The Religious Right Is In Control
Posted: 28 January 2017 04:36 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Pence, Sessions, Bannon, Haley, Perry, Ralph Reed (remember him? He’s back w/a vengeance!) etc.
We are witnessing a major coup of The Religious Right that will determine the future of the USA.

How do we combat this?

Thanks for listening.

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Posted: 28 January 2017 06:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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How do we combat this?

Richard Dawkins YouTube clips. tongue wink

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Posted: 28 January 2017 07:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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http://www.IndivisibleGuide.com offers a “PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING TRUMP’S AGENDA.” 

It contains basic lessons in how to productively deal with congressional staffers and representatives. 
Its been compiled by volunteers who have been congressional staffers themselves and who understand how the system works. 

Anti-Trump Education
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4atXC7ZhUZ0

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Posted: 28 January 2017 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It is better to light candles and flood lights than
curse the darkness and other bad things.

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Posted: 29 January 2017 08:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Kooltrane - 28 January 2017 04:36 PM

Pence, Sessions, Bannon, Haley, Perry, Ralph Reed (remember him? He’s back w/a vengeance!) etc.
We are witnessing a major coup of The Religious Right that will determine the future of the USA.

How do we combat this?

Thanks for listening.

Part of the solution is to take away their supposed greatest asset - religion. They think they own Christianity, and therefore can easily portray anyone who opposes them as opposing their religion. BUT if enough Liberal Christians, those who actually believe in Jesus’ message of love and tolerance combat these clowns, they can effectively take that away from them.

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Posted: 29 January 2017 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Stop playing the part of the enemy that he needs. His tweets are not for us, they are for his supporters, a minority of the minority party. Don’t need to respond to them at all. Facts don’t matter. The lawyers and the constitution will take of it, if we just voice our opinions plainly and simply. No need to go overboard.

The real work is finding common ground. Like lowering health care costs, safety, peace. And find Trump supporters who understand we have that common ground.

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Posted: 29 January 2017 09:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Lausten - 29 January 2017 07:19 PM

The real work is finding common ground. Like lowering health care costs, safety, peace. And find Trump supporters who understand we have that common ground.

Where do we find them?

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Posted: 29 January 2017 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Kooltrane - 28 January 2017 04:36 PM

Pence, Sessions, Bannon, Haley, Perry, Ralph Reed (remember him? He’s back w/a vengeance!) etc.
We are witnessing a major coup of The Religious Right that will determine the future of the USA.

How do we combat this?

Thanks for listening.

For starters we should stop coddling the supposed “sanctity” of religion and the implicit acceptance of lying as a way to get through life.
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Couldn’t decide religion or politics, sometimes there’s little difference and since it impacts every aspect of our lives, I’ll park it here.
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Recently I was reminded of Senator Sessions being “offended” back in 2012 at being reminded of scientific facts.
Given that Sessions is being considered for Attorney General of the USA it’s worth reflecting on the religion based absolutism
that force his blind rejection of serious observation-based scientific facts.

Whereas Senator Sessions is offended when handed real down to Earth facts,

I’m offended that Republicans have demolished the distinction between
their own Personal Truths and Universal Truths.

For the rest of it http://citizenschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/01/sessions-mistakes-ego-for-god.html

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Posted: 29 January 2017 10:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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And find Trump supporters who understand we have that common ground.

Ah, better wake up true Trump supporters want to destroy our government.

And now Bannon,Mr. Breitbart, the master of political lies and character assassination , . . . . .

‘MY GOAL’
Steve Bannon, Trump’s Top Guy, Told Me He Was ‘A Leninist’ Who Wants To ‘Destroy the State’
The Breitbart executive director turned GOP leader boasted at a party about his goal of destroying the conservative establishment.
Ronald Radosh
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/22/steve-bannon-trump-s-top-guy-told-me-he-was-a-leninist.html

08.21.16

“National Review and The Weekly Standard,” he said, “are both left-wing magazines, and I want to destroy them also.”
He added that “no one reads them or cares what they say.” His goal was to bring down the entire establishment including the leaders of the
Republican Party in Congress. He went on to tell me that he was the East Coast coordinator of all the Tea Party groups.
His plan was to get its candidates nominated on the Republican ticket, and then to back campaigns that they could win.
Then, Bannon said, when elected they would be held accountable to fight for the agenda he and the Tea Party stood for.


Trump’s decision to take on Bannon indicates that he wants to wage his campaign along the lines laid down by him—
that of destroying the Republican leadership and the Party as we know it. Trump’s behavior thus far has been compatible with
Bannon’s belief in Leninist tactics. As the Bolshevik leader once said, “The art of any propagandist and agitator consists in his
ability to find the best means of influencing any given audience, by presenting a definite truth, in such a way as to make it most convincing,
most easy to digest, most graphic, and most strongly impressive.”

Common Dreams
‘Unprecedented’: Trump Adds Bannon to National Security Council, Kicks Out Intelligence Officials
‘To reiterate, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been removed from the National Security Council and replaced with a white nationalist. Worry.’
by Nadia Prupis,  January 29, 2017

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/29/unprecedented-trump-adds-bannon-national-security-council-kicks-out-intelligence

President Donald Trump signed memorandums on Saturday that kicked the nation’s top military and intelligence advisers off the National Security Council’s (NSC)
Principals Committee and elevated his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in their place.

The memorandum gives Bannon, former executive chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News, a regular seat at some of the most sensitive meetings at the
highest levels of government, along with other NSC meetings.

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—who need to be confirmed by the Senate—will now only attend the meetings when discussions pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise,” the memo states.


“This is unusual,” writes John Bellinger at Lawfare Blog. “[T]he NSC function usually does not include participants from the political side of the White House.” ...

SPYTALK
PALACE COUP: SHUFFLE OF NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL PLAYERS LAMBASTED
BY JEFF STEIN ON 1/29/17
http://www.newsweek.com/shuffle-national-security-council-players-lambasted-549892


President Donald Trump’s executive order to swap out his top military and intelligence chiefs from meetings of the National Security Council in favor of his
controversial political adviser Steve Bannon drew furious reactions ranging from shock to disquiet over the weekend.

The move gives Bannon—a self-proclaimed “nationalist” who courted white supremacists and neo-Nazis as executive editor of the “alt-right” Breitbart News—
a regular seat in top secret discussions conducted by the NSC’s principals committee. The shuffle puts him “on par with the Secretaries of State, Defense,
Homeland Security and Treasury” in the NSC,  noted John Bellinger, a former State and Justice department official who served on the NSC in the George W. Bush administration.

As a German Immigrant, raised bi-culturally, I was familiar with Germany’s damning question:
“How could a decent, good people like the fine Germans, with the liberal arts, literature, science, a good enlightened folk, become such monsters? 
To burn million and millions of humans, not just jews, but anyone they hated, and that was everyone who wasn’t like them.

Given a life time of observations and reflection I was afraid I could live to learn the answer, right here in our little self-satisfied corner of the world.

I’ll admit its breathtaking the speed with which our great national government has been given over to a bunch of vandals living in a fantasy world,
knowing only that they are hate everyone else and are hell bent on destroying everything they don’t like. Such as our American democracy and all diversity.

Last week I gave us 50/50 - after today 55/45 - it would be wonderful to see that the guardians of our government will get it together
but where are they?  Please surprise us.

The Republican’s are too busy celebrating the prospect of having all their own myopic dreams comes true, they could care less , 
well not enough, to do anything about Trump.

Democrats appear as ineffectual as always.

Hell no one is even talking about the Private Security Force that is in all probability developing Trump’s Private Security and worse as we speak.

http://48hills.org/2017/01/23/trumps-education-secretary-and-a-mercenary-who-advocates-assassinations/
Trump’s education secretary — and her brother, a mercenary who advocates assassinations
Blackwater founder is a key Trump advisor—and brother of Betsy DeVos
BY MARC NORTON - JANUARY 23, 2017

Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who has been called “America’s most notorious mercenary” by author and journalist Jeremy Scahill,
has emerged as an influential advisor to the incoming Donald Trump regime.

Prince is also the brother of Betsy DeVos, who is in the process of being confirmed as secretary of education — and an advocate for the privatization of public schools.

Perhaps a few, but never, never enough to make a difference,

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Posted: 29 January 2017 10:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Lausten, can you explain why, how Democrats never managed to get Merrick Garland his Supreme Court vote.

Where was the Constitution and it’s protectors?

How did the Democrats lose all those local seats, and not read the writing on the and do something of substance years ago?

Excuse me for being the terrified spectator but for decades now, my fears and premonitions have had a hell of a lot better track record
than the supposed knowledgable grownups with all the positive spin on things. Did you hear our war in Iraq helped keep USA save grrr

I think there’s been a total breakdown of vision, no one knows what the fuck is going on. It’s all running on momentum at this point.

Thank god I’m 60, I at least had the good years, no one can take that from me.    downer  long face

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Posted: 09 February 2017 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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When my mentor, a long time forever atheist read the article I posted here titled “God is sin”, he suggested I read this short article by Franz Kafka:
http://www.kafka.org/index.php?aid=167

I had never read it and found it profound. The title is “The Penal Colony”

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Posted: 10 February 2017 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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JSmith - 09 February 2017 08:49 PM

When my mentor, a long time forever atheist read the article I posted here titled “God is sin”, he suggested I read this short article by Franz Kafka:
http://www.kafka.org/index.php?aid=167

I had never read it and found it profound. The title is “The Penal Colony”

In a creepy sort of way.
Hey and there’s a whole book also:
In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, unabridged audiobook, read by Peter Yearsley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv5Um3j6cHo

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Posted: 13 February 2017 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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About kafka and thoughts on the Penal colony

1 Kafka was an atheist. See wikipedia

2. In the story there is eeriness beyond anything I’ve quite considered..as you CC say, creepy.
The analogies are this way to me:
The old (punishing) commandant now dead is the 4-20th century churches in general
The new commandant (want the punishment to end and the death machine starved), is an enlightened modern humanist that doesn’t yet have the power to stop it fully.
The officer is the clerical fanatical remnant carrying out the old commandants orders still, through force of mental habit and gruesome pride.
The visitor is the enlightened scholars and media
The soldier is the mass of deacons, police, administrator, teachers, and robotic persons who just follow tradition.
The prisoner is just one who also was a traditionalist that “got caught”.

The officer kills himself with the command “Be just” indicating that deep down in his hiding human heart, he knew his crime against natural law.
The machine breaks and brands him through the forehead. Some true brand of justice for the officer’s religious insanity and lobotomy as his mind was not used and that was his real crime against even himself.

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