suspended and your treatment? I’ve been talking to a number of Columbia and Barnard students who said that some of them were given 15 minutes to get out of their dorm, and your meal card canceled, as you’re banned from campus, as well.

    SARAH KING: Yeah, that’s exactly right. I’m one of the lucky ones, because I live off campus. But many students live in Columbia housing, and so they were evicted from their homes or locked out from their homes, probably illegally in many cases. We’re looking into it. And they lost access to their normal food. I had an undergraduate who is low-income and was staying with me, because she was evicted with no notice and lost access to her meal plan.

    And it’s really very concerning the way Columbia uses the threat of — initially it was just — “just,” quote-unquote — the threat of housing, the threat of loss of food to try to — you know, as a cudgel to get students into the correct political line that is best for its pocketbook, its investment portfolio. And now they’re threatening to set the National Guard on us, risking another Jackson State, another Kent State, where students have been killed because the National Guard were set on students. And they’re willing to risk the threat of violence at their hands because we’re not, you know, consistent with what’s best for their board of trustees or for their portfolios.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: And, Sarah, what about your response to Mike Johnson being invited to speak at Columbia University on campus yesterday?

    SARAH KING: Yeah. I mean, first, I think it’s shameful that he was allowed there. Like, I myself am not allowed on campus. I’m, you know, one of many talented and promising students with bright futures who have been banned from campus, but Mike Johnson, who is an open racist and white supremacist, along with people like Gavin McInnes, the head of the Proud Boys, they were welcomed on campus yesterday.

    And to me, that really tells the story of what’s at stake here, which is that, you know, the students fighting for Palestinian liberation are part of an interracial coalition — so many Jewish students, Muslim students, Black, Brown, Arab students — working together for the cause of freedom, on one side, and then, on the other side, you have political opportunists, like the House speaker, who, you know, will take any excuse they can get to come after that kind of interfaith, multigenerational coalition fighting for freedom. And right now it happens to be under the guise of something like antisemitism. But, you know, there’s no substance to it at all. And I think anybody who came to campus and saw, the worst prosecution that the Jewish students on campus are facing is from Columbia University. We were disproportionately banned by Columbia because so many of us are part of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment trying to prevent a genocide in our name.

    AMY GOODMAN: And, Joshua Sklar, wrote a piece in The Austin Chronicle. “We need a ceasefire now,” it was called, the subtitle, “Anti-Palestinian violence is not 'on the other side of the globe.' It’s here in Austin, too.” If you can talk about that and how protesters were treated yesterday? You had riot police on horseback?

    JOSHUA SKLAR: Yeah. I think that there’s been this narrative that there’s been rampant antisemitism. And this simply is not the case. The people who are being targeted are Muslim students, Arab students, and especially Palestinian students. Police came in on horseback, and they attacked protesters. I heard from other students that during an earlier part of the protest, they were clearly targeting Brown people and women. I wasn’t there personally, but this is what I heard.

    AMY GOODMAN: Let me ask Sarah King a final question. We have 10 seconds. And that is, 48-hour extension goes ’til tonight. What are the plans? Ten seconds, Sarah.

    SARAH KING: You know, I think most of the people at the encampment have already agreed to risk arrest, and they won’t move unless moved by force or until Columbia concedes to our demands, which are for divestment, amnesty and financial transparency.

    AMY GOODMAN: We want to thank you both for being with us, Sarah King, Columbia University Apartheid Divest, and Joshua Sklar at UT Austin. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.



    As Mike has said repeatedly at his site, "I stand with the students."  The students have taken action because elected leaders have failed to lead.  For over 200 days, this active genocide has taken place and the best the US can offer is Joe Biden say, "I'm not kidding, Israel, you calm down or I'm pulling this car over."  Joe does nothing except give the government of Israel -- a corrupt and brutal regime -- millions and billions of US tax dollars -- $26 billion just this week, he just signed it this week.  There are no consequences for the War Crimes.  Joe continues to turn a blind eye.  That's why the students have to lead -- because officials have failed and the body count grows higher and higher each day that this assault continues.

    Rather than address that truth, college officials and politicians call for the students to be attacked.



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