Archive for October, 2012

The logic of atonement

October 31, 2012 | By | Reply More

I realize that the following is an snarky cartoon, but the logic is compelling.

When an outsider (which includes former insiders) hear the “logic” of Christianity, these are major parts of the story. If people were not socially cajoled to say that these things are true, would anyone say that they make sense?

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Drug arrests, more than one per minute

October 31, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More

I just saw these stats in a new post by LEAP:

Just over one week before voters in three states will decide on ballot measures to legalize and regulate marijuana, the FBI has released a new report today showing that police in the U.S. arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds and that 87% of those arrests are for possession alone. A group of police, judges and other law enforcement officials advocating for the legalization and regulation of marijuana and other drugs pointed to the figures showing more than 750,000 marijuana arrests in 2011 — more than 40 years after the start of the “war on drugs” — as evidence that this is a war that can never be won.

To be clear, I’m not advocating the use of drugs. I’m criticizing the criminalization of the use of drugs. Characterizing the use of drugs to be a law enforcement issue has been a massive failure.

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Oliver Stone’s new book rails on Obama, but . . .

October 30, 2012 | By | Reply More

Oliver Stone’s new book, “The Untold History of the United States” rips Obama’s presidency. For those conservatives who might get excited about this criticism, they should note that most of the ways in which Obama has failed have been in continuing Republican policies, notably those of George W. Bush.

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Mitt Romney’s Proposed Eternal War

October 26, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More

Robert Scheer at Truthdig discusses the eternal war envisioned by Mitt Romney:

Poor President Obama, as Colin Powell pointed out in endorsing him Thursday, clearly holds what should be a winning hand in the war-on-terror game, and yet Mitt Romney and his neocon speechwriters won’t cut him any slack. Suddenly it’s not Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida that matter, but rather the military threat from Red China that is killing us with slick iPhones and cheap solar panels.

Throw in some good old Russia baiting, and if Romney has his way, the military-industrial complex will get its beloved Cold War back despite the fact that the communist threat is now one of conquering space on the shelves at Wal-Mart. Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

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Retired NSA analyst: The GOP is stealing elections

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More

The GOP is stealing votes, and the “red shift” is thus real, according to a retired NSA analyst:

A retired NSA analyst has spent several sleepless nights applying a simple formula to past election results across Arizona. His results showed across-the-board systemic election fraud on a coordinated and massive scale. But the analysis indicated that this only happens in larger precincts because anomalies in small precincts can be more easily detected.

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The doubt industry

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More

There’s no doubt that humans are changing the climate. I invite you to invest five minutes to see how big industries have historically manipulated doubt. That is exactly what is going on with regard to global warming.

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Bible-based banners for public school cheerleaders

October 24, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Michael Morris sums up the dispute: Some Texas public school cheerleaders are insisting on the right to incorporate bible verses into their cheerleading chants. In this short article, Morris has some bible-based chants he’d like to recommend to those cheerleaders. Here’s a sample:

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Matt Taibbi has two questions for Mitt Romney

October 24, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Matt Taibbi has two questions for Mitt Romney:

I think the new strategy, rather than try to swim down into the deep waters of Romney’s bogus plans, should be to stay on the surface and simply ask him simple questions. For instance, on his convoluted tax plan, just ask these two questions:

1) You’ve talked a lot about who’s getting a tax break under your plan. But who’s paying more? Where’s the pain coming from?

2) If there is no pain, and the whole thing really is “revenue neutral,” WHAT IS THE FUCKING POINT?

Now, cynically, we know what the “point” is. The point is to win an election by promising a 20% tax cut with one hand while promising that nobody will have to pay for it with the other. It’s brilliant stuff – the ecstasy of pure bull.

I agree entirely. Why would one work so hard to get to the same place? Ergo, someone is going to pay, and in a world of regurgitated trickle-down economics, the likely answer is that the rich will get richer.

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Sumerians watch with surprise as God creates the world

October 23, 2012 | By | Reply More

This is classic Onion:

Members of the earth’s earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth. According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians—the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government—were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization.

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