" ... a fine guide to action: it explains in considerable detail just how each of us can make a difference in correcting violations of real religious liberty ...this work gives you plenty of avenues to make a real difference in your community and nation." -Rev. Barry Lynn President of Americans United for Separation of Church and State " ...does a great job showing the remarkable number and variety of ways in which Monotheistic religion has wended its way into our state and federal governments. Just a walk down the Table of Contents demonstrates how pervasive this constitutional infraction has been. ... A more in-depth reading reveals some of the tools that can be used to redirect that power as the nation's great charter requires."
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The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate , or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies. The research, led by David Dunning , a psychologist at Cornell University , shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.
Bloomberg: 'You'd Think That If A Congresswoman Got Shot In The Head,' That Would Change Congress' Views On GunsAppearing on Meet the Press this morning, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed bewilderment at the many lawmakers in Washington who continue sabotage existing gun laws: BLOOMBERG: You’d think that if a congresswoman got shot in the head, that would have changed Congress’ views . I can tell you how to change it, just get Congress to come with me to the hospital when I’ve got tell tell somebody that their son or daughter, their spouse, their parent is not going to come home again. This past, this week, even though the murder rate in New York is so much lower than almost every big city, we still had a cop shot last week with a gun that somebody had even though the federal laws prohibited that person from having a gun.
Policy makers haven’t cared much either. The United States does less than other rich countries to transfer income from the affluent to the less fortunate. Even as the income gap has grown enormously over the last 30 years, government has done little to curb the trend . Our tolerance for a widening income gap may be ebbing, however.
Joe Hagan's cover story in the Jan. 22 edition of New York Magazine details why the 2012 election will be the "most negative in the history of American politics." New York Magazine If you thought the 2008 election cycle was full of negative ads, just wait until 2012's campaign gets fully under way. The upcoming presidential campaign, says journalist Joe Hagan, is expected to "be the most negative in the history of American politics." Hagan says a big factor in what he calls the "tsunami of slime" is the emergence of superPACs.
The NAACP called the move the 'most vicious, co-ordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century'. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election. The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US.
Here are some things you could learn about black Americans from the recent statements and insinuations of Republican presidential candidates, Republican congressmen and Republican-friendly radio personalities: Black people have lost the desire to perform a day’s work. Black people rely on food stamps provided to them by white taxpayers.
Promise Kept rulings on the The Obameter Extend child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes Will extend aspects of the Bush tax cuts such as child credit expansions and changes to marriage bonuses and penalties. >> More Create an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes
January 4, 2012 ( LifeSiteNews.com ) – A standard pro-abortion argument hinges on the premise that a baby inside his mom’s womb attacks her bodily integrity. The developing baby is seen in this light as an intruder, a parasite, a threat to the woman’s autonomy. From this perspective the pregnant woman is viewed as being occupied. The only way she can continue to exercise her interest in bodily integrity, the argument goes, is to be liberated through the termination and expulsion of the invader. But science paints a vastly different picture about the actual relationship between a baby in utero and his or her mother, showing that, far from being a parasite, the unborn child can help heal his mother for the rest of her life, as beneficial cells from the child pass into the mother’s body during pregnancy Far from being a parasite, the unborn child can help heal his mother for the rest of her life.
FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk. PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows.
The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance. Bruce E. Levine AlterNet Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.
Occupy Wall Street etc.
(NaturalNews) Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto's grasp on international politics has never been clearer. Amazingly, the information reveals that the massive corporation is also intensely involved in the passing and regulations concerning the very GM ingredients they are responsible for. In fact, the information released by WikiLeaks reveals just how much power Monsanto has thanks to key positions within the United States government and elsewhere.