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So, it's been eleven years.

Are we ready to have that adult conversation about why our former MENA allies might be pissed off enough to do something like 9/11 to us?

No? Not yet?

Didn't think so.
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So, it's been eleven years.

Are we ready to have that adult conversation about why our former MENA allies might be pissed off enough to do something like 9/11 to us?

No? Not yet?

Didn't think so.
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Keith Olbermann points out the absurdity of Republican memes in light of the death of Osama bin Laden:



Meanwhile, not everyone has such a negative view of OBL - in particular, there are still people out there, particularly in the hinterlands of Afghanistan, who view him as a hero and a martyr. And they're not exactly radicals of the type that buy into the whole New Caliphate program. Rather, they see him as a good man who fought for Islam and is keeping the infidels out. More on that here.
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Keith Olbermann points out the absurdity of Republican memes in light of the death of Osama bin Laden:



Meanwhile, not everyone has such a negative view of OBL - in particular, there are still people out there, particularly in the hinterlands of Afghanistan, who view him as a hero and a martyr. And they're not exactly radicals of the type that buy into the whole New Caliphate program. Rather, they see him as a good man who fought for Islam and is keeping the infidels out. More on that here.
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Adam Serwer makes a very interesting point here about the GOP’s politically tactical embrace of Islamophobia in 2010 — that it effectively goes against the entire Bush Administration strategy that they claim kept us safe after 9/11.


Denying al-Qaeda the religious legitimacy it craved however, was part of the strategy since the planes hit on 9/11. So let’s be clear–this isn’t just a break with Bush, it’s a break with a key part of the strategy Republicans said they were so proud of, the one they said “kept the country safe for eight years.” …


Now, instead of fighting a war with handful of extremists, the right wants a fight with more than a billion people worldwide. It’s important to understand how unsustainable as policy this approach truly is–if we are at war with “Islam,” we might as well be at war with the American backed governments in Kabul and Baghdad that American soldiers are fighting and dying to defend.


The implications here are staggering. Either they don’t believe that the Bush administration’s strategy on the War on Terror — a key component of which was undermining Al Qaeda’s argument of a War With Islam — kept us safe; or they believe it did keep us safe, and are actively rejecting it in favor of getting their base out to vote.


I’d love to know which of these is true.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Adam Serwer makes a very interesting point here about the GOP’s politically tactical embrace of Islamophobia in 2010 — that it effectively goes against the entire Bush Administration strategy that they claim kept us safe after 9/11.


Denying al-Qaeda the religious legitimacy it craved however, was part of the strategy since the planes hit on 9/11. So let’s be clear–this isn’t just a break with Bush, it’s a break with a key part of the strategy Republicans said they were so proud of, the one they said “kept the country safe for eight years.” …


Now, instead of fighting a war with handful of extremists, the right wants a fight with more than a billion people worldwide. It’s important to understand how unsustainable as policy this approach truly is–if we are at war with “Islam,” we might as well be at war with the American backed governments in Kabul and Baghdad that American soldiers are fighting and dying to defend.


The implications here are staggering. Either they don’t believe that the Bush administration’s strategy on the War on Terror — a key component of which was undermining Al Qaeda’s argument of a War With Islam — kept us safe; or they believe it did keep us safe, and are actively rejecting it in favor of getting their base out to vote.


I’d love to know which of these is true.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Today, President Obama made the following remarks at a White House dinner:


Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities – particularly in New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.


But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.


You can read the rest here.


The President is, of course, exactly right about this, but that only addresses the Constitutional and social issues here. There’s another part of this story that we’re not hearing, and it goes to why this mosque should not only be tolerated, but embraced.


Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam whose project is to build Cordoba House is, of course, a Muslim, but he’s a Muslim of the variety that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda actively hate, and actively persecute. He and his followers are Sufis, or mystical Muslims, and Rauf himself is the Imam of a Sufi Mosque in Lower Manhattan. OBL would be just as happy to blow up Rauf and his followers as he would to kill any Jew, American, or evangelizing Christian. His followers have in fact done exactly that on more than one occasion.


From a symbolic, war-on-terror standpoint, Sarah Palin and her idiot followers are exactly wrong to reject Imam Rauf and his followers. If she and her followers were smart, they’d embrace Imam Rauf, an enemy of everything that Al Qaeda stands for, as a symbol of American virtues. But, people do stupid things when they’re driven by fear and ignorance.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Today, President Obama made the following remarks at a White House dinner:


Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities – particularly in New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.


But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.


You can read the rest here.


The President is, of course, exactly right about this, but that only addresses the Constitutional and social issues here. There’s another part of this story that we’re not hearing, and it goes to why this mosque should not only be tolerated, but embraced.


Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam whose project is to build Cordoba House is, of course, a Muslim, but he’s a Muslim of the variety that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda actively hate, and actively persecute. He and his followers are Sufis, or mystical Muslims, and Rauf himself is the Imam of a Sufi Mosque in Lower Manhattan. OBL would be just as happy to blow up Rauf and his followers as he would to kill any Jew, American, or evangelizing Christian. His followers have in fact done exactly that on more than one occasion.


From a symbolic, war-on-terror standpoint, Sarah Palin and her idiot followers are exactly wrong to reject Imam Rauf and his followers. If she and her followers were smart, they’d embrace Imam Rauf, an enemy of everything that Al Qaeda stands for, as a symbol of American virtues. But, people do stupid things when they’re driven by fear and ignorance.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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The NYC Landmark Preservation Committee voted unanimously to deny landmark status to a building that local Sufis want to replace with a cultural center complete with mosque. Obviously, this means that some people won this fight and some people lost — but who?


The Winners


• New York — NYC and its citizens have always been defined by their world-class cultural diversity, and that remains intact.

• Mike Bloomberg — He comes away looking like a class act.

• NYC Sufis — After all, they get their cultural center, even if the rent is going to be ruinous.

• NYC construction workers — they can use the work, after all.

• Republican candidates — they’re going full guns for the Islamophobic vote, and this whole incident ginned that up quite nicely.


The Losers


• The Tea Party — their vaunted organizing power fails again. MoveOn.org this is not. (Nor are they libertarians or paleocons, by the way, and the sooner people get that, the better.)

• The Anti-Defamation League — Congratulations, morons, your credibility as a civil rights organization is now utterly destroyed, and it’s your own damn fault. At least the Christofascists and their Likudnik patsies still love you.

• Osama Bin Laden — the Muslims building this center believe that they can be both Muslim and Western simultaneously. As Jeffrey Goldberg points out, that makes them ideological enemies of OBL. There’s also the little fact that OBL and his followers hate Sufis, in the same way a lot of Protestants hate Gnostic Christians.








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The NYC Landmark Preservation Committee voted unanimously to deny landmark status to a building that local Sufis want to replace with a cultural center complete with mosque. Obviously, this means that some people won this fight and some people lost — but who?


The Winners


• New York — NYC and its citizens have always been defined by their world-class cultural diversity, and that remains intact.

• Mike Bloomberg — He comes away looking like a class act.

• NYC Sufis — After all, they get their cultural center, even if the rent is going to be ruinous.

• NYC construction workers — they can use the work, after all.

• Republican candidates — they’re going full guns for the Islamophobic vote, and this whole incident ginned that up quite nicely.


The Losers


• The Tea Party — their vaunted organizing power fails again. MoveOn.org this is not. (Nor are they libertarians or paleocons, by the way, and the sooner people get that, the better.)

• The Anti-Defamation League — Congratulations, morons, your credibility as a civil rights organization is now utterly destroyed, and it’s your own damn fault. At least the Christofascists and their Likudnik patsies still love you.

• Osama Bin Laden — the Muslims building this center believe that they can be both Muslim and Western simultaneously. As Jeffrey Goldberg points out, that makes them ideological enemies of OBL. There’s also the little fact that OBL and his followers hate Sufis, in the same way a lot of Protestants hate Gnostic Christians.








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We have all the video evidence we need* here:



[*] (According to Breitbart’s own standards)








Originally published at maxomai.org

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We have all the video evidence we need* here:



[*] (According to Breitbart’s own standards)








Originally published at maxomai.org

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And now for the day’s miscellany!



  • Oil has hit Florida’s beaches. And what it’s doing to the Gulf wildlife is just depressing. No wonder BP and the Feds withheld the video footage. Think about this while you’re filling your gas tank.

  • UPDATE Rachel Maddow covers BP’s absolutely worthless spill containment efforts here.

  • “Protecting the welfare of American citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our government.” So said Sec. of State Clinton, according to ABC News. So, why isn’t the State Department raking Israel over the coals for their navy’s execution-style killing of a 19-year-old American peace activist? Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo dives deeper into the implications of this here — I don’t completely agree with him, by the way, but it’s worth reading nonetheless.

  • Speaking of which, this week’s attack may have a silver lining (2) for those of us who are tired of the Likud party running Washington.

  • Are UAV attacks on Al Qaeda hurting Al Qaeda? Maybe not. In fact, it could very well be having the opposite effect. More here.

  • I agree with Michael Lind: if Texas schools want to teach kids more about the history of the Confederacy, they should stop cherry-picking the parts that go along with some idiot’s narrow conservative agenda, and dive into the rest of what the Confederacy was about, in all its ugly and bizarre detail. It really was about keeping black people as slaves, folks.

  • Bill Halter’s runoff race against conservadem Blanche Lincoln for the US Senate just got a little harder. His best county was Garland County, which had 42 polling places open for the primary election day. Now they have two (2). I know money is tight, but come on .. two?!?

  • How robots may help with autism therapy, here.

  • Clipart ruins everything. (Note: the fastest way for me to delete your email without reading it is to attach lots of clipart and pictures to them. Mailbox space doesn’t grow on trees.)




Originally published at maxomai.org

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And now for the day’s miscellany!



  • Oil has hit Florida’s beaches. And what it’s doing to the Gulf wildlife is just depressing. No wonder BP and the Feds withheld the video footage. Think about this while you’re filling your gas tank.

  • UPDATE Rachel Maddow covers BP’s absolutely worthless spill containment efforts here.

  • “Protecting the welfare of American citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our government.” So said Sec. of State Clinton, according to ABC News. So, why isn’t the State Department raking Israel over the coals for their navy’s execution-style killing of a 19-year-old American peace activist? Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo dives deeper into the implications of this here — I don’t completely agree with him, by the way, but it’s worth reading nonetheless.

  • Speaking of which, this week’s attack may have a silver lining (2) for those of us who are tired of the Likud party running Washington.

  • Are UAV attacks on Al Qaeda hurting Al Qaeda? Maybe not. In fact, it could very well be having the opposite effect. More here.

  • I agree with Michael Lind: if Texas schools want to teach kids more about the history of the Confederacy, they should stop cherry-picking the parts that go along with some idiot’s narrow conservative agenda, and dive into the rest of what the Confederacy was about, in all its ugly and bizarre detail. It really was about keeping black people as slaves, folks.

  • Bill Halter’s runoff race against conservadem Blanche Lincoln for the US Senate just got a little harder. His best county was Garland County, which had 42 polling places open for the primary election day. Now they have two (2). I know money is tight, but come on .. two?!?

  • How robots may help with autism therapy, here.

  • Clipart ruins everything. (Note: the fastest way for me to delete your email without reading it is to attach lots of clipart and pictures to them. Mailbox space doesn’t grow on trees.)




Originally published at maxomai.org

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You'd think this headline was five years old, but sadly, it isn't:

An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death on a charge of converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under this country's Islamic laws, a judge said Sunday.


This is the kind of crap we expect from the Taliban, except that it's taking place in Bush's shiny and hopeful "democracy""freedom."

Is the Bush administration going to do something to stop this attrocity? Maybe -- but there's a steep price for doing so, mostly because we went to Iraq before finishing the job in Afghanistan.

Muslim clerics still hold considerable power in Afghanistan, especially in rural areas where most women wear all-encompassing burqas and are dominated by men.

Hakim said that if Rahman was acquitted, it would be a propaganda win for the Taliban rebels, who have stepped up their insurgency in the past year.


This comes on the heels, by the way, of Bush repeating the same stupid lies in commemoration of the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq invasion. Does he think we can't put two and two together? Do his supporters?

Edit OK, I was wrong about this, so let me clear something up: I have no doubt that this is legitimate democracy in action. On the other hand, it sure as heck isn't anything even remotely resembling freedom.
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You'd think this headline was five years old, but sadly, it isn't:

An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death on a charge of converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under this country's Islamic laws, a judge said Sunday.


This is the kind of crap we expect from the Taliban, except that it's taking place in Bush's shiny and hopeful "democracy""freedom."

Is the Bush administration going to do something to stop this attrocity? Maybe -- but there's a steep price for doing so, mostly because we went to Iraq before finishing the job in Afghanistan.

Muslim clerics still hold considerable power in Afghanistan, especially in rural areas where most women wear all-encompassing burqas and are dominated by men.

Hakim said that if Rahman was acquitted, it would be a propaganda win for the Taliban rebels, who have stepped up their insurgency in the past year.


This comes on the heels, by the way, of Bush repeating the same stupid lies in commemoration of the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq invasion. Does he think we can't put two and two together? Do his supporters?

Edit OK, I was wrong about this, so let me clear something up: I have no doubt that this is legitimate democracy in action. On the other hand, it sure as heck isn't anything even remotely resembling freedom.

Quiz time!

Jan. 21st, 2006 11:52 pm
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I ganked the following from DailyKos:

They are vehemently against abortion, they resist progressive woman's rights. They view homosexuality as a crime against nature and God, some advocate the death penalty as an option for it. Separation of Church and State is despised by these folks; they insist the nation is founded on the principles of their religion, and they work hard to bring that de facto theocracy about. They deplore strong language, gay characters, and sexual content on TV and in the media. And they ignore the Geneva Convention when it suits their ideological purposes, including provisions against torture or due process. They're anti-stem cell research, pro-creationism, and generally distrustful of science. These folks are easily whipped into a state of frenzy with ideological manipulation to the point where they will commit violence, or at least tacitly endorse that violence is acceptable, if it advances their Divine agenda. They then take great pains to justify that violence, including unprovoked attack of civilian areas, under certain conditions, with convoluted theological gymnastics. They are almost to the man pro-death penalty.


So here's the question. From the looks of this, is the author talking about Al Qaeda, or the Religious Right?

Update Surprise! He was actually talking about Al Qaeda. But -- isn't it interesting to see the similarities in their ideology?

Quiz time!

Jan. 21st, 2006 11:52 pm
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I ganked the following from DailyKos:

They are vehemently against abortion, they resist progressive woman's rights. They view homosexuality as a crime against nature and God, some advocate the death penalty as an option for it. Separation of Church and State is despised by these folks; they insist the nation is founded on the principles of their religion, and they work hard to bring that de facto theocracy about. They deplore strong language, gay characters, and sexual content on TV and in the media. And they ignore the Geneva Convention when it suits their ideological purposes, including provisions against torture or due process. They're anti-stem cell research, pro-creationism, and generally distrustful of science. These folks are easily whipped into a state of frenzy with ideological manipulation to the point where they will commit violence, or at least tacitly endorse that violence is acceptable, if it advances their Divine agenda. They then take great pains to justify that violence, including unprovoked attack of civilian areas, under certain conditions, with convoluted theological gymnastics. They are almost to the man pro-death penalty.


So here's the question. From the looks of this, is the author talking about Al Qaeda, or the Religious Right?

Update Surprise! He was actually talking about Al Qaeda. But -- isn't it interesting to see the similarities in their ideology?
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This was posted on DailyKos by the man himself, or at least one of his duly appointed representatives. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks the timing of OBL's "truce offer" is a bit fishy, or that The Drunk's chorus of professional crybabies (including Hardball's Chris Matthews) needs an attitude adjustment.

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged - but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devastating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama Bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet another video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.

Here's what I'd like to see debated on Hardball.

Oh yes, there is more. )


Update Hunter of DailyKos follows this act with a declaration of war on the media.
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This was posted on DailyKos by the man himself, or at least one of his duly appointed representatives. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks the timing of OBL's "truce offer" is a bit fishy, or that The Drunk's chorus of professional crybabies (including Hardball's Chris Matthews) needs an attitude adjustment.

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged - but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devastating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama Bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet another video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.

Here's what I'd like to see debated on Hardball.

Oh yes, there is more. )


Update Hunter of DailyKos follows this act with a declaration of war on the media.

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