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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An American Tragedy




To all the right wingers -- and you damn well know who you are -- who refer to all Muslims/Moslems as "vermin," and who believe all Muslims are enemies of this country, this tragic story is the consequence of that hatred -- your hatred :





The Killing Of Khalid Jabara Is An American Tragedy


"Stanley Vernon Majors, a 61-year-old ex-convict from California who repeatedly harassed and threatened the Jabaras, largely because they were Arab-American. Two weeks ago, on the evening of Aug. 12, Majors allegedly shot and killed the family’s youngest child, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara. 


“They escaped from the war, from the horrific situation in Lebanon and then they end up in tragedy like this in a country they adore,” Khalid’s cousin, Tania, told the Tulsa World. 

 Police have yet to establish a clear record of what happened the day of Khalid’s death. But from everything we know, it seems that Vernon Majors hated the Jabara family, and that he harbored baseless and destructive anti-Muslim beliefs ― ones that plenty of other Americans also subscribe to.

(Just read any of the rabid radical right wing blogs to confirm this. -- SK) 

Majors’ hate did not and does not exist in a vacuum. It exists in a country where openly Islamophobic political speech is on the rise, and where Muslims ― or, as in the case of Khalid Jabara, people perceived to be Muslim ― are being targeted more and more for their faith, their dress and the color of their skin. If Majors is a monster, he’s an American one."


The Killing 

 Majors, a Los Angeles native, moved next door to the Jabaras in 2011. He soon developed what a police captain would later describe as an “unusual fixation” with the family. 

 He terrorized them, leaving menacing letters in crude handwriting on the Jabaras’ property. There were threatening voicemails and emails too. 

Most telling, perhaps, were the slurs he allegedly hurled at the family: “dirty Arabs,” “Aye-rabs” and “Mooslems.” “Fuck you Arabs, Fuck you bastards,” he allegedly told the family once. “I want to kill you all.”

That is the sort of language directed at Muslim-Americans you will find any day of the week on right wing blogs, and no one commenting on those blogs sees anything wrong with that sort of toxic hatred. Donald Trump's candidacy has further inflamed this demonization of Muslims, and his supporters, instead of denouncing him, feed into the mob mentality. And that's exactly what they are -- a mob of thugs who would cheer people like Stanley Vernon Majors on and encourage more of the same barbarity.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds





h/t to Ducky's Here:



Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds 

As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period


"The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world. 

 The finding comes from a report, appearing in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, that the maternal mortality rate in the United States increased between 2000 and 2014, even while the rest of the world succeeded in reducing its rate. 

Excluding California, where maternal mortality declined, and Texas, where it surged, the estimated number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births rose to 23.8 in 2014 from 18.8 in 2000 – or about 27%. But the report singled out Texas for special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval."








Texas Pregnancy Related Deaths SKYROCKET 66% After GOP Killed Women’s Health Services


Just wondering where all those right wingers are who claim Democrats are committing genocide on the African-American community because a majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are in the black communities (false) and that PP is conducting the genocide (false).

Here's a story -- a factual story-- of how the Republican policies in Texas have contributed to a 66% increase in maternal death rates because of GOP cuts to clinics and other health care facilities for  poor women.  Unlike the conservative charge that Planned Parenthood is deliberately killing black fetuses --a damned lie -- what's happened in Texas is real and verifiable.


What do those phony family values Goopers have to say about this appalling story?


**crickets**





"In 2011, the state of Texas had a sudden and startling increase of pregnancy-related deaths. That same year, the state aimed toward getting rid of grants for family-planning clinics in particular, cutting services by 66 perccent across the entire state.

In 2011, the state of Texas had a sudden and startling increase of pregnancy-related deaths. That same year, the state aimed toward getting rid of grants for family-planning clinics in particular, cutting services by 66 perccent across the entire state."


So the political party that blamed liberals and Planned Parenthood for a black genocide -- that same political party, in the state of Texas, is actually responsible for the skyrocketing maternal deaths in poor girls and women?

Who could have guessed  that cutting funding to clinics for poor girls and women would result in such a tragedy?


Well, the liberals who fought against the Republican smear machine that demonized Planned Parenthood -- that's who.  

Do these people ever get anything right?



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Funnies



Trump supporters get EXTREME VETTING -- y'know what Trump proposed for Muslims entering the U.S. -- extreme vetting to make sure that Muslims accept American core values.

Trump supporters get tested on American core values...


and FAIL!

Should they be deported to where Trump wants to deport American Muslim????