- The Los Angeles Times has a disturbing, in-depth article on the recent Lodi terrorist conviction, which draws the conclusion that the suspect ultimately was found guilty for having a "a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind." In GOP America, you can now be sentenced to prison for mere thoughts and beliefs, not actions.
- The London Times has a fascinating piece up online about how the Iraqi militias are learning the basics of capitalism first-hand, by shopping around for perks. One recent graduate of the American-backed police training academy who jumped ship to join a militia is highlighted in the lede, with this Adam Smith-oriented philosophy:
The 23-year-old absconder described it as "a career move". The pay was better, the duties less onerous and there was far less chance of being killed.
- Germany will be host to an historic soccer game (or "football" as the British term it):
With just over a month to go before the World Cup, a team of imams will play a team of Christian priests. "It's been difficult to find a rabbi who will referee on the Sabbath," sighs the Rev Christopher Jage-Bowler, "but we are trusting in God."
- pastordan has an analysis up over at Street Prophets, Follow the Money, that focuses on former New York Times reporter Jim McNaughton's exposure of how a handful of right-wing conservatives funded the schism in the current Episcopal Church.
- Alternet put a chilling piece up this morning about just who the "mainstream" GOP is getting in bed with these days, entitled The GOP's Racist Big Tent:
For eight years, a major direct-mail firm "specializing in the Christian and conservative markets" has been selling lists of the readers of America's leading anti-Semitic newspaper and, since about 2001, its successor publication.
Response Unlimited, based in Waynesboro, Va., and headed by Christian Right activist Philip Zodhiates, charges $100 for the rental of every 1,000 names of subscribers to the now-defunct Spotlight newspaper. Founded by veteran anti-Semite Willis Carto, The Spotlight carried anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic and wildly conspiracist articles interspersed with ads for Klan, neo-Nazi and related hate groups.
- Joe Gandelman has a good take on Colbert and the Media. (Armando)