Daily Topics - Tuesday April 26th, 2011

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Correction: Re: Conservatives' attack on public education 4/25...PFAW did not say, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being..." They were quoting the Hearltand Institute who said it.

Hour One: What is the fate and future of the economy?

Hour Two: Is Chernobyl's legacy the future for Fukushima...and America? Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear

Hour Three: Bankrupt states of America? Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal


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WendyBluEyez 8 years 30 weeks ago

Religion is a for-profit business - plain and simple. As such, they should not be offered tax exempt status.

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mathboy 8 years 30 weeks ago

You take a plane,
Followed by a train,
And then you go
For a walk in the rain.

Then some guy tells you that you're covered with radioactive water.

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Lisa K. 8 years 30 weeks ago

Agreed! But futhermore, we should not be surprised that Christianity is so entwined with politics. When Christianity was in it's infancy, competing with many other similar salvation oriented belief systems, it was fragmented with many conflicting concepts coming out of interpretations of Jesus' message. The Roman Empire was also in turmoil as it was breaking up. It was Emperor Constantine, recognising the political uses of religion who declared he was miraculously "converted" to Christianity. He then gathered certain Christian leaders and set the approved standards for Orthodox Christianity, which handily enforces the idea of the political leadership as appointed by God, and denigrates women, self responsibility, and free choice. It also declared as Heresy those groups which had woman leaders, democratic ideas, and anything else that did not enforce the Monarchy.

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mathboy 8 years 30 weeks ago

I think the "divine right of kings" came more from the Holy Roman Empire. Once the Pope crowned a political leader, it became a bandwagon, even though the "holy" moniker went back and forth between the French and Germans without delegitimizing whichever one didn't have it. The second, and possibly more important, step was when an emperor tried to excommunicate the pope and suffered for it.

Heh. We sound like Adams and Jefferson, arguing over whether state ruins church or church ruins state.

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Thom plus logo Colonel Vindman's testimony pretty much proves that Trump was trying to shake down Ukraine for information on Biden, and that the Republicans are doing everything they can to cover up this extortion attempt.

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"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
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"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
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