“As I write this, a new day is dawning in Libya. The “people’s revolt” against yet another tyrant is unquestionably exciting, and the demise (political and/or otherwise) of Muammar Qaddafi will, of course, be widely hailed. But barely below the surface something else is going on, and it concerns not the Libyan “people”, but an elite. In reality, a narrowly-based Libyan elite is being supplanted by a much older, more enduring one of an international variety.
The media, as is so often the case, has botched its job. Thus virtually all of its resources over the past six months have gone into providing us with an entertainment, a horse race, a battle, with almost no insight into the deeper situation.”
“What the media has so relentlessly characterized as the “spontaneous uprising” of February 2011 was hardly spontaneous. It began even before the Arab Spring itself commenced in Tunisia during December of last year—and it was orchestrated by the West.”
Progressive Religious Believers’ Big Hypocrisy: Cherry-Picking the Parts of Religion they Like and Ditching the Rest
If you’re just going to use your own conscience and your own mind to decide what’s right or wrong, true or false — why do you need God?
By Greta Christina, 9-2-11
“Sure, I choose the parts of the Bible/Torah/ Koran/Bhagavad-Gita/etc. that make sense to me, and reject the ones that don’t. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Think for ourselves? Isn’t that better than being a fundamentalist?”
“…fundamentalists and other conservative believers will hotly deny this charge. They’ll insist that they really do follow the literal word of their sacred text. They’ll come up with any number of contorted excuses for why they embrace parts of their religious text and reject others: why they’re wearing cotton-poly blends, why their disobedient children are still alive.
But progressive and moderate believers take a very different approach. They freely admit to cherry-picking. “Sure,” they say. “The Bible says a lot of things — things that are anachronistic and absurd, factually inaccurate and morally grotesque. The Bible (or whichever sacred text we’re talking about) isn’t a perfect document written by God — it’s a flawed document written by people who were trying to understand God. You think you’re telling us something we don’t know? Yes, we cherry-pick. We should cherry-pick. We have minds, and moral compasses, and we’re supposed to think for ourselves. Isn’t that what atheists do? When you read works by thinkers you find inspiring, you get inspired by the parts that resonate with you, and you reject the parts you think are screwed up. Why shouldn’t believers do the same thing?”
Yeah. See, here’s the problem.”
Another Reason Conservatives LOVE Ayn Rand – She Worked on a Movie Script Glorifying the Atomic Bomb…
In notes for an unfinished screenplay, the right-wing heroine called the nuclear bomb “an eloquent example of, argument for and tribute to free enterprise.”
It may surprise many to learn that, like many famous novelists, Ayn Rand had a period when she “went Hollywood.” In 1943, Rand sold the rights for The Fountainhead to Warner Bros., and wrote the screenplay. She was then hired by top producer Hall Wallis as a writer, idea generator and script doctor. Her screenplays included the Oscar-nominated Love Letters and You Came Along. Right after the war she became involved in the anti-Communist movement in Hollywood and appeared as a friendly witness before Congress in testifying about the Red influence there.
At the same time, I’ve learned, she also had a kind of love affair—with the atomic bomb.
Ohio Pushes For Personhood Amendment
By Robin Marty, Sourced from RH Reality Check, September 3, 2011, 8:31 am
Ohio has never met an abortion restriction that they haven’t immediately fell in love with, so it should be little shock to anyone that they are now considering a personhood amendment, too. After all, a potential ban on abortion after 6 weeks isn’t nearly as effective as declaring a fertilized egg a person and banning birth control and fertility treatments, too.
Even better, Personhood Ohio is considering the Tea Party their inspiration and support.
White (Conservative Christian) 1st Grade Teacher Complains on Facebook that She’s a ‘Warden for Future Criminals’
By Jorge Rivas, Sourced from Colorlines, September 3, 2011, 9:03 am
Jennifer O’Brien, a first grade teacher in Paterson, N.J., posted remarks on Facebook that her class that’s made up of mostly black and Latino students were “future criminals.”
The post, intended for O’Brien’s 333 friends on Facebook read, “i’m not a teacher – i’m a warden for future criminals,” reports NorthJersey.com.