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Month: February 2010

Who Will Pat Robertson Blame for the Chilean Earthquake?

Who Will Pat Robertson Blame for the Chilean Earthquake?

Who will Pat Robertson blame for the earthquake that struck Chile last night?  Will it be liberal judges? Will it be homosexuals? Will it be feminists? Will it be evolutionists? Will it be the United Nations? Will it be Voodoo Devil Dealmakers? Will it be the abortionists? And if a big tsunami strikes the beaches of Hawaii and causes death and destruction, will he blame Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated? Somebody’s got to take the blame, and it sure as…

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Kicking Ass for Jesus

Kicking Ass for Jesus

via the Lapham’s Quarterly Roundtable blog post, “Turn the Other Cheek.” The gentlemen boxers of the Young Men’s Christian Association would have been pleased to make the acquaintance of this new incarnation of faith-based fight clubs: a church cum mixed martial arts facility in Nashville called Xtreme Ministries, profiled in this week’s New York Times, which practices a combination of bare-knuckle fighting, wrestling, and kick-boxing and whose motto is “Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide.” The Roundtable post connects this…

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Killing People is Not Easy

Killing People is Not Easy

Well it’s easy enough to pull the trigger on a sniper rifle, drop a bomb from an airplane, or even launch artillery into a house full of Iraqi insurgents, but it’s not so easy to live with what you see when you enter the house to survey the results and find out you’ve made a terrible mistake.  So writes Army lieutenant Shannon Meehan for The New York Times: I thought we had struck enemy fighters, but I was wrong. A father, mother…

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1984 Arrives in 2010

1984 Arrives in 2010

School districts across the country are supplying students with laptops for students to use both at school and home. Unfortunately, one school district has decided to use the laptops as a means of invading the privacy of the students and their families.  It is alleged that the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania , used the embedded camera as a way to monitor the behavior and activities of students. According to TechNewsWorld: What sparked the discovery was Assistant Principal Lindy…

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The Very Rich are Not Paying Their Fair Share of Taxes

The Very Rich are Not Paying Their Fair Share of Taxes

Hello readers.  Do you all remember this post from March of last year about how the richest of the rich in our country were taking the lion’s share of all the country’s income?  That post includes charts that shows just how much of the country’s growth in incomes from 2002 through 2006 the top earners kept for themselves.  You might want to go back and take a look at those charts, but be warned – they’re not pretty. And 2007…

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Supreme Court’s Corporate Personhood Cases Built on False Pretenses

Supreme Court’s Corporate Personhood Cases Built on False Pretenses

A couple of weeks after the far-right activist Supreme Court erroneously ruled 5-4 that corporations have many of the same rights as living breathing citizens of this country, I finally found an article by Thom Hartmann that I remembered reading over seven years ago.  I found the article via an article on the Project Censored website.  It was back in 1886 that a Supreme Court decision (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company) ostensibly led to corporate personhood and free speech…

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Friday Night Videos – Scott H. Biram, Nick Cave, and Bobby Bare, Jr.

Friday Night Videos – Scott H. Biram, Nick Cave, and Bobby Bare, Jr.

Scott H. Biram is performing at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard tonight. Who? Scott H. Biram!!! From his website: Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t pretty and neither is Scott H. Biram.  The self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal. Biram ain’t no dour ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways.  HELL NO!!!  His singing, yodeling, growling, leering…

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Corporate Health Care Reaps Billions from Recession and Unemployment

Corporate Health Care Reaps Billions from Recession and Unemployment

While tens of millions of hard working Americans struggled to keep their jobs and pay their mortgages and ever increasing health insurance premiums, the for-profit health insurance industry increased their profits by billions over the last year.  From today’s Seattle Times: WASHINGTON — As the nation struggled last year with rising health-care costs and a recession, the five largest health-insurance companies racked up combined profits of $12.2 billion, up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report. Based on…

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Bush Billboard: Miss Me Yet?

Bush Billboard: Miss Me Yet?

RUFKM? Do I miss a president who had no regard for the Constitution? Do I miss a president who gave away trillions in tax cuts to the super rich? Do I miss a president who started two wars and didn’t finish one of them? Do I miss a president who authorized torture? Do I miss a president who lied about wiretapping U.S. Citizens without warrants? Do I miss a president who spoke English like it was his second language? Do…

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