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  • Re: Somebody Done Told You Wrong: Black Celebrities Who Say They’re Not African American

    Coonin' Exposure Pt. II

    How Syria lost its humanity: Why has the civil war been marked out by almost medieval acts of savagery?

    Three years ago, when President Bashar al-Assad’s position in Syria looked less secure, Abu Sakkar was among those the West regarded as a "moderate" rebel and a highly effective one at that. Omar al-Farouq – his khatiba, or brigade – was praised for confronting Islamic extremists. They had even arrested and executed the leader of a group of foreign jihadists who were then a new presence in the increasingly bitter strife.

    Khalid al-Hammad, which was his real name, was a jovial character. Any squeamishness we may have had being in the company of a killer was tempered by the fact that the man he had executed, Mohammed al-Absi, was himself a murderer and believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of the journalists John Cantlie and Jeroen Oerlemans – one British, one Dutch – who were subsequently rescued.

    In the autumn of 2012, Cantlie went back to Syria with an American colleague, Jim Foley. In November, he was kidnapped again, as was Foley, and both ended up in the hands of Isis.

    Foley, who was a friend to many of us, was beheaded; Cantlie now appears in Isis promotional videos – coerced, it is believed, into taking part. First seeing them came as a shock.

    But a video featuring Sakkar – which appeared in May 2013, seven months after we had first met him – led to an even bigger shock: shock and disgust, which was expressed around the world. Sakkar was filmed eating the freshly cut lungs of a dead government soldier, shouting, while mutilating a corpse: “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog...” A gunman alongside grinned: “It looks like you’re carving him a Valentine’s heart.”

    A few of us journalists phoned each other: “Was that really him? Sakkar? What happened?” The man himself sought to explain to the BBC’s Paul Wood in an interview a little later: “Put yourself in my shoes. They took your father and mother and insulted them. They slaughtered your brothers, they murdered your uncle and aunt. They slaughter your neighbours,” he said. “We have to terrify the enemy, humiliate them, just as they do us. I didn’t want to do this; I had to. Now, they don’t dare be wherever Abu Sakkar is.”

    The violence in Syria has since then continued relentlessly, with an ever rising body count. Even by the vicious standards of this conflict, the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasba was stunning in its savagery. But it followed all manner of horrific executions – by beheading, stoning and being thrown off high buildings – charted in “snuff” videos coming out of Syria and Iraq; they generate expressions of horror, if little expectation of the atrocities ending.


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    Hated: defaced posters of Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo (Getty)

    But those carrying out these acts have not suddenly appeared out of nowhere. What we are seeing is people who would have been in our realm of normality not so long ago, now embracing extreme violence. This, of course, has happened in many conflicts in recent history, but in the carnage of Syria, the descent into barbarity has been remarkably swift.

    The latest Cantlie video, released this week, had scenes from the town of Al-Bab, and I studied the brief footage with curiosity. Having spent some time in the town since the uprising began, I recall the friendship and protectiveness shown by the people at times of great danger.

    By the summer of 2012, Al-Bab had become a focal point of protest against Bashar al-Assad. I was with a crowd, many of them unarmed, when they stormed a government military base from which artillery rounds were being lobbed on to the population. I also accompanied their fighters during the ferocious battle for Aleppo later that year, when the town provided the largest contingent on the rebel side.

    The town was later taken over by Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, and then by Isis – and both these groups started off by taking over the military barracks and bombarding the population, just as the regime forces had done. Then, on each occasion, they occupied the town. Local fighters drove off the extremists a number times, but were ultimately overwhelmed by numbers.

    The harshest Islamic rule was then imposed on an already conservative society. A shisha café where we relaxed after a day of air strikes and tank fire in Aleppo – with its ever-hospitable young owner, Mohammed, who would laughingly talk about opening up branches in London – was closed down.

    But this was a minor act in a process of purification compared with the introduction of whipping, amputations and hangings that followed. The young activists, the students, lawyers and doctors who used to debate about the future democratic shape of Syria late into the night in Mohammed’s café disappeared. Some were killed or imprisoned, others fled across the border into Turkey. But not all of them; a very few joined the persecutors.

    One, 26 year-old Abdulhamid, a shop assistant, made the jihadist journey through increasingly hard-line groups. I met him in the Aleppo province in the autumn of 2013, when the US was threatening to bomb the regime after the chemical attack on Al-Ghouta. (This was dropped after the Russians brokered a deal under which President Assad was supposedly giving up his WMD arsenal.)

    Abdulhamid had fought with a small band under the black banner of al-Nusra, which was then in the process of merging with a then little known group coming out of Iraq called Isis. (They were to have a violent split later.) Now, at a village near the town of Mara, Abdulhamid described in detail how he had executed rafidis, a pejorative term used by Sunnis for both the Shias and their offshoot, the Alawites, from which Syria’s ruling elite is drawn.

    When I reminded him of his past views – how there should be room for all denominations and political persuasions in his country – there was righteous indignation. He was furious at the American failure to act over the chemical attacks, a constant complaint in opposition-held areas at the time, and at the hypocrisy of the West, including its media.

    “People in Europe and America want us to fight Bashar, but where is the help? How many people have died waiting for them to help? You have seen what Bashar’s people have been doing. Then people come and lecture us.

    “ The rafidis I killed were dogs. I am proud to have killed them. It is easy to kill a man when you hate him so much. Others used their knives. I shot them; some of them I shot several times to make them suffer. I have no regrets, no regrets,” he declared, glaring around the roadside shack. The others in there looked away.

    Abdulhamid and his men took us to a row of five graves. “Spies. One of them was quite young, maybe 12. But a baby snake grows up to be a big snake, so better to kill when it’s young,” said one of the fighters with a shrug.

    Four little boys, playing nearby, came over and started shouting revolutionary slogans, eagerly waiting in line for a chance to hold the men’s Kalashnikovs, which were almost as big as they were. My translator asked what they thought of the boy buried there.


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  • Re: Katy Perry is Doing the Super Bowl Half-Time Show

    BlackCat wrote: »
    When they gonna let a rapper perform in the halftime?

    Missy Elliott expected to join Katy Perry at Super Bowl
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/missy-elliott-expected-to-join-katy-perry-at-super-bowl/


    January 30, 2015, 8:01 AM

    Missy Elliott is going to "Work It" at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry. A person familiar with the plans for Sunday's halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry's performance.

    The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Elliott's participation had not been announced by the NFL.

    Elliott was featured on a remix of Perry's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" in 2011.

    During a news conference Thursday, Perry hinted at Elliott's involvement in the Super Bowl act, which also will feature Lenny Kravitz.

    The "Dark Horse" singer said, "He's got so much style and this certain, how do you say it, je ne sais quoi... he's the coolest! He's the king of cool and he's going to make me so much more cooler."

    Perry said the halftime show will include an "old school" female singer - but did not say who that would be.

    "When you hear the first ring of the chord," Perry promised, "I think jaws will drop and faces will melt."

    Elliott is a multiplatinum rapper, singer and producer whose Grammy Awards from the early 2000s include best rap solo performance for "Get Ur Freak On," and best female rap solo performance for "Work It" and "Scream a.k.a. Itchin'."

    Other Super Bowl halftime shows have included unannounced performances, including by singer Usher and former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash in 2011.


    Why? Is is why the Halftime Show ends up being wack as fuck, it's tries to be too much in small period of time. Missy? Really? Missy hasn't be relevant in like seven years. With the exception of Lenny, this shit is going to be ass.

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  • Re: The Official Marvel Phase 2 thread

    jee504 wrote: »
    a few screenshots

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    The Hulk has pretty eyes. No homo. Seriously though, looking a the Hulk, is he based on Kirby art?

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  • Re: Kendrick Lamar "Do Your Thing Iggy Azalea, Keep Rocking It,God Wants You Here"

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  • Man Bitch Teen Commits That, Talm 'Bout "My Death Needs to Mean Something,"

    http://news.yahoo.com/transgender-teen-leelah-alcorn-commits-suicide--leaves-behind-suicide-note---my-death-needs-to-mean-something-234758770.html?bcmt=comments-postbox

    The suicide of a transgender teen is catching national attention in part because of a suicide note she left behind online.

    Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, Ohio, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-71 about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to local media.

    Posthumous posts started to appear on her Tumblr page, titled “Lazer Princess,” including her suicide note and a post apologizing to her closest friends.

    “My death needs to mean something,” she wrote. “My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s f---ed up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please.”

    Alcorn's note explains that she has felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body ever since she was 4. Then she cried tears of joy when she learned what transgender meant at 14.

    “After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was,” the suicide note reads. “I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.”

    Alcorn's note explains that she has felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body ever since she was 4. Then she cried tears of joy when she learned what transgender meant at 14.

    “After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was,” the suicide note reads. “I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.”

    After her death, Alcorn’s mother was harshly criticized for referring to her child by her given name — “Joshua Ryan Alcorn” — and using male pronouns.

    "My sweet 16 year old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck,” the mother wrote.

    Alcorn requested that all of her belongings and savings be donated to transgender civil rights movements and support groups.

    Many people took to Twitter to mourn her death using #LeelahAlcorn and criticize the continued injustice facing transgender people today.

    Similarly, members of the LGBT community and their allies have already started to organize candlelight vigils for Alcorn. One such event, called #StandUp4Leelah, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

    “This will be a short vigil but one that we feel must take place and one that will take a moment to educate, inform, and bring our community together to work towards a dream of one life. We may not have an instant fix but it's time to make it better,” the organizer wrote on the event's Facebook page.

    Suicide rates in the transgender community are exceptionally high, with more than 50 percent of transgender teens reporting at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday, according to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

    Transgender people who need someone to talk to can call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 or the Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.


    One of the good things is that these things realize that they're fucked up and they have no business being in the general population and they have the courage to commit that, like this man bitch did. When I was at a debate tournament, I was talking with one of the faggots on the debate team and dude was telling me how gender is a social construct and it isn't cool to have people confirm to the predetermined roles in life. It's alright if boys wear pink and why shouldn't a half-a-faggot not be permitted to wear women's clothes if it makes him feel more powerful, strong, and sexy.

    Then it hit me. The reason why these deviant mutafuckas are so strongly opposed to traditional gender roles is because if a person don't identity as a woman or a man it makes it easier for a faggot to approach a dude about blastin' his asshole apart and it makes it easier for a dykin' chick to approach a regular chick in regards to bumpin' twat. As much as they sexual deviants want to deny it, it all comes back to their numbers being extremely low. They have make fagdom acceptable to the masses to that increase the willingness of regular people to indulge in their sexually degenerate behavior, once that happens, then they'll move in on lowering the age of consent so that they can have access to young boys.
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