A former evangelical tracks the rise of white Christian nationalism -- and looks ahead to where the movement goes next. read more
Writer Charles C.W. Cooke went after former President Donald Trump and the ivory tower that is his social media site Truth Social. In a new piece for National Review, Cooke declared that Trump has "completely lost" it.
What Speaker McCarthy said about M. Traitor Greene.
Jan 24, 2023 Conspiracy theories feel like they get dumber every day. Just heard a brand new one, so I thought I'd rant and rave on the subject, as I often do.
Christian nationalism attempts to sanctify oppression and not liberation. It attempts to sanctify lies and not truth. At best it's a form of theological malpractice. At worst, it's a form of heresy. - Rev. William J. Barber II
rut-roh.... wait until Mushroom Dick finds out that The ------ is in play.
He knows where all the bodies, er, cash is buried.
And he wonders why the Generals didn't save his Coup for him.
They may be a lot of things, but they aren't stupid people... nor traitors.
They want to conserve their corporate masters in power.
All that campaign cash and the Golden Parachute job when they leave Congress is worth conserving!
Dwight Eisenhower was a Conservative. These people are pompous shills for whatever keeps them in power.
And what keeps them in power is what LBJ described; "giving a poor white man someone to look down on", which. brown immigrants, womens, and gays werk as well as black citizens" it appears... while these so-called conservatives try to out authoritarian nationalist Nazi each other.
The real shame is that plutocratic polarization keeping the only two parties at each other's throats when the voting population actually agrees by 70 to 90 percent on most policy questions.
I do kinda like the idea of the VAT combined with social spending; investing in the future as many progressive countries do, as discussed in this definitive take-down of the, "Fair" Tax:
- There is the christian position.
100 bible verses about the rich exploiting the poor:
There was a kid in college who sold acid that he kept in his freezer.
One day he took a hit, which turned out to be several hits that had frozen together.
He was antiwar in 'Nam, but sometime that day he went into the campus ROTC and managed sighed up. How I'm not sure because he was seriously tripping for days.
He was ever after known as Rotsy.
In JerryWorld, Dan Quinn is back at DC, Kellen Moore is out as OC... and Mike McCarthy is to call the plays now.
For Aaron Rogers! *just kidding.
"I wanted to do our own take on this song while we were in Bern, Switzerland..."
if nothing else, catch the guitar outro at about 4 min in.
- I just don't give a ---- about rich people bitching about richer people.
zzzz..... "Po' folk in the US should just be thankful they aren't in Somalia!!"
Which is a totally irrelevant non sequitur.
But then, I guess everyone has to be good at something.
- When you to lie about the rate in the bill it's a garbage idea.
"The point is that at a 30 percent rate, it's reasonable to expect the FairTax to increase the federal budget deficit by trillions of dollars a year.
I assume the FairTax people have ... a response to this.
They do. For one thing, they don't like it when you refer to their tax rate as "30 percent." While it increases the cost of, say, a $10 item by 30 percent, or $3, they argue that because $3 is 23 percent of the $13 post-tax cost, it's actually a 23 percent tax.
Wait ... seriously?
Yes, it's stupid."
from the above link
"Gale, the FairTax critic, is actually a vocal advocate for adopting a VAT in the US. I like his idea of pairing a 10 percent VAT with a small universal basic income to make sure low-income people come out ahead.
He estimates the bottom 20 percent of earners would see their incomes rise by nearly 17 percent as a result, while households with income above $90,000 or so would pay more.
If you use some of the revenue to pay for the now-expired expanded child tax credit, the net effect would likely be a substantial reduction in poverty.
You could also, as Columbia professor Michael Graetz and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) have proposed, use the VAT to exempt all but the wealthiest individuals from the income tax, by creating standard deductions of $50,000 or $100,000 for couples.
This isn't as progressive as using it for a UBI, but it would vastly simplify income tax collection and enable the large majority of Americans to not worry about filing taxes ever.
Economist Larry Summers once noted that a VAT has not been adopted in the US because "liberals think it's regressive and conservatives think it's a money machine" that's a little too good at raising revenue.
But if conservatives realized it's regressive and liberals realized it's a money machine, he quipped, maybe it could happen.
The popularity of the FairTax suggests conservatives understand very well that sales taxes are regressive.
But their plan is extremely half-baked. Maybe if they let liberals use it as a bit of a money machine, we might get somewhere."
from the above link
"Any House Republican who backs this bill can accurately be accused of voting for ...
raising the price of everything by a huge amount at a time when inflation is already high; shifting more of the tax burden to the middle class; instituting a large new wealth tax on senior citizens; increasing federal spending by a massive amount; increasing the deficit; and creating large black markets."
Otherwise, it's a great idea."
"There is a real sense [among white Christian nationalists] that the apocalypse is coming for this country if [they] don't do something radical," Onishi says.
"The idea that they would continue in ways that are standard " campaigns, voting drives, national renewal through ecumenical movements " that went by the wayside."
I remember reading about an Israeli military unit who's job is to keep their ultra-nationalists, and some of ours, from blowing up the Islamic Dome of the Rock, built in the 7th century on the Temple Mount, the site of Solomon's Temple and its successors.
Apparently it's a full-time job keeping rwingers of all sorts from trying to move old God along, as he apparently needs their help to accomplish his goals.
This is religion upside down, where the followers are the main characters without whom history cannot proceed.
It's all human hubris and hypocrisy, without a word of scripture to it.
"Trump is currently the only confirmed candidate for the 2024 presidential election, wrote Cooke, and he's "ranting like a deranged hobo in a dilapidated public park."
"Throughout his public career, Trump has resembled nothing so much as a drunken talk-radio caller from Queens, and, on Truth Social, readers get the treat of watching him at the zenith of his rhetorical powers," he continued, arguing that in the isolated world of Truth Social, Trump is only concerned with his own grievances."
This is obviously an insult to deranged hobos everywhere.
With this news, Q will make him a House Republican candidate!
Santos has noting on this guy, as far as great Repub candidates go.
- when YOU WEAR HOODIES THAT SAY "CIVIL WAR 1/6/21" and stockpile weapons across the river in Virginia.
Isn't that what all tourists at the Capitol do?
Half Moon Bay was a favorite place to day trip when I lived in Santa Clara.
Someplace really nice between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
Guess it can happen here, there, or anywhere.
"The Proud Boys Have Really Strict Rules About Jerking Off
"A Proud Boy may not --------- alone more often than once every thirty days [ ... ] if he needs to --------- it must be within one yard of a woman with her consent. The woman may not be a prostitute."
The rule also denies an exception for cyber-sex with one's wife."
Well... at least now we know what's driving the rwing sockpuppets here so crazy.
"I will always take care of her." - Kevin McCarthy
Has he ever said something so loving about his constituents?
America? Kevin McCarthy sounds like a man who has been compromised." - Lincoln Project
"Hamlin's collapse spurs new wave of vaccine misinformation
WASHINGTON (AP) " Unfounded claims about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines proliferated in the hours and days after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during Monday's game, revealing how pervasive vaccine misinformation remains three years after the pandemic began.
Even before Hamlin was carried off the field in Cincinnati, posts amassing thousands of shares and millions of views began circulating online claiming without evidence that complications from COVID-19 vaccines caused his health emergency."
And that was just from Mao Stoneher's twitter account!
He's liable to get his own Reality TV show.
Which should shoot him to the White House for about a third of the country.
That he's a dog killing drag queen is a Deep State conspiracy!
Ah... an article by David Ramsey on a "study" done by... wait for it.... Ramsey Solutions, rofl!
You can't make this stuff up.
Study Shows Only 27% of Wealthy Americans Are 'Self-Made'
A recent study of ultra-rich Americans showed that almost three-quarters had help in building their fortunes.
According to a Bank of America Private Bank study into the backgrounds of the ultra wealthy, the remaining 27% did not inherit any money at all.