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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Comment by Joseph P on January 1, 2017 at 7:13pm

Well, at least we're finally rid of McCrory.  The governor gets sworn in at midnight on January 1st over here.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 1, 2017 at 3:20pm

Joy-Ann Reid with a hopeful message from The Daily Beast

NOT NORMAL
A-List’s Trump Snub Hits Him Where It Hurts
Ultimately, denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural approval they crave is an important statement.

Ultimately, denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural cosign they crave is an important statement. It does what so far, the collective media have been unable or unwilling to do: rejecting the normalization of the utterly abnormal. It tells not just the country, but the world, that Trumpism may have a hold on our politics, but it doesn’t have a hold on us. America’s ascendant majority will not so easily slink off into that good night, and will not quietly ingest what Trump has foisted on the electorate. 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2017 at 8:59am

Ba-da-bing, GC!

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 31, 2016 at 5:07pm

PROOF PIGS DO FLY (Trump jet)

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 11:34am

This article was in NY Times today.  It shows maps of the country based on what TV shows are popular, where.  To be honest, I haven't heard of most of those TV shows.  I don't watch.

The interesting point is, it shows once again, how divided the country is culturally.  People watch the shows that appeal to their mindset and values, and experiences, and culture.  Instead of living in one country, we live in a crazy quilt of cultures.

Of course, we all knew that.

Politically, that means that progressive politicians need to address the needs, concerns, values, of people in many different cultures within the whole country.  Big Tent Democrats.  If we are to learn a lesson from our failures, it is that.  More fundraising in the echo chambers of the West Coast and Northeast will not win elections, will not win congress and the senate.  That does not mean progressives have to give up their values and aspirations, but rather that we need to not only tolerate, but encourage, voices of difference across the nation that in different ways improve life for ordinary people.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2016 at 6:42pm

Bertold, an excellent essay by Moyers. With the many shifts taking place in our society at this time, with all the hate and disrespect for others, the assumptions of entitlement, we hold the memory of what could have been. 

"We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history."

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 3:39pm

Back to our irregularly scheduled political cartoons:
(as usual, click to embiggen)

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton giving a press conference: “I’m here to announce that my campaign has found a cure for cancer!” Reporters: “EMAILS!” “Emails!” “Email” “emails” “What about your emails? We want to know!” “emails, emails, emails” “Email!” “EE-MAILS” “EMAIL CANCER?”

Giant cockroach overlooking a nuclear mushroom cloud and devastated orange glowing cityscape: “But her emails.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 25, 2016 at 1:12am

That's absolutely my favorite pseudo-entomology, er, pseudo-etymology!

Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 9:17pm

Comment by Joseph P on December 24, 2016 at 3:43pm

Here's a fun little bit about North Carolina.

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article122593759.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-carolina-no-longer-democr...

Among other things, since the (elected) replacement chief-justice of the state supreme court is a Democrat, giving them a majority on the court, the outgoing Republican governor decided he was going to pack the court with several more gubernatorial appointees.  Fortunately, the media outcry was so bad that he had to cancel that plan.

Now, the Republican legislature is passing a bill to strip the hell out of the power of the governor, since it's flipping from a Republican to a Democrat, basically trying to eliminate the system of checks and balances.

Oh, and then this:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/north-carolina-republic...

Among its biggest consequences, the bill would effectively place election administration in Republican hands. Under current law, three of the five positions on the state board of elections are controlled by the governor's party. But under the proposed legislation, the board would be merged with the state Ethics Commission and each party would get an equal number of appointees. Democratic appointees would chair the board in odd-numbered years and Republican appointees would lead in even-numbered years. Since federal and major state elections take place in even-numbered years, this ensures that the board would be led by Republicans during major elections. Under the bill, county election boards would also shift from control by the governor's party to an equal partisan split.
Republicans are describing their proposed structure as "nonpartisan" and "completely balanced."
 
 
 

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