Rally at Fetterman's office

28 Dec 2023

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Third week at Senator Fetterman's office to persuade him to ask for a cease-fire in the war between Hamas and Israel.

South Africa steps up! South Africa has filed a case against Israel in the International Court of Justice, charging Israel with the genocide of the Palestinian people! Palestinians have suffered about 21k fatalities after being squeezed into a small area of the already-overcrowded Gaza strip. Commenting on South Africa's case, a US spokesperson, John Kirby, says: “We find this submission meritless, counterproductive, and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.” In response, the blogger says:

The US press is complicit with this outright denial of a monstrous reality. It for the most part has not shown the US public the full barbarity of the Israeli onslaught.

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With conditions in Gaza serious and getting worse ("Cholera and gastroenteritis are rapidly spreading due to the congested conditions in southern Gaza."), how's the America media doing at covering the war there? Does CNN shape its Israel coverage according to Israeli guidelines? A piece from Common Dreams argues that yes, they do.

A spokesperson for the network confirmed to The Intercept that its news coverage about Israel and Palestine is run through and reviewed by the CNN Jerusalem bureau—which is subject to the IDF's censor.

There's been plenty of resistance to Israel's actions among American citizens. There will be a March on Washington DC on January 13th.


Unfortunately, Ukraine is having a tough go of it right now. Troops are tired, ammunition is getting low, drones are making the early visions of warfare trying to proceed under the watchful gaze of aircraft (“The invention of aircraft will make war impossible in the future.” – George Gissing, 1903) all too true and it's far from clear when new aid will be arriving from the US House of Representatives

Texas Rep. Troy Nehls said the quiet part out loud.

"Let me tell you, I'm not willing to do too damn much right now to help a Democrat and to help Joe Biden's approval rating," Nehls told CNN. "I will not help the Democrats try to improve this man's dismal approval ratings."

So essentially, some Republicans just don't see any electoal advantage in doing anything to help Democrats to achieve any nationally-important goals. 

The Wall Street Journal‘s Yarislav Trofimov has a deep dive excerpt from his forthcoming book on what actually happened at the Istanbul peace talks in 2022.

These were talks between Russia and Ukraine. The US has been accused of telling Ukraine to break off the "promising" talks. The piece makes it clear that Ukraine broke off the talks itself because they were clearly going nowhere. The blogger at Balloon Juice helpfully copies and highlights a big chunk of the Wall Street Journal piece so that we can read it.


Pretty sure I had heard of the legal philosophy of "Originalism" prior to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert Bork, but I read his autobiography a few years later, with it's thorough description, and defense, of Originalism. Wasn't at all impressed. Several Supreme Court Justices are today very strong advocates of Originalism. Problem is, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment is not at all fuzzy. It's quite clear. And there's a detailed legislative history that clears up any confusions or misperceptions. But the right-wingers on the court are going to want to keep Trump on the ballot. The blogger goes into great detail as to why that's a problem for them.