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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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The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 14 hours ago. 37 Replies

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports…Continue

Tags: Politico, Donald Trump, authoritarianism

Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria, Florida, and Religious Totalitarianism

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jan 17. 12 Replies

Like many of you, I have an email subscription to The Daily Kos, a liberal-leaning news and op-ed source which I frequently find both entertaining and frequently informative.  This morning I got their email distribution of links to various articles,…Continue

Tags: University, Daily Kos, Florida, Ave Maria, Domino's Pizza

The Brutalism of Ted Cruz (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 23 hours ago. 15 Replies

In 1997, Michael Wayne Haley was arrested after stealing a calculator from Walmart. This was a crime that merited a maximum two-year prison term. But prosecutors incorrectly applied a habitual offender law. Neither the judge nor the defense lawyer…Continue

Tags: GOP, Michael Wayne Haley, party, Republican, Donald Trump

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 15, 2015 at 12:27pm

Salon ran a follow-up article on the Planned Parenthood sting:

Planned Parenthood’s biggest problem is not “selling baby parts”: W...

. . . No, Planned Parenthood is not illegally selling baby parts. Yes, the organization is donating fetal tissue and being reimbursed for transportation costs, which “is standard across the medical field,” according to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Eric Ferrero. The sting, which took place nearly a year ago, doesn’t tell us much about fetal tissue donation, a practice that Planned Parenthood is open(ish) about providing only now that it’s come under fire. Why we don’t talk about the practice more is worth discussing, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

First, let’s acknowledge the sting for what it is — the latest addition to an ongoing game of what we’ll call Deceitful Anti-Choice Mad Libs, which goes a little something like this: “This condensed, heavily edited video proves that Planned Parenthood does X horrifying thing in possible violation of Y federal law (except we don’t have much additional evidence about that whole ‘illegal’ part, so you’ll just have to trust us on this one).” It is the result of a carefully crafted attack that an anti-choice group has been working on for months, yet another example of an extreme viewpoint in an already polarized debate about abortion care.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 14, 2015 at 11:08pm

So organ-leggers are selling stem cells.  BFD.  How come amputees aren't lining up for a share?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 14, 2015 at 8:28pm

This just out from Catholic Vote:

An interview with a high-level national Planned Parenthood employee coldly discussing sale of fetal body parts as business as usual.

So I wonder how this will pan out.

Why do I have the strangest feeling that if this story were legit it would be breaking in at least the grocery store tabloids, if not in more respectable publications.

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 9, 2015 at 1:35am

The free enterprise system we hear so much about has been a subsidy enterprise system at least since adoption of the 1787 constitution.

Evidence?

The agreement in the Convention to redeem at face value rather than at market value the paper that entitled Revolutionary War veterans to land. Speculators had paid needy veterans a fraction of the paper's value.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2015 at 10:07pm

"... $10 million a minute is how much the world’s governments are spending to subsidize the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas."

World Governments Subsidize the Burning of Fossil Fuels to the Tune...

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:31am

They are still at it, Bertold, but they had different pictures in the fifties. I still like Doré's steel engravings...

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 4, 2015 at 6:56pm
  • And now these people have the Internet and e-books to push their evil dogma.

Bertold, do we any longer have to ask where America's violence originates?

We too have the internet and e-books. We outnumber those sick and depraved people and can use the internet and e-books to expose them.

We evolutionists know that natural selection is wasteful. Given the statistics on miscarriages, natural selection might be more wasteful than religion. It's far more wasteful than that version of Puritanism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2015 at 2:53pm
Comment by sk8eycat on June 29, 2015 at 8:31pm

It IS brilliant!  And I'm halfway through rereading Fortunate Son for the 3rd or 4th time.  Makes me want to take the entire Bush family out and shoot them before they reproduce some more .  But they aren't the only ones....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 29, 2015 at 3:21pm

A great comic about deserved wealth.

 
 
 

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