This will be quick - I don't think it requires much elaboration. There seems to be some general confusion among certain Americans regarding religious liberties; more specifically, when their liberties are being violated and when they are not. I think it is time to clarify exactly what constitutes a violation of religious liberty and what does not. Perhaps this chart, taken directly from a blog post by Rev. Emily C. Heath, can be of some assistance. Feel free to share it.
Salon.com published an excellent article today, written by Steve Almond, titled "Our dangerous macho delusions: Brian Williams’ fraudulence — and our own". It is by far the best analysis I have read regarding the Williams saga because Almond actually goes to the heart of the problem by exploring the responsibility we, the people, bear.
...the national chorus of indignation over the vain, clumsy lies that Williams told is, in fact, a direct measure of our own neurotic impulses. Americans consume more violence—both real and imagined—than any other nation on earth. Yet as a population, we move about our daily lives with almost no threat of actual violence from enemies abroad.
Earlier this week, conservative website forbes.com published a scathing article about Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress. Titled "Bibi Netanyahu -- aka 'The Republican Senator From Israel' -- May Have Made A Fatal Political Mistake", the article begins as a critical analysis of Netanyahu and how his actions may have, in fact, hindered his chances for re-election. The second half of the article, however, is about the roles played by Isreali Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and House Speaker John Boehner in this political theater, and whether or not laws were broken in the process by Ron Dermer. A more interesting question would be whether or not laws were broken by Boehner. Still, the article is worth reading.
I haven't seen this posted anywhere, so I thought I'd post it. Libertarian candidate, Doug Butzier was killed in a plane crash Monday night. He was running in a tight race against Joni Ernst (R) and Bruce Braley (D). Ernst and Braley have been polling neck-and-neck.
According to Station KCCI:
The wife of Doug Butzier confirmed Tuesday morning to KCRG-TV that it was Butzier who was killed in a plane crash Monday.My condolences to his family.
Butzier is running for U.S. Senate as the Libertarian candidate against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley.
The crash was reported Monday night near Dubuque Regional Airport...
...Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach to the airport, about a mile north of the runway.
Molly Redden from Mother Jones has exposed the stunning hypocrisy of Holly Lobby's charade...I mean lawsuit. By digging around in Holly Lobby's 2012 investment portfolio, Ms. Redden discovered "religious objection" doesn't apply if the company is making money from abortion and contraceptives products. The religious objection only applies when providing healthcare for women.
Rick Ungar from Forbes says it best:
In what just may be the most stunning example of hypocrisy in my lifetime, Mother Jones has uncovered numerous investments on the part of Hobby Lobby’s retirement fund in a wide variety of companies producing abortion and contraception related products...
...Remarkably, the contraceptive devices and products that so offend the religious beliefs of this family are manufactured by the very companies in which Hobby Lobby holds a substantial stake via their employee 401(k) plan.
Time Magazine has reached a new low with this weeks cover. Not much to say here except it is a sad day in America. My heart goes out to Sgt Bowe Bergdahl and his family. You don't deserve this.
We bring ‘em home. It’s what we do.
It’s not about the honor or worthiness of the one, it’s about the honor and worthiness of us, of America, of our military. If there are lingering questions about how the soldier got into the mess he or she was in, we deal with those questions later. Privately. In our own home.
Who are these people who question that moral? Who are these despicable cretins who call themselves Americans, and wave the flag of righteousness, while arguing in favor of leaving an American soldier behind with the enemy?
BREAKING: There are reports of a shooting incident at LAX Terminal 3.
According to Business Insider:
Witnesses Report Shooting At Los Angeles AirportThe link also has numerous live tweets reporting hundreds of people have fled the area onto the tarmac. Officials are working to evacuate the premises. I will be leaving soon, so I will be unable to update the situation.
Pamela Engel and Adam Taylor 11 minutes ago 395
Witnesses on Twitter are reporting there's been some type of shooting at LAX airport in Los Angeles.
CBS Los Angeles reports that LAPD confirmed there's been an incident at the airport, but further details aren't yet available. The incident is reportedly at Terminal 3.
A "stampede of people" reportedly started running onto the tarmac after the gunfire broke out, according to Fox Sports' Bill Reiter, who is on the scene.
People are reportedly being evacuated from the airport, although it's unclear how widespread the evacuation is.
Greg Palast has published a bombshell article proving what many have long suspected -- that the global financial crisis was deliberately engineered by a small cabal of bank industry bigwigs. A confidential memo -- a very, very damning memo -- was leaked to Palast. It was written in November of 1997 by Timothy Geithner.
A very frightened, 11 year old little girl conjured up the courage to ask her Congressman, Republican Scott DesJarlais, a question at the Murfreesboro,TN town hall meeting he was hosting on Thursday evening. Josie Melina spoke into the microphone with a quivering voice. She introduced herself to the crowd and said, "Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who's undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?" She was so scared, her question was barely audible (despite the microphone), so she had to repeat the question. Only one or two people can be heard clapping in support of this brave girl. That, in and of itself is shocking -- to think that grown-ups wouldn't support a young child in such an intimidating situation by applauding her courage...but, no. The crowd, consisting mostly of Tea Party Republicans, didn't applaud. At least, not until the Congressman gave his bully response.
This breaking news item from the Pope literally made my jaw drop...in a good way. That's something I'm not sure I've ever said about the Catholic Church before...unless I was viewing one of their awesome, historical Cathedrals.
When I was growing up, in my (very big) family, we wrote poetry to one another. Sometimes funny, sometimes angry, often heartfelt and loving, always entertaining. I have been so overwhelmed with feelings during these last few days regarding Jane Doe and what life must be like for her...I resorted to that which is so familiar to me. I wrote her a poem. It really does no one any good for the poem to sit on my hard drive unshared. So, after much deliberation (mainly out of fear of getting either ignored or eaten alive) I have decided to post it here. I am not a professional poet. I am just a person who has a history of self-expression through poetry. And my heart is breaking for Jane Doe.
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