Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You Keep Doing Nothing. . .

The Thieves Can't Even Restrain Their Hubristic Sneers Anymore.
Because The Corporatists, And Bankers, (The Thieves,) Know You’ll Continue To Do Nothing.

  -  A.I.G. Bonuses
      They took the bailout money (your taxes/money) and proceeded to
      pay themselves insane bonuses, for screwing you... and then they
      went out and partied on your money, and you’re giving them more.

  -  Goldman Sachs Execs Dumped Stock Like Crazy
      Goldman Sachs is expected to announce a windfall quarter, thanks
      no doubt to billions in bailout money... (your taxes/money.)

  -  U.S. Budget Deficit Climbs to Over $1 Trillion
      And even this record amount is expect to double... by October.
 Your Right

by Jim Morin

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A“Below The Fold” bonus Comment of the Week...

It’s from this article at CommonDreams.org:  “Game on for Christian Protest”

[by] eileenfleming July 13th, 2009 7:55 pm

The problem is NOT Christianity!

The problem is that too few who claim to be Christian, have actually done what Jesus taught and modeled with his NONVIOLENT life.

"The Crusade for a Christian Military: Jesus Killed Mohammed" by Jeff Sharlet in HARPER'S May 2009 edition is a chilling clarion call regarding the entrenchment of Christian fundamentalism in the USA military beginning during the Cold War that accelerated during the Vietnam era which has wrecked havoc on the very soul of our nation.

Fundamentalist [referred to as evangelical by Sharlet] Chaplains began to join the military in droves as they aligned themselves with the Industrial Military Complex in opposition with Catholics and mainline moderate Protestant denominations such as Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians who were of one voice speaking out against American terrorism in Vietnam and for following in the ways of the nonviolent Jesus.

“Starting in 1987, Protestant denominations were lumped together simply as “Protestant”; moreover, the Pentagon began accrediting hundreds of evangelical and Pentecostal “endorsing agencies,” allowing graduates of fundamentalist Bible colleges—which often train clergy to view those from other faiths as enemies of Christ—to fill up nearly the entire allotment for Protestant chaplains.  Today, more than two thirds of the military’s 2,900 active-duty chaplains are affiliated with evangelical or Pentecostal denominations." [1]

"For decades, the military built a sense of solidarity out of a singular purpose, the Cold War struggle between free markets and state-planned economies—the shining city on a hill versus the evil empire…meshed neatly with ideologies [that connected] nationalism and fundamentalism…Communism…the dark alternative should we fail to unite.  Fundamentalism thrived…a neat, black-and-white [theology and] a foreign policy.  The end of the Cold War deprived militant evangelicals of that clarity [and] the emergence of “radical Islam” [became] the object of a new Cold War." [Ibid]

The roots of American evangelism sprang from the original altar call for Christians to stand up against slavery. What has been passing for Christianity in our military today is the antithesis of what Jesus was all about.

"Everyone but Christians understands that Jesus was nonviolent."-Gandhi

Clement, Tertillian, Polycarp and every other early Church Father taught that violence was a contradiction of what Christ was about.  The first and greatest heresy in the Christian faith occurred in the third century when Augustine penned the "Just War Theory" for church and state united and "our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system."-Dorothy Day

One of the greatest Christian spiritual leaders of all time, Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk that listened to Bob Dylan LP's in his hermitage in Kentucky during the '60's was the first religious voice to rise up and speak out against the Vietnam War.

Merton also said, "The duty of the Christian at this time is to do the one task God has imposed upon us in this world today. The task is to work for the total abolition of war.  There can be no question that unless war is abolished; the world will remain constantly in a state of madness…The church [meaning all Christians] must lead the way on the road to the abolition of war…Peace is to be preached and nonviolence is to be explained and practiced."

The deep spiritual darkness of Christian fundamentalism in the USA Air Force Academy in Colorado enabled the likes of Walid Shoebat, author of "Why We Want to Kill You" to speak to the troops in his role as a former fundamentalist Islamic supposed terrorist who is now a converted fundamentalist Christian.

Shoebat is one of the infamous darlings of fear filled Christians and Jews [Read More: "The Walid Shoebat Show and 'America is Beautiful, but she has an ugly side.'" - eileen fleming ]of the cult spewed by the likes of John Hagee and the idiot wind blown by FOX's Hannity & Colmes, Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto who have all hosted Shoebat as did the US Air Force Academy on Feb. 6, 2008 when he was the headline act at their annual political forum.

The rest:
June 27, 2009: The problem is NOT Christianity!
http://www.wearewideawake.org/

Eileen Fleming, A Feature Correspondent for The Palestine Telegraph and Arabisto
Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"

And a 2nd comment I found equally informed...

[by] rebelnow July 13th, 2009 7:02 pm

Why does it seem that this protest being labeled a "Christian " protest gives it more legitimacy in the press, and even with some of those commenting here. If these guys were "Pagan" protesters, protesting in the name of the Earth Goddess, they'd probably be looked at as kooks. Or if it was the Bakunin Four, "Anarchists for Peace", they'd be seen as a greater threat and suspect.

Peace loving Christians protesting war mongering Christians. Anti-abortion terrorist Christians threatening and killing Christian abortion doctors. Christian bankers stealing from Christian clients and on and on. The whole Christian thing is meaningless.

But as a non-Christian, non-atheist, non-Jew, non-agnostic, non-Islamic, non-Pagan, non-Hindu, non-Buddhist, non-Jain, non-Sikh, non-Baha'ist, non-nothing;

I support what these guys are doing.

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