Liveblog - ICYMI: October 12, 2023

With so much going on in our world, we sometimes miss important issues. Please feel free to share any headlines or new developments we may have missed providing they come from reliable and credible sources.  In other words, please do not post any missed headlines form far right ‘news’ sources or regurgitate their Russian propaganda unless you’re trying to point out that the far-right extremist in our country and elsewhere actually believe their own BS or Russian disinformation.  The same applies to what is currently happening in Israel. We also ask that you provide a link to your source so folks can read it if they want. Please do not make any claims that you cannot factually validate or verify.

The Israel-Hamas War


“It’s been about four days since this incredible and tragic escalation of violence and the level of misinformation — even disinformation — seems near unprecedented.”

THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES could not confirm a horrific claim that Hamas beheaded babies during a weekend assault, a spokesperson for the military told The Intercept on Tuesday. The claim went viral, becoming a headline-grabbing aspect of a massacre that left more than 1,000 Israelis dead.

“Women, children, toddlers, and elderly were brutally butchered in an ISIS way of action and we are we are [sic] aware of the heinous acts Hamas is capable of,” the spokesperson wrote in response to questions from The Intercept about the viral reports. “We cannot confirm it officially, but you can assume it happened and believe the report,” she reiterated in a follow-up phone call.

Despite the IDF’s inability to confirm the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson Tal Heinrich repeated it on Wednesday — a window into how unverified reports become part of the historical record.

Syria says Israeli missiles hit Damascus, Aleppo airports

Syria said Israeli forces launched simultaneous missile attacks on the airports in its capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, damaging the runways and putting both hubs out of service.

A Syrian military source cited by state news agency SANA said “bursts of missiles” hit the two airports at the same time, in what he said was a bid to distract the world’s attention from Israel’s war with Hamas militants in Gaza.

The Orange Turd Yaps:

The Speaker of the House Chaos:

16 Republican holdouts on Scalise for speaker, parsed

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) won the House Republican conference’s nomination to become speaker on Wednesday. But 24 hours later there’s still no floor vote scheduled, and it’s looking increasingly likely he may never win the job.

***David DuKKKe Without the Baggage Needs to Convince the Following:

  • Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.)
  • Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.)
  • Rep. Max L. Miller (R-Ohio)
  • Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.)
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.)
  • Rep. Barry Moore (R-Ala.)
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
  • Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.)
  • Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)
  • Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.)
  • Rep. Keith Self (R-Tex.)
  • Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Tex.)
  • Rep. Andrew Ogles (R-Tenn.)
  • Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (R-Fla.)

***And It Changes as We Speak:

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