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Man accidentally comes up with perfect metaphor for 14 years of the "War On Terror."

Man tries to put out garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition

Man abandons van after tires catch fire

Flames set off live ammunition in van




Eventually, the deputy found the owner of the vehicle watching the fire from a distance.

The deputy learned that the owner had been burning garbage in the field and accidentally let the fire get out of control. In an attempt to put the fire out, he drove his van back and forth over the flames.

This made matters worse, as the tires of the van caught fire. Realizing that the van was loaded with firearms ammunition and a full tank of gas, the driver evacuated the area for safety.

A crew from the Liberty Fire Department responded to make sure the fire did not spread. It was unclear what type of ammunition the owner had in the vehicle.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article39003903.html#storylink=cpy
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Al Roker: Weatherman Says Taxi Driver in New York Skipped Him to Pick Up White Man

Al Roker: Weatherman Says Taxi Driver in New York Skipped Him to Pick Up White Man

Al Roker slams 'racist' New York yellow cab driver for 'refusing to pick up him and his 13-year-old son because they are black'
Al Roker was taking his son, 13, to the doctor in New York on Saturday
Weatherman claims a yellow cab driver ignored him because he is black
Driver allegedly snubbed him and picked up a white man just a block away
Roker, 61, filed an official complaint and an investigation is now underway

The fuming weatherman took to Twitter, saying the cab driver saw him, drove straight past him and picked up a white man a block away.

He wrote: 'This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others.

'What really hurts, my 13 yr. old boy was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, "Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices".

'Hopefully @nyctaxi weeds out the bad apples. Looking forward to a hearing and dealing with this. I will keep you posted.'
Roker, whose Weather Channel show Wake Up With Al was cancelled last month after six years, appears to be having his complaint taken seriously.


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The REAL Monster

Donald Trump Tweets Fake, Racist And Wildly Inaccurate Murder Statistics

Donald Trump, the leading candidate in the Republican presidential primary, tweeted a graphic with fake statistics about murders in the United States.

The statistics are also racist and wildly inaccurate.



The FBI’s 2014 report, which was released in late September, reveals that the statistics in Trump’s graphic are fake and designed to stoke racial prejudice against blacks.

Trump’s graphic states that 81% of whites who are murdered are murdered by blacks. This is false. The actual data shows that 14% of white murder victims are murdered by a black person. (In 2013, it was 13.6%.)

The percentage of blacks murdered by other blacks (89.9%) is similar to the percentage of whites murdered by other whites (82.3%). Trump’s graphic falsely states that 97% of blacks are killed by other blacks but just 16% of whites are killed by other whites.




MORE:
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/11/22/3724965/donald-trump-tweets-fake-racist-and-wildly-inaccurate-murder-statistics/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/22/trump-retweeted-a-very-wrong-set-of-numbers-on-race-and-murder/?postshare=2641448242052892&tid=ss_tw


The Guardian: Creationism isn't just an ideology – it's a weapon of political control

There is an appeal to creationism for certain people: it lies in the ability to submit to a myth without reflection, debate or real understanding. But the ultimate goal in promoting it as a point of legitimate pedagogical inquiry appears to be to coerce the obedience of a superstitious civic collective under a socially and politically regressive leadership.

And it’s being used in this election cycle to counter intellectual and academic freedom in educational institutions.

The Republican presidential candidates’ public obsession with creationism, though, isn’t really about education. It’s about cementing their Christian credentials with the influential evangelical voting bloc by announcing their opposition to all that is not heterosexual, Christian and not “speaking American” – whatever that means.

It can be a winning strategy: a 2014 Gallup poll showed that 42% ofAmericans believe that God created human beings in their present form 10,000 years ago. And a 2014 Pew Research Center poll of American voting behavior found that 78% of white evangelicals voted for Republican candidates, while only 20% voted for Democratic candidates.


The Republican obsequiousness to creationist philosophy might not be so much anti-science as good politics: being pro-creationism often appears to be pandering to a conservative base – a way to whip up intellectually regressive policies to win the “culture wars” and, more importantly, elections.



MORE:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/22/creationism-isnt-just-an-ideology-its-a-weapon-of-political-control

America has never recovered from Ronald Reagan. That’s why Bernie Sanders is so important.


SUNDAY, NOV 22, 2015 07:30 AM PST
Sanders explained his democratic socialism in a speech last week that should be a wakeup call for America
CONOR LYNCH


.....capitalists never come out and say that they want the government to get out of their way so that they can take advantage of workers or employ children or contaminate the water supply. They fear-monger about the threat of socialism and claim that as long as the government intervenes with their business, we can never have true freedom.

A young propagandist named Ronald Reagan issued such a warning in the early sixties, in opposition to what is seen as the predecessor to Medicare. “Federal programs,” Reagan warned, “will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until one day… we will wake to find that we have socialism.” Sounds familiar.


http://www.salon.com/2015/11/22/america_has_never_recovered_from_ronald_reagan_thats_why_bernie_sanders_is_so_important/

Charles M. Blow: Anti-Muslim IS Anti-American

Anti-Muslim Is Anti-American
Charles M. Blow NOV. 23, 2015



There seems to be no bottom to the cesspool of Islamophobic rhetoric coming from Republican candidates.

The tone of anti-Muslim musings post-Paris attack has become so poisonous that it cannot portend anything positive.

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned in his 1967 “The Other America” speech: “Racism is evil because its ultimate logic is genocide.” As King put it:

“If one says that I am not good enough to live next door to him; if one says that I am not good enough to eat at a lunch counter, or to have a good, decent job, or to go to school with him merely because of my race, he is saying consciously or unconsciously that I do not deserve to exist.”

Trump Advocates Torture For Syrian Refugees



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said over the weekend that he would reauthorize the use of enhanced interrogation techniques in order to protect Americans from terrorism.

“When the Syrian refugees are going to star pouring into this country, we don’t’ know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if they’re a Trojan Horse,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “I want to see a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists, we want to go with databases, and we have no choice.”

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After pointing out that a majority of the Syrian refugees were, in fact, women and children, Stephanopoulos wondered if Trump would bring back waterboarding, which was banned by President Barack Obama.

“We have to be strong,” the candidate insisted. “You know, they don’t use waterboarding over there, they use chopping off people’s heads, they use drowning people.”

“I would bring it back, I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” he opined. “I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.”


http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/11/22/1453139/-Trump-Advocates-Torture-of-Syrian-Refugees-and-technical-question





Thanks To Bush/Cheney:"Osama bin Laden would be a happy man."

Al-Qaeda's Master Plan
NOVEMBER 18, 2015 | BRUCE HOFFMAN

Osama bin Laden would be a happy man were he still alive. His hopes and dreams have seemingly come to fruition. And, the master plan that one of his closest disciples devised for him a decade ago to reverse al Qaeda’s then waning fortunes and launch it on a trajectory to eventual, divinely-ordained, triumph appears—according to the movement’s propaganda—to be falling neatly into place.

How can it be that after nearly a decade-and-a-half of waging war on terror—the greatest global onslaught in fact ever directed against a terrorist group—that al Qaeda believes that they’re on the path to victory?

A combination of patience, perseverance, opportunity, and plain good luck have combined to effect a transformation that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago in the aftermath of both bin Laden’s death and the popular protests of the Arab Spring that many thought had sounded the death knell for terrorism’s power and influence over the region.

In a long-forgotten 1998 interview, bin Laden asserted that he did not fear death since he was certain that his martyrdom would produce “thousands more Osamas.” With the 25 thousand foreign recruits from some 80 countries now fighting for al Qaeda and ISIS, as well as their respective franchises and branches in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Mali, his death wish has arguably been achieved.


MORE:
https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/al-qaedas-master-plan

“Well, I’d like to see them steal this one.”

Conservatives Stole Farmer’s Sanders Signs, So He Plowed Bernie’s Name Into His Field
AUTHOR: JOHN PRAGER NOVEMBER 21, 2015 3:20 PM


It’s not exactly news that conservatives resort to shady tactics like defacing and stealing campaign paraphernalia, but what one farmer did in response is simply amazing. Iowa farmer Mike Pattavina loves Bernie Sanders. After our friends on the Right stole a few traditional campaign signs from his yard, the soybean farmer used his skills to create a sign they couldn’t take — by plowing a quarter-acre “Bernie” into his field in 60-foot letters.

The 68-year-old farmer says that, inspired by his experiences with theft of his property by someone in “ultra-conservative” Clarinda, he got the idea while going about his daily business:

“I was on my tractor one day and thought, ‘Well, I’ll just try this. It worked out pretty good. “It only took 20 minutes. Maybe 30, max.”


Pattavina has farmed his entire life, but this masterpiece was the first time he has used his land to make a political statement — and don’t worry, the soybeans were already harvested, so it didn’t hurt anything when he “free-handed” the letters in his field.

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“I just want people to see it, and maybe, hopefully, some people can see it from the air,” he said. “Just to show support for Bernie.”


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No matter what, it’s going to be very difficult for the conservatives with whom Pattavina is surrounded to steal this sign. After he finished his tribute to Sanders, he joked, “Well, I’d like to see them steal this one.”
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