Friday, November 28, 2014

The fate of your religion

The evolution of imaginary friends

The prayer - it's all in your head

Fantasy vs. reality

The stupidity that is religion

Shooting report - to remind you that we've become like a bad story from the old west. It's time for new gun control laws.

Gun control - because large numbers of gun owners have no clue how to be responsible with their weapons

The Keystone XL pipeline - know the facts

On the cost of the Affordable Care Act

Fox News - for the most inventive news stories they can make up

Walmart - a fantastic business model - for the owners

It's a changing America

The American voters have spoken

Suck it up babies, and get a job!

Christmas actaully started 2 months ago.

Know your facts - net neutrality

Fox News Hypocrite - Do they even see how biased they look?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reza Aslan argues that the historical Jesus was not an unworldly pacifist preaching a creed of universal love

SUNDAY, JUL 14, 2013 06:00 PM EDT
Very little is known about the historical Jesus, as opposed to the Jesus of myth who appears in the New Testament. 

[And you can stop reading right there. There is no known physical evidence that there ever was a Jesus. But religious believers go on buying the whole cock-and-bull story as if it were Gospel. Ha ha ha. Get it? Gospel?

BUT - if you've an interest, there is a rather lengthy article associated with this headline.]
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If you think police violence isn't a real issue in America, you've got another think coming.

Violent killings by Utah police outpace deaths by gangs, drug dealers and child abusers

David Edwards
24 Nov 2014 at 10:42 ET                  
If you live in Utah, you are more likely to be killed by police than gangs, drug dealers or child abusers.
The Salt Lake Tribune recently reviewed records for 300 violent deaths over a five year period, and found that deaths from police violence were the second most common type of killing after intimate partner violence in Utah.
Records showed that law enforcement officers were responsible for 15 percent of the violent deaths by killing 45 people since 2010.
Officials have found all of the killings to be justified, except the 2012 shooting of 21-year-old Danielle Willard. On Saturday, police responding to a trespassing report in South Jordan shot and killed a man. That incident was still under investigation.
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Knowing the intent of our founding fathers

Nothing can be more evident, than that an exclusive power of regulating elections for the National Government, in the hands of the State Legislatures, would leave the existence of the Union entirely at their mercy.

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 9, February 22, 1788

Myth Buster explains religion

On being an atheist

Ignorance is bliss - that's what SHE said

Hawking on "the mind of God"

Religion - it's irrational and it's cruel

Shooting report- a public service reminder that we need better gun control laws

Gun control - the evidence is in - it works...

It's a strange world we've come to...

Renaming all of our cares and woes

Everyone believes THEIR religion is a perfect match for their own opinions

Don't be racially judgmental

Obama gone wild!

The Waltons - "Let them eat cake"

A Native American take on Thanksgiving

Can you spot the difference?

American Thanksgiving tradtions have changed

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Why the Ferguson decision was wrong - according to Justice Scalia

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury

[And justice for all? - Bozo]
 Judd Legum
Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:13 am
On Monday, Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. But that decision was the result of a process that turned the purpose of a grand jury on its head.
Justice Antonin Scalia, in the 1992 Supreme Court case of United States v. Williams, explained what the role of a grand jury has been for hundreds of years.

This passage was first highlighted by attorney Ian Samuel, a former clerk to Justice Scalia.
In contrast, McCulloch allowed Wilson to testify for hours before the grand jury and presented them with every scrap of exculpatory evidence available. In his press conference, McCulloch said that the grand jury did not indict because eyewitness testimony that established Wilson was acting in self-defense was contradicted by other exculpatory evidence. What McCulloch didn’t say is that he was under no obligation to present such evidence to the grand jury. The only reason one would present such evidence is to reduce the chances that the grand jury would indict Darren Wilson..
Compare Justice Scalia’s description of the role of the grand jury to what the prosecutors told the Ferguson grand jury before they started their deliberations:

    And you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not act in lawful self-defense and you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not use lawful force in making an arrest. If you find those things, which is kind of like finding a negative, you cannot return an indictment on anything or true bill unless you find both of those things. Because both are complete defenses to any offense and they both have been raised in his, in the evidence.
As Justice Scalia explained the evidence to support these “complete defenses,” including Wilson’s testimony, was only included by McCulloch by ignoring how grand juries historically work.
There were several eyewitness accounts that strongly suggested Wilson did not act in self-defense. McCulloch could have, and his critics say should have, presented that evidence to the grand jury and likely returned an indictment in days, not months. It’s a low bar, which is why virtually all grand juries return indictments.
But McCulloch chose a different path.
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Learning more about our founding fathers intent

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”

~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789


Texas chemical leak kills four, seven years after plant's last workplace safety inspection

[Hdere's what Republican policy gets you - Bozo]
. (laura Clawson)
Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:31 pm
A reminder: Gov. Rick Perry wants companies to know that Texas is open for business.
Four DuPont workers died and a fifth was hospitalized because of a leak at a Texas chemical plant over the weekend. The event was called unusual for being so deadly without involving a fire or explosion. Instead, a valve leak released methyl mercaptan, killing the workers.
It's a sad fact that when workers die on the job in a Texas chemical plant, one of the key questions is when the site was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. And in this case, the answer is that OSHA has not inspected the plant since 2007, a visit that resulted in fines for two serious violations. Additionally:
EPA records show that it is out of compliance with hazardous-waste-management and air-emissions standards. The agency brought formal enforcement actions for violations at the site in 2012 and 2014, resulting in penalties totaling $117,375.
DuPont last month disclosed that it was continuing discussions with the EPA and the Justice Department related to waste-water treatment, hazardous-waste management and air emissions at the La Porte site.
Making and storing dangerous chemicals is always going to be dangerous. But that's why it's so important to have strong regulations, regular inspections, and companies that treat their responsibility to their workers and their neighbors with the utmost seriousness.

Andrew Cuomo - something less than a liberal

Republicans funded Andrew Cuomo, and not because he's a great Democrat (kos)
Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:23 pm
What's the difference between an Andrew Cuomo donor and a Chris Christie donor? Nothing.
It's New York, so you can't expect Working Families Party Gov. Andrew Cuomo to switch parties and hope to get elected. But really, you can tell a lot about a man by the people who back him. And in this case, it's pretty freakin' clear who backs Cuomo:
Governor Andrew Cuomo's top donors contributed six times as much to help elect Republicans to the State Senate as they did to similar efforts to help Democrats, a Capital New York analysis shows.
The Democratic governor's top 25 donors gave his campaign committee $5.13 million between Dec. 1, 2010, and Oct. 24, 2014.
The same group of people and organizations contributed just $444,604 to Senate Democrats or independent expenditure committees that supported Democrats in this year's election cycle. At the same time, they spent $2.7 million, over six times as much, helping the campaigns of Senate Republicans.
What's funny is that people like the Working Families Party crowd and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio believed Cuomo when he said he'd work to elect a Democratic Senate. That has always been Cuomo's worst fear, and it was crystal clear he wasn't about to switch gears.
This is someone who, as president, would be cheering a Mitch McConnell-run Senate, because that's what he's worked for so hard in his own state. Luckily, there will never be any such thing as "President Cuomo," though let's hope he runs. We haven't had a national villain worthy of stepping into Joe Lieberman's shoes in a long, long time.

Meme casting shame on the Catholics

A mind of wonder...

Is religion good for the world?

Native American on Christianity