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Friday, 26 June 2015

26 June 2015. The Victims of the Charleston Terakt Were Laid to Rest Today… We Bow to Their Families

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Senior Lieutenant of the Moscow Fire Brigade rescuing a pet cat from a burning building

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Firstly, we bow to the families affected by the terakt… can we share your grief? Secondly, we must face the rancorous and corrosive racism that caused this enormity. However, that’s not the task of today. Today’s labour is to bury the dead and comfort the survivors, as best one can.

I chose the last image to portray love purposefully. Love isn’t weak… it isn’t passive… it isn’t submissive. Love is strong… love is active… love resists! I’m thinking of an incident some years ago in Moscow… Colonel Yevgeni Chernyshov, the Chief of the Moscow Fire Brigade, went out with the “brothers” to a fire, even though he didn’t have to. After rescuing five people, he went upstairs to rescue more people, but the ceiling collapsed on him, killing him on the spot (he received a state funeral). That’s what love is… love sacrifices… love fights… love cares to the point that we no longer think of ourselves. Love hews to the truth and opposes falsehood wherever it appears or whosoever speaks it. Love is a burning desire to see things put right… not in a notional hereafter, but in the present. Love is powerful… it’s not weak in any sense of the word…

Love can defeat racism… but shall we let it?

BMD

Friday, 19 June 2015

19 June 2015. Two Takes on Charleston… One Mine… One from Andy Marlette

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00 Andrew Marlette. Jesus Wept. 2015

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Nothing more need be said. We bow before the Mystery of Death… why doesn’t Fox News make any fuss about American Nativist Terrorism? Just sayin’…

BMD

Thursday, 18 June 2015

18 June 2015. Send a Fin (or Two or Three) to the Folks in South Carolina… Tell ‘Em Bernie Sent Ya…

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This came in as an e-mail from the Sanders campaign:

What transpired in Charleston SC last night wasn’t just a tragedy, it was an act of terror. Someone murdered nine of our fellow Americans while praying in a historic church because of the colour of their skin. This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust, and a deep, deep sadness. This hateful killing is a horrific reminder that, while we’ve made important progress in civil rights for all of our people, we’re far from eradicating racism. The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one that has been attacked, burned, and rebuilt throughout its 200-year history. While their community mourns now, they’ll  rebuild; they’ll emerge stronger than before. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their congregation, but we can add our actions to our prayers. The families and the community that have been hurt so very badly by this brutality need our help. Let us stand with them in their time of mourning.

You can help by donating to the Emanuel AME Church community today.

Thank you,

Bernie Sanders

I can only add… “There but for the Grace of God go I”… send ‘em a fin (or two or three). We’re Christians… that’s what we do…

BMD

Friday, 22 May 2015

Ted Cruz Uncritically Supports Israel… Israel Did This… If You Vote Republican YOU Support This Too

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On Thursday, witnesses said that Israeli occupation forces critically injured a Palestinian child after shooting him with a rubber-coated steel bullet near the Shufat refugee camp. Yahiya Sami al-Amudi, 10, was walking near a checkpoint by the East Jerusalem refugee camp when Israeli soldiers shot him. First responders took him to the Hadassa Hospital in Ein Karem with a fractured skull, jaw, and left ear, and surgeons had to remove his left eye. Doctors say that he’s in critical condition. Thaer Fasfous, a spokesman for Fatah in the camp, condemned the targeting of children with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated bullets. Israeli police media contact Micky Rosenfeld said that there were “disturbances” in the Shufat area after locals threw stones at municipality workers. He added that Israeli occupation police used “non-lethal” weapons, “slightly injuring” a 10-year-old boy, who responders took to hospital.

22 May 2015

Falastin News Palestine

http://falastinews.com/2015/05/22/palestinian-boy-10-critically-injured-by-rubber-bullet-in-jerusalem/

Editors:

I am anti-Zionist to the bone… I am anti-anti-Semitic to the bone. This is NOT contradictory. I will stand for no racial hatred. That’s why I oppose anti-Semitism… that’s why I oppose Zionism… that’s why I oppose the US Republican Party with its support of Southern white bigots… that’s why I oppose Galician Uniate integral nationalism with its cries of “Knife the Moskals (Russians)!” and “The Ukraine for Ukrainians Only!” It’s all the same to me. They’re all haters and they’re all evil. FULL STOP.

BMD

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