In the last few weeks there has been a great deal of debate and controversy over the possibility of retaliatory strikes by the US in Syria. Both sides of the debate have some excellent points, and both sides have some points that are far from realistic appraisals of the situation. But this comment is not about the weaknesses or strengths of either side of the debate. Instead, I would like to offer a short statement as to why I am somewhat puzzled as to the rancor on the entire political debacle. Read more
Are Republicans too weary from witch hunts from turning Benghazi from sorrow to scandal and the IRS affair from insensible to impeachable, to be outraged at the news from the NSA?
Are conservative columnists too consumed slandering Snowden as seditious & selfish to save any shock for the domestic spying that has turned citizens into suspects? Did liberals expend so much of their anger -- first at Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping, then at the Congressional cave-in to make it legal -- that they're less fired up at Big Brother Barack?
The government shouldn't, but it is, the Prez said he wouldn't, then he did & the public's so overwhelmed by insult & injury that we don't even know where to direct our outcry.
For a bunch of people who often seem enraged, this time there seems to be an outrage outage.
Let's power-up that outrage again and send a powerful message to the NSA -- after all, we know they'll be listening.
Outraged or out-of-touch, either way come on out where we're never out of topics & you're no outsider at your progressive social club.
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"The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance." --Samuel Butler
Rush Limbaugh has been spouting bile unchecked for many years, but the reaction to his obscene tirades against Sandra Fluke in February of 2012 set off an unprecedented grass roots movement which nears its one year anniversary with no signs of slowing. What has come to be known as StopRush serves both to educate often unwitting advertisers of the show about Limbaugh's hateful rhetoric and to offer consumers the opportunity to make informed decisions about where to spend their money. Read more
About four or so months I attended a progressive town hall meeting hosted by my Rep. Eddie B. Johnson, with Rep. Barbara Lee from California. An old-aged attendent asked about the healthcare ruling (this was about two weeks before the final ruling) and Rep. Johnson answered, but I don’t remember the question or answer. That’s not important. What’s important is what happened afterwards.
The next attendant, a middle aged woman, assumedly Rep. Johnson’s supporter, asked what difference is the Obamacare tax mandate from other programs like Social Security. Both are “mandatory” she says, why aren’t the other programs, Social Security specifically, being challenged. How are they in law, she asked in confusion. After Rep. Johnson gave her an “answer,” (to be fair, she said we’ll see if it’s constitutional when the court rules) I whispered to her about FDR’s “court packing” controversy in the 40′s and how America copied the same socialist countries policies whom we had tension with. Read more
From all I can tell, there is going to be a massive effort by Republican state legislators to change the results of this upcoming election. They are going to do this by Voter ID laws; ending early voting in some states; and other laws meant to suppress the vote. It could even affect the general election for president. Yet even if it does not overturn the general election for president, it very well could change the results in many local and state races, thereby changing the makeup in our congress and in state offices. Read more
Many years ago when I was but eleven years of age, I became a preacher. As a Pentecostal, I had a very strict belief system, which also affected my sermons. I believed many things were sin, even if the Bible never mentioned them, such as smoking for example; smoking was a sin to me, or at least that was what I was taught.
Like so many Christians nowadays, I really didn’t know the Bible that well. I could quote a few scriptures but those were scriptures that supported my particular belief system, even if they were taken out of context. Read more
I’m certain that Chic-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy will eventually understand the cost of being outspoken about your active support for denying the rights of same-sex couples to marry can be expensive, as far as profits and loss of a percentage of at least some of your customers, and probably forever will.
Mr. Cathy had just recently told an online newspaper that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that gay marriage was “arrogant”. Read more
We have had 30 years of what has turned out to be horrible economic policy. All of the facts, when reviewed, will show that the system is failing the majority of Americans. But instead of admitting that failure, we are told that we need to double down. We have not been faithful enough to the system. We were bad capitalists who strayed into the arms of government hooch. Coming to save us is businessman, Mitt Romney. He has made his very profitable career with Bain Capital. Bain Capital specializes in private equity and venture capital. Mitt Romney is a man of the finance world. He has made decisions on a level of business that you or I could never begin to imagine. Mitt Romney has repeatedly touted his business experience as an asset towards reviving the U.S. economy. Read more
"White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty" was the title of an article by Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, a Catholic liberal arts college located just south of Immokalee, Florida. The article appeared in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) last Saturday.
Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a common topic on this blog: Anti-science. And where is this anti-science? Sadly, it’s in the platform of a major party of one of the largest states in the country. It also meshes with the anti-science inherent in a lot of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) and all comes together in one place: The proposed 2012 Platform of the Republican Party of Texas. It’s all there, as you will see. Read more
Maryland; my home for all of my fifty-three years.
As States go; I thought Maryland to be better than some. Worse than others; but a State generally inclined toward the Democratic Party; Liberal thought; and a fairly good sense of right vs. expedience.
I knew; as you could not help but notice; that Marylanders were not inclined to take to the streets as the Occupy Baltimore Turnout has so recently demonstrated.
The meager turnout and enthusiasm shown in my Fair City wasn’t for a lack of reason to complain.
It wasn’t because folks in Maryland are just sooo’ happy to be here that they overlook the problems. Read more
I'm planning to do a follow-up to Tuesday's post about Elliott Sober's recent talk. That is likely to be a long post, so ti may be a day or two before I can get to it.
In the meantime, go have a look at my new post over at The Huffington Post. I suggest that on the subject of evolution and creationism, Americans would benefit from a bit more cynicism. Let me know what you think! Read more