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God in the Classroom

October 31, 2013 by TheSecondGrover

Two weeks into my sophomore year in university I decided to meet up with an old friend from freshman year. She was a Muslim from Kuwait and a very interesting person to talk to considering her background. We were discussing various topics and came across the theory of evolution since she was now taking the same biology class as the one I had taken during my freshman year. She is very much into science so I decided to ask her opinion on the theory of evolution. Her response wasn’t very positive. I first I was surprised, but then I remembered I had learned the previous year that the Muslim world frowns upon the idea of evolution. I also learned that teaching evolution in the Middle East varies by state and is usually combined with creationist beliefs for the explanation of the origin of the universe. I am fan of evolution, but the conversation reminded me just how the Arab world is similar to the USA since there is a problem here with teaching evolution and God in public schools. Questions arise asking whether God should be taught alongside evolution, should we even teach evolution to our children, or does God even belong inside the classroom?    Read more

Political Leaders On Twitter

October 31, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

Politics today is all about messaging. So I took a quick look at the Twitter account for Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. What I found will not surprise you. Republicans are focused on the ACA rollout and the report that people are being drop from their insufficient healthcare plans. While Democrats are focused on everything from Women's Rights to debt reduction.

While the President mentions healthcare in his tweet today. He also mention's how low the debt is currently vs. 2009. The Democrats are currently searching for a winning message, while the Republicans think they have found one.

A Halloween of Hollow Weenies

October 31, 2013 by Living Liberally

The shutdown ended, but the showdown continues as the mad hatters of The Tea Party extreme play dress up as grown-ups interested in governing while aiming to gut Social Security and Food Stamps.

As the Obamacare website works through its issues, the empty suits of the right-wing can't get over their own, costumed as a concerned, compassionate Congress while really seeking to undo all healthcare reforms.

And as world leaders react to more NSA revelations, the spooks and kooks of our intelligence complex deny their actions, disavow their intentions and disguise criminal behavior as patriotism.

We'd love to believe all these frightening truths are simply Halloween costumes gone awry. But the truth is much, much scarier.

It's not Halloween. It's Hollow Weenies. And they are playing tricks & stealing treats that should really terrify all Americans.

It takes no special trick to join us for a treat as we outfit ourselves in liberal living & libations at your local progressive social club.

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Spying on Our Friends

October 29, 2013 by Andrew17

Spying on Our Friends

Is our media that naive to think that Germany, England, Israel and other "friendly nations" aren't spying on there great ally the United States? Of course they are and they should be. Spying isn't always about hurting your enemy. It's also about understanding what other governments know so your government can make better policy decisions. And by the way Republicans, this program was started in 2002. So if you want to have a congressional investigation. Go ahead!!

But like I was saying. When governments talk to each-other about a specific issue it's vital to have an understanding of where that other government stands on that issue. And i'm not just talking about there public stance. You need to understand there private stance. The only way you will find out the difference between a governments public and private stance is by, you guessed it. Spying!    Read more

Do you think congressional hearings on the Obamacare rollout are politically motivated?

October 24, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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Government, Heal Thyself

October 24, 2013 by Living Liberally

The website launched by our tech-savvy Prez to help Americans access affordable healthcare has had so many glitches and crashes that it now requires its own emergency care.

The right-wing that sought to undo Obamacare, rein in spending, revive the GOP, reform the US, cost us tens of billions, left health reform in tact and has now put the Tea Party on life support.

The NSA's illegal eavesdropping activities have so angered European leaders that it might derail our international relationships. Our reputation may need surgery -- stat!

We need to look after Americans' health, but after the weeks we've seen, we need to look after America's health as well.

Let's get these government exchanges working to help heal the American people. At the same time: Government, heal thyself.

Because if we can't get our government working, the right-wing will have won after all.

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Six Steps for Tea Party Addicts

October 21, 2013 by Maureen Andrade

Following the immeasurably unpopular government shut-down, the Tea Party is losing ground fast. Soon the movement may dissipate causing grass-root supporters to go through something like withdrawals. Formless hatred stoked by the Tea Party and its donors is a mental opiate many Americans became addicted to the last five years. How do we get millions of people to kick the bad habit of Far Right ideas? Here are six steps that could help break one's addiction to negativity:

1. Block Fox News using the Parental Controls on the cable TV- Giving up Fox News is the equivalent of flushing the dope down the toilet.

2. Take up a strict regimen of NPR- This may be boring, but it will cleanse the mind of all poisons like a grapefruit and white rice diet clean the digestive tract.    Read more

Do you think the media in the U.S is too easy on the Israel government?

October 20, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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The Good Guys Get Traction

October 17, 2013 by Maureen Andrade

President Obama, Senator Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi pulled off an epic victory for the American people this week when they held strong against the Tea Party’s best efforts to sabotage our government. After fifteen long days of the government shutdown, it was the strong-minded determination of our Democratic leadership that caused House Republicans to blink. The take-away is simple: good wins out in the end.

Undoubtedly, the Tea party will try to regroup and spin the narrative in their favor, but when the January and February due dates approach to revisit the budget and debt ceiling my bet is on bipartisan communication averting anymore drama. Polling indicates most American voters hate what the Tea Party did. Career politicians like GOP Rep. Herrera Beutler are finding their way to the middle, and hard core Tea Party leaders will be booking tickets home in 2014. When the American people make up their minds on something, it takes decades to change it, and they have now decided good governance makes their lives better.    Read more

Full Faith and Credit vs Fool's Faith Discredited

October 17, 2013 by Living Liberally

The nation lost billions of dollars, the GOP lost national respect & the government lost more of the public's faith while Ted Cruz grew his email list.

The global economy held its breath, the American people threw up their hands & even Republicans of good faith rolled their eyes while we learned Boehner can't run his House.

Now the government can serve the people again, the President showed he can be resolute & the US avoided national default -- with no guarantee this won't happen again.

In the meantime, Congress is back on the job of not passing bills for jobs, immigration, climate change, food stamps or gun control while wiretapping & drones continue unimpeded.

We may have maintained our full faith and credit & seen the Tea Party's fool's faith discredited. But to win the full faith of the American public, it will take real work before DC gets any credit.

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Let Them Eat Cake

October 16, 2013 by chairmanoohmowmow

Lately a memory has been haunting me a little bit. It was a television image that I noticed during the frantic, wall to wall TV coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. While firefighters were scrambling through the dust and smoke of New York City, the anchor tossed to a reporter on the Beltway in Washington D.C.. The freeway was packed with federal employees. Some had provisions strapped to the top of their Range Rovers while other were furiously peddling their mountain bikes, as back packs full of canned goods swayed from their perspiration stained torsos, towards Maryland. All were abandoning the city. Lesson: These folks will cut and run.

None of them were even remotely interested in talking with reporters. Think about that for a second. The Washington elite, the people we entrust to fight for our interests, no matter how we define those interests; leaving their posts and fleeing the capitol...and refusing an opportunity to talk with the press!    Read more

John Boehner Needs to Break Bad

October 15, 2013 by Andrew17

It has become apparent that House Speaker John Boehner has lost control of House Republicans. So the question becomes what should he do? From my estimation the speaker has two options. One, he can continue to be rebuffed by his own party for another year until he loses his speakership in 2014.

Or he can take option two and create an alliance with a few republicans (20 or so) and all the Democrats to pass a long term debt "fix" bill that will balance our budget over the next decade. This is assuming he can get a short term debt limit increase passed. I know that's a big assumption. This alliance will give John Boehner a place in American political history that will outlast any of his current opponents. Just look at newt Gingrich the "Historian".

Now it is true that both option have a bad immediate outcome for the Speaker. He will no doubt lose his speakership no matter what he does. But option number two leaves him a career bigger then being a contributor to FOX News.

The GOP: Contortionists and Extortionists

October 10, 2013 by Living Liberally

Ted Cruz's exhortation against Obamacare and the House GOP's explosion of democratic process turn out to be part of a long-term right-wing plan for the exploitation of a government shut-down.

Bohner's lost control of the House while regular Americans are losing overall, yet conservatives bend and twist and contort to explain what it is that "winning" would like like.

The Tea Party accuses Obama of obstructionism while they refuse to govern responsibly, refuse to end the crisis to start negotiations, and keep changing what it is they demand.

They've gone from exhorting and distorting to contorting and outright extorting. When America needs serious people in charge, we're stuck with a GOP of contortionists and extortionists.

If only we could deport those who extort out of DC entirely.

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Will John Boehner offer a clean CR up for a vote in the next 10 days?

October 8, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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