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Land of Liberty, or Land of Hypocrisy?

During the winter of 1918-1919, there was a severe food shortage in Vienna, due to the First World War that had just ended. Many parents, unable to see their children starve, put them on trains bound for The Netherlands where food was plentiful, hoping that the Dutch would have compassion for the hungry children.

My reason for bringing this up is the contrast with the treatment being given at our borders to children from Central America sent here to find refuge from the drug cartels’ wars that are the unintended (I hope they are unintended) consequences of our own failed drug policies. The media coverage showing people banging the American flag against the bus and screaming racial epithets at the terrified children and their mothers stands in horrific contrast to the response of the Dutch in the winter of 1918-1919.

The way the Dutch responded should put us Americans to shame! Every single child was taken in by a Dutch family and given food, shelter and an education. (Incidentally, one of the children taken in by a Dutch family was Miep Geis who is remembered for the help and protection she later gave to Anne Frank and her family.)

It is ironic that these very people, these so-called “Christians”, who try to use the Bible to justify their other bigotries (e.g. their venomous hate for LGBT people), and who seem especially fond of the Book of Leviticus in justifying their bigotry, should forget this passage from Leviticus: "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:33-34)

If we want to truly live up to the values that we profess as Americans it behooves us to take a lesson from the Dutch and profit by their example. Otherwise we might as well remove Emma Lazarus’ inscription—“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of our teeming shore. Send these, the homeless tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”—from the Statue of Liberty!



i want to travel the world but i also want to stay home in bed

And this is why Bilbo Baggins speaks to my soul.

I understand!

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My human! MINE!!

My human! MINE!!

Food for thought.

Food for thought.

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"Shine on, shine on harvest moon, up in the sky…"

"Shine on, shine on harvest moon, up in the sky…"

Second, it is truly remarkable what ends people’s careers in Washington - and what does not end them. As Hastings detailed in that interview, Petraeus has left a string of failures and even scandals behind him: a disastrous Iraqi training program, a worsening of the war in Afghanistan since he ran it, the attempt to convert the CIA into principally a para-military force, the series of misleading statements about the Benghazi attack and the revealed large CIA presence in Libya. To that one could add the constant killing of innocent people in the Muslim world without a whiff of due process, transparency or oversight.

Yet none of those issues provokes the slightest concern from our intrepid press corps. His career and reputation could never be damaged, let alone ended, by any of that. Instead, it takes a sex scandal - a revelation that he had carried on a perfectly legal extramarital affair - to force him from power. That is the warped world of Washington. Of all the heinous things the CIA does, the only one that seems to attract the notice or concern of our media is a banal sex scandal. Listening to media coverage, one would think an extramarital affair is the worst thing the CIA ever did, maybe even the only bad thing it ever did (Andrea Mitchell: “an agency that has many things to be proud about: many things to be proud about”).

Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military | Glenn Greenwald (via wilwheaton)

Talk about messed up priorities!

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Malala Yousafzai, in a 2011 interview with CNN, discussing her activism on behalf of girls seeking education in Pakistan.

She’s an amazing woman… and deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for sure. 

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To all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, may prayers be with you and faith be your ”Light in the Storm”


To all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, may prayers be with you and faith be your ”Light in the Storm”