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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 8. 4 Replies

Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by eric stone Mar 6. 37 Replies

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Comment by Lilac on August 7, 2017 at 3:30pm

Manure is much more attractive.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2017 at 3:27pm

Well said, Loren! (And we apologize to horses and to manure for the comparison!!)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2017 at 3:24pm

Thomas, that says it all, powerfully and succinctly.  That torturing bitch should have been thrown out on her ass, but because the RCC is so freaking desperate for something they can spin positive, they ran roughshod over their own rules to make her a saint.

What a load of horseshit.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2017 at 3:23pm

Joan, thanks for the link to No Is Not Enough.

A couple of quotes from the book, from the extended excerpt in the recent Guardian article "Naomi Klein: Now let's fight back against the politics of fear" (bolding is mine)

... we need, somehow, to fight defence and offence simultaneously – to resist the attacks of the present day and to still find space to build the future we need. In other words, the firmest of nos has to be accompanied by a bold and forward-looking yes – a plan for the future that is credible and captivating enough that a great many people will fight to see it realised, no matter the shocks and scare tactics thrown their way. No – to Trump, to France’s Marine Le Pen, to any number of xenophobic and hypernationalist parties on the rise the world over – may be what initially brings millions into the streets. But it is yes that will keep us in the fight.

... So, we first need to be very clear on what we’re saying no to – not just to an individual or even a group of individuals (though it is that too). We’re also saying no to the system that has elevated them to such heights. And then let’s move to a yes – a yes that will bring about change so fundamental that today’s corporate takeover will be relegated to a historical footnote, a warning to our kids. And Donald Trump and his fellow travellers will be seen for what they are: a symptom of a deep sickness, one that we decided, collectively, to come together and heal.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 7, 2017 at 1:12pm

As far as Mother Teresa goes,

Two or three generations have to pass before sainthood is anointed to MT, or anybody else. The Catholic Church knows that people forget. When people forget history, then any history is credible.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2017 at 12:33pm

Bertold, if the church is slow to validate miracles, they sure didn't evince that in the case of Agnes Bojaxhiu, where they seemed to be tripping over themselves to get her canonized.  Their unfettered rush reflects a sense of something I can only characterize as desperation, at its very best.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2017 at 11:33am

NO IS NOT ENOUGHRESISTING TRUMP'S SHOCK POLITICS AND WINNING THE WO...

“Incites us brilliantly to stiffen our lip, to overcome . . . and to interweave our No with a programmatic Yes.”
Yanis Varoufakis
DiEM25 co-founder, Professor of Economic Theory, University of Athens
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2017 at 11:13am

. . . the Church is generally slow to validate miracles and apparitions, because if divine intervention in human affairs is too promiscuously recognized, then an obvious danger arises. If one leper can be cured, the flock may inquire, then why not all lepers? Allow of a too-easy miracle and it becomes harder to answer questions about infant leukemia or mass poverty and injustice with unsatisfying formulae about the Lord's preference for moving in mysterious ways.

--Christopher Hitchens, The Missionary Position

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2017 at 10:58am

Sound wisdom, Spud, the kind this current administration knows little or nothing about.  They're so corporate-thought-based, I doubt they know how to think in anything beyond three-month increments, if that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2017 at 9:40am

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
-- Greek Proverb

 

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