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Muslims living in France have a lot of reasonable complaints–BUT-these guys didn’t speak for them.


Even from the perspective of someone who thinks that insulting the prophet is a terrible act, it was clear that, while these guys could perhaps hold their guns steady, they were not the “highly-trained professionals” some anti-terrorism pants pissers would have us believe. Look at the record: First, they went to the wrong address. Then, they killed a Muslim janitor on his first day on the job. The only video that has been widely distributed shows them murdering another Muslim, a police officer who was already down and curled in a fetal position, begging for his life. That cowardly act is all over the Internet as the main evidence of what kind of “heroes” these assholes really are. Finally, when they called in the rest of their crew (one or two other guys) and had them stage a diversion, those guys killed 4 civilians whose only crime against the prophet was (perhaps) being Jewish and needing some groceries that day. The video of the end of that siege, by the way, shows another shithead stumbling blindly out the door of the grocery store and being shot multiple times by paramilitary police in Darth Vader hats. That’s not exactly a modern-day version of Braveheart.

Their messaging, insofar as they had any, was also laughably bad. When our extremist Butch and Sundance where holed up in a print shop and surrounded by Jacques Law, they were interviewed by a French TV station. In that interview, they maintained that they don’t kill innocent civilians. What was that janitor other than an innocent? I realize that Muslims living in France might have a lot of reasonable complaints–these guys didn’t even get that message out.

France woke up this morning to four dead young men who are almost universally despised, after a demonstration of overwhelming, coordinated response by the state. By the time this is over, millions will have gathered in demonstrations. Perhaps a few more young men will be inspired by this, but if they are, it will be despite the bare facts of what happened yesterday, not because of it.


"Stop the War on Terror, we want to get off."

"Stop the War on Terror, we want to get off."

Right about now seems like the right time to contend with the following analysis from Tom Engelhardt:

Despite the several thousand Americans who died on September 11, 2001, the dangers of terrorism rate above shark attacks but not much else in American life. Even more remarkably, the national security state has been built on a foundation of almost total failure. Think of failure, in fact, as the spark that repeatedly sets the further expansion of its apparatus in motion, funds it, and allows it to thrive.

It works something like this: start with the fact that, on September 10, 2001, global jihadism was a microscopic movement on this planet. Since 9/11, under the pressure of American military power, it has exploded geographically, while the number of jihadist organizations has multiplied, and the number of people joining such groups has regularly and repeatedly increased, a growth rate that seems to correlate with the efforts of Washington to destroy terrorism and its infrastructure. In other words, the Global War on Terror has been and remains a global war for the production of terror. And terror groups know it.

It was Osama bin Laden’s greatest insight and is now a commonplace that drawing Washington into military action against you increases your credibility in the world that matters to you and so makes recruiting easier. At the same time, American actions, from invasions to drone strikes, and their “collateral damage,” create pools of people desperate for revenge. If you want to thrive and grow, in other words, you need the U.S. as an enemy. ... This has, in other words, proved to be a deeply symbiotic and mutually profitable relationship.

From the point of view of the national security state, each failure, each little disaster, acts as another shot of fear in the American body politic, and the response to failure is predictable: never less of what doesn’t work, but more. More money, more bodies hired, more new outfits formed, more elaborate defenses, more offensive weaponry. Each failure with its accompanying jolt of fear (and often hysteria) predictably results in further funding for the national security state to develop newer, even more elaborate versions of what it’s been doing these last 13 years. Failure, in other words, is the key to success.

the rest:

CNN's Chris Cuomo Calls Black French Terrorist 'African-American'


After Cuomo's clip, Anderson Cooper quickly corrected him.


Joseph Campbell “Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is.

Joseph Campbell

Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.

The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.”



Salman Rushdie Says, “Art Is Not Entertainment … It’s a Revolution”

Censorship exists to change the subject. When it is introduced in the realm of art, it becomes the subject; the attack onto the work becomes the work. As Rushdie said, “Assumptions of guilt replace assumptions of innocence.” The question redirects to, why are artists so troublesome? A work that is censored is portrayed as deserving it. Censorship exists as a political distraction, like many of the headlines we read everyday in politics. They are emotional buttons that keep us from focusing on what’s actually happening: wars and war crimes, unethical economics, a battering of civil liberties and extreme irresponsibility toward the environment, just to name a few.


New Committee Chair, Ron Johnson: A Working Single Mom Should "Find Someone to Support Her"


U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, you know-- the guy who got rich by finding someone to support him, has a pearl of wisdom for all the working single moms out there: If she wants to "increase her take-home pay” instead of having yet "another child out of wedlock" to increase her welfare windfall, she should instead "find someone to support her."
(see video below)


Political cartoonist Joe Sacco NAILs moral questions surrounding Charlie Hebdo attacks

We need to do nuance

by digby

Political cartoonist Joe Sacco really nails the complexity of the moral questions surrounding the Charlie Hebdo attacks:


Respond To The Act - NOT - The Religion.

Charlie Hebdo: Norway's Christians didn't have to apologise for Anders Breivik, and it's the same for Muslims now
It's as if no one in any Western country has ever gone berserk with a gun in a public place before


Because Christianity can be interpreted in any way you like. You can be a Christian and believe that means you should be generous, peaceful, modest and love thy neighbour. Or you can be a Christian and be a Tony Blair. There’s room for everyone.

The same could be true of all faiths, its followers ranging from the heroic to the despicable, all of them justifying their actions by finding the relevant quote in their holy text. So the most logical response to any supposedly religious act is to respond to the act and not the religion.

But there is one other possibility that’s been overlooked. Maybe the murderers are confused by the British government’s attitude towards crazy Islamic gunmen, which has appeared inconsistent.

Not long ago President Assad of Syria, whose record for madness and violence is exemplary, was invited by the Prime Minister to stay at Buckingham Palace. And the rulers of Saudi Arabia, who recently got through 19 executions in one month, are sold billions of pounds worth of weapons. So maybe the gunmen’s strategy was to prove how mental they were, thinking they’d then be invited for biscuits with The Queen, and then be asked to do a deal for a tank.

The pencil is mightier than the sword


PHOTOS: Hostages being freed from Jewish grocery store



Dual hostage crisis ends: Charlie Hebdo suspects killed, ‘several hostages freed’ at Paris market, AFP says

The three holding them hostage have been killed.

Congratulations go to the Gendarmes and the general police forces.


More Updates here:
BREAKING NEWS: At least four hostages at Paris kosher supermarket siege dead: police

Hezbollah Chief: Extremists Harm Islam More Than Cartoons: "They Have Insulted Islam & Muhammad"

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah group says Islamic extremists have insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad more than those who published satirical cartoons mocking the religion.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah did not directly mention the Paris attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, but he said Islamic extremists who behead and slaughter people — a reference to the IS group's rampages in Iraq and Syria — have done more harm to Islam than anyone else in history.

Nasrallah spoke Friday via video link to supporters gathered in southern Beirut.

Nasrallah's Shiite group is fighting in Syria alongside President Bashar Assad.

His remarks are in stark contrast to those of Sunni militants from the IS group and al-Qaida who have called for attacks on Western countries.

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