Petition #1: The US should pursue diplomacy with Iran, not military action.
To my great relief, some in the US Congress have figured out that war against Iran would be a really, really bad idea (here are two good pieces on that: Experts Say Iran Attack Is Irrational, Yet Hawks Are Winning the Debate by Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast and Military action isn’t the only solution to Iran by Thomas Pickering and William Luers in The Washington Post).
Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Walter Jones (R-NC) are circulating what’s called a sign-on letter, asking Representatives to urge the Administration to pursue diplomacy in order to resolve our differences with Iran.
Please note update, below.
At some point in recent years — I think it was about the time that then-candidate Obama started running as if on fire from the Muslim “accusation” — I found myself a self-appointed basher of Muslim-bashing.
I wrote an op/ed about Obama’s reactions to the Muslim thing for the Detroit Free Press, and since then, have occasionally gotten to fill the role of Muslim-bashing-basher professionally (as a contract writer), but mostly, it’s been me standing on my virtual soapbox and yelling as loudly as I can — as was the case on Sunday night, this time on Twitter.
Via Twitter, I learned that the CNN documentary Unwelcome: The Muslim Next Door had aired that evening, and brought to light some pretty hair-raising anti-Muslim hatred, leaving some of my Muslim Twitter buddies upset and saddened. I spontaneously responded by starting a new hashtag: #MuslimAmericanHero.
Over the next 24 hours or so, a bunch of us swapped the names and stories of Americans we admire or even find heroic, Americans who happen to be Muslim, and I learned a lot in the process. Did you know, for instance, that an Egyptian-American Muslim scientist named Farouk El-Baz served as the Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning for NASA’s Apollo Program? Yeah, neither did I. But if you helped put people on the moon? You are totally an American hero in my book.
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There’s too many motherfuckin’ sockpuppets in this motherfuckin’ internet!
Good grief! Is this my destiny? After publishing my recent story about the sockpuppet known as RainbowGirl and her reign of error at DailyKos, I had hoped I was done writing about people creating fake identities online in furtherance of their nefarious agendas.
But no! They keep pulling me back in!
Thursday began, as so many days do, with a check-in at Facebook. See what’s happening among my circle of virtual friends, get the latest news and views. The hot topic that morning was the Peter King (R-NY Asshole) inquisition on Radical Mooslims who are coming to rape your daughters and blow you to smithereens while you’re shopping at WalMart.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA Righteous Woman Warrior1) posted a Facebook status update on the hearings, in which she would be participating, as follows:
An excellent and righteous statement in defense of the Muslim community, and one that was getting mostly favorable comments from her Facebook followers, except for one guy from Pflugerville, TX, who had dire warnings about her re-election chances (perhaps he’ll be moving to her district before 2012?).
And then came Emma, the turd in the punchbowl. She wasn’t very popular with the rest of Jackie’s fans. Continue reading