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  1. 6 amk for obama
    January 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    mckenna might find the gold before manu can find the goal.

  2. 9 GGAIL
    January 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m on my way to church to pray for sanity and peace ❤

  3. January 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Am I the only one who doesn’t want to stake his free speech flag on Charlie Hebdo?

  4. 24 desertflower
    January 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    That’s it. So sorry he lost his brother for this.

  5. 25 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  6. 27 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  7. 28 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  8. 30 Judith Fardig
    January 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Malek Merabet speaks the simple truth. Who will listen? Happy Sunday to TOD. We had the Westboro so-called church haters at a Blazer Basketball game last night in Portland, but they were drowned out by people who know their behavior is as far away from Christian as you can get.

    • 31 0388jojothecat
      January 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      If some crazed person murdered members of the Westboro Church out of anger for protesting at Veterans funerals who would march in the streets to protest their right to do it? I wouldn’t. Same with the Charlie Hebdo, why use them as a rally cry? I wish people got out in the streets for the murder ofthose

  9. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Here it is Sunday already!

    Had to start my day hearing (from another room) some creepy guy on CNN. I was rolling my eyes at what he was saying. Then, when I came into the room where the teevee was, I found out it was McCain, flipped over to mute, and tried to think of something or somebody else pleasant who didn’t have two heads.

    That was hours ago, and now I’ve thought of him again – yuck.

    Music! I shall play a little music!

  10. January 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Okay after much thought first I condemn the innocent slaughter of the cartoonists , it was brutal and barbaric. That being said, I cannot refrain from denouncing the publication, it was/is a provocation machine. I unequivocally support freedom of speech and the press yet with that comes enormous responsibility, sensitivity and civic duty. There should not be an ounce of intolerance in free press. Charile Hebdo caricatures reeked of intolerance, bigotry, ignorance and disregard of societal institutions albeit “free press’ I don’t support insulting religious, same sex, gender or racial entities.

    I am truly amazed that this publication was allowed to be in production especially in Europe which has the strictest media regulations. For example unlike here you cannot go to the airwaves or in print with conjectures – everything is fact driven or you risk serious incarceration. In fact not many American news outlets would be in business in the European Union , especially not Fox and Friends.

    As an individual with family and friends in France this has been a very emotional time for us all. Interestingly France a nation of about 60 million citizens has the largest Muslim population in Europe estimated to be 8 – 10 million. This is more than all of European member states combined. Perhaps because of the post colonial era when France had colonies in North Africa which were Muslim. On the sidebar, the republic has the least about of Jews which is estimated at around half a million.

    It troubles me that so may lives were lost but I cannot beat my chest and defend the caricatures frequently on display in Charlie Hebdo. In fact during all my years living in France (Paris & Lyon) I never heard of this publication or do I understand how it has survived; after all France is a nation whereas every citizen is French. There are no ticking boxes on census or employment application declaring ethnicity . The closest that I knew was a magazine called “Le Canard” which poked fun at politicians and French society but never crossed over into gross negligence demeaning and ridiculing cultural differences.

    It is my sincerest fervent hope for the French press to reexamine itself ; intolerance ought be denounced in the media and by Muslims.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Well said. May your family and friends in France remain safe!

      This says France also has the largest Jewish population in Europe (and the third largest in the world, after Israel and the U.S.), which is what I had also heard on a “news” report:

      http://news.yahoo.com/france-home-europes-biggest-jewish-muslim-communities-004146207.html

    • 37 arapaho415
      January 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you for your perspective, @MittRomnesia.

      One of the many things I love about TOD it s a community of people from around the globe, or who have global experience. I never cease to learn from TOD.

      It seems that elite pundits have considered France pivotal to how Europe west of Moscow progresses for awhile now because of its geographic setting in Europe and its history of Napoleon and Revolution.

      This opinion piece from the conservative @DouthatNYT reinforces what you said about France and Muslims. But what confuses me is that France banned headscarves for women — don’t know if that’s still in effect, but that is something that Americans and an American President would never endorse.

    • 38 theo67
      January 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Mittens – I completely understand where you’re coming from. Each time I’ve posted a rebuke against the publication, I’ve hoped that people understood that I was condemning in no uncertain terms the brutal slaying of the individuals, while also abhorring the cartoons that those lost lives pedalled every day. I don’t think what they produced was honourable at all – and in fact, fuelled a lot of the extremists that look for these opportunities to excuse their own barbaric behaviour. I hate that people died. But, if I’d known about this Charlie Hebdo before, I would have been denouncing them fiercely. You said it perfectly – Freedom of the press comes with responsibility.

  11. 39 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  12. 40 0388jojothecat
    January 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    If some crazed person murdered members of the Westboro Church out of anger for protesting at Veterans funerals who would march in the streets to protest their right to do it? I wouldn’t. Same with the Charlie Hebdo, why use them as a rally cry? I wish people got out in the streets for the murder of those six yr olds & teachers in CT.

  13. 41 Nena20409
    January 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    GA/GE/GM TOD.
    TOD posts are awesome. Thank you bts.
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners……starting with this post and 4 back.
    My heart goes out to Africa, her husband and family.
    This tweet made me smile this afternoon.

    BBL

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Babies know! Look at that happy baby’s smile, after hearing the Pope’s latest pronouncement. ❤

  14. 43 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  15. 44 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    My family is about to add some big numbers to the attendance total later this afternoon. 🙂

    • 45 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Later this week, my Mom, my paternal Aunt, and a neighborhood Auntie will see the movie and do lunch. Wish I had some younger generation to bring along…

      I’ve actually marched across the Pettus Bridge during two reenactments; and in 2006, I was Blessed to be able to take my Mom and a friend from St. Kitts to Selma. I drove them to the top of the Bridge and they walked down to the other side. My Kittitian is looking forward to the international release of Selma, and posted this note to my FB:

      “Alycee that visit to Selma has changed my whole outlook on life as a Black Person. Remember we spent the whole day at the Voting Rights Museum and had lunch at the back of the museum with those ladies, did the symbolic “Walk on the Bridge” then went on to the Martin Luther King Museum in Birmingham? That was a very special time for me I remembered every moment of it every black person in America must take that journey to appreciate the freedoms that we take so much for granted. The price of freedom was paid by those brave and patriotic men women boys and girls who stood up for injustice in Selma. I still have my TShirt.”

  16. January 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

  17. 48 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm

  18. 49 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  19. 50 Linda
    January 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Why is the media focusing on immigration policies when the killers were born in France ?

    • 51 Nena20409
      January 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      In_Deed Linda……the Worthless, Mindless, Lazy, Lame, etc US National Media……Talk-A-Ton idiots.

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Dumb perspective, on their part, as usual? Of course, I believe France has very high immigration numbers and so the talk always goes to the aftermath of the shootings, when “news” media wonder aloud at what the next shiny object will be, like people who – from these tragedies – may further take sides based on immigration statuses, etc. Same drill we have here, different country, sounds like. The media can’t even give France one day of “unity,” without instigating.

    • 53 theo67
      January 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I saw a man on BBC this morning (from the march). They were interviewing people at the march and he was holding up the flag of Israel, and another man was holding up the flag of Palestine. They said that we all want peace, and that includes Muslim, Jew, Christian – everyone. That the men who committed the violent attacks were French, and that’s all that should matter. That we should all want peace.

  20. 54 Nena20409
    January 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Those who keep hopping at POTUS to be at the Unity Rally in France are HATERS…………Why?

    and Then this form the Jesters …..their take is way too funny.

  21. 55 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Interesting sentiment. I’d change that last line to something more like “If you’re unwilling to fight injustice, you’re unable to be free.” but I get the point. Gotta get accept, plan for and deal with the hard part to reach the goal.

  22. 57 Dudette
    January 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Welp, there you have it!


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