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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dean Obeidallah: They slam Obama because he won't say "radical Islam." But why won't the Republicans acknowledge radical white terrorists? The threat posed by ISIS is real and must be forcefully addressed. But if these Republicans truly want to keep us safe, why don't they ever raise the issue of right-wing terrorists? After all, as the New York Times reported just a few months ago, "Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims." read more

Republican candidates for the presidential nomination claim that Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell them, insist the U.S. is at war with an "evil state of consciousness," compare Muslims to rabid dogs, and call for closing mosques and registering Muslims. These are not fringe candidates. They are the front-runners.

American politics has descended from principle into tribalism.

The GOP's Southern strategy has won elections for 50 years. It's also fragmented America and destroyed our politics read more

Saturday, November 28, 2015

They know something is there; they just don't know how big it is. That's the latest from Egyptian officials who are trying to determine whether Queen Nefertiti's tomb might be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's tomb.

The news came Saturday, as Egypt's minister of antiquities announced the latest findings of a project that's scanning ancient pyramids, in the hope of finding chambers that have remained hidden since the 14th century B.C.

At a news conference in Luxor, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says researchers have boosted their level of certainty about a hidden chamber from 60 percent to 90 percent. read more

"Donald Trump's campaign says he'll pick up the endorsement of a coalition of 100 African-American pastors and evangelical leaders Monday in New York City. The real estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner's campaign announced the endorsement -- which it said will come after a private meeting at Trump Tower -- on Wednesday."

Well, as with so much about Trump (R-Fascisiti Wing), turns out the story isn't quite what it's cracked up to be. In fact, when a group of black pastors agreed to meet with Trump on Monday, they did not anticipate that meeting would turn into a de facto endorsement of the Republican frontrunner. And, from their reaction, it won't. read more

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jamelle Bouie, Slate: In the past week ... "Donald Trump as fascist" has gone from hyperbolic to mainstream. After endorsing extreme measures in the aftermath of the Paris attacks -- from registering Muslim Americans to closing mosques -- assorted writers, observers and political operatives began using fascist to describe Trump's approach. "Forced federal registration of U.S. citizens, based on religious identity, is fascism. Period. Nothing else to call it," tweeted Jeb Bush adviser John Noonan. "I just don't agree with that kind of thing," declared alleged presidential candidate Jim Gilmore. "I've said it's fascist talk." "I'm still not sure it's 100 percent clear that Donald Trump really understands that he's a neo-fascist," wrote Michael Tomasky for the Daily Beast. read more


A few from the woodpile of rightwing white terrorism:

1. Two white supremacist were arrested just two weeks ago for plotting a terrorist attack to bomb black churches and synagogues in Virginia. As law enforcement noted, these men were planning to shoot and bomb the "occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues" in accordance with their "extremist beliefs."

2. Glendon Scott Crawford, a self-professed Klan member, was convicted in August for plotting a terrorist attack involving a weapon of mass destruction that would emit radiation in lethal doses. Crawford, who will be sentenced next month to 25 years to life, was planning to slaughter Muslim Americans in upstate New York.

3. Craig Tanber, a white supremacist was arrested in September for the murder of Iranian-American Shayan Mazroei in California. Tanber's girlfriend had reportedly called Mazroei a "terrorist" and said "fucking Iranians" before her boyfriend stabbed the 22-year-old Iranian American to death outside a pub in Irvine, California.

4. The criminal trial of Robert Doggart, a Christian minister, will begin in Tennessee next January in connection with his plans to slaughter Muslim Americans in New York. His plot, which was thwarted by the FBI, involved working with far right-wing militia group members and using M-4 assault rifles, armor-piercing ammunition and even machetes to cut the Muslims "to shreds."

And, of course, the most revolting terror attack from the right involved the case of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who in June murdered nine African Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina church in hopes of sparking a race war. Roof, like ISIS, was using violence to accomplish his political goals.

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