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Tuesday, November 4. 2014
About a book: Your God is Too Small
From Salon, The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind - "Some religious beliefs may alter brain function, making us more prone to anxiety and depression"
It’s the greatest achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about
I thought that was taught in grade school nowadays
What It’s Like To Face The LGBT Inquisition - Dare to question the new moral majority, and you will face an LGBT Inquisition. A bisexual son of lesbian parents speaks up.
Broadcast networks cover Kochs 22 times more than election’s top funder Steyer
Why If It Damages America, It's Good for Democrats
A new young batch of Conservative women
House Republicans could see their first black, gay members in years
Rand Paul courts the black vote
I like Rand. For political figurehead purposes, it's too bad he's a little dude who looks like Harpo
From Race and Reaction
That's a wow. I have never seen any racial discrimination in my personal life, or any racial tension either so I suspect politicians and media gin it up to keep an old narrative looking alive.
Obama Calls Republicans ‘Un-American’ In Late Election Appeal to Black Voters
Does the president really want black people to hate me? That is sick.
Ben Stein: Obama ‘Is The Most Racist President There Has Ever Been’
Disparate Impact Rebuked By Federal Judge – Court Rebukes The Next AG Nominee, Tom Perez and The Social Engineering Construct He’s Pushing…
Reflections on the Closing of the Russian Mind
Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it - Everything that’s wrong with France is worse here
Great place to visit, though - wonderful in every way
Taliban trying to destabilize region beyond Afghanistan
Below via WUWT:
UN Climate Panel: Phase Out Fossil Fuels ‘Almost Entirely’ by 2100
They are insane. Most people pray for some global warming, but it never arrives.
Leading Climate Scientist Bemoans Chicken Little Green Advocacy
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I have never seen any racial discrimination in my personal life, or any racial tension either
"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once... no one was singing the blues." — Phil Robertson, about growing up in the birthplace of the Delta blues.
I grew up in the Lutheran Church in the 1950s. By the early '60s "Your God is Too Small" was a very popular book. I cannot remember ever reading it, but I will now. I just downloaded the PDF from this link: thecommonlife.com.au/books/Your_God_is_Too_Small.pdf
Broadcast networks cover Kochs 22 times more than election’s top funder Steyer
Faulty premise. The Kochs have channeled nearly $300 million in dark money into the midterm elections.
And what have your Union buddies done? Besides rigging the voting machines, of course. Not to mention the free ads by your Media swill. Shove it up your Koch.
Mark Matis: And what have your Union buddies done?
Start with the facts relevant to the original post. Steyer has donated $50 million to environmental advocacy, all of it disclosed. The Koch brothers have channeled about $300 million in dark money.
As for labor unions, unions represent 11% of the workforce. The Koch brothers are about 0.0000015% of the workforce.
Labor unions represent FAR LESS than 11% of the workforce. That is the number from whom they collect dues. But then lies are your forte anyway.
Don't forget the TIDES Foundation, Gates and his pile of lettuce, and the many other Million\Billionaires who funneled moola to the campaigns. I also forgot the slush funds called SuperPACs, and a whole host of non-US entities who funneled in cash\support
Politics is a dirty business and notably the most disdained job, below drug dealer, prostitute, and used-car salesman - at lease you get something substantive\tangible from the last three...
Mark Matis: Labor unions represent FAR LESS than 11% of the workforce.
But somewhat more than 0.0000015%.
In any case, eleven percent of the workforce have a vote in labor union activities. Nor are union members required to pay for political activities.
Italy’s in terminal decline... I think that's the government. From what I've seen, read and heard over the years, there is a tremendous disconnect between the state of the government and the rest of the country. Italians seem to have a knack for circumventing their government on almost every level. We in the U.S. might be able to learn something from them.
Should have said ...circumventing their central government.... From what I've seen visiting wife's relatives, they seem to honor and respect local officials for the most part, especially in small cities and villages.
"Why If It Damages America, it's good for Democrats"
That statement and what the linked story presented is the explanation of racism in America today. It benefits the left so they create it. I lived in Mississippi in the 60's and I worked in a environment that was transitioning from the old racism to equality. We won! Racism, or at least white racism was slowly changed and eliminated. Ironically sometime in the late 80's to early 90's was the last time you could go into the deep South and find little to no racism. Today it has all been reversed. Racism isalive and well again in the South. Bt this time it is black racism. It is absolutely is unsafe for white Americans in mst of the South. Schools are hotbeds of racial violence almost all of it is black on white. Black on white rape has skyrocketed. Black gangs roam the streets of large Southern cities. It is unsafe for a white person to walk at night in Atlanta or New Orleans and many other cities. The attitude has changed as well. Blacks who themselves do not violently attack whites will silently or even openly approve of the black gangs that do attack whites. It is ironic and sad that after the huge effort in the 60's and 70's by many people black and white to end racism that they succeeded for a brief decade or so probably peaking in the 80's followed by increased racism and an increased drumbeat by the left for more violent racism of black on white violence. That is where we are today and we still cannot have an honest conversation about it because the perpetrators of this black racism don't want to change it. The media won't report it. They actively coverup any instance of black on white crime while highlightingand exaggerating anything that even remotely looks like white on black crime. And all of this is for the simle reason that it gets Democrats elected.
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Phasing out fossil fuels by 20whatever.
So does this also include phasing out those 100 or so products that are derived by oil refinery?
Plastics. Paints. Pharmaceutical products. Medical supplies. I could go on. So what are we replacing them with?
Already with the decline in coal based energy the oeice of wallboard has increased as they use fly ash to make it.
Or wait. Are we just supposed to live in cabes? Because the epa just banned argon in pesticides and I imagine in window and welding applications.
Might as well cut to the chase and ban humans.
There's no such person as a bisexual son of lesbian parents. He may have a lesbian parent and a lesbian step-parent but he cannot have lesbian parents.
Terms of reference. There was a sperm donor, so a father exists, but never helped raise him. All he knew were two "moms".
"Reflections on the Closing of the Russian Mind"
Putin is paranoid. He has plenty of data points from which to embellish his deeply suspicious outlook. But, he is paranoid.