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Ethics? We don't need no damn ethics.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Feb 15. 11 Replies

House Republicans secretly vote to gut Office of Congressional EthicsLet's get this party started! …Continue

Tags: board, gone, ethics, independent, universe

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion - Unless you live in Indiana.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Jan 15. 18 Replies

Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

Tags: pence, mike, freedom, religious, Indiana

The IPA and the Heartland Institute

Started by Davy Mar 31, 2014. 0 Replies

Institute of Public Affairs.And Heartland Institute Link.From the AU's ABC.Last week's revelations about the Heartland Institute, probably the most…Continue

Tags: Institute, Heartland, IPA, Climate, Denial

The Proceeds of Corruption

Started by Davy. Last reply by Stephen Mar 2, 2014. 17 Replies

This is inside the former President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich's residence.Here is another link to it from Lvivcafe.com  here …Continue

Tags: residency, opulence, Ukraine, President

China Launches Hypersonic Missile Test, Downplays Fears

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Jan 19, 2014. 1 Reply

China's recent test of a hypersonic vehicle should not unduly alarm the United States or any other nation, Chinese military officials say.The test of China's new "…Continue

Michigan Senators Write God Resolution

Started by Neal. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jan 10, 2014. 5 Replies

Ah, MI, so disappointing. My state has been hijacked by the reality challenged.Posted on January 8, 2014 by admin They’re back. All rested-up and ready to enact critical new laws and measures — Michigan legislators are raring to get down to the…Continue

Tags: senators, michigan, resolution, god, the

False News about Saudi Arabia & GCC

Started by Ali. Last reply by Chris Dec 18, 2013. 10 Replies

This Thread will be like filter for the news & videos about Saudi Arabia & GCC because there are a lot of false news about Saudi Arabia & GCC lately. I think this thread will help clarify many things ...Continue

Finally - Paul Ryan’s Worst Nightmare Comes True as Bernie Sanders Is On The Budget Committee

Started by Neal Oct 19, 2013. 0 Replies

Democrats finally getting a little feisty. This should send a message to the tea party crazies, "you bitches are done."By: Jason EasleyFriday, October 18th, 2013, 3:28 pmmore from Jason Easley…Continue

Tags: budget, committee, the, on, sanders

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Comment by Chris on February 19, 2017 at 2:55am

Former NSA Spy: NSA Withholding Intelligence From Trump

February 13, 2017 | by Ray Brown

A former National Security Agency analyst said the NSA doesn't trust President Donald Trump and has been hiding information from him since he took office.

"Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration -- not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump -- that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust," wrote ex-spy John R. Schindler in the Observer.

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John Schindler's Observer archives are here. The specific article follows.

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins.

By John R. Schindler

In a recent column, I explained how the still-forming Trump administration is already doing serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships. In particular, fears that the White House is too friendly to Moscow are causing close allies to curtail some of their espionage relationships with Washington—a development with grave implications for international security, particularly in the all-important realm of counterterrorism.

Now those concerns are causing problems much closer to home—in fact, inside the Beltway itself. Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.

Comment by Chris on February 19, 2017 at 2:37am

What must be known about lawsuits such as the Christian Florist, or the Wedding Cake (Follows).

I wonder how many people who go to fundamentalist, or even what they may concider as moderate churches (in the U.S. and other areas) realize that the donations they place in the plate that circulated through the congregation ends up  creating laws to exicute homosexuals in Uganda (for example).

Is that conservative right wing xtian groups such as Focus on The Family, The 700 Club, and more  in the link directly above

are fighting these cases just as

Rosa Parks, John Scopes, and Madolyn Murry O'hare did with racial and religious discrimination - which through the backing of groups such as the ACLU, PFAW, SPLC, NAACP and others are fighting legal battles for freedom.

Oregon bakery will have to pay lesbian couple up to $150,000 for re...

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 5:22 PM


"An Oregon bakery will have to pay a gay couple up to $150,000 for refusing to bake them a wedding cake two years ago, government officials announced Monday.

The Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham caught heat in January 2013 when Laurel Bowman said the shop refused to make a cake for her and her fiancée, citing religious objections. Bowman said the co-owner, Aaron Klein, called the gay marriage “an abomination unto the lord,” KGW reported.

Bowman filed a discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries months later, and the group said on Monday it was ruling against the bakery.

Now the bakers could pay up to $75,000 each to Bowman and her fiancée, with the final amount to be determined in March.

The Bureau of Labor said in a statement that it provides some exemptions in such cases for religious groups, but the bakery didn’t count as one just because of its owners’ beliefs.

The bakery shut its doors at the end of 2013, but the owners continued doing private orders, including one for an anti-gay ministry. It also continued running a Facebook page under the Sweet Cakes name.

It posted a statement on the page Tuesday: “Even though it seems as if we are being thrown into the Lions den. We will continue to stand for the Lord, our faith will not waiver. We fully trust in our heavenly father. He is able to deliver us from this, but even if He doesn't we are not going to compromise on God's truth in order to appease man.”

The statement has received more than 3,000 likes.

Last year, the Civil Rights Commission in Colorado ordered a baker to fulfill an order he refused to a same-sex couple. Another baker in Colorado is now being investigated for discrimination after she refused to write anti-gay messages on a customer’s cake.

Comment by Stephen on February 19, 2017 at 12:59am

The Christian Florist Who Refused To Provide Flowers for a Gay Wedding Loses Badly in Court

Years after Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, refused to do business with a gay couple wanting to get married because of her Christian beliefs, the state’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against her:

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state’s antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.

Read more=   read:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/17/the-christi...  

Comment by doone on February 17, 2017 at 8:05pm

At 4:32 pm, President Trump put up this tweet:

It was quickly deleted and 16 minutes later it was replaced with this:

Fascinating! Here are the changes Trump made:

  1. Changed "and many more" to the more specific @ABC and @CBS.
  2. Eliminated the ugly extra spaces after the parentheses.
  3. Capitalized the P in "people."
  4. Removed "SICK!"
Comment by doone on February 17, 2017 at 6:31pm

Not all want to work for DJT

Foiled again: Vice Adm. Robert Harward added insult to injury when he rejected President Trump’s national security adviser job offer, writes Fred Kaplan. Harward took the near-unprecedented step, as a senior military officer, of turning down a request from his commander in chief—and gave others permission to do the same.

Comment by Stephen on February 17, 2017 at 5:50pm

President Trump fills world leaders with fear: 'It's gone from funny to really scary'

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-presid...

Comment by Stephen on February 17, 2017 at 5:13pm

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has said it is disappointed after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.

DeVos was confirmed after an incredibly tight confirmation battle. Two Republican senators sided with Senate Democrats in a bid to block her confirmation.

She was only confirmed after Vice President Mike Pence caste a tie-breaking vote – the first time in history that a cabinet nominee has needed a tie-breaking vote from a vice president to be confirmed.

After her confirmation Americans United (AU) released a statement vowing to oppose any attempt by the Trump administration to use voucher programmes and "school choice" schemes that "divert desperately needed taxpayer funds to private, mostly religious, institutions."

Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said the organisation had "grave concerns" about DeVos.

AU said it "vowed to oppose any attempts by DeVos and President Donald Trump's administration to defund public schools by redirecting taxpayer dollars to private schools that lack accountability and typically perform no better – and sometimes worse – than public schools."

The group also cited concerns that "vouchers will be used at private religious schools that teach religion, such as creationism and [an] anti-LGBTQ curriculum. AU notes that these schools don't provide the same civil rights protections – including those that protect students with disabilities and young women against discrimination – that public schools do."

When challenged over her support for an organisation that supported a school district which used a biology textbook that featured intelligent design, De Vos said that she was in favour of "critical thinking".

read:http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/02/american-secularists-expr...

Comment by Stephen on February 16, 2017 at 7:32pm

Donald Trump’s Administration Marks Need for New Wave of Skepticism

Skepticism has always been important: it helped our ancestors outsmart predators, and it continues to help us avoid other dangerous pitfalls even today. But there is perhaps no time in recent history in which this skeptical mindset is more urgent than now.

I’ve spent my entire adult life promoting skepticism of false claims, so I was excited the first day “fake news” was discussed in mainstream media, but that enthusiasm faded quickly. The reference was in relation to false news stories and propaganda that propelled Donald Trump to the White House, of course, but that didn’t stop him from coopting the phrase and using it to shoot down anything critical of him.

And that’s exactly the problem: Trump, arguably the most powerful man in the world, is promoting false information at a record rate and discrediting investigative journalists at the same time. In essence, he is attempting to become the sole arbiter of “Truth” (or his twisted version of it) in America.

Since the launch of his campaign, Trump has posited a number of false claims and conspiracy theories, including that vaccines cause autism and that global climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. He also promised to release his taxes and to “lock up” Hillary Clinton for her alleged email-related crimes. Unfortunately, taking the oath of office hasn’t stopped him from continuing to lie to the American public.

Don’t all politicians lie, though? Not this much, and not for the same reasons. According to :

Read more=  read:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/14/donald-trum...

Comment by doone on February 16, 2017 at 4:43pm

Pew offers up the following comparison today:

Well, at least Trump is #1 at something. In related news, I was looking at Pollster yesterday and found something odd. I've mentioned before that although Trump's disapproval rating has gone up since Inauguration Day, so has his approval rating. But it turns out that if you look only at live phone polls—generally considered the highest quality polls—his approval rating has actually plummeted by six points:

I know that there are differences between phone, IVR, and Internet polls, and IVR polls are generally considered pretty high quality these days. But the IVR/Internet polls show Trump's approval up four points, while the live phone polls show his approval down six points. That's a net ten point difference, which is huge.

It's early days, and maybe it's just a matter of small sample sizes or something. But I wonder what's really going on with Trump's approval rating?

Comment by Stephen on February 15, 2017 at 6:37pm

Something has to be done about this idiot Trump. He's gonna get us all killed.

 
 
 

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