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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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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 23 hours 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 yesterday. 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

Tags: Wall Street, deregulation, ., hedge funds, bankruptcy

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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2017 at 5:07pm

Ruth, Mike Luckovich's cartoon is a keeper. 

Patricia, our leaders need to go to boot camp for a summer of fighting fires. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 1, 2017 at 4:34pm

Ruth - great repurposing of that classic line!

Comment by Patricia on September 1, 2017 at 3:31pm

That guy lies like a sidewalk! Why he hasn't been run out on a rail yet is beyond me.

I wish he would spend 3 or 4 months here fighting fires & still deny global warming!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:27pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2017 at 1:33pm

Grinning Cat, your cartoons reveal the loss of our innocence and the encroachment of cynism that destroys and the kinds of love that kills.  

I long for those days of not knowing our government is corrupt and we have been fed propaganda.  

NO! I need to know, I must take effective action against such a government. 

OK, I am ready for the truth and continue to send letters, make phone calls, and stand against corruption at all levels of government. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 1, 2017 at 11:46am

2014: The Militarization of Officer Joe (huge white policeman in paramilitary camo uniform and gear, including zip-tie handcuffs and a long gun in addition to a billy club and revolver, leaning in towards a shocked and scared Black boy; the white counterman smirks at the officer)

Top: Norman Rockwell for the Saturday Evening Post

Bottom: Desmond Devlin (idea) and Richard Williams (artist) for Mad Magazine

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2017 at 7:39pm

A good read--

Radical Christian Extremists Control the Republican Party
ISIS and these radical religious extremists are no different

The Trumpian Christian Fascist Soft Coup

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

Part 2 

Oh! Isn't this just wonderful! Betsy trains up a fine group of leaders from charter and private schools. Their training includes leadership and how to manipulate and exploit others, while public schools struggle to teach the Tree RRRs and have no funds for books, training aids, field trips. This group of under educated young men and women attempt to enter the paid labor force and all they can do is meet the time clock, do what they are told, follow directions, obey, go home, eat a meal and watch TV. 

Seems like a perfect match for training a bunch of military troops to go and fight for Erik and his minions. The uneducated bleed and die for the benefit of those folks who know what they are doing and why. A perfect education and military storm develops. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

I hate terrorism as much as anyone but is the team of Erik Pince and his sister Betsy Prince DeVos the kind of people we want managing our education and military? 

"Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”

"Some critics of school choice argue that charters, which are publicly funded but governed by appointed boards and often run by private companies with varying degrees of state oversight, can skim high-performing students from traditional public schools, leaving them with more high-needs kids and less money."

"All told, their foundation contributed $8.6 million to private religious schools—a reflection of the DeVoses’ lifelong dedication to building “God’s kingdom” through education.

"Detroit, in particular, provides a cautionary tale of what happens when the ideology of market-driven “school choice” trumps the focus on student outcomes. The city’s schools—where 83 percent of students are black and 74 percent are poor—have been in steady decline since charter schools started proliferating: Public school test scores in math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained the worst among large cities since 2009."

This is a dumbing down of America via loss of funding for public education. Jefferson wanted an educated voting population. What kind of education that results in lowering scores can we raise up with this funding system? 

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America’s Schools to Build “God’s Kingdom”

"For Erik Prince, a large mercenary force inspired by the British East India Company would be Blackwater 2.0, a phenomenal business opportunity for someone with White House connections. (His sister is Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.) But he’s also got inroads of his own. In January, he held secret meetings in the Seychelles, allegedly to establish a back channel between Trump and Vladimir Putin."

"Their interests are more likely profit than concern for Afghans. The fact that the idea has champions in the West Wing sends a message to the whole galaxy of private military contractors: Business may be booming once again! If America entertains the possibility of outsourcing one of its most intractable foreign policy boondoggles, it may well push the market to spit out huge numbers of these fighters. It is supply and demand, generating tens of thousands of soldiers of fortune>"

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

see part 2 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 12:21pm

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder

The Nation

  • A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
 
 
 

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