"A mob of 10,000 whites took Sledgehammers to the county jailhouse doors to get at these two young blacks accused of raping a white girl; the girl's uncle saved the life of a third by proclaiming the man's innocence. Although this was Marion, Ind, most of the nearly 5,000 lynchings documented between Reconstruction and the late 1960s were perpetrated in the South. (Hangings, beatings and mutilations were called "Judge Lynch.") Some lynching photos were made into postcards designed to boost white supremacy, but the tortured bodies and grotesquely happy crowds ended up revolting as many as they scared. Today the images remind us that we have not come as far from brutality as we'd like to believe." Life. 100 photographs
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
A glorious spring day here in the heartland, and you know you made it through another long, dark, and harsh winter. The birds are chirping, and have returned after a long, arduous journey to assure us that the circle of life continues. Whatever your cares are, Nature seems to suggest, they shall pass and everything will be OK.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Jihad means to wage ware against the infidels in the name of Allah. This is based on the Quran, the teachings of Muhammed and conduct and conquests, and ample history. In fact, according to the salafi school of thought, which is ubiquitous thanks to the petro dollars, it's the sixth pillar of Islam. This is not an opinion, but a fact. Uphemism will not help liberal and decent Muslims against the fanatics, but honesty might. Islamic scholarship at the highest level need to delete jihad from the books. Will they ever? ... The elephant is in the room. When most muslims view the quran as human literature about the devine, and NOT devine literature about humans, and therefore should be subjected to scrutiny and careful critique like any human literature, then we won't be having this conversation.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Waldo writes on Fate "And though nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves, as most men are, and the flippant mistaking for freedom of some paper preamble like a " Declaration of Independence," or the statute right to vote, by those who have never dared to think or to act ..." Trump or Hillary, Sanders or Cruz, like it or not, are us in the mirror. Trump is a symptom of our sick society, riding high on anger and disappointments and illusions, however misplaced.