Thursday, January 15, 2015
Satan 1, Jesus 0
Woe be to the hapless, godless children of Florida's Orange County, who will attend school Friday without the guidance of Bibles - serenely if illegally distributed by Christian evangelists - after school officials cancelled their Religious Freedom Day rather than having to include Satanists, atheists and other sketchy types. Bible-thumpers complained the heathens had "ruined it for everyone," though actually they'd just read the Constitution.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Saudi's Perfidy: Ten Years In Prison and 1,000 Lashes In Public For Seeking to "Respect the Differences Among Us"
The same day a Saudi official marched in Paris for free speech, his country - the one that persecutes/jails writers/activists and considers women drivers terrorists - dragged jailed blogger Raif Badawi into the public square and flogged him 50 times for "insulting Islam," the first of 20 scheduled floggings. Tuesday he marked his 31st birthday. Friday, despite global outrage, he will likely be lashed again. From one of his last posts: "Let us all live under the roof of human civilization.”
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Sharia Law Comes To England: Hide Your Infidel Children, Pets and Jam
Maybe you thought Fox News really couldn't get any lower or loonier. Surprise! Thus we have self-appointed terror expert Steve Emerson feverishly declaring that Britain has Sharia no-go zones and "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go." Hilarity ensued from a savage Twitter for which, this once, we're grateful.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
Charlie's Many New Friends, Both Bogus and Harrowingly Real
It's impossible not to be moved by the spectacle of over three million people flooding Paris to reject fear and defend freedom. Sparked by the spilling of senseless blood, Sunday's march personified a multi-layered wave of support for Charlie Hebdo ranging from the grossly hypocritical - cue Netanyahu and other "predators" - to the truly brave and grieving.
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Friday, January 9, 2015
Oh This World, I Have the Right: Gaza's Kids Seek A Voice Amidst the Chaos
A severe winter storm this week brought ever more suffering to the long-suffering residents of Gaza, with over 100,000 still-homeless struggling to stay warm and dry in rubble without heat, fuel or power. At least three infants and a young man have frozen to death; several more have died in fires. Inconceivably, life goes on, and even hope. From a Palestinian girl of 15: "In silence, I am powerless, but with my voice, I can do many things.”
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Here We Stand: Je Suis Charlie
The most poignant response to the horrors in Paris - committed against those who dared to think, speak, draw - have come from their colleagues. As thousands flood the streets declaring their right to free speech even when insolent, cartoonists have offered their own sorrowful tributes to the "exquisitely intolerable...visual mockery" that is their most powerful tool against "murderous clowns."
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Come and Take It: Gun Freaks Will Make Their Own Guns At Capitol Rally To Better Taunt Regular People
Because their mission is "taking gun rights to a whole new level" and "freedom is coming back to these United States of America!", Come and Take It Texas will rally next week "in a way as Big as Texas" to support a gun bill - that would allow them to open-carry not just long guns but handguns at their favorite Chipotle - by both turning up armed and making guns on the Capitol steps. They think this plan is way cool. Other gun-rights advocates think it "seems confrontational." You think?
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
To The Clueless Wingnut Councilman Formerly Known As Rebuked Artily: Welcome to the First Amendment
Good times with one Kirby Delauter, a Maryland pol who threatened to sue a newspaper for using his name without permission, thus earning the merciless ridicule of a press that called out his "astonishing lack of understanding of the role of a public servant,” sought to educate him about the "avantgarde experiment" called the First Amendment, and gleefully, endlessly repeated his "unauthorized" name. As in, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter.
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Monday, January 5, 2015
St. Louis' "Justice" System - Hell, Even the Whole Country's - Might Actually Be Forced To Work One Day
The lawsuit by a Ferguson grand juror challenging a court gag order is only one of several moves against the long imperious reign of Bob McCulloch and an old boy legal system facing growing calls for accountability. To date, the NAACP has mounted a challenge and a group of citizens and lawyers have filed an ethics complaint alleging McCullough violated 15 Rules of Professional Conduct. So much for "all the evidence." The lies, and anger, mount.
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Saturday, January 3, 2015
In Gaza, Just Another Steadfast Day/Year/Decade of Occupation
P.A. President Abbas' move to join the International Criminal Court to ultimately file war crimes charges against Israel comes amidst the ongoing travesties - shootings, demolitions, tear-gassing of Santas, lives lived in rubble - that constitute Gaza's "perpetual cycle of suffering." Still, Gazans insist they are not helpless victims but part of a larger resistance to a "war"; the point, they say, is freedom, not suffering.
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