Religious

The Evangelical movement was neither Christian nor accidental. Frank Schaeffer points out. It was a scheme manufactured to control a sect to be used. Frank Schaeffer explains the Evangelical fraud. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Frank Schaeffer is atoning for his past involvement in capturing the Evangelical movement. He, his...

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  • September 10, 2021

From that moment in November of 1969, when former President Richard Nixon asked for a “silent majority” to support his ‘Vietnamization’ effort, utilizing the peace with honor strategy; America’s shotgun wedding to the GOP marriage of silent loyalty and moral obedience was consummated. Between the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Republicans...

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  • August 13, 2021

Speaking to a colleague this morning who asked if I was tired of writing about racial ‘strife.’ The answer was—no—I am tired of living it. In less than two weeks a white Ohio police chief thought it was a joke to leave a KKK reference on the desk of one...

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  • July 23, 2021

The latest rabbit punch thrown by the Republican party in the culture bout was to deny Texas children the truth about women’s suffrage and that white supremacy is a bad thing. Besides the obvious moral failure of Texas Republicans, who voted in favor of this measure in the absence of...

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  • July 19, 2021

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, terrorism? 9/11? ISIS? The Taliban? While these examples are certainly just, they don’t always represent terrorism in its entirety. Dan Brown said, “History is always written by the winners”. Stereotypes and generalizations often cause the public...

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  • June 13, 2021

Repost: Fordham Political Review. No one issue in politics today causes greater polarization than the issue of abortion.  I remember sitting down with my mother in high school, nerves fluttering in my stomach as I asked her, “What do you think about abortion?”  I was thinking about the fact that...

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  • May 22, 2021

The Republican members of the House of Representatives convened their star chamber this morning and ousted the most conservative member of their caucus. GOP House conference chair Liz Cheney is under fire for breaking one of their sacred tenets—not embracing duplicity and hypocrisy. The vote was held in secret because...

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  • May 12, 2021

For the second time, in approximately sixteen years, President Joe Biden is part of a multicultural team pulling America back from the brink. The last time, in 2009, Mr. Biden was second in command to former President Barack Obama. This time he is in charge, with Kamala Harris as his...

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  • May 10, 2021

Likely Trump will continue to be banned from Facebook, but just in case, it is worth speculating what would happen if he returns. His general laying-low these days is probably in hopes of getting a reprieve. Facebook’s oversight board will announce its ruling on whether former President Donald Trump’s account should...

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  • May 3, 2021

Likely Trump will continue to be banned from Facebook, but just in case, it is worth speculating what would happen if he returns. His general laying-low these days is probably in hopes of getting a reprieve. Facebook’s oversight board will announce its ruling on whether former President Donald Trump’s account should...

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  • May 3, 2021

Most of my immigrant ancestors came here from Germany in the 1860s and 1870s. I have no idea why they came. They probably wanted to make sure their descendants were fully ensconced by the time Funyuns were invented. No doubt they also saw opportunity here, so they moved to Wisconsin (whose...

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  • April 26, 2021

Is US progressive politics, especially in cultural issues, incapable of attracting majority support. Not so much in terms of the usual self-fulfilling marginalization, but there are absolute limits to the mutability of moderate ideologies in  order to build working majorities. In these conditions, it seems almost certain that tit-for-tat will...

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  • April 3, 2021

The Gallup Poll has results that may seriously rattle everyone’s assumptions of American society and politics. From 1937, the first time they started asking about church membership, to 1999, about 70% of Americans told Gallup they belonged to a church, synagogue, or other house of worship. In the last 22 years the number has dropped by...

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  • March 29, 2021

The 6th Circuit rules that Shawnee State University violated a professor’s free speech and free expression rights by punishing him for refusing to use a trans student’s preferred pronouns. More lawfare ahead. Apparently a professor’s socratic method (and his religious beliefs) trumps gender expression and public accommodation keeps bigotry in a bathroom...

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  • March 26, 2021

Tennessee is at it again. State Rep. Jerry Sexton is trying for the third time to get the legislature to say that: BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we hereby designate the...

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  • March 24, 2021

More “bad days” ahead. We’re not going to throw up our hands even as social media now shifts to predictable Islamophobia. Notable is that the shooter in Boulder bought his gun on the evening of the  Atlanta shootings. A Brady Bill might have stopped him. By the end of February, people around...

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  • March 23, 2021

I could spend a lot of time making statistical comparisons about the influx of immigrants at the border starting with the George W. Bush administration through the Trump administration. If that were the real issue, Joe Biden’s current border dilemma numbers would compare favorably. Now that human decency has become solely...

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  • March 22, 2021

A noted piece of work, State Senator Hensley, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member, decided there were so many new ways to get a KKK founder’s statue to stick around in the usual battles of Tennessee culture. This particular 1978 bust is a Jim Crow monument with marginal historical value other than honoring...

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  • March 19, 2021

Weird how it’s possible to have presidential leadership that isn’t into gaslighting douchebaggery or mindless grifting off “cancelculture” Still getting reaccustomed to having a President of the United States who is modest, kind and respectful. — Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) March 12, 2021 Cruz is also spending money to run Facebook...

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  • March 12, 2021

Ron Johnson and a core number of GOP senators does the bidding of Russia for what seems to be the reasons that Kevin McCarthy attributed to Dana Rohrabacher and Donald Trump: Putin pays them. Russia seemed to be on Riley Williams’s mind when she indicated that she wanted to sell...

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  • March 1, 2021

Wasn’t it just last week that Moscow Mitch said, no to impeachment but took to the floor to say “Lock him up” and then within the last 24 hours saying with all listed below, if he is the primary candidate he would absolutely vote for the orange thing?  My head...

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  • February 26, 2021

Speechless.   Just speechless.    According to CNN, Mike Pence is starting a PAC to defend Donald Trump’s record and they remain close friends. What in the world?  Some man incites a mob, a former boss, hunts me and not just me but my family, screaming down the halls of congress, Hang...

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  • February 24, 2021

Texas electrical winter storm fiasco proves that the private sector for utilities is a failure. Trump’s acquittal proves a failed GOP. Texas Electrical Failure Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: The impeachment manager says he has no...

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  • February 15, 2021

Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin made it clear that they did their part to hold the insurrectionist-in-chief accountable. Senate did not. Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin See full episodes here. Chuck Todd asked a question based on the premise that could create doubt about Trump’s culpability as the insurrection leader, not a...

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  • February 15, 2021

I listened to Mitch McConnell’s post impeachment weaselling, he could not refute the impeachment managers accusations or facts, so he then shielded himself behind a very weak and dubious legal argument excuse. HOWEVER. Virtually every single GQP member before January 6th supported the narcissistic sociopath in everything he did. There...

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  • February 14, 2021

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • February 13, 2021

The Supreme Court heard another case pitting religious “liberty” against science and—hey, ho!—science lost again. Religious liberty is a bedrock American value. It doesn’t simply protect believers’ right to believe; it also, perhaps indirectly, helps preserve my right not to believe. If Mormons aren’t allowed to believe in sacred underwear, how...

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  • February 6, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the one-woman wrecking ball of the GOP (OK, she’s not the only one, but one of her is enough), has managed to wrangle a spot on the  Education Committee, even though she has seriously claimed that various school shootings were hoaxes. (Maybe she thinks the students were...

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  • February 1, 2021

No doubt there are Trump pardons, but the cluster falls close to the _____. Apparently Trump has been advised that the optics of guilt are greater exposure to his soon to be mounting legal woes. This includes even the Trumpian small insults, a hastily assembled 1776 position paper to prescribe...

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  • January 19, 2021

Have you noticed when you ask a Republican about Trump’s transgressions, they answer in one of three ways, Democrat Party (sic), Pelosi, or The Squad; they cannot defend him. We currently have a member of Congress, [Marjorie Taylor Greene] who posed next to a photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib,...

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  • January 15, 2021

In April of 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that a burgeoning crop of former American military right-wing extremists would be marching down the throats of democracy someday, and Republicans choked on the truth. Ms. Napolitano was so ostracized by right-wingers, who ironically labeled her actions traitorous, that...

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  • January 11, 2021

​Please practice greater situational awareness from January 17 to January 20. We all trust that those whose jobs it is to keep the nation safe are doing that effectively despite the numbers of law enforcement officials participating in violent anti-government demonstrations. x Police departments across the United States are opening probes...

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  • January 10, 2021

Josh Hawley wants to rule the United States; let us make no mistake about that. Claire McCaskill (whom he barely beat in 2018) said on MSNBC the other day that he had just won the race for attorney general when he started running against her, and that he hadn’t even...

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  • January 9, 2021

Not unlike the armed Michigan state house protest, RWNJs think taking over the Capitol chambers makes American great. CNN calls this seditious conduct. One person has been shot on the Capitol grounds. There is a 6pm curfew in DC and the National Guard has been called. (Getty Image) x Here’s...

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  • January 6, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

Televangelist Pat Robertson has pretty much thrown in the towel on Donald Trump. He acknowledges he lives in an alternate reality. Televangelist has given up on Trump x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Pat Robertson hammered yet another nail into the presidential coffin. He has all but thrown...

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  • December 24, 2020

I found some of their attack ads amusing for a short time, then I remembered the origins of these attacks, similar in style to attack ads released against the left by republicans and done by the same people. They were totally ineffective with respect to Trump’s supporters  and I do...

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  • December 22, 2020

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

Crimes against humanity by needless deaths, because sending Americans a check with his name on it obligated a vote. Trump needed anti-masking reactionaries and antivaxxers to merge in order to foment some naïve idea of herd immunity such that wanting to get more people infected was more important to the...

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  • December 19, 2020

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

In 1984, George Orwell used the line “two plus two equals 5 . . . or sometimes 3. . . .” as one of his ways to show the effectiveness of Nazi propaganda and at the same time its disconnect from reality. We are seeing the equivalent of that disconnect...

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  • December 13, 2020

So you probably heard that Benito Shit-giggles is trying to overturn our election, and he’s sent Four Seasons Total Lawyering founder Rudy Giuliani out to the wastelands to do his bidding. And you probably saw some of that fake hearing in which Rudy — screwy-as-an-Argentine-bluebird-duck’s-penis Rudy Focking Giuliani — tried...

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  • December 9, 2020

From The Huffington Post: For weeks, the couple had done almost nothing but sell. Loeffler was one of several senators who faced public outrage for unloading millions of dollars in stock before most Americans understood the towering threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Then shortly before the CARES Act, a...

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  • December 8, 2020

God regrets that he took this Zoom call from Michele Bachmann, thinking it was Marsha Blackburn. x Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann has a personal request for God: “Lord, would you allow Donald Trump to have a second term as president of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/i7MafqysDU— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) December...

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  • December 4, 2020

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave, While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save; But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave, His soul is marching on. Abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859. pic.twitter.com/AOAIpDQKPG — Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 2,...

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  • December 2, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx “I have joined a family, and like all families, it's full of shit.” – Pablo Picasso on the French Communist Party. x does this mean i dont have to read it— A.M. (@spaceprole) November...

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  • November 28, 2020

This is a view from abroad as I have been an expat since the middle of the second term of W.J. Clinton. I am not a Democrat, I am middle of the road European Left and Bernie still makes sense to me. The Republicans have been sprinting to the right...

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  • November 25, 2020

The post-presidential Trumpian revisionist history continues because the grift continues, portending an attempt to attach itself to other pseudo-grievances that have persisted because of cultural and regional divisions. Trump will fundraise off a 2024 reelection myth the instant he concedes(sic), with the goal of establishing some permanent media presence. Check-out this...

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  • November 16, 2020
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I’m all in for this: President-elect Joe Biden will join the lineup of influential Democrats involved in Georgia's ongoing senatorial campaigns, according to his recently-named forthcoming chief of staff. Ron Klain—who will formally step into the role when become Biden assumes office in January—discussed the outcomes of Georgia's two runoff...

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  • November 16, 2020
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