1. “What 2016 Might Look Like
Back at home, the PATRIOT Act Three has also been praised by the administration, Congress, and the mainstream media. Real-time screening of all emails originating in the United States and monitoring of all bank transactions by the National Security Agency has produced valuable leads in a number of terrorist cases, according to the White House press spokesman Charlie Sheen. Director of National Intelligence Joseph Lieberman reports that the increased tempo of midnight raids by FBI SWAT teams has also thwarted a number of terrorist plots. The White House has dismissed criticism over the reported deaths of more than 300 homeowners shot dead while resisting the intruders, noting that the FBI action is necessary because of the terrorist threat and has made Americans safer. FBI Director Lindsey Graham advises people to lie down with their fingers interlaced behind their heads and not resist when their front door crashes open at 3 a.m. because his men have a right to defend themselves.”
2. Of course not:
“Did Ahmadinejad really say Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’?
Cole said this week that in the 1980s Khomeini gave a speech in which he said in Persian “Een rezhim-i eshghalgar-i Quds bayad az sahneh-i ruzgar mahv shaved.” This means, “This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the arena of time.” But then anonymous wire service translators rendered Khomeini as saying that Israel “must be wiped off the face of the map,” which Cole and Nourouzi say is inaccurate.
Ahmadinejad slightly misquoted Khomeini, substituting “safheh-i ruzgar,” or “page of time” for “sahneh-i ruzgar” or “arena of time.” But in any case, the old translation was dug up and used again by the Iranian news agency, Cole says.”
3. “Steve Jobs: Arab-American, Buddhist, Psychedelic Drug User, and Capitalist World-Changer
The conservative backlash of the past 30 years has put hundreds of thousands of people behind bars for drug use (though not for alcohol use, the licit dangerous drug), and Rick Perry’s insistence that the US is a Christian nation is an attempt to erase the Steve Jobses from American history. Herman Cain’s Islamophobia is an attempt to exclude people like Jobs’s biological father from American legitimacy. But you can’t take a Muslim Arab immigrant, a Hindu guru, Buddhist monks, and some little pills out of this great American success story without making nonsense of it. Multiculturalism and cultural and religious experimentation, not fundamentalism and racism, are what make America great. Jobs showed that they are not incompatible with that other American icon, business success. Contemporary conservatism has given us over-paid and under-regulated financiers who add no real value to anything, unlike Jobs. If the Perrys ever do succeed in remaking the US in their own image, it will be a much reduced, crippled America that can no longer lead the world in creative innovation.”
4. “Half of U.S. Households Receive Government Aid … But One-Third of Americans Are Still One Paycheck Away from Homelessness”
5. “More African-American Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved Before Civil War
More African-American Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved Before Civil War”
6. “Cain to Wall Street protesters: ‘Blame yourself’ for joblessness”