Thursday, December 19, 2013

Via Occupy Democrats / FB:


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
 

Via The Free Market Fairy / FB:

 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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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 Occupy Democrats, LIKE our new page, and SHARE!

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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!


Via Huck Zamma / FB:


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.


Reposted from Joe Jervis

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:
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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
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