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Slave Labor -- If It's Good Enough For The Bible

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Some people get carried away with the literal workings of the holy bible. One such extremist is Cathedral Bible College President Dr. Wayne Miller. It seems that he's leading this South Carolina bible college in taking advantage of foreign students, forcing them into slavery. Police have just arrested Dr. Miller after a federal investigation.

You might expect his defense to be "The devil made me do it." But Miller's taken a more academic approach. He blames the "good book" justifying his actions with bible passages from the new and old testaments, accepting slavery.

Somehow, that just doesn't sound too "Christian" to me.

Certainly the practices of the bible have got to be tempered with a sense of modern morality and translation. Remember, the old and the new testaments were NOT written by God. They were written by men, (sorry ladies...). Mere mortal men and these stories and legends are just that -- hand-me-down anecdotes or as Bill Maher is wont to say, "fairy tales." Belief in them is fine, but literal translations must be tempered with reality and common sense.

So back to South Carolina and Cathedral Bible College. Here's some interesting tidbits to consider. For instance, the background of its president. From Raw Story:

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Miller was arrested in 2006 on charges of lewdness and prostitution after he exposed himself to an undercover officer in a bathhouse at Myrtle Beach State Park. Records indicated that Miller participated in a pre-trial intervention program, allowing his record to be expunged.

Maybe President Miller has rehabilitated himself. If so, good for him. Or did he just trade his sexual violations for human rights violations?

Then there's his true purpose at the school. Was it bible education? Picking up chicks? Dudes? Or was it something quite different -- yet still nefarious and evil? What was Miller doing to these students?

Students told investigators that classes at the school “were not real,” and that the real purpose of the school was to force them to work over the maximum of 20 hours per week that federal law allows for student visas. The students alleged that Miller often forced them to live in substandard conditions without hot water, heat or air-conditioning.

The complaints said that students worked over 50 hours a week, and often received no pay, even though some had been promised $100 a week. Several students said that they were paid $50 a week for 40 hours of work or more.

Who was profiting from all of this? It certainly wasn't the kids who came for a Christian and bible-based education. Doesn't it make you pause and wonder what else might be going on in this country under the cloak of right-wing evangelicals? Funny how they're the first one's to accuse states of possibly approving Sharia Law, but hold up King James when justifying their actions. Slavery seems much more in keeping with Sharia beliefs than Christian.

Hopefully this situation gets straightened out soon. But it does make me question the real ethics of the bible-thumping world. I think everyone should have the right to believe or not to believe in whatever they wish. But when it infringes on human decency, I have to ask questions.

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Cartoon Cliven Bundy: "In MY America, one man's delusion is another man's dream!"

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David Horsey nailed it in his Los Angeles Times article and political cartoon, both calling out crackpot racist Cliven Bundy for what he is: delusional:

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Bundy hops on his horse and parades around carrying the flag of the government he says he doesn’t believe in. He boasts that he is just like one of the founding fathers. He apparently has not figured out that most of his countrymen are starting to see him as a deadbeat who, for 20 years, has fed his cattle for free on land that doesn’t belong to him — land that, in law and in fact, belongs to the people of the United States.

In an earlier post, Cliven Bundy said that his 'Negro' remarks were totally not racist.

Oh.

Our bad.

Kidding.

Here's what he had to say this morning on CNN:

Wow. Really? He's now the Official Martin Luther King historian and spokesperson? About Rosa Parks?

The scary thing is, Cliven Bundy is just the tip of a very ugly, very ugly conservative iceberg. Via the Southern Poverty Law Center:

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Jon Stewart had a thing or two to say about this "hero on the right" who wanted to "keep his cows on welfare":

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"He's also apparently a professor of Negro studies...

...at Duke University....DAVID Duke University."

He's all yours, GOP. You can try to run away from your adulation of this horror story of a being, but all your public smooches were recorded for all to see, documented forever. Good luck with that.

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Cliven Bundy: My 'Negro' Remarks Were Totally Not Racist

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Here is the original post on FreakoutNation

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Slavery: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? Rosewood Center

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Photo courtesy SheepNotGoats/Creative Commons

I've never heard a full version of The Shadow - the radio show of the 1930s about a crime-fighter, a Bruce Wayne type, who fought evil and brought criminals to justice.  Looking at the Wiki just now, I learned that Orson Welles took the part of The Shadow more than once and I'm sure they were memorable performances.

Not the radio play nor other dramatizations are on my mind at the moment but real-life evil which took place literally 'through the woods' from where I used to live in Owings Mills, Maryland, years ago: selling mentally-handicapped people into slavery. - literally.  It would be monstrous anywhere but checking my dates, it happened before I lived there but I'm wondering  how I could not have known of the existence of this place. It was on a back road I never had occasion to drive and I never walked through those particular woods (it was private property) but it creeps me out not to have known it was there until today.

From the story on Slate

A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High Society
Crooked lawyers sprang inmates from an asylum to make them slaves.

What was the nature of this evil? For more than 20 years, some of Baltimore’s wealthiest and most established families had been helping themselves to the institutionalized patients at Rosewood. They’d been “adopting” these mentally challenged girls and women only to turn them into their own private slaves.

Evil doesn't just 'lurk'. In some people it's right out in the open and slavery is still very real in the 21st century in the sex trade and elsewhere.

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Florida Republican Proposes Obama Lynching

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One can only hope that not all Tea Party Republican candidates are crazy. But seeing this gives me pause. I'm talking to everyone out there, but especially in Florida.

Fueling the fire of the adage, every family has its nuts, the Tampa Bay Times reported this the other day:

ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.

"I'm past impeachment," Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. "It's time to arrest and hang him high."

You'd think with all the negative press this has brought about, the Florida Republican Party would officially call for this man's dropping out of the Florida House District race. And this would be a unanimous call.

But it's not. A few Florida Republicans have voiced "concern" over statements like this. Really? Just some concern.

Evidently the Secret Service is taking this crackpot seriously. They already visited with him about his making threatening statements.

Following the "concern" voiced by a few Republicans, Black took once again to the airwaves, tweeting:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Well, even that wasn't enough. After the offensive statements of justification above, Mr. Black went onto FaceBook with this:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Had enough yet? I hope the state of Florida, the Republican Party in particular, has.  It's time they distance themselves from wackadoos like Joshua Black. It's okay to disagree with the President, but calling for a public lynching is something that deserves a closer watching. Who knows what this dude's capable of doing? And who knows how many more there are like him. Maybe we'll find out when they hold the election.

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Video- President Barack Obama's moving tribute to Nelson Mandela in full

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Gohmert and Bachmann - Stupid and Stupider?

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Dumb and Dumber was already taken.

You have to hand it to Louis Gohmert. Just when you thought he couldn't be any more out of his mind, he takes another giant leap into the land of ignorance.

He spoke on Friday at the Values Voter Summit, the tea-party group where Rafael Cruz spoke as well. After Cruz got heckled and boo'd, Gohmert took the stage. They say performers hate to  follow kids or animals because it's hard to rise above that empathy. Well, following Cruz was a challenge. But Louis was up to it.

His angle wasn't to take on Obama. Cruz did that already. He was going to take on a pillar of his own party -- the stalwart of patriotism himself, John McCain.

Yes, that John McCain. The man who is known as a war hero, a former presidential standard bearer for the GOP AND the man who made Sarah Palin a household name. According to Gohmert, 'that' John McCain is an Al Qaeda ally and supporter.

Here's Stupid, as reported by TPM:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) described Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as a guy that supported al Qaeda.

"I heard just before I came, some senator from Arizona, a guy that liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him," Gohmert said. "A guy that's been to Syria and supported al Qaeda and the rebels. But he was saying today the shutdown has been a fools' errand. And I agree with him, the president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down."

For perspective, Gohmert was referring to McCain's visit to northern Syria. During the official visit, according to McClatchy, the rebels escorting McCain were fighting fighters that supported al Qaeda.

Louis, I'll attempt to put it into terms even you'll understand... The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Oh, forget it, Louis, you're too stupid to understand.

Okay, while digesting that, look who came up next to speak to the stunned and amazed crowd... none other than Michele 'Nutcase' Bachmann. Catch this from Stupider, speaking on the Affordable Care Act and reported by MEDIAite:

“This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated,” Bachmann declared. During the speech she set up a dichotomy of “police state,” symbolized by the shuttered World War II memorial during the government shutdown vs. “Constitutional republic,” represented by conservatives like her who fought to reopen it, only after directly causing the shutdown in the first place.

“When the federal government controls your health care,” Bachmann said, “they literally control life and death.” She called on conservatives to demand that President Obama “allow Obamacare to be voluntary for every American,” a move he already has said he would refuse because it would undermine the basic ability of the law to bring down insurance costs.

Well, this was some conference. The Cracker Jacks were a buck a bag, but the nuts were free.

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