• Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post I Just Won A Major Lawsuit Against The Pentagon, When’s My IRS Audit? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-26 14:48:51View | Delete

    Congratulations Lloyd! Well done.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Over Easy: Transcripts show #DarrenWilson Lied to the Grand Jury by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-26 10:21:44View | Delete

    Officer Darren Wilson testified that he knew about the theft of a box of cigarillos from the Ferguson Market, before encountering Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson.

    Wow.

    I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to lie to a grand jury — if the DoJ was actually serious about getting involved.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post The March for Ferguson: Houston by Coach Bill.

    2014-11-26 10:08:46View | Delete

    Thanks so much for this report, Coach Bill. Great job.

  • Probably why Jonathan Turley took the case.

    The GOP position is incoherent relative to previous positions, but the case itself may have some merits.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Where To, What Next by Erica Washington.

    2014-11-20 08:45:27View | Delete

    I am so sorry this has happened Erica. Thank you for sharing your experience, so many people retreat in shame and don’t have the courage to talk about the unjustice you have experienced. You must be a remarkable woman.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 09:52:29View | Delete

    But Keystone sig could mean trouble when he cashes out on the rubber chicken circuit

    He doesn’t want Bill McKibben’s activists to heckle him on his hypocrisy while he is out collecting his reward for service to the .1%

    While I don’t think McKibben would do this, others certainly would. I agree with your analysis of the situation.

    As for Clinton I imagine she just wants it done so it doesn’t become an issue for her.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Neocons Want To Try Nation-Building In Iraq Again

    2014-11-19 08:21:29View | Delete

    The fact that Max Boot and the neocons are being listened to is proof positive that you can never be so wrong that you are kicked off the national stage.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 07:36:51View | Delete

    That is very interesting.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Burying My Father Who Was One of My Biggest Fans

    2014-11-19 07:04:02View | Delete

    I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your dad but so happy he passed peacefully. It was lovely to hear that you shared a love of music, and he must’ve been a wonderful guy to raise such an amazing son.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will continue to carry his amazing legacy.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 06:58:21View | Delete

    So the Dems voted to shield Obama rather than help Landrieu (just barely). It was, even in cynical political terms, the right decision.

    Landrieu’s not going to win, and if Obama signed the bill now, the GOP would be dancing all over the place. Obama’s poll numbers would take an enormous hit, as would the Democratic party’s. And of course Obama doesn’t want to veto the bill — he just wants to lay it off on State.

    As #14 (14th person to be arrested at the White House protesting the Keystone XL) it’s hardly a major victory but I’ll take it.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:18:45View | Delete

    We have tried. It would be great to get those celebs like Daryl Hannah, Courtney Love and others to get involved in the self advocacy movement.

    Are they doing fundraisers for Autism Speaks?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:18:03View | Delete

    Good question. Remember when they had pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken? I actually wanted one of those, it was so horrific.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:11:24View | Delete

    Where can people see the film? I actually wanted to show it to my sister and nephew, but my password on Vimeo went dead. Can we get it on PPV or on a website?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:09:56View | Delete

    As I’m sitting here my sister is on the phone with Houghton Mifflin trying to find audio versions of a textbook for my nephew who has autism, and seems to have better comprehension with audiobooks than hardcovers. Sadly there appear to be none. Sounds like something an autism organization could be advocating for, which could make a lot of kids’ lives easier, rather than trying to “cure” them. Just as an aside.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:04:37View | Delete

    Also, how old is the autism self-advocacy movement? Has this struggle with the “medical model” groups been going on for a long time, or are we seeing the rise of a new civil rights struggle? For as you say, it seems very much like a civil rights battle.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:02:59View | Delete

    Can you give us any idea of the size of the autism self-advocacy groups, and have they been active in getting this film before the community? I see on Facebook there have been community showings of the film where you invite people to talk about how it reflects their own experiences. How are people responding to the film in these screenings?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 18:00:44View | Delete

    Still having trouble getting comments on, so I’m getting while the getting is good ;)

    Sometimes I think Hollywood celebrities just don’t research the organizations they front for, and wind up associating with big foot organizations without thinking about how the money they are raising will be spent. With breast cancer, for instance, Komen diverts it all into PhRMA clinical trials and refuses to acknowledge that there are environmental factors that have contributed to the dramatic increase in the rate of breast cancer (from 1 in 24 in my mom’s generation to 1 in 8 now). But people like Ellen DeGeneres raised millions for them — until they went to battle with Planned Parenthood, another bigfoot org, that basically whips women’s votes for the Democratic party and is perfectly happy to abandon the cause of choice if it’s incovenient for the Dems at the moment.

    I’ve always wanted to run a campaign contacting celebrities directly. They are notoriously averse to controversy and I’m wondering if autism activists have ever tried to do that.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 17:55:33View | Delete

    I also thought it was interesting that people analogized the autism self-advocacy movement and diversity model to the gay rights movement. As you note, there’s no way the HRC or one of the big LGBT rights orgs would have no LGBT people on the board, and you point to PFLAG as a potential model. Can you talk a bit about that?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 17:52:16View | Delete

    So sorry! The server kicked me off & wouldn’t let me back on for 40 min. Thanks for your patience.

    In the film you show activists going to Autism Speaks events, and they seem pretty pissed about it. Has there been any dialogue about that with the organization?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Citizen Autistic

    2014-11-17 17:02:24View | Delete

    Thanks so much for being here tonight William, and thanks for being flexible. I really appreciate it.

    Can you tell us how you came to be interested in autism as a subject matter, and what made you decide to make this particular film? I have to say I loved it, it offered really fresh insights into the autism community, and I totally loved the radical perspective of the activists you interviewed. They are inspirational.

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