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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

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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

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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 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”:

Comment by Davy on March 21, 2014 at 4:40pm

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Comment by doone on March 20, 2014 at 5:39pm


Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, seemed to relish the label. "If I had nobody mad at me," he was quoted as saying, "what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the Gospel?" FULL STORY
Comment by doone on March 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

Faces Of The Day

MAR 18 2014 @ 7:12PM
by Chris Bodenner


Yusuf, a keeper, sleeps with three orphaned baby rhinos at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. The youngest rhino on the right was orphaned when poachers killed his mother on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The largest rhino, Nicky, is not an orphan but is being hand-raised because her mother is partially blind. On the woman who took the photo:

Montana-based photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale is shedding some much-needed light on the illegal wildlife trade and poaching of animals taking place in northern Kenya. She recently launched a crowdfunding campaign in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), using photography as a platform to show how local communities are working to protect their wildlife from the heavily armed criminal networks of poachers that are devastating to the rhinos, elephants and many other plains animals of Africa. … While her initial goal has just been reached, she has now turned her sights on to other related and achievable goals, like providing educational, visual storytelling initiatives for the NRT—a collective of 26 indigenous groups in northern Kenya.

In addition to Vitale’s website, you can follow her work on TwitterFacebookInstagram,Nikon, her Montana workshops, and her storytelling seminars with NatGeo. Previous Dish on animal poaching hereherehereherehere, and here.

Comment by doone on March 4, 2014 at 2:35pm

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