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If you’re female and running for president, you better be perfect

Today’s Facebook posts, Monday, July 25, 2016:

If you’re female and running for president, you better be perfect

(Madeleine May Kunin, Boston Globe) Men wear imperfection comfortably and voters are forgiving of any mistakes. Not so for women.


Clinton says she’s held to a higher standard — and gets high negative ratings as a result

Speaking on 60 Minutes Sunday, Hillary Clinton tried to make the case that she was held to a completely different standard than other politicians. “I often feel like there’s…


FBI launches probe of DNC hack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, the bureau announced Monday.


So let’s see what Comey has to say about THESE emails. – Caro

FBI investigating suspected Russian hack of DNC emails

The suspected Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee is part of a wave of Russian cyber-attacks aimed at groups in Washington, U.S. officials say.


Remember, Donald is deeply in debt to Russian banks. – Caro

FBI traces DNC email hack to Russia, which has heavy financial investment in Donald Trump’s empire

Dots continue to be connected in Trump’s collusion with Vladimir Putin and the…


Trump Credits One Of ‘Our Friends’ In Russia, China With DNC Hack (VIDEO)

Donald Trump on Monday attributed the Democratic National Committee hack that led to the ouster of its chair to “one of our many, many ‘friends’” in Russia or China.


The Guardian view on the leaked DNC emails: beware of hackers | Editorial

Editorial: Publishing the Democratic National Committee emails is a new twist on an old, and dangerous, story…

[T]he theft itself has been plausibly attributed to Russian hackers, working with at least the blessing of the state. This seems to mark a new development in the constant struggle of propaganda and disinformation.


Exploring Russian ties to the men lurking behind Trump

Is Moscow meddling in the American election through Trump campaign?


If you don’t want Russia involved in our politics, vote for Hillary. – Caro

Sanders says leaked DNC emails don’t change his support for Clinton

Bernie Sanders still supports Hillary Clinton after an email leak showed that party leaders favored her.


Sanders Supporters Boo As He Calls For Them To Vote For Clinton

“Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in,” Sanders tried to say over the noise.


Congratulations, Bernie supporters, you have just become the “useful idiots” of Vladimir Putin. – Caro

Top Sanders Endorser: ‘Bernie or Bust’ Only Helping Elect Donald Trump

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is urging Bernie Sanders supporters at the Democratic convention to come together and rally behind Hillary Clinton or risk electing Donald…


For the Last Time: Here’s Proof the Democratic Primary Wasn’t Rigged Against Bernie Sanders

If you want to claim that the “primary was rigged” against Bernie Sanders, then you…


Bernie supporters: Please keep helping us to move the Democratic Party to the left. It’s the quickest way to get more progressive legislation passed. – Caro

Al Gore, a convention no-show, endorses Hillary Clinton

PHILADELPHIA — Former Vice President Al Gore pledged his support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday despite having no plans to attend the Democratic National Committee’s convention, which…


Labor leader calls BS on Trump’s faux populism: ‘He thinks our wages are too high’

Disaffected working-class white voters are seen as one of Donald Trump’s areas of strength, but the union movement plans to push back hard on Trump’s claims.…


“Pretty Damn Frightening”: Wash. Post’s Volokh Conspiracy Imagines Trump’s Justice Department

Contributor to the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog Orin Kerr wrote that the Department of Justice under Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump…


After chaotic and negative RNC, Democrats poised to deliver optimistic message in Philadelphia

Today’s Facebook posts, Sunday, July 24, 2016:

After chaotic and negative RNC, Democrats poised to deliver optimistic message in Philadelphia

On Monday, a unified Democratic Party will travel to Philadelphia to deliver a positive message to the voters: America is already great.


Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions…


Who stole and leaked these emails? Hasn’t Russia been active in these kinds of thefts? And if it is Russia, why is Putin helping Donald Trump?  Could it be due to Deadbeat Donald’s business relationships with Russian banks and industries? – Caro

Donald Trump Jr Flips Out On CNN After His Dad’s Kremlin Aided Campaign Is Exposed

After Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested that experts say Russians are behind the DNC hacks and leaks, Donald Trump Jr. slammed the Clinton…


Get used to it, Junior. We’re not going to sit still while your foreign business interests try to take over our country. – Caro

Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party’s convention, which is set to begin here Monday.


Yes, she has to. Get it over with. Get on with the festivities. – Caro

Mother of Ambassador Killed in Libya Tells GOP: Stop Using My Son’s Death

The mother of ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in Benghazi, accused Trump and…


Trump Tries to Stiff Small Business – Gets Nailed for $300,000 in Attorney’s Fees

Trump stiffed The Paint Spot $34K, claiming it had been “paid enough” regardless of the contract he had signed


There are thousands of these stories. You’ll be seeing from me every one of them that I come across. – Caro

Trump’s tax plan would do little for the average American but a lot for the 1%

Donald Trump’s three-bracket tax system looks appealingly simple, but it would end up making the rich richer – and leave the rest of America anything but great


Mike Pence: ‘Smoking doesn’t kill,’ and other thigh-slappers

While Con Man Don Trump is an agile ideological chameleon, able to change his views on a dime and deny they were ever any different in the same breath, his vice…


Liars lie. – Caro

CNN Trump Supporter Laments The Use Of Spanish In Tim Kaine’s VP Speech

From the July 23 edition of CNN Newsroom:


“Be stupid, Americans,” is the Republican ideal. – Caro

Trump to Spend Millions in Bid to Defeat Cruz, Kasich

Donald Trump said he would fund efforts to defeat Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, primary rivals who refused to endorse him in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency.


Hey, thanks, Donald! We appreciate your help getting rid of these right wingers. – Caro

Trump Doesn’t Totally Rule Out Supporting A David Duke Candidacy

When asked whether Trump would support a Democrat against David Duke, he…


If you’re not aware, David Duke is a former grand dragon of the KKK. – Caro

Koch Brothers give up trying to defeat Democrat Russ Feingold in Wisconsin race

Conservative billionaires take their money and go home


Report: Sexual Harassment At Fox News Goes Way Beyond Roger Ailes

Following the ousting of former Fox CEO Roger Ailes amid allegations that he sexually harassed former network anchor Gretchen Carlson, The New York Times…


Dear Jon Stewart – this year’s been hard without you | David Ferguson

I have so missed our evenings together on the sofa, you telling me about the latest evil or stupid or hilarious thing Fox News or the Republicans did


Yes, John, please come back. – Caro

Americans are as skeptical of Black Lives Matter as they were of the Civil Rights Movement

America has a long history of resisting black-led social justice movements.


Shame on us! – Caro

WNBA Rescinds Fines Against Players Wearing Shirts Supporting Shooting Victims

“While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal…


Yay! – Caro

Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump

By Brent Budowsky

I try to minimize election predictions—especially long before the voting on election day—but I consider this prediction one of the easiest I have ever made.

Hillary Clinton will win by a landslide against Donald Trump. I expect her to win 46 states, and if I am wrong, it is equally likely she will win more than 46 states in November, rather than less…

Because of the insulting and divisive style of the Trump campaign, the Democratic electoral advantage will be even greater than previous presidential elections. The prospect of a Trump presidency will galvanize Democratic voters to come out in huge numbers, generate a wave of anti-Trump Hispanic voters that could win key states for Democrats in both the presidential and senate elections and alienate and alarm many female, independent and younger voters…

Anything is possible in presidential politics but things are shaping up to produce a Democratic landslide for Hillary Clinton similar to the landslide of Lyndon Johnson over Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Read more.

The Year of the Angry Old White Guys

Angry Old White Guys
(Credit: Chicago Tribune)

By Art Friedson

Let’s be very clear: Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination.

According to the Associated Press Delegate Tracker which is as close to the “official count” as you get, Hillary now has 2,293 pledged delegates. She needs 2,383 to win. On June 7th, six states will hold primaries. Sanders is expected to win North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Even if he gets 100% of their delegates (which he won’t), he’ll only pick up 75 total delegates. Hillary, on the other hand, is expected to win California, New Jersey, and New Mexico. And when I say “expected,” I’m working from Nate Silvers’ fivethirtyeight primary forecasts  projections that Hillary has a 93% probability of winning California with its 548 delegates and a 97% chance of winning New Jersey with its 142 delegates, plus New Mexico with its 43 delegates.

Even if she wins each of those contests by only one vote (she won’t…she’s dominating), she’ll pick up a cool 374 delegates that night. That will put her at over 2,667 delegates. Vote counts tell the same story, with Clinton at about 12.5 million votes to Sanders’ 9.4 million. It’s over. Period. End of this part of the story.

Clinton is winning fair and square according to rules that have been in place since Day #1. WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri takes a great tongue-in-cheek look at what would happen if Sanders’ supporters applied the same logic they are using to express umbrage at the primary results to other contests like Scrabble, Tennis and Monopoly. The common refrain:  I’m not a sore loser. The system is RIGGED!

What’s frightening right now is while Trump is trying to re-cast himself as a normal person, making nice with Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly and suggesting that he’ll nominate reliable dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives to the Supreme Court (perish the thought!), Bernie Sanders is taking over Trump’s role as the crazy old man in the room, giving just a brief, perfunctory apology for the violence and obscene death threats made against Nevada delegates and harassment of Democratic Party officials like Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz  then screaming about an unjust system in the same sentence. What on earth is going on?

WaPo‘s Dana Milbank askes the right question: Does Bernie Sanders Want To Be The Ralph Nader of 2016? He notes that Sanders has toned down his attacks on Hillary Clinton, while simultaneously fueling a storm of outrage directed at the Democratic Party that will hurt Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Sanders’ new argument is, in essence, that the Democratic Party is no better than the Republican Party, which is the same message that drove Nader’s supporters and which may explain why Sanders has less support from his Senate colleagues than even Ted Cruz got from his caucus.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both running campaigns based on anger and alienation. Both are failing, thank goodness, because there are simply not enough angry white men (in Trump’s case) and alienated white kids (in Sanders’ case) to carry them. But, sadly, there are enough of them to be a real cancer in the body politic. We can only hope that President Obama’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative will eradicate The Donald and The Bern as well; but short of that, we have great confidence that Hillary will handle it.

Thanks to Nancy Kohn Consulting

Dirty tricks in Nevada?

What if the childish antics at the Nevada Dem convention were #RogerStoneDirtyTricks (

Don’t the videos ( remind you of the so-called Brooks Brothers riot that stopped the counting of votes in Miami Dade in 2000?

The convention officials did nothing wrong. See here ( and here (, That’s why I think there had to be some dirty tricks to divide Democrats involved.

Besides, is there ever any excuse for throwing punches and chairs and threatening people’s lives and their grandchildren’s lives (, and threatening their livelihoods (

Don’t let Roger Stone help Donald Trump divide us, friends.

A Clinton-Becerra ticket?

A Clinton-Becerra ticket?

By Brent Budowsky

With Hillary Clinton poised to become the Democratic nominee for president, she is fortunate to have many highly qualified men and women to consider as her running mate. One exciting choice would be Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the widely respected congressman from Los Angeles who serves as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

As the fourth-ranking member of House Democratic leadership, Becerra is admired by his Democratic colleagues and respected by many Republican members who disagree with his views but join Democrats in appreciating the depth of his knowledge, the skill of his leadership, the strength of his character and the integrity of his professionalism.

It would be a thrilling moment in history and a timeless testament to the diverse mosaic of American life if the first female president is elected after choosing the first Hispanic vice president to succeed the first black president…

Becerra would champion a faith-based progressivism in the age of Pope Francis, with whom he shares a passion for social justice and income equality that provides a powerful appeal to Catholic and working-class voters transcending religion, ethnicity and gender…

Becerra is the ultimate self-made man, whose mom and dad emigrated here from Mexico and whose talents, hard work, ambitions, ideals and achievements make him worthy of serious consideration to join a ticket that would lift the spirits of the nation.

Read more.

A Sanders People’s PAC to elect liberal Democrats

A Sanders People’s PAC to elect liberal Democrats

By Brent Budowsky

Bernie Sanders can change the course of American history and make the central point of his political revolution the law of the land by creating a People’s Political Action Committee to elect a wave of progressives to Congress, create a liberal Supreme Court majority, reverse the heinous decisions in the Citizens United case and against voting rights, and ignite a surge of small-donor grassroots democracy for America…

There is magic for America in the Sanders small-donor movement, rooted in high patriotism and a push for powerful change. If this magic is expanded to progressives running for the House and Senate on a platform of ending the curse of Citizens United and escalating the cause of voting rights, the result could be a new era of progressive leadership…

The ultimate historic destiny for Bernie Sanders may well resemble William Jennings Bryan, the progressive populist who first ran for president in 1896 against the corruptions of the Gilded Age and was opposed by the oligarchs of that age. Bryan did not become president, but he paved the way for the historic progressive populist triumphs of Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Read more.

Bernie Sanders and entourage waylay Pope Francis

Pope: Sanders encounter sign of good manners, ‘nothing more’

(AP) Pope Francis said his brief encounter Saturday with U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was a sign of good manners, “nothing more,” and hardly evidence of interfering in American politics…

Francis was on his way to Greece to highlight the plight of refugees and Sanders was wrapping up his trip to Rome when they met in the lobby of the pope’s residence, the Domus Santa Marta hotel in the Vatican gardens. The Vermont senator had attended a Vatican conference Friday on economic inequality and climate change, and flew back to New York for campaign events on Saturday.

“This morning when I left, Sen. Sanders was there. … He knew I was leaving at that time and I had the kindness to greet him and his wife and another couple who were with them,” the pope told reporters traveling back with him to the Vatican.

“When I came down, I greeted them, shook their hands and nothing more. This is good manners. It’s called good manners and not getting mixed up in politics. If anyone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, they should see a psychiatrist,” the pope said.

And they used campaign funds to get there. – Caro

Meanwhile, Hillary called attention to some of the serious problems . . .

. . . faced by low income New Yorkers. – Caro

Hillary Clinton tours run-down Harlem NYCHA building, vows to fight for low-income housing residents

Hillary Clinton toured a problem-plagued NYCHA building in East Harlem on Friday and promised long-suffering residents she would always fight for their needs if elected — and would boost funding for affordable housing nationwide.

I’ve lost all of the respect I once had for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Supporters Chant ‘Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Hillary Clinton Has Got to Go’

(Peter Daou, Blue Nation Review) Bernie’s campaign now feels like one colossal attempt to take down Hillary Clinton. His issues, which are critically important, have taken a back seat to the mission of destroying Hillary’s public image.

Protesters targeting Hillary’s fundraiser with Amal and George Clooney, which is raising money for down-ticket Democrats, chant “Hey hey, ho ho, Hillary Clinton has got to go.”

The turn this Democratic primary has taken is the responsibility of Bernie’s campaign.

How’s all that hate speech workin’ out for ya’, Bernie?

BUSTED: How Bernie’s Wall Street Attack on Hillary Crashed and Burned in Brooklyn

(Peter Daou, Blue Nation Review) A recent NY Times story on why Bernie is losing contains a jarring revelation: His attack line on Hillary’s speech transcripts is “the sort of character assault he has long opposed.” Full quote: “Mr. Sanders, hunched over a U-shaped conference table, rejected it as a personal attack on Mrs. Clinton’s income — the sort of character assault he has long opposed. She has the right to make money, he offered.” So why has Bernie spent all of 2016 doing what he finds so objectionable? Answer: Politics…

Bernie was asked for a single example of Hillary making a decision that favored banks because of money she received. He was stumped and fumbled through a non-answer. Hillary rightfully called him out.

Democratic voters refuse to believe the worst about Hillary Clinton

(Greg Sargent, The Plum Line) Judging by the fact that Clinton has won far more popular votes than Sanders has — and appears to be on track to winning the nomination — many Democratic voters believe Clinton when she claims her economic policy positions are not directly shaped by Wall Street cash. Or perhaps they agree with Clinton when she says that the next president will also have to battle a host of other problems beyond the plutocracy’s continued grip on our political system — such as bigotry, discrimination, and the ideological entrenchment of the GOP — and that she’s better equipped to do that.

Clinton would be well served if she more directly engaged on the question of why she is immune to the corrupting potential of big money that Democrats have long decried, and how she squares that with her continued opposition to Citizens United. But right now, it doesn’t look like this dispute will be enough to derail her.

Nate Silver:

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Hillary Clinton has a 99%chance of winning the New York primary.

NY Democratic Primary 2016

Sanders’ Supporters Are Lashing Out, But Here’s How They Might Be Hurting His Campaign

(Tribune Washington Bureau) Shawn Bagley thought he knew what he was getting into when he was elected to become one of California’s so-called superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, and energetic debate with other activists was part of it.

What Bagley had not anticipated was being jolted out of bed by a 2 a.m. phone call from an angry Bernie Sanders supporter. The caller accused Bagley, a retired produce broker from Salinas, of stealing democracy from the citizenry.

“Why is Bernie Sanders letting these people loose on us?” said Bagley, a Hillary Clinton backer who says he was branded corrupt, immoral and thickheaded over the course of some 200 social media posts and phone calls from Sanders fans. “He lost my vote at 2 a.m.”

More ISIS in America

Below is an email I received this morning, apparently triggered by this post, from many years ago. – Caro

From: Thom Paine (

Subject: Re; Liberals being nice to conservatves,

Stay within the U.S. Constitution and you shouldn’t have anything to fear.  But as you insist it is a “living document” ,and continue  to twist liberty into a progressive clusterfuck. I forsee that Being nice won’t help you when the spark comes. NO quarter will be given to those that endorse treason. Of that you may rest assured.  The trucks of food will simply stop arriving ,and no power or water will be had in your areas . Then the vast  criminal underclass that surrounds you will come.   History proves me to be correct on this .                                      Votes and actions have consequences so deal with it.  PS If you think I’m mistaken that’s very special , but then that’s a mighty big gamble considering that in a 3 month period of the Obama administration, more guns were sold than it would take to equip the Chinese and Indian armies combined.  Something tells me they aren’t buying duck guns too.  Sweet dreams on that thought.   Yours in defense of the US Constitution to hell and back .  A Veteran.

So, unless I support HIS interpretation of the Constitution, he wants me killed. How is that different from ISIS? How is that different from THIS hateful message I received a few months ago?

These people don’t believe in free speech.

He calls himself a veteran. I wonder if he served in a war zone. I did. – Caro

Is NRA President Wayne LaPierre a terrorist?

Wayne LaPierre: Terrorist

Thanks to the New York Daily News

America’s big spending on health care doesn’t pay off

New posts at Many Years Young 11/24/15

America’s big spending on health care doesn’t pay off

Health care law results in $2.4 billion in consumer rebates on premiums since 2011

Study: Health Plan Buyers Will Save Money If They Shop

Continuing the shift from volume to results in American healthcare

Plus lots more.

National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats

National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats

(The Guardian) Belgian forces – searching for suspects in the aftermath of the Paris attacks – told citizens to stay indoors and not go near their windows for safety reasons.

They also appealed for social media silence about any police action users might witness – presumably to keep the suspects in the dark.

A tense time, no doubt. But Belgium reacted – how else? – with cats…


Belgian police later thanked the cats for their help.

Shall we make them wear a crescent badge?

Trump won’t rule out special ID for Muslim Americans noting their religion

(The Guardian) Donald Trump would not rule out tracking Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion”, Yahoo news reported on Thursday in an interview with the Republican presidential candidate.

An identification like this one? – Caro:

Girl Wearing Star Of David

Thanks to Terezin

This event was one of the most shameful incidents in our history. – Caro:

America Turned Away Jewish Refugees Because Some Were Feared To Be Nazi Agents

SS St. Louis

SS St. Louis, Thanks to TIME

(ThinkProgress‎) Security concerns — not unlike those raised by a majority of governors with regard to Syrian refugees — were among the chief reasons that the desperate refugees were denied safe haven in the U.S., according to American University history professor Max Paul Friedman.

Those fears were not just exaggerated, but fueled by xenophobia and concerns over the economic impact that letting in refugees would have during the Great Depression when jobs were scarce, he told ThinkProgress in an interview.

Just as political figures warn of ISIS fighters slipping into the U.S. by posing as Syrian refugees, many top U.S. officials at the time warned that “Nazi agents” would infiltrate the country by posing as Jewish refugees.

The ship SS St. Louis was refused sanctuary, and was returned to Europe. From BBC News:

Two-hundred-and-fifty-four … passengers from the St Louis … were killed as the Nazis swept across Western Europe.

Misdirecting blame is a Republican specialty

Republican Logic  On Shooters

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

All Paris Attackers Identified So Far Are European Nationals, According To Top EU Official

(ThinkProgress) All of the attackers from Friday’s massacre in Paris so far have been identified as European Union nationals, according to a top EU official. The announcement further casts doubt on the validity of a Syrian passport found near the bodies of a slain attacker…

The Syrian passport caused a ruckus, with some politicians in Europe and the U.S. calling for a halt to Syrian refugee resettlement. An increasing number of state governors are trying to defund the settlement program. American officials told CBS News that the passport might be fake, while British-daily the Independent reported that a man was arrested in Serbia while carrying a Syrian passport with matching details to the one found in Paris.

U.S. Republicans Seek To Shut Door On Syrian Refugees After Paris

(Reuters) More than a dozen state governors refused on Monday to accept Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks, part of a mounting Republican backlash against the Obama administration’s plan to accept thousands more immigrants from the war-torn country.

Leading Republican presidential candidates called on President Barack Obama to suspend the plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year and some Republican lawmakers began moves in Congress to try to defund the policy.

All Lives Matter But Syrian Refugees

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

No, State Governors Can’t Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

(ThinkProgress) More than half a dozen state governors have come out against President Obama’s plans to relocate several thousand Syrian refugees within the United States. Some have pledged to actively resist settlement of these refugees…

The problem for … governors opposed to admitting refugees, however, is that there is no lawful means that permits a state government to dictate immigration policy to the president in this way. As the Supreme Court explained in Hines v. Davidowitz, “the supremacy of the national power in the general field of foreign affairs, including power over immigration, naturalization and deportation, is made clear by the Constitution.” States do not get to overrule the federal government on matters such as this one.

On refugees, Rauner can do better

(Crain’s Chicago Business‎) The governor’s announcement that Illinois will stop accepting Syrian refugees plays right into ISIS’s strategy of cleaving a divide between Western countries and their Muslim citizens.

So the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” should only apply to our ancestors, but not to anyone today who is yearning to breathe free? – Caro

A Muslim Hero Dodged Bullets To Save 2 Injured Women In Paris Attacks

(Occupy Democrats) The BBC recently published the story of “Safer,” an Algerian immigrant and a Muslim who was working the bar at Cafe Nostra in the 11th arrondissement (district) when the first attacks hit. “Safer” risked his life by diving into a hail of bullets in order to save two injured women at the cafe… He condemned the attacks and the terrorists, saying that “real Muslims are not made for killing people. These are criminals.”

Good And Bad

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

Steve Jobs’ biological father was Syrian migrant, some note

(USA Today) Steve Jobs biological father was from Syria, a fact that has not been lost on the Twittersphere, especially in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, and now the horrific massacre in Paris.

Steve Jobs' Father Was A Syrian Refugee

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

Trump Repeats Call to Possibly Shut Down Mosques

(Political Wire) Donald Trump “issued another call for more scrutiny of mosques in the United States as fresh fears of terrorism, spurred by the attacks in Paris, dominated the presidential campaign conversation on Monday,” the New York Times reports.

Trump said last month that he would be open to shutting down mosques and he reiterated that the idea should be studied: “I would hate it do it but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas.”

Religious Freedom Hypocrisy

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

Obama Calls Idea Of Religious Preference For Refugees ‘Shameful’

(Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday criticized as “shameful” the idea that Christian refugees should be given preference by the United States in decisions over admitting people fleeing violence in Syria.

Obama’s comments came a day after Republican White House contender Jeb Bush said in an NBC interview that while a great majority of refugees should be kept in safe zones in Syria, there was a “special important need” to help Syrian Christians.

Joseph And Mary Sought Refuge

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

Overcooking Starchy Foods Like Potatoes And Bread Increases The Levels Of Acrylamide, A Cancer-Causing Toxin: Study

New posts at Many Years Young 11/17/15

Overcooking Starchy Foods Like Potatoes And Bread Increases The Levels Of Acrylamide, A Cancer-Causing Toxin: Study

Study Finds More Evidence Coffee Can Be a Life-Saver

Is bacon actually bad for you? It may depend on your DNA.

Tracing Activity of Cancer-Fighting Tomato Component

Plus lots more.

Le jour de gloire est arrivé

Paris Sympathy Lights

Thanks to Sky Dancing

In Paris, a soccer game, a dinner out, a rock concert – and then terror.

( November, cool but pleasant. People filled outdoor cafés, sipping café au lait or wine. Restaurants were jammed, bars were noisy and fun. More than 80,000 people, including President Francois Hollande, jammed into the Stade de France just north of the city, most of them cheering for France to thump Germany in an exhibition soccer match.

Then, in the period of half an hour, everything changed.

France Pledges Retaliation Against Islamic State

(Political Wire) French President Francois Hollande vowed to “be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh,” adding that France would act within the law but with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies, who are, themselves, targeted by this terrorist threat,” the New York Times reports.

Terror Attacks May Force More Aggressive U.S. Stance

(Political Wire) “When the Islamic State stormed onto the scene in Syria and Iraq, it seemed focused on seizing territory in its own neighborhood. But in the last two weeks, the so-called soldiers of the caliphate appear to have demonstrated a chilling reach, with terrorist attacks against Russia, in Lebanon and now in Europe,” the New York Times reports.

“For President Obama and American allies, the attacks are almost certain to force a reassessment of the threat and may require a more aggressive strategy against the Islamic State, known variously as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.”

Paris attacks: Omar Ismail Mostefai identified as assailant

(BBC News) Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the Paris attackers, French judicial sources say.

The black Seat car was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil on Sunday and suggests some of the attackers got away.

Earlier, the first of the seven dead attackers was named as Ismail Mostefai. Six people close to him are in custody.

Muslims Around the World Condemn Paris Terror Attacks

(AlterNet) Muslims from around the world are making it clear ISIS does not represent their values…

The largest Muslim group in the United States, CAIR, quickly condemned the attacks, insisting, “These savage and despicable attacks on civilians, whether they occur in Paris, Beirut or any other city, are outrageous and without justification.” The US Council of Muslim Organizations released a statement also condemning the attack.

Thousands more Muslims took to Twitter to express sorrow, solidarity and solace. A good breakdown can be seen here and here.

Pope Sees Massacre as Part of a Third World War

(Political Wire) Pope Francis called the wave of terrorist violence that killed at least 127 people in France “a piece” of the “piecemeal Third World War” and said the bloody rampage was “not human,” the New York Daily News reports.

Paris Is About Life

Thanks to joannsfar

Blaming victims is a Republican specialty

Syrian Refugees And Paris Attacks

Thanks to Occupy Democrats

Republican White House Hopefuls Call for Curbs on Syrian Refugee Inflow

(Washington Wire, Wall Street Journal) Republican candidates for president called on the Obama administration to tighten border controls amid reports that one of the suicide bombers who carried out Friday’s attacks in Paris may have entered Europe as a Syrian migrant.

Syrian Refugee Puts Paris Attacks Into Perspective In One Simple Sentence

(ThinkProgress) Ghaled, 22, who was a dentistry student in Syria before he was forced to flee the conflict there, visited the French embassy in Berlin to pay his respects to those killed in coordinated bomb and gun attacks across Paris.

“What’s happening to them is happening every day in Syria, 100 times per day for five years, so we know what that means,” he said.

Such attacks have become all too common in his native country. While his math might be a bit off, Ghaled has a point about the scale of destruction.

America Will Continue Taking In Syrian Refugees, Top Obama Adviser Says

(ThinkProgress) In an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said that America has “expansive screening procedures” for accepting refugees who are fleeing from ISIS-related violence. He noted that refugees are “people who’ve suffered the horrors of war, women and children, orphans — We can’t just shut our doors to those people.”

Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks

(Juan Cole) At the CBS Democratic Party debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern.

Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on the necessary response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable as a response.  (In the GOP, Rand Paul is cautious about overseas war, Donald Trump wants to hand Syria to Russia, and Ben Carson wants to commit genocide).

Fear and Friends

(Paul Krugman) As far as I can tell, nobody in the GOP field wants to say anything positive about the strength of Western democracy, or make a remark about the nature of a cause that has nothing going for it except the ability to kill innocent civilians. Instead, we have Jeb! insisting that we’re looking at a plan to destroy Western civilization, and Ted Cruz declaring that what we need to do is abandon our own scruples about killing innocent bystanders. Seize the moral high ground!

Meanwhile, the Democrats had a bizarrely rational and well-informed debate. By today’s standards, that’s positively un-American.

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