A bishop in a Mormon church outside Salt Lake City has shined a light on the hypocrisy and selfishness of members of his church by dressing as a homeless man and gauging their reactions to him. David Musselman had a makeup artist transform his face and donned an unkempt wig, fake beard, and glasses. He then entered the church last Sunday and approached churchgoers to see what they would do. He found many of them did not practice what he preached:
"Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn't even make eye contact. I'd approach them and say, 'Happy Thanksgiving.' Many of them I wouldn't ask for any food or any kind of money, and their inability to even acknowledge me being there was very surprising."
Most of Musselman's church members ignored him, although five of them actually asked him to leave.
This Thanksgiving, I reflect on our nation. There is reason to despair, or course. Some dire work is still undone. For example, nearly a year after the Sandy Hook horror, we still have no coherent national plan of action to restrict gun ownership. Also, our Congress is still embarrassingly dysfunctional, as the Republicans recently shut down the government in protest of millions of Americans getting access to health insurance. There is also a lack of meaningful citizen action on climate change, which could be the nullifying factor for all human endeavor a few generations out. Read more
The Senate addresses historic obstruction by dealing with dramatic filibuster dysfunction, enraging the GOP and engaging democracy to move forward on Presidential appointments.
Iran talks turn into tremendous opportunities to pause their path toward nuclear armament and to showcase the power of diligent diplomacy.
We hold our breath for the healthcare site fixes, while half-a-million Americans are already headed toward comprehensive, affordable coverage and millions more finally have more options.
The Senate surprised us with one strong choice, Iran is surprising us by choosing a new path and Americans are finally getting choices too.
From nuclear options to new, clear options, there is much to be thankful for this holiday.
There is also much more work to be done to create a just and equitable society for all so that every family can celebrate a safe, sound, sustainable Thanksgiving.
Tonight, if you're thankful for your options to share ideas while sharing a pitcher or two, come by your local, progressive social club.
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In 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated Obamacare would "collectively reduce the number of people with employer-sponsored health coverage by about 14 million." CBS News reports on two small business owners who are cancelling their worker's insurance because they say they can no longer afford it.
An online juror form from Dekalb County, Georgia lists 'slave' as an occupational option. Read more
150 years ago, Lincoln extolled the importance of a government of, by and for the people. Today, the Gettysburg Address would be criticized by cable news for being too short to take seriously.
50 years ago, we lost Kennedy, who had exhorted us to ask what we could do for our country. Today, such a call would be met with derision, obstruction, filibuster and called "socialism."
We honor the President who preserved our union while Congress tries a new form of nullification. We remember a man who championed voting rights while we experience new forms of voter suppression.
As a country, we mark these moments of our history, with news stories, ceremonies and TV specials.
Maybe we should mark them by learning from them: remembering that America has been at its most inspirational when leaders call for united action in the face of crisis and when we face grave moments with renewed national purpose.
If we can revitalize the meaning, not just recall the words, then a government of the people, by the people for the people, shall not perish from this Earth. Read more
Today, we added the CKEditor to the body section of the blog post submission page. This was done to make posting a blog with customization easier and nicer looking. The type of things you can do is add images inside your post, change the font type, realign text and much more.
For example, lets talk about how to add an image to a post. First write your whole post in the body section. Add any text formats you like, i.e font type, color, bold, etc. Then on the top row of the CKEditor look for the icon that looks like an "image". It should be on the top right side of the CKeditor. Click on it and a box will appear. In the "URL" section you will put the image URL.
In politics, there are good ways to handle the media and there are bad ways to handle the media. Lets see how Toronto's Mayor, Rob Ford handles the media. You may want to look away, but you can't.
We talk of the roll-out "disaster" of Obamacare, but now see a real disaster of staggering scale: the typhoon and aftermath in the Philippines.
We survived the "tragedy" of our shut-down, a game of pointless political parlor tricks, when the truly tragic events around the world remind us that governing shouldn't be a game.
We watch the wrangling on Capitol Hill -- who "devastates," "demolishes," "slams" whom. These "life or death" debates pale beside life-or-death struggles of refugees & recovery.
And as we wait for the climate to change in the debate over climate change, the climate has just changed the lives of those in the Philippines forever.
We may use ferocious rhetoric in our politics, but the typhoon should remind us that reality is far fiercer than all our metaphors…and deserves action stronger that rhetoric.
May governments and people of the world pull together for the people of the Philippines, and may we get serious about strengthening a solid, sustainable, safe society for us all.
Join a night of like-spirited souls as you share reactions to this week's actions at your local progressive social club. Read more
On Wednesday's show, Rush Limbaugh used an online ad campaign to dust off his misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke. The ads attempt to attract young people to Obamacare by, in Limbaugh's view, promising fellatio. Read more
Not so long ago, CNN conducted a poll asking American consumers whether or not they felt oil companies were overcharging them for gasoline. The correct answer is obviously yes, but you might be surprised to learn that 2% of the people surveyed felt that they weren’t paying too much for gasoline. Who are these people that feel they’re getting a good deal at the pump?
We’ll tell you who they are. Millionaires. They’re millionaires, or children of millionaires, or people who own the oil companies (but that’s the same as millionaires...or billionaires). They’re people who are millionaires, billionaires, complete idiots, or all of the above. They’re people who own things like airplanes, football teams, and senators. They’re people who have memberships to wine clubs, country clubs, and gentlemen's clubs. They’re people who listen to Yanni, Enya, and Charlotte Church. They’re people who have sex with people who charge a lot of money for sex with people.
They’re people who think this country is headed in the right direction and not for certain death and destruction. Read more