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What Donald Trump and Terry Jones have in common

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Terry Jones, remember him? He was the so-called pastor/prophet  of the Florida-based Dove Outreach Center who had a hankering for burning stuff. The Koran. Effigies of Obama. His own character. My students at Central Washington University used to get so fired up when I would lecture about Jones. Students who had brothers or sisters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They felt correctly that Jones’s inflammatory rhetoric would endanger American soldiers.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Jones took to the Internet and issued a call for an International Day of Burning the Koran. He ended up hosting the book burning himself at his Florida fraud church. That then led to a retaliatory action by Afghan extremists, who stormed the UN and killed a dozen people, including American soldiers.The Defense Department and Homeland Security and everyone else tried to warn Terry Jones that his stupidity could and most likely would put American military in harm’s way. Secretary Robert M. Gates and Gen. David H. Petraeus warned him his actions were endangering the lives of U.S. military personnel.

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President Fraud & Resistance Fighters

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I read an essay about Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. It was a highly well-produced article that disputed the mainstream media’s reporting on Flynn. This particular essay claimed that Flynn was more “patriotic” and more disciplined than even General McChrystal. Flynn, the writer claimed, was a master at working with coalition partners.

I’m not putting up a link to the piece because it is nothing more than propaganda produced by Trump’s son-in-law. Did you know that his son-in-law owns the New York Observer? It sounds like a newspaper, right? Like something that might compete say with the New York Times or Washington Post. Only it’s tagline gives a reader more insight: A sophisticated take on news, culture, politics & luxury.

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Media Bashing: A National Sport

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Back when I was a reporter working the streets, one of my regular beats was cops and courts. I began my mornings by routine stops at the Oregon State Police, the city police, and the Sheriff’s Department. I would read through the phone logs for the previous 24 hours and make note of anything out of the ordinary. Most of these calls concerned things like dogs barking, neighbors arguing, unsightly trash, etc. But there would always be the random stabbing, the DUI by a local official, a body floating in the river, or the 53-year old man and a 14-year old having sex on the beach.

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Why I’m okay with that Klan Rally

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For the record, I do have an uncle named James Spears. He died a few years ago. So as far as I know I am of no relation to the James Spears, the Great Titan of the Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan, the group who is sponsoring an upcoming rally in support of the Confederate Flag flying over South Carolina.

Spears is all over the headlines for announcing the plans for the rally to be held next month at the South Carolina Statehouse. According to the Washington Post, the request for the rally was made one day after S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she would call on state lawmakers to remove the flag following the racists act that led to the slaying of nine people at a historic church in Charleston.

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On the Altar of War

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Mr. & Ms. Politician:

I heard you on the radio the other day. Public Broadcast, my favorite station. I listen to it every morning. Lately, though, I’ve taken to turning it off. Or not even turning it on. I don’t like starting my day angry and all this news leading into the next presidential election, well, it just makes me so mad I could spit red lava.

I don’t belong to any one party. There’s no point in it anymore. Not since Congress ruled that Corporations are people, too. You are all crooks. Lying. Cheating. Thieving. Carpet Bagging. Bunch.

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