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Gene Robinson on Episcopalianism on Colbert

"It is like advanced placement religion. It's for thinking people" Bishop Robinson.


"You are part of a heretical religion and being sent to Hell" Stephen Colbert
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Apr 28, 2013, 06:38 PM (8 replies)

"The Hard Rock Cafe of catostrophic policy decisions"

Jon Stewart on the Bush Library.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Apr 28, 2013, 04:05 PM (0 replies)

The Lesson of Boston

Thereís also a danger built into the American experiment, the very nature of which leaves us exposed. Our rightly cherished diversity can make the challenge of belonging that much steeper. Our good fortune and leadership mean that weíll be not just envied in the world, but also reviled.

The F.B.I. averted its gaze from the older Tsarnaev brother after it couldnít find any conclusive alarms because thatís what the government is supposed to do, absent better information. We donít want it to go too far in spying on us. That means it will fail to notice things.

While we can and will figure out small ways to be safer, we have to come to terms with the reality that weíll never be safe, not with unrestricted travel through cyberspace. Not with the Second Amendment. Not with the privacy we expect. Not with the liberty we demand.

Thatís the bargain weíve made. Itís imperfect, but itís the right one.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Apr 28, 2013, 03:20 PM (0 replies)

Leftist priests: Francis can fix church 'in ruins'

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ó A new pope from Latin America who wants to build "a church for the poor" is stirring hopes among advocates of liberation theology, a movement of social activism that alarmed former popes by delving into leftist politics.

Pope Francis has what it takes to fix a church "in ruins" that has "lost its respect for what is sacred," prominent liberation theologian Leonardo Boff said Saturday.

"With this pope, a Jesuit and a pope from the Third World, we can breathe happiness," Boff said at a Buenos Aires book fair. "Pope Francis has both the vigor and tenderness that we need to create a new spiritual world."


Well he is still a homophobic asshole, but let us hope this guy is right.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Apr 27, 2013, 07:59 PM (33 replies)

Rick Perry's $487 Million Corporate Slush Fund Doesn't Need Your Stinkin' Audit

The Texas governor doesn't agree that his corporate-handout fund needs an auditóbecause he and two other GOP pols already monitor it.

"The administration has lowered standards in the past so that companies could create fewer jobs than they had promised, and it has canceled contracts after criticism over companies such as Bank of America's Countrywide, which continued to be an Enterprise grantee as it collapsed and laid off thousands of workers nationwide...

"Perry's office is basically accommodating a process by which taxpayer money is transferred to corporations, not invested in state infrastructure," says Matt Angle, the director of the Lone Star Project, a political action committee devoted to strategic communications and research for Democrats....

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Apr 27, 2013, 07:54 PM (3 replies)

now if we could just work in a capital gains tax cut

this is a car crash at one of the many right wing intersections of interest. this one has freakish ideology, graft/privatization, brutality/sexual humiliation, nepotism and violent craziness all wrapped up in perfect example of what is wrong with this country and republicans in particular .

freakish ideology: anything to do with Allen West

graft/privatization: one of the largest operators of for-profit prisons in the U.S. and a major donor to the Florida Republican Party.

brutality/sexual humiliation: "deliberately indifferent to staff sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with youth. The sexual misconduct we found was among the worst that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation."

nepotism: West's wife, Angela Graham-West, was appointed to the FAU board by Gov. Rick Scott's office in May 2011

violent craziness: "the side of me that you do not want to see"

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 22, 2013, 09:36 PM (0 replies)

Poll: Colbert Busch Opens Up 9 Point Lead Over Sanford

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch has opened up a 9-point edge over Republican Mark Sanford in the special election playing out in South Carolina's First Congressional District, according to the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Monday.

Fifty percent of voters in the district said they will vote for Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist Stephen Colbert, in the May 7 special election while 41 percent said they will vote for Sanford, South Carolina's former governor who resigned in 2009 after it was revealed that he had been visiting his longtime mistress in Argentina when he disappeared from the state. Only 3 percent said they will vote for Green Party candidate Eugene Platt.

PPP's previous survey of the race last month and an internal poll from the Colbert Busch campaign released earlier this month each showed a toss-up between the two major party candidates. But it's been a tumultuous past week for Sanford, who's seen the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee announce that it will not spend any additional money on his race and his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, file a lawsuit in which she accused him of trespassing and violating their divorce agreement. Moreover, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week released a brutal ad mocking Sanford for his 2009 mistress scandal.



"It turns out he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Which is a trail that starts in Maine and ends in an Argentine woman's vagina"
Jon Stewert
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 22, 2013, 07:21 PM (14 replies)

It is precisely times like this that make me glad Obama is President

Unlike under our last (Republican) president we are not going to up and invade/occupy/baby-sit a civil war in another country that had nothing to do with the terrible terrorist attacks here at home. Law enforcement is doing its job, and I have no doubt that out current Chief Executive will see that justice is done in these cases (Boston and ricin letters.)

What do you think?
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Apr 17, 2013, 08:29 PM (5 replies)

For those who sadly need to blame the Boston tragedy on America's "karma"

did these people share some collective guilt for America's sins? Really?

"The three people killed in the blasts were a cross-section of Boston, brought together seemingly at random to watch one the cityís proud traditions, the marathon. There was Ms. Lu, one of the thousands of international students drawn to the areaís universities. There was Martin Richard, a vivacious 8-year-old third grader from a well-loved family in Dorchester, a tight-knit community. And there was Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass., a hard-working woman known for her sense of humor who had started working at restaurants as a waitress in high school and now worked as a restaurant manager. Boston prepared to mourn them at a service with President Obama on Thursday."

good news is the suspect is on video:

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Apr 17, 2013, 07:50 PM (19 replies)

Investigators Say Video Points to Boston Bomb Suspect

Source: NYT

BOSTON ó Investigators have found video of a man who they believe may have planted the deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday, saying that they had pinpointed the image on video that was captured shortly before the blast.

The possible break in the case came as investigators pored over scores of videos and photographs that they solicited from surveillance cameras from nearby businesses, smartphone wielding marathon spectators and television crews who were there filming the Boston Marathon when the deadly blasts went off on Monday near the finish line. The revelation of the video was the first sign that the authorities might be moving closer to discovering who was behind the attacks, which killed three people and injured more than 170.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/us/boston-investigation-moves-into-third-day.html?hp
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Apr 17, 2013, 07:15 PM (30 replies)
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