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Church to burn copies of Koran to mark 9/11 The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville asked other religious to stand "against the evil of Islam" / AP Source: AP A FLORIDA church was yesterday promoting an event where it will burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. In the announcement on its Facebook page, The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Florida, asked other religious groups to join in standing "against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!" The Facebook event has received more than 1,500 "Like" recommendations by users, but had also been attacked with a number of threatening messages posted on the page and corresponding anti-Islam rants.
Media conservatives "favor religious freedom," but ... August 05, 2010 8:55 am ET — 146 Comments Several prominent media conservatives have claimed to "favor religious freedom" while qualifying that claim in order to attack the Islamic community center and mosque set to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero, demanding that it be moved elsewhere in New York City. Palin: "We're all about religious freedom, but" do it "down the road." Discussing her opposition to the proposed Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin said:
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[Note for TomDispatch Readers in or around New York City: On Friday, January 17th at 7 pm, Nick Turse will be discussing his bestselling book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (just out in paperback), with TomDispatch regular Chase Madar at a favorite independent bookstore of mine -- Brooklyn's Book Court. For more details, click here. Tom] These days, when I check out the latest news on Washington’s global war-making, I regularly find at least one story that fits a new category in my mind that I call: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? TomDispatch
Crossposted with TomDispatch.com. Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week. He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site. Tom Engelhardt: Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq
The Lunatic’s Manual : ICH - Information Clearing House
August 05, 2010 11:21 am ET — 77 Comments Right-wing media have repeatedly compared First Lady Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette, the eighteenth century queen who was executed during the French Revolution. "Pampered" Michelle Obama is a "modern-day Marie Antoinette" Right-wing media absurdly compare Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette
@Senor_Spielbergo: The Republican Party of even Barry Goldwater, who opposed civil rights laws, has been taken over by a bunch of anti-government lunatics! I now refer to it as the Sociopath Party! Meet Tom Emmer, Target's Favorite Right-Wing Nutjob
Barry Eisler: Militarization and the Authoritarian Right Yes, former Bush administration speechwriter and current Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen's demand that "WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped" is, as his colleague Eva Rodriguez notes, "more than a little whacky." But it's useful, too, because an infatuation with the notion of using the military in non-military operations, particularly domestic ones, is a key aspect of the modern American right and of the rightwing authoritarian personality. Examining Thiessen is a good way to understand both. Thiessen lays out his premise in his first sentence: "WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise."
PostPartisan - A final warning to WikiLeaks? The Hill is reporting that the Pentagon has demanded WikiLeaks immediately hand over all the classified documents it illegally possesses, including those it has not yet published, and that the website delete those records from its computers. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell made clear this was not a “request”: "We are making a demand of them," Morrell said. "We are asking them to do the right thing." "We hope they will honor our demands," Morrell said, adding if WikiLeaks refuses to comply "we will cross the next bridge when we come to it." "If doing the right thing is not good enough for them," the Pentagon spokesman said, alternatives will be explored "to make them do the right thing."
War Crime Whistleblower in Obama’s Sights, War Criminals Not Printer-friendly version The Obama administration is even more fixated on secrecy than its Republican predecessor, whose crimes go unpunished and in many case, repeated. The continuity of the two war-making regimes is obvious. As it turns out, there are only so many ways to run “the world’s greatest killing machine” – and they are all mass murderous. War Crime Whistleblower in Obama’s Sights, War Criminals Not by Paul Street
How many people had even heard of WikiLeaks a week ago? Or Julian Assange? And yet, seven days after the biggest intelligence leak of all time – the publication of over 75,000 files amounting to an entire history of the Afghanistan war – he is everywhere; in every newspaper, on every news broadcast, in what appears to be every country in the world. It's been an extraordinary week for WikiLeaks, which has seen the entrance on to the world stage of a remarkable new character: Assange, a man who, even friends and supporters admit, looks "a bit like a Bond villain". Could it be the week that changed the war in Afghanistan? Julian Assange, monk of the online age who thrives on intellectual battle | Media | The Observer
Diary: Julian Assange Vs. The Basturds Julian Assange Vs. The Basturds "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. " - Albert Einstein "Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise." - Washington Toast's Marc A. Thiessen, a longtime spokesman for the D.C. based Association of Lunatic Windbags."
WikiLeaks Puts Afghanistan Back on Media Agenda by Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism The war in Afghanistan — a subject that has generated periodic spikes in media interest but not a high level of sustained coverage — was back atop the mainstream news agenda last week. And this time, the catalyst was neither violence on the ground nor deliberations in Washington, but the leak of about 90,000 classified war reports by a whistleblower website. Driven by WikiLeaks’ dissemination of those documents — which highlighted the difficult challenges faced by NATO forces — Afghanistan led the news for the week of July 26-Aug. 1, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
WikiLeaks’ disclosure of the 91,000 U.S. government documents that it labels the “Afghan War Diary” raises a number of vital issues. Most of the discussion so far has focused on the significance of the documents themselves. They make the intelligence community look not so intelligent, and they make a number of political leaders look like dissemblers, spewing claims about the situation in Afghanistan that can’t really be squared with information in their briefing portfolios. But quite apart from their contents, the WikiLeaks documents are a test for America’s voracious national-security state. Its response to them gives us a sense of how it intends to fight perceived threats to secrecy.An Information War Targeting WikiLeaks. Field officers of the intelligence community urgently need to play a game of misdirection–relabeling the threat that is presented to them. Wikileaks: The National-Security State strikes back « Later On
Afghanistan: The war logs | World news
Iran poised to fill vacuum after U.S. withdrawal By Richard Engel, NBC chief foreign correspondent BAGHDAD - Every conversation I have in Iraq these days reaches back in history. When I ask policemen, government officials or Iraqi journalists what they think will happen after U.S. combat troops leave at the end of this month, our discussions inevitably become two-hour examinations of Islamic and Middle Eastern history. This is not simply an American pullout. Here August 2010 is seen as a turning point for Iraq. The biggest concern many Iraqis seem to have is that the U.S. combat withdrawal will leave a power vacuum that will be filled by Iraq’s traditional rival and longtime enemy, Persian Iran.
It's a bit sad that conservatives desperately want to believe that the public is motivated by ideological conservatism and votes accordingly. This is how the election of Barack Obama can be explained as a rejection of "big-government 'do something' conservatism of the Bush years," and the enduring unpopularity of Republicans is explained by saying "it hasn't been right-wing enough." Like Jon Chait asks, "Just how right-wing do they think this country is?"Ezra Klein highlights a telling example of conservative chicanery on the economy, namely that things would be different if Barack Obama just governed like Ronald Reagan, who apparently ended the 1981 recession with a wise combination of slashing taxes and spending. TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect
Wyoming most conservative state, D.C. most liberal (though it's not a state) | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times
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Cheney hoping to leave hospital this week - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
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Halliburton balks at telling U.S. early of major deals