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

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris May 2. 17 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 Brodie Mar 2, 2014. 17 Replies

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

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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

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Meet the Republican who is demanding that the government let poor people starve

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Sep 8, 2013. 2 Replies

The usual suspects.byJustin DoolittleFollow Stephen Fincher, a deranged Republican…Continue

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Comment by Davy on June 5, 2014 at 3:38pm

He really is believes us!

Comment by doone on June 4, 2014 at 11:16am

Rich Doctors Like Republicans; Sorta Rich Doctors Like Democrats

| Wed Jun. 4, 2014 10:22 AM EDT

We jabber a lot these days about how the real action in income inequality lies in the 1 percent. That is, the big increases haven't really been between the earnings of, say, teachers and computer programmers, but between computer programmers and Wall Street traders. And rising inequality is even more apparent within the 1 percent: The super rich in the top 0.1 percent are pulling away from the merely rich in the top 1 percent at an astonishing rate.

Today, Sarah Kliff points us to a kinda sorta related chart that's pretty eye-opening. As high earners, you'd think that doctors would be more likely to contribute money to Republicans than Democrats. But it turns out that isn't true. A new analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that merely well-off doctors—your allergists, your pediatricians, your pulmonologists—favor Democrats. It's only when you get into the territory of medical royalty—your surgeons, your urologists, your radiologists—that political contributions start to heavily favor Republicans. Even within one of the best paid professions in the country, there's a class divide, with the haves favoring Republicans and the have-nots favoring Democrats. That's fairly remarkable.

Comment by doone on May 28, 2014 at 8:54am

fun for all ages

Do you possess a small child? Do you wish your small child would color things to develop hand-eye coordination and patience or whatever it is that kids are supposed to learn from coloring? So maybe you’ll buy the little tot that brain coloring book or a Barbie book or something.

Unless you’re a weird demagogue of a parent, in which case you’ll buy little Johnnie or Joanie the Tea Party Coloring Book, because it is never too young to start indoctrinating. And if Wayne Bell, the publisher of these childhood classics, has his way, you’ll soon have your schools ramming this down kids throats as well.


Comment by doone on May 20, 2014 at 8:33pm

Oh Lord

by digby

This always puts things in perspective for me:

Americans would more likely support a philandering presidential candidate than an atheist one -- by an 18 percent margin -- according to a Pew Research Center poll published Monday.

While 35 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who had an extramarital affair, 53 percent of Americans indicated that not believing in God -- the trait viewed most negatively of the 16 tested -- would make them unsupportive of a candidate.

In accordance with a widely cited study by the University of Minnesota, which found atheists to be the most disliked and distrusted minority group in the nation, only 5 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a secular candidate.

The Pew survey, which questioned 1,501 adults nationwide from April 23 to 27, also found a significant partisan divide on the issue.

While 70 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats expressed opposition to an atheist candidate, 49 percent of Democrats viewed a potential candidate’s atheism as irrelevant.

It's a good thing America's greatest writer  Mark Twain never ran for office.

Comment by Davy on May 14, 2014 at 3:13pm

This is because of the budget that the Loonie Tune Abbot government hand down that affects all the people that can least afford to carry the load that the buget forces on them so the Right wing Loonies can give it to their wealthy bosses!

Comment by Davy on May 12, 2014 at 3:25pm
Comment by Davy on May 12, 2014 at 3:02pm

How 37 banks became 4

If you were wondering how banks got “too big to fail,” here’s a good start. This chart shows us how, over the last few decades, four banks have been gobbling up their competitors to become mega-banks that, thus far, are immune to the consequences of making terrible decisions that place the entire economy in jeopardy. See the link above.

Comment by doone on May 5, 2014 at 3:50pm

40 maps that explain the Middle East  MAY 05

Middle East Maps

From Max Fisher at Vox, 40 maps that explain the Middle East.

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East -- its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Comment by doone on April 28, 2014 at 12:21am

Mostly untainted by educationJust in case you were worried that South Carolina might start making a little more sense now that it’s been spared from thermonuclear destruction, here is a story about the latest innovation to issue forth from the Palmetto State: Retired Army chaplain Ray Moore, a candidate for Lt. Governor, has pledged that he will work to end public education in the state, because for most of early America’s existence, we didn’t have public schools, and now that we do have them, they’re on a mission to destroy Christianity. Plus, there’s nothing about state-run education in the Bible, so who needs it?

We suppose we could point out that there’s nothing about Constitutions, republics (no, we aren’t going to say that dirty word “democracy”), or voting in the Bible, either, but that seems a bit gratuitous, doesn’t it? READ MORE »


Comment by doone on April 13, 2014 at 3:14pm

Islam At America’s Beginnings

APR 13 2014 @ 1:29PM

Juliane Hammer reviews Denise A. Spellberg’s Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an, which uses Jefferson’s ownership of a two-volume English translation of the text as an entry point into understanding the Founders’ complicated views on Islam:

Spellberg lays out how Jefferson came to acquire a copy of the [George] Sale translation of the Qur’an, which significantly contained an introduction, written by Sale, to Muslim history and law. She juxtaposes Jefferson’s negative views of Islam with his early arguments for Muslim civil rights and presents the tension between this latter argument and the presence of West African Muslim slaves which, by virtue of their racial classification and their status as unfree members of society, would not have been included in Jefferson’s consideration of Muslims as potential citizens. Jefferson and John Adams appear as political rivals in negotiations over North African piracy—talks which Jefferson carried out in part with the Tunisian ambassador in London. Spellberg emphasizes that Jefferson wanted to define the piracy problem and the ensuing conflict with North African states in explicitly political and economic terms and avoided reference to religion at all cost.

Around 1788, in the discussions leading up to the final form of the U.S. Constitution, Muslims, or at least imagined Muslim citizens, became a point of debate in regards to the religious oaths required of political office holders. Those opposed to Protestantism as the de-facto state religion argued for the inclusion of Catholics, Jews, and Muslims as political leaders; some even pushed for full religious inclusion and political equality for religious minorities.

In an interview about the book last year, Spellberg argued that Jefferson was “theorizing for a future that included Muslims — not in spite of their religion, but because of it and because of his notion of universal civil rights”:


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