Shorter Question Everything
The only thing that could possibly be worse than that is making that claim right to his mother’s face.
• Mark O’Mara, the criminal defense attorney representing former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, on Friday urged the mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin to admit that her son may have “caused his own death.” – “If it was your son, in fact, screaming as you testified, that would suggest that it was Mr. Zimmerman’s fault that led to his death,” O’Mara observed. “And if it was not your son screaming, if it was, in fact, George Zimmerman then you would have to accept the probability that it was Trayvon Martin that caused his own death, correct?”
• Violence broke out in Egypt again as 6,000 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood marched on the Republican Guard headquarters Friday, where deposed president Mohammed Morsi is thought to be being held, NBC News reports. The crowd demanded Morsi’s release. Fifteen people were being treated for injuries related to gunshot fire, NBC News said. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense told NBC News there were no casualties the headquarters, and said that no live ammunition was being used by the military. The denials came after reports that the military had shot at demonstrators.
• Anti-Morsi activist freed as violence eases in Egypt. The release of Ahmed Douma came as clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, left dozens dead and hundreds injured, Ahram Online reported. Douma, detained since April 30, had been convicted on a number of charges including insulting the president and circulating false news after he and other activists attempted to storm the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
• Iceland parliament declines Snowden’s citizenship request
• Venezuela has offered political asylum to Edward Snowden, President Nicolas Maduro announced on television Friday evening. The AP is reporting that President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua also said he would grant asylum to the NSA leaker “if circumstances allow it.”
• The Duffy scandal is the stench that just keeps getting worse for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government. Newly released court documents filed as part of an RCMP request to get more evidence into potential fraud by three sitting senators — Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, and Mac Harb — contain explosive new information about the deal that brought down Harper’s top aide and shook the government to the core.
• Pickton: The British Columbia government says it can’t be sued over the decision of Crown prosecutors to stay attempted murder charges against Robert Pickton in 1998 — four years before the remains of dozens of women were found on the serial killer’s farm, including many who vanished after he was accused of trying to kill a sex worker from Vancouver. The families of four women whose remains or DNA were found on Pickton’s property filed a lawsuit in May targeting the provincial and federal governments, the City of Vancouver, Pickton’s siblings and Pickton himself. The provincial government has filed an application in B.C. Supreme Court asking that the allegations targeting B.C.’s criminal justice branch be removed from the statements of claim.The lawsuits allege, among other things, that prosecutors were negligent when they decided not to put Pickton on trial for attempted murder in early 1998. The lawsuits also claim the Crown should have warned sex workers in Vancouver about Pickton in light of the attempted murder charge.
• Shame on you: The City of Abbotsford, B.C., could be facing a civil lawsuit after officials spread chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in an apparent bid to drive them out of the city. The group, being represented by the Pivot Legal Society, has issued a notice of damage to the city, saying they are contemplating a civil suit for “discrimination, harassment and loss of property.” Pivot lawyer DJ Larkin says the case is important because this wasn’t an isolated incident. “Shortly after the chicken fertilizer incident happened in Abbotsford, the exact same tactic was attempted in another municipality in British Columbia and so we see this kind of thing happening over and over again across British Columbia, across the United States,” she said.
Stupid things rightwingers say
• Bullying, juvenile mentality: We saw at the end of June how Stan Solomon called President Barack Obama a wussy drag queen. There is a growing chorus now of religious extremists directing at our president the schoolyard taunt of “you’re gay!” Nothing epitomizes the Religious Right’s bullying, juvenile mentality more than calling somebody gay.
• Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday restricting abortion in Wisconsin and abortion rights advocates immediately filed suit challenging its constitutionality.