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KingCharlemagne's Journal
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January 30, 2015

A real American sniper speaks up (in a 16-minute video clip)

I imagine folks are pretty tired of the arguments over the Chris Kyle bio-pic American Sniper. But Iraq Veterans Against the War published this clip from Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to my Facebook feed and it seems important enough to share it.

Sniper Garett Reppenhagen was so disgusted at his service in Iraq that he joined IVAW and started an anti-war blog upon his return from Iraq. In my opinion, Reppenhagen's perspective deserves to be heard and considered by all who have seen the movie or are considering whether to see it. In this clip, Reppenhagen says that he didn't see the same war Kyle did and that the 'truth' requires a larger perspective than Eastwood's hagiography allows.


January 8, 2015

If "Charlie Hebdo" is satire, could someone please explain to me how this cover

satisfies the definition of 'satire'? Maybe it's a French thing, but I just don't see it. Here's how I translate the copy:

White headline text: The Koran is shit
Yellow textbox text: It {the Koran} doesn't stop bullets

From where I sit, this cover does NOT look like satire by any reasonable definition of the term. This cover looks like anti-Muslim hate speech pure and simple. I'm not Muslim but were I Muslim, I would be deeply offended at this cover and unable to see any humor in it whatsoever. (It reminds me a bit of the anti-Jewish depictions cooked up by the Nazis from 1922-39; it has that same dehumanizing caricature flavor to it.)

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