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A 39-year-old Muslim cab driver who served in the Iraq war says that an executive from an aviation company accused him of being a jihadist and broke his jaw in what activists are calling a hate crime.
Mohamed A. Salim told The Washington Post that Emerald Aviation President Ed Dahlberg attacked him after he picked him up at Country Club of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at around 2 a.m. on Friday. Dahlberg had been drinking and was told that he would have to finish his open beer before getting into the cab.
Salim recorded audio of the encounter on his cell phone.
Dahlberg can be heard asking Salim, who emigrated from Somalia, to define "jihad" and then lumping him in with "radical fucking Muslims blowing people up all over the world."
"Denounce those motherfuckers now!" Dahlberg demands. "If you're a fucking Muslim flying jets into the fucking World Trade Center then fuck you. I will slice your fucking throat right now."
After Salim threatens to call 911, Dahlberg can be seen grabbing for the cell phone.
Salim said that Dahlberg left the cab, but then returned and broke his jaw before running into the woods.
Dahlberg was charged with misdemeanor assault and police are determining if charges should be elevated to a felony hate crime. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday said that medical records and the 11-minute cell phone recording were being used as evidence in the case.
It would be nice to see the Republicans called out like this more often for being willing to sabotage their own government if they don't get their way or like the results of the last election. Chris Matthews called them out for just that during his "let me finish" segment on this Tuesday's Hardball: Obama, not the GOP, wants to keep government working:
Let me finish tonight with this.
I think the difference between the Democrats and Republicans is getting as wide as the Grand Canyon.
Watch how they do it:
President Obama wants to keep the government running. Republicans threaten to stop it. It’s relentless. The fiscal “abyss,” the “debt ceiling,” the “sequester,” the end of the “continuing resolution.” Different words, different deadlines, all detonate the same explosion. Threaten to crash the government if you don’t like the way it’s doing something if you don’t like who the American voter has elected.
Isn’t this what the Republicans did back in the old days? If you don’t like government—Guatemala, Iran, the Dominican Republic, Chile—just bring it down.
Guess what? The Republicans are now using that tactic here at home. If they don’t like who’s been elected, they find some way to undermine it, discredit its leaders, whatever it takes to destroy it. We’re using the ways of the old Cold War CIA to destabilize our own country.
Look at the impact these constant threats to shutdown the government are having on public confidence. It’s undermining it, making people forever nervous about the basic ability of America to even have a government.
Is that patriotic? I don’t think so.
Now if we could just get his producers to spare us from the sort of "fair and balanced" discussion he had on the same topic earlier in the program with Michael Steele laughing at the notion that his party behaves this way even though it's obvious he knows full well it's true, and freaking "Fix the Debt" Ed Rendell supposedly representing the left -- maybe we'd be getting somewhere.
I'm not sure how someone this stupid manages to find employment anywhere, much less on a television network with millions of viewers, but it's Fox, so this is the sort of idiocy we've come to expect from that network. On this Friday's The Five, guest co-host and O'Reilly ambush specialist Jesse Watters took offense to regular Bob Beckel pointing out that there was genocide committed against Native American Indians.
The segment was in response to another hit piece by Judicial Watch and Breitbart's site over some USDA "sensitivity training" where one Samuel Betances apparently gave a presentation where he told their workers that the "Pilgrims were illegal aliens." This of course has the right, that could care less about billions of dollars being wasted on our military industrial complex and starting wars freaking out about "government waste" and political correctness, which you can find many, many examples of here.
But back to the segment, here is the back and forth between Beckel and Watters after some of the others weighed in on their latest drummed up scandal to obsess over:
BECKEL: That's right, this is way out of their area of expertise, but I will say this again, the English, the Europeans came over and threw the Indians off their land, exterminated them, threw them into reservations...
WATTERS: Exterminated!! (crosstalk) So let me get this straight Bob. America's Founding Fathers, they came over here, colonized America and made it the great land that we are today. You're saying they exterminated a whole race of people?
BECKEL: I see you must have been educated in Chicago...
WATTERS: You don't really believe that, do you?
BECKEL: ... because the Founding Fathers came here a hundred years after the Pilgrims came here.
WATTERS: The colonists, Bob and all the principles that came over on the Mayflower... freedom...
BECKEL: What do you think they did with the Indians? What do you think they did with them?
WATTERS: What do you think they did with who?
BECKEL: Those Indians that occupied that land.
WATTERS: They ate corn and they had Thanksgiving.
BECKEL: Oh, I see. They all did that. I guess they had turkey, a little stuffing...
WATTERS: And they dressed (inaudible) and they wrapped themselves around blankets. Yeah. And they sang kumbaya.
I didn't think it was possible to lower the collective IQ of the hosts on The Five any further than they are already when regular Greg Gutfeld is on there. I was wrong. How dare anyone tell their audience anything other than the revisionist history we love to repeat about our treatment of Native Americans.
Jon Stewart had a field day with wingnut and too crazy for Fox "news" flamethrower Glenn Beck, who went and followed in the footsteps of the "patriots" who decided to build their own little utopia that Dave told us about here: Threepers Creepers: On Far-Right Fringes, the Exodus to the Woods is Under Way.
Regular readers of this blog have probably already read Ellen's post on Beck's plans to "build himself some kind of libertarian-utopia theme park called Independence, USA" but in case you missed it and want to know more about what Stewart was mocking in the segment above, you can catch up here: Glenn Beck Announces Plans To Build A Libertarian Disneyland.
Here's more from Mediaite on Stewart's takedown of Beck: Stewart Eviscerates Glenn Beck’s Freedom Town Plans: Sounds Like A ‘Perfect Marxist Utopia’:
If you love America, then why wouldn’t you want to live in a town that isolates you from the rest of America? Jon Stewart helped pitch these new isolated towns by advocates of a less intrusive federal government, including one promoted by Glenn Beck. Beck has repeatedly emphasized that he wants to stop the government from stifling freedoms, which is why Stewart found it odd that his libertarian utopia sounds instead like a Marxist utopia. [...]
Stewart took issue with Beck’s adherence to patterns is a supposedly free society, as well as his bizarre insistence that there will be ABSOULTELY NO GAP or Ann Taylor to shop at. And with Beck’s suggestion that all food be local, Stewart used Beck’s own words about controlling people to basically compare Beck to a Hitler-like leader.
Stewart found it striking that Beck’s right-wing, liberty-minded town sounds so much like a “perfect Marxist utopia,” particularly with Beck’s comment that his town will “break the class barriers,” and got to the real heart of what Independence, USA is about.
“They don’t really believe in freedom. ‘Freedom to.’ They believe in ‘freedom from.’ Freedom from liberals, from people they disagree with. From the sensibly priced clothing of Ann Taylor. These folks that cloak themselves in patriotism pretending they alone can reveal the true intent of our Constitution are not our Founding Fathers incarnate. They’re just another shitty neighborhood association whose nostalgia utopia will fall apart the minute somebody decides to paint their house mauve.”
Stewart wrapped things up by saying that if anyone needed him, he'd be in his back yard, eating hot dogs, drinking beer and listening to a little Springsteen. Sounds like a whole lot more fun than living in Beck's libertarian compound to me.
The man who is likely to be Alabama’s next chief justice is warning that God will continue to punish America until same sex marriage and abortion are outlawed.
Speaking to around 100 anti-abortion supporters at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally on Saturday, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore said that "Satan is out to destroy everything that God has created."
"This is not just about religion, this is about law; the organic law of our country," the candidate explained. "When they pretended to give the right of choice to that woman, they took away the right of life to that child."
Moore added that Satan was also "convincing many in our land that they can form a marriage between the same gender. My, how God must be sad about this. He has a controversy with the inhabitants of this land, and until we reject those evils, we shall suffer accordingly."
"We wonder why we’re suffering economically, why we’re suffering economically, why we’re suffering the moral decay, and now they want to take away that natural union between a man and woman that’s called family."
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary was forced to strip Moore of the chief justice title in 2003 because he rejected a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, and now that he is running again, many Republicans in the state "are privately despondent over the prospect of a Moore victory and its effect on the state’s image," The New York Times reported on Sunday.
Earlier this year, Moore told conservative talk show host Steve Deace that secular government would eventually lead to Islamic law in the United States because “a government that is denying God” allowed Sharia law to take hold.
Moore's entire speech at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally is available here.
(h/t: Right Wing Watch)
In case you missed it, from Friday evening's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart's Best F#@king News Team Ever showed us that in order to run America more like a business, as Republicans keep claiming we need to do, some under performing states are going to have to downsize.
Once again our comedy shows are doing the work of showing the absurdity of Republican talking points that our Villagers in the media that call themselves "news" refuse to do.
From this Friday evening's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had some fun with Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention, which he described as the "most joy" he's "gotten from an old man since Dick Cheney non-fatally shot one in the face."
After showing a bit more of Eastwood's performance at the RNC, Stewart proceeded to rip apart Mitt Romney's speech and the reason that Clint Eastwood's speech was so damaging to Republicans.
STEWART: Here's why it hurts. It hurts these Republicans bad because this convention, like all conventions is a scripted and focus group fantasy and the display of Eastwood's Gran Torino id was the very thing Republicans had constructed the entire week to suppress.
This convention was the vision of a perfect America that used to exist, until Barack Obama ruined it and so what if that America had never actually existed.
ROMNEY: To be an American was to assume that all things were possible. That unique brand of optimism, humility... it's that good feeling when you have more time to volunteer to coach your kid's soccer team or help out on school trips. It's when we see that new business opening up downtown, so when we go to work in the morning and see everybody else on the block doing the same thing. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to.
STEWART: Gee whiz pops, that sounds awesome. That was the uncomplicated America that you remember. I think in the early '60's there are some churches in Alabama that would have disagreed with your sports team versus place of worship anecdote.
But the point is this, when this convention attempted to do is say that we could all live again in this nostalgic paradise, if it weren't for this one f**king guy.
After pointing out that Republicans have invented a complete fiction of a world that never existed and playing a bunch of clips of these Republicans at the convention attacking President Obama, Stewart laid waste to Romney's ridiculous talking point during his speech that he really wanted Obama to succeed.
STEWART: Bull f**king s**t! You... wanted... Obama to succeed? We may not remember that America was never Mayberry, but we sure at s**t can remember back to 2009.
Cue the clips of Fox "News" and rMoney himself hoping for failure from President Obama almost immediately after he got elected and Clint Eastwood giving us more proof that Republicans live in upside down land and a world of projecting their faults onto their opponents, regardless of reality.
In Monday night's debate, this exchange immediately followed the audience booing Ron Paul for invoking the Golden Rule as part of foreign policy.
I wonder if Mitt Romney really understands the Taliban. I wonder if he understands that there are different factions of the Taliban in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. But mostly, I wonder if he understands that no matter how hard he might try, he cannot truly challenge the current Administration's successful foreign policy, even when that foreign policy includes negotiations with the Taliban.
Romney practically oozes testosterone as he swears that negotiation with the Taliban is absolutely off-limits to a President Romney. He reiterates the neocon line that Iraq was necessary and the only way to avoid such "necessary conflicts" would be to build the "strongest military in the world." Because of course, spending all that money on weapons of world destruction surely endears us to the rest of the world.
This is the official Republican party line. It wouldn't matter if it was Romney or Santorum. These men are one hundred percent committed to Empire writ large all over the world. They have no compunction about our young people being sent off to die for no apparent reason beyond revenge in foreign lands, nor would they lose even a little bit of sleep at night.
Also? I'd like to correct one thing Mr. Romney said. No Iraqi killed Americans. No Iraqi declared war on us. No Iraqi did harm to us. But we invaded and occupied their country anyway, based on a lie. I also appreciate his endorsement of our current President's foreign policy.
Transcript below the fold.
Looks like Pat Buchanan finally made an appearance on a network where he belongs... over at Fox "News" with Sean Hannity where was making the rounds trying to sell his new book.
Pat Buchanan doesn't think "minorities are bad for the country." At least that's what he claimed last night on Fox News. In an interview with Sean Hannity to discuss his new book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, Buchanan expanded on part of the book's premise, that America is "disintegrating" because "white America is an endangered species." Though he claimed that minorities aren't "bad for the country," the America of 2041 Buchanan sketched is one that is bankrupt economically, confounded by crime and lawlessness, and where English is a second language.
Lots more there with analysis of the interview and Buchanan's long history of racism, so go read the rest.
Full transcript below the fold.