The French Election And The Global Economy

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The complex circumstances of modern economies tying domestic production to global trade have given retrograde voices with simple answers and emotional appeals of prejudice and racism a role and . . . → Read More: The French Election And The Global Economy

Going Rogue: The Boehner-Netanyahu Subterfuge

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Behind the objections to the Iran framework is a new alliance of power politics.

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Je Suis Charlie

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Grumpy2Grumpy: Je Suis Charlie.

Signs in many languages and around the world proclaim “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) or “Nous sommes Charlie” (We are Charlie).

Barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie are a few of the ways the attack on Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) have been described in the press in these hours after the satirical magazine’s offices were invaded and many of its staff were murdered.

What was the crime for which they were assassinated? Satire! The written words and imagery used to lampoon, ridicule and expose to scorn. Charlie Hebdo‘s writers, cartoonists and editors took on everyone they found worthy of their barbs. Politicians, celebrities and many religions all felt the jabs from their sharp pencils.

In this case, it was press freedom under attack by extremists claiming to act for their prophet and their God. It is a theme as old as religion itself. Convert or die. Confess or die. Conform or die. Over and over again religious belief gets perverted into a thing of ugliness and hate. Love of God translated into hate of the non-believer. Love and hate, two sides of the same coin. Two sides that apparently are easily confused by flawed human judgment and thinking.

In the late 20th and early 21st century it is easy to focus on the extremists claiming to speak for Islam and the Prophet, but all too often that focus has caused us to ignore and downplay acts by other groups right here in the United States. Acts that also can be accurately described as barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie.

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Cover of latest edition of Charlie Hebdo.

Twenty years ago, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal Office Building. McVeigh was strongly influenced by the Christian Identity Movement, a clear perversion of Christianity that promotes racism and violence. As violent and barbaric as that incident was, it was not the first nor the last example of “Christian” extremists carrying out terrorist attacks in the US.

Dr. David Gunn (1993), Dr. John Britton (1994), Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols (1994), Robert Sanderson (1998), and Dr. Barnett Slepian (1998) are all people murdered by “Christian” jihadists claiming to be doing God’s work by killing to stop abortions.

Are these assassinations not barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie?

Eric Rudolph, “Christian” jihadist, carried out the Atlanta Olympic bombing in 1996 just five years before 9/11. Rudolph, like McVeigh, was influenced by the Christian Identity Movement. He is also implicated in bombings at abortion clinics and a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta (1997).

Are the acts of Eric Rudolph, “Christian” jihadist, not barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie?

We all know the name Matthew Sheppard. The protestations of revisionist apologists aside, it is clear he was brutally murdered for being gay. But the list of murdered members of the LGBT community is a long one. Names like Chanelle Pickett, Mark Carson or Kardyn Ulysse do not immediately spring to mind but they are among that long list of victims of the anti-gay “Christian” agenda.

Are these murders and attacks not also barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie?

All of the above are barbare, terrorisme, brutalité and sauvagerie! Continue reading Je Suis Charlie

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Stormy Monday, 6/2/14

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StormyMondaySgt. Bowe Bergdahl begins the week at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban. He was released Saturday after the conclusion of negotiations which included the release of five Afghani detainees from Guantanamo. Sgt. Bergdahl’s next stop is expected to be San Antonio Military Medical Center. And if his newfound freedom isn’t heartwarming enough, there’s this: Republicans are pissed off about it. So, apparently, is Hamid Karzai.

Thursday, the incomparable Bernie Sanders will chair a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on his proposed Restoring Veterans’ Trust Act, which, among other important and overdue measures to enhance veterans’ benefits, would go a very long way toward straightening out the unconscionable VA healthcare mess that cost Eric Shinseki his job last week.

The President heads to Europe today for a five-day junket that will include stops in Poland (to honor the 25th anniversary of democratic elections there), France (to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day), and Belgium (to honor whatever it is that gets honored at G7 meetings).

Today, the EPA proposed a 30-percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions over the next 15 years. The plan gives states considerable flexibility in achieving targeted reductions. Even Republicans have found something to like about the proposal: an opportunity to score cheap political points. Tomorrow, the National Republican Senatorial Committee begins a series of predictably dishonest robocalls in four states, portraying incumbent Democratic senators as radical tree-huggers determined to bankrupt their constituents with out-of-control electric bills. Continue reading Stormy Monday, 6/2/14

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