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'Bullet Hit My Thumb': Teenage Jacksonville Survivor Live-Tweeted His Escape from Mass Shooting Scene

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

“I will never take anything for granted ever again.”


Drini Gjoka, a 19-year-old gamer, was excited to participate in the Jacksonville, Florida tournament scheduled for Sunday.

“Ready for Jacksonville. Put so much time in. Time to execute. Good luck to everyone competing,” he tweeted in advance of the event.

Gjoka then offered a sobering account of the shooting as he escaped with his life after shots rang out.

“The tourney just got shot up. Im leavinng and never coming back,” he tweeted. “I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb.”

Read the full thread below.

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'We Should Fact-Check Him Backwards': Columnist Tells CNN That Journalists Should Assume Trump Is 'Lying' Until He's Proven Otherwise

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

“I'm done being Talmudic about 'is it a lie, what's his intent'. Who could know intent with this man?”


Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik, on CNN's Reliable Sources, had an interesting take on Donald Trump's relationship with the truth.

When asked about his “journalistic principles” during the Trump era, and attempting to navigate the high level of misinformation coming out of the administration, Zurawik said that we, “have to do a cultural analysis, and we have to try to understand, and explain, how Trump's constant lying has corroded, has made toxic the information system in this country.”

“I'm done being Talmudic about 'is it a lie, what's his intent'. Who could know intent with this man? He lies every minute, he changes his story second to second,” added Zurawik.

“We should just say he's lying, folks. Start from that premise. He is a liar. Okay, if you can prove he's not telling a lie, great — we should fact check him backwards maybe, see if anything he's telling us is true.”

Zurawik concluded, “I think we've wrestled with it long enough for 18 months that we can call him a liar without being self-conscious and nervous about it, even by some of the highest standards of legacy journalism.

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'What Are We Going to Do About Guns?': Jacksonville Councilman Demands Gun Reform After Second Shooting in Under 48 Hours

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The councilman spoke to a local news agency in the aftermath of the shooting.


A Jacksonville, Florida city councilman named Reggie Gaffne spoke to local news anchors after a mass shooting at a video game tournament that left four people dead.

 “My question — I’m asking to America, I’m asking to Jacksonville, I’m asking to the state — what are we going to do about guns?”

He said that the country and Jacksonville are facing a gun problem. Sunday's shooting is the second headline-grabbing shooting in Gaffne's district in the last 48 hours.

“We’ve really got to ask ourselves two questions,” Gaffne said. “What are we going to do about guns? And we’ve really got to get focused on getting closer with the Lord.”

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(This article was corrected at 4:35 p.m. ET to change “mass shooting” to “shooting” in the headline and article body.)

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Vice President Pence Faces Heightened Scrutiny Over His Relationship with Paul Manafort

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

It was Paul Manafort who chose Mike Pence as Donald Trump's vice president.


Pence has remained largely in the background of the Trump presidency, often working behind the scenes on policy and other issues while Trump takes center stage. As Trump's fortunes have waned, however, those in his orbit are being reexamined.

The line of succession would call for Mike Pence to replace Donald Trump should he be removed from office. Many have feared what a Pence presidency would look like, given his actions as the Governor of Indiana against the LGBTQ community, women, and others.

Amongst the bad news for Trump last week was the indictment of Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Manafort was found guilty last week on eight counts of financial crimes in his fraud trial.

It was Paul Manafort who chose Mike Pence as Donald Trump's vice president, with the president reportedly preferring Chris Christie for the role.

The link between Manafort and Pence is leading to additional scrutiny for the vice president, as people ask just what Pence knew about Manafort and his connections.

Many are also curious about Pence's involvements with former adviser Mike Flynn, questioning if he lied to protect the general in January of 2017 when he declared that Flynn had not discussed, “anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia” with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn, in his guilty plea, admitted to discussing sanctions with Kislyak, and that he was following the instructions of “a senior member” of the campaign.

Representative Elijah Cummings had also warned Pence about possible conflicts of interests surrounding Flynn in light of his visit to Russia and his ties to Turkey.

It is possible that, when Mueller concludes his investigation, that both Trump and Pence, amongst others, would be unable to fulfill the office of the Presidency.

It is worth noting that the last Republican president to face impeachment, Richard Nixon, also lost his vice president as the administration became mired in controversy. Vice President Spiro Agnew pled no contest to a charge of tax evasion and resigned on the 10th of October 1973, …read more

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Fox News Disables Comments on YouTube Videos About John McCain's Death As Its Supporters Viciously Attack Deceased Senator

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The far-right commenters were malicious in their attacks.


Fox News has disabled comments on YouTube videos about the death of John McCain following an outpouring of nastiness on the network's own website from its commenters.

“Comments are disabled for this video,” the space under the videos reads on YouTube videos about McCain from the network. A cursory review of the Fox News YouTube channel demonstrates that this policy appears to apply to all stories about McCain released following his death.

The comments at Fox News' website were appalling in their viciousness.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t celebrate the life of a man who has done so much evil,” one commenter on the Fox News site wrote. “He is burning in Hell right now, and receiving the due payment for his evil deeds.”

A common response was “good riddance.”

McCain died on Saturday night at age 81 following a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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