February 2012

Was He The Original 'Occupier?': A Look Back Offers Hope As We Await The Next Occupy Movement

How different are the times we live in from those of past generations? Are the challenges we face today of the 99 percent vs. the 1 percent or the overtaking of government rule by millionaires and billionaires that much different than other times in our nation’s history?

My favorite recent question from Thom: "Name one country, in the history of the world, that has successfully cut its way to prosperity."


"Name one country, in the history of the world, that has successfully cut its way to prosperity." (at 4 min, 32 seconds)

After a long pause, Peter Ferrara said, "I didn't come prepared with a history lesson today" and then he grew very, very agitated, began to scream (tough to describe it too differently from that) and found an obscure example from 1921 which Thom answered very easily.

Franklin Graham's views -- Let's consider the source.

Lawrence O'Donnell had a really great insight on Franklin Graham a week and a half ago, kicking off his segment with the statement, "This is all you have to know about Franklin Graham."

He then played an earlier interview he had recorded with Graham and suggested that Graham perhaps refrain from giving his views on the fitness of someone for president. Graham said that he was trying to be honest.

At that point O'Donnell asked, "Well, have you ever voted for a Democrat?"

And after a long, long pause, Graham said, "No."

'War' is not specific enough to describe the acts in Afghanistan

Last week Thom gave some stunning facts on what is happening in Afghanistan, and further described these as the horrible results of war.

From my perspective, 'war' has become too broad a term to depend on -- not to mention it's getting so that just the word 'war' by itself does not tell us enough. For example, is this an "ILLEGAL WAR"? Or, is there anything ever that fits the description of a "JUST WAR"? And even if there were, doesn't "THE FOG OF WAR" create every atrocity imagineable?

Occupy: A Crucified Movement

Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement?

Chris Hedges: “And there comes a time when a true follower of Jesus Christ must take a stand that’s neither safe nor politic nor popular but he must take a stand because it is right.” “Where is the church now? Where are the clergy? Why do so many church doors remain shut? Why do so many churches refuse to carry out the central mandate of the Christian Gospel and lift up the cross?”

Understanding Obama

President Obama gave a rousing state of the union address that had us all pumped up and saying “YEAH! THAT’S THE GUY I VOTED FOR!!!”

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Thomas Edison Was Right About Solar Power

Famed inventor Thomas Edison brought us electric lights, phonographs, movies, and even the first research and development laboratory.

But in 1931, he also was one of the first promoters of renewable energy - especially solar.