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Mon Mar 23, 2015 at 05:58 AM PDT

Christianity Murders Gay Newlyweds

by dhonig

Christian tradition lead to the death of gay newlyweds in New York City this winter. Faulty Christmas tree lights led to a fire, which caused the death of two men. Story HERE.

Oh wait, that was the fault of bad wiring, not religion? Hmm, then I wonder why this piece of shit is an acceptable diary on Daily Kos.

Can we please stop with the anti-Semitism here?

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Now it's Daily Kos's turn.

A reporter for Swedish Radio News asked Israel's Ambassador to Sweden:

“Do the Jews themselves have any responsibility in the growing anti-Semitism that we see now?”
When he refused to dignify the question she poked and prodded until he shut her down:
“To ask the question of whether a woman contributes to being raped is irrelevant altogether. I don’t think there is a provocation that the Jews are doing. They just exist.”
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Mon Feb 16, 2015 at 11:42 AM PST

The Jew Rule on Daily Kos

by dhonig

Daily Kos has become a haven for anti-Semites. There, I said it. Sure, the anti-Semitism is usually couched in "but Israel" terms, but it's there. Allow me, please to give a recent example of the Jew Rule here, the one that says, "every other form of bigotry and hatred is rejected here, but feel free to blame the Jews, as long as you use the word 'Israel' when you do it."

I'm going to compare two recent incidents, and diaries about each. The first is the murder of three young Muslim students in North Carolina. The second is the murders the other day in Denmark. I'll assume, for the sake of this diary, that readers are familiar with both.

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Yes, the co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, the spokesperson for the Gaza Flotillla, the delightful woman who posted a video blaming Zionists for the Holocaust, the hero to so many here, has chimed in on the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Flip past the secret ZOG decoder ring to see what she had to say ...

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Two men, cousins from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue during prayer with knives, axes, and at least one gun. Four people were murdered and a dozen wounded, several of them seriously.

The attacks came during a tense time. Recently, a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his bus. The autopsy ruled the death a suicide, but Palestinians, and the Palestinian media, have accused "Jews," though no specific Jews, of a lynching. There is also a great deal of tension around some Israelis' repeated attempts to pray, rather than merely visit, at the Temple Mount/Al Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli government continues to forbid praying there, and has been enforcing that limitation. Palestinian media and Hamas have accused Israel of violating the sanctity of the Mosque. Abbas warned of a "holy war" if it is "contaminated" by Jews. Yes, "contaminated."

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Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 02:23 PM PST

Uprating anti-Semitism on Daily Kos

by dhonig

After all, if you say "Israel" instead of "Jew," it's okay, right?

Like, "I hate those dirty stinking Israelis for using the blood of children to bake their matzoh."

or

"The international Israeli banking conspiracy started World War I."

No, that wouldn't be okay? Really?

Then WHY THE FUCK did five people update the piece of filth found below?

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There's been quite a to-do here about music, the arts, and funding. It all started in good faith and good spirits, with everybody joyous about the brilliant protest in St. Louis. There are two great diaries about it on the Recommended List, both Stunning, Creative, Effective Protest for Mike Brown at St. Louis Symphony #RequiemforMikeBrown by Jardin 32 and Requiem for Mike Brown protest in the St. Louis Symphony exposes both white privilege and support by Shaun King. But then it got weird, with lots of comments about support for classical music and the arts, 'for rich old white people.' MichaelNY wrote a great response, Stop attacking musicians.

So why is this a shameless plug? Drop below the mating Treble Clefs to find out.

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Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:50 AM PDT

The Republican Dream Spiral

by dhonig

Mitch Daniels - "I love it when a plan comes together." So here's how it works. First, as governor, cut university funding, then cut it some more. Demand that Indiana's excellent universities stop trying to educate students so much and focus on creating trained employees - you know, the kind of thing employers and unions used to do without taxpayer money. Once you've stripped that tree as bare as possible, move on to a new gig - President of Purdue University.

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[Disclaimer - While I long ago made very clear my opinions about I/P in Palestinian Independence Day, many here (incorrectly) consider me an "Israel firster." If you want to know my thoughts, go to the linked diary]

I do not speak Finnish. I do know what Israeli news is reporting to be the correct interpretation of THIS VIDEO, that a Finnish reporter states that rockets are being fired from Al Shifa hospital. But, given how much rage, paranoia, and team-playing we are having these days, I'm wondering if somebody here can give us a straight interpretation.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST

$2 Tuesday, for charity

by dhonig

Some of you saw my earlier diary, 11 year old starts a charity. In sum, my 11 year old son started his own nonprofit corporation, Kidstruments Fund, Inc. It started when his orchestra teacher's violin broke and he started a fundraiser to help fix it. I'll leave the rest of the story to him:

The Kidstruments Fund will make grants to schools and school districts prior to the start of every school year, to support Orchestra programs in need.

Josh learned, in the process of running the first fundraiser, that there were kids who wanted to be in orchestra, but could not afford the instrument rentals. Sometimes, there were kids who couldn’t afford to rent the instrument they wanted to play. And in some places, there are schools that can’t afford to even run an orchestra program. That’s why he decided to turn his fundraiser into a permanent charity, and The Kidstruments Fund was born.

Well, now he has a new idea. As he described it to me, "it costs less than my allowance,* and it could help so many people." Take a leap below the dancing treble clefs for more.

(*It costs less than his allowance, assuming he takes out the garbage, puts away his own laundry, and does other things to help around the house. Sorry, had to be Dad here.)

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Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 12:32 PM PST

11 year old starts a charity

by dhonig

and he's my son, so let me be proud for a minute, okay?

My 11 year old was sitting in his 6th grade orchestra class when his teacher's violin fell and broke. She was in tears. She was living on a new teacher's salary, and the violin that broke was given to her by her deceased father.

He came home, built a website, and started a fundraiser to help fix the violin. In just 4 days he raised enough money to fix it. In the process, of raising the money and interacting with the school, he learned there are kids who can't afford to participate in orchestra or band because they can't pay the instrument rental. He learned that there are even whole schools that can't afford music programs.

Follow over the amorous treble clefs to find out what he did.

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