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#141 AnBr

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:33 PM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 03:12 PM

Mike Pompeo hosts a special, secret faith-based media only State Dept. conference. Great. Religion influencing American foreign policy. What could go wrong?

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a secret conference call on Monday and invited only "faith-based" media outlets. All mainstream media outlets were banned. Even reporters whose "beat" is religion were barred from the call. One reporter from a non-faith-based media outlet was accidentally invited, then disinvited when the error was discovered.

Outrage and concern have been growing since CNN Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Michelle Kosinski, who covers the State Department, first reported the unusual secretive conference call was being held.

Criticism has grown after the State Dept. refused to release a list of media outlets invited and on the call, and refused to release a transcript, all of which are standard operating procedure.

There is also concern that the State Dept. has refused to reveal if there were a variety of religions represented on the call. Secretary Pompeo is known as a far right conservative Christian. When he was the Director of CIA he would speak publicly about the Rapture and reportedly has "depicted the fight against terrorism as a war between radical Muslims, on one side, and the Christian faith on the other."

The State Dept. also appears to be offering false information to cover up the event.


"The Department regularly engages in a broad array of media activities," a State Dept. representative told HuffPost. "Some of those engagements .... are open to any interested domestic or international press.”

“Other engagements are more targeted or designed for topic, region, or audience-specific media. This has always been the case.”

That, in fact, has not always been the case, as Andrea Mitchell, a veteran journalist and NBC News' Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, noted on Twitter Monday night:

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 04:14 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 March 2019 - 03:12 PM, said:

Mike Pompeo hosts a special, secret faith-based media only State Dept. conference. Great. Religion influencing American foreign policy. What could go wrong?

Pompeo must be really frustrated by Trump's tweets about leaving Syria and Afghanistan.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

More on Pompeo...and a link to Purim:

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“Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?” Mitchell asked Pompeo.

“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo, who was visiting Israel, replied.



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Posted 28 March 2019 - 02:40 PM

Top grifter and hypocrite Jerry Fallwell, Jr. got a nice nearly $1M contract out of Trump for his soul.

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The Pentagon agreed to buy nearly $900,000 in jet fuel from the conservative university owned by Jerry Falwell Jr., just months after President Donald Trump took office.

The Department of Defense signed the contract with Freedom Aviation, which is wholly owned by Liberty University, on May 9, 2017, and had since purchased more than $400,000 in turbine fuel from the same company, reported The Daily Beast.

Falwell endorsed Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination early in 2016, as his candidacy gained momentum during the primary process, and has been one of the president’s more outspoken supporters, sometimes placing him at odds with other evangelical leaders.

Freedom Aviation owns six planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and maintains them at the university’s flight school at the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus.

The company provides charter flights to the public, and Falwell travels on the aircraft for his private use.

The Trump campaign paid Freedom Aviation more than $19,000 in air travel expenses about a week after Falwell endorsed the former reality TV star.

Neither Freedom nor C&C Aviation, another university-owned company, had ever won a federal fuel contract before Trump was elected president.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 11:17 PM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 05:38 PM

Trump the savior.

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rump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale this week said that President Donald Trump had been literally sent by God to save the United States — and at least one Christian leader is calling him out for completely misinterpreting the Bible.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, Parscale wrote of Trump that “only God could deliver such a savior to our nation” and he further said that he was proud that God had chosen him to help Trump get reelected.


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But Politico reports that Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Washington-based Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, thinks that Parscale is gravely mistaken to ascribe divine will to any elected official.

“Christians should beware of a political use of the word ‘savior,’ which goes to the very heart of our faith,” she said. “This particular statement is a gross expression of Christian nationalism, which I define as equating Christian and American identities. People of faith know that God is much larger than any one candidate, party, election or country.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 07:10 PM

A very good satirical YouTube channel--in this episode the evangelicals officially break up with Jesus in favor of Trump:

https://www.youtube....h?v=LsMzQA1p0lA
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Posted 02 May 2019 - 08:23 AM

I didn't realize that the fight was still going on for the Equal Rights Amendment. "Christians", of course, are fighting it tooth and nail since women are clearly inferior to men. But the big lies is when they also twist themselves into odd shapes to claim its actually about legalized abortion. As if this bunch wasn't already divorced enough from reason and logic it's amazing what you can get them to do just by shrieking "ABORTION!" at the top of your lungs.

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On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to analyze the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution so that it explicitly bars discrimination based on sex. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) simply states that that equal rights cannot be denied “on account of sex.” It was first introduced in 1923, but ratification of it became a serious issue in the 1970s, when feminist activists began convincing states to ratify it. They got famously and tantalizingly close, falling just three states short of ratification before hitting a 1982 deadline created by Congress.

While many have long assumed the ERA is forever dead, like Jon Snow, it’s rising again. Two more states have ratified the amendment and now activists are arguing that the deadline set by Congress in the 70s is invalid, since the Constitution doesn’t give Congress that power. Tuesday’s hearing was focused on this question: If a 38th state ratifies the ERA, what can and should happen next?

“A few years ago, a great woman, a great person, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was asked in an interview what amendment she would most like to see added to the United States Constitution,” said Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn., during his opening remarks at Tuesday’s hearing. “She answered it would be the Equal Rights Amendment.”


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In April in Missouri, anti-feminist activists leaned heavily on Republican legislators, using the scare word “abortion” in order to stoke opposition to equal rights. And sure enough, the Republican leader of the state Senate, Dave Schatz, came out against the ERA, saying that the “majority of this [amendment] is about abortion” and claiming that Jesus would oppose it. (Jesus’ known positions on issues of human equality would suggest otherwise.)

Virginia came within a hair of ratifying the ERA, but because the 2017 state elections were so close that the Republicans literally held their legislative majority by a coin toss, the ratification was killed. Once again, anti-abortion hysterics played a major role in the fight, with conservatives falsely accusing Democrats of wanting to legalize infanticide, all as part of a sexist campaign to demonize any effort to secure equality for women.

Even during Tuesday’s federal congressional hearing, Republicans were at it again. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., warned that “the people’s right to protect the unborn would be eliminated if the ERA was to pass,” and argued that women’s equality should not be enshrined in the Constitution lest it damage the ability of conservatives to meddle in women’s medical care access.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 08:56 AM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 09:02 AM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 09:04 AM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:05 PM

Poor little christian snowflakes.

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Mike Pence Warned Liberty University Grads to “Be Ready” to be Persecuted for Being Christian
“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian… But things are different now.”

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Vice President Mike Pence, in a commencement speech on Saturday, told the graduating class at Liberty University that they were about to enter a world where they “need to be prepared to meet opposition” for being Christian.

“Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” Pence said, calling himself “a brother in Christ.” “As you go about your daily life, be ready.”

According USA Today, during his address in Lynchburg, Virginia, the vice president cautioned students that they’d be asked to not just tolerate things that violate their faith, but to endorse them.

“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence said. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible. But things are different now.”

Pence spoke about how it’s become “fashionable” to attack people of faith—referencing recent criticism of his wife, Karen, for returning to teach at a private Christian school, saying they “faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular left.” The school does not allow gay students and requires employees to affirm that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. He also hit on the abortion ban signed into law this week in Georgia, lamenting that “a bevy of Hollywood liberals said they would boycott the entire state.”

The speech comes after a long week for Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. Just a few days ago, Reuters revealed that before Falwell endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, helped Falwell prevent “racy” photos from becoming public. (For more, in light of the report, my colleague Abigail Weinberg reviewed all the times Falwell served as a booster for Trump on Twitter and in interviews during the 2016 campaign.)

USA Today also reports that Pence has been invited to give another commencement speech at Taylor University, a Christian school, but the students there seem to have more mixed feelings than Liberty’s. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition to cancel Pence’s appearance, including students, staff, and alumni.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 07:02 PM

I kinda doubt that they're going to be willing to openly delineate their version of "persecution," although the examples they give are a good start (i.e. "persecution" means that in Georgia, they can write their version of Sharia into law and it's "persecution" if others object.)
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Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:29 AM

"shunned and ridiculed" is the complaint? Sounds a bit snowflake-y to me. Don't these people have their safe spaces?

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:52 AM

Another "Christian" "pastor" who is too weak or too enamored with power to call out the sinner. I wonder how easy the decision would be if it had been Pete Buttigieg because, after all, god hates fags.

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The pastor of a Virginia church that received a surprised visit from President Trump on Sunday apologized to his congregants who were “hurt” by his decision to allow the President on stage for a prayer.

“Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God,” McLean Bible Church pastor David Platt said in a letter to church goers, explaining the circumstances of Trump’s arrival.

Platt said he was alerted at the end of his sermon on Sunday that President Trump was on his way to the church and would be there “in a matter of minutes.” The White House had apparently requested that the pastor pray for Trump, a request likely fueled by prominent evangelical and ardent Trump supporter Franklin Graham’s decision to proclaim Sunday as a special day of prayer to Trump. Graham claimed last week that Trump needed protection from his “enemies.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:08 AM

 LFC, on 04 June 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Another "Christian" "pastor" who is too weak or too enamored with power to call out the sinner. I wonder how easy the decision would be if it had been Pete Buttigieg because, after all, god hates fags.

I can't fault the guy. He was taken by surprise and did what clergy are supposed to do...be welcoming and loving the sinner but not the sin. I wonder what words he used in the prayer.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:46 AM

I don't fault the guy either. If he's not a Trump supporter, at least he honored the office of president.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:49 AM

 golden_valley, on 04 June 2019 - 11:08 AM, said:

I can't fault the guy. He was taken by surprise and did what clergy are supposed to do...be welcoming and loving the sinner but not the sin. I wonder what words he used in the prayer.

No quarrel with your logic. But...

American electorate are the sinners. Trump is the sin.

I shudder at the thought of the penance needed for absolution.

(I have never uttered or written these many words with religious connotations at one go, probably ever!)

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:30 PM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937





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