Are you tired of all the winning yet? Trump is exhibiting the traits of “dictatorial leaders throughout history and in illiberal societies throughout the world.” “He is showing clear signs of […]
Politician dies and arrives in heaven, but what awaits him comes as a total surprise. While walking down the street one day, a presidential candidate is tragically hit by a […]
this will set the stage for a major federal RICO case against Trump and the GOP as well, with evidence ultimately showing and proving that both took foreign money in […]
Source: ‘He played me for a fool’: Kentucky Trump supporter laments he should have voted for Hillary Kentucky Trump supporter Wesley Easterling regrets his vote, he BELIEVEd it when Trump […]
“Obedience to specific court orders is what keeps US from being a banana republic or fascist dictatorship. That’s a REALLY big deal.” “Saturday’s ruling does not undercut the president’s executive […]
It’s a remarkable approach to defending the indefensible, and it’s hard to imagine Conway serioUSly believing her own rhetoric. It’s the closest I’ve ever seen a political figure come to […]
Check out Earth Times at http://www.earthtimes.org/ and their FaceBook Page at https://www.facebook.com/earthtimes/. Lots of REALLY interesting things there. You can’t jUSt knock off Sumatran rainforest – though there’s precioUS little left. Living […]
“Trump lives and thrives in a fact-free environment. No president, including Richard Nixon, has been so ignorant of fact and disdains fact in the way that this president-elect does,” Bernstein […]
The Republicans never have been a friend to miners, and they’re only perceived that way right now becaUSe the entire indUStry is collapsing and the GOP says that they can […]
I think he doesn’t REALLY have strong convictions and sense of right and wrong. He’s not REALLY, REALLY smart. He’s not stupid, you know. He’s not a dumb guy, but […]
“We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.” “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call […]
“Before leaving this election behind we mUSt all thank Donald Trump for the one good thing he did,” Bill Maher said. “He exposed evangelicals who are big Trump supporters as […]
Trump loves to brag about his bUSiness acumen, despite nearly $1 billion in losses and his multiple bankruptcies. But his understanding of bUSiness and economics is REALLY limited to his […]
Republicans have, to one degree or another over the last 36 years, attempted to corral the government by trying to abolish departments and cut funding for programs. To a large […]
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and CaUSes of the Wealth of Nations is the Bible of Capitalism. “The word VALUE, it is to be observed, has twodifferent meanings, […]
Thanks to the internet we were able to watch Erev Yom Kippur at New Yorks’ Central Synagogue.The sermon by Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl is the best I’ve every heard on […]
Unless I’ve missed something (probably have) everything seems to be working properly now. Ready to start adding the Genealogy data and documentation. NOTE about that; there are a few photos […]
I’m still working on the site but the Genealogy information is available. The Genealogy site is perryfamilyroots.com. (This redirects to russperry.com/WP/genealogy and if your browser blocks the redirection you can jUSt go […]
by 2020, the annual cost of medical care for seniors who fall is expected to reach $54.9 billion. Paul touted the “nobility of private charity” that’s the kind of philosophy that results in us spending about twice as much per person on health care as any other country on earth.
one of America’s most fundamental problems is that the alliance between the current form of Southern labor and the current form of New York finance is with us still. The Southernization of the Republican Party and the increasing domination of Wall Street’s over the nation’s economic life have combined to erode both the income and the power of U.S. workers. Unions are anathema to Wall Street and the GOP.
In case you are still skeptical the rich receive benefits from government (for which we don’t make them pee in a cup or promise not to buy luxuries),
1. The mortgage interest deduction for big houses and second homes. Thanks to this tax break, the 5 million households in America making more than $200,000 a year get a lot more housing aid than the 20 million households living on less than $20,000. Deductions for mortgage interest incentivize people already capable of buying big homes to buy even bigger ones.
It’s the religious far-right’s “special snowflake” syndrome: conservative Christians thinking that because they believe God sanctions their particular brand of bigotry, they’re special snowflakes who shouldn’t be restrained by human decency, much less the pesky laws that the rest of us are obliged to follow. If you hate hard enough, the rules don’t apply to you because you are a special snowflake, who really, really believes in what you’re doing.
Another red state caught lying to the Supreme Court about health insurance exchanges.
The Supreme Court might have already held its vote on King v. Burwell, the case challenging federal tax credits to people buying Obamacare health insurance on the federal exchange because they live in states which did not create their own exchanges. The challengers posit that Congress intended it this way—that they wrote the law to explicitly exclude these millions of people from subsidies as incentive to states to create their own exchanges.
“What you really lose, when you get rid of the prevailing wage, is a skilled, productive worker,” he said. “Our roads, bridges, and buildings should be built by the safest, best trained, qualified people, and those people need to be paid fairly for their skills.
Republicans used to be moderate, business-minded civic boosters and unapologetic patriots who were the linchpins and bulwarks of small towns across the Midwest, the enthusiastic backers of projects for the civic good, usually in partnership with the town liberals (the librarian, the bar owner, a lawyer or two, the Methodist minister, the banker’s wife). These Republicans were uniters and diehard optimists and persons of compassionate conscience, inveterate doers of good deeds.Even today, there are probably some Republicans who still fit that description.
the reason most people who call themselves atheists or agnostics or spiritual seekers do so today is because they have seen the hypocrisy of traditional religions as actually practiced, and their moral values include respect for truth which does not allow them to settle for stories which pretend reality does not exist. Any Christian who really respects truth can understand and applaud that, and find a way to practice his or her faith without denying the reality of the observed universe.
State Senator Justin Harris and Wife Believed Adopted Daughters Possessed by Demons, Had an Exorcism
No, really, they had an exorcism.
“ Berman is known for masterminding public relations campaigns against animal rights, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and labor unions. Berman’s strategy is to go to the masses and persuade them to pressure office-holders,” said Dunbar. “Since he’s not contacting lawmakers he doesn’t have to register as a lobbyist and say who he’s working for or how much he’s getting paid. It’s tricky, the First Amendment applies to Berman too, the onus is really on the journalists and the public.
“I think he probably would be booed out of the crowd,” Bruce Bartlett
Reagan adviser to GOP – ‘They are really rather stupid and not very well read’
Last week at CPAC potential Republican candidates were invoking President Ronald Reagan ad-nauseam….
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” John Steinbeck
WOW! So it has been a year! It has been a loongg hectic year and still not really finished with it and running smoothly yet, but I WILL get back to working on the websites shortly.
July 11 2014
“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.
September 11, 2003.
IN THE NAME OF RELIGION
Three years ago today a group of men flew planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
Just saw a news report that North Dakota has passed a law that proclaims that life begins at conception. They’re wrong. Eggs are already alive. Sperm are already alive. Everyone agrees that life “began” long ago (whether you believe in evolution or not.) It’s never ended. What they are trying to say is that a new human being comes into existence at conception. I guess they will be issuing “Conception Certificates” instead of “Birth Certificates” now. So all conceptions will have to be reported to the state and recorded.
Making it illegal to make or sell meth and cocaine hasn’t stopped them from being made and sold. Making prostitution illegal hasn’t eliminated prostitution. Banning child pornography hasn’t stopped kids from being sexually abused. Making it against the law to run red lights hasn’t stopped people from ignoring them. Making driving under the influence a crime hasn’t stopped people from being killed by drunk drivers. So we should just repeal all these laws since the things they outlaw haven’t stopped people from doing them. That’s the logic people who oppose gun control laws are using.
Jefferson had no use for religious leaders and many times in his letters made it clear religion should be a private affair and and be kept out of politics and that the only way to know a person’s true religious beliefs was by how they lived, not by what they said.
“… the priests indeed have heretofore thought proper to ascribe to me religious, or rather anti-religious sentiments, of their own fabric, but such as soothed their resentments against … religious freedom. They wished him to be thought atheist, deist, or devil, who could advocate freedom from their religious dictations.
What an effort, my dear Sir, of bigotry in Politics & Religion have we gone through! The barbarians really flattered themselves they should be able to bring back the times of Vandalism, when ignorance put everything into the hands of power & priestcraft. All advances in science were proscribed as innovations. They pretended to praise and encourage education, but it was to be the education of our ancestors.
Obama said it best when he said we are all in this together. It’s not about income redistribution, its about income fairness.
“UNAWARE OF THE CONTRADICTION…. There's an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare. He now receives Social Security. He's a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back. I mention the joke because a surprising number of right-wing activists don't seem to appreciate the humor.
Anger and Fear.
“Three types of anger are recognized by psychologists:
The first … is connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared between humans and non-human animals and occurs when tormented or trapped.
The second type of anger … is a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. ….
The third type of anger is … related … to character traits …”
“… angry people are more likely … to blame a person's behavior … on his nature than on his circumstances.
Economists say Republican Jobs Bills won’t Actually Create Jobs. They are narrowly targeted and are really special interest driven. Jobs are a second or third-order effect, not the main priority of the bills in the package.
At the heart of the GOP jobs package is a push for rolling back regulations … gutting environmental laws that regulate clean air and water … (ie.
Hypocrisy: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially: the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
It is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches, it is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.
“The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy.
I found a really interesting article about Geneology on NPR at http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/02/16/146981369/the-charlemagne-riddle.
I was reading an article in the Wikipedia on Jewish philosophy at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_philosophy and the section far down the page at:
Traditionalist attitudes towards philosophy
which reads: Haredi traditionalists who emerged in reaction to the Haskalah considered the fusion of religion and philosophy as difficult because classical philosophers start with no preconditions for which conclusions they must reach in their investigation, while classical religious believers have a set of religious principles of faith that they hold one must believe. Most Haredim contended that one cannot simultaneously be a philosopher and a true adherent of a revealed religion.
My father, a fundamentalist Baptist Minister, opposed, (no he was actually angered), by public events that included pray. He based his opinion of such acts on the verses which you can check out here: http://bible.cc/matthew/6-5.htm and here http://bible.cc/matthew/6-6.htm and here http://bible.cc/mark/12-17.htm and here http://bible.cc/john/9-31.htm. He agreed with Billy Graham that what these verses made abundantly clear was that ” Sin erects a barrier between us and God.
This is a condensed summary of what Fundamentalist Christians believe.
There is only one God.
God is a Spirit. (That is he has no physical or material existence. [Unless he chooses to have one like when he “… became flesh and dwelt among us.”])
God is omniscient (all knowing [although he sometimes asks questions like “…
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with-standing.”
My reaction to the elections is a bit delayed. I guess I’m still a little in shock. Needless to say I did not expect the outcome. When I discussed it with Professor Levine at UT and he predicted a 50 seat loss in the house. I REALLY thought that was impossible, I told him maybe 30 seats. WOW was I wrong! So, Renan, you were right and I was wrong.
I still don’t believe the American people have actually bought-in to the Tea Party agenda.
It occurred to me today that the Obama campaign is failing to address a very big concern of the voters. The voters of the country have lost all faith in government. His ideas and plans and policies are right but voters are not hearing from him what they are hearing form the other side and that is what is making them support McCain. McCain is constantly hammering home the idea that Washington is out of touch, Washington is corrupt, Washington is the cause of the country’s problems, Washington is the enemy of the people.