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Nazi, Anti-Semitic Vandalism In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Investigated As Hate Crime (VIDEO)

Nazi, Anti-Semitic Vandalism In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Investigated As Hate Crime (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 00:16:57 in Religion

“continued>>>>and Israel under the Likud party sees itself at war with virtually everyone & has hired thousands to write in positive items about Israel into forums such as this, it is prudent to be caution about this story. To accept it at face value then discover it was a hoax or Mossad ploy, does everyone and especially every Jew, a great disservice.”

molare88 on Nov 15, 2011 at 19:41:36

“yes it was a mossad ploy, you are pathetic”

mommamia526 on Nov 15, 2011 at 12:35:39

“The Liduk Party in Israel is located in New York City? Since when?”

cosmiczulu on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:23:24

“so Huffington Post---it's the joooze's fault”

Fractal122635 on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:52:43

“and ladies and gentleman, I present to you the first piece of evidence...”
Nazi, Anti-Semitic Vandalism In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Investigated As Hate Crime (VIDEO)

Nazi, Anti-Semitic Vandalism In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Investigated As Hate Crime (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 00:15:51 in Religion

“There is something disturbing about this story beyond the obvious: 1) how many bigots know about the history of the persecution of the Jews in Germany and specifically, about Kristallnacht? While it has enormous meaning to many Jews, I don't think that 1 in 1000 KKK/neo-Nazi/Aryan supremists members could give you the season of the year, much less the calendar date. Although I've not read extensively, I don't see accurate history in many of their publications. 2) Midwood was once a Jewish neighborhood, now very mixed and is rapidly loosing its Jewish population and character (see Wikipedia). If the message is to directed to inject fear into Jewish hearts & minds, why not an absolutely Jewish area, say, Crown Heights or Williamsburg? If one wants to threaten Blacks, I would suggest Harlem, not the Lower East Side.
Given that the young Jewish woman at the university who piously denounced anti-Semitism via swastikas on her door--which she was secretly filmed painting on, one must wonder. Especially when beer bottles which may or may not be associated with the crime are all over. Bigots generally are in the fingerprint system for one reason or another--petty theft, wife beating, etc. To leave such obvious evidence is curious. Also, even the US press has been critical of Israel recently--the organ harvesting bust in NJ hasn't helped Jewish or Israeli image. Given that the Mossad's public slogan is: "By way of Deception, thou shalt do war"”

bonnieb333 on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:03:36

“Uhhhh . . . other than being a tad verbose, you wouldn't happen to be the wolf in sheep's clothing, would you???”

h111aryc1inton on Nov 16, 2011 at 17:51:58

“'Kew' - please go back on the meds - I know you don't like them - but believe me when I tell you - you need them.”

molare88 on Nov 15, 2011 at 19:43:15

“how come soo many anti semites like you seem to be almost ignorant about your own bigotry?”

Satirist1 on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:11:00

“I'd like to see things from your point of view, kew, but I can't seem to stoop so low”

cosmiczulu on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:25:16

“subtle
but still a hater”
huffingtonpost entry

Bill O'Reilly 'Killing Lincoln' Errors: Book Contains Plethora Of Factual Inaccuracies

Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 18:15:33 in Media

“For heaven's sake, it's O'Reilly.... is any of this a surprize? '
What these self anointed Conservatives don't seem to be able to understand is that reality can only be twisted so much, then the naked emperor is apparent even to the blind. These people are not Conservatives but the heirs of the father of fascism, Joseph de Maistre and "discoverer of the Aryan race," Arthur Count de Gobineau, both of whom cut and pasted data to suit their pre-defined needs. O'Reilly and the lot make the so called Liberals into intellectual giants by reducing the discourse from dull, to stupid, to mud fence to room temperature IQ. At each junction making up in volume, earnestness and decibel unit the decline from below sophistry into stupidity profundus.
That Lincoln nationalized the railroads since the greedy capitalists were profiteering on the movement of troops in the heat of battle and as a practical president did much else which would rankle O'Reilly's juvenal pedestrian, fantasies, is an irony beyond cognition.”
Occupy Buddha: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Buddha: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street

Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 00:19:59 in Religion

“I might suggest that the only way to truly "Wake Up" individually is to recognize that the cops are fully human too and only doing what they are to try to be good providers, husbands and--in their own views--men of their various communities. I've seen true fear in the eyes of young cops as they kettled hundreds of thousands of angry angry anti-war protesters and realized the moral ground was not theirs, and in some deep recess of their minds they were the shills of evil forces. The easiest way to make things worse is to make the cops into inhuman, unfeeling automata--even if their actions seem to justify it.
We of the 99% should go the extra mile and point out to the cops that their pension funds are in danger and that the 1% will support them only to exploit them in the long term. Cops have parents, cousins, neices and nephews often without health insurance and even jobs. We all do better in stressing our common humanity rather than temporary power over another.
A mad mob of tens of thousands can do great violence to a few hundred cops; but a few hundred badly instructed police with modern weapons & methods can create a slaughter of thousands if not properly trained.”

tree in the garden on Dec 27, 2011 at 21:53:15

“The scenario you describe is a fiction in this case. No one is provoking the cops. No one is angrily demonizing cops at OWS. I think the article was going the other way.”
huffingtonpost entry

In the Face of Financial Crisis, Redo Ancient History

Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 14:18:22 in World

“It would seem that what BHL is saying--in a rather inelegant, bombastic manner--is that the only secure way to go forward, is by going backwards. This was, of course, the policy of Octavian as he became Augustus and one which the Founding Fathers of what became the US used. What he didn't say is either what elements of the past to use, or general mentality. Had he cited Thucydides instead of Polybius it would have been more obvious to the few who in 2011 can make a distinction of these historians (non of whom are in any government). Republics have dialogues, empires; fiats.
He does, however, wisely note that the crisis is cultural and thus, far greater than the mindless economic fashions of Friedman. But BHL packages his message in an ornamental style known as Asiatic in antiquity which makes it virtually useless to the reading masses, even those who fancy themselves intellectuals. If Levy stylistically would have gone back to the Golden Ages of the literary patrimony of Athens and Romes it would be obvious that a simple "back to the basics" argument would have sufficed.”

Bastien Eymery on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:26:19

“Illarious comment! That made my day, thanks!

Still don't think there is anything cultural in this crisis, unless if by cultural, we mean to say traditional greek or italian economies.

The fiscal screws could have been successfully tightened by all European leaders of the last three decades. Failure to anticipate these issues is remarkebly similar in all European (even American) economies, albeit within different scales.”
Grover Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge Signers Want Their Names Removed

Grover Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge Signers Want Their Names Removed

Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 17:30:09 in Politics

“One the enormous issues defining the decline and fall of our state began with Reagan with the importance of ideology over reality. For Reagan, political theory was made up of articles in Reader's Digest and no further investigation was required. It was a government of the believing and knowing, not of the informed and inquisitive. It lead us into failure after failure because the real world has a way of not neating fitting into boxes, but instead being complex and messy.
This movement of magical thinking has continued and indeed, increased under succeeding Republicans. Posturing is indeed fun, and realistically addressing issues not so fun, but we've come to the end of the road with posturing.
The ultimate challenge is if we can evolve a real government of one made up of mechanical toys, reflecting the bidding of their masters--the corporations and special interest groups. If we can't make that transition back to reality then the American Experiment will be over within the next decades.”

bamasense on Nov 9, 2011 at 17:40:38

“And what makes America great, will be what saves her ... the power of the vote in removing our leaders whenever necessary.”

sawcyp on Nov 9, 2011 at 17:36:17

“It is fascinating to watch conservative politicians and their supporters on television. Listen for the phrase "I believe..." in their speech. It comes up again and again and again. Conservative political thought is akin to a religion. It is not fact-based. It is a faith. Trickle-down economics, imposition of conservative social issues, corporate exceptionalism, etc. are all examples of conservative faith-like concepts that do not stand up to the light of day any more than the idea of a universal flood or the earth's being constructed in six days six thousand years ago stand up to science.

This is the fundamental problem of the Right. Conservative ideology cannot evolve, cannot adapt to real world situations, cannot serve the public good; it is dogmatic.”

tersamski on Nov 9, 2011 at 17:30:40

“Well written.”
MannersWatch: Andy Rooney: Is It Wrong to Speak Ill of the Dead?

MannersWatch: Andy Rooney: Is It Wrong to Speak Ill of the Dead?

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 23:50:23 in Gay Voices

“Well, to cut to the chase...he totally turned around the economy in under three years, he invented the first modern interstate highway system, the "people's" car, and gave a great nation back its sense of worth and honor. He hated smoking, drugs and laziness in others; honored women, great architecture, great art collections and the life of the family. He had a soft spot for children and furry dogs; and didn't marry since his bride was the State. Under his guidance the treatment of cancer and other diseases was the best in the world. The sciences flourished and the first rockets blasted into space. He gave the poor jobs and health care; free education and a sense of pride.
Ok, ok, he didn't really care for Jews very much, but hey, is anyone perfect?”
Mississippi 'Personhood' Law Could Cause Legal Mayhem, Experts Warn

Mississippi 'Personhood' Law Could Cause Legal Mayhem, Experts Warn

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 23:07:15 in Politics

“It is refreshing to know that the good legislators of Mississippi know what is an important use of their time. Just as G*d has established that sodomy causes earthquakes, Mississippians don't need to worry about jobs, childhood vaccinations, reading scores, the causes of crime, STDs and all the other Liberal caused ills of society. As long as they are G*d fearing and morally pure they are fine. They might not be able to feed their starving children and will live to see them vomiting on soiled sheets as they expire, but this life is just the waiting room to heaven which is the destination of every born-again Christian. And the sooner they get there, the better the world will be.
So people of Mississippi rejoice. Forget the potholes in your streets, forget that you have dirty air, polluted rivers and stagnant lakes; YOU ARE MORALLY PURE.”

orangegenie1 on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:18:55

“Yes, Republican/tea Party are very liberal with all these ills.”

revrendsyne on Nov 7, 2011 at 23:29:45

“God wouldn't be caught dead in Mississippi.”
Wisconsin Senate Bill Requires Sex Education Focus On Abstinence, Marriage

Wisconsin Senate Bill Requires Sex Education Focus On Abstinence, Marriage

Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 17:38:04 in Education

“There is no free lunch. Children who are not informed about reality will make mistakes and we are to blame. The STD and pregnancy rates for the US, as opposed to Western Europe, are frightful and whatever posturing lawmakers might have about human sexualities which is not supported by scientific data is magical thinking at its worst.
We condemn children to have children with all the attendant social disruptions of lack of schooling, job opportunity and the good life of being loving, mature parents WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT.
We force people to use seatbelts in cars, we publish accounts on what happens when we smoke and when we drink too much, but we are lost in the simple fact that we are all sexual and this includes children.
Give children the facts: let them grow up in a normal world of cause and effect, learning responsibility and maturity.
Let us not shrink from our individual and collective duty in being honest to our future. Simple, matter of fact sex ed is necessary and should be obligatory for all federally funded school systems. It is a point of national security in the long term; wanted children make good citizens, pay taxes and contribute, unwanted babies continually drag on the system.
Study after study indicates that abstinence doesn't work as a deterrent to sex, just as just say no doesn't work with drugs. Governments which live in cloud cuckoo land don't endure, they fail and drag down their people with them.”
Scott Thompson, 'Kids In The Hall' Comedian, Tells Bullied Kids To 'Grow A Pair'

Scott Thompson, 'Kids In The Hall' Comedian, Tells Bullied Kids To 'Grow A Pair'

Commented Nov 3, 2011 at 12:32:19 in Gay Voices

“The issue is the same for all of us--kids and adults--of any sexuality. We primates are programed to have an alpha, then various ranks beneath. Gay, clever, muscular or with humor; some rise above others, some revel in being the victim. Thompson adds an important dimension to the fantasy that gay men are weak; I was a powerflifter and many of my powerfifter friends were gay, not fitting in either gay or straight society, but basically hanging out with other powerlifters (who for some reason tended to be very sweet, cuddily and shy). Being able to throw around iron in an ultra macho activity protected me from names or abuse, just as being a great warrior defined Alexander the Great. I've had many (gay) friends who were in martial arts and primo athletes. No one would dare to make fun of them.
Kids want power--like we all do. We can sit back and whine the the world isn't fair, or we can internatize our own homophobia and wait to be attacked. Being gay is simply another aspect of being human, and by allowing us time to specialize in esoteric subjects without the demands of parenting, it is one which has a great evolutionary function. We can be gifted and we can give back to our cultures far more than many others. But first of all, we have to respect ourselves & learn to respect the unique creations we are.”
Human Population Soars, Africa's Albertine Rift Shows What's At Stake

Human Population Soars, Africa's Albertine Rift Shows What's At Stake

Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 14:25:44 in Green

“We can make excuses, rationalize and play at several levels of sophistry, but there are going to be a great number of unburied bodies in the near future for much of the earth. They will take with them the DNA code of endless number of plants which could have helped treat cancer (like periwinkle) and other illnesses; endless varieties of animals which could have ameliorated the lot of mankind (anesthetics from puffer fish) and the realm of poetry and a bucolic life in nature. What they will be surrounded with is deforestation, rivers of heavy metals, toxic rain, empty seas and dry deserts full of broken, windswept artifacts of stupidity.

As long a cultures and individuals magically believe that they can have families of 8 children and somehow they are going to be fed, educated and cared for, then their doom (and everyone nearby) is inevitable. Only those cultures with a small, highly productive population which lives in harmony with the natural world will survive.”

larashia on Oct 30, 2011 at 14:49:19

“It's not about attacking cultures. We need to educate ALL people in a culturally sensitive manner to WANT to have less children.”
OutServe Summit Ends With High Hopes And Many Challenges Ahead

OutServe Summit Ends With High Hopes And Many Challenges Ahead

Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 00:16:47 in Gay Voices

“Sorry, but perhaps Mardi Gras or Carnivale and many other Christian holidays (where they publically beat themselves bloody in the streets) is alien to you?”

dogtac69 on Oct 17, 2011 at 03:07:44

“kewgardensnyc: F & F”
Honor Killings Target Turkey's LGBT Citizens

Honor Killings Target Turkey's LGBT Citizens

Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 01:00:45 in Gay Voices

“It makes one look quite stupid to make statements without facts. Where is your data?

I've lived and worked in Turkey off and on since 2000, and have not in any sense seen the rabit homophobia I witnessed in Bulgaria and in Romania (and Serbia--not a EU member). In Bulgaria, even being with Ph.D. students, I endured an inability to understand the difference between homosexuality and child abuse; anti-Semitism and crique of Israel, and fact that original sin wasn't created by the Roma (gypsies).

In my book Turkish societies (and Muslims in general) are not as aggressively hostile about human sexualities than in Poland (long an EU member) and certainly among the Russians, who by the by, if the BBC can be believed, are still burning old woman as witches (google for documentation).

Turkish society across the board is quite complex and many changes are in the works, but it is not Uganda, where born-again US Protestants almost installed a death penalty for gay people, and Nigeria where anti-gay clergy make fortunes. If you want real homophobia, then I suggest you go to Bulgaria and Africa. There are many, many gay Turkish men and woman living comfortable lives; they are simply very quiet about it--as they are in OK in this country.”

Shewolf68 on Oct 14, 2011 at 03:27:32

“Well, sure when you rate Turkey against those other backwater nations, Yeah, Turkey is ripping into the 21st century.

They are suffering the same culture clash all muslim nations have to deal with and fear...ignorant religious extremism.

And are you really using Ph.D students are the watermark for the people who would kill these people; I'd hope not otherwise, why be a Ph.d if you're just going to maintain backwater beliefs...nice try with that.

Turkey may not be Lebanon/Syria...but they sure as hell ain't no Jordon either!”
huffingtonpost entry

Wheelock Whitney, GOP Businessman, Fights Ban On Marriage Equality In Minnesota

Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 19:46:40 in Politics

“In the next decades--provided there will be a future--the stupidity of government meddling in the private rights of citizens will either be meaninglyless or paramount. It can go either way. But only doublethink allows someone to champion "small government" and yet have the state tell us when life begins, who to marry and any number of other topics once left to religious belief. In a 24/7 world, the State only has so much energy, and if it decides to monitor the medical records of every female, or inplant chips into each former citizen to see who they sleep next to at night, will depend on what people do now, while there is still hope.
The ultimate issue isn't sexuality; it is control and the power of the state--wrapped in the cross & flag.”

CrnkyOldMan on Oct 10, 2011 at 20:19:03

“...drug test the poor, "patriot act", etc. Hard to exert absolute control over a populace whilst you scream for small government. The illogic and hypocrisy is mind boggling.”
huffingtonpost entry

Make A Small Bedroom Look Bigger (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 14:27:55 in HuffPost Home

“I have seldom seen a WORST job in a make over. It she did want to meddle, simple gilt mirrors over the bureaus would have been fine; a lemon gold against the warmer gold wall is terrific. Then a painted crown moulding with the lunettes with a feature in them. That would provided height easily and without the cluttered mess is has now become.”
Occupy Wall Street Arrests: An Eyewitness View

Occupy Wall Street Arrests: An Eyewitness View

Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 13:52:44 in Business

“For Hamsteronawheel: Thanks for your post. It allows me not to post since it says everything I would want to say, from the banks to Israel. And now I can get along with my own work, sadly languishing, knowing my civic duty is covered this time.
Your name implies more than a sense of futility. I think so many have that now and as B. Russell commented: the stupid do; the thinkers have doubt. (perhaps he uses the word, educated). We all deal with it in our own way. I, for one, have fragile health, a great desire to get some writing done, and so am planning on immigrating.”

hamsteronwheel on Oct 2, 2011 at 14:33:29

“I hope your health improves.

someone else asked why I keep posting the same posts over and over again?

I post research, links to research, and accumulated years of disgust and frustration at our being disposable pawns on some little oligarch's game board.

the truth never gets old and the facts never change!

I will never stop posting both!

oligarchs BANK on their disposable pawns, us, forgetting their constant rape and pillaging via a flood of inane jabbering like dancing with the stars, the latest fashion, people magazine, voyeurism, gossip, the latest "BREAKING NEWS" of cat stuck in tree or manufactured tragedies, anything on fox, pretty much anything on tv, after all our media is owned by the oligarchs and they laugh all the way to the bank as we amuse ourselves to death or hide from their manufactured fear manufacturing.

the one thing that's still manufactured in the US - FEAR!

Our Time Is NOW!”
U. Chicago Students Hope To Make Bug Eating Mainstream

U. Chicago Students Hope To Make Bug Eating Mainstream

Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 20:11:38 in Chicago

“Really very sensible. The key to any success is their administrative abilities, however. But as for eating insects, there is along history of this type of food.
The modern West survives on only about eleven types of food. Ancient peoples used many more types and did very well. The big issues are fat and how the insects are prepared. It they are larded with sugar, then they are not healthy, but with a natural sweetner and properly thought out, they can be part of a wise diet.
I wish these kids the best, JHS”
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Vanity Fair Interviews Him About The California Economy

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Vanity Fair Interviews Him About The California Economy

Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 13:21:57 in Los Angeles

“With all due respect, what the hell did people expect from this man? He had no formal organization and administrative skills and although his use of steriods was skillful and successful, and he is in no way stupid, he simply lacked the set of abilities necessary for CA-or any public office I would venture. The quoted lines simply show arrogance. Although he may consider himslef a man of substance, I doubt history will and certainly his home Austria has already rescinded many honors given him.
But the ultimate blame is the electorate: you get what you pay for.”
Controversial Pope Statue To Change

Controversial Pope Statue To Change

Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 17:55:26 in Religion

“Should anyone have any doubts about the death of Christianity, then please, please, please, look at contemporary Christian art.”
huffingtonpost entry

A Response to David Brooks: Young Adults Are Moral... Just in a Different Way

Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 17:45:02 in Religion

“Brooks once again, like virtually all self proclaimed "Conservative" pundits on the fragments they see of our culture, is devoid of any profound understanding of the subject he's lecturing us about. "In most times and in most places, the group was seen to be the essential moral unit. A shared religion defined rules and practices. Cultures structured people’s imaginations and imposed moral disciplines. But now more people are led to assume that the free-floating individual is the essential moral unit. Morality was once revealed, inherited and shared, but now it’s thought of as something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart."
Brooks ignores Buddhism, in which the dharma, or teaching, is one of the three arms of morality. But the ultimate goal in Buddhism in the understanding of cause and effect, not the hollow and often hypocritical posturing of the Abrahamic cults--which Brooks has written of as being superior--especially his. Buddhism requires each individual to reflect and be responsible not only for themselves but also for the world they touch. But morality begins not with the group, or dogma--it starts with the individual.
In an age of massive corporate sophistry; ethics being used as PR opts by vested interests and the total bastardization of good & bad; to assume that the young are stupid enough to adapt a system so obviously failing is beyond delusional. And to set one's self up as being the Arbiter is yet another foolery.”

Young Old Man on Sep 28, 2011 at 23:12:07

“I don't understand how you can say that the above quote ignores Buddhism. Buddhism itself is, in Brooks's words, "a shared religion" that defines "rules and practices" for a particular community (Buddhists) and imposes "moral disciplines." Buddhism is full of rules, practices, and disciplines--it is a metanarrative just as much as the Abrahamic cults are. Morality in Buddhism does begin with the group, because it is Buddhists themselves as a community that carry and pass on the tradition, teaching, and practices of Siddartha Guatama to other Buddhists practice and teach the tradition of Buddhism. Morality (in the Buddhist context or in any context) is necessarily communal and historically extended through a tradition of practice.”
huffingtonpost entry

Find Out What Your Color Choice Says About You

Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 12:14:42 in HuffPost Home

“Who ARE these people and how do they think they have arrived at their conclusions? There is no science cited here, just opinion. There are no adjustments made for age, gender, ethnic origin, educational level or any other facts which we know affects tastes. Just guessing. And all of this guessing, when there are terribly solid studies by psychologists, anthropologist and sociologist about these factors and color.

Really, absurd fluff.”

garystartswithg on Sep 28, 2011 at 13:02:05

“I took color theory and the most interesting thing to me is yellow is actually an angry color. People will gravitate to yellow for a fight -- ironically I had a yellow kitchen and even knowing that my roommate and i would only argue in the kitchen.
Believe it or not most of the science is about yellow -- its not a friendly color for your eyes to read either, though more recent research has shown that people prefer a warmer yellow for bananas as opposed to a more pure yellow, imho showing the subconscious picks up on small differences the logical part of your brain doesn't want to be bothered with. .
Marketers often use red, orange, and yellow -- esp. for junk food. Coinsidence? Nope. Green is considered healthier and extravagant -- whole foods, starbucks, etc. are green for a reason. If you ever visit Fl or Ga Publix supermartkets stumbled across a green/white combo that has worked for them for decades.”
huffingtonpost entry

Occupy Wall Street Protest Escalates On Eighth Day (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 00:27:38 in New York

“Now the socio-physics exam is this: why is it that it take at least 2 (and often many more) 275lb cops to subdue one 90lb kid? Answer? Because the kid is acting upong belief, and the cops are there because they are being paid; and deep, down within, they realize that they can be dumped at any moment by the same oligarchy the kid is protesting against. Thus, the multiple cops are necessary to reinforce and legitimize a system which even screws cops and a conspicuous (theatrical) show of solidarity among the police is required to shore up doubt among them.
The cops are badly trained and training them costs a fortune. Yet to maintain the fiction of a social democracy with cell phone images such as these floating about is impossible. And Fascist police behavior is bad for profits. You can't have it both ways. You either provide sufficient social services so that the plebs don't riot, or you end up ripping open the Golden Goose produced by a free society. Greed is great, but unsustainable. And in an age where the media cannot any longer be controlled, justice is ultimately the only way to hold onto one's billions.”
huffingtonpost entry

Jack Kornfield: 'A Lamp In the Darkness' (EXCERPT)

Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 19:09:41 in Religion

“To Gay Iberian: That certainly is one way to look at life, but think of the quote mentioned, "When you go to a garden,” asks Rumi, “do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”
.I, for one, have never thought of Buddhism as telling me what to do. Instead, and unique among religions, it offers observations and I am certainly free to follow or ignore them. Some things I disagree with, others seem very logical. Some of the wrappings of certain Buddhist traditions seem silly to me--much Tibetan ritual--and some seem fine. We here in the West are still inventing a Western Buddhism, one which looks good for New England and New Mexico as well.”
Bill O'Reilly: 'I Have More Power Than Anybody Other Than The President'

Bill O'Reilly: 'I Have More Power Than Anybody Other Than The President'

Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 19:32:02 in Media

“Really, he should stay on his medications. But maybe in his last conversation with Jesus and God, they told him to hold off.”

Littlewords on Sep 19, 2011 at 20:05:53

“Bill doesn't talk with Jes.us, but he does commune with Santa regarding Christmas.”
Did Secular Morality Shame Religion Into Condemning Slavery?

Did Secular Morality Shame Religion Into Condemning Slavery?

Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 17:22:19 in Religion

“While his comment, "Supremely confident broad-brush pronouncements should always be viewed skeptically. History's complexities rarely confer them much credibility." is obviously correct, I have seldom read such a tendentious view of history as this article. There was not a wall between the merchantile aspiration of the secular world and the church--quite the contrary. The church often "made a killing" in the slave business, and at least the Angicans have now formally asked for forgiveness. His statement, "The critical point, however, is this: Over the centuries, using its own moral precepts, religion developed the rationale necessary to categorically condemn slavery and took actions to implement that rationale. Indeed, over those same centuries, the secular world -- with great interests in profits and power -- often either ignored religious criticisms of slavery or pushed religion against abolition, not for it." simply isn't supported by the existing data. If he has unpublished information, then he should get it out. But while the various churches were wringing their hands, they were rushing to the bank.”

ClintBMD on Sep 18, 2011 at 17:52:03

“You are absolutely correct. I understand his shame in his own institution for its failures, but that should not lead to revisionism, which is a lie. And lies are utterly against God's will.

There is much blood on the hands of the Church. Pretending it got there from assisting in surgery is sophistry.”
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