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[Mikey Weinstein]: This guest Op-Ed from my dear friend, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Advisory Board member, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff Lawrence ...
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|Shavuot D'var Torah: Prophets and Angels
This Saturday night is Shavuot, zman matan Torateinu ; the holiday on which we commemorate the giving of the Torah. Traditions on this holiday include decorating one's home with flowers, eating ...
|Batya the Toon||05/22/2015||9|
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Over the last few days at Daily Kos we've had several debates over editorial content and control as well as guidelines that writers follow. As a site that lives as a peer-reviewed source, Daily ...
|The Reading of Names at Graduation
I am a high school counselor and each May I get ready to read the names of about 100 seniors as they walk across the stage at one of the most important milestones in their lives, graduation. As ...
|Write On! Pacing
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
|HI-Sen: Brian Schatz (D) Fights Back Against Fast Tracking The TPA
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI), who has been an adamant opponent of the TPP, is now focusing on stopping the TPA:
|I've lost my handgun virginity
Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to buy votes for his anti-worker agenda .
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The outrage over the bottling of California water by Nestlé, Walmart and other big corporations during a record drought has become viral on social media and national and international press ...
|IL-Sen: Mark Kirk (R) Gets His Facts Wrong Regarding Nelson Mandela & South Africa's Nuclear Program
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R. IL) has been pushing his Iran Sanctions Bill which would greatly undermine President Obama's negotiations with Iran: http://www.niacouncil.org/much-more-is-needed-from-...
|Hellraisers Journal: Socialist Preachers Forced to Stifle Themselves For Fear of Landlord's Ire.
Definition of Socialism from the Socialist Party of Oklahoma: Collective ownership and democratic management of things collectively used and private ownership of things privately used. ```````````
|If Hillary Clinton isn't talking to reporters, who should she be listening to?
Some enterprising reporters have moved on, as New ...
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It is imminent. The end of their world . Prepare the shelterboxes for Bryan Fischer and his fellow Christian ...
|Oregon high school junior confronts anti-gay haters, launches beautiful counter-protest
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It's a good thing to be White In America, because you get to do things that other people could only dream of getting away with and go on living to tell the tale. If you're white you can stand ...
|Frank Vyan Walton||05/21/2015||23|
|Just for Wonks & Fellow ALEC Research Junkies
The following links are a treasure trove of info on how, beginning in the 1800s, banks and corporations gained control of our democracy and morphed into ALEC: 1. The History of American Corporate ...
|War on Error||05/21/2015||3|
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I wrote a diary a few days ago, predicting who would be nominated, and who would win, the Presidency, in 2016. I forgot to even check any polls, to see if I was correct. I just now checked. The ...
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Hey everyone. My first diary in a long while. Something I've been mulling for years and just never seen articulated quite in this way. So here goes, and I'll try to keep it short. All this recent ...
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Oh, there it is. It can be easy to miss, from this deep in the well. It doesn't look much like a marble from down here. Sure, achieve enough altitude and its gorgeous curves can be descried, ...
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Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. It is necessary in ...
|Are you tired of studies saying loneliness will kill you? So am I!||Lucy Montrose||05/20/2015||126|
|CNN Discussion on Waco "Thugs" yet again shows we may have "Cop Problems" more than "Black Problems"
In the following clip from CNN in a discussion of how different the Police and media response has been to the mass murder spree and shootout by Waco Biker Gangs, contrasted to not just the so-called "
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|Wonder What Bin Ladin Read in Bed?
Need to know what volumes were on Bin Ladin's bookshelf? Curious if his reading tastes were close to yours? Ever consider if what you read makes you who you are, or is who you are dictated by what ...
|CA-Sen: Watch Kamala Harris (D) Rock The California Democratic Party Convention
Received this e-mail today from Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D. CA) U.S. Senate campaign:
|McDonald's can't ignore worker protests before shareholder meeting||Laura Clawson||05/20/2015||13|
|MD-Sen: Donna Edwards (D) Goes After The Medicare Cuts In The TPP||poopdogcomedy||05/20/2015||6|
|Hellraisers Journal: Fifty Striking Chicago School Children Supporting Teamsters Arrested and Jailed
If they want to fight, let them come on. We will call out every member of our union rather than give up. -Teamster President Cornelius Shea `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
|Elizabeth Warren pushes Hillary Clinton on Fast Track
Elizabeth Warren wants Hillary Clinton to say "no" to Fast ...
|WA-Gov & Sen: PPP Has Inslee (D) & Murray (D) Starting Off Looking Strong For Re-Election
Some good news today from PPP out of Washington: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/05/washington-voters-grow-further-in-support-of-gay-marriage-marijuana-background-checks....
|WI-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D. OH) Helps Russ Feingold (D) Get Ready To Defeat Ron Johnson (R)
Received this e-mail from one of my favorite U.S. ...
|MO-Sen: Jason Kander (D) & VoteVets Push Congress To Give Veterans Free Access To Public Parks
Received this e-mail today from VoteVets and Secretary of State Jason Kander's (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign: I ...
|Living Disabled: My Household Challenges
I have been disabled for about 6 years now. It's amazing the number of people who look at you and assume you are faking it. I'm not a light weight person, in fact I'm carrying far too much ...
|The Jack Boot's on the Other Foot
Bobby Jindal has put conservatives in a bind. In his desperation to break into the single digits among GOP primary candidates, he decided to ignore the state legislature's decision to table his ...
|Adieu to Mad Men, and the perfect non ending.
So I know I'm a bit behind here, but just watched the finale of Mad Men, after being a devoted fan through all its seasons. Some seasons were better than others, some episodes were better than ...
|Bobby Jindal to the rescue on rejected anti-gay religious freedom bill
Louisiana today killed the latest iteration of those bone-headed "religious freedom" bills popping up in ...
|This weekend we gather to celebrate our Cedwyn with her Mom and Portland friends!
Celebration of Cedwyn Saturday May 23 1:00pm At The ...
|When The Road In Front Is Shorter Than The Road Behind...
I've been spending hours and hours over the past few months in deep meditation. Meditation regarding my life, life in general, life on earth, humanity, how my life fits in with humanity... how my ...
|Wikileaks update: TPP ~ Revelations
Frankly, I never dreamed that when I posted a diary here during the Bush years titled "Listen up, Whistleblowers!" it would end up on the Wikileaks page, ( Link ) much less, still be relevant during ...
|What's so funny about religion?
A friend shared the [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2015/05/an-eighth-graders-yo-mama-jokes-for-unitarian-universalists.html "Yo Mama Jokes for Unitarian (Universalist)s"] that Jack ...
|Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership
The president says the pubic can’t see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is still being negotiated. So let us see the parts that are not still being negotiated.
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Here's another prominent economist weighing in on why he objects to the Trans Pacific Partnership as well as it's European counterpart the TTIP (the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partneship) ...
|How Campaigns Matter: Comparing the 2014 Election Results in Coös County, NH and Oxford County, ME
The 2014 elections produced many interesting and unusual results. A prime example of this involves the states of New Hampshire and Maine. New Hampshire is generally considered to be the most ...
|These Guys 6: Little Brother
Well, another season of campaigning is upon us, and that can only mean... Another season of These Guys !
|Homeless in Brunswick?
This front page headline from yesterday's Brunswick News is now not indexed on the electronic version. Perhaps the paper has some shame?
|I want Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton to be Nominated, and Here's Why
And that is my prediction, and Hillary will win. But if the Republicans win, I want them to win with Jeb. I explain, below the divider doodle.
|Breathing Life Back Into Old Shopping Malls, Giving Them a New Purpose
Sitting next to a pond watching the ducks or geese would be so relaxing I read somewhere that there was a huge old mall, which had outlived it's usefulness and rather than tear it down, they ...
|Someone Clue Me In Since I Didn't Get The Memo - Exactly When Does This Start To Be Embarassing?
It's a simple question and I just want to be in sync with everyone else. Unified and all that. You won't believe Hillary Clinton's spin on avoiding the press. I personally would appreciate an ...
|Meditation-Opening To Uncertainty
We humans seem to really crave certainty. We crave the feeling of solid ground under our feet, and we seem to think we can outwit our vulnerability with our own conviction that we are right about so ...
|"No, we can't" is the real America.
On November 4, 2008, President Barack Obama proclaimed the following in his election night victory speech : "This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our ...
|Brave Houston Lawyer Fights Injustice, Inspires My Moral Bucket List
A little more than a month ago, vaunted New York Times author David Brooks wrote an introspective piece entitled The Moral Bucket List . In that space, a typically pensive Brooks reflected on ...
With great interest I tune into the "gloom and doom" sayers concerning marriage equality. According to them, if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the various same-sex marriage bans enacted by some of ...
|Sharing Roads, Sharing Rules
It happened again last night. Guy blew off a red light at Claiborne and MLK. Last week it was Cleveland Ave. down by Tulane Hospital. Fellow thought a stop sign was patronizing advice he was beyond. ...
|Smoke Alarm Beeps for Plutocrats: American Public Warming Up to Concept of Redistribution
That was just the battery testing itself, right? That might be the question the 1% start to uneasily ask one another as evidence mounts that increasing numbers of the American working class are ...
|An Overview of the Jacksonville Mayoral Election
Incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown (left) and his challenger, former RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry (right) Tuesday, May 19, is a big deal for Alvin Brown. Besides the fact that it's Hồ Chí Minh'...
|Must read economics books: On value and values
For a recent project, I’ve been researching organizations and values within organizations. I happened to come across On Value and Values by Douglas K. Smith because of the following quote: For ...
|Dear U.S. Colleges: Don't Depend on Foreign PhD Students or Else Perpetuate Educational Inequity
International students, many of whom are Asian and White, are oftentimes the overwhelming majority in U.S. doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. ...
|What Are You Working On?(WAYWO) Open Thread
What Are You Working On? is our place to share the creative side of ourselves. Do you sew or knit, crochet or quilt, paint or write, create with metal or wood? This is a place to share and find new ...
|Citizen-led WA ballot initiative pushes politician climate action
Washington state legislators are concerned that a $25/ton carbon tax proposed in Carbon Washington’s ballot initiative, I-732, will be too “blunt” an instrument. So they are reviving a more ...
|It's Getting Harder To Get Vetted Reality
There’s been a delivery of some new funky mirrors in the funhouse. Here’s an article in the New York Times that I am sure many will find alarming or then again, maybe not. The Right Baits the ...
|Connect! Unite! Act! Dallas, Houston, Seattle, L.A. & Glacier Park Meet-up Info — Dogs Breeds?
A daily series, Connect! Unite! Act! seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups ...
|Adam And Eve, Not Adam And Steve. Really?; An Examination Of The Creation Story
Our Christian fundamentalist friends like to use the creation story or stories in their defense for opposing marriage equality. But, is this really an accurate or legitimate defense? For the record,
|Costa Rica: 100% Renewable Electricity for 100 Days, Carbon Neutral by 2021
Costa Rica has provided all of its electricity from renewables, usually a mix of 68 percent hydro, 15 percent geothermal, and 17% mostly diesel and gas, for the first 100 days of 2015. The Tico ...
|Top Comments: Meet Sophie!||Steven Payne||05/16/2015||62|
|This Week in the War on Women
Last Sunday was Mother's Day, a Hallmark holiday as fraught with ambivalence as any. As I read friends' tributes to their living or dead mothers on Facebook, I wondered why I never really cared ...
|Our elected representatives are being treated like fools with TPP. We are, too, by extension...
There is a role for secret negotiations, at times. There is a time for discretion. Usually this crops up in foreign affairs, and usually to do with national security. Sometimes, for peace to occur, ...
|Dirty Water – The Use of Oil Production Wastewater to Irrigate California Crops
cross-posted at annoyedomnivore.wordpress.com For two decades farmers in California’s Central Valley have been buying water from the Chevron Kern River oil field, which is ...
|An American Imprisoned in Yemen, and Other News
Sharif Mobley is an American citizen, born in New Jersey. In 2010, he was in Yemen, and abducted by security forces there. Anonymous American and Yemeni officials say he had contacts with Anwar al-...
|What Is It Conservatives Are Conserving?
Today’s modern conservatives are emphatic they are right in all things. Their ideology, theology, philosophy, morality, and all other activity is at the highest end of the spectrum of human ...
|Teachers' Lounge: Bullies
Almost all of us (probably all of us) have experienced bullying of one or more types in our lives. It comes from our "friends" (even those who often really are what we think of as friends), from ...
|Women's Rights & Optional Reality
Back in the mid-'90s, my best friend and I were volunteer "escorts" at an inner-city women's clinic that provided reproductive health care, including abortion.
|Tony Perkins is mighty peeved over Dan Savage's new sitcom 'The Real O'Neals'
ABC has released its trailer for a new sitcom coming to their fall line-up. The Real O'Neals is a semi-autobiographical comedy inspired by gay activist Dan Savage who is serving as executive ...
|Abortion Not a Big Issue For You? You're Missing Out On Political Truth Serum!
Knowing a politician's stance and votes on reproductive rights is the equivalent of hearing them speak after giving them a dose of truth serum. - It's self-evident that Republican politicians who ...
|Church, State And Prayer Breakfasts
You know what I really, really hate? I hate when somebody adapts a Jane Austen novel for stage or screen and thinks they can improve on her dialogue. They can't. And furthermore -- oh, strike that. ...
|The War on Poverty A Half Century On; Race, Class and the Current Crisis.
This year marks the fifty first year anniversary of LBJ's "War on Poverty," a flurry of "Great Society programs designed to pull up millions of poor folks which, prior to 1965, accounted for no less ...
|GOP and Religion
As we enter another election cycle, one dominant theme is the idea that Republican Candidates are beholden to Christians. In several reports I've heard or read this idea is coupled with the ...
|Greg form Vermont||05/15/2015||59|
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