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NYT Edit: America has just lived through another campaign week dominated by Trump’s racist lies

America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies.

The Opinion Pages | EDITORIAL

Mr. Trump’s Applause Lies
NOV. 24, 2015

America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies. Here’s a partial list of false statements: The United States is about to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees; African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides; and during the 9/11 attacks, “thousands and thousands” of people in an unnamed “Arab” community in New Jersey “were cheering as that building was coming down.”

In the Republican field, Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof.

This phenomenon is in fact nothing new. Politicians targeting minorities, foreigners or women have always existed in the culture. And every generation or so, at least one demagogue surfaces to fan those flames.

Here’s Donald Trump on Sunday: “When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want 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. We have no idea who’s being sent in here. This could be the — it’s probably not, but it could be the great Trojan horse of all time, where they come in.”

Here’s Joseph McCarthy in 1950: “Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. The modern champions of communism have selected this as the time, and ladies and gentlemen, the chips are down — they are truly down.”

Here’s Donald Trump last Tuesday: “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”

Here’s George Wallace in 1963: “We must redefine our heritage, re-school our thoughts in the lessons our forefathers knew so well, in order to function and to grow and to prosper. We can no longer hide our head in the sand and tell ourselves that the ideology of our free fathers is not being attacked and is not being threatened by another idea ... for it is.”

Mr. Trump relies on social media to spread his views. This is convenient because there’s no need to respond to questions about his fabrications. That makes it imperative that other forms of media challenge him.

Instead, as Mr. Trump stays at the top of the Republican field, it’s become a full-time job just running down falsehoods like the phony crime statistics he tweeted, which came from a white supremacist group.

Yet Mr. Trump is regularly rewarded with free TV time, where he talks right over anyone challenging him, and doubles down when called out on his lies.

This isn’t about shutting off Mr. Trump’s bullhorn. His right to spew nonsense is protected by the Constitution, but the public doesn’t need to swallow it. History teaches that failing to hold a demagogue to account is a dangerous act. It’s no easy task for journalists to interrupt Mr. Trump with the facts, but it’s an important one.


Yes, we really are in danger.

Speaking to MSNBC on Saturday morning, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was asked to discuss the growing anxiety over Syrian refugees entering the United States, purportedly over concerns they could be potential agents for militant groups such as ISIS. Rawlings staunchly rejected the assertion that Syrians are somehow uniquely prone to violence, saying he is more concerned with the rise of white supremacy and the recent flurry of mass shootings committed by white men.

“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue,” Rawlings said.

Yes, we really are in danger



"The Kid's Table"

One of these was in today's Daily Mail and one is nazi propaganda. Take your time.


Sweet potato vs. yam: what's the difference?

Sweet potato vs. yam: what's the difference?

For hundreds of years, sweet potatoes across the United States have been masquerading as "yams." The truth is most Americans have probably never eaten a real yam. Here's a two-minute explanation of the centuries-old confusion:


Fear & prejudice in the wake of the Paris attacks makes this Cold War-era message as timely as ever


The fine print on the poster says it's from 1956, but a 2008 auction listing for a non-color version on the Hake's Americana & Collectibles website puts the copyright date at 1949. With a copyright for National Comics, the poster clearly predates the 1970s, when the company rebranded as DC Comics.


Oliver: Only Refugees US Ever Had To Fear Were The Pilgrims

Oliver: Only Refugees US Ever Had To Fear Were The Pilgrims

“Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, or the Haitians, and those fears have ben broadly unfounded,” the late night host said. “In fact, there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.”

Hysteria and facts don’t quite go hand in hand, however. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen 31 governors say that they’ll refuse to accept Syrian refugees though they have no legal authority to do so, and Republican presidential candidates argue that there is hardly any vetting for refugees, despite much evidence to the contrary.

Oliver ran through the extensive, 18-24 month process refugees are subjected to, which involves interviews, document review and health screenings.

The mind-bogglingly intense screenings prove that “We’re just letting anyone in.”

“We are the United State of America, not Arizona State,”
Oliver joked.

Video & more:

Bernie Sanders Mic drop.

Bernie Sanders ✔ @BernieSanders
If the environment were a bank it would have been saved by now.
7:56 AM - 23 Nov 2015
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"in front of my eyes...there were peaceful demonstrations & then the army came & killed the people"

What It’s Like To Be A Syrian Refugee In America
BY JACK JENKINS NOV 22, 2015 11:27AM

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN — The young woman paused, her face tightening as she forced herself to recall the nightmarish memory. Three years after leaving Syria for asylum in the United States, dark circles still hang under her eyes. She fidgeted with her red, white, and blue hijab for a moment, then reached for her infant daughter, who sat beside her playing idly with a smartphone.

“I saw it — it was under my balcony,” the young woman, Ghussoun al Hasan, said in Arabic. “It was in front of my eyes. I saw what happened. There were peaceful demonstrations. And then the army came and killed the people.”

“And it happened to my family, not just strangers—” she said, stopping herself mid-sentence. She held her elbows tight as her eyes welled with tears, biting her lip as she waited several seconds before continuing. “I had a 27-year-old brother. He was photographing the protest and downloading it to YouTube. People were filming the army with their phones until…They killed him.”

“They killed him,” she repeated. “After that, we didn’t go outside.”


The Muslim faith of al Hasan of millions of other refugees has become a flashpoint in the United States, where anti-Islam sentiment is on the rise. Al Hasan and her family live in Dearborn, Michigan, one of the highest concentrations of Muslim Americans in the country. The town is often a target for anti-Islam activists, many of whom claim that the community is a hotbed for extremists or is home to “no-go zones” where religious police enforce harsh interpretations of sharia law — none of which is true. Some have even threatened to attack the town to “send a signal to ISIS,” even though three Dearborn residents were themselves killed in the recent ISIS-affiliated bombing in Beirut, Lebanon.

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