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By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com / @stephgwhiteside
We've already rounded up 101 assaults in the war on women, but for those who are skeptical that the right really does hate women, here's yet another attack from evangelical leader Pat Robertson.
Responding to a man who is having marital issues, Robertson suggests the man become a Muslim and move to Saudi Arabia to beat his wife until she respects his authority. At first, Robertson's response seems like a joke — because, really, what's funnier than beating women while taking a shot at Muslims at the same time? But it soon becomes clear that Robertson is quite serious about his suggestion.
Robertson's response encapsulates the mindset behind the war on women: Women are like children, to be controlled under the authority of men.By Stephanie Whiteside / current.com / @stephgwhiteside
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Here are 100 things that are guaranteed to irritate a Teapublican. Use this information wisely and responsibly.
We don’t set out to irritate them. It’s just a natural occurrence whenever you try to engage them in factual discussion or rational debate. Hit just the right button and you can sit back and watch the impending fireworks.
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Pro-NRW, an otherwise insignificant little extreme-right-wing party in Germany, has provoked a storm of indignation by organising a competition for the best “Islam-critical” cartoon – parading the winning entries in front of mosques and other Muslim facilities.
They even named the top prize in “honour” of Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist whose controversial Muhammad caricature in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten caused an international furore in 2005/2006... (Westergaard, by the way, has unequivocally distanced himself from all of this.)
Efforts to halt Pro-NRW’s xenophobic baiting before it even began were thwarted when the court ruled in favour of freedom of expression.
The results were predictable...
In spite of calls from the Muslim community to simply ignore their antics, a handful of radical Salafists (in no way representative of the overall Muslim community in Germany) inevitably showed up... and things turned violent – allowing Pro-NRW to claim not only that they had been right all along to warn about the Islamic “threat”, but also to paint themselves as the victims.
It’s an age-old bullying tactic: find a target, goad them until they lash out... and then cry foul.
Where does “freedom of expression” end and “hate crime” begin?
There’s a (sort of) happy ending to all this, though: despite their high-publicity stunt, Pro-NRW managed to gain only 1.5% of the vote. So they won’t be represented in parliament any time soon (The German electoral system has a “5% hurdle” deliberately designed to keep extremists out of positions of power.)
DerSpiegel reports (text in English):
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/recent-german-debate-on-islam-triggered-by-tiny-anti-muslim-party-a-836527.htmlPro-NRW, an otherwise insignificant little extreme-right-wing party in Germany, has... more
"Conservative justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers."
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African street vendors shot dead in Florence
Italian author with far-right links kills two Senegalese men and wounds three in apparently race-motivated shootings.
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 06:49
An Italian gunman killed two street sellers from Senegal and wounded three other people in an apparently racially-motivated shooting spree in the city of Florence before committing suicide, according to police.
Gianluca Casseri, 50, who Italian officials described as a right-wing extremist, parked his car in the crowded Dalmazia square at lunch time on Tuesday, got out and started shooting with a large pistol, witnesses said.
Two Senegalese men were killed and one was seriously injured.
After the shooting, he drove away and opened fire again about two hours later in the central San Lorenzo market.
The market is one of the Renaissance city's most famous, and is usually packed with tourists because of its location halfway between the famous domed cathedral and the train station.
The gunfire sparked panic among shoppers and two more street sellers, also believed to be African migrants, were wounded at the market.
Afterwards, Casseri fled to a parking garage, got in his car and shot himself in the throat, police said.
In a statement, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano condemned all forms of "racist violence and xenophobia" and called the attacks "barbarous".
Around 200 Senegalese marched through the city in an angry protest after the shootings, shouting "Shame!" and "Racists!" Hundreds of immigrants were later seen praying on their knees in tears in front of Florence's famous cathedral.
"The heart of Florence is crying today," Matteo Renzi, the city's mayor, said in a Twitter message, declaring a day of mourning on Wednesday and pledging to repatriate the bodies to Senegal.
"I think the pain for the lives that have been cut short is not only for the Senegalese community but for all the citizens of our city," Renzi said.
Andrea Riccardi, Italy's minister of international co-operation and integration, and a Senegalese imam will attend a ceremony at Florence city hall on Wednesday.
"Don't tell me he was crazy, because if he were crazy he would have killed both blacks and whites," one African man who took part in the march was quoted as saying by the Italian news agency Ansa.
Casseri was the author of fantasy novels including "The Key of Chaos" about a wizard, a mathematician and an alchemist, which enjoyed some popularity.
He also wrote an academic paper about Dracula folklore and was the editor of a magazine about fantasy and horror fiction and comics. Casseri lived on his own in the Tuscan countryside near Pistoia.
He was also a member of Casa Pound, a right-wing community group that is seen as more intellectual than other far-right organisations.
"He was a bit strange, a bit of a loner but he didn't seem crazy. He was living in his own world," said Fabio Barsanti, a regional co-ordinator for Casa Pound.
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African street vendors shot dead in Florence
First of all, the idea that an omnipotent being would give a Buddha's butt about an election is ridiculous, and is further evidence of how dangerous these supposed "Christians" really can be when influencing their misguided flock. Secondly, we think Jesus would weigh all the issues, consider all the candidates and their beliefs, then come down squarely in support of ...
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Police say at least 80 killed in shooting at Norway youth camp
Los Angeles Times | July 22, 2011 | 7:03 p.m.
Police say at least 80 killed in shooting at Norway youth camp, according to the Associated Press, marking a significant increase from earlier reports.
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Day to day, there is no health care crisis in Limbaugh's income bracket...
Everyone else, get in the back of the bus...
According to Blabbermouth, teen heartthrob Jackson Rathbone, of the Twilight series and upcoming M. Night Shyamalan venture The Last Airbender, has signed on to play Burzum mastermind Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh) in an upcoming film production of Michael Moynihan/Didrik Soderlind's 1998 novel Lords of Chaos. This was the "true" account that documented the rise of Norway's black metal scene and ensuing drama that resulted in notorious murders, church burnings, rivalries and prison convictions, most notably Vikernes's 16-year sentence.
As with the novel, the Lords Of Chaos film will depict — or at least be based on — controversial events that occurred during the early '90s. Await Vikernes's comments on the film and Rathborne's portrayal, as he had the following to say about the book, circa 2004, on Burzum’s website:According to Blabbermouth, teen heartthrob Jackson Rathbone, of the Twilight series... more