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The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism

The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown.
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This comment on this insight section was shared by Occupy the Marines on Facebook . I share the same concerns.  The article at this link is also a brief religious lesson from the left... and "Yes!" the left is full of true believers...Most Americans on the left are traditional Christians and stand with the left because they believe God says look after and love each other and that God allows freewill.  Many come from the other places and other religions of the world and value the American left's position because they treasure the ability to not be forced to be a faith or person they are not.

 

Those that profess to be atheist value the left for many of the same positions  also and to them the left represents their value of humanistic good, thoughtful, responsible, inclusive, and loving behavior.

 

The atheist on the right side (and yes, there are plenty of atheist on the right side) of politics value and support the morality of selfishness as proclaimed by the 20th century philosopher Ayn Rand. Oddly enough, Christians like Cruz seem to support her Virtues of Selfishness too. I am very hard pressed to see in the life and example of Christ any action that supports the "Virtues of Selfishness" which is the core base of the GOP, Popular Tea Party, libertarian ... take over of the Republican Party.

 

Rand would most likely be upset at how these people have  perverted her atheist values and proclaimed her “morality of selfishness” in a limited way. They only speak or their right to be rich and others poor and small government that will let them do what they want without consequences.  Libertarian was not a word Rand liked and objectivism  in her opinion was ,  pro-choice for women, live and let live when it came to gender choice and was the strongest do your own thing you are responsible to no one but yourself, selfishness, self-first, free-will choice that anyone has ever dared to push as a way of life for society. Many traditional Republicans are not comfortable with this but have a lot of rich powerful people that will attack them if they step out of line. This is not to say that Democrats don't have their own corporate controllers because many do and there in lies our problem.


 

OccupyMARINES via SOLIDARITY

A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF PROSPERITY
The democrats are bribed, corrupt, and complicit, but the party of NO doesn't even try to hide it anymore. These 'people' are so dangerous ... they are the ones we were warned about. When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
"A more disturbing element of Cruz's speeches were his repeated calls for a "black robe regiment," a concept promoted by Christian revisionist historian David Barton who claims that clergy were the main backbone of the American Revolutionary War. Here's what Cruz had to say to the August 29th gathering of Heritage Action, the main (Koch Brothers) lobbyist group behind shutting down the federal government (planned since 2010):
"It was pastors who were the backbone of the Revolution. Did you know where Paul Revere was going when he was saying the British are coming? He was going to the home of a pastor by the name of Jonas Clark... [who] was one of many that were called the black robe regiment. These were pastors that wore long black robes. Many of them had the continental army uniform under the black robe. They would preach in church on Sunday and then go out and fight with half their congregation for our independence. I want to encourage our pastors today not to hide behind their pulpits but take the spirit of the black robe regiment."
So ... "To pull all this logic together, God anoints priests to work in the church directly and kings to go out into the marketplace to conquer, plunder, and bring back the spoils to the church. The reason governmental regulation has to disappear from the marketplace is to make it completely available to the plunder of Christian "kings" who will accomplish the "end time transfer of wealth." Then "God's bankers" will usher in the "coming of the messiah." The government is being shut down so that God's bankers can bring Jesus back. (They're saying) we don't need a government at all to make our society run; our church can be the new government."
God. Help. Us. All.

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Read And Watch President Obama’s Entire Farewell Speech 

Read And Watch President Obama’s Entire Farewell Speech  | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Warning: It may make you cry

PS: Contrary to many "more interesting" reports, Sasha was not at the speech because she had a big test the next day.

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The farewell speech is an animal unto itself.  I found the articulate and gracious style of the president refreshing and his generosity of spirit affirming.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, January 11, 2:22 PM
The farewell speech is an animal unto itself, but I, too, found the articulate and gracious style of the president refreshing and his generosity of spirit affirming of the America that I love.
J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, January 11, 2:23 PM

Closing words from a champion of the people. 

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Journalism and Activism: Lunch with Louden 1/5/17

Journalism and Activism: Lunch with Louden 1/5/17 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Journalism and Activism: the witness and the witnessed.

 

In this day and age the world, and especially the online world, is awash in communication. The vast majority of this communication, however, is not news and especially not journalism. Guest journalist Cheryl Hatch will help us understand the difference. 

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Journalism and Activism: Lunch with Louden 1/5/17. Call in 646-929-2495 Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern, stream live or later at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coffeepartyusa/2017/01/05/journalism-and-activism-lunch-with-louden-1517.

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Journalism and Activism: Lunch with Louden 1/5/17. Call in 646-929-2495 Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern, stream live or later at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coffeepartyusa/2017/01/05/journalism-and-activism-lunch-with-louden-1517.

J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, January 5, 2:08 PM

Journalism and Activism: Lunch with Louden 1/5/17. Call in 646-929-2495 Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern, stream live or later at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coffeepartyusa/2017/01/05/journalism-and-activism-lunch-with-louden-1517.

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After aide shot, Cuomo pushes for national gun controls

After aide shot, Cuomo pushes for national gun controls | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
New York is home to some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But after an aide was shot Monday, New York Gov.
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Scott Walker: The First ALEC President?

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Breaking: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will address ALEC's annual meeting in San Diego this July. He's an ALEC alum who has pushed ALEC's agenda into law in the state.
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Hillary Criticizes Businesses For Not Paying Interns While Her Interns Work For Free

Hillary Criticizes Businesses For Not Paying Interns While Her Interns Work For Free | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In addition to supporting a $15 per hour minimum wage and creating a plan to “make college more affordable,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has criticized businesses that do not pay interns, while her own campaign makes its...
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A few new faces — but not many — among megadonors to presidential super PACs | OpenSecrets Blog

A few new faces — but not many — among megadonors to presidential super PACs | OpenSecrets Blog | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

The 2016 presidential race may be a whole new ball game in terms of fundraising, but most of the players’ names are awfully familiar — even if their faces are a bit more lined.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Overview - Oil Change International

Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Overview - Oil Change International | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A fossil fuel subsidy is any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by energy producers or lowers the price paid by energy consumers. Learn more and join the call to end them!
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"As of July 2014, Oil Change International estimates the total value of U.S. subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at $37.5 billion annually, including international finance.  This does not include military, health, climate, or local pollution costs.  These subsidies have increased dramatically as U.S. oil and gas production has increased."

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"As of July 2014, Oil Change International estimates the total value of U.S. subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at $37.5 billion annually, including international finance.  This does not include military, health, climate, or local pollution costs.  These subsidies have increased dramatically as U.S. oil and gas production has increased."

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 19, 2015 10:21 AM

Oil

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Senator Lindsey Graham’s Pro-War Super PAC Bankrolled by Defense Contractors

Senator Lindsey Graham’s Pro-War Super PAC Bankrolled by Defense Contractors | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
"If I were a defense contractor, I'd be big time for Lindsey Graham, because I've been forward-leaning on rebuilding our military," Graham says.
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"As Graham tours the early primary states, he tells voters that he is running to boost U.S. defense spending. “My goal is to make sure the next president of the United States, the next generation of war fighters have the capability and capacity to do the job required to keep us free,” Graham said in South Carolina earlier this year."

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, July 31, 2015 5:46 PM

"As Graham tours the early primary states, he tells voters that he is running to boost U.S. defense spending. “My goal is to make sure the next president of the United States, the next generation of war fighters have the capability and capacity to do the job required to keep us free,” Graham said in South Carolina earlier this year."

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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
According to the former president, Americans are now experiencing "a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors."
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"United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 19, 2016 9:53 AM
Sadly with the last election this month of Trump the American public chose to select this oligarchy by electingTrump giving them the confidence to empower the wealthy and incorporated with even more power to create even more money for still more power. The selection of Hillary or Jill would have sent them a message that we are not going to let them take our country "backward" without a fight. The mega international investors have already been able to see huge returns in a matter of days...check out the DOW....

The Koch  Brothers and ALEC corrupted, hand picked politicians and connections are being placed in critical roles to ensure the rich control all critical policy while most Voters now settle into their chairs to obediently entertain themselves with media, ball games and such other distractions until the next time they are needed to come out and "save babies and jobs" with these self-serving "leaders".

Now the American Trump followers will sit back confident the wheeler dealer will wheel and deal.....and he in fact has and will do just that. The thing is he "TOOK THE COUNTRY BACK" he just never actually admitted the rich had it increasing firmly before  and they were the ones losing the reins each year bit by bit as the people gained more control over those corporations and were reeling them in more skillfully each year. Donald took the country back for his own. They  are the ones that "dealt" the jobs away and created policy that allowed them to hide wealth offshore. All so that it could increase their wealth, thus their power and hold of power. These corporations heartlessly downsized without community or labor input. With this election the Oligarchy took the reels back from the people as well as nearly all the decks of cards and the wheels with which to deal. But would you except less from a bankrupt casino owner...."The house always wins" and it's owner wins even if he bankrupts the house.
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Banks revolt over plan to kill $17B Fed payout

Banks revolt over plan to kill $17B Fed payout | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Banks call a plan to cut their dividend a new tax on banks.
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And it's about time they paid their fair share...
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Here's who is bankrolling the top presidential candidates

Here's who is bankrolling the top presidential candidates | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Some of them are raising money in surprising places.
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Six Governors Order National Guard Members to Carry Firearms

Six Governors Order National Guard Members to Carry Firearms | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Since the shooting of military personnel at a recruiting center in Chattanooga last week, governors in half-a-dozen states have ordered members of their National Guard to arm themselves.
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#Fracking is literally killing babies in Utah, and local, state, and federal officials are helping to make that possible

#Fracking is literally killing babies in Utah, and local, state, and federal officials are helping to make that possible | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
What Paul Solotaroff's expose in Rolling Stone, "What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?" reveals is disturbing on so many levels. It's what happens when Big Money instead of We The People contr...
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Meryl Streep powerful speech at the Golden Globes (2017)

Meryl Streep, Golden Globes
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"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

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"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, January 9, 11:07 AM

"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

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Muslims Sue Sterling Heights, Michigan for Blocking Mosque Construction

The Muslim community of the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan has filed a lawsuit accusing the city of violating the Religious Land Use Act by forbidding them from building a mosque on land the community already owned within the city limits.

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Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
    A general view of the destroyed Khobar Towers on June 30, 1996. (AP / Saleh Rifai)
Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other administration officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S.
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Police SWAT Raid On Organic Farm After Tomato Plants Mistaken For Marijuana

Police SWAT Raid On Organic Farm After Tomato Plants Mistaken For Marijuana | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A SWAT team composed of between 15 to 20 officers raided an organic farm, named the “Garden of Eden” and it was all because they mistook tomato plants for marijuana!
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Otieno Yusuf's curator insight, September 18, 2015 2:07 PM

How come they cannot tale the difference between marijuana and tomatoes?

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Why The Samsung SUHD JS8500 Is Unique?

Why The Samsung SUHD JS8500 Is Unique? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The technology is improving daily and is coming up with new changes and getting better each and every day. Samsung has come up with some great innovative ideas and features in their new Samsung SUH...
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Why is an obscure Montana company one of John Kasich's biggest boosters?

Why is an obscure Montana company one of John Kasich's biggest boosters? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
One day after forming, the LLC gave $500,000 to a group backing the Ohio governor's presidential efforts.
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“Yes, We’re Corrupt”: A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics

“Yes, We’re Corrupt”: A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It's a relief to hear politicians acknowledge the obvious reality that all Americans see in front of their faces.
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"This pose is also popular with a certain prominent breed of pundits, who love to tell us “Don’t Follow the Money” (New York Times columnist David Brooks), or “Money does not buy elections” (Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner on public radio’s Marketplace), or “Money won’t buy you votes” (Yale Law School professor Peter H. Schuck in the Los Angeles Times)."

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Eric Holder: Return to Sender

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Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report, says Eric Holder is returning to his "ideological home" of corporate law to defend the big banks and TPP
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My 'Democratic' Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street

My 'Democratic' Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Circle Game
This week marks the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It’s a bill that I worked on and I supported because it’s a step in the...
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Seeking Justice: Felony Murder? The Drug War Takes Center Stage and a Young Man’s Life Hangs in the Balance

Seeking Justice: Felony Murder? The Drug War Takes Center Stage and a Young Man’s Life Hangs in the Balance | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The victim of a conspiracy con act, shot in the commission of a crime, is charged with murder and ex post facto application of the law.Read more →
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Memorials spring up after Chattanooga shootings – in pictures

Memorials spring up after Chattanooga shootings – in pictures | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
From flags to children’s toys, mourners have left tokens in memory of four marines and a navy sailor who were killed in a shooting at a US military recruiting center last week Continue reading...
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