8 in 11
By Arkansas Times’ The Observer, April 06, 2017
The state of Arkansas is planning on killing eight men soon, one right after the other, in 11 days. They are doing this to punish them for having killed people. The Observer used to be very much a capital punishment believer. But then, we sat through a death penalty trial, start to finish: the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance, for the October 2008 rape and homicide of … [more]
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Deir Yassin Today
Although virtually all six million Palestinians in the world know of Deir Yassin, few have ever been there. The site is not identified on post-1948 maps of Israel. But it is not difficult to find.
The central part of Deir Yassin is a cluster of buildings now used as a mental hospital. To the east lies the industrial area of Givat Shaul; to the north lies Har Hamenuchot (the Jewish cemetery), to the west, … [more]
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March 29, 2017
The cult of atheist Zionism posing as Judaism
By Rich Siegel, January 1, 2012
This essay was first published in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), used with permission.
I consider myself a cult survivor. I was raised in the cult of Atheist-Zionism-Posing-as-Judaism. I stated this to a few select friends several years ago, and they thought it was funny. The statement brought with it a … [more]
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Donald, This I Will Tell You
By Maureen Dowd, March 25, 2017
WASHINGTON — Dear Donald,
We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.
You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?
Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.
After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.
I was born here. The first image … [more]
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While not technically a “preacher” (as far as I know), Lloyd Hoffman once again darkens the page of the Sentinel Record with a letter in Sunday’s paper that perfectly embodies a piece John Pavlovitz wrote last year, when he begged evangelical preachers to quit blaming God for Trump:
You’re making from the pulpit and platform, the greatest case for Atheism you could ever make.
You’re aligning God with an ignorant, petulant, narcissistic bully.
You’re putting God’s rubber stamp … [more]
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Martin McGuinness dies: The ‘super-terrorist who became a super-statesman – like so many others
By Robert Fisk, Tuesday 21 March 2017 07:45 GMT
Martin McGuinness followed along the familiar trail of so many enemies of Britain’s weary colonial history. A “super-terrorist” becomes a super-statesman. Jomo Kenyatta comes to mind. And Archbishop Makarios. And of course, Menachem Begin. With blood on their hands, they pass through that mist of nobility bestowed by colonial power and former rulers – and re-emerge … [more]
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Leola Lee Ragland, of Allen, Texas died February 28, 2017 at the age of 91. She was born near Gatlin, Oklahoma in 1926 to James Odus Kelley and Mattie Alabama Kelley. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Truman, Alvin, Guardie, and Thurman Kelley, and sister Ruby Siever.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. Jim Ragland, son James Ragland of Pearland, Texas, daughter Rebecca Cherry of Springfield, Missouri, son John Ragland of Hot … [more]
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