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Muslim Lives Matter



"Growing up in America has been such a blessing"

Listen to one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting explain her love for America

Yusor Abu-Salha, one of the three students killed in a Tuesday night shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had just months earlier recorded an interview with StoryCorps, in which she described her profound love for America and the experience of growing up Muslim-American.

North Carolina Public Radio posted part of the conversation on Thursday, following the death of Abu-Salha, who was 21, and two other young students, all Muslim:

"Growing up in America has been such a blessing," Abu-Salha said, acknowledging that she still stands out because of the hijab she wears on her head. "There's still so many ways that I feel so embedded in the fabric that is our culture. That's the beautiful thing here." She added, "It doesn't matter where you come from. There's so many different people from so many different places of different backgrounds and religions. But here we're all one — one culture. And it's beautiful to see people of different areas interacting, and being family. Being, you know, one community."

More Plus AUDIO:

FBI Director James Comey defended the police, saying that “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist."

Speaking at Georgetown University this morning, Comey said citizens need to have more empathy for police, that police response time is not influenced by race, and that “law enforcement is not the root cause of problems in our hardest hit neighborhoods.”

Comey also cited and quoted from the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from the Broadway play Avenue Q, adding that, while everyone has a duty to try and overcome bias, “racial bias isn’t epidemic in those who join law enforcement any more than it is epidemic in academia or the arts.” And yet “after years of police work, officers often can’t help but be influenced by the cynicism they feel” and begin viewing black citizens differently.

Comey’s call for empathy for police felt especially strange after he sympathetically explained why an officer would take the “mental shortcut” of racially-tinged judgment, i.e. why he would behave in a racist fashion:

Two young black on one side of the street look like so many others that officer has locked up. The two white men on the other side of the street, even in the same clothes, do not. The officer does not make the same association about the two white guys. The officer turns toward one side of the street and not the other.

Why would the FBI Director ask citizens to sympathize with prejudiced thinking against a group of Americans he knows have been routinely and specifically targeted by law enforcement?


The Very Trees Cry Out...

The photo is from facebook page of one of the dead young adults, Yusor Abu-Salha. She wrote “All done and graduated from my beloved NC State University”

The young husband was in second year of dentistry school.

The shooter is in custody without bail. The pettiness of the seeming interaction between all four and the grotesque solution the shooter chose is beyond words.


As my grandmother Katerin
would pray over her beads
about heinous tragedy;
‘Three bright stars
will hang in the arms
of the trees forever
over that now holy ground.’

My father would then mutter
over his sharpening of knives,
‘Too many stars
over too many trees already
across the world.
Far less stars,
far more humanity.’

Let the humane we are called to, continue with us. May we all hand that strong bright red line of calling to those who come after us, as those before us have handed that strong boundary line to us for safekeeping, as they flew from the planet.


Obama breaks out the selfie stick for Buzzfeed in video promoting healthcare


Things Everybody Does But Doesn’t Talk About, Featuring President Obama
How did we get Obama to use a selfie stick? Oh, because he wants you to go to https://www.healthcare.gov.



Oh, the Villagers are running around in circles over President Obama’s latest video on BuzzFeed.
tee hee: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2015/02/12/open-thread-thanks-obama/

The Most Common Type of American Terrorist Is a White Man With a Weapon and a Grudge

Yesterday, an outspoken white atheist murdered three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We don’t yet know for sure whether this was a hate crime or whether the killer, Craig Stephen Hicks, had some other motivation; police have said the crime may have grown out of a dispute over parking. We do know that had Hicks been a Muslim and his victims atheists, few would be waiting for all the facts to come in before declaring him a terrorist. We know that there would be the usual calls for other Muslims to condemn the killings, coupled with the usual failure to take note of the many Muslims who did. And we know that demands for Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins to distance themselves from Hicks are largely facetious, because no one really blames them. Violence perpetrated by Muslims is almost always seen as part of a global conspiracy, whereas white men like Hicks are usually seen as isolated psychopaths.

There is, of course, some truth there. An organized jihadist movement exists; an organized cadre of terroristic atheists does not. Yet in the United States, Islamophobia has been a consistent motivator of violence. Hicks’s killing of Yusor Mohammad, her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, should not be treated like a man-bites-dog story, a reversal of the usual pattern of terrorism. After all, Muslims in the United States are more often the victims of ideological violence than the perpetrators of it.

According to the latest FBI statistics, there were more than 160 anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2013. Mosques and Islamic centers have been firebombed and vandalized; seven mosques were attacked during Ramadan alone in 2012. Several Muslims, or people thought to be Muslim, have been murdered or viciously attacked. In 2010, a white college student and self-described patriot tried to slash the throat of Bangladeshi cab driver Ahmed Sharif. The white supremacist who slaughtered six people in a Sikh temple in 2012 may have thought he was targeting Muslims. So, apparently, did Erika Menendez, the homeless New Yorker who pushed a man named Sunando Sen in front of a subway train that same year.

In most cases, the perpetrators have been disaffected, disaffiliated losers rather than part of any movement, but they’ve picked up broader currents of hatred and conspiracy theorizing. (The same can be said of some lone-wolf Muslim terrorists like Man Haron Monis, the fraudster and criminal who took hostages in Sydney last year, or the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston marathon in 2013.) We don’t yet know if Hicks was driven by lonely fanaticism, but if he was, he’s not as much of an anomaly as he might at first appear. Explicitly atheist violence is unusual, but Hicks still fits the profile of the most common type of American terrorist: a white man with a weapon and a grudge.



"I reached for my phone so many times to text him today,"
Deah's brother said on stage.
"Islamophobia isn't real"..."he was a lone wolf" "it was a parking dispute" "Muslims are just overreacting"



"I reached for my phone so many times to text him today," Deah's brother said on stage.

Deah Barakat's sister Suzanne speaking at #ChapeHillShooting vigil


A national embarrassment

A national embarrassment, that one of the two largest and most important political parties in this country is filled with so many cowards and nincompoops:

The Evolutionists

The Asterisk
Jeb Bush

They Aren’t Scientists
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
Bobby Jindal
John Kasich
Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Scott Walker

The Hell No Caucus
Ben Carson:
Mike Huckabee
Rick Perry
Rick Santorum

More, plus details:

House GOP to fill empty seats with staffers to ensure 'standing ovations' for Netanyahu speech

Hill staff say empty Democratic seats at Netanyahu's speech will be filled by Republican staffers to ensure good visuals, standing ovations
— @dylanotes



Hunter at Daily Kos reports:

If nothing else, we know that Republicans are insistent not just that the foreign leader will be heard from, but that he will get an approving response even if they have to put ringers in the seats to ensure that. They’re quite dedicated to the thought of going to war with Iran—Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t get it out of their system, and if anything only made it worse because Iraq and Afghanistan did not go according to neoconservative plans and now they’re bitter and pissed off about that—and if it means Benjamin Netanyahu gets to come to Congress and ask them for a declaration of war that their own president won’t yet give them, that’s what they’ll do.



House (15)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) — Wrote a Jan. 29 column in The Huffington Post explaining his decision, saying the Constitution “vests the responsibility for foreign affairs in the president.”

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) — The head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) focuses on Boehner undermining Obama in a statement; also emphasizes he's not urging a boycott.

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) — Clyburn is the highest-ranking Democratic leader to say he’ll skip the speech.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) — Head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Ellison is a member of the CBC and the first Muslim in Congress.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) — Grijalva is a co-chairman of the CPC.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) — A spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times Gutierrez has a "strong" record on Israel but called the speech "a stunt."

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) — "The Congresswoman has no plans to attend the speech at this time," a spokeswoman said.

Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) — A member of the CBC and former head of the CPC.

Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) — His office confirmed he’s not going but emphasizes he's not organizing a formal boycott

Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.): "In my view Mr. Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is nothing more than a campaign event hosted by Speaker Boehner and paid for by the American people," McCollum said in a statement."

Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.) — “I do not intend to attend the speech of Bibi,” he said in an email to a Seattle newspaper.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) — Another CBC member skipping the speech.

Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.) — "I'm offended as an American," he said on MSNBC.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Senate (3)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) — Leahy called it a "tawdry and high-handed stunt," according to a Vermont newspaper.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Sanders said it’s “wrong” that Obama wasn’t consulted about the speech.

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) — “The U.S.-Israel relationship is too important to be overshadowed by partisan politics," said Schatz in a statement. "I am disappointed in the Republican leadership’s invitation of Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress with the apparent purpose of undermining President Obama’s foreign policy prerogatives.”


Australia's oldest man still knitting for human and animal friends at 109

Oily birds become distressed, cold and less-effective hunters. They can also swallow the sludge when they pick at clumped-up feathers. Slipping the knitwear on them helps prevent this.

The jumper rehabilitation method was proved in 2001 when 438 little penguins were covered in oil following a spill near Phillip Island. The jumpers ensured 96 percent of the marine birds were successfully returned to the wild.

"We are incredibly grateful for the donations we have received and the time and effort creating them," Ms Jones said about the recent knitters' efforts — not to mention the fact they put someone as talented as Alfred to good use.

While the foundation knew he was officially their "most senior little penguin jumper knitter," they did not know Alfred was also the oldest living Australian and likely one of the world's oldest knitters.

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