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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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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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wellRED : From Dixie With Love with Trae Crowder

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 28 minutes ago. 2 Replies

For a little old 81 year-old Victorian raised lady this guy knocked off my socks!  Take a minute and watch a man take on the Southern Bigots. Thanks to Chris for the site! wellRED…Continue

Tags: challenge, redneck, bigots, Dixie, wellRED:

Free and open internet in our future?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

From today's email from Demand Progress (minus "send us money!"; ellipses, emphases, notes, footnote expansions, picture additions mine):---…Continue

Tags: Title II, free and open internet, common carrier, regulations, protection

Hedge Funds Triumph and You Lose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 24. 2 Replies

image sourceThousands of  profitable…Continue

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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 Nov 20. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on October 11, 2017 at 4:32pm

"Lives cut short through abortion."

The "pro-life" anti-abortion / pro-forced-birth advocates offer an unspoken false equivalence, that needs to be spoken and refuted whenever it appears. The life of a zygote / embryo / fetus is not the same as that of a living, breathing, sentient, self-aware person who has a quality of life and wants to continue living.

Thanks, Joan, for the information on legalized abortion being linked to drops in crime 18 years later, including murders. All the more support for not requiring people to carry unwanted pregnancies!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 4:19pm

"We offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization. The 5 states that allowed abortion in 1970 experienced declines earlier than the rest of the nation, which legalized in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. States with high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s experienced greater crime reductions in the 1990s. In high abortion states, only arrests of those born after abortion legalization fall relative to low abortion states. Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime."

The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime

"Lives cut short through abortion.”

Lives cut short by Deadliest U.S. mass shootings, 1984-2017.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 2:20pm


Don't Feed The Church
     Nemesis

Release the chain that holds you in trance
Religion destroys your mind and your sense
Believe in yourself no sins to regret
The preahers is only to steal and opress

How dare you to sell the salvation?
Cheating the poors and building empires
How long you will live in alienation
Giving your money to pervert desires!

Open your eyes you will see the truth
The bible is a lie! Don't feed the church!
Sacred war to fill the purse
Set free your mind! Don't feed the church!
Don't feed the church!

You have the power to rule you own life
Live it for honor for love and kind
Forget the sin the pain and hate
Spit on the face of racist fate

How dare you to sell the salvation?
Cheating the poors and building empires
How long you will live in alienation
Giving your money to pervert desires!

Open your eyes you will see the truth
The bible is a lie! Don't feed the church!
Sacred war to fill the purse
Set free your mind! Don't feed the church!
Don't feed the church!

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 11, 2017 at 1:22pm

Another irregularly scheduled political cartoon:

Spokesman in suit and tie: “At the NRA we take mass shootings seriously. And we want to HONOR our first responders... the congresspeople who block gun laws. That’s why we built the PAC-15 assault donator! This puppy will fire 90 bands of $100 bills per minute--fully automatic campaign contributions.” (Automatic rifle with rectangular bore firing bundles of money) “We can lay down a field of bribes from up to 500 yards away and hit every one of our legislators--all of which were purchased legally, by the way.” (Happy legislators being hit by bundles of money; one man in foreground catches one between his teeth, with caption “HEAD SHOT!”) “As for bump stocks, we’re trying our best.” (Smiling spokesman bumps the falling arrow on a stock-price chart with his elbow, making it bend upwards.)(click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 10, 2017 at 2:44pm

A Dutch video mocking the US's "Nonsensical Rifle Addiction" as if it were a strictly medical condition:

(via Joe.My.God.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 6, 2017 at 3:10pm

In response to the "Family" "Research" Council asking for reports of religious discrimination ("FRC Launches Snitchline To Report On LGBT Americans Who Flagrantly Have Civil Rights At The Workplace", Joe.My.God.):

"Dear FRC,

Please help me, I am a federal contractor and I got fired for my faith, my fellow employees got upset because I was preaching the truth to them. They seemed to not like me telling them the righteousness of the Church of Satan

I cannot afford a lawyer can you provide me one for free?"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 6, 2017 at 2:30pm

Sessions issues religious liberty guidance to federal agencies

The Hill

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued legal guidance Friday directing federal agencies on how to protect religious liberty in employment, contracting and programming as they execute federal laws.
  • The guidance follows President Trump’s May 4 executive order directing the agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech, made by both individuals and organizations.
  • The 25-page memo maps out 20 guiding principles reminding agencies that freedom of religion is a fundamental right and that the free exercise of religion “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”
  • “As President Trump said, ‘Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation ... [this administration] will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,’” Sessions said in a statement.
  • “The constitutional protection of religious beliefs and the right to exercise those beliefs have served this country well, have made us one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and have also helped make us the freeist and most generous.”
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 5, 2017 at 1:17pm

Republican logic at its finest!

House GOP says Las Vegas massacre inspired them to crack down on reproductive rights
Instead of gun control, Republicans say the violence prompted a new effort to restrict abortions.

[Think Progress]

  • In the aftermath of two recent acts of gun violence, the House GOP caucus has been inspired not to pursue gun control legislation that could prevent future mass shootings, but instead to crack down on reproductive rights.
  • “As we mourn the lives lost in Las Vegas this week, and welcome Whip Scalise back to Capitol Hill, we are reminded just how precious life is,” the GOP caucus writes in a blog post about new anti-abortion legislation approved by the House on Tuesday. “This message weighed heavily on the hearts of House Republicans as we spoke of the potential of life — especially lives cut short through abortion.”
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2017 at 12:41pm

Another note about govtrack.us: it offers emoji you can click on to upvote on a bill's overview page.

... and after I upvoted a few of them:

I strongly recommend participating in those little informal polls on bills that matter.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2017 at 12:25pm

Also relevant:

"Bump Stocks Sell Out Nationwide Over Ban Fears" (Joe.My.God.)

(That fact says a lot!!! Why does any private citizen need to make their rifle fully automatic? To protect themselves against armed mutant sentient hypercaffeinated vampire deer with tactical nukes? 

Or against a gang of hundreds of home intruders who burst in all at once? Or against the U.S. Army? Ain't gonna work.)

It turns out that the Second Amendment wasn't created to ensure an "individual right" to have a firearm -- that was created by the Supreme Court in 2008. The ugly truth is that the Founders wanted to protect the states against a federal standing army, and to protect slave patrols, i.e. ensure slaveholding states were free to recapture people who had escaped slavery.

So Few Americans Understand What the Second Amendment Is Really About—or Its Dark History (Thom Hartmann, AlterNet) subtitled "The Second Amendment is an anachronism that's no longer relevant today."

 
 
 

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