Tag Archives: Iraq

Phew, what a weekend!

screenshot-2017-01-29-09-26-37As I write this, protests have gone on and are being planned all over the country (including one scheduled by CAIR at  Bradley International Airport here in Connecticut) over an executive order signed by the Republican president on Friday night. (This is an old hat trick used by despots everywhere — do  your dirty work when newsrooms already decimated by corporate ownership are even more sparsely inhabited.)

The order banned immigrants from seven countries, none of which have any business ties with the Republican president. Here are some of the countries with whom the Republican president does have business ties — and studies show, says the New York Daily News:

…that nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by citizens from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in the same time period — with the bulk of those killed being victims of the 9/11 attacks. Yet, people from those three countries are still welcome to apply for U.S. visas and travel permits.

Even more interestingly, people from the seven countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — according to the Cato Institute — yes, the conservative Cato Institute:

…have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015. 

Late on Saturday, federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a temporary stay. And so the fight begins. ‘Murica!

Oh, and because this is a snarky blog masquerading as a religion blog, here’s your scriptural reference:

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The sad case of Esteban Santiago-Ruiz

49457979-cachedThe gunman at Fort Lauderdale’s airport had psychiatric problems, and the symptoms seem to have started after he was deployed to Iraq.

Some researchers point to a link between combat stress and violence at home. But other research says there isn’t such a direct link between the two.

Santiago-Ruiz killed five people in Florida, and now faces the death penalty.

Which country has had the most terrorism attacks?

terrorism-1aYou can read more here.

Why, hellooooo, Hobby Lobby

3_ssSo some Famous Christians® at Hobby Lobby are being investigated for swiping historically significant Biblical artifacts from Iraq.

Evidently, the stuff was to go into their Biblical museum (pictured), which is scheduled to open in 2017 in Washington.

 

Hillary Clinton on Iraq war vote: “A mistake”

53219125resizeNo. Shit.

There’s no here on the topic.

 

This is too beautiful not to share

Karim Wasfi, who conducts the Iraqi National Symphony, sat down amid the rubble after a car bomb to play an impromptu concert. About his timing and location, Wasfi said this:

“It’s about reaching out to people exactly where someone had experienced something so grotesque and ugly earlier,” Wasfi said in an interview. “The spot where people lost their lives, the spot where people were still trying to stay alive, trying to function.”

What IS it about the Iraq war that makes people lie?

“Conflating” one’s war record has a fine tradition in American culture, but it certainly does cheapen the experiences of people who actually do go into harm’s way.

An internal investigation has been started at NBC, and Williams will step down from his job temporarily.

Funny thing is, NBC’s Brian Williams is not the first to lie about the war. In no particular order, aMTE4MDAzNDEwNDgwMDM5NDM4dd his name to this list:

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UPDATE, with an assist from Leftover: Post-Wild Bill [Clinton], from the Picking Up The Ball and Running with it Dept., Congressional authorization for Bush the Younger, et al., to use military force in Iraq could not have passed without significant support from the Democratic Party. Kerry, Lieberman, Levin, Ford, Gilman, Byrd, Rockefeller, Waxman, Senator Clinton, Graham, then Senator Biden, Edwards, and the Neoliberal Lion himself, Ted Kennedy, are all on record buying into all the lies the Bush Administration…well…administered. Even Al Gore…now out of office…jumped on that bandwagon. But…you know…they, of course, were duped…because…blind faith in Bush The Younger and The Dickster, et al., just…well…seemed so Right.