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This too is Islam (For a muslim Reformation) Part II

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Added by Heidi Banerjee on January 28, 2015 at 5:39am — 6 Comments

Das Islam - Duell:Khola Maryam Hübsch vs Hamed Abdel-Samad

The translation has been completed.    January 27, 2015

First posted on OS  January 23, 2015

 www.huffingtonpost.de/.../das-islam-duell-khola-maryam-hubsch-vs-hamed- abdel-samad_b_5353120.html2014-05-19-SvsH.jpg

 He is considered to be the main figure in German Islam-Critic.

She is the public face of muslim women in…

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Added by Heidi Banerjee on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Islamic Terror and Reckless Rhetoric on the Far Right

The recent terror attacks in Paris thrust the issue of terrorism, its relation with Islam, and how to defeat it back into the forefront of national debate. At the same time, it has created a wave of reckless rhetoric on the far right. That rhetoric while not amounting to treason, or approaching sedition, certainly falls within the definition of defamation. Because we are engaged in a global war on terror, should we not challenge such rhetoric and question its intellectual and logical…

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Added by Steven J. Gulitti on January 21, 2015 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

The Old Rifle Found Leaning Against Tree

The old rifle found was circulated a few days ago as the top news in Europe; top news coming from America.

Please see: 

Johnny Robish: 

Rifle From 1882 Found Leaning Against Tree in Nevada Desert

http://open.salon.com/blog/roby2222/2015/01/16/rifle_from_1882_found_leaning_against_tree_in_nevada_desert

I can't make up my mind, if…

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Added by Hannu Virtanen on January 20, 2015 at 2:12am — 7 Comments

MLK Day and the Question Remains

The question remains

For what it's worth I'm an old white dude with no real reason to complain but today it occurred to me that the question remains, "How the hell shall we ever overcome anything when half  the world walks the streets with their hands up unable to breathe?"

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Added by JMac1949 Today on January 19, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The biggest sign I've seen that prosperity is not shared

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-school-students-are-in-poverty/2015/01/15/df7171d0-9ce9-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html



The majority of American public school students are now low income.



If you wanted to know why Republicans talk about how private schools are doing… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on January 16, 2015 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

On the Matter of Income and Wealth Inequity

In my view, there are two things that rich folks know how to do exceedingly well:



1. They know how to stay rich...and,



2. They know how to keep the next guy from from getting rich....



There are some "solutions" that are admirable articulations of a utopia that is perhaps desirable, but completely unattainable....



Even if we wanted to, we couldn't get there from here...The Constitution is in the way....



I am not suggesting that there is a… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on January 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, June 15, 1932 - January 1, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOdIqKsv624&feature=youtube_gdata_player

This speech, given 30 years ago, has as much relevance and resonance today as it did then....

Added by Ron Powell on January 5, 2015 at 7:23am — No Comments

Won Sentence Wednesday on the shooting of cops

For those who think the answer to anything is targeting random police officers:

Never forget that police officers are government employees and that what warrants attention is not what they do but what that government holds them responsible for because that is what ultimately determines what they will do in the future.

Added by koshersalaami on December 31, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

10 things I'd like to see in the new year

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Just rewards: Dick Cheney and company are indicted and tried for their crimes against this country and humanity, including the torture they approved and the lies about weapons of mass destruction that got us embroiled in endless wars in the Middle East, resulting in the loss (and still counting) of so many lives on all sides. They are all found guilty, guilty, guilty.

Law and disorder: Cops across America are stripped…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 30, 2014 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

"...the black man has no rights..."

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:



"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."



The mental and legal gymnastics and contortions undertaken by conservative, "strict… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on December 26, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

An Open Letter to the NYC Police Department

I see on the news that officers are requesting that Mayor de Blasio not attend police funerals in New York. While I understand your reaction to the Mayor given the two recent murders of NYC police officers, it is not the Mayor who painted targets on your backs. 



It is the prosecutor and Grand Jury in Staten Island. 



The problem here is not really the conduct of Officer Pantaleo, though he certainly didn't help. The problem is that he wasn't indicted. …



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Added by koshersalaami on December 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 43 Comments

I hate xmas

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Ten reasons I hate xmas:
 
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is a date that was chosen for his birth because it was the Roman Saternalia, not because he was actually born on that date. No one knows when he was born…
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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Racial Apocalypse: Advent of a Return to Arpartheid

As of July, 2011, for the first time in US history, there were more people of color born in the US than whites...



http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/whites-account-for-under-half-of-births-in-us.html?pagewanted=all



The day is coming...White males can sense it....



Witness the overwhelming desire to force (white) women to give birth… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on December 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Police Killing Unarmed Black People is a Public Health Crisis

Students, faculty, and administrators at more than 70 med schools nation wide have declared that, police killing of unarmed black people has reached the level of a public health crisis:

http://www.pnhp.org/news/2014/december/medical-students-to-hold-nationwide-%E2%80%98die-ins%E2%80%99-and-protests-wednesday-because-blac

Added by Ron Powell on December 10, 2014 at 8:25pm — 4 Comments

"The Black Man Has No Rights..."

The articulation of the paradigm within which the "issue/problem" of black people in America has always been addressed is the assertion written into what was then the "law of the land", and which has evolved/morphed into the foundation of the nature of all public and private relationships between white and black people in America is:



"The black man has no rights which the white man is BOUND to respect."



This assertion, made in the context of the Supreme Court decision in… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on December 7, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Weekly Standard, A Sometime Champion of Freedom of Speech

You know for all of the articles championing freedom of speech, which have appeared of late in the Weekly Standard, I was taken aback by the recent article: ‘Anti-Military Anthem Played at 'Concert for Valor'. This past year numerous pieces have appeared in the magazine bemoaning the supposed loss of free speech on college campuses, detailing how the Democrats are actively undermining our First Amendment rights, how the Berkeley Free Speech Movement contributed mightily to undermining those…

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Added by Steven J. Gulitti on December 3, 2014 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Eric Garner

Also posted on Open Salon







Confirmed. No indictment.



I can't wrap my head around this one.



I can't figure out how in Hell a group of anyone not wearing tall pointy white hats could fail to indict here.



I don't even have a devil's advocate to play.



The guy wasn't accused of a violent crime. He didn't attack anyone, he just refused to be cuffed, jerking his hands away when they grabbed at him and saying "Don't touch… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on December 3, 2014 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

5 Sentence Friday: My Own 5 Sent.s On The Racism Discussion

[published on Open Salon in reaction to recent posts there]





Saying that the best way to reduce racism is to stop talking about it is like saying that the best way to reduce the incidence of rape is to stop talking about them.



Daylight is our most effective weapon. We don't excuse rapes because of male-dominant culture and we shouldn't excuse racism because of classism. If you aren't as safe as your neighbors because of your identity as opposed to your individual… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on November 28, 2014 at 4:10pm — 7 Comments

A little something to be thankful for

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?

Times are beyond dismal. America the ugly is engaged in endless wars in the middle east over oil that eat up most of the national budget and destroy…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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