Daily Topics - Monday August 30th, 2010

Quote of the Day: Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Hour One: What is Christianity...was MLK's version closer to the truth than Glenn Beck's? - Demos Scholar Rich Benjamin will be here www.richbenjamin.com; Plus, Martin Luther King and liberation theology...how did Glen Beck get it so wrong? - Joe Madison, host of Madison The Black Eagle weekdays on XM's The Power, channel 169

Hour Two: What could SDS have become if it had 2 billionaires and full time TV network behind it and how different would America be as a result? Activist Tom Hayden will be here http://tomhayden.com; Plus, Is Glenn Beck the anti-christ? Bill Keller, founder of the 9/11 Christian Center will be here www.911christiancenter.com

Hour Three: Hurricane Katrina - did the New Orleans police get away with murder on Bush's watch? Propublica investigative journalist A.C. Thompson will be here www.propublica.org

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DRichards's picture
DRichards 10 years 3 weeks ago
#1

Re: What is Christianity?

What ever people want it be. It all comes down to our creating God in our own image. We use religion to justify our world view. If we are self centered & judgmental, so is our God.

It always amazes me how little of Jesus' teaching many Christians follow.

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Jeanie 10 years 3 weeks ago
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Jeanie 10 years 3 weeks ago
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re: What is Christianity

Which is why Mahatma Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

DRichards's picture
DRichards 10 years 3 weeks ago
#4

Has anyone seen the addendum to "Zeitgeist"?

View Free Online:
http://vimeo.com/13726978

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MugsysRapSheet 10 years 3 weeks ago
#5

Educator-in-Chief ----------------

Thom, I believe one of the primary jobs of president is to be "Educator-in-Chief", explaining to the people how things work and why he needs to do the things he does.

I think President Obama fails miserably on that front, and it has a LOT to do with why the Right has so much momentum on their side.

(PS: How does the winner of "Comment of the Day" claim their prize? I've won twice (two weeks ago today and two years ago before that) and, despite emailing you my contact information, I have never received anything from the show. No one has ever tried to contact me either. Very disappointing.)

DRichards's picture
DRichards 10 years 3 weeks ago
#6

Re Roosevelt "Government by organized money"

The documentary "Zeitgeist" illustrates what type of government we actually have.

DRichards's picture
DRichards 10 years 3 weeks ago
#7

It seems to me that our form of government resembles very little of what our founding fathers envisioned. Our Democracy is largely a facade. The Elite give a choice of their two candidates (two sides of the same coin). What we now have is a corporatocracy.

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rladlof 10 years 3 weeks ago
#8

DIRECT LIFT FROM THE BECK / RESTORING WEB-SITE (The highlights are mine):

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/

This rally is compliant with IRS Rules and Regulations found in IRS publication 557 and IRS publication 4221-PC. For tax purposes a gift to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is deductible in accordance with Internal Revenue Service's tax laws. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. The purchase of Restoring Honor Rally merchandise is not a donation to SOWF, but all net proceeds from the sale of Restoring Honor Rally merchandise is being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place on August 28, 2010.

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rladlof 10 years 3 weeks ago
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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Brings Out the Red, White and Blue Sequins:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/full-coverage-of-glenn-becks-restoring-honor-rally.php

Pablito's picture
Pablito 10 years 3 weeks ago
#10

Enough of Glen Beck,he is a moron who has many duped.

But Thom,show some courage.tell us how ordinary working families have been pigeoned holed

by the WH's HAMP program & forced into foreclosure.If we can't get an honest discussion of the WH's failures

...well it's just like when the GOP were in power,their incompetence was swept under the rug..

That's is why this democracy ...or whats left of it will/must go up in smoke for any good to come.

Boris31's picture
Boris31 10 years 3 weeks ago
#11

Obama's weekly address will do more for the Troops than anything at the Beckaplooza. Michelle Obama quietly works with Vets & their wives, but most Americans wouldn't be aware of it unless they watch CSpan at 2:00am or comb through the back pages of newspapers.

The Obama's even made time to visit with a WW II Vet while on Holiday.

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Boris31 10 years 3 weeks ago
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‎"There you are, Norton! The people! Try and lick that!" (Meet John Doe)
except unlike Gary Cooper, Beck took the deal with the Big Bad Money guys..
It seems to me that Glenn Beck perceived a void, that people like Rick Warren, William Donohue have been rather quiet of late and picked up the mantle of a religious leader. This provides him an extra platform besides his FOX show to misdirect Americans to vote against their own best interests. He will be able to move them on a visceral level, as evidenced by the clumsy, but somewhat effective Beckaplooza show of Faith & respect of the Troops. I do believe that this does indeed make him a more dangerous element in society.
Obama was correct in his statement about some people retreating towards Guns & Religion.

rladlof's picture
rladlof 10 years 3 weeks ago
#13

Scary, scary, makes-you-wanna-cry:

http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/forecasts/senate

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johnd_nw 10 years 3 weeks ago
#14

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."--H. L. Mencken

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 10 years 3 weeks ago
#15

Wow Colorado is likely to elect Sharron Angle over Reid, that's absolutely amazing, how are they going to do that, considering the race is going on in Nevada?

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PrinceVince's picture
PrinceVince 10 years 3 weeks ago
#16

'In Soviet Russia, .... Honor restores YOU!'

WHAT A COUNTRY !

MugsysRapSheet's picture
MugsysRapSheet 10 years 3 weeks ago
#17

<gack!> Nevada.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 10 years 3 weeks ago
#18

I think it's a brilliant example to bring up the fact that Jesus wouldn't charge people to help them or feed them. On another blog, a self-described Christian told me that it was doing a disservice to God if the government provided any welfare or help at all. It was up to individuals to do so if they wanted and the government had no right or business to do so. So I'm not sure if right-wing Christians would get the example.

But I will still use it. Because it's great.

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MugsysRapSheet 10 years 3 weeks ago
#19

RL,

I'd take that poll with a grain of salt. It says that <strike>Colorado</strike> Nevada is likely to elect wingnut queen Sharron Angle over Harry Reid.

And even with that, it still predicts Dems stay in the majority.

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MailManRuss 10 years 3 weeks ago
#20

In reference to the posting of the disclaimer about where the proceeds from the rally go,I heard about this on Stephanie Miller this morning. I wish someone would have called in today to talk about this, especially when Thom was talking about the whole rally as being nothing more than a Beck promotional rally and that one gentleman called saying that the rally was all about the SOWF. While I certainly hope that SOWF does get some proceeds from this event, as they seem like a legitimate veterans operation, it would be interesting to find out just how much SOWF actually gets from the event. Considering what Beck gets for an appearance, I have a feeling SOWF won't be getting much in the way of proceeds. I would venture that Ed Schultz raises more money for the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Association) with the sales of his Big Eddie's Hawaiian Beans sold by USA Coffee Company ($3 of each bag sold goes to IAVA)

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