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And I’m fairly certain that none of the attackers has a Syrian passport.

Austrian shepherd Hans Breuer sings Yiddish folk songs with Syrian refugees while driving them out of Hungary. Those refugees sure look dangerous, no? Here’s some of the story.

And then there’s this.

Here’s a much longer version.


A bit oversimplified at points with omission of a number of important points, but a good primer.

100 years ago today.

Never have I witnessed more clearly the primal politics of the profound contrast between cerebral cortex functions and the so-called “reptilian brain” as I have with the dynamics of national politics of the past week.

Eric V. Kirk's photo.

Do good and evil exist, or are they merely social or biological constructs?  Julia Minton, Bob Froehlich, and I will discuss it with an emphasis on the events in Paris last week.  All Things Reconsidered on KMUD at 7:00 p.m.


SurrenderFor those who think there is essentially no difference between the parties, the Republican posturing over the past few days is really shameful.

And once I thought Chris Christie was something other than an asshole.  But he’s bragging that he would even deny entry to Syrian 5 year old orphans.  All heart.

“First, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates. Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me.”

To be fair, Christie did say 5 year olds.

And seriously, the conservative German government has already taken in 750k Syrian refugees and says it will take more. Obama is planning to take in an anemic 10k and half our political class is reacting like Brown Shirts. Shameful and nauseating.  There are about seven or eight biblical quotes about taking in refugees from other lands – this is the real “war on Christmas” and they’re going to obsess over effing coffee cups!
Seriously, if enough people vote for any one of these a–holes and he (or she) becomes President then America has lost its soul!

That is a radical statement from a Frenchman who lost his wife to the attacks.  It is also a quote which gives me hope for the future of the human race.

Read the whole excellent statement.

At the Lost Coast Outpost.

Begs the question which I and some others have been asking – is marijuana the new logging?  There are layers to the discussion from economy to politics.

QuranPulled from Facebook:

Ali Arfeen

“Attacker in Paris concert hall shouted ‘Allahu akbar’, fired into crowd, witness says”

NO, you scum are not Muslim, and you don’t deserve to disgrace the name of God like that. You don’t deserve to hide your faces among the people of Islam like that. One day, you will get the punishment you deserve, but until then, WE suffer.

You’re not breaking the people of France or anywhere else you attack. Everyone you’ve struck has gotten right back up stronger than before. They have the whole world behind them, and rightfully so. No, these people aren’t afraid of you. These people are strong.

You’re breaking me. You’re breaking my parents. You’re breaking my family in California and Texas and Canada and England and Pakistan and everywhere else. You’re breaking my Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. These are the people who suffer the most.

I will not apologize for you, not just because it’s inexcusable, but because you are not welcome to act in my name.

I am not with you, and I never will be.

Today I stand behind the millions of innocent and downtrodden people who will have to pay for your actions.

Today I stand behind the people you killed for no reason. These are the real martyrs. Today, I stand behind the people of France.


But Donald wants to close mosques.  He also used the event to raise the issue of gun control, prompting the French Ambassador to call him a “vulture.


Meanwhile, the search for the anonymous Parisian hero.

Update:  Both the woman and rescuer are safe and in contact with each other – both preferring to remain anonymous for the moment.


Pres. Obama loses his cool with reporters.

And in response to the pandering to xenophobia:

“Slamming the doors in [refugees’] faces would be a betrayal of our values,” Obama said. Syrian “refugees are the victims of terrorism.”
“The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism … they are parents, they are children, they are orphans.” Obama said. “It is very important that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”


And back to the human side, a young woman’s harrowing and heat-breaking account of her lucky survival of the attack.


This expert predicts that the attacks represented the beginning of the end for ISIS.


Addendum:  Good news for Syrian refugees.  They won’t have to live in Texas or Alabama.



November 2015