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Who Let the Dog Turds In?

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The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

David Culver, Telling It Like It Is!

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April 9, 2015 | Recently I came across two pictures: one of Paul and Shirley Wellstone on the rear deck of their green bus during a campaign stop, and Shirley Chisholm on the day in 1972 she announced she was running for president.

Then I remembered a book by Molly Ivins, “Who Let the Dogs In?” As described in goodreads, it’s “her own personal Hall of Fame of America’s most amazing and outlandish politicians –the wicked, the wise, the witty, and the witless – drawn from more than twenty years of reporting on the folks who attempt to run our government (in some cases, into the ground).”

David Culver is the editor of Evergreene Digest.

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Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending April 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 8 New items including:
    • Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality
    • San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’
    • Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown
    • University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral
    • Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians
    • Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child
    • Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

 

Big Bible vs. Big Business

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  • “This historic week made one thing clear. There is a new American coalition for equality emerging. It crosses party lines. It touches all sectors of society – from businesses to faith leaders, to elected officials. It is fundamentally reshaping our national politics. And no state legislator peddling a two-bit piece of bigoted legislation is going to fly in our country anymore.” --Chad Griffin, The Human Right’s Campaign
  • 'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion
  • Indiana, Religious Liberty, and Religious War

Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out

separation-of-church-and-hate-1.jpgApril 7, 2015 | The battles in Arkansas and Indiana over two bogus “religious freedom” bills, that were thinly disguised vehicles for anti-LGBT discrimination, exposed a major rift within the Republican Party. It came down to Big Bible vs. Big Business – and the concerns of social conservatives were swiftly dropped like a bad stock. (* “Big Bible” does not mean ALL Christians. Just the intolerant ones who reject separation of church and state and have shamelessly built a lucrative industry distorting the Bible to justify discrimination)

With major corporations like Wal-Mart and Apple loudly condemning these bills, Republican lawmakers quickly retreated. Amended bills were passed that explicitly banned these controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Acts from being used to discriminate based on sexual orientation. This, of course, undermined their original purpose, which was to allow business owners to cite their faith to deny services to LGBT people. (and anyone else they morally objected to)

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003). In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine’s “People of the Year” issue. In 2009, he was named in Instinct Magazine as a “Leading Man”.

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'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion, Julian Bond, Advocate.com

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  • Julian Bond was at the forefront of the civil rights battles of the mid-20th century. He says the 'religious discrimination' bills now cropping up all over the nation are a return to the institutional intolerance of those days.
  • Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

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Indiana, Religious Liberty, and Religious War, Steven Jonas, Planetary Movement

What Republican state legislatures are doing now would establish one religion as supreme over all of the others, with the power of the State to determine which is which.  Above and beyond discrimination against one or more targeted groups of individuals, this is a recipe for a Second Civil War, not only about race, but now about religion. 

Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending April 11, 2015

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 8 New items including:
    • Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality
    • San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’
    • Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown
    • University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral
    • Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians
    • Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child
    • Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

Compiled by  David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality, Curtis M. Wong, Huffington Post

04/03/2015 | Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson tackled the recent controversy over Memories Pizza, which became Indiana's first business to publicly declare that they won't cater to same-sex weddings in the wake of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week. He warned Christian business owners of all types that gay customers will eventually "make you conform to them."

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San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’, Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress

March 15, 2015 | The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) will investigate dozens of racist and homophobic text exchanges between a former SFPD sergeant convicted of corruption charges and four other police officers, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The texts made public Friday included jokes about Kwanzaa, calling African Americans monkeys, calling for the lynching of all African Americans, and even one that said, “Its [sic] not against the law to put an animal down.” The four officers have been on the force for at least a decade, with two having faced disciplinary action in the past. The revelation comes at a time when police practices around the country are under scrutiny for racial bias. 

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Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown, Maxwell Tani, Huffington Post

Citing a section of the Justice Department's scathing report of racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department, Rudy Giuliani said (03/12/2015) former Officer Darren Wilson should be commended for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.

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University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

In the brief video, posted on Twitter by a group of black students called OU_Unheard, the frat brothers can be heard singing and clapping along to a song with the repeated lyrics of “There will never be a n****r SAE,” along with a line about lynching, “You can hang them from a tree (inaudible)”.

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Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians, David Ferguson, Raw Story 

  • Only 22 states have laws prohibiting doctors from refusing to treat patients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly urges physicians not to deny care to LGBT people, but has no explicit rules regarding the practice.
  • The Contrerases say they hope that by going public with their story, they can ensure that children from same-sex families won’t face discrimination in the future.

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Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child, Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

  • March 5, 2015 | Disgusting, repugnant, vile, hateful, despicable. These are just a few words that can be used to describe the actions of several of Baton Rouge’s finest.
  • The Baton Rouge police department has launched an internal investigation into the actions of officers who allegedly rode on and helped decorate a float that mocked a woman for being raped as a child; by her father.

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Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State, John VibesFree Thought Project

This week (March 1-7), Ferguson Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer,  who was exposed for imprisoning poor people that couldn’t pay fines, actually owes the state over $170,000 in taxes himself.

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LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation, Rory Carroll, Guardian US

  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion

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  • Julian Bond was at the forefront of the civil rights battles of the mid-20th century. He says the 'religious discrimination' bills now cropping up all over the nation are a return to the institutional intolerance of those days.
  • Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

Julian Bond, Advocate.com

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March 31, 2015 | The value of religious freedom is paramount in our country — that’s why it’s enshrined in our nation’s Constitution. Let there be no doubt: People of faith and their right to exercise their closely held religious beliefs are fully protected. Most unfortunately, a select group of insidious activists and elected officials is pretending those protections don’t exist and is threatening the civil rights of LGBT Americans.

Legislators in states such as Indiana, Arkansas, and Georgia are busy pushing bills that purport to further protect religious believers from the so-called scourge of government intrusion. But these bills aren’t about religious belief at all: They’re about discrimination, pure and simple.

Julian Bond is a civil rights leader and former member of the Georgia legislature. He is the founder and president emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center and served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010.

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Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • separation-of-church-and-hate-1.jpg“It is absolutely hypocritical for Pence to claim that Indiana’s Christians need legal protections, while its LGBT citizens are left to depend on ‘Hoosier hospitality.’
  • Part 1: Part 1: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Fails Miserably On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos
  • Part 2: The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • California Attorney-General Fights To Void Deadly Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

7 things to know about California’s drought

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  • What are viable solutions? There’s no silver bullet, but the good news is that there are some good solutions
  • California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

Julia Lurie, Mother Jones / Grist 

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drought.jpg?w=1024&h=576&crop=16 Apr 2015 | There’s been a lot of talk lately about the drought in California, especially since this past week, when Gov. Jerry Brown introduced mandatory water cuts for the first time in the state’s history. So what exactly makes this drought so bad? And what are people doing about it? Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

Drought is the norm in California. How bad is this one? There are always wet years and dry years, but the past three years have been among the driest on record — and state officials worry that 2015 will be even drier. Last week, for the first time in the state’s history, Brown imposed mandatory water restrictions, requiring all cities and towns to cut their water usage by 25 percent. Though agriculture uses more than 80 percent of the state’s water, the regulations merely require farmers to submit “water management plans.”

Julia Lurie is a reporter at Mother Jones.

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California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping? Ellen Brown, NationofChange.org

As the drought worsens in California, wars over water rights continue. But why do innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply continue to go untapped? It's time we generate mass awareness about this.

 

America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

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  • The U.S. will ensure Iran will remain an adversary even if a nuclear agreement is reached. The false nuclear weapons narrative is the latest episode in the long-running drama of U.S. enmity toward Iran, which began three decades ago when Iran took U.S. diplomats hostage after the U.S. gave asylum to the Shah. Despite many other opportunities for cooperation, this cold war will continue solely because the U.S. has a vested interest in demonizing Iran.
  • The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Gareth Porter, Washington Spectator

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Porter-481x450.jpgApril 1, 2015 | When the United States began marathon negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in the framework of the P5+1 nations, many observers anticipated that the U.S. would begin softening its stance toward Iran as its primary enemy in world politics.

But that has not happened.

The Obama administration insists Iran will remain an adversary even if an agreement is reached on the nuclear issue, citing Iran’s alleged role in supporting terrorism and as a “troublemaker” in the region. The U.S. negotiating stance in the nuclear talks, while unacceptable to Israel and its supporters in the U.S., is moreover based on the premise that sanctions must remain in place for many years, even after Iran reduces its enrichment capacity to an agreed level—a position that appears to make agreement politically impossible.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian, and the author, most recently, of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

From the Archives | Easter Messages, 2014

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  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated. 
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter

Jesus, a radical preacher who advocated for the poor, was crucified for turning over money tables at the Temple and other insurrectionary acts. His body was likely left to wild animals, but his chroniclers sought to glorify his ending with myths about a resurrection.

Howard Bess, Consortium News

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April 19, 2014 | On Easter morning, at 6:30 a.m. when sunlight is just beginning to glow over the mountains to the east of Palmer, Alaska, I will, as is my custom, arrive at a sunrise Easter service to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord. I have already checked the lectionary and reread the resurrection story as recorded in Matthew 28:1-10. Millions of my Christian brothers and sisters will be reading the same ten verses.

Millions of sermons will be preached based on the Matthew account of the resurrection, but very few preachers will make mention of the history and background of the passage. A typical minister will not share what he/she learned in theological seminary about the resurrection passages.

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 2: Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpgFrom the Archives (Originally published April 23, 2011): Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

Howard Bess, Consortium News

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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