Religion allows a person to hate, kill, torture, or steal, while allowing him to recuse himself of all blame
“In the history of the world, nothing has been the catalyst of more grief, hatred, war, and crime than religion. Religion allows a person to hate, kill, torture, or steal, while allowing him to recuse himself of all blame. Religion causes people to break the laws of ethics and morality in the name of a god.” (http://atheists.org/religion)
…….since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Disturbing footage of Apache attack helicopters killing people in Afghanistan is being shown to frontline British soldiers in “Kill TV nights” designed to boost morale, a television documentary will reveal.”
Government is paying service contractors nearly twice as much as it would cost a federal employee to do the same work
POGO Study: Contractors Costing Government Twice as Much as In-House Workforce
By DANA LIEBELSON
The U.S. government’s increasing reliance on contractors to do work traditionally done by federal employees is fueled by the belief that private industry can deliver services at a lower cost than in-house staff.
But a first-of-its-kind study released today by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) busts that myth by showing that using contractors to perform services actually increases costs to taxpayers.
POGO’s new report is the first to compare the rate that contractors bill the federal government to the salaries and benefits of comparable federal employees. The study found that while federal government salaries are higher than private sector salaries, contractor billing rates average 83 percent more than what it would cost to do the work in-house.
The study comes at a crucial time, considering that Congress’ special “Super Committee” is looking for ways to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit.
“We’re wasting tens of billions of dollars on a belief that it’s cheaper to have contractors doing the work, without any hard evidence. The government should operate on evidence, not belief” said Paul Chassy, a POGO Investigator.
POGO’s study compared 35 federal job classifications, covering more than 550 service activities. The occupations included everything from auditing and law enforcement to food inspection. The results surprised even POGO investigators, who for years had tracked a dramatic increase in the amount the government spends on contracts—from $200 billion in 2000 to well over $500 billion in 2011.
….and unfits it for every noble enterprise.” – James Madison
(NOTE: LMAO…conservative Christians dominate Congress and control law and bill creation, they own the media and never stop whining and complaining…..please someone get some Roman culture into the USA…we would have so much fun and have these mentally ill folk STFU)
Chuck Colson says that Christians conservatives aren’t speaking out enough against gays
September 25, 2011 By God Discussion Reporter
If one wishes to know more of this raging, three-headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
for the belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man, and the bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind” ~ Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM
Senate will vote on bill to fund disaster relief and keep government open today, without agreement with GOP. W. Post: “The Senate bill includes dollars for disaster relief without an offsetting spending cut elsewhere that the House GOP demands … members of Congress who appeared on Sunday talk shows gave little sign that they would move quickly from their parties’ positions on disaster relief.”
President calls out GOPers on disaster relief. The Hill quotes: “What makes it worse is that some of the Republicans who are opposing this disaster relief it’s their constituents who’ve been hit harder than anyone by these natural disasters.”
Flood victims incredulous: “‘Members of Congress are playing with people’s lives, not just their own political careers,’ said Martin J. Bonifanti, chief of the Lake Winola volunteer fire company. ‘While they are rattling on among themselves down there in Washington, people are suffering.’ Mr. Bonifanti said his politics were simple: ‘If they are in, they should be out.'”
TNR’s Norm Ornstein makes clear who is to blame for the standoff: “Congress’s policy towards disaster relief has always been that money is allocated in the budget, and if more is required because there are more or deeper disasters, Congress provides it in supplemental funding. The roots of this showdown go back to Cantor announcing on August 25, while Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc, that he would break precedent and demand offsets for recovery expenditures. Cantor and his House Republicans then wrote their continuing resolution for this year’s appropriations to take money from popular research programs to pay for the disaster relief, and insisted that the Senate accept their plan … government by hostage-taking and blackmail has become standard operating procedure for congressional Republicans.”
Record year for disasters. Stateline: “…Obama had issued 83 federal disaster declarations at the request of governors. That is more declarations than in any year since the score was first kept six decades ago. And there are still three months left in 2011 … Suburban sprawl is pushing people into more places, increasing the likelihood that storms will hit populated areas. A larger share of the population now lives closer to the coasts than a generation ago, increasing the damage when a hurricane comes ashore. Global warming may even play a role.”
“All national institutions of churches whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. … My own mind is my own church.” ~ Thomas Paine ‘The Age of Reason’ (1794)
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
~ Tripoli of Barbary. Art. 11. – Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.
Obama’s Tax Plan Is a Test for America
“The upcoming battle to enact the tax increases on the wealthy the President proposed Monday, [Vanderbilt University’s Larry] Bartels feels, may force us to face more fundamental truths. ‘If our leaders cannot bring themselves to support even this timid tax increase for the most fortunate Americans,’ he observes, ‘that will be bad news both for our fiscal prospects and for our civic faith that democracy can function effectively in a society marked by vast economic inequality.'” Continue reading »
“Professor Robert George, who is considered one of the most influential conservative Christian thinkers, weighed in on the panel discussion on how to do the right thing. It’s not enough just to know what is the right thing but doing the right thing is …”
Pope Calls for Unity Against Same-Sex Marriage
Pope Benedict XVI called for Christians to unite
by Maurizio Cecconi on September 26
Pope Benedict XVI called for Christians to unite behind the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman during a visit to Germany.
He described the Catholic Church’s beliefs as facing a number of threats, and he included same-sex marriage on the list.
“Knowing, too, the value of family and marriage, we as Christians attach great importance to defending the integrity and the uniqueness of marriage between one man and one woman from any kind of misinterpretation,” he said, according to the Associated… Read More