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    The Innocence of Muslims: Sam “The Imbecile” Bacile, Religious Freedom and Free Speech

    Let’s begin by making it clear that Sam Bacile’s “film,” The Innocence of Muslims, is a piece of crap. The film is embarrassingly terrible. Imagine the worst Saturday Night Live sketch that you have ever seen and then multiply it by 100. Everything about the film is distressingly awful: the script, the make-up, costumes, editing, etc., etc. Sam Bacile makes Ed Wood look like a celluloid genius in comparison. To sum up, Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims is an insult. It is an insult to filmmaking, it is an insult to artistic expression, it is an insult to free speech, it is an insult to intelligence, and it is an insult to humanity. Oh, and I suppose I should also mention that Sam Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims represents a profound insult to Muslims. In addition to its dung-brained anti-Muslim script, the film depicts the prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light–which to devout Muslims is one of the worst imaginable forms of sacrilege. Apparently, the primary reason that Sam “the Imbecile” produced his ill-begotten film was to insult and inflame the ire of Muslims. Thus, reprehensible as Bacile’s film assuredly is, the film has succeeded (Sadly!) in sparking precisely the sort of global outrage that Bacile had hoped it would inspire. Truly, this is a twisted success story. Three cheers for Sam The Imbecile. This monumental lamebrain has single-handedly succeeded in undoing much of the progress that had been forged between the West and Middle East during the Arab Spring rebellions. A flicker of democratic fraternity has been doused by a tsunami of intercultural outrage. C’est la vie to political harmony and interfaith respect. Sam Bacile has succeeded in diverting us down the highway to hell. Unquestionably, Sam Bacile has much to atone for. Let the damage and violence that has been inflicted, and the blood that has been shed be on his head. You reap what you sow, Sammy. If you are a religious man, then I assume that must bother you. If it doesn’t, then I encourage you to re-examine your religious morals. They are woefully lacking. That said, I think it is high time to call for restraint on the part of responsible Muslims the world over. On behalf of Western culture, I apologize for the titanic insult to Muhammad and Islam that Bacile’s rotten film represents. I can assure you that Sam Bacile speaks only for himself, and his repugnant film is antithetical to the USA’s foundational principle of religious freedom. The USA reveres and respects Islam every bit as much as it does every other world religion. OK? Are we good? America and Americans have disavowed Sam Bacile. Once again, Bacile and his abhorrent film do not speak for us. Bacile’s loathesome opinions are his alone. Yet, while America has officially disavowed Sam Bacile, we will not permit ignoramuses of his ilk to infringe our right to free speech. In a world where intolerance rears its ugly head all too often, free speech is an essential counterbalance to tyranny and ignorance. Although I disagree profoundly with the sentiments that Sam Bacile expresses in his sorry excuse for a film, I will not now–nor will I ever–call for Sam Bacile’s free speech rights to be restricted. For free speech to exist, its advocates must fight just as hard to ensure the rights of those with whom they disagree as they do for themselves. If we don’t believe in free speech for those with whom we disagree, then we don’t really believe in free speech. Period. Such a conclusion is unlikely to appease the many protesters who have been calling for Sam Bacile’s head to be served up on a platter. I wish it could be otherwise. We live in a mighty big world, and every now and then boneheads like Sam Bacile are going to insult one religion or another. Nothing good will ever be accomplished by dignifying the worthless prattlings of the Sam Baciles of this world. If Sam Bacile insists upon using his free speech rights to make an ass of himself, then let the joke be on him. Sam Bacile is an ass. Having amply demonstrated that his opinions are worthless, people should accord Sam Bacile the respect and recognition that he so richly deserves: Ignore the dumb-ass and move on! Continuing to fuss and fume over Sam Bacile’s idiotic insults will only drag otherwise decent folks down to his slimy level. For crying out loud, don’t let an ass like Sam Bacile ruin your life or anyone else’s! Too many innocent people have already been hurt. Too much time has been wasted on the mindless ramblings of a demented trouble-maker. The only folks who can end the violence are those who insist upon perpetrating it. Just stop! Stop right now and think about what you are doing. And please do so before any more innocent folks get hurt. Also, the next time that some cretin like Sam Bacile insults Islam–and, trust me, it’s going to happen–don’t lash out. If you do, then you are playing right into Sam Bacile’s hands. Don’t give him the satisfaction. Just ignore the dumb-ass and move on. If Islam is a great world religion–and it most assuredly is–then it needs to act like one. The Sam Baciles of this world are not worth the time it takes to sneer in their direction. Let Sam Bacile and his cronies tell their dirty little jokes, and drown in their own bile. Great religions have got to rise above that dreck. Enough!

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First published in 1994 by Gerald Grow, this article takes a critical look at advertising, exploring the meaning behind the images. Commercials work not because they sell a product, but because they sell a "state of existence," or a "way of being" that we find desirable or that we attain towards, but that we can never achieve! In a very real sense advertising, argues Grow, promotes despair and depression because advertising shows us things that most of us can never attain. Are advertisers to blame, then, for the exploding rates of depression and mental illness, eating disorder and pathology, in our "modern" world?

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Implausible as it may seem, as the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has grown ever more cataclysmic, nuclear energy advocates have come out of the woodwork to tout the virtues of nuclear as a “safe” form of energy. Safe? Are you kidding me? Last night, rain containing measurable levels of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi fell on the east coast of North America. We will surely be on the wrong side of the looking glass when we start believing that an energy source which has contaminated huge swaths of the globe with hazardous waste is “safe.” If nuclear energy is safe, then Hitler was a charter member of the Anti-Defamation League.

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  At present there is no independent Kurdish state but the ‘land of the Kurds’ crisscrosses Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. However, the Iraqi Kurds have been able to gain autonomy from Baghdad. Kurdish aspirations for an independent state stem back to the days of Empire and the post First World War treaties, which carved up Ottoman territories. The two treaties that concern the Kurds are: Treaty of Sèvres signed in 1920, which mentions an independent Kurdish state and the Lausanne Treaty, signed three years later in 1923 that makes no mention of a Kurdish state.

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Grumpy Old White Guys United: Decoding the Attacks on Barack Obama and Angela Giron

Has anyone noticed something strange lately? The Constitution clearly indicates that US democracy should operate on the principle of majority rule. This means that, when it comes to running the government, any idea that’s supported by 50% + 1 of the voters is declared the winner. Or, at least, that’s how it used to be. Ever since the Republicans became the Party of No, they have made it impossible for bills to make it through the US Senate with fewer than 60 votes!?!

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