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Good Mourning America!

Good Mourning America!

14th Amendment, 9-11, awareness, bigotry, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, election year, First Amendment, hate, Ideology, injustice, Islam, Minorities, Paris attacks, peace and justice, Pentagon, political rhetoric, Politics, Presidency, progressive politics, republic, social justice, Supreme Court, terrorism, Trump, Uncategorized, war
I cannot vouch for the source, but Mark Twain is reputed to have once remarked “History doesn’t repeat, but it sometimes rhymes”.  For reasons of both personal history and temperament, I have always found it difficult to be optimistic. But in the wake – an apt word, if ever there was one! – of the recent presidential election, I find it flatly impossible, and even trying to be such would grate on my sensibilities as an exercise in dishonesty.  The most I can do at this point is to offer some perspective. But even this, modest as it is, may turn out to be considerably less than comforting and encouraging. For the precedent I am going to cite, the most relevant template, will be the final death throes of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism in Germany, as embodied in Adolf Hitler....
Re-Boots on the Ground to Defeat ISIS

Re-Boots on the Ground to Defeat ISIS

conflict, culture, Fear, Fundamentalism, hate, Islam, Paris attacks, peace, Politics, Religious War, solidarity, Spirituality, terrorism, violence, war
ISIS announced recently that it has assigned … I think the number is … 4 ISIS members to work as a team to provide “help desk” / “tech hot line” support for terrorists-in-the-field. That’s right! ISIS now has a tech-support hot line just like most other telecommunication and software companies and user communities. They may have just given the West precisely the tools needed to defeat ISIS: we can leverage the ISIS help desk hotline to defeat this bloodshot-eyed Levantine plague. There would only be two requirements up front, neither of which should present a serious obstacle: (a) recruit a small but technically proficient team of native-quality speakers of Arabic and other Levantine languages, and (b) closely coordinate with American Cyber Command to do the following: (1) Hack into the...