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"Fighting anti-Semitism is every German's duty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told a rally in Berlin. The protest against anti-Semitism comes 75 years since the start of World War Two, in which six million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany. With attacks on Jews increasing, the message to Germany and the world is 'tolerance.' Mrs Merkel said. The surge in anti-Semitism follows the summer's conflict in Gaza." [editor's note: I could quibble and point out that "anti-Semitism" would be opposing ANYONE in the Middle East ... but I won't - SAT] (09/14/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: September 15, 2014, 1:17 am
"White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is denying claims that the administration threatened legal action against the families of kidnapped Americans if they paid ransom to their captors, the Islamic State. ... The families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff -- American journalists beheaded by the Islamic State -- said the government objected when they considered ransom payments, and even threatened prosecution. 'We didn’t threaten anybody, but we made clear what the law is,' McDonough said on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'That’s our responsibility to make sure we explain the law and uphold the law.'" [editor's note: Sort of like Nixon's "if the president does it it's not illegal" -- "if it's the government threatening you, we're not threatening you" - TLK] (09/14/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 14, 2014, 7:52 pm
"An American citizen detained in North Korea this past April was sentenced to six years in prison with labor by that country's Supreme Court Sunday. Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, Calif., was found guilty of entering North Korea illegally and trying to commit an act of espionage. The court said that Miller tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport when he entered the country on April 10 and intended to 'experience prison life so that he could investigate the human rights situation.'" (09/14/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 14, 2014, 5:22 pm
"A coalition of New York politicians, housing advocates [sic], labor [sic] groups and hotel owners on Friday launched a $3 million campaign against Airbnb and other websites that facilitate 'illegal hotels,' a spokesman for the organization said. The group, called Share Better, aims to counter the Airbnb media campaign that features upbeat stories of regular people renting out their homes and sharing meals or other experiences with their guests." [editor's note: A veritable rainbow coalition of control freaks and panhandlers united against freedom and choice! - TLK] (09/12/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 14, 2014, 4:22 pm
"Key Arab allies promised Thursday to 'do their share' to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to defeat a common enemy. The Arab states' endorsement of a broad strategy to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents, and possibly to join military action, came as the CIA doubled its assessment of how many fighters the extremist group can muster." (09/11/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: September 12, 2014, 11:40 am

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"If ... you want to commit professional suicide in virtually any occupation, not excluding sport or driving a taxi, the surest and shortest mode of self-dispatch is to be overheard muttering that 'Enoch was right.' He was never forgiven by those who now have power, and never has been or will be forgiven. And the more he is proved right, the louder and more grim grows the chorus of execration." (09/13/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 15, 2014, 3:38 am
"This week the U.S. Senate considered a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Congress and state legislatures to limit the power of money in politics. The debate was not much covered in the media because the outcome was so predictable. But the party-line vote that killed it should not go unnoted. A remarkable majority of the American public (79 percent according to Gallup) want campaign finance reform. The right and left, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, even Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly agree that, left unchecked, Big Money corrupts politics and undermines democracy. That was one of the few things Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton agreed on, and both the American and French Revolutions were fought in part to get the financial power and privilege of aristocracy out of governance." (09/12/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: September 15, 2014, 3:13 am
"I have spent the past several days outlining my deep concerns about the 'ISIS crisis' and Obama’s willingness to employ extreme propaganda in order to once again embark on another poorly thought out military campaign here and here. What I have also come to realize is that his latest war plan is brazenly illegal and unconstitutional." (09/12/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 15, 2014, 2:43 am
"The U.S. is about to enter a war against an enemy that has no capability or apparently even the desire to attack the United States. In fact, as the BBC reported, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'acknowledged that his organisation was not equipped to attack the Americans at home.' Furthermore, the U.S. government itself isn’t even claiming that they are actively planning attacks against the U.S." (09/12/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 15, 2014, 2:32 am
"Not all secessions are alike, and yet I would maintain that, in the broader context of our relatively open societies, there are good reasons secession should be allowed. A very simple example: it was for the sake of the values of our open society, that we thought Kosovo was to be granted the right to secede from Serbia. Not being forced to share a meal with somebody you despise: isn't this, simply, freedom? I find it difficult to assume that the above mentioned concerns apply to Scotland, or Catalonia." (09/14/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: September 15, 2014, 1:20 am

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