How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks Posted on Mar 23, 2016

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“….Show your Muslim neighbor (or even more likely in the US, physician) some love.  Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) does these horrible things to get people of Christian heritage to be beastly to the Muslims in their midst, spreading hatred and anger and a sense of victimization.  Daesh is hoping to use *you* to drive other Muslims into their arms.  They want to make you a recruitment officer.  They want you to hate and they want you to fear.  There is only one way to combat this tactic of sharpening contradictions.  Refuse to hate and refuse to be afraid.  Bend over backwards to be nice to Muslims.  They’re human beings, just like you, but they are being stalked by very dangerous people. Not all those dangerous people are even of Muslim heritage.  Some 40% of Daesh suspects arrested in the US have been converts from other religions.  And some of the dangerous people are US presidential candidates like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.” How to talk about Muslims…. Continue reading How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Unlike Chris Kyle, Here is an American Sniper We Can Call ‘Hero’

To me, Kyle, ‘American Sniper’ represents everything that s wrong with America… uncontrolled Aggressiveness and militarism.. “He did not keep track of his kills and hates that I ask him for a number.

“I wasn’t keeping track and often times there was no confirmation. I feel it didn’t make me a better soldier and certainly doesn’t make me more of a man. If Chris Kyle got 160 confirmed kills, I joke and say that I missed 160 times. I wish that was true. We are talking about human beings and I hate quantifying that. Each life is so precious. We destroy that every time. One was too many, the truth is unspeakable.”

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by Dennis Trainor, Jr. 
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Listening to Garett Reppenhagen describe how he felt the first time he shot someone is like listening to an addict talk about their first time injecting heroin. “I leveled my M-4, put him in my iron sights, and took three shots. One of them hit him center mass and he went down in the middle of the road. I had this instant sense of satisfaction, overwhelming excitement and pride. It was really kind of an ecstatic feeling that I had.”

I had just seen the film American Sniper, the revisionist history popcorn propaganda piece of myth making and nationalistic war porn being sold to us by Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, and screenwriter Jason Hall an apolitical character study.  I wanted to talk with an actual American Sniper, and Garett was generous enough to pick up the phone.

Bradley Cooper has said that he "Doesn't want 'American Sniper' to be used in political conversation" Bradley…

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This is our time..

This is our Moment in America.. who are we? what are we? who are we becoming.. what KiND of America do we want.. do we want to live in the USA of Slavery, hatred, lynchings, Walls. separating us from the ‘other’… how long do we listen to the Elmer Gantry’s of the world, or worse, the neo fascists, like Cruz and Trump….how do we break free of this vicious cycle.. this article by this Muslim woman, who hopes for freedom and acceptance and thus, prays for America… what answer do we give her. or the Jew, or the Gay person (me) or the ‘OTHER”….how long do we fear our shadow because someone brings out the worst in us?  

From the article;

“My biggest fear is that Trump or someone like Trump (some of the other Republican candidates are little better) come into power and change our lives forever, that my children will live in fear and hiding like Anne.

I’ve felt the “normal fears” that every mother has; hoping our kids are born healthy and live long, healthy lives, especially since my own son passed away as a newborn. My fears matured as media started changing narrative and Muslim became synonymous with “terrorist,” I wondered if I could raise confident children in the face of Islamophobia.
I was never under the illusion that America was perfect, that there wasn’t already so much blood on America’s hands, with drones abroad; mass incarceration and institutional racism that perpetuates the marginalization of Black people; and the perpetuation of the  Guantanamo Bay prison, to name a few.
I didn’t even believe that people living here would be safe forever. I’m not that naïve. But the level of hate rhetoric going around because of GOP candidates like Trump and even Cruz, who celebrated his Super Tuesday at a well known racist bar, and Carson, who is all round controversial — is scary and overwhelming.
Tuesday’s results was shocking because I didn’t realize that Trump had so many followers. It saddens me to know so many people think and believe in Trump and his campaign.
I continue to pray and to raise my children with love and teach them to be confident, loving, strong, merciful and just. I will teach my children to be good Muslims, knowing that we live on earth only for Allah. We live to serve others, to show mercy to others, to be one who is a benefit to others.”A mother’s prayer

Lazy news reporting and ‘Super delegates’

This is from February but still applicable today.. “There are 712 Democratic super delegates. While they’re free to back whomever they choose at the convention, an Associated Press survey conducted in November found that 359 of them “planned” on supporting Clinton. Only eight said they’d support Sanders. But to count them as Clinton delegates at this stage is putting the cart before the horse in the most ridiculous way.

As Super Tuesday Progresses, Bernie Sanders Digs In for the Long Haul

Tuesday is one of the biggest primary days of the election season, with voting taking place in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming, and American Samoa.

“At the end of tomorrow, I think 15 states will have spoken,” Sanders said Monday. “Last I heard, we have a lot more than 15 states in the United States of America, and I think it is more than appropriate to give all of those states and the people in those states a chance to vote for the candidate of their choice.”

Recent polls have shown Clinton leading in those states, but more optimistic news for Sanders’ campaign came Tuesday morning with a new poll showing that Sanders would win against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by 55 to 43 percent—an even bigger margin than Clinton, who would win against Trump by 52 to 44 percent, according to the CNN/ORC survey of 920 registered voters.

Who Will Win the 2016 Election Money Race: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush?

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2016 Election

With presidential campaigns for the 2016 election well underway and the first primaries just months away, presidential candidates have begun releasing figures for their fundraising efforts.

For those seeking to clinch the presidency in 2016, money can help them get past many of the hurdles of a presidential campaign: running ads, hosting events for voters and getting their name and platform in front of voting Americans.

Among the front-running presidential candidates, a lot of money has been raised. Here?s a look at the presidential fundraising for 2016 candidates like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Infographic: How Much Does It Cost to Become President?

Jeb Bush Net Worth and $114 Million in Presidential Fundraising

Jeb Bush is out to prove he?s the Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 election, and he?s backing this with presidential fundraising on an unprecedented level that?s totaled more than $114 million, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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