Many people know that in 2008 Logan married Joseph W. Burkett, a defense contractor she met while stationed in Baghdad to cover the Iraq War for CBS News. Logan and Burkett were both married to other people when they became involved, and the story of their war-zone love affair—complete with reports of a brawl between Burkett and CNN’s Michael Ware, another rival for Logan’s affections—lit up the tabloids at the time.
"What most people don’t know, however, is the nature of Burkett’s work in Iraq. He was an employee of the Lincoln Group, a now-shuttered “strategic communications and public relations firm” hired by the Department of Defense in 2005 to plant positive stories written by American soldiers in Baghdad newspapers during the Iraq War.
“He did information operations,” one former colleague of Burkett’s told Gawker. “It was really spooky stuff. We worked with one of those special spooky IO outfits that didn’t even have a unit patch.” It’s the kind of work for which a close relationship with an American network correspondent might come in handy.
And it paid handsomely. Under an “indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract,” the Pentagon promised the Lincoln Group up to $100,000,000 to assist the military’s Joint Psychological Operations with controlling local media coverage of the American occupation. The Lincoln Group later became the target of congressional and Defense Departmentinvestigators over its handling of U.S. cash and its propaganda tactics.”
Why didn’t CBS News ever disclose “…that one of its star war correspondents became romantically involved with a man who was paid by the U.S. government to manipulate civilian public opinion about the disastrous war in Iraq”?
“We are being told that Cohen finds it “hurtful” to be called racist. I am sorry that people on the Internet have hurt Richard Cohen’s feelings. I find it “hurtful” that Cohen endorses the police profiling my son. I find it eternally “hurtful” that the police, following that same logic, killed one of my friends. I find it hurtful to tell my students that, even in this modern age, vending horse-shit is still an esteemed and lucrative profession.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)
Orale, Cabrones. Yo, I hope this shuts up the bigoted pie-holes of Americans claiming, “BUH DAH ILEGAHLZ TAK AR JOBZ!” El inmigrante has long been the scapegoat to this country’s economic woes, distracting us from the real problem—corporate America. Capitalism needs its immigrant to profit, and white supremacy insures that it is the brown man who’s going to be exploited for that monetary gain.
So here you go:
the fact that General Electric, despite making $14.2 billion in profits, paid zero U.S. taxes in 2010. General Electric actually received tax credits of $3.2 billion from American taxpayers.
[M]any undocumented immigrants, who are typically accused of taking advantage of the system while not contributing to it by many on the right, paid $11.2 billion in taxes. A new study by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that undocumented immigrants paid $8.4 billion in sales taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $1.2 billion in personal income taxes last year.
Xenophobic America, you may sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.
“I once asked a pretty well-known writer for advice, and he told me that if you’re ever visiting an ex-wife at her home, it’s always best to back into the driveway. I think he misunderstood what I meant by advice.”—Justin Kramon on the writing life, his literary inspiration, and his advice for aspiring authors (via)
I remember the anti-war marches here in L.A. 500,000 people in the streets, completely ignored by any kind of press except the liberal blogs. Why? Because we refused to fit the media’s pre-planned, pro-war narrative.
Apologies for back-to-back shares from the same website, but this blog by Jeff Schweitzer, a scientist and former WH senior policy analyst, is really worth reading:
if the situation were reversed, and Democrats were threatening default, the GOP would be screaming bloody murder, yelling at the top of their collective lungs that Democrats hate the United States, and that liberals are traitors to the country. Doubt that? Remember then that whenever anybody criticized George Bush about the Iraq war, the GOP stood up and harrumphed that it was treasonous to criticize the Commander in Chief during times of war.
Two hundred House Democrats sent a letter Saturday to House Speaker John Boehner, urging the Ohio Republican to bring a clean bill to reopen the government up for a vote.
"The games have to stop," they wrote, noting that the House GOP’s fixation on attaching anti-Obamacare riders to put a government funding bill had put the economy at risk.
Democrats also launched a discharge petition to try and force a vote on a clean bill, with no strings attached, but they would need support from 18 Republicans to succeed. At least 20 Republicans said they’d vote for such a measure but have so far declined to buck their own leadership and join with Democrats.
Read the letter below:
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Enough is enough.
Today marks the fifth day that the federal government has been shutdown. Please consider how deeply unfair this is to the citizens we represent.
The solution to this crisis is a simple piece of legislation that funds the government at levels that have already passed both chambers of Congress.
At this point, to attach defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act to legislation needed to re-open the government is to put our economy at risk in order to advance a political agenda.
We demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives.