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Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    November 24, 2015, 3:08 pm

    I have the perfect solution for screening Syrian refugees. They should be asked how old the earth is. If they answer 10,000 years or less, they will be admitted. If they say more than 10,000 years, they will be barred/rejected.
    Problem solved!

    • pabelmont
      November 24, 2015, 3:18 pm

      And if they do not speak The Queen’s English, well then * * *

      • bryan
        November 25, 2015, 1:43 am

        Now you have hit on the perfect way to get rid of Republican rednecks and hillbillies.

  2. Emory Riddle
    November 24, 2015, 3:21 pm

    The time has come to institute a required written pledge of allegiance to the USA while forswearing loyalty to any foreign state in order to be employed by the US government. In particular, this needs to be required of all senators and congressmen and women. And it needs to be enforced. We could jail a few dozen pols who seem to think it is their job to serve Israel — and this would be a gamechanger

    • Citizen
      November 24, 2015, 4:35 pm

      Ever watch an NFL football game and watch which players put their hand over their hearts and/or lip-murmur the words to the national anthem–& which don’t?
      Just asking.

      The phrase “under God” was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending § 4 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942.

      Maybe it’s time to revert back to old Constitutional criteria for determining if one relinquished their US citizenship? “Intent” test is nearly no test at all.

      • Citizen
        November 24, 2015, 4:41 pm

        What does an agnostic or atheist or an adherent of non-Abrahamic religion do when asked to make the oath for admission to Congress? I mean, is other sacred scripture allowed or can the book to be sworn on be ignored?

      • MHughes976
        November 27, 2015, 9:57 am

        I am sure that all concerned would be happy to say that they have no dual loyalties: what they have for Israel is not loyalty but love.

      • echinococcus
        November 27, 2015, 3:29 pm


        Of course there is no dual loyalty: loyalty is defined as a moment of partiality during a conflict of interest. Zionists will show, by definition, loyalty to the Zionist entity whenever the interests of their country and that of the Zionist entity collide.
        This proceeds from the very definition of Zionism, a nationalism so rabid and extreme that it requires a racial supremacist state –a state that will give priority to Jews, however these latter are defined.
        The Zionists are by definition a fifth column, in the best case waiting for a potential conflict of interest. Jewish individuals who either clearly manifest their firm opposition to Zionism or quit the tribe altogether have understood this.

      • MHughes976
        November 27, 2015, 5:52 pm

        I still think that signing a pledge of single loyalty would be completely ineffectual in practice against the ‘one loyalty,,two loves’ rhetoric (or something like that)!that would ensue.

      • Sibiriak
        November 27, 2015, 9:38 pm

        echinococcus: Of course there is no dual loyalty: loyalty is defined as a moment of partiality during a conflict of interest.

        Well, if it were in the U.S. “national interest” to support Israel, I’d bet most U.S. citizens posting at MW would NOT change their anti-Israel views/actions out of loyalty to the U.S.

      • echinococcus
        November 27, 2015, 11:53 pm


        That’s rather inane as a thought experiment: there is no ground for stating that any opponent of Zionism would be fighting against the existential values of one’s own society just to spit some far-away pirates’ den. Unless, of course, there were other loyalties.

        In the case of the US, there is a document defining the values that defiine the national interest and represent the definition of what we are. I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the US Constitution. As long as Zionism is clearly defined by the right of nominal adherents to a religion to a state gathering them on other people’s territory, this is by that very definition antithetical to what the US is.

        Besides, even if you were absurdly thinking of some irrational grounds for opposing the Zionist entity, like ideas of selectively antisemitic racism, the very Nazis have proved the contrary: real, nasty racism is cool with a Zionist entity (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yvUxdU13L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

      • echinococcus
        November 28, 2015, 12:41 am


        No doubt all kinds of people will talk of love instead of loyalty –that’s an old, quite legitimate one. Anyway, if we had to sign a pledge we’d no longer be living in the US of A, fersure.

      • Another Steve
        November 29, 2015, 10:51 pm


        “What does an agnostic or atheist or an adherent of non-Abrahamic religion do when asked to make the oath for admission to Congress?”

        Good question. Article 2, Section 1, of the US Constitution:

        >Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

        This is about the President. The Oath for Congressmen and Senators is not given in the Constitution, but the same principle applies. A person is never obliged to swear an oath. One always has the option of affirming.

        Also, the traditional coda, “So help me God,” is not in the original text.

    • a4tech
      November 26, 2015, 2:37 am

      Like the millions of black people have been doing for 300 years, only for the state they pledge alliance to to treat like subhumans, locking them up en masse, destroying their economy and communities, kill their youth using the police? Why the hell anyone who is not stereotypically white would want to pledge alliance to a state that views them inferior than the state God made them to be? What an incredibly daft suggestion.

      • italian ex-pat
        November 28, 2015, 11:00 am

        @ a4tech

        Oh the irony! In your first paragraph, just replace ‘black people’ with ‘Palestinians’, and ‘300 years’ with 75+ years, and voila’: you have perfectly described the present State of Israel, without even realizing it.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    November 24, 2015, 5:21 pm

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    It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
    Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
    Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all

    I don’t believe the pilgrims sat with Indians for a feast
    A self-proclaimed holy savior doesn’t break bread with his beast

    But then again he had a musket and the Indian had a knife
    And the musket man could make him eat for life

    I don’t believe this country’s manifestering destiny
    Someone just cooked it up and it is fed to you and me

    They tell us who to love in war and never ask for help
    And they cannot stand us thinking for ourselves . . .

    . . . So it’s turkey breast and stuffing with gravy on the top
    Mashed potatoes, peas and dinner rolls, you use them like a mop
    Got my position at the table, got a child to say my grace
    And a wife and boss that keeps me in my place

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
    Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
    Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall
    It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all ~ Darrell Scott

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  4. traintosiberia
    November 25, 2015, 10:44 pm

    The debate over admitting Syrian refugee has been generating a lot of windfall for the politician,self anointed TV experts and also for those who entrap and engineer false flag operations.
    Goldeberg on TV managed to besmirch both US of Roosevelt( who interred Japanese and not German ) and Syrian (unlike Jeiwsh refugee ,they engage in terrorism according to him ) forgetting the history of Jewish threat to the lives of Churchill and Truman and also the history of subsequent terrorism conducted by Jewish people in US.

    But what would happen if another terror attacks occur and be traced back to Syrian?
    This possibility alone is good enough reason not to admit puny number of few thousands refugees when millions other refugees are being subjected to man made crisis in Burma ,Somalia,Iraq-Syria and Libya?

  5. Marnie
    November 26, 2015, 2:44 am

    @Katie Miranda – great story follows:

    ‘No less American than you’: Muslim woman fires back at Donald Trump with eloquent letter

    Nov. 24, 2015 at 7:10 PM
    Scott Stump


    A young Muslim woman has written an eloquent response to Donald Trump’s support for a system tracking Muslims in America, saying if he walked in her shoes, “you can see that I am not any less human than you are.”

    Marwa Balkar, 22, from Corona, California, took to Facebook on Nov. 20 to address the notion of Muslims potentially having to carry special IDs supported by the Republican presidential hopeful, saying she had an idea for what the badge would look like: a peace sign.

    “I am not easily identifiable as a Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am,” she wrote in the post, which has been shared more than 100,000 times.

    “I chose the peace sign because it represents my Islam. The one that taught me to oppose injustice and yearn for unity. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity.”

    When Balkar initially saw Trump’s comments, she didn’t feel she could just sit back and say nothing.

    “Initially, the first thing I thought of when I heard was, ‘Donald Trump is at it again,’ but then I was like, ‘Wait a minute, just because Donald Trump says it doesn’t mean it’s OK,”’ Balkar told TODAY.com. “I started simmering. All these extremists are not me. That’s not my religion. I’m tired people claiming to do these horrific attacks in the name of Islam.”

    Balkar, who was born in the U.S. to first-generation Syrian immigrants, can still remember being bullied at her elementary school in Washington state after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. She has received messages from other Muslim children fearful of the same thing happening after Trump’s comments.

    “There’s a difference between disapproving in something and spreading hate, and when in you’re in such a big position of power and what you use with it is to spread hate, I find that so cowardly,” she said. “You have so much potential to change the world, and he uses it to trash not only Muslims, but the black community and the Hispanic community. All he does is trash people.”

    Balkar also took on Trump’s suggestions that there should be more surveillance of Muslims and certain mosques, which came after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris by members of ISIS.

    “I heard you want to track us as well,” she wrote. “Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness.

    “Maybe then you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are.”

    The overwhelming response to Balkar’s message has led her to start the hashtag #FightWithPeace.

    “It’s been amazing and shocking in a good way,” she said. “In my mind I thought the whole world and America had this dark view of Muslims, but a lot of the positive feedback I’ve been getting is from non-Muslims, which is so exciting.”

    She thanked her supporters in a follow-up post on Monday.

    “You have proven to the world that no matter what what country you’re from, what your religious beliefs are, or what your race is, we can all COEXIST.”

    Balkar said she has not heard any response from the Trump campaign.

    “Of course not, there’s nothing for them to say,” she said. “You can’t dig yourself out of a hole like that. He is part of the spread of Islamophobia. He should’be be allowed to be where he is in life with a mindset like that. Not in 2015 in America.”

    • Marnie
      November 26, 2015, 3:33 am

      “Balkar said she has not heard any response from the Trump campaign.”

      They (Trump and all the other faux rage monsters) have no clue as to how to respond to an intelligent young American woman who happens to be Muslim as I think they get their instructions from Netanyahu.

      • a4tech
        November 26, 2015, 9:35 am

        They have no clue to respond to any intelligent person, period. But they don’t really need to though, they have the numbers to allow for their collective stupidity to be harnessed as a genuine political threat.

    • Katie Miranda
      November 26, 2015, 11:22 pm

      That’s wonderful, Marnie. Thanks for sharing.

      • can of worms
        November 26, 2015, 11:52 pm

        @“That’s wonderful…thanks for sharing”
        It’s not wonderful, snap out of it. Of course she’s getting hundreds of thousands of support letters, she basically differentiated “Good Muslims” from “Bad Muslims”. She drew the line b/w civilized and domesticated American Muslims from the “Islamicist” “swart gevaar” in the “backward regions” of the world. And she did not forget to provide a self photo against the backdrop-image of a mythical American middle class apple pie home with green lawn, donning a peace sign and invoking the grotesque! Fight with peace and appeal to the authority of middle class ‘American’ morality. You gotta be kidding.

      • can of worms
        November 27, 2015, 12:14 am

        She obviously ‘means well’ and there wouldn’t have been a need to say anything about it if it weren’t for the comment that it was just so “wonderful”. Why are liberals so pleased that she “chose the peace sign because it represents” her group?

      • MHughes976
        November 27, 2015, 10:14 am

        Ms. Balkar seems to identify herself as an American of liberal mind whose political concerns are entirely for her homeland. where she wishes to play a constructive role, for instance by raising money to fight cancer. Islam is her religion but she does not call for political, rather than religious, solidarity with followers of Islam worldwide nor call on Trump to give some thought to the injustices that they suffer, rather to the substantial contributions that Americans who happen to be Muslims make. I think that this is a perfectly acceptable and dignified position: not everyone can fight every battle and if I were to call on her to offer specific support to the Palestinian cause I would not ask this in the name of her religion but on the same grounds as I might make the same request to other Christians or to unbelievers.

      • can of worms
        November 27, 2015, 11:34 am

        MHughes –

        If you’ve noticed, the USA has these periodic bouts of mass-persecution of its own internal others. I don’t know what good it can do depoliticizing and de-racializing these periodical paranoid US attacks on its own.

        @ “[her] concerns are entirely for her homeland”.
        Well there. You see! “For her homeland”! There. It’s all part of the same paranoia. If there’s a “homeland” at the forefront then you can be sure there some foreignness lurking at the shadows. There’s sure to be some Un-American Activities, somewhere. I mean if the US is someone’s “homeland,” then whose homeland is it not (among citizens, residents or immigrants or whatnot)? Do you go around pointing out the “contributions” you collectively make? Do you don a peace sign to work, even as a joke MHughes?

        @ “I think that this is a perfectly acceptable and dignified position”.
        Dignified, my segregated behind. To me it sounds like a job for either young liberals-in-the-making, victims, or allrightniks.

      • MHughes976
        November 27, 2015, 5:58 pm

        Well, let’s not fall out over this, can! You might persuade me that there’s something rather too sweet-tempered and undefiant here. But her rhetorical options are limited. If she starts talking about the ‘enemy within” paranoia of Western societies she plays into Trump’s hands: just look, he would crow, how alienated these people are – what did I tell you?

      • Marnie
        November 28, 2015, 1:01 am

        @can of worms –
        I’m not trying to drag this out, just a question though. What would have been an acceptable “social media” response? She’s damned if she does and damned if she don’t. Should she have thrown in an Allahu Ahkbar or Death to the USA? She was a child when the trade centers came crashing down and was harassed at her grade school. I’m pretty sure none of us commenting here know Ms Balkar personally so to be so judgmental of her post is making her a scapegoat of some sorts. There are plenty of Muslims with muscle in America – why are they silent? Why don’t they call out Trump, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, etc., and duke it out with them? In the meantime, I respect Ms. Balkar’s story. Everyone isn’t Rosa Parks or Malcolm X and I imagine it took both of them a few tries before they found their strength and were ready to fight. Why shoot her down because she didn’t say what you wanted her to say? Why not offer encouragement instead?

      • can of worms
        November 28, 2015, 11:12 am

        Well Marnie, I am not one to know what her “limited” “rhetorical options” were (as MHughes puts it), but I am sure there were more than just two. It has absolutely nothing to do with any individual. It was the enthusiastic reception that had me on edge, and I said so. True, anything that vaguely looks like a “good Muslims”/bad Muslims” rhetoric is a worthy target afaic, but I truly bit my tongue and didn’t utter a word until I saw that comment on oh, how “wonderful” it all was.

  6. Marnie
    November 27, 2015, 5:06 am

    @can of worms –

    I liked her response to Mr. Amber Alert face, because it’s in such stark contrast to so many zionists attempting to drown out the interview of a fellow Jew, nonzionist, son of holocaust survivors, who was called a self-hating Jew and kapo (Video: ‘One Word’ ad campaign banned by Boston Metro — again – Mondoweiss). This woman didn’t sink to that level and she sure as hell could have. As far as the peace sign, that’s obviously her personal preference where I’d like “F%XK OFF” much better, but she has class and I could use some.

    • can of worms
      November 27, 2015, 9:01 am

      Marnie… I may exaggerate. If some things she said gives one the shivers — (“you can see that I am not any less good than you are,” said the raven to the dove)— it only reflects the larger brutal shallowness of the whole discourse, and the apparent inability to escape from this brutal shallowness. It is mindboggling, the legalization of racial discrimination against Muslims in the US can be discussed at the highest levels and in response people are praised when they speak naively of coexistence and wear peace signs to show their enlightened, liberal, Values.

  7. Marnie
    November 27, 2015, 9:39 am

    “it only reflects the larger brutal shallowness of the whole discourse, and the apparent inability to escape from this brutal shallowness. It is mindboggling, the legalization of racial discrimination against Muslims in the US can be discussed at the highest levels..”

    This discourse that’s been going on since 1948? Agree.

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