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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Shakespeare’s Henry V had Warmongering Pundits Just Like USA Presidents Do Today!

The Columbia County Georgia public library allows me to download audio books to my Android devices. I’ve been listening to Shakespeare’s Henry V. In Act I, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Ely, Westmoreland, and Exeter encourage and advise the English King Henry V to claim the throne of France while maintaining control of Scotland. The full text is available online.

After reading the text, think about the pundits writing in the New York Times & Washington Post and speaking on NPR & CNN & NBC and try to remember when the last time you read or heard anybody speaking against militarismContinue reading

Be with your ageing loved ones in their aloneness

Shabana Mir's blog: Koonj - the crane

My father’s ageing has made me tender hearted to the elderly. This is good because I’ll be in that age group soon.

I remember him saying one evening this March, “Zarina (ammi), I’ve become alone. I’m alone.” Just being frail, bedridden, and mentally wandering makes it harder for him to join the party. Everyone goes to work, parties, shop, chat, while he’s too weak to come along.

This March, after a ten-day stay, I had to move from my parents’ home to a conference hotel in Lahore. But to simplify it for abbu’s mind, I told him we were leaving for the airport and flying out. As we prepared to load into cars and leave for PC Hotel 30 minutes away, abbu limped over and got his sneakers. He put them on, painstakingly slow with the shoelaces. And with a heartbreakingly eager smile and a pitifully determined mien, he said…

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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