Pentagon can no longer hide coffins: In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Pentagon will now release photos of flag-draped coffins containing the remains of U.S. servicemembers killed in the Iraqi war. The Bush Administration has censored such photos in order to keep public approval of the war from slipping. Too late for all that, anyway.
Israel lobbyists charged with spying on U.S.: Two former employees of the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) were indicted yesterday on charges that they illegally received and passed on classified information to foreign officials and reporters over a period of five years. A Pentagon security analyst has been charged with feeding the two men secret U.S. information about Iran.
Military scours online personals to route out gay servicemembers: The U.S. military apparently has nothing better to do than surf Gay.com and other websites looking for service personnel who may have profiles online so they can kick out the homos under the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” rules. Hey, it’s not like there’s a war going on or anything.
Like Rudi, maybe Ron should compete on “The Masked Singer.”
That might dispel the strong scent of fascism that lingers.
But one thing we know about DeSantis —
Just like a hungry praying mantis,
He likes to eat chocolate pudding with his fingers.
“This has to stop now. This is bad for business and there is a lack of understanding what is happening in these shows. The audience is furious and we are just feeding them material. Bad for business.”
— Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in an email to Meade Cooper, executive vice president of prime time programming, regarding correspondent Eric Shawn fact-checking then-President Donald Trump’s lies after the 2020 election, reports CNN.
“I don’t remember ever doing that, I’m telling you. Maybe when I was a kid. It’s interesting, there’s a lot of people, when they go at you, sometimes they have really good ammunition, like you’re a crook, you did this, you did that. For me, they’re talking about pudding. Really? Is that the best you got? Bring it on!”
– MAGA Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis denying reports that he eats pudding with three fingers.
“I have gone the full extent of my executive authority, to do on my own anything about guns. The Congress has to act. The majority of the American people think having assault weapons is bizarre, a crazy idea. They’re against that.”
— “President Biden said that he’s exhausted what he can do through executive action on gun control as he called on Congress to act following the nation’s latest mass shooting,” USA Today reports.
“The clips and headlines coming out of the rally were enough to incite panic in any Republican concerned about the party’s ability to defeat President Joe Biden. The current president should be extremely politically vulnerable: Inflation is still hurting voters and some economists are predicting a recession. And yet, rather than attack Biden for those weaknesses, Republicans are held captive to Trump’s grievances.”
Gallup: “Americans are more likely now than at any time over the past five decades to say there is more crime in their local area than there was a year ago. … The 56% of U.S. adults who report an increase in crime where they live marks a five-percentage-point uptick since last year and is the highest by two points in Gallup’s trend dating back to 1972.”
Florida is leaving up to $15 million in federal money on the table that could be used to fight gun violence, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Florida was one of only six states that did not receive funding through a new federal grant to help carry out emergency risk-protection programs. Such orders are used by law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from people suspected of being a danger to themselves or others.
A new Monmouth poll finds 44% of Democrats do not want President Biden to seek re-election, even though 74% have a favorable opinion of him. Also interesting: 51% of the Democratic electorate cannot offer a name when asked who they would like to see as the party’s nominee if Biden does not run. Among those who do have a preferred alternative, Vice President Kamala Harris (13%) is the only potential contender who registers above single digits.
A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Donald Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.
“A group of more than 175 former federal prosecutors released an open letter denouncing Donald Trump’s incendiary attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who’s investigating the former president for hush-money payments to a porn star,” Bloomberg reports.
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Not hiding the coffins will make it a little harder for the Pentagon to fudge the numbers. Puerto Rico said that their are more like 6 or 7 thousand dead and the extra deaths are not reported as combat deaths because the soldiers died in the hospital in Germany. As ;long as they leave Iraq soil breathing, they are supposedly not reported as killed in combat. Now we can verify if this is the case.