Friday, June 08, 2012

UN Monitors Note "Smell of Burnt Dead Bodies" in Syria

While we have been busy here in the US watching the burlesque show that is our political primary season, the citizens of Syria have been suffering under the heel of a tyrant.  Bashar Hafez al-Assad, current president of Syria will most likely go down in history along side such illustrious company as Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein and Adolph Hitler. 

His response to the populist uprising in Syria has brought untold suffering to the citizens, and as the conflict between rebels and the government forces continues, hundreds are dying each day.  In April, the United Nations estimated that more than 9,000 people have been killed, but activists say the number is closer to 13,000. 

The latest outrage comes as UN monitors entered a farming village of Mazraat al-Qubair this week to find almost 80 people dead and body parts strewn on the ground.  "You can smell the burnt smell of the dead bodies," said Sausan Ghosheh, spokeswoman of the U.N. observers.

This confirmation of the carnage being wrought by the Syrian government should move the world into action.  al-Assadmust be forced to step down and stop the needless killing.  Sign the petition to ask President Obama to send aid and try to intervene.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Cool Time-Lapse of Venus Transit

Very nifty NASA footage of the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun.

Monday, June 04, 2012

President Obama on LGBT Pride Month

What can I say? This is historic and wonderful!

Chasing Voter Fraud a Fraud Itself

The whole "we're purging voter roles to prevent voter fraud" is in itself a fraud.  Recently when conservative think tank "expert", Brian Darling was asked to cite specific examples of this activity, he couldn't.  The truth is voter fraud is pretty rare and the "purge the roles" initiatives especially in Florida is a political dirty trick to disenfranchise potential Democrat voters. 

The urban myth that there are hundreds of dead people still voting is BS.  Conservative "gotcha" video producer James O'Keefe supposedly exposed voter fraud in North Carolina.  He "exposes" non-citizens like Zbigniew Gorzkowski who have voted in recent elections.  The problem: Gorzkowski is an American citizen.

This and other examples are canards being used by the GOP to fire up the base and demand stronger laws against voter fraud.  The problem is, voter fraud is not widespread and is very rare.  Odds are higher being struck by lightning!