Time to step up for the First Amendment and Wikileaks founder Assange

Comedian Puts Billboards Defending Assange on Panel Truck Roaming D.C.

  Randy Credico, a comic-turned activist, is standing up for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is facing extradition from the UK by a US security state and series of presidents obsessed with punishing him through the hoary police-state Espionage Act for the “crime” of exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unable …

A shiv for your thoughts:

Novelist Rushdie Gravely Injured by Likely Non-Reading Zealot Seeking Salvation and Bounty

As I’m writing this it has been five hours since the cowardly attack on author Salman Rushdie, 75,  by what almost certainly is a Islamic zealot who, motivated by the fatwah issued against Rushdie in 1989 Muslim Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then  leader of the theocratic Islamic state of Iran, stabbed him multiple times, including …

Accuracy in labeling matters:

Let’s Rebrand the Misnamed GOP as the BLP

David Kiphuth is a new contributor to ThisCantBeHappening! He will be contributing his own political cartoons to the site and will also be working with our writers on illustrations for article illustrations like this one today.   We need to start calling the Republican Party by a new nickname that more accurately reflects what it …

Turning a San Francisco Recall into a Rout for Police Reform

(This article appeared first in FAIR.org, the media criticism web site)   San Francisco voted on June 7 to recall its district attorney, Chesa Boudin, a reformer who had challenged the traditional “lock ’em up” policies of big-city prosecutors. The margin was initially reported as a lopsided  61%–39% landslide, in what major news media across …

We know what the real Jesus would do with this government, but how about this?

What would a real Opposition Party of the People Do?

We are currently at the mercy of a cabal of self-righteous Christian zealots with a 6-3 grip on the US Supreme Court and on Congress, thanks to an arcane structure designed by slave-owning wealthy men who handed the power to a Senate dominated by small-state rich people and to their party of Christian fascists and …

Half-century of hard-fought freedoms on the line:

High Court’s Roe v Wade Ruling Attacks Full Humanity of US Women, But it Won’t Stop There

  The 6-3 ruling last week by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade is both the culmination of a decades-long strategy by the Republican Party and the religious right to which it long ago tied its fortunes, and the beginning of a long war by progressives to wrest back control of the Democratic Party …

$17 billion could buy a lot of food aid:

What’s in the Massive US Military Aid Package to Ukraine?

This article was written for The Edge, a publication of the Ithaca College Park Center for Independent Media The first point that needs to be made in addressing the colossal $40 billion Ukraine arms aid package passed by Congress and rushed by plane to Asia for President Joe Biden’s signature is that it’s not all …

'Fearing for their lives' is not what cops are paid to do:

‘Brave’ SWAT Squad Races to School, Then Waits 40 Minutes as Parents Demand Action

  In  the  Robb Elementary School mass shooting of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas, we had on display the true nature of SWAT units,  those  Special Weapons and Tactics cops trained to take on the most dangerous of criminals and terrorists, but who are always thinking first of their own safety. The SWAT squad got …

Putin’s threat to turn to nuclear weapons is nothing new:

The US Nuked Two Cities in WWII and Has Threatened to Use Them Often Since Then

  During this war in Ukraine, much had been written about how Russia and President Vladimir Putin have “broken the nuclear taboo” or “could break the nuclear taboo” by threatening or actually using “small” tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.  The threats have indeed been made, and they could potentially be more than bluffs.   But …

'We want to see Russia weakened':

War Secretary Austin Comes Clean: US Wants a Long War in Ukraine, Not a Quick Peace

  We’ve moved into crazy town, with President Biden, who cannot get Congress or even his own Democratic Congressional caucus to back continued aid to families with children through the expanded child tax credit, now asking Congress to provide another $20 billion in military aid to Ukraine (part of a $33-(billion aid package to the …