And this day, nearly 70 years after then-18-year-old Anna Brunn and her mother were freed after losing her father and grandmother to the gas chambers, Ornstein wasn’t yet sold on memorials. They seem, she said, to imply punctuation, the end of something, as though everything possible has been learned.
“We like to think: ‘This is it! Now we’ll know better,’ ” she said as she came out of the cold and descended into the subterranean National September 11 Memorial Museum. But despite being what she calls “the most researched horror story in the world,” Ornstein said the Holocaust “was just the beginning of the century of genocide. Armenians, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda… . Now some Muslims say ‘Give me respect and maybe I’ll stop killing you.’ I only know we did not learn from the Holocaust that we should stop killing, because we did not.”
Ornstein, who lives outside Boston, had taken a taxi with a friend on a frigid morning to Ground Zero for the first time, to learn more about how a modern-day horror is memorialized.
President Obama announced Sunday that the U.S. and India have made progress on civilian nuclear trade. In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Obama said the countries had agreed to more cooperation in other areas as well, including defense and climate change.
Obama arrived in India Sunday for a three-day trip, and he and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Modi at the airport. The warm welcome was a “departure from protocol,” India Today reports.
Obama is the first U.S. president to visit India twice while in office, a point he brought up during the news conference.
I never thought I’d be spurred to defend GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, but the misogyny coming from the right, in the wake of her helping torpedo the 20-week abortion ban, is appalling.
The boys over at Red State are leading the charge, with sexually insecure sad sack Erick Erickson calling her “the GOP’s Abortion Barbie” (his sick nickname for Wendy Davis) and now another Red Stater, Aaron Gardner, asking “Is Renee Ellmers worthy of life?”
In a country where abortion providers have been murdered and clinics bombed, that’s a particularly ugly provocation.
Gardner justifies his threatening question by explaining he’s the product of rape - his biological grandfather apparently raped his grandmother — and that the rape exemption to the abortion ban that Ellmers supports somehow makes the case that he’s not worthy of life.
So maybe it’s not a surprise that nothing has divided the Holocaust denial ‘movement’ more than money: racial supremacists are a cantankerous and quarrelsome bunch by nature, so if you throw lucre into the ring, they will scrap like angry dogs for years at a time. There are few better examples of that phenomenon than Weber’s career leading the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), a period consumed by a war with its founder, Mr. Carto. The once-prominent pseudo-academic organization has greatly declined during their feud, which goes back nearly two decades.
The reason I bring all this up now is that a breitbartunmasked.com review of Weber’s 2013 IRS 990 filing for the ‘Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc.,’ a non-profit organization which controls the IHR, shows a sudden tenfold jump in income. Whereas the Legion normally takes in a little over $100,000 per average annum, Weber’s anti-Semitic, authoritarian, and racist organization was the recipient of more than $1 million during the 2013 calendar year. Sure, it’s possible that Charles and David Koch have slipped Weber a pile of scratch, but it’s much more likely that Weber finally received some part of a legal judgment related to a years-long dispute between the Holocaust deniers over control of a large bequest.
And all of that comes before the surprising, mysterious plot twist.
Racists, Nazis transition from ‘old school’ to ‘new school’
Willis Carto has been a fixture on the fringe of the radical right since the 1950s, when he emerged in the nation’s capital as the leader of the anti-Semitic ‘Liberty Lobby.’ By the time he founded ‘Youth for Wallace’ in 1968 to support the racial supremacist platform of Alabama Governor George Wallace, Carto had already lost or burned most of his bridges into the respectable world of DC lobbyists thanks to his extremism; in fact, he was disavowed by the John Birch Society. Yet by the early 1970s, Carto is also credited with swinging Lyndon LaRouche and his cult away from their Marxist origins and into the world of paranoid right wing extremist politics.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established “no-go zones,” in the Minnesotan city.
In response to a caller on Perkin’s show, “Washington Watch,” on Friday, who claimed that the “Muslim community” had established “no-go zones” in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the “military-type training,” he did accept that Europe — and some American cities — had these so-called “no-go zones.” (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)
“I mean, we saw the effect of that in France, where they have like 700 no-go zones, where authorities have allowed basically Sharia law to be imposed,” Perkins said, according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch. “There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don’t think it’s as clear-cut as what we’ve seen in Europe. It’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
The Santa Ana winds downed numerous trees and power poles across the region. The damage included a large billboard that blew down in Burbank, while a big tree fell into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys.
President Obama began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, where he is expected to spend much of the day holding talks on climate change, defense and economic ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi, wearing a gold kurta, broke protocol to personally welcome Obama with a hug as he disembarked from Air Force One in New Delhi with his wife Michelle.
The president’s arrival in New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency - Obama visited the country in Nov. 2010. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India’s Republic Day festivities, which start Monday and mark the 65th anniversary of the enactment of India’s constitution.
Of all the wacky ways to make money, I chose perhaps the wackiest. I transported dead bodies from point-of-death to the morgue for autopsies (and perhaps an inappropriate puppet show or two). Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, all were equal when slumming it in the back of my corpse wagon. I lasted two weeks — not long enough to encounter any dormant Highlanders or angry zombies, but long enough to be considered a crusty old veteran. The average body transporter quits that fast. Here’s why …
Read all about what some people put themselves through for $9/h. Do you know anybody who thinks government regulations are evil, that the free-market works, etc? Then staple, stitch, glue, and cement their butts to a chair, and make them read this link all the way through to the end.
In a blatant example of exactly how Republicans feel about civil rights and human rights, the GOP has deleted those words from the name of a Senate subcommittee that is responsible for issues including voting rights, hate crimes, racial, religious, ethnic, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation discrimination.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (photo) is now the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after Republicans took over the Senate in the November elections. Responsible for subcommittee assignments, Grassley, along with the subcommittee’s new Chair, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, have changed the name of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil and Human Rights to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution.
It’s a clear reminder and example of exactly what Republicans hold dear, and what they have contempt for.