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  • Reply to: Three Wise Guys: Muslim Comics for Free Expression   2 days 9 hours ago
    Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979 "Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."------- Don't get me wrong- I think a sense of humor would be a huge improvement in what we've seen of Islam, one that I would welcome wholeheartedly. Unfortunately it's an uphill battle.
  • Reply to: Ted Cruz Has Nothing to Offer the Country   2 days 12 hours ago
    Unfortunately the conservative voters are not concerned with facts as evidenced by their consistently voting against their best interests in the past. They seem to be a gullible lot.
  • Reply to: Sasha Abramsky: The Dope Dealer Who Got 55 Years   3 days 4 hours ago
    It is now 03-25-15...And he's still in there!!! I wasn't aware of this story since it was announced in 2004. Now it has been 11 years since he was incarcerated...11 YEARS, and 44 years later he'll be out by the time he's 78 or 80 and his kids are grandparents!!! This is almost like the same horrifying concept as it was for Solomon Northup, the real protagonist in his 12 years of slavery, this is the same constant problem dealing with today's drug conviction sentencing rules. The so-called "War on Drugs" has taken its toll on destroying the lives of countless innocent offenders and their families, Weldon unfortunately being one of them. I'm not gonna sit back and wait until our current president or the next pres. gives him the Pardon he and his family have been waiting and fighting for, I'm gonna promote his freedom, until at last he is reunited with his family as soon as possible. Because his kids are gonna be graduating high school this year and the last thing they want is to not see their dad sitting in the audience as his sons march up the platform receiving their certificates (diplomas)... 55 years is not a sentence, It's A Curse!!! A curse I vow that I am going to help break. I'm going to Free Weldon Angelos! ! ! And End the injustice that has been shadowing America for nearly a century and prove that the US constitution must be followed that Franklin's concept in The Bill Of Rights will now and forever state officially that "ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL" and revitalizing the government to prove to the world that America can be A Just Nation from now on! President Obama, if you're reading this? Please do everyone a favor...GIVE HIM THE PARDON PLEASE!!! LONG LIVE FREEDOM!!! GABE*
  • Reply to: When Will "Progressives" Defend Public Education?   3 days 4 hours ago
    Right on the mark, Mr Cody, as usual. The core problem for public education is the silence of the liberals, not the ravings of the conservatives. It's as if they, the liberals, have given up on all the goals for a better school system in this country. It's too complex, too confusing, for them to deal with. The real problem is that our state system won't ever work, so we need more of a national presence in our schools, like the rest of the world, but this is a toxic subject for anyone these days. We are caught in a nostalgia for a past, state-run, system that can never work well. It has no way to show the general population how they benefit from the schools, since the graduates of the state programs move out of the states. This condemns the entire system to a mediocre level of funding, and mediocre schools. (See, for example, Milton Friedman, of all people, on the spillover effects of education, and how this requires a way to tax those who benefit from the schools. This can only be done, given the mobility of the graduates, with a national program.) Keep looking at this problem and you will see that federal control of the schools is the only way to improve them. That doesn't mean control of the local schools. They can stay independent. It means replacing the states with the federal government.
  • Reply to: How Is "Right to Work" Being Enforced?   3 days 6 hours ago
    Big business control legislatures at the local, state and federal level with money. Then, uses GOVERNMENT as the fall guy for their greed!
  • Reply to: The Growing Progressive Movement to Save Public Education   3 days 7 hours ago
    Among many heart-grabbing-ly important issues. That's why we just have to select the right candidates, those who know it all ties together into a SUSTAINABLE future, and then get the people, especially YOUNG PEOPLE, out to vote.
  • Reply to: New ABLE Act Helps Disabled Americans, But It's Not Enough   3 days 7 hours ago
    ...any money remaining in an ABLE account when the account holder dies must first go to pay Medicaid bills. This unfairly penalizes survivors... YES, THE taxpayers will help you but they won't enrich your heirs. Is that unreasonable? .
  • Reply to: 35 Years Late, Catholic Church Reveres Archbishop Romero   3 days 7 hours ago
    Thomas R. Lewis speaks the absolute truth. Romero perpetuated one of the most destructive heresies of our time.
  • Reply to: 35 Years Late, Catholic Church Reveres Archbishop Romero   3 days 8 hours ago
    I am responding to the comment by Thomas Lewis. I feel your comment was inappropriately charged with personal disgust. I am not a Roman Catholic. I happen to be a Latter-day Saint (Mormon). My observation of you - simply judging by your words - is that you sustain a kind of Catholicism that existed in your life once upon a time, but has since changed, and is no longer there for you in that familiar and preferred manner. Your church has changed, and you miss the way things were. All churches change, and each change is difficult for some, easy for others. It sounded to me as though much of your commentary was not about this deceased Archbishop, but a personal lament about your church. I sometimes feel as though my church has left me. It is said that misery enjoys company, and, so, I was a little bit comforted to think that I am not the only one who has experienced this. Thank you for that. The Roman Catholic Church has beatified this man; adding to the sanctity of his memory. Your words detract from that. To me, you appear out-of-step with your Church. You have also stamped him in a derogatory tone as something of a communist, and, then, you failed to condemn the right-wing rebels who murdered him in the performance of his priestly duties within his church. If the man refused body guards, why did the rebels have to kill him within the church? I truly am sorry for you, Thomas Lewis. I am sorry you don't like the way your church has changed. I am also sorry that you cannot bring yourself to rejoice with the recognition your Church is placing upon this man's sacred memory. I am sorry you demonstrate no compassion for the poor he served, but actually condemn him for it. I am sorry that rebels of any stripe desecrating a sacred house of worship with an act of diabolical murder does not make you shudder. I am not a Catholic, and I am not a communist, but I can rejoice in this belated action by your Church, and be thankful for the ideals this man lived by, and died for. God rest his soul in Christ.
  • Reply to: 35 Years Late, Catholic Church Reveres Archbishop Romero   3 days 10 hours ago
    The late Archbishop Oscar Romero was denounced publicly by Pope John Paul II for spreading the heresy of "Liberation Theology." For those who do not know, "Liberation Theology" is but one of the many manifestations of the modernist heresy. Liberation theology seeks to transform the Church's true mission (ie., that of conquering sin and saving souls) into a sociological/political doctrine whereby it seeks to conquer political, social, and economic oppression. Clearly Christ did not become flesh and die on the cross so that we could have political, social, and economic parity. He came to redeem us from original sin, and left an institution under the Apostles to sanctify us through the sacraments. To further his aims, Archbishop Romero was heavily involved with communist/leftist revolutionary causes in Central America. Having stuck his head where no bishops head belongs, he was killed by right-wing rebels at the altar (which is not a martyrdom, anymore that I would be a martyr if I was killed serving Mass). Romero's heresy has infected every seminary in the world; training now centers on the "social Gospel" of Jesus Christ. Though Romero was but one of many liberation theologians who contributed to the destruction of Catholicism after Vatican II (as we knew it), he was one of the more influential and rebellious fomenters of revolution. Thanks to him and his ilk, we have the milktoast priests devoid of doctrinal knowledge who are staffing most of the world's dioceses.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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