Kenneth Weene
Alone Again, Naturally
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The rock-star candidate who got elected on his electrifying promise has become a bored bird in a gilded cage.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

A powerful critique of Mr. Obama. He has certainly failed to work on the relationships necessary for the job.


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Police Shoot Black Lab, Through Window, Claimed it Was a “Lunging Pit bull”
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“We came outside and saw a police officer with a gun in his hand…”   An Idaho police officer who shot and killed a small black lab sitting inside a vehicle this week has been telling investigators that the dog was a “vicious” pit bull.   Infowars.com Mikael Thalen July 10, 2014   According to…

Kenneth Weene's insight:

These vicious animals have to be controlled. I’m talking about gun-happy cops, not dogs barking in cars.


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The Soldiers of Sinjar
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Portraits of ragtag fighters from Sinjar, Iraq,
rallying to protect their homeland.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is sad that the Kurdish people have to fight for the freedom of their land and people from those who would tell them how and what to believe. It is inspiring that they are willing to die together no matter what their individual faiths for the freedom of their homes.


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Different rules apply | MZS | Roger Ebert
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"I want to tell you a story about the difference between knowing and understanding." With those words, the author begins one of the best pieces I have read about Ferguson and what it means to be white in America. 


Kenneth Weene's insight:

An incredibly powerful personal reflection on white privilege in America.


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Missouri GOP Outraged About Voter Registration Booths In Ferguson
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It seems that some citizens of Ferguson want to increase the extremely low voter participation rate in Ferguson, and the Missouri GOP (or, at least the leadership) is not happy about that effort …

Kenneth Weene's insight:

How does it fan racial tensions to suggest that the community register to vote? Why isn’t the GOP suggesting that is the correct way to respond to injustice, to take control via the ballot box?


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Pope lifts ban on ‘left-wing’ bishop
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Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is about time that the Catholic Church recognizes the Christian value of Liberation Theology. The beatification of Oscar Romero  is long overdue if you want the Church to represent the striving of decent, hard-working, but often poor people throughout the world. Next, perhaps we can have some recognition of the need for birth control. I have no doubt that were Jesus alive today and concerned as he was for people and especially those in need, he would be supporting Planned Parenthood and the use of prevention.


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Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened.
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Here’s a bit of history that you probably never learned in school.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

When we think of Ferguson, it may be a good idea to remember how many Americans have died as a result of similar social issues. Be sure to join us on It Matters Radio Aug 28, when we’ll be talking about the role of Africans at the time of the American Revolution. You may be very surprised.


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Suspect in revenge killing of Palestinian teen hunted victim, prosecutors say
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Man charged with killing Arab teen went on “hunting expedition”

Kenneth Weene's insight:

These scum deserve no mercy. Young? Insane? They are the dregs with neither the capacity for justice towards others nor empathy. Perhaps they could be sent to Guantanamo. Now, that might be a reasonable use for that cancer.


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Mom seeks change after gay son rejected as eye donor
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A.J. Betts’ heart, lungs and kidneys all went to needy recipients for lifesaving surgeries. But other tissues — such as bone, tendons and the corneas of his eyes — were rejected because A.J. was gay and had an unknown sexual history.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

The sickness of homophobia will take years to eradicate. How sad a story.


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Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war
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By Asma Alsharif and Dan Williams CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires. Israel said it had also not yet accepted any proposals made in the Egyptian-mediated talks but, like the Palestinians, its envoys would continue attending them on Sunday. Hamas, Gaza’s dominant Islamist group, wants an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the coastal enclave lifted, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport, as part of any enduring cessation of hostilities with the Jewish state. “Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war,” Osama Hamdan, the head of Hamas’s foreign affairs, said on Facebook.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Israel cannot give up security and the Palestinian people cannot give up their freedom and economic self-determination. Both will have to recognize the legitimacy of the other is any peace is to come. A two state solution requires recognition that there are in fact two states, both worthy of respect and of safe borders.


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