Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan starts court martial trial

5:03PM EST

The alleged Ft. Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, made opening statements in his long awaited trial for killing thirteen US soldiers and wounding thirty-two others in 2009 said, “war is an ugly thing with death and devastation on both sides”. Major Hasan is representing himself at his court martial and is confined to a wheelchair after he was paralyzed from the chest down when Ft. Hood base police shot him to stop his attack. Hasan a Muslim did not want to be deployed to Afghanistan because he did not want to be forced to kill other Muslims.

The North Carolina General Assembly is done for the year, must be nice to take off work with five months left in the calendar year. However, the Moral Monday protests that have been going on in Raleigh will continue as progressives in North Carolina take their protests on the road. At the protests in Asheville, it is estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 protesters turned out to demonstrate against a number of recent laws passed by Republicans who control all three branches of the North Carolina state government.

On August 4, a planned online protest against Twitter trolls sending violent tweets to women on the popular social media website backfired somewhat. British journalist Caitlin Moran was calling for feminist to log off Twitter for a day but a backlash developed which questioned silencing women online and offline would be giving in to misogynists. Some women took issue with the protest as many felt it was born out of white privilege and “it alienated and excluded marginalized women -- poor women, transgender women, women of color, etc. -- who don't have the luxury of choosing to fall silent”.

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