Saturday, July 23, 2016

Is it normal to have a political speech with footnotes?

The footnotes have links that can be verified.

I approve that practice.

Doesn't stop the Low Information Partisans from parroting the talking-points that they pick up from Low Information Partisan Talking Point memes.

Easier to accept the word of Democrat-operative-with-bylines that call themselves "fact-checkers" than to do the heavy lifting of, you know, actually researching the issue for themselves.

I wonder if Hillary's acceptance speech will have footnotes?

Great Truth of Experience #3: When they accuse you of doing something you never even thought about doing.... can bet that they are doing it.
Remember that idiotic kerfuffle when people who hyperventilate about trivia hyperventilated about Trump's sheriff's star over money.
They clearly saw anti-semitic dog-whistles that were deeply coded into the picture that few others saw.
Who could possibly have picked up on such deeply buried symbolism?
Well, obviously, anti-semitic Hillary Clinton supporters who consciously debated running anti-semitic ads against their Jewish opponent.
I await the hyperventilation about Hillary and the demand for an apology and the demand that no one support such an EVIL candidate.

In a recent e-mail sent to several Democratic party staff, a top Democratic National Committee (DNC) official suggested that the party should raise questions about Sanders’ “Jewish heritage” in key primary states. “It might ma[ke] no difference, but for [Kentucky] and [West Virginia] can we get someone to ask his belief[?]” DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall wrote in an e-mail to several other party officials on May 5, 2016. “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist.” “This could make several [percentage] points difference,” Marshall continued. “My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.” The very next day, the Sanders publicly accused the DNC of “trying to tip the party convention in Hillary Clinton’s favor.” In December of 2015, the party cut off the Sanders campaign’s access to its own voter data. Marshall’s e-mail was part of a large trove of DNC messages released by Wikileaks on Friday. The revelation of his suggested attacks on Sanders’ only poured fuel on the fire of accusations that the DNC was anything but neutral during the party’s primary between Sanders, a sitting senator from Vermont and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It isn't that this guy is a lunatic who is out of touch with current events.
Rather, he is totally in touch with current events and knows that his form of liberal, deracinated Christianity is most threatened by Christians who actually believe their religion.

“Protestant Theologian: ‘Radical Bible Groups’ A Bigger Threat To Teens Than Islamism,” by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, July 22, 2016: A German protestant theologian said that ‘radical’ bible groups are a bigger radicalisation threat to adolescents than Islamists, and downplayed the number of minors who have converted and left Germany to fight for Islamic State. Harald Lamprecht, Christian theologian and sect commissioner for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, in an interview with Der Morgenpost claims that “radical bible groups” are more of a risk to the youths of Saxony than Islamism. During the interview, in which the theologian was asked to advise parents of how to look out for signs of Islamic radicalisation, he told parents “not to panic” and advised them, rather, to be more prepared to keep watch for warning signs of Christian radicalisation: “As for the threat of Saxon youths, be prepared for radical Bible groups. They are a much bigger problem than Islamists.” Downplaying the significance of the 810 young people nationally who have been radicalised by Salafists and Islamist propaganda online and have proceeded to leave Germany to join Islamic State, he pointed to the figures of radicalised youths in Saxony being in “low, single digits”. Mr. Lamprecht, who speaks to the regional church’s three-quarters of a million members across 719 congregations, advised that interest in the Quran does not equate radicalisation and urged parents to teach their children “the difference between Islam and Islamism”. Speaking to the German Evangelical News Agency after the Der Morgenpost interview, Mr. Lamprecht attempted to clarify his comments, stating that he did not mean to “equate the terrorist organisation with Christian fundamentalists”, but rather draw a comparison of how Bible study groups outside of mainstream Christianity “radically distort the Bible” with how Salafist groups “twist the Quran”.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hillary picks corrupt running-mate, but, heck, it is not illegal because "everyone does it."

He should fit in with the Clinton family values.

Supreme Court may strike down political corruption laws because "everyone does it."

This is from April, but I missed it.

Or maybe I am more interested in how our political elite class has institutionalized "letting themselves off the hook" ever since the FBI let Hillary off the hook.
Seems like....and realize that I am just spitballing here....but it seems like socialism, tax increases and wealth redistribution doesn't work.

Unless increasing wealth inequality is actually the goal.
If only Clovis West teachers could marry....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

They told me that if Trump were nominated, the internet would be turned into a heavily censored medium of propaganda...

...and they were right!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

That's a darn shame for everyone who spent so much time and effort blaming Christianity....

But, hey! At least the smear is out there, so they have that working for them.

"Did the targeting of a gay-friendly nightclub by a radical Islamic terrorist amount to just a coincidence? At first, the theory that the motive behind the massacre that killed 49 innocent people was in part homophobic panic eclipsed the terrorist’s declared allegiance to ISIS while carrying out the attack. A month later, though, the Washington Post’s Adam Goldman reports that the FBI has found no evidence that Omar Mateen targeted the LGBT community specifically, nor much evidence that he was a closeted gay man himself:

The FBI has found no evidence so far that Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, chose the popular establishment because of its gay clientele, said U.S law enforcement officials.

“While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn’t revealed that he targeted pulse because it was a gay club,” a U.S. law enforcement official said.

Soon after the shooting in the early morning of June 12, top U.S officials such as the FBI director and U.S. attorney general described it as both a hate crime and an act of Islamic terrorism."

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news. 

If this was a Republican administration, the fact that an unprecedented 51 State department officials signed a statement criticizing the president would PROBABLY be considered "news."

Friday, July 15, 2016

The "useless eaters" must go...

... said the side that "lost" World War II.

"Three years after Vermont legalized assisted suicide, pro-lifers are beginning to witness the abusive effects of the law on the elderly and disabled.

Mary Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, shared the story  of a 91-year-old woman who was staying in a rehab facility because she broke her wrist. When her family was not in the room, Beerworth said rehab staff repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law. Beerworth said the woman never was diagnosed with a terminal illness; she just was old and had a broken bone.

Coercion and abuse are major problems in states where assisted suicide is legal. Beerworth said the Vermont legislation makes it worse by requiring that every person diagnosed with a terminal illness be told that they can commit assisted suicide with a doctor’s prescription.

And the pro-euthanasia group Compassion& Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society, hired someone in Vermont to go to geriatric conferences and senior citizens expos to promote assisted suicide, Beerworth said. On their display table, they give away life savers, she said.

“You can’t make this up,” Beerworth said."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Non-Catholic demands that Catholic change Catholic liturgy to affirm her equal status with God....

"Dear Pope Francis,

Every single day before communion, millions of Christians verbally declare one of the most destructive phrases in human history. On Sunday, it’s tens of millions if not a half billion of the over one billion Catholic Christians worldwide—and not without repercussions.

In the Bible, a Centurion soldier relates, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof...” (Matthew 8:8) before recounting the inner workings of the blindness of patriarchal hierarchies and slavery that exists to this day.

Applying religious context, what’s important for Christians to note is that the soldier uttered the phrase pre-salvation. An unsaved (ignorant) man sharing his feelings and a religion demanding a billion saved Christians repeat the phrase daily post-salvation are entirely two different matters.

Dialogue and constructs that perpetuate “I am not worthy” are the root of all evil. It is divisiveness personified. By believing we are not worthy, we open the door for the mistreatment of ourselves and the mistreatment of others as we seek to assuage the psychological pain the false belief imparts.

The guilt of unworthiness calls for us to judge ourselves and to judge others just as harshly. We cower within power-over structures or worse; we attempt to control others in our imagined superiority. The insanity continues as inferiority complexes pursue power and wealth as outward substitutes for what Jesus, Buddha, and many other saints and sages have said can only come from within.

Tacking on “but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” is not enough. Jesus did say the Word. Yet, Christianity along with many other religions, continue to shove a dagger of inequality into the hearts of those the religious community is supposed to be serving. Where is the healing?"

Well, aren't we all just the hunky-doriest.

Confession: that line is my FAVORITE part of the Mass, coming as it does just before receipt of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, since it represents my last-chance to throw myself completely on God's mercy, just as the Centurion did, before my unworthy self asks the One Who made the universe and Who keeps the universe in existence at ever moment and splits right from wrong to enter into communion with me....because, Huff Po notwithstanding, I know I am not worthy for that kind of intimacy.

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