Archives for: August 2012, 04
T. Paine, at Saving Common Sense, is an occasional contributor here, a frequent participant, and a constant personal friend. He cautions against the common practice of manipulating religious faith. My take is that perhaps Jesus has taken no position on a 39% tax rate on the wealthy. Those who insist they know which candidates God favors are to be viewed with some skepticism.
Speaking of which, James Wigderson presents a Catholic church Cardinal as the final word on whether Obamacare violates religious conscience. The current regulation now challenged in court is that Insurance Companies are required to provide contraceptive coverage, separate from the beliefs of employers. My view is any church can urge its members to keep from practicing birth control. Going beyond that to denial of basic coverage goes beyond freedom. Right to swing your fist ending at your employee's nose. But then, I'm not a Cardinal.
Michael John Scott, first citizen of Mad Mike's America, chronicles the preaching of a pastor who tells us God wants us to execute Kermit and Miss Piggy for supporting gay rights. Apparently the death sentence will be lifted if the television characters will agree to dine at Chick-fil-A.
PZ Myers, writing for Pharyngula, responds to a columnist who attacks 5 atheists for being atheists. I join him, although from a perspective that embraces faith. He is right for an additional reason, one that he cannot consider.
Ryan at Secular Ethics examines various arguments about atheism, the morality of God, and whether God can be immoral.
At News Corpse, Mark must have interviewed Captain Obvious. He discovers that there exists hate speech on conservative talk radio. Okay, he actually, actually has a legitimate study as a source. False equivalency arguments will doubtlessly follow. Anything true of one side must be true of the other.
Tommy Christopher of Mediaite fame considers the Romney-paid-no-taxes-for-a-decade someone-told-me-I-can't-say-who accusations by Senator Harry Reid and holds him essentially blameless. Kind of. He does semi-challenge the Huffington Post for printing the less than nothing story. They are within their rights but it's a potentially dangerous precedent. I dunno. Seems to be Michele Bachmann, and before her, others, provide a history of journalistic precedent. There is obvious mitigation in that the origin is Romney's tight fisted hold on the tax facts.
At Rumproast, marindenver takes a close look at the higgs boson of the Romney Tax Plan to cut the rates of the extremely wealthy, the mysterious dark matter being the astonishingly explosive economic boom that will lift all boats and send them into space.
The Heathen Republican believes he has discovered a perverse incentive in Obamacare that could encourage some employers to drop health coverage. The study is a couple of years old and seems to conclude that business penalties are too low for inadequate or nonexistent coverage. Non-covered employees would then be provided coverage at state or federally run exchanges. Kind of dry. A bit technical, but Heathen is a talented writer who manages to explain his viewpoint in an interesting way.
For decades, the black helicopter UN international leftist conspiracy called Agenda 21 has fueled right wing warnings of impending world wide tyranny. Slant Right's John Houk has discovered a new wrinkle. The Agenda 21 plot is now on the attack again, this time the target is corn, gasoline, and gas prices. Nothing about the inflation of tinfoil hats.
I fear for Vincent of A wayfarer's notes. He has joined a writer's club and writes about writing. he writes wonderfully, and so he pulls it off well. Then he becomes inspired to discontinue the various heart related medications he (and I) take to see if the placebo effect of the change will carry him through.
At Why do we have to do this, Sir?, our protagonist has read a book. It is a very good book and he gives a fascinating review. It's about a Nazi artifact that goes back to biblical times. Okay, maybe we should read The Sword of the Templars. It has a very solid recommendation.
Jack Jodell, friend of the working blogger at THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST, provides a brief but complete biography of heroic news icon Edward R. Murrow, who stood up to one of the worst political bullies in American history. Harry Reid is a saint compared with Joe McCarthy, and even Michele Bachmann comes up short in the pure evil department.