Shorter Question Everything
When I first saw this in my feeds, I skipped over it. Another FOX news glorification of the NRA? Bah, I could do without it. Guess I was wrong on this one. Even FOX news rips into LaPierre for his absurd claims. Watch:
• Chris Wallace & Wayne LaPierre Battle On Gun Rights
• Senator John McCain announced Monday that he will not attempt to block by filibuster the confirmation of his former senate colleague Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense.
• Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., became the latest politician to join the “offensive monkey joke” club on Monday when he tweeted his thoughts on Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s willingness to be the first Iranian sent into space. “So Ahmadinejad wants to be the first Iranian in space–wasn’t he just there last week?” said McCain in a tweet that also linked to a story about Iran’s claim to have launched a monkey into space last week. The not-so-funny zinger drew criticism from McCain’s twitter followers, who called the joke “disgusting,” “despicable,” and “racist,” among other things. McCain fired back in a tweet, telling everyone to “lighten up” and learn how to “take a joke.” But even colleagues from McCain’s own party found the 76-year-old senator’s “get off my lawn” humor a little too over the top. “Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes,” said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., on twitter.
• Extraordinary rendition report claims 54 countries ‘offered covert support’ of CIA torture operation. The full extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world’s governments covertly offered support. A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe. So widespread and extensive was the participation of governments across the world that it is now clear the CIA could not have operated its programme without their support, according to the OSJI.
• A Chinese military frigate locked weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese navy vessel, Tokyo’s defence minister said Tuesday, in an apparent upping of the stakes in a bitter territorial row.