16 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-13-22

  1. Of course.

    Their only “enemy” is Trump and MAGA R’s…..

    “US prosecutors may negotiate plea deal with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, other conspirators: Report

    Legal proceedings against the 9/11 conspirators have been bogged down for years”

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-prosecutors-may-negotiate-plea-deal-architect-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-conspirators-report

    “U.S. military prosecutors are reportedly negotiating potential plea deals with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other conspirators imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.

    The plea deals may allow the five dependents to escape a potential death penalty, according to CBS. Mohammed is widely credited with being the architect of the 9/11 terror attacks. The other four defendants are Ramzi Binalshibh, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, Walid bin Attash and Ammar al-Baluchi.

    Attorneys for the defendants reportedly say they would be willing to enter a guilty plea in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table, as well as for getting treatment for alleged torture they experienced while in CIA custody.

    The CIA held each of the five men for interrogation prior to their arrival in Guantanamo in 2006. Critics argue the CIA’s methods amounted to illegal torture.

    James Connell, a defense attorney for al-Baluchi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

    Mohammed and his co-defendants are charged with crimes including terrorism, hijacking and 2,976 counts of murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot.”

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    Jan6ers are Americans held without trial for mostly petty offenses., their right to a speedy trial denied by an activist judge. But actual terrorists responsible for nearly 3000 deaths?

    We have to treat them fairly.

    Sure clowns.

    Not citizens, no rights, foreign fighters at war with the US is what they are.

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  2. Jan6ers are a threat, but actual terrorists?

    Sure, c’mon in…..

    https://www.newsweek.com/brief-history-butcher-tehran-opinion-1742127

    “The “Butcher of Tehran” could be walking the halls of the United Nations next week, mingling with world leaders at the General Assembly—if the Biden administration fails to stand firm. According to multiple reports, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi plans to attend the annual summit in New York, despite sanctions imposed by the United States that would bar his entry into the country for his long-standing role in “serious human rights violations.” To uphold America’s leadership on human rights, as well as to signal strength in the face of recent Iranian terror plots on American soil, President Biden must continue to deny Raisi’s entry.

    Raisi started his career in 1981 as the prosecutor of Karaj and Hamadan Provinces. He played a leading role in persecuting minorities, especially the Bahais, and political opponents that left untold numbers dead, tortured, and jailed. Upon moving to Tehran as the deputy prosecutor, Raisi served as a member of the so-called “Death Committees,” created by the notorious Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali (aka the “hanging judge”). In 1988, Raisi was directly implicated in executing some eight thousand political prisoners who had already served non-capital sentences. The highly respected international lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who investigated the massacre, found it to be “the second-worst violation of prisoners’ rights since the end of World War II, superseded only by the mass killing in Srebrenica, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.”

    In a 2018 interview, Raisi defended his role in “fighting the enemies of the state,” prompting two leading human rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, to call for an investigation of Raisi for crimes against humanity of “mass murder, enforced disappearance, and torture” under international law.

    Raisi’s decades-long judicial career involved Islamic Revolutionary Courts (IRC) founded by Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeini in 1979 to fight a range of offenses from drug trafficking to blasphemy to crimes against the vaguely defined “security of the state.” Raisi’s close relations with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his son Mujtaba,who unofficially runs the security apparatus,elevated him to the position of deputy chief justice between 2004 and 2014. During his 10-year tenure on the bench, Iran experienced a marked deterioration in human rights and religious freedoms. On the advice of the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Quds Force (IRGC-QF) intelligence unit, Raisi punished political opponents of the regime and dissidents. He accepted forced confessions obtained under torture as evidence in court and took a very strong position against women who defied modesty ordinances, including veiling.

    As the deputy chief justice, Raisi helped to launch a hostage-diplomacy program. Desperate to release its operatives who were jailed in the West, the Guards and Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS) targeted dual-nationals and foreigners for a possible exchange. They were seized, tortured into making false confessions, and brought before the IRC. Four of Raisi’s appointed judges—Abolghassem Salavati, Mohammad Moghiseh, Yahya Pirabbasi, and Hassan Zareh Dehnavi—were known for conducting trials for foreigners and dual nations and sentencing them to long-term prison stays. Some 35 Westerners, among them 17 Americans, were arrested on trumped-up charges such as espionage, crimes against national security, and crimes that undermine the Islamic Republic during his tenure. Many were later exchanged for regime operatives in Western jails. Raisi’s subsequent appointments as attorney general (2014 to 2016) and supreme court justice (2019 to 2021) virtually assured the hardline position of the IRCs and perpetuated the abhorrent practice.

    Allowing Raisi into the United States, regardless of the reason, would not simply constitute an about-face on the Biden administration’s commitment to put human rights at the center of its foreign policy. It would reward the Iranian regime even as it actively targets Americans.”

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  3. “By 2-To-1, Voters Call Biden MAGA Remarks Divisive: I&I/TIPP Poll

    Most Americans think President Biden’s rhetoric is divisive, threatens free speech, and misuses his office.”

    And they would be correct.

    https://tippinsights.com/by-2-to-1-voters-call-biden-maga-remarks-divisive-i-i-tipp-poll/

    “President Biden’s recent comments about Trump supporters espousing “semi-fascism” and accusing the former president’s followers of representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic” shocked many Americans. Now, despite White House denials of ill intent, a majority of voters call Biden’s remarks divisive, September’s I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

    During his campaign for the presidency and even in his inauguration speech in 2021, President Biden vowed to “unify” the country after years of often-bitter political division. Voters warmed to the idea that Biden could bring Americans together after years of angry ideological debates, polls showed.

    But the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows Americans no longer believe that Biden is a uniter, but a divider.

    The online poll of 1,277 adults taken from Sept. 7-9 showed that 62% of Americans believed Biden’s comments about Trump and his MAGA followers “increases division in the country.” Just 29% disagreed. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

    Perhaps surprisingly, Democrats — at 73% — were more likely to say that Biden’s MAGA comments increased division than either Republicans (50%) or independents (57%). Blacks and Hispanics (70%) exceeded White respondents (58%) in seeing the comments as divisive.”

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  4. Re: that post yesterday about the teacher supposedly defending “Minor Attracted Persons.” Folks on both the left and the right should learn not to take brief audio or video clips at face value. Before I even looked into it that, I figured that it must have been sarcasm. And it was.

    https://fox17.com/news/nation-world/teacher-amber-parker-appearing-to-promote-pedophilia-in-viral-video-1-step-closer-to-termination-franklin-high-school-el-paso-texas-the-crucible-english-class-pedophile-map-minor-attracted-person

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  5. The reason people believe that stuff is that there are people who do want to make sex with minors legal. However, it is important to take all remarks in context. It is certainly important to make a thorough investigation before terminating any teacher. Termination is incredibly difficult, so that would probably be done. Thank God for media members who search for the truth.

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  6. Also, it is important to call out people when they deliberately distort the truth. I am not saying that happened here, since we really still don’t know all the details or why this student did this. I am not a fan of phones in classrooms myself.

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  7. Kathaleena – Agreed.

    What bothers me is that it is quite common on social media – among people on both political sides – to spread misinformation or downright lies that fit their preconceptions of those on “the other side”. In this case, since so many on the right/far-right assume that teachers are liberal and “woke”, this taken-out-of-context quote fits that narrative.

    The sadly ironic thing is that this teacher (from the sound of the actual quote and its meaning) may be a conservative, and may lose (or has lost?) her job.

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  8. This is another example of why not bearing false witness is in “the top ten” of God’s commandments. Spreading rumors treads all over that commandment. People can lose their jobs, or worse, and their reputations are tarnished or even ruined.

    Too many “news stories” these days are rumors or half-truths that are spewed out as quickly as possible and then shared all over social media without taking the time to delve into what was behind the quote or action. And many people on each side are eager to share those stories if they put their opponents in a bad light.

    There have been at least a few times when I tended to believe a story, because it fit my preconceptions, but decided to do a little digging first, and found out the story was false or exaggerated.

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  9. The one nugget of truth from that story, though, is that there really is a group of pedophiles who want to be called “Minor Attracted Persons”, and they want to be included in the LGBT-etc. group of alternative sexualities . So far, most are rejecting that.

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  10. Teaching has become difficult in the last decade. People are too willing to believe the worst. Videos are taken out of context, sarcasm is misunderstood and the repartee between teacher and student is now in a spotlight which is most willing to be misunderstood. I have two years left and despite enjoying my profession, I’m happy to see the finish line. Trustees, superintendents and admin are all too willing to throw teachers under the bus. I am paid extremely well and have a powerful union to protect me. I can’t imagine teaching in areas of the US where this isn’t true. Florida, Oklahoma and Texas all have teacher shortages and from these stories it’s no wonder. With low pay and people willing to believe the worst, why would anyone take the job.

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  11. Irony is omnipresent in today’s world. MAGA supporters; “dont’ compare 9/11 to Jan 6. MAGA supporters; compare Jan 6 supporters to 9/11 immates at Gitmo. 9/11 plotters have been in custody (and possibly tortured ) for 20 years. 25 years is a life sentence – it’s time to wrap things up. Anyone arrested over Jan 6 can’t compare their treatment to 9/11 unless they’ve been to Gitmo.

    The problem for a country that hosts the UN General Assembly (ie the USA) is the diplomatic necessity of allowing people into the country you ordinarily wouldn’t. Unless the US is willing to forgo being the host to the UN general assembly they will need to tolerate a visit from those they would rather not.

    That’s a weirdly worded poll question and the response demonstrates its incoherance. I have a hard time taking it seriously.

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  12. Kizzie,

    Your own link has one student saying it was sarcasm and that’s good enough for you to dismiss it?

    Hardly. The school board has reviewed the entire video and is moving to terminate.

    I’m gonna guess they know more than that one student with an opinion.

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  13. What exactly did u read in the article that makes you think it’s fake, other than 1 students opinion?

    Am I missing something?

    How did u come to that conclusion?

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  14. First of all, even before I looked into it, it had the ring of obvious sarcasm. Even the most outrageous leftist who might advocate for “Minor Attracted Persons” would not be stupid enough to say that in a class and mean it.

    The student who was quoted gave the context for the quote, and said that the class was in agreement. Have any students who were actually in the class claimed anything different?

    The quote from the student: “She [teacher] was expressing how it was ridiculous how we [society] might not be able to call people pedophiles. That we [society] will probably have to start calling them MAPs because it can be offensive to them [pedophiles]. The class agreed.”

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  15. From one of the school board members:

    “In a Facebook post, Call said he doesn’t think Parker was promoting or normalizing pedophilia, but instead pretending to advocate a position to challenge her students and prepare them to read the book, The Crucible.”

    https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/franklin-high-school-amber-parker-board-of-trustee-explains-unanimous-decision-to-terminate-franklin-hs-teacher-jonathan-mejia-reports

    A quote from this piece:

    “Multiple parents have come to me and insist this was part of a debate and that she made it clear she does not condone pedophilia, and in fact despises offenders. I’m told she made her stance clear in this discussion. With that said, pedophilia is indefensible and should not be debated in our classrooms. I hope the school/district can get to the truth of it all.”

    https://heavy.com/news/amber-parker-video/

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