We are against undocumented immigrants. We will round them up and build a wall. We know Obama is a Muslim, not born in America. We know vaccines cause autism and global warming is a hoax.
We choose war instead of foreign policy. We will give more tax cuts to the rich. We will limit the rights of women and gays. We will deny lesbians the right to marry. We will make it harder for blacks to vote. Muslims will not be tolerated, and certainly not taught science. Teachers deserve less pay and school get too much funding. And why should you pay for lunches for poor kids?
Vote for me. I'll fix America good!
[blatantly cut/pasted from Robert Reich on fb by 121Contact]
KIRKUK, 16 September 2015 (IRIN) - The Islamic State has forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from minority sects to flee. But the militants, who are Sunni Muslims, have actually displaced more of their own co-religionists. Caught between IS and hostility from other Iraqis, these displaced are pushed back into the militants' hands. [full story]
ISIS is more than beheadings, and works hard to gain the subjugated allegiance critical to its continued existence.
"...one week of official media releases of the Islamic State (IS)...provides a snapshot upon which to better understand the different styles and messaging streams IS releases on a weekly basis. ...IS produces much more material, and on a broader range of topics, than what gets reported in the mainstream media. Execution videos make up just a fraction of the overall outputand are dwarfed by the number of IS productions on military affairs, governance, preaching, moral policing, and other themes. The analysis also shows that IS relies very heavily on visual as opposed to text-based propaganda, and that most of its military activities take place in Iraq, not Syria."
"The lives of those who do not fight you are sacred, especially the weak among the elderly, the children, and the women, even if they were the families of those who fight you. It is unlawful for you to violate the sacredness of those who fight you except for their belongings." Ayatollah Sayed Ali Al-Sistani, in Advice and Guidance to the Fighters on the Battlefields, 2015
At the first anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero a small army of bagpipes finished "Amazing Grace." That slow beating drum synchronized the souls of all who stood waiting for the tradition-to-come reading of the names.
The first names of the those who died on 9/11 were slowly pouring into the air. My brother and I were standing a little bit off to one side of the podium, our feet already tired, and we talked about how Mitch's name wouldn't be read for hours. I remember that it wasn't really quiet. People were coming and going, phone-talking, or chatting softly. Occasionally a joke or remembrance told would bring a soft laughter into the morning.
Sometimes the clan of the victim was close by. The name, no matter how softly read, slashed the morning air and focused seemingly at random on a group of ten, or two, or occasionally of one, in the tens of thousands who had gathered.
"I knew him," Ken said quietly. And then, after more, some more names came off the podium, each one slashing the morning air, he said, again, "I knew him." I stopped counting after a couple of dozen lives known and now gone were acknowledged. He had helped some get their jobs in the Twin Towers. Some were colleagues, friends, or competitors.
ISIS is evidently back in control of Baiji. [antiwar.com] It's a resource rich area at the beginning of the "Tigris Road" that leads down to Baghdad through Baiji, Tikrit, and Samara. It connects N-ISIS with S-ISIS.
This connector is ISIS controlled. These two ISIS armies are fighting different battles, but a logistics priority lies in maintaining the connection.