Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.
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 militarism. Continue reading
In the comments section of my hometown newspaper’s editorial urging blocking resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, a user cited an article by TopRightNews.com (using my donotlink.com short link).
#1, some of the links in the article don’t support the claims the article makes or link to incorrect documents. For example,
… The 10,000 Syrian refugees are first flown to the United States, according to the French news wire Agence France-Presse, with the State Department paying the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the airfare.
If you read the entire article, not just the excerpt toprightnews provided, you’ll see that the 10,000 are not arriving at once, but after a long vetting process. In fact, nobody who’s just started an asylum request today has a decent chance of arriving in the US prior to Obama’s leaving office. Any Syrian refugees arriving now are people who made applications months, or even years, ago.
Later the toprightnews.com article quotes a portion of terrorism expert Barnazzani’s interview on a New Orleans station. The part toprightnews didn’t include was:
“It’s going to be the 18- to 45-year-old male for the most part,” he said. “It’s a percentage game. It’s not fail-safe, but it’s a percentage game.”
Still, as more of the refugees take up residency in the New Orleans area, Bernazzani discourages fear.
“These are just people from another country trying to escape misery by virtue of a civil war,” he said. “We had our own civil war, and so I wouldn’t be worried, but I would be vigilant,” he said.
Regarding the Jeh Johnson quote, it omits the information that Jeh Johnson then provides about the steps the US takes after receiving the asylum request forwarded from international agencies.
Yesterday on CNN, Joe Klein said it was “stupid” of Ed Schultz to hold up a sign that said “GET OUT” regarding Afghanistan.
But when Klein calls Schultz “stupid,” he’s insulting most Americans as well: more than 60 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan, and they rank it the #2 most important issue for President Obama to address, second only to fixing the economy.
Thousands of people were wounded or killed in Afghanistan in 2010, and more will die in 2011 in a war that’s not making us safer and that’s not worth the cost. THAT’s stupid.
Join us as we fight back against the war at http://facebook.com/RethinkAfghanistan.
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