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Fox News Host Attacks Muslim Scholar for Jesus Book; is handed her ass

Aslan appeared on the online show on Friday to promote his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about how the environment Jesus grew up in shaped him. But host Lauren Green didn't want to talk about the book so much as she wanted to talk about how Aslan is a Muslim. "You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" was Green's very first question. "Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim," Aslan politely replied. Green doesn't give up, though, the interview goes downhill from there:


Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 11:25 PM (20 replies)

Heard the guy who runs this website on C-Span (on sat. radio)

seems pretty cool and something DUrs might like.

Diclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with it.

The Pop History Dig is a website about contem- porary culture and popular history. What you will find here is a collection of stories that focus on the history and power of popular culture – its people, its politics, its marketing and promotion.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 09:34 PM (0 replies)

a poem by: arely staircase

If I were Snowden

I'd be reading crime and punishment
with my kgb handler, excuse me "lawyer"

dreaming of ron paul
dreaming of rand

dreaming of china
and what could have been

dreaming of my daddy
and his libertarian attorneys
impeach all presidents!

greenwaild's pen
assange's alter!
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jul 27, 2013, 01:17 AM (1 replies)

The Huge Difference Between Democrats and Republicans

When it comes to personal liberty Republicans believe in big government. As former Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum observed, “The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.” Even if their wants or passions do not harm others. This legislative session Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota (all Democrat controlled) joined 9 other states and the District of Columbia in extending the freedom to marry to include those of the same sex. Meanwhile, of the 25 states with constitutional prohibitions on same sex marriage, 22 are controlled by Republicans. None are controlled by Democrats.

Of the 17 states that have enacted medical marijuana laws, 10 are Democratic and only two are Republican. (The rest are not controlled by a single party.) As if to put an exclamation point on this difference, the same day last November that voters in Democrat controlled Washington and Colorado approved the legalization of marijuana, voters in Republican controlled Arkansas handily defeated a proposal to allow the drug to be used for medicinal purposes with a doctor’s prescription.

Gun control is an issue that for Republicans and Democrats affects both liberty and security. For Republicans the ability to own unlimited numbers of guns and carry them whenever and wherever one wants with a minimum of government oversight, constitutes an essential part of freedom while allowing the owner to protect herself from physical harm. For Democrats widespread gun ownership significantly contributes to physical violence inside and outside the gun owner’s household; thus in this case unrestrained liberty must give way to regulation.
In this legislative session while Democratic states like New York and Connecticut and Maryland tightened gun laws, more than a dozen GOP states scaled back their already minimal gun laws. Political statistician Nate Silver insists, “Whether someone owns a gun is a more powerful predictor of a person’s political party than her gender, whether she identifies as gay or lesbian, whether she is Hispanic (or) whether she lives in the south…”
Recently Democrat controlled Colorado, Delaware and Maryland have enacted laws making it easier for people to register and vote while Republican controlled or dominant Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee and Virginia have made it harder. Nine of ten states that have voter photo ID laws are Republican dominated. - See more at: http://onthecommons.org/magazine/huge-difference-between-republicans-and-democrats#sthash.aImspIgo.dpuf

Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 09:19 PM (26 replies)

and is there really any issue that a sizable number of Americans are willing to kill other Americans

and be killed by other Americans over? Shit no. And I live in East Texas, also very armed and RW and hates the government/Obama but I bet there aren't five people in this county who would literally try to start a civil war and they are in the Aryan Brotherhood and the County jail. So they aren't doing shit except waiting to get transferred to the state prison to serve their sentences for manufacturing methamphetamine. and there are plenty of racist dickheads around here but as long as the Chicken Express is open and their cable TV works, they aren't starting a civil war.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jul 26, 2013, 01:10 AM (1 replies)

Weiner Admits to More Lewd Exchanges but Denies an Addiction

Anthony D. Weiner’s mayoral campaign entered a dark and chaotic phase on Thursday as he admitted to having explicit online relationships with at least three women since he left Congress, and the woman at the center of the latest scandal appeared on television, remembering him as a “perpetually horny middle-aged man.”

Mr. Weiner, appearing shaken and at times rambling as he faced reporters, revised his previous estimate of the total number of women with whom he had engaged in sexual encounters online to 10, up from 6.

“There are more than — there are a few,” Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, said with a stammer. “I don’t have a specific number for you.” Later, he tried to explain the sequence of his Internet relationships: “Sometimes they didn’t go consistently. Whatever.”

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:06 PM (14 replies)

yeah, no racism to see here; everybody move along

Top 9 Racist Moments of the 2012 Election


Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:09 PM (2 replies)

Racist Roots of GOP War on Obama

There is now a white-supremacist nihilism emerging in the Republican strategy, a visceral contempt for even the idea of a multi-racial democracy that favors a more vigorous federal government. Some of these extremists seem to prefer sinking the world’s economy via a U.S. debt default than compromising with President Obama on his economic and social agenda.

Though the mainstream media avoids the white supremacist framing for the political story – preferring to discuss the upcoming clash as a philosophical dispute over big versus small government, — the reality is that the United States is lurching into a nasty struggle over the preservation of white political dominance. The size-of-government narrative is just a euphemistic way of avoiding the underlying issue of race, a dodge that is as old as the Republic.

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:13 PM (42 replies)

Eric Holder v. Texas (Voting Rights)

Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department would ask a court to require that Texas get clearance from the Justice Department before making any new changes to voting laws over the next decade.

The move comes about a month after the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, and signals a new front in the Justice Department's political battle with states over imposing new rules and restrictions on voting.

In a speech given at the annual National Urban League conference in Philadelphia, Holder said his request to the federal court in San Antonio, Texas, would be on the basis of a preclearance provision similar to that of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-holder-texas-voting-rights-act-supreme-court-preclearance-nul-speech-2013-7#ixzz2a5rHz7vU
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 05:04 PM (4 replies)

Snowden Inexplicably Hires A Lawyer With Ties to Russian Intelligence Agency

We recently learned that in conjunction with seeking asylum in Russia, a move that, itself, is a serious head-scratcher, Snowden has also retained a Russian lawyer: a man named Anatoly Kucherena. Fine, in and of itself. The man needs a lawyer. But it’s an utterly bizarre move considering that Kucherena reportedly sits on the Public Council for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). Until 1995, the FSB was known as the Federal Counter-Intelligence Service (FSK). Before that, it was two agencies: the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and the Federal Agency of Government Communications and Information (FAPSI). And before that? It was the Committee of State Security. The acronym: KGB.


Now, couple all of this with what Glenn Greenwald said about Snowden’s “dead man switch.” Snowden apparently told Greenwald that there are many more documents in the hacker’s possession that could do serious harm to the United States, and if Snowden is assassinated or tortured, those documents would be released. Greenwald added that the United States should be “on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden” because Snowden could “cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had.”

And now Snowden is being advised and aided by a Putin crony. Strange bedfellows — that is if we’re to believe Snowden’s anti-surveillance posture. (Based on his old internet chats, he used to be quite a surveillance supporter who thought one leaker should’ve been “shot in the balls.”) So at this point, Snowden and his new pals in Russian intelligence retain purview over documents that could do more damage to the United States than anyone else has done — ever.

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:13 PM (42 replies)
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