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Senior captain Syd Pollak is a four-year varsity player who figures to lead Cranbrook Kingswood's offense this season. (Photo: Carolyn Stevens). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood's girls hockey ...

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While thousands shopped Black Friday bargains a half-mile away at Fairlane Town Center, about 100 demonstrators stood in the rain outside Dearborn's Henry Ford Centennial Library to protest Muslim terrorism overseas. Calling themselves Dearborn ...

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CNN Invites Right-Wing Rep To Slam Planned Parenthood During Active Shooting

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With a gunman still holed up inside a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado on Friday, CNN invited Rep. Adam Kizinger (R.-Ill.) to blast the women's health care provider for a series of deceptive videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing selling off fetal tissue.

“We saw these barbaric videos, and that was something that many of us have a legitimate concern about,” Kizinger said.

Multiple analyses by experts and journalists revealed the “sting” videos, released by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress, were highly edited and misleading.

On Friday, an attacker engaged in an hourslong standoff with police inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The gunman injured 11 people, before turning himself over to police. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains released a statement as the scene unfolded, saying what while “we don't yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action … [w]e share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country."

Kinzinger rushed to dissociate abortion opponents from the attacks, even though the attacker's identity, motives or viewpoints have not yet been confirmed.

“Obviously this is a person that has a mental-health issue that’s to some level psychotic and crazy,” he said. “If he is [targeting Planned Parenthood], he is taking a legitimate disagreement with a practice and turned it into an evil response.”

Journalists and commentators took to Twitter to condemn CNN, once considered the American BBC, for inviting a partisan politician to spread misinformation about Planned Parenthood during an active shooting.

.@lizzwinstead @CNN Adam Kinzinger, defender of anti-Planned Parenthood zealots. @RepKinzinger had no business being in that segment

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 27, 2015

He hopes PP will apologize when it turns out this didn't happen at PP; I hope @cnn will apologize when it turns out that it did

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 27, 2015

Appalled @CNN would have an anti-PP congressman on during an active shooter situation

— Erin Matson (@erintothemax) November 27, 2015

My God CNN is bad these days ...

— digby (@digby56) November 27, 2015

Neither CNN nor Kizinger's office immediately responded to a request for comment.

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Message to Bernie: Stop Frittering Away Your Political Revolution

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After an energetic and dynamic summer, the Bernie Sanders campaign seems to have stalled. With the Benghazi hearings behind her and the e-mail scandal receding, at least for the time being, Hillary Clinton has regained political momentum and much of the pundit class has returned to its usual establishment mantra stressing the supposed "inevitability" of the former Secretary of State's electoral prospects. What is more, recent developments on the international stage, including real fears over terrorism and ISIS, have obscured the Sanders campaign within the media spotlight.

Indeed, the media has paid more attention to the wild antics of Republican presidential contenders who have made outrageous statements about Syrian refugees, for example. Even as the media amps up its coverage of the GOP field, it has curtailed attention of the Democratic candidates. With the media class beating the drums for increased war once again, it's unlikely that Sanders will be able to get his message across, and if anything pundits are far more likely to toast Clinton when it comes to being "tough on defense."

Recent polling data underscore the depth of Sanders' current dilemma. Over the past six weeks, Clinton has increased her lead over Bernie in both national polls and in early voting states. The former Secretary of State now leads Sanders by a whopping 20 points at the national level, and some pollsters believe that recent attacks in Paris will help Clinton, who is viewed as having strong national security credentials.

Obtuse Media Strategy

What accounts for such dramatic reversal of fortune? To be sure, the American public often lacks the ability to think for itself, and if pundits say that Hillary is a more plausible candidate then the polls may follow suit. On the other hand, it's difficult to imagine how the Sanders team could have pursued a more obtuse or misguided media strategy over the past few months. Rather than capitalize on early summer momentum, during which time Sanders held a series of mass rallies, the upper echelons of the campaign seem to have concluded that it is now time to cultivate a more cautious approach designed to appease the mainstream.

Frittering away much of the campaign's early energy, Sanders' media handlers have produced slick ads which emphasize irrelevant information, such as the fact that Bernie is a grandfather. Despite such packaging, Sanders himself seems to eschew small talk and tends to shift attention away from personal details during media interviews. Intuitively, Sanders seems to realize that the packaging distracts attention from his core message stressing a veritable "political revolution."

Just what this Sanders rhetoric really means is open to some question, though such utterances have surely galvanized many followers. Bernie suggests he would break with the traditional mould of presidential politics, though he's been far too coy when it comes to providing specifics. Rather tantalizingly, he has stated that Obama's chief mistake was to have demobilized his followers after the 2008 election. In a nod to socialist union organizer Eugene Debs, Sanders' historic role model, the Vermont Senator declares that he won't make such tactical mistakes in the event that he gets elected.

Defining "Political Revolution"

Such declarations, in tandem with Sanders rhetoric stressing the need for a grassroots movement, suggest that this veteran legislator may seek to transcend the narrow and limited contours of a traditional presidential campaign. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bernie remarked "I am not running to fulfill some long-held ambition." On another occasion, he told students at the University of Chicago "change never takes place from the top down. It always takes place from the bottom up." In line with such talk, Sanders has hired a firm called Revolution Messaging to oversee his political digital strategy.

If more people turned out to vote, Sanders says, the Democrats could win the presidency and potentially take back Congress from the Republican majority. Once ensconced in the Oval Office, Bernie would seek to get the public engaged when it comes to crucial votes. "What the president can do," Bernie declares, "is to say to the American people, 'OK, if you think that it is important that public colleges and universities are tuition-free, and that that program be paid for based on a tax on Wall Street speculation, well, on March 15th there is going to be a vote in the House, and let's see if we can bring large numbers of people here to Washington to say hello to members of Congress.'"

Such talk has won Sanders some plaudits on the left end of the spectrum. "Even a somewhat cynical 71 year old socialist like me could be thrilled to see Bernie Sanders talking about the need for an American political revolution on MSNBC," says Sandy Boyer of Socialist Worker no less. "To be honest, I'm not sure that I ever expected to see a leading presidential candidate say we need a revolution on prime time TV."

Bernie's Counter-Revolutionary Adviser

Despite the fiery rhetoric, some of Sanders' personnel choices seem perplexing and lead to questions about the candidate's judgment. Take, for example, Tad Devine, one of Sanders' longtime advisers. Judging from his career, Devine is no radical. To the contrary, he has advised such political mediocrities as Michael Dukakis during the latter's failed 1988 campaign. Four years later, Devine moved on to Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, another establishment politician who failed to win his own respective presidential bid. In 2000, Devine backed yet more inside the beltway politicians when he advised Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. Four years later, Devine was at it again advising yet another Kerry who similarly went down in flames.

Bernie's reliance on Devine is even more perplexing in light of the latter's track record on Latin America. In 2002, Devine took his expertise to Bolivia where he advised Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada --- otherwise known as "Goni" --- on the latter's presidential campaign. Working with his colleagues at the Washington, D.C. firm Greenberg-Carville-Shrum, Devine advised Goni on how to overcome his image problem. As I write in my book, Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, Goni had a lot of political baggage left over from his previous stint as president in the mid-1990s. At the time, Goni had done his utmost to privatize Bolivia's energy sector while opening up the nation's resources to the likes of British Petroleum and Enron no less.

Latin America Contradiction

Devine plays a key role in the 2005 documentary, Our Brand Is Crisis, which takes the viewer behind the scenes of the Bolivian presidential campaign. At one point in the film, Devine is caught brainstorming on how to change his client's poor standing with the electorate amidst a climate of economic malaise. "The frame, for us, is crisis," Devine remarks. "That's our brand. We must own crisis and we must brand crisis -- who can deal with it, who has the capacity to deal with it."

Despite the enmity many Bolivians felt toward Goni, Devine and his team orchestrate a come from behind win for their candidate and manage to defeat indigenous coca farmer Evo Morales. As I wrote in a previous article, however, victory proved to be short-lived. Angry over Goni's gas policy, protesters took to the streets to spark an outright rebellion which forced the new president to flee to the U.S.

The revolt proved costly, with a hundred people dying in clashes. In the wake of the fiasco, the Boston Globe remarked "Globalism extends to the American way of campaigning, it seems, and the hubris of the gringo strategists -- earnest ex-Clintonistas employed by James Carville's Greenberg Carville Shrum group -- would be hilarious if human lives and a country's political will weren't at stake."

It would be one thing if Devine were apologetic about his role in Bolivia's misfortunes. But reportedly, he is adamantly proud of his work and sees Goni as "an honest leader" and "a guy who wanted to do the right thing." Though Devine concedes that Goni caved in to the demands of the International Monetary Fund, nevertheless the former president was an economic leader and made unpopular decisions on behalf of Bolivia.

It's a little unfair to question Sanders on his record based on the actions of a sole adviser. Yet, Bernie's tapping of Devine seems to go against the grain of the Vermont Senator's own instincts on Latin America. In fact, as Mayor of Burlington, Sanders attracted national attention for taking anti-imperialist stands like supporting the socialist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. In 1985, Bernie met with President Daniel Ortega and became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Nicaragua. In his own book, Sanders praised Ortega and called his trip to Nicaragua a "profoundly emotional" experience. Moreover, Burlington even became a sister city to the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.

Whither the Political Revolution?

Perhaps more significantly, Bernie seems to have a very limited definition of the scope and parameters of political revolution. Writes Boyer, "When Bernie Sanders says we need a political revolution, he's mostly talking about turning many thousands of new people out to vote. That would obviously be a very good thing. It's just not enough to win the meaningful social changes that would add up to a political revolution." Boyer adds, "Before he died Dr. King was organizing the Poor People's Crusade to bring tens of thousands of people to Washington and shut the government down until Congress acted to end poverty. So far Bernie Sanders' political revolution doesn't seem to involve that kind of radical popular mobilization."

So what should Bernie do to reverse his lackluster poll numbers? While there is no silver bullet when it comes to mounting successful political campaigns, demonstrating commitment to grassroots social change might be one way to shift the media narrative in Sanders' favor. So far, Bernie has hinted rather obliquely that he might call for protests on meaningful votes once he is elected. Such an approach, however, smacks of inside baseball.

There's another option on the table, albeit a rather untested one: Bernie could call for mass protest during the actual presidential campaign. To be sure candidates eschew such tactics, though Sanders has a huge e-mail list of followers which he might call upon. Boyer seems to anticipate such an unorthodox approach, noting that "Bernie could be there any time an innocent African-American is murdered by the cops. He could speak at climate change demonstrations from coast to coast. He could walk the picket line with minimum wage workers demanding $15 an hour. These kinds of actions would accomplish much more than getting out the vote for Democratic politicians."

There's no guarantee that such a strategy would be successful or even rouse the media from its endless mantra of national security and terrorism. Furthermore, adopting radical tactics would probably fly in the face of Devine and Bernie's more cautious advisers. As we begin the countdown to Iowa and New Hampshire, however, Sanders may not have much to lose.

Nikolas Kozloff is a New York-based writer who has given some thought to the concept of political revolution.

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Dennis Kucinich: An Unpredictable American Original

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This week's episode of KCRWs "Scheer Intelligence" features Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer in conversation with Dennis Kucinich, Ohio's eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, who reveals tales about the underbelly of politics going back to his days as the "Boy Mayor" of Cleveland on the late 1970s. The journalist and pol revisit how Scheer's Playboy magazine interview, which both concede may have cost Kucinich his mayoral reelection, led to a longtime friendship. In the strange world of politics, Kucinich explains how former Republican Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, tried unsuccessfully to aid him when Ohio Democrats "working on behalf of certain interests" reapportioned his district into an unwinnable one, ensuring his Congressional defeat in 2012. Kucinich, who took on the political-corporate machine as Cleveland mayor and has gone on to spend a lifetime battling special interests, asks whether today's "oligarchs who run our politics will simply claim ownership of everything and have it privatized." On a lighter note, he talks about how friends Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson have influenced his life, and he hints with some vigor that he is not quite ready to step off the stage of electoral politics, with himself in a leading role. As he puts it, "Stay tuned."

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Holiday shopping hoopla: Free gifts from Help Me Hank - WDIV Detroit

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Ziggy Ansah Fulfilling His Promise For Lions - CBS Local

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Moore, Gays and Alabama

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Old Times There Are Not Forgotten. Look away,

Look Away.

Confederate Song,
I wish I was in Dixie

Roy Moore is back in the news, accompanied by (a) all but one of his colleagues on the Alabama Supreme Court and (b) by Judge Marvin Wiggins, a Circuit Court Judge in rural Alabama. It all comes about because of their approach to the law.

Roy first made news in 1997 when, as a Circuit Court Judge in Alabama, he hung the 10 Commandments on a hand-carved wooden plaque in his courtroom and refused to remove the plaque when ordered to do so by a higher court. It was not removed until Roy was elected Chief Justice of the State of Alabama in 2001. Within 6 months of being elected to that post, he supervised the construction and installation of a 5,280-pound granite monument to the Ten Commandments in the central rotunda of the State Judicial Building. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit upheld a lower federal court ruling ordering Roy to remove the monument. Roy refused. In 2003 the Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed him and the monument met the same fate. That ended Roy's judicial career until 2013 when he was once again elected Chief Justice. Although he did not reinstall the monument, he demonstrated that in at least one important way, nothing had changed from the time he first served until his subsequent election. What had not changed was his attitude towards the gay community.

In a concurring opinion that he wrote in his first term as Chief Justice he said that homosexuality is "abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature's God." He concluded his concurring opinion by saying a homosexual is "presumptively unfit to have custody of minor children." Now it is 2015 and Roy has once again afforded the country an opportunity to see how his views on gays have evolved over time. They haven't.

An Alabama lesbian known only by her initials, V.L., was married in Georgia to her lesbian partner. Three children were born by in vitro fertilization during the 16-year marriage of the parties, a marriage that came to an end when the parties divorced. The children had been legally adopted in Georgia by V.L. in 2007. Following the divorce, V.L. sought visitation rights in proceedings brought in Alabama. The Alabama Supreme Court concluded, with only one dissent, that Alabama did not have to give Georgia's actions the benefit of full faith and credit since Georgia judicial officials misunderstood Georgia law and had improperly permitted the adoption to occur 7 years earlier. Accordingly, said the Court, the adoption was invalid and V.L. had no visitation rights. Tom Parker, one of Roy's colleagues on the bench, feels as strongly about gays as does Roy. Tom took advantage of the fact that being a justice on the Court he could express himself in a concurring opinion even if what he had to say was irrelevant to the outcome. He did and it was. He said that in Alabama adoption is a privilege and not a right and that Alabama can second guess adoptions occurring in foreign states and refuse to recognize their validity if it suits him. (My words, not Tom's.) V.L. has said she will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. By the time that Court acts, if it does, the children V.L. helped raise, , a child 13 years of age and 11-year old twins, will be well into their teens if not beyond.

Alabama's unique approach to the law is not confined to its highest court. A Circuit court in a remote county devised a way to deal with those who cannot afford to pay their fines. On September 17, 2015, one day before Roy and his colleagues announced their decision, Judge Marvin Wiggins, a circuit judge in rural Alabama, addressed a courtroom filled with defendants who were present because of unpaid fines and court costs. He said those present had two choices. He said there was a blood drive outside the court house and: "If you do not have any money, and you do not want to go to jail, go out there and give blood and bring a receipt indicating that you did." He said those without money who were unwilling to give blood would face jail time. Those who gave blood would be given $100 credit against what they owed, and would receive no jail time even though the credit did not pay all they owed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a complaint against Judge Wiggins with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama. In the complaint it observes that if a defendant is unable to pay a fine because the defendant is indigent the it violates both the U.S. Constitution and Alabama law to jail the defendant for indigency. Of course the complaint says a great deal more than that. It is too soon to know what the Commission will do with the complaint. Whatever it does will probably be better than what Judge Wiggins did. That's a fairly low bar-just as improving on the approach Roy and his colleagues have taken on the rights of gays is a fairly low bar. Perhaps it's best if, as far as Alabama is concerned we all look away and, perhaps, hang our heads in shame. Many Alabamans are probably doing the same-understandably. Christopher Brauchli can be emailed at For political commentary see his web page at

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Refugees In Greece Brace For A Cold Winter Ahead

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Despite Greece's image as a sunny holiday destination, winter in Greece can hit hard, and thousands of refugees arriving in the country every day could bear the brunt of the season.

In Northern Greece, where hundreds are stranded after Macedonia shut its border to all but those from the most war-torn countries, average temperatures often plunge below freezing in the winter months.

The harsh weather exacerbates the existing challenge of accommodating hundreds of refugees at border areas, like the Greek town of Idomeni, which until recent weeks had primarily been just a transit point for those going on to Northern Europe. Now, around 1,500 people are stuck near Idomeni, where a tented camp was meant to serve as just a temporary shelter.  

Meanwhile, the Greek islands in the South are bracing for heavy rainfall and winter storms as thousands continue to arrive by boat from Turkey.

Ordinarily, fewer people make the dangerous journey during the winter months, but this year the flow of refugees and migrants into Greece has hardly subsided despite the worsening weather. The United Nations' refugee agency estimates some 5,000 refugees and migrants will arrive in Greece every day from November to February 2016.

As winter approaches, there are fears that rough waters will bring more tragedies at sea. Over 3,500 people have died or gone missing on Mediterranean voyages this year, according to the International Organization for Migration. Many travel in flimsy vessels crammed full by people smugglers, and the poor weather increases the risk of capsized boats and hypothermia. Turkish media reported on Friday that six children drowned after two migrant boats sank trying to make the crossing.

Rescuers also have a harder time reaching refugee boats in distress during the winter. Poor sea conditions make rescue operations more dangerous and make it more difficult to trace refugee boats, a member of the Hellenic Rescue Team, a volunteer search-and-rescue network in Greece, warned last month

Once the boats reach shore, conditions on land may not be much smoother. Most first reception facilities for refugees on the islands are makeshift shelters on the beach, usually made out of light materials.

“The camps on the beach which receive people upon disembarkation are basically tents which cannot stand rough and wet weather,” Apostolis Paraskevopoulos, a resident of Lesbos who volunteers to receive and help refugees, told The WorldPost. 

Paraskevopoulos said the main problem is a lack of warm and dry accommodation for refugees as the winter approaches. Attempts to put people up in sheltered spaces, such as the Lesbos swimming center, were short-lived, he said. "You can imagine how the needs of these people can be compromised in cold weather conditions," he told The WorldPost.

There are also concerns that the islands could become even more overcrowded if poor weather stops Greek boats ferrying refugees and migrants to the mainland from sailing. Port workers provided a preview of this scenario recently when they went on strike, stranding thousands on the overburdened islands.

Earlier this month, the U.N. refugee agency launched a "Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe," which estimated that Greece would need a further $31.9 million to protect refugees from winter conditions. Measures include strengthening shelters and transportation systems to deal with the weather, and distributing emergency help to protect the most vulnerable.

Meanwhile in Lesbos, Paraskevopoulos warned that the refugee crisis could overwhelm even the huge number of volunteers on the island. “The absence of help from the state and the official authorities has put all the burden on the shoulders of volunteers and the big number of NGOs that have come here, and lots of residents have been mobilized, too," he said. "But how much more can we take?”

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Since When Did Scapegoating and Taking Revenge Become American and Christian Principles?

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I do not consider myself religious in any traditional sense, nor would I say that I am deeply patriotic, but I am tired of "American" and "Christian" being used as descriptors of what is happening in the popular discourse.

I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American behavior in the name of patriotism. I am tired of letting the dialogue be monopolized by those who pass off prejudice as faith. Compassion matters. Dignity matters. Exercising self-discipline when we are scared and angry matters.

Human beings are biological creatures with lots of biological impulses. But we also have the capacity to see beyond our temporary urges for violence and oppression. We have the ability to anchor ourselves in, and act out of, enduring and inspiring principles. If we do not use the wisdom we have access to, then what exactly makes us human?

This feels like a moment in time when we are collectively trying to decide how to move forward. In the face of terrorist attacks, racial tension and conflicting world views, where shall we go for guidance? Shall we just go with what we feel and call it what we want? Shall we lash out and call it Christian? Shall we segregate and call it American? Or shall we consult some principles that were written down precisely so that we would remember them in times such as these?

The second paragraph of the Declaration of the Independence begins with these words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Constitution of the United States begins with these words:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

A plaque mounted on the base of the Statue of Liberty carries these lines from a poem by Emma Lazarus:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Every morning my son stands up in his public high school classroom and recites The Pledge of Allegiance, which ends with the words: "with liberty and justice for all."

The New Testament contains these words from the Sermon on the Mount:

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you.
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.' But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

The first stanza of The Prayer of Saint Francis reads:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

What am I missing? Where is written that we should block access, imprison, blame and malign those who we do not understand, who look different, or who live outside our borders? Does being American or Christian represent any fundamental principles or are these nothing more than titles that we get simply by living in this country and going to a fancy building on Sunday?

I propose that these words which are thrown around quite a lot lately actually do stand for something. I propose that the privileges of living in this country come with the responsibilities of being inclusive, of speaking for those without a voice and representing the rights of those who are denied access. I propose that the privileges of being Christian come with the responsibilities of showing compassion and generosity for those in need and mercy toward those who have offended.

Uncertainty can trigger anxiety and self-defensiveness. We can respond by being reactionary, rigid, and exclusive. But this is not our only choice. We also have the choice of compassion, inclusivity, and peaceful resistance.

Of course, it is challenging to make this choice in the face of senseless violence and vehement disagreement. Standing for something worthwhile is rarely easy.

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Two cars stolen from Lavery dealership - Downtown: Birmingham/Bloomfield news magazine

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Two cars stolen from Lavery dealership
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11/27/2015 - Birmingham police were notified that two cars were stolen from the Fred Lavery dealership after having been dropped off or parked there. The first incident occurred on Sunday, November 22, when a customer told the dealership, located at ...

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New fire station designs criticized - Downtown: Birmingham/Bloomfield news magazine

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11/27/2015 - Designs for Birmingham's proposed new Chesterfield Fire Station were roundly criticized by the city's planning board during a courtesy review on Wednesday, November 11. The fire station will be knocked down and completely rebuilt during ...

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Winter Markt returns to Birmingham - Downtown: Birmingham/Bloomfield news magazine

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11/27/2015 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in Birmingham's Shain Park with the sixth annual Birmingham Winter Markt event Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 6, with European holiday offerings, food and drinks.

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Hollywood Adopts Abortion

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When we launched carafem in the Washington, D.C. area last year, we did so with the intent of literally, "changing the conversation" about abortion.

As a child of the '70s, I grew up in the Midwest with a mother who was a feminist and a registered nurse. From the time I was old enough to understand, I knew not only where babies came from, but also that there were times when a woman simply could not be pregnant. Open discussion about abortion happened in my home and in the media, from women's magazines to Erica Kane on the daytime soap All My Children to Maude choosing an abortion on television.

At some point, this open dialog about abortion changed. In the early '90s when I was a young adult, being openly pro-choice was something even my closest friends often stopped claiming publicly. The anti-abortion movement began aggressive harassment and blockades of physician's offices that openly performed abortion. The stigma around abortion became so extreme that television rarely discussed it at all, unless it was to highlight stories of young women in moral crisis, considering abortion but ultimately making the more "acceptable" decision to parent as a teen, or finding the pregnancy was a "scare" -- simply a mistake and a lesson to be learned from.

Today with the availability of the Internet, abortion is again being discussed more widely across all media channels, yet the stories typically focus on those players seeking to capitalize on the procedure's polarizing nature, rather than focusing on the experience. That is, until last week.

In spite of the current ad nauseam public debate about abortion, the only medium that truly has the power to touch multiple generations for today's Americans en masse is the television. Regardless of whether its being streamed or being watched on cable, a topic of debate could float around Congress for years, but once a television show, such as in this case Scandal (ABC), features an experience behind the debate, the term being lobbied really hits home.

It would be foolish on my end to assume that a single television experience could signal a movement toward a more tolerant and open conversation about abortion, but it is a step in the right direction in terms of changing the dialogue. Scandal took the biggest leap in recent history by featuring a one-minute abortion procedure involving Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), which marked the first time since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973 that a main female TV character underwent the procedure. And it was not all that dramatic, which is the exact point we are trying to make about abortion.

One out of three American women will undergo an abortion during their lifetime. It is a more common procedure than the current dialogue would lead you to believe. Do you know three American women? If so, perhaps you should watch the actual clip below from Scandal, and then think hard before you say something insensitive, ignorant or political about abortion the next time you are in the company of three, or more women?

When Christopher Purdy and I launched carafem our first question was how could we provide the best quality abortion care for women? Chris had traveled the world and studied how abortions were handled in other countries and how abortion was provided in those settings and came to the conclusion that we can do better in the United States. In order to do so, the dialogue about abortion needs to continue to change and the services being offered need to reflect what today's woman wants.

Women between the ages of 18-29 have accounted for over half of all abortions. Today, that age range represents the millennial generation, the current spearhead of change across the board in our society. Millennials' wants and needs are very different from the generation that preceded them. When seeking medical services, they want a provider that has credibility but also operates in digital world and offers a flexible scheduling process that aligns with their busy lives. Carafem is providing just that. And now Hollywood is helping us change the dialogue.

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The Walmart Black Friday Protest Ain't What It Used To Be

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WASHINGTON -- On the morning of Black Friday, a D.C. cop stood along the brick facade of a downtown Walmart and pulled leisurely on a cigarette. There was an anti-Walmart protest happening on the sidewalk in front of him, but he didn't have much work to do in the way of crowd control.

"Last year it was a lot bigger," the cop said of the demonstration. "And a lot more aggressive."

Indeed, last year, well over 100 protesters blocked traffic at the same street corner and had to be dispersed by police; workers and activists entered the store and sat in the aisles in silent protest. But this Friday, just a few dozen stood at Walmart's doors, chanting slogans about living wages and handing out flyers to customers leaving with bags of groceries. A store manager politely asked demonstrators to keep the doors clear.

The more subdued D.C. protest this year reflects changes at Walmart's longtime labor foe, the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Four years ago, the union launched OUR Walmart, a worker group agitating for higher pay and better working conditions at the world's largest retailer. The group went on to stage high-profile worker strikes that embarrassed Walmart and drew national headlines, creating a framework for the fast-food strikes that have fueled the minimum wage debate.

But the Walmart campaign started by UFCW has essentially split, with workers caught in the middle. The UFCW has scaled back its aggressive and expensive organizing at Walmart, instead turning its resources more toward advertising and public relations campaigns that call out problems with the retailer. In the runup to Black Friday, the union aired television ads and hosted food drives for Walmart employees in need. Meanwhile, a contingent of OUR Walmart has left, taking the name with it, as it seeks new funding. Operating independently, the group hosted protests in D.C., New York, Chicago and other cities on Friday. Workers affiliated with the group also took part in a 15-day fast leading up to the protests.

That means the D.C. protest happened without the formal backing of organized labor, and it showed. Fewer union members and activists showed up. And unlike in years past, there were no Walmart workers who had notified their employer they were on strike for the day. The sight of workers declaring a one-day walkout -- even if it was just one or a handful of them -- had lent the early Walmart protests much of their emotional power.

Only one Walmart employee spoke to the crowd -- Cindy Murray, a founding member of OUR Walmart, who was calling for $15 per hour and full-time hours for those who want them. Murray told The Huffington Post that she was grateful for the support from UFCW in the past, and said she was confident OUR Walmart would forge ahead independently and make gains for Walmart workers.

"We can't stop now. It's not time to stop," said Murray, a 16-year Walmart veteran and resident of Hyattsville, Maryland, who works at a different store in suburban Washington. "We're hoping they [UFCW] stand with us in the future, and we'll stand with them. Whatever they need, we'll be there."

Although UFCW played no role in Friday's protest, HuffPost encountered several former UFCW employees there, a sign of how dear the Walmart campaign is to those who worked on it. And there were other workers and organizers from like-minded campaigns, such as ROC United, a worker center seeking to raise the tipped minimum wage for restaurant servers.

"We're out in solidarity," said Gaby Madriz, who directs the D.C. campaign of ROC United. "It's the same fight, just different sectors. It's not possible to live off the current minimum wage in D.C."

Although Walmart dismissed the protests as union-orchestrated stunts, the OUR Walmart strikes of recent years clearly rattled the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant. As recently chronicled in BusinessWeek, Walmart launched a counter-PR campaign aimed at minimizing the reputational damage of the protests. It even hired Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on activists. But without the UFCW pouring money into strikes and protests going forward, Walmart would appear to have much less to worry about on Black Friday.

That doesn't mean Walmart's communications team wasn't on the ground in D.C. on Friday. HuffPost was handed a statement from company spokesman Brian Nick, who said the company was "proud of the wages and benefits package we offer," including a matching 401(K) and quarterly cash bonuses. The company said D.C. employees earn $12.92 on average.

A company spokeswoman offered HuffPost the opportunity to speak with one of the employees on duty in the store, though she insisted she be able to sit in on the interview. The employee, Tracy Lewis, said there was a lot to like about Walmart, particularly the flexible hours. The schedule allows her to take classes online and work full-time, often with overtime, she said. She declined to say how much she's paid, but she said she feels she's compensated fairly.

"They opened a lot of doors and created a lot of jobs in D.C.," said Lewis, a 51-year-old Northeast D.C. resident.

As Lewis took her break, the protest outside was winding down. Less than an hour after it began, most of the D.C. cops had driven away on their motorcycles or in their cruisers, leaving behind just a police van. Officers did not appear to have made any arrests.

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M.I.A. References Refugee Crisis In New Video For 'Borders'

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In the music video for her new song "Borders," M.I.A. tackles the refugee crisis, referencing the global situation our world faces today through her imagery and lyrics.

In the self-directed video, the 40-year-old rapper takes the journey of a migrant as she performs in front of refugees who are climbing barbed wire fences and crammed next to each other on boats. 

"I want to dedicate this video to my uncle Bala, my icon and role model," she wrote on Twitter Friday morning. "One of the first Tamil migrant[s] to come to the UK in the '60s who went [on] to inspire so many people as a creative, daring man ..."

— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) November 27, 2015

The song's lyrics include, "Borders, what's up with that? / Politics, what's up with that? / Police shots, what's up with that? / Identities, what's up with that? / Your privilege, what's up with that?" The main chorus of the song goes, "Guns blows door to the system, yeah, f**k 'em when we say we're not with them / We solid and we don't need to kick them / This is North, South, East and Western." 

"Borders" is off M.I.A's fifth studio album, "Matahdatah." 

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When The Mountains Started Exploding: Devastation In Coal Country (VIDEO)

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On Monday, November 30th, The Huffington Post is thrilled to showcase, in a special event, the new film from Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson entitled " Time to Choose." The entire film will be available for viewing by our readers around the world.
The majestic mountains of Boone County, West Virginia, seem an emerald paradise as the camera pans over them in a luxurious flyover in a clip from the latest film by Ferguson ("Inside Job"). "Breathtaking," is how a West Virginia native recalls the mountains in her youth.

"So when the mountains started exploding," notes Maria Gunnoe, "of course I was outraged."
Ferguson's new documentary "Time To Choose" examines the climate-change crisis on a global level, including the devastations of the fossil-fuel industry in the United States, such as in Appalachian coal country. 
"I had heard of 'mountain-top removal', notes Bo Webb, another native West Virginian, "but had no clue what it was." The clip takes viewers from the resplendent green of the forested mountains to the barren wastelands and lunar landscapes of the area after the coal industry has decimated it. 
"Time To Choose," which debuted this past September at the Telluride Film Festival, will be screened at two special events in Paris in two weeks during the UN climate-change conference (aka COP21). The Huffington Post will offer the full film online one week earlier in a special event. Look here on the morning of Monday, November 30 -- the opening day of the conference -- to watch.

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