Brandi Martindale guests at The Hankster to explain why voters are rejecting the political party system and embracing independent life. I have expressed my skepticism concerning the popular pox on all houses approach.
Republicans in a House committee ganged up on Sister Simone Campbell about food stamps for hungry kids and the working poor. Speaking softly, she gently made mince meat of each of them in turn. Max's Dad takes a close look at one of the attackers and conducts his own analysis.
Republican Congressional representative Steve King has been making headlines with bigoted comments about Hispanic immigrants. Rumproast reminds us that his is not a lone Republican voice, crying in an ignorant wilderness.
News Corpse watches so we don't have to as Fox follows up on their cringe-worthy interview with a Muslim scholar who dared to commit research on Jesus. The Fox interviewer was shocked at the nerve of this follower of Islam. Now, Fox accuses the scholar of being a Muslim, and accuses mainstream media of bias against Fox over the resulting coverage. It's not just doubling down. It's doubling downward.
A cautionary story comes via Mad Mike's America. Christians are protesting about atheists as military chaplains. The story isn't just about intolerance. The hidden part, not easily seen, is about the often too successful effort by conservative Christians to hijack the message of Jesus, and the acceptance of a false picture by some outside the clique. The point is unintentionally made in the first sentence: "There are few words you can say to a Christian that cause as much anger as 'atheist.'" We need to learn from the picture others have of us. That is our feedback.
Jack Jodell, friend of the working blogger at THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST, looks at unfettered capitalism and primary historical alternatives. He finds a workable third way in nineteenth century teachings of the Catholic Church.
James Wigderson suggests that civil disobedience in the form of an illegal demonstration is pointless if it is crazy easy to get a permit. He covers a conservative sing-along to ... uh ... demonstrate the point.
- Vincent of A wayfarer's notes introduces us to the long time, close personal friend he just now met for the first time, and his friend's short story about important family relationships in Calcutta.
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