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Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 3 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 0 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

The Satanic Panic - The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 1 Reply

To a degree, I think the following video and talk are mislabeled.  Oh, absolutely, Seth talks at length and in detail about the "Satanic Panic," the crazed obsession some Christians had about elements of popular culture through the 1970s, 80s, and…Continue

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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:11am

Politics everywhere selects for narcissism.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:06am

"...US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess."

I will say it in words familiar to bio-sciences folk.

American capitalism selects for anti-social personality disorder--sociopathy and/or psychopathy.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:47pm

Or it's like the pigeon-chess joke, Gary.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.

Corollaries and usage

There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself) than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law.

Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. Similar criticisms of the "law" (or "at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes") have been made by American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.  It's fascism.  The latter is generally paired with the former, but the former not necessarily with the latter.

Comment by Gary S on February 24, 2017 at 8:33pm

I also like those things GC. Like many of the other things I have read, the US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 3:23pm

Excellent stuff, GC, thank you!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:18pm

Another take on 45*... given his totalitarian tendencies, the comparison is quite justified; Godwin's law doesn't apply here.'45' drawn in black on a white background at an angle, resembling a Nazi swastika, inside a red 'no' or 'prohibited' circle-slash

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:15pm

Where are TRUMP products made? (picture of Donald Trump on a gilded throne, with arrows calling out various items:) Furniture made in Turkey; suits made in Mexico; ties made in China; foreign policy made in Russia (with Vladimir Putin brandishing a folder labeled “DOSSIEЯ - D. TЯUMP”, i.e. “DOSSIER - D. TRUMP” in faux-Cyrillic, with Cyrillic letter Ya, which looks like a backwards R, replacing R)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 9:45am

 Keith Olbermann has released one of his calmest yet most on-point op-eds of this debacle:



Trump Must Go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2017 at 10:48am

Good article Bertold.

 
 
 

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