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Dense: from Amos Oz to Tennessee

On the left and the right — again — the Holocaust is shamelessly exploited

A Republican Tennessee state senator had this to say about Obamacare in a blog post:

“Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the ‘40s.”

We wish we could say that metaphor-challenged State Sen. Stacey Campfield later acknowledged his gross ignorance. But sort of like Donald Sterling apologizing, Campfield had this to say:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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“I abducted your girls. By Allah, Iwill sell them in the marketplace.” Thus speaks Abubakar Shekau, Nigeria’s Islamic leader of Boko Haram, which kidnapped some 300 teenage school girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria three weeks ago. Thus reports Michelle Faul of the Associated Press. “The kidnapped girls,” Shekau said, “will remain slaves with us. They are slaves, and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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US stokes arms races worldwide

America is not responsible for the world’s ills. But as the only military-economic superpower, our country does carry special responsibilities. The wise exercise of this power can hold the world peace, at least in most places. Recent American withdrawal from these responsibilities has generated dangerous arms races around the world. The primary American actor here is President Obama, but hardly without the firm support of Republican leaders. Syria. Israel. Crimea. Ukraine. Iran. North Korea. ...
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American education’s racial madness

What is wrong with this picture? The Center for American Progress and the National Education Association bemoan the fact that minority students in American public schools do not have the same percentage of minority teachers. If the concern is that more minorities should become qualified to be teachers, well and good. But that’s not what these group bemoan. They maintain that a minority student, in order to succeed, needs a minority teacher; and on that basis bemoan the lack of minority teach...
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Wall Street’s secrecy swindle

In the national debate over what to do about public pension shortfalls, here’s something you may not know: The texts of the agreements signed between those pension funds and financial firms are almost always secret. Yes, that’s right. Although they are public pensions that taxpayers contribute to and that public officials oversee, the exact terms of the financial deals being engineered in the public’s name and with public money are typically not available to you, the taxpayer....
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Marcy Oster Hungary’s newly appointed ambassador to Italy, who has been described as a far-right activist and anti-Semite, withdrew from the position. ... [Link]

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