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The Gospel of Selfishness in American Christianity

The Gospel of Selfishness in American Christianity
How the philosophers of selfishness came to use Christianity as their cover story.


Without Christianity, the underlying mean-spiritedness of conservative policies is simply easier to spot. Without religion, you’re stuck making libertarian-style arguments that sound like things cackling movie villains would say, like Ayn Rand saying civilization should reject “the morality of altruism.” Since Christianity teaches altruism and generosity, it provides excellent cover for people who want to be selfish, a sheep’s clothing made of Jesus to cover up the child-starving wolf beneath. Since Christians are “supposed” to be good people, people who really aren’t good are lining up to borrow that reputation to advance their agenda.


People want to believe that the rich are better than everyone else and the poor don’t deserve squat, so they find a way to blame God for it rather than own their own greed and selfishness.


Increasingly, the only thing religion has left to justify itself is that it provides cover for people who want to have bigoted, selfish beliefs but want to believe they are good people anyway.


Obama fails to calm jittery Dems ADMINISTRATION

get over it and govern, please

The MOMENT Obama Endorses-Keeping Your Plan-Every Conservative SUDDENLY Decides Its Unworkable

Jonathan Chait: “Is it me or did every conservative suddenly decide letting people keep their plan is unworkable the moment Obama endorsed it?” Specifically, Republicans seem to have temporarily forgotten, but now remembered, that improving the functioning of Obamacare is as bad (among tea partyers and other radicals) as supporting it the first place.


Have you seen this 60 minutes?

In Other News-Medicaid Expansion Works Beautifully-Proves Public Insurance Component Of ACA Superior

In Other News, Medicaid Expansion Works Beautifully

By Big Tent Democrat,

While the wonk created Rube Goldberg contraptions known as the exchanges goes through their problems, one aspect of ObamaCare has gone off without a hitch - Medicaid Expansion:

The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as a rare early success story of President Obama's technologically challenged health overhaul. Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data from those states. Twenty-five states are expanding their Medicaid programs, but data for all of them was not available.


The Obama administration plans to release October enrollment statistics this week, but publicly available figures already provide a contrast between a robust start for Medicaid expansion and lukewarm early signups for new, government-subsidized private plans offered separately under the law. "Medicaid is exceeding expectations in most places," said Dan Mendelson, Avalere's president. "It is definitely a bright picture in states that have chosen to expand."

The wonky proponents of the exchanges aren't particularly interested, but it does prove that the public insurance component of ACA is the superior part of the program.


Coyote Joins 5K at Arizona State XC Championships


Warren: It's Democrats' duty to change the filibuster rules

Republicans now hold the dubious distinction of having filibustered all three women that President Obama nominated to D.C. Circuit. Now, collectively, these three women have diverse experiences in private practice, in government, and in public interest law. Between them, they have argued an amazing 45 cases before the Supreme Court, and have participated in many more. All three have the support of a majority of Senators. So why have they been filibustered?

The reason is simple. They are caught in a fight over the future of our courts—fight over whether the courts will be a neutral forum that decides every dispute fairly, or whether the courts will be stacked in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. The D.C. Circuit is a particular target because that court has the power to overturn agency regulations. If a business doesn’t like it when the agencies implement the will of Congress, they try to undermine those agencies through the D.C. Circuit.

We need to call out these filibusters for what they are: naked attempts to nullify the results of the last Presidential election—to force us to govern as though President Obama hadn’t won the 2012 election.

If Republicans continue to filibuster these highly qualified nominees for no reason other than to nullify the President’s Constitutional authority, then senators not only have a right to change the filibuster rules—senators have a duty to change the filibuster rules.


WOW, Pope & Patti Smith

She is Benediction

John Fugelsang ✔ @JohnFugelsang
Pope Francis and Patti Smith.
11:27 AM - 14 Nov 2013


only one of my favorite, singer-song writers, poet, awesomeness
Patti that is...

Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Source: Huffington Post

It looks like Janet Yellen will have no problem tackling one of Ben Bernanke's most important jobs: shaming Congress for ruining the economy.

Yellen reminded lawmakers of their sheer terribleness during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday about her nomination to replace Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve when his term ends in January. Republican senators moaned and groaned, as usual, about the Fed's extreme easy-money policies. Yellen reminded everybody that Congress has forced the Fed to act by constantly imposing harsh austerity measures on an economy still recovering from a financial crisis and deep recession.

"Fiscal policy has been working at cross purposes to monetary policy," Yellen said. "Some of the near-term reductions in spending that we have seen have certainly detracted from the momentum of the economy and from demand, making it harder for the Fed to get the economy moving, making our task more difficult.

"We are worried about a fragile recovery, and a more supportive fiscal policy, or one that at least had less drag, that did no harm, would make life easier," she added later.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/janet-yellen-congress_n_4275572.html

Radio Insider Reveals Devastating Impact of StopRush on Clear Channel

THU NOV 14, 2013 AT 01:22 PM PST
Radio Insider Reveals Devastating Impact of StopRush on Clear Channel
by ProgLegs

Rush Limbaugh's receptionist

Buried deep in the comments on a Wednesday blog article http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10372 about the cancellation of the Randi Rhodes Show, a radio industry insider revealed the devastating impact of the 18 month-old StopRush movement on Rush Limbaugh's advertising power. attribution: None Specified The station employee confirms that the siege by online activists https://www.facebook.com/groups/flushrush/ has left Premiere Radio unable to attract legitimate advertisers to what was once radio's most lucrative advertising platform:

Uch. If you had any idea how much of my day is spent loading up PSAs and crappy MAB commercials to cover up the commercials of actual advertisers bailing from the Rush Limbaugh show. The only paying customers left are the flotsom and jetsom of the ad barrel; every scam website, colon blow medication, phony tax restoration outfits and erectile dysfunction herbs.

Premier isn't where a progressive talker wants to be anyway. They're becoming the bane of radio's existence.


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