what will you tell God when you stand before Him?

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TELL IT LIKE IT IS: For the past few decades, a rule-of-thumb for the never-ending “con­flict” be­tween these peo­ples has been for every one (1) Is­raeli killed, ap­prox­i­mately one-hundred (100) Pales­tinians are killed. For the past few years, the ratio has been even higher, about 115/1. What fol­lows is an abridged and edited ver­sion of a newsletter is­sued by Alan El­sner, Vice Pres­i­dent for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for J Street (”the Po­lit­ical Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Amer­i­cans”):

“For the first time in two months, the skies above Is­rael and Gaza are quiet, and Is­raelis and Pales­tinians are fi­nally be­gin­ning to get back to at least some sem­blance of nor­malcy. Tuesday’s READ MORE

about this so-called liberals-being-rude-to-the-right thing

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A FEW DAYS AGO, in an­other post here, I said that as a lib­eral, I have NEVER re­ceived a viral lib­eral email passing along pro-left or anti-right lies or pro­pa­ganda. One would think by now I would be tired of such things, as I am the per­fect re­cep­tacle for those at­tempting to lie for their cause. But while I have re­ceived plenty of rightwing mes­sages of du­bious in­tent, I have yet to see a single left­wing mes­sage in my emailbox. READ MORE

what happened in Iceland should be happening in america

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AFTER THE PRIVATIZATION of Iceland’s banking sector, pri­vate bankers bor­rowed $3,500,000,000 in 2000. This was ten times the size of the tiny nation’s economy! This cre­ated an im­me­diate eco­nomic “bubble” that had two ef­fects: a few wealthy people be­came ex­ceed­ingly wealthy people, and it left Ice­land on the verge of bank­ruptcy.

The rest of the cit­i­zens were left with a debt to other na­tions that they could not pay.  READ MORE

it’s our job to do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again!

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EVERYWHERE I TURN, whether in con­ver­sa­tion, via emails from my Re­pub­lican con­tacts, and es­pe­cially on the in­ternet, I hear people “quoting” then Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clinton to the ef­fect that she said that the raid deaths reason what­ever in Beng­hazi “didn’t matter” or “doesn’t matter.”

As much as the righties hate all things Clin­tonian, they (and those Dems who take the cor­po­rate media at their word) could at least get the quote cor­rect and in con­text. READ MORE

looks like we will be needing more snowdens

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “U.S. Of­fi­cials says NSA taking steps to stop leaks” (page A2): an AP ar­ticle ac­knowl­edges that “The in­for­ma­tion re­vealed [by Ed­ward Snowden] that the agency was gath­ering mil­lions of US phone records and in­ter­cepting some US In­ternet traffic.” Which, if you care about gov­ern­ment transparency—an ab­surd ex­pec­ta­tion to many—then it looks like we will be needing more Snow­dens. READ MORE