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16-03-2017, 09:39 PM
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Brilliant, just fucking brilliant in exposing the motherfucking hypocrisy of the GOP.

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED COLUMNIST

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan ...
Nicholas Kristof MARCH 16, 2017

What would Jesus tell House Speaker Paul Ryan about looking after the sick and the needy?

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!”

They were interrupted by 10 lepers who stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, have pity on us.”

“NO!” shouted Pious Paul. “Jesus! You don’t have time. We have a cocktail party fund-raiser in the temple. And don’t worry about them — they’ve already got health care access.”

Jesus turned to Pious Paul, puzzled.

“Why, they can pray for a cure,” Pious Paul explained. “I call that universal health care access.”

Jesus turned to the 10 lepers. “Rise and go,” he told them. “Your faith has made you well.” Then he turned back to Pious Paul, saying, “Let me tell you the story of the good Samaritan.

“A man was attacked by robbers who stripped him of clothes, beat him and left him half dead. A minister passed down this same road, and when he saw the injured man, he crossed to the other side and hurried on. So did a rich man who claimed to serve God. But then a despised Samaritan came by and took pity on the injured man. He bandaged his wounds and put the man on his own donkey and paid an innkeeper to nurse him to health. So which of these three should we follow?”

“Those who had mercy on him,” Pious Paul said promptly.

Jesus nodded. “So go ——”

“I mean the first two,” Pious Paul interjected. “For the Samaritan’s work is unsustainable and sends the wrong message. It teaches travelers to take dangerous roads, knowing that others will rescue them from self-destructive behaviors. This Samaritan also seems to think it right to redistribute money from those who are successful and give it to losers. That’s socialism! Meanwhile, if the rich man keeps his money, he can invest it and create jobs. So it’s an act of mercy for the rich man to hurry on and ignore the robbery victim.”

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven,” Jesus mused to himself. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven.”

“Let me teach you about love, Jesus — tough love!” Pious Paul explained. “You need a sustainable pro-business model. And you need to give people freedom, Jesus, the freedom to suffer misery and poverty.”

“The Lord God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor,” Jesus replied, emphasizing the last two words. Then he turned to a paralyzed beggar at his feet. “Stand up!” Jesus told the man. “Pick up your mat and go home.” As the man danced about joyfully, Pious Paul rolled his eyes dismissively.

“Look, Jesus, you have rare talent, and it should be rewarded,” Pious Paul said. “I have a partner, The Donald, who would like to work with you: He’d set up a lovely hospital, and the rich would come and pay for you to heal them. You’d get a percentage, and it’d be a real money-spinner. Overhead would be minimal because every morning you could multiply some loaves and fishes. You could strike it rich!”

“Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God,” Jesus said. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received comfort.”

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23-03-2017, 07:05 AM
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John Kirchick vision of (possible) future:

The West’s nightmare scenario starts with Donald Trump’s election — and ends with Russian tanks rolling into Estonia while NATO looks the other way.

I would like to say that article above about Jesus and Paul Ryan was fucking brilliant.

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27-03-2017, 02:22 PM
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(07-03-2017 07:30 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  “ How dare Washington [...] impose migrants, feminism, abortion and LGBT rights on them”

Fucking hell! Just yesterday I had a... well, an attempt at a conversation with three (3!) Brazilian men (who hardly let me get a word in edgeways, but I stood my ground - you know me, I don't give up easily and don't take shit lying down (I only shovel and wash heaps of it with a hose, but that's neither here nor there Rolleyes ) about the government trying to impose on them... I'm still not sure what exactly... to accept them 'orrible, "unnatural" and "not normal" gays? To let them live their lives without having to hide who they are? To fulfil what is a basic drive for the vast majority of human beings (not so much of yours truly, but yours truly probably doesn't count as normal... well, anything Rolleyes ) to have a child, by adopting one of the MULTITUDE of parentless children who would otherwise have a miserable, loveless childhood that might fuck them up for life? To - oh, the horror! - at least attempt to hide your distaste, even hatred for them gayz and blacks, and Moslems, and who have you? To treat *everybody* with the respect and decency *every single* human being deserves (until they forfeit this right by beheading and setting people on fire for their religion or stringing up them negroes on trees), and not call them faggots and monkeys to their faces? To live and fucking let live?!

And those were freaking educated, rich people (doctors and architect and only one was actually religious!). Honestly, times like this I'm vividly reminded just how lucky I am to live in Europe and to have the friends (and parents!) I have.

Don't get me wrong, I thought it was fun (in a slightly disheartening ways) and they were otherwise very nice and interesting people, but like they conceded in the end (them being older than me), my ideas will outlive them. And damn straight they will! Yes

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02-04-2017, 09:06 AM
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Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

Voters saw a vast and overloaded apple cart lumbering past them. They wanted to upset the motherfucker, and would worry about picking up those spilled apples later. Or just leave them to rot.

started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when the election night upset happened, I was dismayed, but not particularly surprised. I didn’t even think it was much of an upset, in spite of the Huffington Post aggregate poll, which gave Hillary Clinton a 98% chance of winning – an example of wishful thinking if ever there were one.

Some of my belief arose from the signage I was seeing. I’m from northern New England, and in the run-up to the election I saw hundreds of Trump-Pence signs and bumper stickers, but almost none for Clinton-Kaine. To me this didn’t mean there were no Clinton supporters in the houses I passed or the cars ahead of me on Route 302; what it did seem to mean was that the Clinton supporters weren’t particularly invested. This was not the case with the Trump people, who tended to have billboard-sized signage in their yards and sometimes two stickers on their cars (TRUMP-PENCE on the left; HILLARY IS A CRIMINAL on the right).

Brexit also troubled me. Most of the commentators brushed its importance aside, saying that the issue of whether or not Britain should leave the EU was very different from that of who should become the American president, and besides, British and American voters were very different animals. I agreed with neither assessment, because there was a vibe in the air during most of 2016, a feeling that people were both frightened of the status quo and sick of it. Voters saw a vast and overloaded apple cart lumbering past them. They wanted to upset the motherfucker, and would worry about picking up those spilled apples later. Or just leave them to rot.

Clinton voters were convinced she’d win, even if they saw her as a ho-hum candidate at best. Many did not even bother going to the polls, which was a large (and largely unstated) factor in her loss. Trump voters, on the other hand, could not wait to pull those levers. They didn’t just want change; they wanted a man on horseback. Trump filled the bill.

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Both these stories were written years ago, but Stillson and Rennie bear enough of a resemblance to the current resident of the White House for me to flatter myself I have a country-fair understanding of how such men rise: first as a joke, then as a viable alternative to the status quo, and finally as elected officials who are headstrong, self-centered and inexperienced. Such men do not succeed to high office often, but when they do, the times are always troubled, the candidates in question charismatic, their proposed solutions to complex problems simple, straightforward and impractical. The baggage that should weigh these hucksters down becomes magically light, lifting them over the competition like Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar film Up. Trump’s negatives didn’t drag him down; on the contrary, they helped get him elected.

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02-04-2017, 10:20 AM
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(02-04-2017 09:06 AM)Vera Wrote:  Voters saw a vast and overloaded apple cart lumbering past them. They wanted to upset the motherfucker, and would worry about picking up those spilled apples later. Or just leave them to rot.

Republicans complained about Obama for eight years, but who did they come up with to replace him?

It's embarrassing what hypocrites they are.

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03-04-2017, 03:44 AM
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Neoliberalism has Eviscerated the Fabric of Social Life.

In 2016, we witnessed a series of political earthquakes, with Trump and Brexit as milestones, and more such troubling events are expected in 2017 and beyond. Is it a crisis of liberal democracy? And what has it got to do with the insecurities of globalisation and neoliberalism? An interview with Wendy Brown by Adam Ostolski.

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07-04-2017, 07:30 PM
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Ah, the good old days when lawmakers actually knew a thing or two about how the system worked and how to compromise.

How Congress Used to Work
The deep roots of Republicans’ failure on Capitol Hill.
By BRUCE BARTLETT April 04, 2017

"Now, Republicans in Congress have what they always hoped to have—a president with few ideas of his own, who won’t try to ram his own ideas down their throat and will passively sign whatever legislation is sent to him. The problem is that the legislative machinery has atrophied from lack of use for so many years on the Republican side. Republicans have forgotten how to properly draft a bill, vet it, built coalitions, make deals and put a major piece of legislation across the finish line. The president can’t help because he knows nothing whatsoever about the legislative process, not to mention the larger policymaking process that includes lobbyists, trade associations, citizen groups, think tanks and the news media.”

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24-06-2017, 02:11 AM
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We live in the world of losers

“The dominant narrative after the end of the Cold War was that everybody was a winner. Not a single state or society was defeated – communism lost but it was overthrown by Russian citizens, there were no American tanks in Moscow. Now we’re in a strange situation where everybody feels like a loser.”

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01-07-2017, 01:28 AM
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Who paid for the leave vote? Brexit should be halted until we know

Should the EU referendum result be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not negotiable. But what if this was not a democratic decision? What if it failed to meet the accepted criteria for a free and fair choice? If that were the case, should the result still stand? Surely it should not.

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01-07-2017, 06:17 AM
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(01-07-2017 01:28 AM)Szuchow Wrote:  Should the EU referendum result be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not negotiable. But what if this was not a democratic decision? What if it failed to meet the accepted criteria for a free and fair choice? If that were the case, should the result still stand? Surely it should not.

If they agree the process was corrupted, they can always call for a second vote.
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