In May, a 17-year-old Iraqi girl was stoned to death after seeing a boy of a different religious sect. On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, digby said:

“This is the fault of primitive religious fundamentalism, which is across the board, in every culture, contemptuous of women. This is why I have contempt for tribalism, fundamentalism and authoritarianism. When it gets right down to it, it’s always, in the end, about mob rule. A gang of violent bullies, often at the behest of some authority figure, “sends a message” by publicly humiliating, maiming or killing one of their own who had the temerity to fail to properly conform. Whether for God or country or tribe, it’s always some poor victim, lying on the ground, covering his or her head, surrounded by people who have turned into animals.”

Well put, digby. And thanks to Playboy Magazine for bringing this great quote to even more people.

“Is it possible to feel enriched and hollowed out at the same time?…I don’t feel I belong here, but I don’t know if I belong back in New York either”

“The journey changes you, It should change you. It leaves marks on memory, consciousness, heart, and body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

-Anthony Bourdain on assignment in Malaysia for ‘No Reservations’

For the first time, I’ve heard put into words the indescribable sensation I felt those precious few times I’ve travelled myself. Bravo, Monsieur Bourdain. Bravo.

  “..That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute New Government..”

200 years later, how American are you? What would you be willing to do to today save your countrymen?