WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th
UNFUNNY BUT TOTALLY REAL HEADLINES
- The Supreme Court decided to stay the execution of the Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis less than 2 hours before Davis was scheduled to be killed. The stay is in effect until Monday, when the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear Davis’s appeal for a new trial. If the Court refuses, Georgia would be free to proceed with Davis’s execution. If the appeal is granted, Davis’s execution would remain on hold until the Supreme Court makes a final ruling. Unfortunately for Davis, Justice Clarence Thomas is present, accounted for, and still an Uncle Tom. Remember: a stay of execution is not an acquittal. Amnesty International is asking citizens to call the Board of Paroles at: 404.651.6671 and to oppose the execution of Troy Davis. The only way Davis will beat his charges is through a large outcry of public support.
- Newsweek, along with the New York Times, reports that one of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, from the end of 2005 through last month, contradicting John McCain, who has been denying such allegations. So John Mccain lied. Again. I don’t have a fucking joke for this.
- Wheel Chair bursts into flames on airplane (<— FOX NEWS HEADLINE)
- Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.
- Laura Bush admitted to CNN that Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin lacks foreign policy experience. That’s right, the women that married a coked-up, drunken daddy’s boy, who went on to lead America into two illegal wars, ignored intelligence that would have prevented 9-11, and is partly responsible for the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression still has enough insight to note that Sarah Palin probably isn’t qualified for the job of Vice-President.
- In Michigan, Fifty-nine-year-old Ernest Griglen, an African American, has been in a coma since June. Griglen’s wife, Pamela Griglen, says her husband fell into a coma shortly after he was badly beaten by police, who mistook a hypoglycemic episode by Griglen as a sign of drunkenness. A breathalyzer test confirmed he wasn’t intoxicated, and police later found his insulin pump. Police say they have no dashboard footage of Griglen’s arrest.
- Author Naomi Wolf claims in an Alternet article that Sarah Palin’s nomination heralds a new stage in Karl Rove’s carefully orchestrated police state. Wolf cites worrisome examples such as police framing protesters at the St. Paul RNC. Wolf claims officers dressed in black and wore identical masks as they pretended to be anarchists in order to depict protesters as violent and unruly.