Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of obsessive, shallow-thinking (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would be piling on needless tautological tomfoolery) letter writers. Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and sister Mary Robinson (and her tedious “America, bless God” adieus) are just two that come quickly to mind…
My latest response to this clan of self-righteous christianists was published in the Sunday edition of … [more]
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By Ernest Dumas, September 28, 2017
Whenever Donald Trump in his serial bouts with failure decides he must re-energize his base of white nationalists by doing things like demonizing black athletes who protest discrimination, the mainstream press falls for it and gives him maximum space and time. We’re addicted.
Who could pass up the president’s words at an Alabama political rally: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, … [more]
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Well, folks, this is what we’re dealing with… Once again, with feeling (feeling nauseous), here is another visitation by something even scarier than a Stephen King clown, the one, the only (if only) Lloyd Hoffman. This unabashed adoration of Donald Trump was in today’s Sentinel Record. If Jesus still weeps, I know he has to be weeping now.
— Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar, Samedi 23 septembre 2017, ère commune
Kudos for Trump’s speech
After President Donald Trump … [more]
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Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru
By Bob Dreyfuss, August 10, 2017
The Breitbart News headline, back in November 2014, rang like a five-alarm fire bell: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OVERRUNS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN DC. Its author, Breitbart’s national-security editor, was Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, who currently occupies a top White House post as “deputy assistant” to President Donald Trump. And like just about anything Gorka has said or written, the Breitbart headline was wrong in every … [more]
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Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time
By Howard Zinn, July 4, 2017
Editor’s Note: The late historian and Progressive columnist Howard Zinn shared these words with us back in 2006. Eleven years later, for July 4, 2017, his message is still just as compelling A World War II bombardier, Zinn was the author of the best-selling book A People’s History of the United States.
On this July 4, we would do … [more]
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June 29, 2017
The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the ‘culturecide’ we’ve become so used to
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 June 2017 12:45 BST
Over the years, I’ve almost lost count of the priceless treasures of art and antiquity which I’ve seen with my own eyes – and which now lie in pieces.
Fourteen years ago, racing across Mosul to see the building where US forces had just shot dead the sons of Saddam … [more]
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Why did this powerful church group struggle to denounce white supremacy?
By Daniel José Camacho, Saturday 17 June 2017
Condemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.
During the annual meeting, they initially declined to pass a resolution doing just that. Chaos ensued at the denomination’s annual meeting and a firestorm of criticism quickly followed. … [more]
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