| John Whitehouse, MMFASome other things I’ve read this week: Andrew Crumey on how myths live on in our language, Audrey Quinn and Jackie Roche on how climate change contributes to Syria’s conflict, Megan Finnerty on indigenous people fighting stereotypes, and Derrick Clifton on a T-shirt that debunksLGBT myths.John Whitehouse
Shortly before the United States qualified for the elimination round at the World Cup, A Fox News host lashed out at supporters of the team, saying that he was suspicious that the World Cup craze was just a distraction form President Obama: http://mm4a.org/1my8muT
When Sunday Shows Ignore The News
The Sunday shows have hosted countless discussions of the attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi. But when the alleged ringleader was captured, not one of the Sunday shows mentioned it: http://mm4a.org/1itGokp
Right-Wing Radio Enraged
When Thad Cochran won the Mississippi Republican primary for Senate over tea party darling Chris McDaniel by appealing to African-Americans and Democrats, right-wing radio hosts were enranged, with Limbaugh even calling Cochran’s supporters “black Uncle Tom voters.” http://mm4a.org/1v6ZLzY
THIS IS CNN!?
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I’ve got some inside info for you
The NRA’s lobbyists have finally made their move. They’ve emailed their activists a whole pile of lies to spread to their friends and families to scare and confuse them — and try to stop Washington from voting Yes on 594.
It’s some pretty crazy, tinfoil hat, conspiracy theory stuff — and pretty much exactly what we expected from these lobbyist types. But still, I was a little surprised at just how shrill and desperate the tone was.
Every tired, old cliché that the gun lobby has used for years to stop any reasonable reform was in there: from a paranoid registration conspiracy to a bunch of delusional fears not about what 594 actually does — but what it might lead to. Reading their email, it seems like they just hit “copy” and “paste” from whatever playbook they get from their lobbying headquarters in Washington, D.C.
And that’s why I need your help. We have to build up our rapid-reaction fund now to counter these lies, or we’ll never be able to win this fall.
Now, polling shows most gun owners are ready to vote Yes on 594 — but this pile of lies is designed to trick NRA members into thinking that the same easy, commonsense reform that is already saving lives in states like Colorado is some kind of crazy plot.
And nobody knows better what a bunch of hooey that is than the NRA lobbyist that is peddling it to their members — and soon to regular voters in Washington.
They know better, but they still are still trying to trick gun owners into thinking that simply extending our existing background check system to all gun sales is an evil scheme to steal their guns. It would be laughable if we didn’t know that these crazy rantings may be enough to scare someone into voting against 594.
We need to spread the truth — and we need your help to do that.
Now that we know for sure that they’re not going to hold back on the lies, we really need to get in gear.
Thanks for helping us fight these lobbyists’ lies,
There’s nothing more fun in a basketball game than throwing down a dunk. But as much fun as I had on the offensive end of the court, I knew my teammates were counting on me to come up big when the other team was on the attack.
The same is true in politics (really!). It doesn’t matter how well you do tearing down your opponent if you don’t have a solid defense against their attacks. And my friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz depends on people like you to keep the special interests from scoring a victory.
Debbie’s working hard to help Democrats across the country, and she’s counting on us to have her back. Please, if you’re able, consider making a $5 contribution to her campaign. We need to keep my friend and my South Florida neighbor fighting for the middle class.
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As you may know the National Museum of African American History and Culture was established through Congressional legislation and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. In April 2009, a design competition jury selected the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup as the Museum’s architectural and engineering team. From our humble beginnings in 2003, the Museum broke ground on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and in view of the White House, on February 22, 2012. These amazing moments will go down in history and it is thanks to donations and support from Charter Members and friends like you!
Since 2012 we have made large strides in the construction of our Museum.In Spring 2014 we poured concrete over the roof of the History Gallery, one of our underground exhibitions. This monumental moment enabled us to rise above ground in late April 2014. Since breaking ground, the Museum is meeting construction deadlines and is scheduled to open in 2016. We wanted to take the opportunity today to let all of you know that that we are finally Above Ground! Thank you for all your support!
Investment firm RCF is backing coal exports in the Pacific Northwest to turn a fast buck.
“Vulture” capitalists are circling the Pacific Northwest. And they’re looking to profit — at our expense.
Investment firm Resource Capital Funds (RCF) has swooped in to finance two coal export proposals on the Columbia River. These coal export projects — proposed by struggling coal company Ambre Energy — would fuel climate change, threaten our health, and damage the environment.
But we can stop this. If we can convince RCF to pull its investment, the proposed terminals could soon be out of funds.
RCF is just looking for a quick buck. That’s why we must show RCF that backing coal exports means a long fight with us, not easy money!
Send RCF a message to pull its investment in coal exports now, because you are committed to protecting the Pacific Northwest from coal — for the long haul.
In the past year, we have made extraordinary progress towards stopping coal exports. Of the six original proposals, only three remain! Gov. Kitzhaber of Oregon has come out against coal exports. And Ambre Energy, the company behind two of the remaining proposed coal export terminals, would likely be bankrupt without RCF.
Together we have written letters, called, rallied, and it’s made a difference. Now, to stop two more terminals, we must stand stronger than ever against coal exports.
We need to show RCF that its plan to come in, turn a quick profit, and head out again won’t work — because we will stand in its way at every turn.
Send a message to RCF staff now telling them just how much you love the Pacific Northwest, and that there’s no way you will back down.
Everywhere, there are signs that the coal industry is seriously ailing. Coal plants around the country are shutting down and prices are falling. Speculators like RCF are just trying to squeeze every bit of profit they can from this dying industry. But we won’t let them.
Stand for the Pacific Northwest now. The bigger we are, the faster we can shoo the vulture capitalists out of our states, and stop coal exports once and for all.
Let’s stop coal exports!
Greenpeace Field Organizer, Oregon