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This is NOT a cartoon, but it is offensive

New Jersey Is Having A Texas-Sized Laugh With Chris Christie As A Cowboys Cheerleader

peace, love, tolerance,

Blogger Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison & 1,000 Lashes

Murdoch says Muslims must be held responsible for France terror attacks
News Corp boss tweets to say even peaceful Muslims must bear burden of deadly Charlie Hebdo death toll ‘until they destroy growing jihadist cancer’


Objectively pro-Islamic fundamentalist

by digby

Before the self-righteousness of the hawks gets too far out of hand, perhaps they should consider this:

A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jeddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said.

The witness said Raif Badawi’s feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but his face was visible. He remained silent and did not cry out, said the witness, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity fearing government reprisal.

Badawi was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He had criticized Saudi Arabia’s powerful clerics on a liberal blog he founded. The blog has since been shut down. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 1m riyals or about $266,600.

Rights activists say Saudi authorities are using Badawi’s case as a warning to others who think to criticise the kingdom’s powerful religious establishment from which the ruling family partly derives its authority.

London-based Amnesty International said he would receive 50 lashes once a week for 20 weeks. The US, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, has called on authorities to cancel the punishment.

Despite international pleas for his release, Badawi, a father of three, was brought from prison by bus to the public square on Friday and flogged on the back in front of a crowd that had just finished midday prayers at a nearby mosque. His face was visible and, throughout the flogging, he clenched his eyes and remained silent, said the witness.

Why should the flag-waving defenders of freedom think about that? Well ...

The second-largest holder of voting stock in News Corp. is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king.



'We vomit' on Charlie's sudden friends: staff cartoonist who did not die

Here’s Another Perspective
Here are some thoughts from a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who didn’t make Wednesday’s meeting:

“We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” Bernard Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem, told the Dutch centre-left daily Volkskrant in an interview published Saturday.

France’s far-right National Front leader “Marine Le Pen is delighted when the Islamists start shooting all over the place,” said Willem, 73, a longtime Paris resident who also draws for the French leftist daily Liberation.

He added: “We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”

Commenting on the global outpouring of support for the weekly, Willem scoffed: “They’ve never seen Charlie Hebdo.”


Willem missed Wednesday’s meeting because

“I never come to the editorial meetings because I don’t like them. I guess that saved my life.”

Jefferson: "Question with boldness even the existence of a god"


As a Jeffersonian deist, it bewilders me that any one believes in a God so sensitive that He would punish His creation for using His greatest gift — the ability to wonder, to create, to think — in sizing up what it’s all about.

Let’s get this straight. The appropriate reaction to a cartoonist who’s drawn something offensive isn’t murder. You don’t kill a cartoonist.

You give him a wedgie.

some really good REASON here:

Howard Dean: Paris attackers not ‘Muslim terrorists’

Dean, speaking Wednesday on MSNBC, argued that they should be treated as "mass murderers" instead.

"I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They're about as Muslim as I am," he said. "I mean, they have no respect for anybody else's life, that's not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. ... I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it's a cult."


46 examples of Muslim outrage about Paris shooting that Fox News can’t seem to find

Click Here Please:

just cut & pasted (cuz that's what i do) and sent to:


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.


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