Thursday, December 19, 2013

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1930: Rare footage of Helen Keller speaking with the help of Anne

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Via Anti-Republican Crusaders / FB: 10 reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime

Most people blame George W. Bush for the financial mess the country has been in over the last few years, but the seed was planted during the Reagan administration.
Here are 10 reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime. -RS

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 shared Occupy Democrats's photo.
If Jesus ever came face-to-face with the vulture capitalist plutocrats and oligarchs that, for decades, have filled their coffers at the expense of the American people, the outcome will not be pretty :)

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Dr. Lorraine Monroe on 60 Minutes - Part II: Frederick Douglass Academy & The Monroe Doctrine

Bob Seger - I´m going to Kathmandu!

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In a society dominated by consumerism and materialism, it's shockingly easy to forget the simple but powerful truth that people -- and that includes you and me -- are more important than things or tasks or time. The dominant culture urges us to forget. It is a powerful act of resistance to remember that people are more important than things -- and to live accordingly. ~Worley Dervish

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Via JMG: Pope Francis Vs Rush Limbaugh

"The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended [to have been called a Marxist]. There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the 'trickle-down theories' which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist." - Pope Francis, when asked how he feels about being called a Marxist by "ultraconservatives in the USA." Pundits believe the question was a reference to Rush Limbaugh.

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Via Daily Kos?

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis responded on Saturday to Rush Limbaugh's recent accusation that he is a "pure Marxist." 
Asked how it felt to be called a Marxist, Time Magazine's Person of the Year answered:
"The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended."
Pope Francis went on to reiterate his criticism of trickle down economics, saying it never benefits the poor, instead resulting in the rich simply keeping more for themselves:
"The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist."
In case you missed it, here are Rush Limbaugh's original comments from November 27:
I mentioned, last night -- I was doing show prep last night -- usual routine. And I ran across this -- I don't actually know what it's called -- the latest papal offering, statement from Pope Francis. Now, up until this -- I'm not Catholic. Up until this, I have to tell you, I was admiring the man. I thought he was going a little overboard on the "common man" touch, and I thought there might have been a little bit of PR involved there. But nevertheless, I was willing to cut him some slack. I mean, if he wants to portray himself as still from the streets of where he came from and is not anything special, not aristocratic, if he wants to eschew the physical trappings of the Vatican -- OK, cool, fine.

But this that I came across last night -- I mean, it totally befuddled me. If it weren't for capitalism, I don't know where the Catholic Church would be. Now, as I mentioned before, I'm not Catholic. I admire it profoundly, and I've been tempted a number of times to delve deeper into it. But the pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is pure political. Now, I want to share with you some of this stuff.
"Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny.' He beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in a document on Tuesday setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a renewal of the Catholic Church. In it, Pope Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the 'idolatry of money.' "
I've gotta be very caref-- I have been numerous times to the Vatican. It wouldn't exist without tons of money. But, regardless, what this is -- somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. There's no such -- "unfettered capitalism"? That doesn't exist anywhere.
You can read another diary on Pope Francis's comments here

Limbaugh and Pope Francis could not be more diametrically opposed when it comes to issues of money and poverty.  Whereas Francis has been known to don "regular priest" duds and sneak out of the Vatican to minister to the homeless, Rush Limbaugh thinks poor kids should eat from dumpsters during summer break--ain't no such thing as a goddamned free lunch.

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Via JMG: 2013 In One Cartoon

How many 2013 pop culture moments can you see in this one panel? Embiggens nicely. (Via JMG reader Ray.)

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Saturday, December 14, 2013

USA Today: U.S. Has a Poverty Crisis, Not a Schools Crisis

From Diane Ravitch's blog [A site to discuss better education for all], Saturday, December 14, 2013. See  -- see, also,
USA Today: U.S. Has a Poverty Crisis, Not a Schools Crisis

By Diane Ravitch

Believe it or not, USA Today published a powerful article by Oliver Thomas, a member of its Board of Contributors, acknowledging that the latest PISA rankings reflect the crisis of poverty in the United States. Our Students in low-poverty schools are doing fine; some analyses place them at the very top. But the more poverty, the lower the test scores.

He writes:

"As researchers Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, have noted, there is no general education crisis in the United States. There is a child poverty crisis that is impacting education.

"Here's one data point worth remembering. When you measure the test scores of American schools with a child poverty rate of less than 20%, our kids not only outperform the Finns, they outperform every nation in the world.

"But here's the really bad news. Two new studies on education and poverty were reported in Education Week in October. The first from the Southern Education Foundation reveals that nearly half of all U.S. public school students live in poverty. Poverty has risen in every state since President Clinton left office.

"The second study, conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, reveals that poverty - not race, ethnicity, national origin or where you attend school - is the best predictor of college attendance and completion.

"Chew on that. The causes of poverty are complex and varied: excessive immigration, tax policy, and the exportation and automation of manufacturing jobs. Yet the list of solutions is strikingly short. Other than picking a kid's parents, it amounts to giving all children access to a high-quality education.

"Here's the catch-22. While the only long-term solution to poverty might be a good education, a good education is seldom available to children living in poverty.

"One reason is that spending on education has not kept pace with the rise in child poverty. While poverty grew by 40% in the Midwest and 33% in the South from 2001 to 2011, educational spending per pupil grew by only 12% in these regions over the same 10-year period."

Unfortunately, the article goes on to praise the Gates Foundation for providing college scholarships to low-income students but fails to recognize that Bill Gates has done more than any single individual (other than Arne Duncan) to promote the idea that we can't "fix" poverty until we "fix" schools. He has promoted Teach for America, charter schools, and teacher evaluation as the way to "fix" schools. Better to do something about poverty. It is a scandal that the world's richest nation has nearly one-quarter of its children living in poverty, and the best we can do is to privatize school management and test students with greater frequency.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

JMG HomoQuotable - Andrew Sullivan

"It has been fascinating lately to watch Fox News go after the Pope for reiterating long-standing Catholic and Christian doctrine about the false god of materialism. By echoing Jesus’ insistence that you cannot know the kingdom of Heaven if you are bound up in wealth and possessions, the Pope drew charges of Marxism (which is anathema to Christians for the same reasons that unrestrained market capitalism is) and engaging in politics (from a channel that has long insisted that Christianity cannot and should not be relegated to the private sphere). [snip]

"When you absorb the constant racial undertones on Fox, and its constant worship of the god of money, when you absorb their long list of fears about the 'other', whether immigrants or gays or the poor, when you recall their glee at the torture of human beings, or their passion for the death penalty, you can’t help but wonder if they are not one of the most powerful forces against Christianity in our culture. They have competitors out there, but Roger Ailes is never satisfied with being Number Two, is he?" - Andrew Sullivan, writing for his blog.

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Howard Zinn shared his photo.
"The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.

"Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age old lesson - that everything we do matters - is the meaning of the people's struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think. When we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress." - Howard Zinn, from the essay "If History Is To Be Creative," published in the book A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 2006).
This photo was taken in January 2007 in his hometown of Boston during the filming of The People Speak.

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Interesting information from Mother Jones on the "untouchable budget" of the Pentagon.

More from @Mother Jones here:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Pareidolia is a phenomenon that allows us to "see" faces and other objects in completely unrelated objects and settings. Carl Sagan theorized that this provided an evolutionary advantage, as it allows humans to better recognize each other, even under poor visual circumstances.

The important thing to remember is that even though these images may seem significant and life-changing, they aren’t. It's all just a really fun figment of your imagination.

JMG HomoQuotable - Nancy Goldstein

"NBC has been dodging attempts from activists to hold them accountable since the laws were enacted. A letter from the gay lobbying group Human Rights Campaign’s president asking NBC to include news of Russia's human-rights violations alongside their standard Olympics coverage elicited a mealy-mouthed response from the network, which said it would 'provide coverage of Russia's anti-gay laws if the controversial measures surface as an issue during the upcoming Winter Olympics.' As though the fact that Neo-Nazis keep luring gay men to hotel rooms by baiting them online, then kidnapping and torturing them and posting their videos online isn’t an issue at all so long as no queers are actually forced to drink their own urine in front of NBC’s cameras during the snowboarding finals." - Nancy Goldstein, writing for Prospect.
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Does God Believe in Atheists?

Via JMG: FLORIDA: Beer Can Festivus Pole Goes On Display In State Capitol Rotunda

Earlier today I posted a clip of the folks at Fox News freaking out about this. Here's the report from the Associated Press:
A Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans is on display at the Capitol across the rotunda from a Nativity scene. Chaz Stevens of Deerfield Beach put up his 6-foot-tall pole Wednesday, an act that even he described as ridiculous. But Stevens says he opposes religious displays in government buildings and if the depiction of Jesus' birth is allowed, so should his Festivus pole. Festivus is a non-secular holiday created in a 1997 episode of "Seinfeld." Pam Olsen organized the Nativity display. She stopped at the Capitol to see the Festivus pole and told Stevens she welcomes his decision to exercise his right to free speech. She did, however, say a more traditional plain aluminum pole would have been more appropriate rather than Stevens' beer can version.
The Festivus pole is located next to a winter solstice message from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A commenter at Breitbart is furious: "I happen to be a great great granddaughter of Capt Frederick Pabst and he would flip over in his grave if he saw his beer being exploited by a bunch of atheist punks."  Photo source. (Tipped by JMG reader Rafael)

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Via JMG: TIME Names Pope Francis Person Of The Year

TIME Magazine today named Pope Francis as its person of the year.  In second place is Edward Snowden, with DOMA champion Edith Windsor placing third.  Syrian President Bashar Assad is ranked fourth, and Tea Party hero Ted Cruz finished out the top five.  Has TIME previously revealed the runners-up in this manner?

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VIa FB: Hey, conservatives! Shut up again!

Photo: Hey, conservatives.

Shut up again.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Nelson Mandela R.I.P.

See Keith Knight's FULL-SIZED COMIC here:

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(W) US President Barack Obama shook hands at Nelson Mandela's memorial Tuesday with Raul Castro, leader of long-time Cold War foe Cuba, in what Havana called a 'gesture of hope'... And personally I am hopeful too. How about you?

Furor en las redes sociales por breve apretón de manos entre Obama y Raúl -

Via JMG: Top 50 Coming Out Stories Of 2013

Click over to Towleroad for Andy's recap of the top coming out stories of 2013.  On the list: Tom Daley, Jason Collins, Jodie Foster, Chelsea Manning, Robbie Roberts, Wentworth Miller, Rep. Michael Micaud, and many more.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Former President Jimmy Carter once stated "too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns."
He hit the nail on the head over 30 years ago and ended up being right even though he lost his re-election bid.

Take a look inside to find out when the seed of economic destruction was planted and why more people should have listened to Carter when he made his statement. -RS

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(W) Reading about the documented cases of the waste of money by military makes me a very angry taxpayer! I am afraid to think how much we don't know...

The World’s Most Ridiculous Ship Is Up For Sale
— in Alaska.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Via JMG: San Diego Paper Calls For Splitting CA Into Separate Liberal & Wingnut States

From the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Times, which is owned by Tea Party nut and major Prop 8 backer Doug Manchester:
It may not be necessary to destroy California in order to fix it. But it may be necessary to cut it in two, carving out a 51st state of New California where taxes are low, regulations are few and where politicians are not the lap dogs of the public-employee labor unions. [snip] Regardless of which counties might ultimately be included, The U-T San Diego ownership thinks secessionist proponents are onto something. In the end, New California ought to include any counties seeking a new beginning without the tax and regulatory burdens and the Nanny State mentality of the existing California — and that could end up being just about the entire state other than the coastal strip from Los Angeles through Mendocino or Humboldt counties, along with Sacramento.
For the right-wing "New California," the board calls for ending tenure for public school teachers, abolishing the state income tax, banning mandatory union membership, and banning all government pensions. (The above map is just one of several proposed divisions.)

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Science of Overpopulation

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Via JMG: Christian Grifter Paul Crouch Dead At 79

Paul Crouch Sr, the founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network and perhaps the most successful evangelical con man of all time, has died of heart disease at the age  of 79. Crouch's "non-profit" Trinity Christian Center, which pays no taxes, recently reported net assets of over $827M.

Via the Christian Post:
TBN's official Facebook page released the announcement about Crouch's death: "Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time. #paulcrouch #tbn" [snip] In recent years, the Crouch and TBN have been embroiled in family lawsuits, with their granddaughter Brittany Koper, former director of finance and human resources, filing a lawsuit saying that the family was distributing more than $50 million for luxury goods, such as jets, estates, and vehicles, to company directors. When Koper refused to keep quiet about the illegal money use, she was fired and allegedly threatened with physical and lethal violence. Her uncle, Joseph McVeigh, who never worked for TBN, filed another lawsuit against TBN at the Orange County Superior Court in early 2012, saying that TBN was maliciously targeting him as part of a "campaign of retaliation" against Koper. With TBN officially announcing Crouch Sr.'s death on its Facebook page, within less than 20 minutes of the posting there were more than 450 comments, pledging to pray for the Crouch family and offering condolences.
In 2004 Crouch paid a $425,000 settlement to a male former employee who claimed that he was forced to have sex with Crouch in order to keep his job.
In October 1996, Ford said he and Crouch spent two nights at the same hotel in separate rooms. During that time, Ford said they worked out together at the hotel gym and ate expensive meals with bottles of wine and after-dinner drinks. "I knew what he was doing," Ford said. "He was seducing me." After checking out of the hotel, Ford said, Crouch took him to a TBN-owned cabin near Lake Arrowhead. It was there, Ford said, that Crouch first had sex with him. "I did it because I didn't know if this man is going to throw me straight out of that cabin," Ford said. "And I didn't want to lose my job. I was going to be in trouble if I said no." The next morning, Ford said, Crouch read a Bible passage to him in an attempt to reassure him about the night before. The passage, Proverbs 6:16-19, details seven "detestable" attitudes and acts in God's eyes. Ford said Crouch told him that because homosexuality wasn't listed, the Lord wasn't worried about what they had done. Still, Ford said, Crouch warned him to keep the encounter quiet "because people wouldn't understand."
In a separate sexual scandal, in 2010 Trinity Broadcasting settled a $2.5M suit brought by a different male employee who claimed that Crouch's son, Paul Crouch Jr, had emailed him transsexual porn and told fellow staffers that the employee had a "mangina."

RELATED: TBN broadcasts on scores of owned and affiliated stations around the United States and is transmitted worldwide on a network of 70 satellites.  Most of the nation's major evangelical grifters have shows on TBN, including Pat Robertson, TD Jakes, Benny Hinn, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, and Creflo Dollar.  TBN also owns The Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park in Orlando.

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