Friday, May 26, 2017

Sometimes they do speak out.....

I've heard people call out non extremist muslims for not reporting the radicalized members of their community. Well, it turns out that the Manchester bomber was reported at least five times by concerned friends and his mosque. He was banned from his mosque for his reaction to a sermon by the iman about non-extremist views. The mosque also reported him to authorities. This was not in the US of course...but I wonder how many times these warnings go unheeded and are not acted upon here, too. Here is the article that talks about the five missed opportunities.

Update...HERE is another good article about this

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quote of the day....."between bites of wiener-schnitzel"

"It is the responsibility of every single one of us to not tolerate this. I know it sounds dramatic but I believe in it," Fair says. "In 1932, some German people were probably saying between bites of wiener-schnitzel, 'this is some f*cked up shit,' and then didn't do anything."

That is a quote by C. Christine Fair....a Georgetown University professor who interrupted Richard Spencer's workout at the gym to confront him about his alt-right very public neo nazi views.

You can read about the whole encounter in this buzzfeed article.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Same shit, different day. Take a look at this shortish vox article to see if you can pick out any parallels between our bigoted yesteryears and our bigoted todays....

100 years ago, Americans talked about Catholics the way they talk about Muslims today

Also notice how we, as a country with the unofficial feel good about ourselves slogan about tired/poor/ huddled masses, have historically been against letting in refugees fleeing countries where atrocities against them are taking place.