Islam

When a group of Islamic radicals terrorized the country on September 11, 2001, the resolve of Americans was mobilized, and the GOP doubled down on the hate. Despite the fact former President George W. Bush made it clear that Islam was not the culprit for the actions of a few...

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  • September 12, 2022

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, terrorism? 9/11? ISIS? The Taliban? While these examples are certainly just, they don’t always represent terrorism in its entirety. Dan Brown said, “History is always written by the winners”. Stereotypes and generalizations often cause the public...

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  • June 13, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

This has been a busy post-election week for me at work and I have a lot more diaries I want to write about this past election and the upcoming Governor elections inn 2021 and of course, the 2022 midterms. Right now, I am laser focused on helping Jon Ossoff (D....

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • November 13, 2020

x Since Dr Fauci's analysis of our chart in the US Congress is so widely reported https://t.co/wNrGv58ufA It is wrong to believe that the US finds many more cases than Europe because of 'better testing' The positive rate in the US is higher than in *every single European country* pic.twitter.com/bQ3xly2lpG...

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  • August 1, 2020

Since the latest media frame “defend/defund the police” is self-limiting, the discourse should move to redefining emergency services much as “first-responders” has expanded to include those on the “front-line”. Trumpists just don’t get it, but they will seize on the latest frame much like some celebrities (and IMPOTUS*) can confuse...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • June 11, 2020

I teach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville MD, a school founded in 1946 originally to educate people for  the Trinitarian Order, more properly known as The Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (Latin: Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis et captivorum), abbreviated OSST. The order was founded...

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  • Avatar of teacherken
  • May 31, 2020

RCP has Trump over Biden 49.9 / 42.0. Even if you don’t wager, at present 538 thinks Trump remains dependent on an Electoral College win. It’s still about GOTV, despite all the impending constraints like vote-by-mail. Cautionary tails are being chased. This data highlights a few things. First, at least...

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  • May 2, 2020

Received this e-mail from the group, Matriarch PAC, in support of these female Democratic candidates: When each of our Matriarch candidates decided to courageously enter the arena and run for Congress, they knew it would be a battle. But nobody could have anticipated the challenges of running a grassroots campaign...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 28, 2020

Thomas Piketty’s new book, emphasizes the role of ideology in preserving and challenging capitalism even as “multigenerational wealth transfers, combined with high rates of return on capital, will inexorably create an uberrich capital class.” George Eaton’s article in New Statesman has some useful and current observations. “The key point is that...

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  • February 13, 2020

I had heard of Nabilah Islam from a friend in Georgia. She was impressed with the millennial’s policy positions. But most importantly she said she knew how to deliver them. Nabilah Islam impresses not only with her policy positions but with her lived experience. It allows her an empathy few...

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  • November 30, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. 1580. Cancelled California's GI bill approval power 1581. Claimed a nuclear...

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  • September 20, 2019

Miss World America’s Miss Michigan, an ardent Donald Trump supporter, was stripped of her crown on Thursday after tweets the organization deemed racist and Islamophobic were brought to light. Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old Asian-American college student, received an email from the organization’s director, Laurie DeJack, stating, “It has been brought to the attention...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • July 21, 2019

And the hits keep coming. This morning, in a bid to prove he really isn’t racist at all, Donald Trump retweeted a virulent racist. Because it’s 2019, and shit like this happens all the time.  x As you can see, I did nothing to lead people on, nor was I particularly...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • July 20, 2019

The Washington Post had an op-ed this morning — Our new Saddam Hussein — that got me to thinking about our insistence on repeating the same mistake in the Middle East, a region notoriously unforgiving of mistakes. In brief: We backed Shah Reza Pahlevi in Iran, he was a ruthless...

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  • July 8, 2019

Since I’m waiting for my flight back to Los Angeles, I wanted to say I had a terrific time in Atlanta, Georgia. This was my first time in the city and the state and I had a blast! I’ve had a great interest in Georgia politics and I believe we...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 25, 2019

Most Republicans have tried to ignore the fact that you’d get better decision-making in the Oval Office from a drunk tabby cat batting around a Magic 8-ball. They got their tax cuts, and they still hate Obama, so they’ve been only too happy to indulge the baby-handed lunatic running around...

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  • December 21, 2018

This is pretty amazing.  As explained by Shaun King at the Intercept, a terror attack on a U.S. airport was narrowly foiled just this past Friday: On past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front...

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  • Avatar of RETIII
  • October 12, 2017

Welcome to The Sopranos Ya gotta problem with Ralphie Cifaretto ??? Tony went over to Ralphie's house and murdered him. Put his head in a bowling bag. Emotionally trying. for the both of them, dontcha know. It's like this: Tony: You know where I was yesterday when you called?… I...

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  • Avatar of waterstreet2008
  • June 15, 2015

Republication. Done to correct the linked title. Please forgive…. Unless you follow the Arabs and world press you are not going to see the answers to this mystery. NY Times got in a one-sentence mention after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Nothing you'd call substance. You will see no extended media...

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  • April 27, 2015

Note how few ideas for managing the Federal government appear in this speech. I think that he's copying Ronald Reagan's stump speech from the 1976 and 1980 primary campaigns, mixed with the old Southern Strategy. Here's the text with annotation on the highlights below the fold: April 7, 2015 Sen....

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  • April 8, 2015

Netanyahu's speech. The vast network of American propaganda outlets devoting resources to demonizing Iran. Casting the Syrian and Iranian governments, Shi'ia Lebanese, Shi'ia anybody/anywhere as crazed mad men — where did it come from? – – Wonderful example of propaganda. Viewers are told that Iran provided “material support” for the...

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  • March 28, 2015

CIA needed a substitute for Naziism and Communism. Wahhabi Islam, al-Qaida are financed out of Saudi/GCC. They wouldn't do. Even later as ISIS and all the lovely Muslim Brotherhood death squads… “Free Syrian Army”… wouldn't do. So of course, what else? Iran became the new monster state. Words from Mahmoud...

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  • Avatar of waterstreet2008
  • March 21, 2015

There's more involved here than words. “Islamist terrorism” is what you want to say when you talk about ISIS and al-Qaeda. They are properly “Islamist” because “Islamism” and “Salafism” are the names in English for the offshoots from worldwide Islam that spawned their movements. You can tell right off that...

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  • Avatar of waterstreet2008
  • February 24, 2015

“Extremist Islamic Terrorists” An oxymoron. “Islamic” is the generic term for all things Muslim. Used properly it applies to practicing Muslims regardless of country, sect, race, or sex. The murderer, torturer, kidnapper, rapist psychopaths at ISIS/Da'ish would give their eye teeth to be Islamic. ISIS is not a part of...

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  • Avatar of waterstreet2008
  • February 22, 2015

There is a rather disconcerting idea touted by so-called progressives on the order of: Islamophobia is on the rise in the West: most particularly in Europe and the United Sates. The idea itself presupposes that there is such a phenomenon as Islamophobia and that it is some nefarious and specious...

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  • July 24, 2012