Online Censorship of “Fake News”

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Since when is untrue stuff online such a big issue?

I think these recent examples (see below) of “fake news” are being used to further the agenda of eventually cracking down on politically incorrect online articles.

Who, after all, will decide what is true and what is false when it comes to “conspiracy theories”?

Google also gets fooled by fake election news

“Google’s search engine highlighted an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers.

“The incorrect results were shown Monday in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump “70 News” site. A link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results…” Read more: Google also gets fooled by fake election news http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Google-also-gets-fooled-by-fake-election-news-401247046.html

Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say

“Facebook executives have been reviewing its products to eliminate the appearance of political bias. One source said high-ranking officials were briefed on a planned news feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories but it disproportionately impacted rightwing news sites. The update was consequently shelved, Gizmodo claims, although Facebook denies it.

“The scrutiny over Facebook’s treatment of editorial content has been intensifying for months, reflecting the site’s unrivaled power and influence in distributing news alongside everything else its users share on the site.

Fake or misleading news spreads like wildfire on Facebook because of confirmation bias, a quirk in human psychology that makes us more likely to accept information that conforms to our existing world views. The conspiracy theories are also amplified by a network of highly partisan media outlets with questionable editorial policies…” Read more: Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/facebook-fake-news-us-election-news-feed-algorithm?CMP=share_btn_tw

The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories

“Using the old left adage that everything is a power play, it’s hard to read this manufactured controversy as anything other than a desperate ploy by a caste (the coastal media) to maintain its hold over the levers of information, married to a howl of outrage at the idea that the little people might have access to articles and ideas that haven’t been “vetted” for “fairness” by said caste…” Read more: The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories http://theweek.com/articles/661838/myth-electionaltering-fake-facebook-news-stories

Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to

“I absolutely do not trust Facebook to decide what’s fake and what’s not fake, so I’m with Zuckerberg here and not the “renegades.” “Renegade” makes these people sound daring, but they are into censorship and upping the power of the big corporation. The chance that such a power would be used in a politically biased way is approximately 100%. I don’t know how much Zuckerberg is really committed to the freedom of speech, but I think he knows if Facebook started deeming some political stories “fake” and taking action against them, Facebook would be accused of bias and censorship and it wouldn’t be good for Facebook, the business…” Read more: Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to http://althouse.blogspot.com/2016/11/since-were-already-talking-about.html

Facebook Counter-Narratives

“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech. The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary. The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect…” Read more: Facebook, Twitter pledge to remove hate speech within 24 hours http://via.wtvr.com/ZaKIB 

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Breitbart, Bannon, Trump, Alt Right, Jews, & Controlled Opposition

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting at a table with Andrew Breitbart

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“From Paul Joseph Watson to Stefan Molyneux, Donald Trump to Milo Yiannopoulos, the rising secular “right wing” in the Americas, dubbed the “alt right” by some, shares one common narrative that reveals it as the limited hangout, controlled-opposition operation that it is…” Continue reading: The ‘Alt Right’ is Limited Hangout https://fitzinfo.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-alt-right-is-limited-hangout/

“Breitbart News, in a statement posted after Clinton’s campaign manager made similar accusations in a conference call, dismissed the charges of anti-Semitism and other bigotries as character assassination. They say that we are ‘anti-Semitic,’ though our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel,” according to the statement. The site’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, was raised Jewish…” Read more: Clinton campaign attacks Breitbart News as ‘anti-Semitic’ http://www.jta.org/2016/08/18/news-opinion/politics/clinton-campaign-attacks-breitbart-news-as-anti-semitic

Breitbart Boasts its Jewish Credentials http://newobserveronline.com/breitbart-boasts-jewish-credentials/

Meet the Jewish ‘Paleoconservative’ Who Coined The Term ‘Alternative Right’ http://jd.fo/T7kw

A look at Breitbart’s ‘Alt-Right Lite’ plan for Israel/Palestine http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/breitbarts-right-israelpalestine/

 

“Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State.” ~ Donald Trump

Donald Trump at AIPAC: Full transcript of remarks to the pro-Israel lobby http://s.al.com/yP7zdyH

I’m a Jew, and I’m a Member of the Alt-Right.
http://forward.com/scribe/348466/im-a-jew-and-im-a-member-of-the-alt-right/?attribution=blog-article-listing-9-headline#article-comments

Anti-Immigrant and White Supremacist, Maybe. But is the Alt-Right Anti-Semitic?
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/30/election-2016/anti-immigrant-and-white-supremacist-maybe-but-is-the-alt-right-anti-semitic

Donald Trump’s Jewish Problem: https://youtu.be/CXRDCjeWmWE?t=25m46s

Who Controls Donald Trump? – https://thezog.info/who-controls-donald-trump/

Trump’s Jews http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207978/trumps-jews

Trump Has Strongest Jewish Ties of all GOP Candidates http://jd.fo/d8NYY

Donald Trump could capitalize on Israeli support https://youtu.be/cLJe7dzsdXA

Republicans target voters in Israel http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Republicans-target-voters-in-Israel-391083771.html

Trump links to Russian Jewish Mafia https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/trump-links-to-judeo-russian-mafia/

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President Trump: New Yorker Donald Trump rides Duck Dynasty train all the way to the White House.

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Team Trump watching returns on election night

I’m really surprised Donald Trump won the election. I’m not unhappy about it, just surprised.

I didn’t vote, so I’m not happy, angry, or sad about a Trump presidency. Actually I think it’s hysterical. And much more interesting (and entertaining!) than a Hillary presidency (yawn).

When it comes to US politics, and politicians, I find it helpful to use the lens of Israel to determine the direction in which a politician will be taking us, as a nation. When a politician supports Israel it tells me a lot. Oh, wait… all US politicians support Israel! I almost forgot!

So then it’s really a matter of degree, as in: To what degree does a politician support Israel?

Hillary and Obama are what I call Zionist Light.

Trump and Pence are what I call Zionist Full Strength.

I prefer Zionist Light, but I’m ideologically opposed to some of the issues Hillary and Obama support.

I oppose Zionist Full Strength, but I ideologically support some of the issues Trump and Pence support.

When it comes to politics, people need to face the facts: Jewish power supports both the left and the right… both the Democrats and the Republicans.

In fact, I find it helpful to use Jewish power as a lens through which to view US political power.

For many years now, neocon Jews on the right have been trying to sway left wing Jews away from the Democrat party and their communist roots.

I see the Trump victory — not as a win for rural whites but — as a win for urban neocon Jews who were savvy enough to use a reality television star to bamboozle rural whites in order to win an election and regain power in Washington.

New Yorker Donald Trump rides Duck Dynasty train all the way to the White House.

Talk is cheap, especially promises made by people running for political office.

I don’t expect much from Donald Trump, except whatever is on the neocon agenda.

We will see. I read an article yesterday saying Trump may tap Newt Gingrich for Secretary of State. Yeah… Newt Gingrich. Is there anyone in Washington more establishment and more corrupt than Newt?

The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy – http://www.amazon.com/Neoconservative-Revolution-Jewish-Intellectuals-Shaping/dp/0521545013

Trump’s Jews http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207978/trumps-jews 

Israeli Prime Minister Congratulates Trump https://youtu.be/cH1j4e1Llvk

Trump win divides Israelis, Palestinians http://reut.tv/2fS0iKK 

The Age of Trump? Worse, it’s the Age of Postman: Donald Trump and Neil Postman’s Prescient ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ https://stream.org/donald-trump-neil-postmans-prescient-amusing-death/

 

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Roadside Memorials

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“We say that the hour of death is uncertain, but when we say this we think of that hour as situated in an obscure and distant future. It does not occur to us that it can have any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.” ~ Marcel Proust

“Americans take an average of four car trips every day—that’s more than 1,400 per year. It’s no wonder that the chance of dying while inside a moving vehicle is about 1 in 6,700. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers, and second leading cause of death in all other populations. Without a doubt, driving is risky business.” (Source: NTSB Safety Compass)

Having been a professional truck driver for over 25 years, I’ve seen more than my fair share of accidents, injuries, deaths, and roadside memorials.

I’ve always been aware of the fleeting nature of life. I was never one of those teens who thought he was invincible. I’ve always thought I could die at any moment. Considering all I’ve been though in life, and the many times I’ve nearly been killed, I’m amazed I’m still here.

Roadside memorials, when we see them, are a reminder of just how fleeting life is. We can be driving down the highway one minute and dead the next.

I was once driving on Interstate 30 in Arkansas, in my car, when a tractor-trailer came across the median, missed me, and killed a guy who was driving behind me. You can’t imagine how fast it happened. Had I been the one hit by the truck, I may have just barely had time to realize what was happening. In fact, when I first noticed the truck in the median, coming towards me, my only thought was “Something’s wrong with this picture”. By then the truck was already on my side of the road, passing me. I looked in my mirror and saw it hit the car behind me, pulled over, stopped, and went back to see if anyone was hurt.

It was obvious when I walked back to the accident scene that the driver of the car was dead. Soon the fire and police arrived. After the police had talked to the truck driver, I was, I think, the only other person who bothered talking to the driver of the truck. I told him not to be too hard on himself in the future, when he thought about the accident. That everyone knew it was an accident. And that, if he could, he would have done things differently.

I remember looking at the guy who was killed, and noticing he was wearing a wristwatch. I thought to myself “He had no idea this morning when he put that watch on his wrist that today would be the day he died.”

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I’ve seen other people killed on the highway, talked to other drivers who have been responsible for another driver’s death, and I’ve prayed countless prayers and shed countless tears for fellow travelers I didn’t know.

The highway, like death, is a place were everyone is equal. It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, black or white, Christian or agnostic. Everyone is at risk of being killed in a moment of time.

I’ve comforted a stranger in the middle of the interstate, in the early morning hours before dawn, at that sacred place and time when the spirits of their loved ones have left this world while their bodes remained in the wreckage of their car.

That place of sudden, unexpected death on the road is where friends and loved ones will sometimes create a roadside memorial, in memory of the deceased. I think these memorials are good ideas. The place where someone is killed becomes, to me, a sacred place. The time when someone dies is a sacred moment. And that’s what roadside memorial are designed to remember: the place and moment someone left this world.

Below are links to book, videos, and webpages related to the subject of roadside memorials…

“A mother is asking for the community’s help to find her daughter’s missing memorial that was recently taken from where she died more than two years ago…” Mother wants missing roadside memorial returned https://youtu.be/d2zKH8BCOzs

“3,089 people were killed on Texas roads in 2009. Family members sometimes erect memorials at the locations of these accidents. East Texans share their loss and how the cope with a loved-one who is no longer with them…” Along The Roadside: Street Memorials In East Texas https://youtu.be/ABW8F1nkA3Q

“Holly Everett documents over thirty-five memorial sites with twenty-five photographs representing the wide range of creativity. Examining the complex interplay of politics, culture, and belief, she emphasizes the importance of religious expression in everyday life and analyzes responses to death that this tradition. Roadside crosses are a meeting place for communication, remembrance, and reflection, embodying on-going relationships between the living and the dead. They are a bridge between personal and communal pain—and one of the oldest forms of memorial culture…” Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture https://www.amazon.com/Roadside-Crosses-Contemporary-Memorial-Culture/dp/1574411500

“American roadsides are home to a vast range of impromptu memorials, some anonymous and modest crosses at the scene of a tragedy and others elaborate and well-maintained commemorations. Most of the markers on the shoulders of American streets commemorate the victims of an automobile accident, but there seem to be no especially systematic surveys of the geographical distribution, styles, composition, or duration of such markers…” Spontaneous Mourning and Material Culture: The Archaeology of Roadside Memorials https://paulmullins.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/spontaneous-mourning-and-material-culture-the-archaeology-of-roadside-memorials/

“The author of a new book on roadside memorials says British Columbia has more than its share of street-side shrines and predicts that number will continue to grow. Dr. John Belshaw co-authored the book Private Grief, Public Mourning along with his wife Diane Purvey…” Author pens book on roadside memorials https://youtu.be/VaFkdnELh38

“With vivid images of a variety of different shrines and monuments built across BC, this book helps to delve into the human emotion of grief and why taking it into a public space can provide such comfort to one mourning individual and such discomfort to others…” Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia… https://www.amazon.com/Private-Grief-Public-Mourning-Roadside/dp/189563699X

“Resting Places” is a documentary film about roadside memorials and the controversy that surrounds them… http://webpages.charter.net/dnance/whatever/kc-main.htm

Descansos: Roadside Memorials on the American Highway… http://webpages.charter.net/dnance/descansos/index-thum.htm

Roadside memorials give a public face to private grief… Journey Interrupted https://youtu.be/oLCOTVOgcC0

“A ghost bike (also referred to as a ghostcycle or WhiteCycle) is a bicycle roadside memorial, placed where a cyclist has been killed or severely injured, usually by a motor vehicle…” Ghost bike https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_bike

What Is A Ghost Bike? https://youtu.be/BoI3ji8-jg0

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Christians, Trump, and the Devil

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“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

I wrote this today as a comment on a post at A Philosopher’s Blog: Trump and Evangelicals and thought I’d post it here as well…

I read a 600+ page book (Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People) this year about Jim Jones and Jonestown. The parallels between Trump, Jones, and their followers is truly frightening. In both cases, their followers were/are marginalized, desperate, frightened, vengeful, and willing to forgive their savior/leader for abominable sexual abuses.

Although Jones and his followers were not, in the end, Christians, they did start out as Christians. Over the course of many years, Jones began replacing Christianity and the Bible with communism and socialism. The cult followers of Jim Jones who died at Jonestown were devotees 1) of Jim Jones; and 2) of communism and socialism. All one needs to do in order to confirm this is to listen to the so-called “Death Tape“.

As someone who considers himself to be a follower of Christ and a believer in the Bible, I am disappointed to see so many so-called “Christians” and “Bible believers” supporting Donald Trump.

I say so-called “Christians” and “Bible believers” because, as Jesus said:

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:18-20)

Jesus went on to say:

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

This lets us know: 1) what people do is more important than what people say; and 2) a lot of people who claim (and believe themselves) to be followers of Christ are not.

One of the more sobering truths I’ve come to believe in my many years of studying the Bible and observing Christian peoples is that most people who think they’re Christians aren’t. Most American Christians are Americans first, and Christians second, which, to Jesus, means they’re not Christians at all. They’re members of an American Cult.

Satan is very clever. The Bible tells us this, yet many Bible believers are fooled by just how clever he is. He pretends to be a doer of God’s will. He and his ministers preach misinterpreted cherry-picked Bible passages to make their case. He leads multitudes of people to believe they are saved when, in fact, they are damned.

One cannot endorse war, destruction, and death and be a follower of Christ. Yet how many so-called “Christians”, “Bible believers”, and American Cult members do just that? This is the evil fruit they bear.

Too many people who call themselves “Christians” have sold their eternal souls for a mess of American pottage. Supporting Donald Trump is only one symptom of their eternally fatal disease.

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Nationalism is Idolatry

“The church in America will not be a Christ-centered community of peace so long as it is determined to celebrate its identity as American.  It is imperative, I believe, that all traces of nationalism be removed from the church’s worship.  Otherwise, in times of international crisis, instead of being an instrument of reconciliation, it will continue to embrace the role of handmaiden of war.  God cannot be praised in the same breath that America is honored without God being dishonored and replaced by another god…” The Nationalistic Corruption of Worship in America – http://www.redletterchristians.org/the-nationalistic-corruption-of-worship-in-america/

“How can Christians be prepared to recognize, when the time comes, a real choice between God and country, if their churches urge the adoration of country along with praise to God? The so-called patriotic hymns are most often songs of praise to a personification of the country and not a means of truly glorifying God. ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing, or ‘America, America, God shed his grace on thee.’ The ‘thee’ is not God but country. If these are songs of worship, it is false worship. God is mentioned as a supporting figure, a means to bolster the greatness of the nation, which is the real object of adoration in the hymns. We should label this for what it is: idolatry.” Read more: Daring to Call it Idolatry: Nationalism in Worship – http://www.redletterchristians.org/daring-to-call-it-idolatry-nationalism-in-worship/

“Nationalism saturates American life – it is just the ever-present, ambient sound coming from every form of corporate media, 24/7/365, so ever-present that it has become, in an odd way, invisible. I have come to understand that it is idolatry – subtler, arguably, than building a golden calf, but no less idolatrous. And it disturbs me a great deal. I wish Catholic priests and laity would stand up more often against this sort of thing. We Catholics, at every level of our society and in every vocation, me included, have failed to do our jobs of providing clear witness against this spiritually destructive idol.” Read more: Nationalism is Idolatry – https://vox-nova.com/2009/12/12/nationalism-is-idolatry/

“Put bluntly, if Americans feel like there are blessings slipping away from this country as a whole, they have turned the country into an idol and are violating the Ten Commandments. Jesus is not American and the United States is not in the Bible. That particular passage refers to God’s people, who are called Christians, not Americans…” Read more: http://opinion.injo.com/2016/01/252233-jesus-was-not-an-american/

Flying the Flag in Church: A Tale of Strife and Idolatry (.pdf) – http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1346&context=leaven

Podcast: Crucify your nationalism and crucify your political affiliation – http://subversive1.blogspot.com/2015/07/subversive-radio-podcast-star-spangled.html

The Early Christian Attitude to War – http://compassionatespirit.com/Books/Cadoux/TOC.htm

The Scofield Bible—The Book That Made Zionists of America’s Evangelical Christians: http://www.wrmea.org/2015-october/the-scofield-bible%E2%80%94the-book-that-made-zionists-of-americas-evangelical-christians.html

“Does the Christian or denizen of the Old American Empire die and kill for it, as the members of the Cult of the American Sniper apparently believe?” – Patmos, The Emperor Worship Cultus, and The American Sniper https://mark1marti2.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/patmos-the-emperor-worship-cultus-and-the-american-sniper/

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Dangerous half-truths about Syria

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There have been a lot of dangerous half-truths told about Syria.

Such half-truths are dangerous because: 1) people do learn at least half of the truth; and 2) the brighter and more curious people will simply do a little Googling and learn the whole truth.

For example, Fox News has been saying (for years now) that “Obama” and “Hillary” have been “arming radical Islamic jihadists” in Syria.

This, of course, ignores the fact that it’s been official US policy to fund, train, arm, and utilize (as proxies) radical Islamic jihadists since July 1979. Carter did it, Reagan did it, Bush I did it, Clinton I did it, Bush II did it, Obama is doing it, and Clinton II will continue to do it.

A good example of dangerous half-truth telling occurred a year (or so) ago when “the Fox News watching crowd” rejected calls for US intervention in Syria when Obama’s “red line” was crossed after a supposed chemical weapons attack.

The situation became quite comical, to me, when millions of Fox News watching Obama haters flooded the US congress with calls demanding there be no US intervention in Syria. This, of course, is not what the Zionists and the Neocons wanted. They wanted US boots on the ground. But their media outlet had done too good a job convincing their people that Obama was arming al Qaeda in Syria and they wanted no part of sending their loved ones off to Syria to help al Qaeda overthrow the Assad “regime”.

This bizarre turn of events turned even more bizarre when Barack Obama, the supposed “Muslim traitor” refused to take immediate military action as president — as he was expected to do — and, instead, asked the US congress to decide what military action, if any, should be taken by the US in Syria.

Donald Trump has a snowball’s chance in Hell of becoming president but, if he were to be elected, we can be certain he, too, would continue the US policy of arming Islamic jihadists in Syria (and that Fox News would (suddenly) stop talking about it).

Trump knows this, yet he told yet another dangerous half truth about Syria during the recent debate:

“I don’t like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS and Iran is killing ISIS and they have lined up because of weak foreign policy.” ~ Donald Trump

Trump’s dangerous half-truth answer during the debate will no doubt cause many intelligent people to ask:

“If Syria, Russia, and Iran are fighting ISIS, are we on the same side as ISIS? Could ISIS be one of the US backed “rebel groups”?

It’s a reasonable question I think many Trump supporters are asking.

I’ve written more than a few blog posts about Syria, and I wrote one last year that included John McCain’s admission that Russia, as Trump said during the debate, was killing ISIS… or: “the people we armed and trained”:

“Vladimir Putin, right now, with his airstrikes, is killing the people we armed and trained.” ~ US Senator John McCain

Syrian archbishop rips US support for Islamic rebels

Catholic World News – October 02, 2015 – A Syrian bishop has reacted strongly to Senator John McCain’s claim that Russian planes are bombing US-backed rebel forces, saying that McCain’s statement is “a blatant admission” of American involvement with Islamic militants.

Speaking to the Fides news service, Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said that Russian air strikes were targeted against positions held by Islamic militants. He went on to say that McCain’s statement reflects the “Western propaganda” that the US has been providing support for “moderate rebels, who do not exist.”

The admission of US support for Islamic radicals is disturbing, the archbishop said. “What does it mean? Al Qaida is now a US ally, just because in Syria it has a different name?”

Source: CWN: Syrian archbishop rips US support for Islamic rebels http://dlvr.it/CKwfLV 

Allying with political Islam: The United States’ tactical alliances with Al Qaeda and its associates in Syria

The New York Times reported that the United States has refrained from systematically attacking Al Qaeda’s franchise in Syria because US-backed fighters coordinate and are enmeshed with the outfit. The newspaper also reported that the Pentagon had refrained in 2015 from attacking ISIS militants in and around the Syrian town of Palmyra in order to further the US foreign policy goal of regime change in Damascus. The United States has a long history of forming tactical alliances with political Islam to counter secular Arab nationalists, whom it views as inimical to its interests of dominating the Arab world, with its vast petroleum resources. Syria, whose constitution describes the country as “the beating heart of Arabism” and “bedrock of resistance against colonial hegemony on the Arab world,” is the last of the secular Arab nationalist states opposing US domination and control of the region.

Continue reading: Allying with political Islam: The United States’ tactical alliances with Al Qaeda and its associates in Syria… https://gowans.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/allying-with-political-islam-the-united-states-tactical-alliances-with-al-qaeda-and-its-associates-in-syria/

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The evil heart of Donald Trump speaks

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“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” ~ Jesus Christ (Luke 6.45)

“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” ~ Donald Trump

The evil heart of Donald Trump has spoken.

And — predictably — the foolish hearts of his cult followers have spoken, too, saying:

“We love you Donald! We care more about what Hillary has done than what you have said!”

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I fear Trump’s followers far more than I fear Trump.

I read a 600+ page book this year about Jim Jones and Jonestown.

The parallels between Trump, Jones, and their followers is truly frightening.

In both cases, their followers were/are marginalized, desperate, frightened, vengeful, and willing to forgive their savior/leader for abominable sexual abuses.

The GOP is through.

Trump is the final nail in the GOP’s coffin.

There’s no excuse for any person — especially a Republican politician — supporting Trump.

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“The Republican Party, meanwhile, is left with what? The growing certainty of defeat, a fear that Trump will lose them congressional seats, too. Worse, they have undone their own aspirations to make America a cleaner place. Anyone who thinks you can’t serve God and Mammon hasn’t seen the Republican Party lately.” Read more: Donald Trump has self-immolated – and he’ll take the entire conservative movement down with him http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/08/donald-trump-has-self-immolated–and-hell-take-the-entire-conser/

“Calls for Donald Trump to remove himself from the presidential race rushed in late Friday and into Saturday morning from prominent Republican officials. The past of couple weeks for the real-estate businessman have gone from disappointing to near apocalyptic…” Read more: The floodgates are opening with prominent Republicans calling on Trump to step down http://read.bi/2dBsxJo

“[T]he logistical hurdles to replacing Trump made it next to impossible — to say nothing of the backlash the party would be tempting from a passionate base of supporters who seemed willing to forgive Trump the latest in a series of offenses that would have ended any other candidacy…” Read more: GOP panics as outrage with Trump boils over http://politi.co/2dCd1O7

Rev. Jim Jones also had “a passionate base of supporters who seemed willing to forgive”.

“While there are obvious differences between Jim Jones and Donald Trump, there are enough similarities between the two grandiose and violent men that we are at a very dangerous juncture…” Read more: The Trouble with Trump http://erikaraskin.net/the-trouble-with-trump/

“While there has been some comparisons of Trump to Adolf Hitler, Kane sees more parallels between Trump and former cult leader Jim Jones. It’s not that Trump will ask his supporters to literally ‘drink the Kool-Aid’ — like Jones’ followers did in a murder-suicide that left 900 dead in 1978 —but a leadership style that includes decisiveness, promises of protection, and public humiliation of outsiders…” Read more: The Strategy That Could Have Taken Trump Down https://shar.es/1EW8e9

Donald Trump and Jim Jones http://broadsass.com/donald-trump-jim-jones/

The Cult of Trump http://www.gq.com/story/the-cult-of-trump

Character is what you do when nobody’s looking. And this video captures Trump in the middle of the day, sober, a few months after being married, talking with a man he barely knows, bragging about sexual assault, while wearing a microphone. This is, apparently, the real Donald Trump…” Read more: Donald Trump Just Lost The Election http://thebea.st/2dUMMoS

“What does it profit a man to win the White House or Supreme Court and lose his soul? What does it profit you to defend Trump by tearing down others or reminding others of the Clintons’ sins. At some point, and I think that point is past, Christians lose credibility on a message of repentance when they defend the antics and behaviors of Trump…” Read more: What Does It Profit You to Gain the White House and Lose Your Soul? http://theresurgent.com/what-does-it-profit-you-to-gain-the-white-house-and-lose-your-soul/

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