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  • Were officials in MO counting on rioting?   2 min 59 sec ago

    So if this kind of crap keeps up, general public will become very wary of the police and will refuse to seek police help. You can not get the South East Asians to report a crime because of deep rooted distrust of police. You can not get them to seek police help.

    Will US end up in the same way? Another sign of a third world country. You don't think its happening? Ask an inner city black youth.

    Racing to the bottom and accelerating.

  • 100 Years Ago   3 min 30 sec ago

    Good News for the Poor! The Day of the Lord! Bad News for the Arrogant and Doers of Injustice.

    My Age of Reason relic self still wonders why the Rich cannot get the self-interest of investing in the happiness of their subalterns and servants because they have more than they can spend and would be able to live the life of Riley without any real responsibility? Just do the Joe Kennedy thing and give back half of your excess so you can keep the other half. We really don't cost that much when life is going along smoothly.

    My modern self tells me that lusts and tunes of glory are playing while Mars and Mammon do a modern appearance in Global Security and Global Free Trade. Reason has little chance when these juices are flowing, so you have to be prepared for this disease and not expecting rational nostrums to cure it. You have to be able to keep on keeping on while frustration abounds.

  • Do you agree with the Ferguson grand jury decision?   5 min 55 sec ago

    so much for the claim that the prosecution can get a ham sandwich indicted. maybe a better chance if it would be a "black" forest ham sandwich.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   8 min 33 sec ago

    I've got two souls! One on the bottom of each foot.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   13 min 10 sec ago

    Pali, I substitute "humanity" for "soul" when I am not talking music and Black. The "soul" has suffered the same metaphysical fate as "God" as we can see out to the heart of space and into the heart of matter. Where is the soul to be found biologically, or even in the neuroscience of the mind?

    Or, as Tina sang, "What has LOVE got to do with it?"

    The comment about plastic is germane to this, but I wanted to offer a post-Newtonian, post-theistic way to speak about "soul." It is all about what it takes to make and keep human life human in this world, and that is not apart from our relationship with nature and all that is, has been, and evermore may be.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   18 min 7 sec ago

    The image of "plastic" is not flexible and creative, it is flat and corporate, packaged and sorted for our "consumption" rather than any creative engagement. So, the "cult of personality" does offer the same superficial emotional lures while avoiding anything that has to go deep and reflect on anything at all.

    It is like drinking to get drunk rather than to enjoy the beverage and risk overdoing it. Or overdoing it because the enjoyment of the beverage itself is terrific. Just getting drunk is a bad idea. Having a hangover after a great night is not always the regret factor. It might just be the price paid for the ride.

    Anyway, this thread has had a number of worthwhile comments, including that lovely bon mot from Twain. Nobody outside the clergy can really laugh at this one from the depths. And, few of them (us) are really able to reveal the frame of the franchise to expose themselves as not fans of religion.

    My uncomfortable relationship with religion as a member of the clergy is part of my work. Healing professionals deal with biology and with parts of our nature where "things happen." Knowing about what causes illness and what can be good in the bacteria is not making a virtue out of disease. We often have to control what our biology needs overall. It is not perfect very often. I offer this as an analogy with religion which is inevitable, to some extent, and both positive and negative in its use.

    As a religious professional and "theologian," I want to keep religion "under control." This includes a respect for myth and metaphysics, but not their confusion with history and nature. Our constructs of Reality are how we live with Power and Authority and what explains this to us. Money and Guns seem to have Power close to Ultimate. How about Love or Justice or Civil Decency or Good Taste or You Name It?

  • How Is Fox Reporting GOP House Report There Was No Benghazi Coverup?   35 min 10 sec ago

    Jeez ulTRAX. I can't imagine how or why we should opine about how faux news should report news. It should be the truth but that's not in their culture. Like the pony under the manure pile, there just has to be a conspiracy in there somewhere.

  • Ok, now what?   35 min 24 sec ago

    I give up. Now the website is freezing every few minutes. I'd like to watch the show but it's not on tv (DirecTV) anymore, it doesn't work on the Roku box and now the website is not working properly.

    Let me know when any of this works again... I'll keep checking in as well.

  • Thoms show The big Picture isn't on Free Speech on Derectv in my area   37 min 30 sec ago

    Ferguson MO; The policeman could have used a Tazar or pepper spray to subdue the suspect.

    An indictment is not a conviction.

  • Were officials in MO counting on rioting?   46 min 1 sec ago

    I haven't had to hear Pap go off on this misuse of Grand Jury and "the Trial of Michael Brown" for petty theft and jaywalking and a sentence of death. The justifiers are prime examples of the problem, and the DA is the illustrated example.

    As to how well they knew what they were doing, I think White Blinded is at work even though anyone who can see wonders why they can't. A lot of set behavior took place as 'scenarios' were presented and policies put into place. Protecting White property more than Black, and being ready for a riot instead of peaceful protest is in the boilerplate. It is subconscious as is racism, as well as more pervasive. They don't think it is about race. They really don't. Amazing, but they don't.

  • Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?   47 min 2 sec ago

    "This week, we learned that Warren will be joining the Senate Democratic leadership as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. In this role — created specifically for her — she will help craft the party’s policies and priorities as well as serve as a liaison to progressive groups."

    There IS HOPE in the Progressive Dem base!

  • Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?   49 min 57 sec ago

    As an undergrad B.S. on socio-political sciences and researcher of most U.S. socio-political issues, it's critical to UNDERSTAND not only how the paradigm of left wing/right wing political spectrum, but ALSO the FACT that 'citizens united' forced upon us by extremist right wing political operatives beholden SOLELY to the Republican Party fascist supreme court justices overturning hundreds of years of American Supreme Court history of decisions bt implementing this fallcious egregious legislation along with ALL other fascist-inspired legislation. So looking at Schumer and both the progressive nd corporate base of the Democrat Party, Schumer is more like the Republicans of yesteryear, but how can anyone be elected without the big bucks coming from the corporates. While I agree with RichardofJeffer, he is completely unrealistic about 'citizen inspired Democracy--it ain't gonna happen! The big bucks needed for campaigning, FORCES the public office contender to 'suck up' to the big buck plutocrats and corporates in a 2 party system that WILL ALWAYS BE A 2 PARTY SYSTEM. Best KNOW who you vote for by the legislation they create or by their backgrounds as runner ups for the incumbent. THEN VOTE as if your life depended upon it--VOTE for the contender best representing your interests and NOT VOTE for whom the corporates and plutocrats try to mislead you into voting for, then TAKE BACK the right to vote from the Republicanized states massively throwing good Dem voters out of voting at ALL elections.

  • Were officials in MO counting on rioting?   50 min 25 sec ago
    Quote harumman:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/25/1347398/-National-Bar-Associati...

    This case should have went to trial. I am no lawyer but these people are and most lawyes I have heard feel the same way.

    Explained on RSN in article by Scott Galindez "Ferguson: Probable Cause or Reasonable Doubt."

    Quote Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News:

    ... Bob McCulloch was not a prosecutor seeking justice for Michael Brown, he served as Darren Wilson’s legal advocate, and instead of asking the grand jury to find probable cause for a trial, he sought reasonable doubt for an acquittal.

    Let’s hope the federal prosecutor does his job.

  • Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?   55 min 42 sec ago

    The sad fact is that the two major parties are so corrupt and pro-oligarchy that at the national level neither of them remotely represent the vast majority of Americans. Classic populism sounds good, but is unlikely to get much traction. For one thing the mainstream media is so tightly controlled by the power interests that they won't allow a reasonable national discussion. They certainly does not want any independent leader to arise; consider how John Dean was treated when he discussed breaking up the big media interests.

    While a major turnaround is possible if things get bad enough (think 1932), the fragmentation of the country into distrustful groups makes this difficult. I fear we're in a late Roman Republic situation, waiting for a Caesar to"restore order." The trappings of the national government might continue, but power will be increasingly consolidated into a smaller and smaller group.

  • Were officials in MO counting on rioting?   57 min 24 sec ago

    Dex, I realize your self-righteous huff makes you unaware of how patronizing and stupid this comment about neighborhood leaders in poverty neighborhoods is and how effin' WHITE you come across.

    Black church leaders do not hold workshops on liquor store heists or other ways to "make money" on the dark side of the law. They do not teach adolescent behavior, and neither do the community leaders in Whiteworld other than football coaches, to some extent. To insult those who must serve the grieved parents and console those whose families are burdened by the structures of poverty created by this economy is beyond insensitive.

    The point I made is that the White Community Leaders in Power had not established any real relationships with the Black Community and its leaders other than the occupation army. While that army intervenes in some problems where they can prevent a worse outcome, it also brings an attitude of occupation instead of community policing that anyone with any dignity would resent, if not protest or resist.

    The Trial of Michael Brown has also sentenced him to death for petty theft and jaywalking, and for mouthing off at a cop who we can expect not to have spoken to him with any civility. If he thought he had a perp for a cigar heist, I am sure the cop was ready to make his bones with the bust. Really.

    If the cop had known his community, he would know how to find Mike and get his butt down to juvie or Night Court for acting out. He was a teenager!!!!!

    Remember how shocked a lot of White folk were about that "conversation" Black parents had with their sons that Whitey never had to? How do we allow "fear" to be the metric of professional conduct with lethal force? How can we allow strangers to patrol our neighborhoods on the lookout for suspicious characters, like our kids and their friends or ourselves?

    Shoplifting is not a Black crime, and if a White kid had been shot for stealing ciggies and not doing what the cops told him to, we would still expect to find a weapon or some reason beyond rude, arrogant and stupid.

  • Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?   1 hour 4 sec ago

    I suggest that the Democrats embrace and adopt the platform of the Unite America Party, which is a platform open to ANY political party to advocate.

    Support the Unite America Party Platform, published by The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-reber/platform-of-the-unite-ame_b_547... as well as Nation Of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/platform-unite-america-party-1402409962 and OpEd News at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Platform-of-the-Unite-Amer-by-Gary-Rebe....

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 hour 5 min ago

    Well, I would love to delve more deeply into the link I posted because I think it is a fascinating example of how something so simple can reveal meaning on so many levels. The whole dance routine can be read as a metaphor for life. When the camera meets the protagonist at eye level it is an invitation to see her as looking at you in the same way as you are looking at her. It is just a moment of recognition after which everybody has the same sort of relation to each other again. Only you as the spectator are tempted to ask whether you see more of yourself in the protagonist or whether you are one of the many in the throngs. The invocation of traditional costume and setting (street fair, carnival) indicates that the aspects of modern identity, the exceptional individual, are being re-organized in the cultural mileux. The exceptional individual does not have any supernatural power, yet the entertainer is able to use aesthetic means to convey an image which attracts the average person for its heightened energy.

    I feel a lot of the "cult of personality" that is used to promote commercialism in the U.S. does so while also robbing the environment of any element which might give the creative individual anything with which to rival the set of images sold to the consumer as representing the best and ultimate lifestyle.

  • Were officials in MO counting on rioting?   1 hour 15 min ago

    Dex, I realize your self-righteous huff makes you unaware of how patronizing and stupid this comment about neighborhood leaders in poverty neighborhoods is and how effin' WHITE you come across.

    Black church leaders do not hold workshops on liquor store heists or other ways to "make money" on the dark side of the law. They do not teach adolescent behavior, and neither do the community leaders in Whiteworld other than football coaches, to some extent. To insult those who must serve the grieved parents and console those whose families are burdened by the structures of poverty created by this economy is beyond insensitive.

    The point I made is that the White Community Leaders in Power had not established any real relationships with the Black Community and its leaders other than the occupation army. While that army intervenes in some problems where they can prevent a worse outcome, it also brings an attitude of occupation instead of community policing that anyone with any dignity would resent, if not protest or resist.

    The Trial of Michael Brown has also sentenced him to death for petty theft and jaywalking, and for mouthing off at a cop who we can expect not to have spoken to him with any civility. If he thought he had a perp for a cigar heist, I am sure the cop was ready to make his bones with the bust. Really.

    If the cop had known his community, he would know how to find Mike and get his butt down to juvie or Night Court for acting out. He was a teenager!!!!!

    Remember how shocked a lot of White folk were about that "conversation" Black parents had with their sons that Whitey never had to? How do we allow "fear" to be the metric of professional conduct with lethal force? How can we allow strangers to patrol our neighborhoods on the lookout for suspicious characters, like our kids and their friends or ourselves?

    Shoplifting is not a Black crime, and if a White kid had been shot for stealing ciggies and not doing what the cops told him to, we would still expect to find a weapon or some reason beyond rude, arrogant and stupid.

  • Rioting alternative: snowflake displays of racial solidarity all around town   1 hour 40 min ago

    Money, but also a lot of immaturity about masculinity and how power is imagined and 'realized.' You can also add a nostalgia for a rural America where hunting was part of common life and not a "sport" indulged in by a few. So was fishing to put away food for the winter.

    While there is little to mourn in the poverty and austerity these memories avoid, there is a lot of connection to the earth and nature here that has been lost, domesticated, turned into "recreation" and abstracted from its purity.

    I eat meat with respect, and would rather eat game than factory on moral grounds as well as health.

    I also respect those who engage in target shooting and enjoy hitting the mark even if I consider it in the range of pinball and a poor alternative to physical activity. Even bowling is more full body. Try archery. Or shoot hoops. But, hey, just do it safely and keep the guns at the range. Really well secured. Don't give an AK47 to a six year old.

  • response to ferguson decision   1 hour 43 min ago

    ppphhhhhhttttt.............troll-a-thon

  • Happy Holidays?!: Consumer Credit Cards are on FIRE   1 hour 48 min ago

    boycot the BS. Check otu Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

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  • Immigration Proclamation   1 hour 53 min ago

    I will allow for not very bright, well-intended, low information sincerity rather than pure jerkdom, but the persistence with which some hold onto bad ideas when better information is presented does present a phenomenon. Is it really jerkdom or just how a lot of us invest in ideology?

    I try to think about any ideological boxes I might be inhabiting as I rethink the problems as they unfold. A good historian is always aware of methodology and how the data is selected to tell a story or work out an experiment. When did the story begin and who is telling it is part of the box problem.

    Why people are invested in their stories is also hard to parse with generalities. We know that those who went to war and lost buddies cannot accept the vanity of their sacrifice and the crappy reasons the wars were fought. I understand, but I also hear the Vets Against the Wars who have a healthier resolution of the dissonance.

    I have dealt with religion and obstinance about "my story, and I'm stickin' with it" when it is actively biting them on the ass, so I am short on explanation. Nonetheless, I find getting people to unpack their stories and tell me why they have interpreted things they way they have opens more useful conversation that debating the issues does.

  • ferguson Darren Wilson creatine   1 hour 54 min ago

    interesting..............creatine is banned in many sports, it is "steroid lite"

  • Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Ecopsychology, or Deep Ecology   2 hours 4 min ago

    It took me many years, but I think this is what is meant by The Gospel Of Thomas:

    If you bring forth what is in you, what you bring forth will save you.

    If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

    Nowhere does it say this is easy, nowhere does it say you are obliged. It is each individual's choice. But understand what living a life of hypocrisy will lead to. Angush. Self-truth, self discovery, is liberation.

    Then you can truely spend it forward.

  • Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Ecopsychology, or Deep Ecology   2 hours 10 min ago

    Amen, brother....

    We have an obligation to be true to ourselves. This is how change happens, at the micro level, in families. How can anyone find the courage to stand up to external tyranny if one succumbs to familal tyranny? It begins at home, and so be it if you have to create your own home.

    Begin with building a home for yourself, self compassion, forgiveness, love.

    Then, it can spread, naturally, I think?

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Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?

Democrats must embrace a pro-government platform, not run away from it.

Those were the sentiments of Senator Chuck Schumer today, in a speech given at the National Press Club. Talking about the reasons for Democrats’ losses on Election Day, Schumer said that those losses were proof that the American people and middle-class want a government that will work more effectively for them.