ISIS, Paris, Refugees, and Stuff
- Pressure grows in the U.S. House to block more Syrian refugees from resettling in America.
- Meanwhile, the president and presidential wannabees aren’t doing a good job leading.
- Bonus: Video Supercut of Obama’s Monday presser, set to the doleful music of Mozart’s Lacrimosa.
- Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump argue it’s too cold in America to take on Syrian refugees. Bernie Sanders says global warming causes terrorism. All three want to be your next president.
- A reasoned argument for defeating the Islamic State, using force it can understand.
- Or maybe we can’t successfully fight them.
- A Charlie Hebdo cartoonist’s take on the terrorism in Paris.
- “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!“
- Remember Nydia Tisdale, the videographer arrested at a GOP campaign rally in Dawsonville in August 2014? She was indicted yesterday on two felony counts and one misdemeanor count.
- Despite what you may have heard, the uprisings at Yale, Mizzou and other universities are about racism.
- And yes, discrimination exists, especially if you are Muslim, black or gay. Except for Tea Partiers, more of whom believe there is more discrimination against whites than blacks, but less discrimination against blacks and gays than do Republicans, Democrats or Independents.
- The Oxford Dictionary picks this emoji ? as the word of the year.
- Adding another voice to political media, Gawker plans to “take a ‘Daily Show’ approach to covering the ever-intensifying culture wars.” We’re looking forward to the competition.
Blasts from the Past
- Written fourteen months ago, discussing what happened back in 1785, but in light of ISIS, still relevant.
- Sunday will be the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the start of the ’60s. For those of us of a certain age, it left an indelible memory on our lives. Two years ago, the AJC’s Jim Galloway penned this column about his memories of a turbulent time, and it’s well worth reading again.