Why Do People Call Gaza an “Enclave”?

Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.

For some reason, the word “enclave” struck me, so I looked up its definition at Merriam-Webster: Continue reading

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Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

 The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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While You Are Reforming the Democratic Party, Advocate for Ballot Access & Ranked Choice Voting

Updated July 18, 2017. Ask your representatives to support the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057).

This ugly example of the Democratic Party establishment genuflecting before health insurance companies prompted some advice for progressives who still think they can fix the Democratic Party.

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Would Mutual Friends Address My Former Friend’s Islamophobic Comment on Facebook?

I moved back to my hometown of Augusta, Georgia 13 years ago after an absence of 18 years, except for visits. Shortly thereafter, I bumped into a person whom I considered a friend from high school. We exchanged pleasantries and became friends on Facebook. At some point, this former friend (“FF”) objected to some of my political posts, and, after some online back-and-forth on these matters, we stopped being friends on Facebook (and I don’t remember who “defriended” whom), although we do have mutual friends there. We haven’t, to my knowledge, met again IRL. Continue reading

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Bill Maher’s Use of Opinion Polls of Muslims is Ahistorical and May Justify Violations of Their Human Rights

A friend forwarded me a September 2014 video telling me “you’re swimming upstream in your defense of Islam.” Not knowing I was defending Islam (I see my political stances as defenses of human rights of people, including Muslims.), I replied, “only out of respect for you did I waste 3 minutes listening to Bill Maher.” He then wrote, “Who better than you, to point out where he’s right and where he’s wrong? Please share your thoughts.” Of course, there are many better qualified than me (see after the blog post.) But, after some delay, here they are. Continue reading