Personal issues prevent my writing as much as I might wish, but two items arrived in the Palace mail box practically simultaneously today and, well, I can’t just STFU, can I?
Apparently not. *ahem*
1. Today a judge sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison on multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act. He is required to serve a third of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole; time will be further reduced by the 1,293(!) days he has already spent in prison. The 25 year old will be 33 when he has a shot at release, and if there is any way possible that I can be there on that day, I will be. I am not linking here to the news source where I learned this information, because it is rancid (and not in a good way). It focuses salaciously on Manning’s irrelevant gender issues without once mentioning the word torture—yes, TORTURE—to which he was subjected while in pre-trial custody. (Many other facts and events are also mischaracterized therein.) My time is short today, so I’ll just sign onto the statement of Ben Wizner of ACLU:
When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.
2. From our good friends at the DCCC:
We’ll be blunt:
We got outraised. Again. After staying ahead of Republicans for the first five months of the year, Boehner and his big-money backers outraised us for the second month in a row. That’s unacceptable.
Why are they writing to me just because their own “big-money backers” are slackers?
If you want to leave even a shred of hope on the table that President Obama’s second term has a chance, then you can’t take this news lightly.
“President Obama’s second term”? That’s a typo: they obviously mean President Bush’s fourth term.
So here’s the plan: we’re launching a $1 million Rapid Response campaign for the end of summer, and we’re counting on YOU to step up and help us do it.
Are YOU ever going to be disappointed.
Iris, it’s time to step up: Chip in $3 or whatever you can right now to help us hit our Rapid Response goal >>
Wait. Are they seriously ‘splaining to me what time it is?
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TIME IT IS MOTHERFRACKERS.
So far this year, over HALF-A-MILLION supporters have stepped up to donate to our campaign. That’s amazing — but it may not be enough.
It’s amazing, all right. But not for the reasons you think.
If we’re going to do this thing, then we need even more people stepping up even more often.
“This thing.” I wonder what that might be? Charging under the Espionage Act whistleblowers who expose government corruption and war crimes?
Whether or not you’ve given to our campaign so far this year, right now we’re counting on you to do your part:
Remember, it’s on you.
That’s…that’s so full of FAIL it’s not even wrong.