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Who should we really be afraid of?

You wouldn’t know it from watching the GOP debate, but:

Per wikipedia, the number of Americans living within the United States who died in 2015 thanks to Islamic terror: 0. 1 person was injured. The two assailants were killed.

The number of Americans living in the United States killed by gun violence in 2013, per the CDC was 33,636.

One might look at this and wonder why Americans are so fearful of Muslims and yet so blase about gun owners.

How fucked up this country is…

You know, if the shooting in Texas had been an ordinary, run of the mill attempt to mass homicide at a mall, movie theater, company, or a KINDERGARTEN by a pair of lunatics with guns, it would be out of the news already.

But because someone has now breathed the magic word of terrorism, I fully predict the country to lose its collective shit and start hyper-fucking-ventilating about terrorism for the next few months.

Which I suspect is the murderous fucking cunts in ISIS’ point in claiming responsibility for it.

Edited to add that if you find yourself more offended by my language than by the fact that we tolerate mass shootings enough for them to be considered normal, then I think you’re part of the problem.

Mission accomplished, part the infinity

Thanks again to our former president and the warmongers he surrounded himself with for continuing news like this.

LONDON (AFP) – An Iraqi archbishop called for military action in his homeland in a speech to British lawmakers on Tuesday, and warned the Church of England’s general synod that Christianity in Iraq could become extinct.

“As a Catholic, I find it hard to say, but I want military action. There is no other way now,” Bashar Warda, the Archbishop of Erbil, was quoted by the BBC as telling parliamentarians on a visit to London.

Speaking to religious leaders later Tuesday, he said there was now a threat of the “extinction of Christianity as a religion and as a culture” in Iraq.

We did this. We unleashed hell without considering the consequences of doing so, and we did it for no damned good reason. This is something we should remember whenever the hawks beat the tribal drums of war for the next Hitler of the Week, as they are trying to do with Iran, Syria, and Russia.

There is no good answer to this problem. But we should start by opening our doors freely to these people and offer to pay to relocate them.

Home of the brave indeed…

So make an anonymous threat and invoke the words 9/11, and everyone loses their collective shit and utterly capitulates to your demands.

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s extraordinary decision to scrap the Christmas release of “The Interview” came amid mounting pressure from powerful theater owners and other studios concerned that the film’s release could keep moviegoers away from multiplexes during the holidays, one of the most lucrative periods for Hollywood.

The action came as U.S. intelligence officials confirmed widespread speculation that the North Korean government was behind the devastating cyberattack, which has hobbled Sony Pictures and spread fear throughout the entertainment industry. “The Interview” depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Federal investigators began briefing some legislators that the rogue state gave the order to raid Sony’s computer system, leading to a massive leak of sensitive data, including emails, financial documents and even the salaries of Sony’s top executives.

The U.S. government takes “very seriously any attempt to threaten or limit artists’ freedom of speech or of expression,” and it’s “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response” to the cyberattack, a National Security Council spokeswoman said in a Wednesday night statement.

The fast-moving events that led to Sony yanking the film across the country came after the nation’s top theater chains decided to cancel screenings following threats of violence against theater-goers by Guardians of Peace, the hacking group that has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Even now, 13 years later, after empowering torturers, after bombing the hell out of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, after letting the government read our emails, we still have no idea how to respond to terrorist threats.

I really do shudder to think of what America will look like if there’s another terrorist attack on our nation.

Comic for the day

He jokes, but if we had another terrorist incident on a plane, I’m not completely convinced that the NRA wouldn’t advocate letting people conceal carry guns on a plane.

Land of the free…

And in case you were still wondering, why yes, we are still holding men prisoner, a faction of whom have been cleared of the charges they were accused of.

And yes, we are very upset that in response to our gracious offer of indefinite detention without redress or hope of release, that the majority of these men have opted to try and commit suicide, because their deaths will make us look bad as opposed to keeping them alive and imprisoned and under constant control until Father Time or God decides to let them out of their misery of being indefinitely locked up (some of them on charges they have been cleared of.)

Gotta break a few eggs for that Freedom omelet, people.

And yes, we are now making conditions even worse for them as a response.

We’re doomed…

Further proof that we are, in fact, very doomed as a culture:

Exhibit A: People are actually having a political slap fight with each other because the President didn’t use the word terrorism in his first remarks given after the Boston bombing.

Exhibit B: For most of us, our introduction to terrorism coincided with 9/11, in which a group of former Islamic rebels in a brutal civil war who were trained, formerly financed and aided by the United States decided to kill several thousand of us for political and religious reasons. Fast forward 12 years, and who could have predicted that giving aid (and military aid) in some cases to a group of Islamic rebels in the middle of civil war might one day come back to bite us in the butt?

Exhibit C: While we’re talking about predictions, who could have predicted that, even after a classroom full of 1st graders ends up getting shot with a couple hundred bullets, that Congress couldn’t even pass a toothless expansion of background checks for gun purchasers that 92% of Americans support?

Exhibit D: A nonpartisan (or closer bipartisan) review finds that we, in fact, did torture prisoners during the Bush administration. It is greeted with a collective yawn.

Exhibit E:

It’s been more than 24 hours since the explosions in Boston. But while new details emerge by the hour, the question on so many people’s minds remains unanswered: Who did it?

“The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said, for the umpteenth time, at a press conference early Tuesday evening.

For many journalists I’ve spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous. The identification of the attacker(s) and the reasons for the attack will likely have enormous political (and potentially geoplitical) ramifications, which will vary greatly depending on whether the attacker(s) is domestic or foreign, acting alone or as part of an organization. We’re standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is.

There are people still hovering on the brink between life and death; people who have to get up this morning and in the middle of their grief, try and pull it together enough to make funeral arrangements or flight arrangements from China to lay their loved ones to rest, and our media is complaining because the Boston PD and the FBI aren’t sitting around gossiping with them.

In our name…

Always remember, they hate us for our freedom

The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the “dirty wars” in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq, that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents. These units conducted some of the worst acts of torture during the US occupation and accelerated the country’s descent into full-scale civil war.

The allegations made by both American and Iraqis witnesses in the Guardian/BBC documentary, for the first time implicates US advisors in the human rights abuses committed by the commandos. It is also the first time that General David Petraeus – who last November was forced to resign as director of the CIA after a sex scandal – has been linked through an advisor to this abuse. Coffman reported to Petraeus and described himself in an interview with the US military newspaper Stars and Stripes as Petraeus’s “eyes and ears out on the ground” in Iraq.

“They worked hand in hand,” said General Muntadher al-Samari, who worked with Steele and Coffman for a year while the commandos were being set up. “I never saw them apart in the 40 or 50 times I saw them inside the detention centres. They knew everything that was going on there … the torture, the most horrible kinds of torture.”

Additional reporting by the Guardian confirmed further details of how the interrogation system worked. “Every single detention centre would have its own interrogation committee,” claimed the former general, who has for the first time talked in detail about the US role in the brutal interrogation units. “Each one was made up of an intelligence officer and eight interrogators. This committee will use all means of torture to make the detainee confess like using electricity or hanging him upside down, pulling out their nails, and beating them on sensitive parts.” There is no evidence that Steele or Coffman tortured prisoners themselves, only that they were sometimes present in the detention centres where torture took place, and were involved in the processing of thousands of detainees.