Capitalist crisis deepens, War crimes that followed September 11……

Capitalist crisis deepens – no recovery in sight as economy head: “The world crisis of capitalism has entered a new stage. Rather than recover, several countries are showing features of a depression. This is an unprecedented situation and shows the deep malaise affecting the capitalist system, still reeling from the slump of 2008-9.”

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Will AT&T bring you President Rick Perry?:  “Texas Gov. Rick Perry has some extremist—and dangerous—ideas. He’s open to Texas seceding from the United States. He believes Social Security is “a Ponzi scheme.” He doesn’t believe in global warming, but believes in teaching “intelligent design” to kids. He’s anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. And he opposes the federal income tax, which provides 45% of government revenue.

Then there are Perry’s friends. They include neo-Confederates who’ve proudly endorsed him in Texas elections, preachers like John Hagee, who believes the Holocaust was the fault of Jews, and ultra-right businessmen Harold Simmons and Bob J. Perry, funders of the deceptive Swift Boat ads in 2004, who gave $1.1 million and $2.5 million to Perry’s campaigns since 2000.

Speaking of the company he keeps, there’s AT&T, which has contributed $462,739 to him since 2000. What’s more, AT&T spent $18,349 to sponsor a lunch last December at a conservative summit and distribute 700 copies of Fed Up!, Perry’s book which contains some of his most extremist ideas. Why? Good question.

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Israel banned the call to prayer from the Ibrahimi Mosque 47 times during Ramadan: “The Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank prevented the call to prayer (Adhan) being made at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron 47 times during the holy month of Ramadan. The reason given for this curtailment of religious freedom was that the call “disturbed” illegal Israeli settlers in the city.”

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Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges: “Convicts were sentenced to death ‘for acts against the Sharia law and bad deeds’…”It is not clear whether the three men were homosexuals or merely smeared with homosexuality, accused of being gay.”

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Is Capitalism Working? Exploiting the Unemployed:Unemployment doesn’t just affect workers without jobs–it’s being used to push down the living standards of the entire U.S. working class.”

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Capitalism not so popular… especially in the United States: “A recent edition of The Economist (April 7, 2011) complained about “Capitalism’s waning popularity”. One does not have to be a genius to understand that thirty years or more of cuts in welfare, large scale privatizations and constant pressure on workers in the workplace was sooner or later going to end up with ordinary working peoplequestioning the system that is responsible for these policies, i.e. capitalism”

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Guest Commentary: Steal the school money, but leave the Irish out of it

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Keep Government Out of Worship Planning for 9/11 or Anytime: “Whether accurate or not, President George W. Bush and many other neoconservatives used to say frequently that one of the reasons for terrorist attacks like September 11, 2011 is that, “They hate us for our freedom.” The freedom of religion is enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution, but part of the freedom of religion is a freedom from religion for those who so choose. In turn, keeping government out of planning worship and choosing who prays publicly is a good call by Mayor Bloomberg.”

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The war crimes that followed September 11

“One decade after the attacks of September 11, the U.S. government’s wars and occupations have spawned countless tragedies of their own.”

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A tax law primer as Maryland churches are lobbied to oppose marriage equality: “If a church spends a large sum of money on a referendum campaign, it can begin to dip into violation territory”,…, “As The American Independent recently reported, Maryland groups against same-sex marriage legalization in the state are informing churches how to influence legislation without violating tax rules codified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).”

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Supercommittee members plan corporate fundraisers while deciding public sector cuts

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Deal to block land transfer to St. Joseph High School will likely not affect construction: “A public handout to a well-financed religious institution: The city is endorsing St. Joseph’s High School, the local Catholic community, or the Diocese that operates the school.”

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Colo. cancer patient faces incarceration for medical marijuana: “Bob Crouse has leukemia. He used to have medical marijuana. Then the police came to his house and took it away. Today, he faces felony charges for cultivating marijuana with the intent to distribute.”

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics’

(Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 6, 2011)

“As the old joke goes, the Christian Right is neither “Christian” nor “Right.” This bumper sticker humor is not to say that the Christian Right is completely wrong. Rather, as Harris’ memoir testifies, life is more complicated than one, simplistic worldview can contain.”

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