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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

Damnation, American Style

Damnation, American Style

How American Preachers Reinvented Hell Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why? September 9, 2014  | The following is an excerpt from Kathryn Gin Lum's new book,  Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction”(Oxford University Press, 2014).   Among the many congratulatory letters George Washington received after assuming the presidency was one from “the Convention of the ... Full Story

A tree hugging story

A tree hugging story

We’re All a Little Bit “Tree Hugging” by Default   By Pam McAllister On Sept. 21, 2014, the People’s Climate March will commence in New York City as world leaders gather for a United Nations emergency summit on climate change. Thousands of organizations have signed on and many demonstrations have been planned across the country on that day. Perhaps more than one million people will descend on Manhattan Sept. 21 to support environmental and human survival. Almost inevitably, ... Full Story

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35

The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that, despite being billions over budget and almost a decade behind schedule, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. That’s an unsurprising conclusion, given that all of the individuals interviewed in the story work either for the federal government or for Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor for the F-35. 60 Minutes’ producers broke a basic ... Full Story

Jesus Wants You To Buy An AR-15

Jesus Wants You To Buy An AR-15

  This Week In Crazy  By Henry Decker #1 This week’s “winner” is retired lieutenant general and current Family Research Council vice president Jerry Boykin. Boykin, who was last seen on this list fawning over his image of Jesus Christ as a “man’s man” with “big bulging biceps” and a “thin waist,” has added another accessory to his fantasy Christ: An AR-15! “The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 is says when he comes back, he’s coming back ... Full Story

Police tase and beat a deaf man unconscious

California police use taser on deaf man trying to communicate with them via sign language (via Raw Story ) Four police officers in Hawthorne, California used a taser on a man who was attempting to tell them that he was deaf via sign language. The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Jonathan Meister, who was charged with… (more…)

Gun Fail LI

Welcome to Lowe's! How may I shoot you? (P.S. 23 kids accidentally shot last week) GunFAIL L  By David Waldman We have an extraordinarily long list this time around, and it took extra time to compile it and sort through it, which accounts for its late publication. New Year's Eve, like July 4th, is like Black Friday for GunFAIL. Brand-new guns are given as gifts for Christmas (at least one of which went off and shot the gift giver this week), a little extra drinking is going on, the kids are ... Full Story

Christie just doing New Jersey Stuff

Christie just doing New Jersey Stuff

  Hey, it's just New Jersey stuff!   By Eugene Elander As a one-time New Jersey resident, I can't say that I am surprised by the bizarre "punish Fort Lee by causing gridlock" tactic perpetrated knowingly by top staff of Governor Chris Christie, with the complicity of their friends at the Port Authority.  That's just a typical example of what I learned during my tenure in the Garden State; it's called New Jersey Stuff -- and if those outside of New Jersey have ... Full Story

Destroying Iraq

Destroying Iraq

I Helped Destroy the Iraqi City of Falluja -- I Won't Be Complicit Again The media accepts the overly simple narrative that al-Qaida took over. The reality is Maliki is crushing dissent with US-made arms. Photo Credit: By Joseph A. Lambach, U.S. Marine Corps (http://www.defenseimagery.mil; exact source) , via Wikimedia Commons January 11, 2014  |  By Ross Caputi I am having flashbacks to my time as a marine during the second siege of Falluja in 2004. Again, claims are being ... Full Story

Rocky Mountain National Park is Underfunded, Under

Rocky Mountain National Park is Underfunded, Under Threat

  New Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center Analysis Details Impacts of Budget Cuts to Beloved Parks By Lindsey A Wilson, Field Associate Environment Colorado Denver - As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Rocky Mountain National Park as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service. “At Rocky ... Full Story

Obama, economic champion

Obama, economic champion

  Best president for economy? Obama By Froma Harrop: Lend me your ears. I have come to praise President Obama and bury the myth that Republican presidents are better for the economy than Democratic presidents. Not only do Democrats produce superior economic results, but they blow Republicans out of the water in the comparisons. Let’s turn the mic over to Bob Deitrick, a principal at Polaris Financial Partners in Westerville, Ohio. Deitrick crunched 80 years of numbers. ... Full Story

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