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    It's time to tax God

    “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

    If there has been one phrase reverberating across the United States the past decade or so, it’s that “Freedom isn’t Free.” So why is Freedom of Religion free?

    As conservatives and liberals alike fret over the current U.S. deficit, Republicans have made it clear that they believe any new taxes would stifle growth and hurt business both large and small. But religion is not a business.

    Ramona's picture

    Still looking for the WikiLeaks Heroes

    While nearly everyone in my world is cheering the release of a staggering 400,000 classified U.S documents by the website, WikiLeaks

    Michael Wolraich's picture

    The Glenn Beck Generation

    November 8, 1994. It was a slaughter. In one night, Republicans seized 54 seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, capturing Congress for the first time since 1954.

    The newcomers, many from the South, were predominantly white, male and angry. "You're going to have a difference in style," predicted an Atlanta-based Republican pollster. "With the Southern Republicans, you get a more aggressive, assertive conservatism. This is a conservatism that has been built on confronting Democrats and liberals, not accommodating them."

    Conservative leaders credited Rush Limbaugh, king of angry white men, with propelling the Republican revolution. "He was the standard by which we ran," said former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

    The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, invited Limbaugh to deliver the keynote at its orientation for new lawmakers. Limbaugh encouraged the newcomers to stay mean: "This is not the time to get moderate. This is not the time to start trying to be liked."

    Read the rest of the article at CNN.com

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    Her Name Was Lori Klausutis, not “Dead Intern”

    Lori Klausutis was a 28-year old woman. A wife & daughter. She ran marathons. She loved & was loved. She died July 20, 2001.

    Donal's picture

    Targeting Gun Dealers

    OK, say you're leading a religious flock in a city characterized by gun violence. This is what you read almost every day:

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    Julian Assange and Wikileaks, a warning: How to hide an elephant

    AssangeThe reports make it clear that the lethal contest between Iranian-backed militias and American forces continued after President Obama sought to open a diplomatic dialogue with Iran’s leaders 
    Barth's picture

    Broken promises in a broken country

    Everyday we have to listen to this garbage:

    The stimulus didn't create jobs. The President should have concentrated on jobs before tackling health care. "Obamacare" means that the government will take over health care, tell you which doctors you can go to, and will destroy our freedom. The President is a socialist.

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    Secret Document Frago 242 Wiki-leaked

    Wikileaks documents released Friday evening to The Guardian, UK, The New York Times, Der Spiegel and Le Monde are full of revelations that are being underplayed by MSM as ‘not revelatory’.  Don’t be fooled.  They include documents showing that the DoD had previously lied, but actually was keeping track of civilian deaths after a fashion; that there were far more killings of civilians by Blackwater employees and US soldiers than reported; that Iran was funding Shiite combatants (known already), and reports of death squads operating under Nouri Al-Mali

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    Genghis on the Radio

    Hello readers. At 4:30pm EST Michelangelo Signorile will interview me on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 109 OutQ about my book, Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual.

    If you'd like to listen but don't subscribe to Sirius, you can get a free 7-day pass to listen online.

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    The Mortgage Crisis in the Tranches

    I've posted about the housing and mortgage crisis, and the impending dangers, here and here, but there's one additional problem that I hadn't got my head around when I wrote those posts. That's the tranche problem, which is likely to lead to all kinds of perverse incentives and unforeseen difficulties.

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning: This is War

    Guess which side is winning this particular war?

    Wolfrum's Word

    You aren't supposed to talk about this, but the U.S. is seriously mired in Class Warfare, and has been for a long, long time. And the upper class is just plain kicking the crap out of the lower classes. Perhaps it's time to stop ignoring the raging war around us.

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    Indonesian Travel Journal: Poverty or the Highs and Lows of Instant Gratification

    I didn’t have internet service at my house this week. There was nothing wrong with the service. I paid the bill and magical signals were coming through the cables hanging high up above the street. I say magical because I don’t understand the ins and outs of how I can sit down on my couch in Jakarta and communicate with people all over the world through invisible electrical impulses. What’s more, I don’t really care how it works, just that it does. And when it fails, I get the tiniest bit cranky. 

    Donal's picture

    Big Dog Clinton in Baltimore

    I just returned from a rally on Federal Hill Park to reelect Governor Martin O'Malley and the MD Democratic ticket. The rally was advertised to start at 3:00 PM, but I got there about 4:30 and some fellow told me that only Kratovil, Kamenetz and a few others had spoken already.

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    China’s next president: Xi Jinping

    Xi JinpingXi is China's heir-apparent, in line to succeed Hu Jintao in 2012 as China's top leader. This 56-year-old "princeling"—his father was former Vice-Premier Xi Zhongxun—earned a doctorate in Marxist theory from Tsinghua University but now has a reputation as a supporter of rapid economic reform.
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    A Political Pinata without the Prize

    A Political Pinata without the Prize

    Ignorance is NOT bliss.

    Crossposted at www.Kavehadel.com/blog

    Artwork 2010©KavehAdel.com

    For more Political Cartoons, sketches or just thoughts visit Kaveh Adel's Art & Humanity Blog

    Michael Maiello's picture

    Don't Worry, People Will Lose Their Homes!

    I know you're all very concerned that some people who should lose their homes won't or that they won't lose their homes in a timely enough fashion.  Don't worry.  People will be homeless.  Our banks and government will see to it that miscreants are punished.  The Market, wronged deity that it is, will not be mocked.  It demands justice and homelessness.

    Donal's picture

    Austere Olde England

    I've been reading about the coming austerity measures in the UK and Germany. Guess who loses?



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