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Extreme Christianity is Guided by Faux Fear

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Extreme Christianity has been hoofing right round with disseminating Faux Fear for centuries. You tithe, sing, genuflect endlessly, and are load-ded.

Between that, guilt, and greed for the gelt … Nero, tune your instrument.

Enjoy Neil deGrasse Tyson's opinion: Ken Ham’s beliefs are even crazy for Christians, Salon video below.

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Russell Brand, not a Republican fan, had some perspective on the lighter side of things. And the horrific siege in Ferguson, Missouri. As it winds down as a militarized and traumatizing police state.

Day after day after day.

From Salon.

"That’s outrageous,” Brand said. “Of course there’s an economic aspect to the argument. Of course there’s a social aspect. You can’t just bring out the author of the book ‘We Deserve to Be Shot’ to bring out arguments just so Fox News can keep being as they are.”

He continued: “People don’t just spontaneously have an attitude toward the criminal justice system …Like the same way you might not have an attitude to your dishwasher. If your dishwasher doesn’t do anything except wash the dishes, you won’t just suddenly wonder one day, ‘You know, it’s really unjust the way that dishwasher keeps shooting unarmed black men!’”

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Overnight: Jaclyn Glenn:America the Beautiful (Parody)

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America the Beautiful (Parody) is sung by Jaclyn Glenn.
From the YouTube page for this video:
JaclynGlenn20 hours ago

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
The idiots who scream "USA#1!" are unpatriotic. If this video offends you think about why. You can't fix problems by ignoring them. 

The lyrics of this sone - from YouTube:

LYRICS:
How beautiful, for christian guys
With everything to gain
The white oppressed majorities
Still feel like they're in painnnn

America, America!
Our god is forced on theee
You're only good through christianhood
Our churches are tax freeeeee

O beautiful religious lies,
bronze age mythology,
Fuck women's rights, a bunch of guys,
don't get biology

America, America!
God made thine every flaw,
Refusing women birth-control,
Our views forced via law

America is number one... in teen pregnancy!
Our healthcare sucks, we give no fucks
but still think that we're free

America, America!
My guns will keep me safe
until that is, I shoot myself....

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Overnight: America the Beautiful? - Willie Nelson // New NRDC Mountaintop Removal Video + Action AAA

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From the press release on this video from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014)--Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the fight in Congress to protect Appalachian communities from the impacts of the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal.

In a music video that depicts dynamiting operations in Appalachia and their ruinous consequences, the American icon sings “America the Beautiful” to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks.

The House of Representatives will vote on a bill Tuesday that would make it easier to dump the tons of toxic waste and debris from these mountaintop mining operations into Appalachian streams.

“Willie Nelson is a strong voice for everyday Americans, as shown by his solidarity with the people of Appalachia,” said Jon Devine, senior attorney in NRDC’s Water Program. “This legislation would clear the way for more destruction and more pollution. It must be stopped.”

Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and first winner of the Country Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has long championed the people and communities of rural America with his Farm Aid concerts.

The video, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, features Nelson’s song playing over scenes of wooded Appalachian mountains being dynamited by coal companies and the resulting boulders, ash and sludge cascading down on to communities below.

The bill scheduled for Tuesday’s House of Representatives vote, HR 2824, would lock in place a George W. Bush-era rule change that opened up local streams to the pollution caused by the ravages of mountaintop mining. Under this practice, companies are blasting off entire mountaintops to get at the thin coal seams below. They're filling local rivers and streams with blasted debris, and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities in the region.

Mountaintop removal mining has already leveled more than 500 mountaintops, poisoned or buried over 2,000 miles of streams, and destroyed communities across Appalachia. Top scientists agree that the ecological damage of mountaintop removal is largely irreversible.

For more background on mountaintop removal, see: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/mountaintopremoval.php

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

While we should be stopping this practice for good, a new House bill would actually make it easier, not harder, for coal companies to dump mining waste into mountain streams. The word is the HR bill 2824 will hit this week… If you have a spot in your calendar, please tweet, Facebook post, email, and/or blog post the video. I’ve included sample social media copy along with the press release which can be leveraged for the blog below. Please let me know of any questions and if you are able to post.
Two tweet options that link to the video

Join @NRDC @WillieNelson and take urgent action to #stopMTR in Congress. America the Beautiful? video: http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH

America the Beautiful? Thanks @WillieNelson for fighting to #stopMTR http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH

Tweet links to the action

@WillieNelson says NO to mountaintop removal and you can too. Learn more and act at http://bit.ly/1mqRCq4

Facebook post links to the video

America the Beautiful?: http://bit.ly/1rpvbCH. Join Willie Nelson and NRDC to take urgent action to stop mountaintop removal – today!

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Bigotry And Sexism All Under One Tent - The Tea Party

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MSNBC and Reince Priebus had a little skirmish around the time of the Super Bowl. It had to do with a questionably accusatory statement released on a tweet by an employee of the cable news outlet. In that twitter remark, the staffer implied that Republican right wingers might not be happy over a new, interracial commercial for Cheerios, to debut during the big football event.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Last year, the cereal brand Cheerios released a commercial that featured an interracial couple and their biracial daughter. The racist backlash against seeing a black man with a white woman was so severe that Cheerios had to disable comments on its YouTube account. During the Super Bowl this year, the brand double-downed on its efforts to be reflective of a diverse nation and released a second commercial featuring the same family.

So based on history, the staffer made his/her comment. Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC apologized in print and over the phone with RNC Chair, Priebus. He also fired the employee.  I'm not sure why Griffin felt this was necessary as history had spoken on this issue. But being the man he is and feeling it was in everyone's best interest for the network not to appear insensitive by painting all right-wing conservatives with the same brush, Griffin did what he did. Sadly, Priebus wasn't quite so gracious in his handling of the apology. He accepted the actions, but with strings and a stern warning attached, "We'll be watching you."

If only that were true -- maybe the troubled GOP would learn a thing or two.

Well, the Super Bowl comes and goes, and there were some rumblings about the inter-racial family once again, but nothing like the last time. There was more of an outrage over America The Beautiful, just a song, not an anthem as many have claimed, sung in different languages. Somehow, the self-stamped,  true-blooded Americans were outraged that the song could be co-opted for singing (respectfully) by anyone other than a card carrying American citizen. I'm sure many of those same folks might take offense at Obama singing this song as his origins are still fodder for many right-wing discussions and accusations.

So, getting back to the racism issue and the TPM article -- there's a bit more to this undercurrent. It seems that there are levels of implied tolerance.

The American public seems more willing to accept (or ignore) seeing a black woman with a white man than a black man with a white woman.

So how's that match up with society as it really is?

According to reports, black men have a higher rate of interracial marriage than black women, which means it’s more common, and yet it also launches more racist backlash.

Backlash? By whom? Who has the right to criticize?

While bigots focus on tearing down the significance of the family in the Cheerios commercials, advertisements featuring white men with nonwhite women are overlooked. Commercials with white men coupled with black women don’t cause nearly as much disagreement as the inverse.

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How interesting. So race and sex are intertwined when it comes tolerance. What's okay or "allowable" for one combination is seen as more offensive for others.

Maybe it’s because white men are seen as improving a black woman’s life, saving her from black men who are more interested in dating white women, if various statistics are to be believed.

I have to say, I don't believe this kind of thinking is coming from liberals. If this is the conservative way of thinking, who votes the conservative path? Mostly Republicans. And which branch or wing of the GOP holds racial feelings the strongest? If you ask me, it's the Tea Party.

So this brings me back to the MSNBC apology that the interracial Cheerios ad might have been offensive to right wingers. Well add a sexist angle to this as well. Racism is wrong on every level. But when you add sexism to the conflagration, watch out. Hatred is being fanned, and not by any one group -- though if you look at the statistics, you can see where it's festering the most.

GOP, you want to bring more people to your party, especially women, immigrants and people of color? Maybe start taking some responsibility and speaking out against ignorance. Reince, instead of feigning hurt, look into the accusations leveled at you and address them from within. Obviously when criticized from outside the party, the Republicans drop to the fetal position and sob they're being picked on unjustly. Look around you GOP. Where are your women, your people of color, your immigrants? They're under the Democratic and Independent tents seeking shelter from your rain.

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