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From the novel Treasure of the Sierra Madre, by B. Traven:

Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job. Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn’t know anyone who knows of a vacancy. This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world.

More here.

Baby I love you

I still remember the first time I looked into my kids’ eyes. The Ronettes:


Joni Mitchell:

Truth No. 2

Dixie Chicks:

The rooftop concert

The boys:

Hold on

Alabama Shakes:

Quelle surprise

Who would have thought?

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors – evidence that the scandal over the order’s pedophile founder doesn’t rest solely with him, The Associated Press has learned.

Two other Legion priests are being investigated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for alleged sacramental violations, believed to involve abusing spiritual direction and other pastoral care to have inappropriate sexual relations with women.

The investigations mark the first known Vatican action against Legion priests following the revelations of the Legion’s founder, who was long held up as a model by the Vatican despite credible accusations – later proven – that he was a drug addict who raped and molested his seminarians.

The Legion, which is now under Vatican receivership, has insisted that the crimes of the Rev. Marciel Maciel were his alone.

But the Vatican investigation of other Legion priests indicates that the same culture of secrecy that Maciel created within the order to cover his crimes enabled other priests to abuse children – just as abusive clergy of other religious orders and dioceses have done around the world.

Militarizing the police

Isn’t it just a tad ironic that we have people being treated as potential military enemies at the Olympics?

“Goodwill,” indeed. Get rid of them, what’s the point?

On the lamb

Charlie Pierce.

Nuking Islam

The BBC editor who covered this story wondered why so many people sat through this class and didn’t report it to anyone. I don’t wonder—I’m going to make a wild guess that these were some of the far-right fundamentalist Christians who are trying to infiltrate and control the military:

America’s top military officer has condemned a course taught at a US military college that advocated a “total war” against Muslims.The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Martin Dempsey, said the course was “totally objectionable” and “against our values”.

The voluntary course at the Joint Forces Staff College in Virginia also suggested possible nuclear attacks on holy Muslim cities such as Mecca.The course has now been suspended.”It was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn’t academically sound,” Gen Dempsey said.He added that he had ordered a full investigation when the course was suspended in April after one of the students objected to the material.

The officer in charge of the class, Lt Col Matthew Dooley, has been suspended from teaching but has kept his job at the college in the city of Norfolk.The Pentagon has also confirmed that the course material found on their website is authentic.’Barbaric ideology’The story broke after a copy of the presentation of the course material was posted online byWired.com’s Danger Room blog.

“We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’,” Lt Col Dooley said in the presentation last July.”It is therefore time for the United States to make our true intentions clear. This barbaric ideology will no longer be tolerated. Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.”

He added that international laws protecting civilians in armed conflicts – such as the Geneva Conventions were “no longer relevant”.That left open the option, the instructor continued, of applying “the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about “Mecca and Medina destruction”.

Lt Col Dooley has made no public comments on the issue since the story broke.The Pentagon hopes a full report will be out by the end of the month, the BBC’s North America editor Mark Mardell reports.

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