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The unbearable dumbness of American as*holery

  • Hateful, ignorant and proud of it, what could be more American than that?
  • We need to import some fucking shame from somewhere. Can we get a pipeline for that? We've been way too tolerant.
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015

One Pissed Off Liberal, Daily Kos

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver

8745/17372608791_64ac8f0f93_o.gif Wed May 06, 2015 | Sure, it's your right to say whatever you want no matter how stupid or hateful, but is it a good idea? Are you doing yourself or society any favors? It's your perfect right to be an idiot but your idiocy, once loosed upon the general public, is another matter. You don't have the moral right to make other people suffer because you're stupid. Sometimes life is about more than what you have a right to do, but what you should or shouldn't do within the context of civilized society – which I submit, we should be aiming for. Civilization seems a worthy goal at this point.

America should be ashamed of producing so many stupid people. Virtually every one of whom has or had the potential to shine, and it was just never realized because we as a society are neglectful, especially of the poor and working classes. We do not have universal education any more than we have universal health care. In many cases, the poor just have a pipeline to prison.

One Pissed Off Liberal:  known by the nickname OPOL, I am a 60's survivor, Woodstock alumnus, a human rights/anti-death penalty/anti-war/prison reform/anti-drug war activist, an artist/poet/writer, a dharma bum, a freedom-fighter and an original Southern hippie.

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America, Conor Lynch, Salon

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  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America

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  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

Conor Lynch, Salon

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Monday, Apr 27, 2015 | Though presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was apparently a top student at Harvard Law, he has always been quick to distance himself from the organization, especially since the despised Barack Obama went to the same school less then a decade earlier. Back in 2013, at a conference sponsored by the Koch brothers, he said that “[Obama] would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.”

His reasoning:

“There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”

Conor Lynch: Freelance writer. I have written for Salon, The Hill, openDemocracy, The Richard Dawkins Foundation, and I regularly blog on Daily Kos about economics, politics, and science issues.

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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us, Kevin M. Kruse, Salon

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  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
  • Excerpted from "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America."
  • Big Bible vs. Big Business

The US Gun Culture, Week Ending April 25, 2015

America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.

  • High gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds
  • What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?
  • How Much Money Does Gun Violence Cost in Your State?

Authors: Sarah Bosely; Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, James West, and Ted Miller

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article_imgs6/6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpgHigh gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds, Sarah Bosely, Guardian 

Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 | "Regardless of exact cause and effect, the current study debunks the widely quoted hypothesis that countries with higher gun ownership are safer than those with low gun ownership."

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What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?, Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, James West, and Ted Miller, Mother Jones

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/graybubble.jpgApril, 2015 | At $229 billion, the toll from gun violence would have been $47 billion more than Apple's 2014 worldwide revenue and $88 billion more than what the US government budgeted for education that year. Divvied up among every man, woman, and child in the United States, it would work out to more than $700 per person.

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How Much Money Does Gun Violence Cost in Your State?, Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, and Jaeah Lee, Mother Jones

Total%20Cost%20of%20Gun%20Violence%20per%20Capita.jpgWed. April 22, 2015 | Here's who pays the most for America's $229 billion a year in gun carnage.

Our ongoing investigation of gun violence, which costs the United States at least $229 billion a year, includes data on the the economic toll for individual states. Wyoming has a small population but the highest overall rate of gun deaths—including the nation's highest suicide rate—with costs working out to about $1,400 per resident. Louisiana has the highest gun homicide rate in the nation, with costs per capita of more than $1,300. Among the four most populous states, the costs per capita in the gun rights strongholds of Florida and Texas outpace those in more strictly regulated California and New York. Hawaii and Massachusetts, with their relatively low gun ownership rates and tight gun laws, have the lowest gun death rates, and costs per capita roughly a fifth as much as those of the states that pay the most.

Learn more about what's behind these costs—explained here in 90 seconds—and see our data on all 50 states below the map.

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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?"
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  • 8 New items including:
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    • 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.
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The Business Side of the NFL

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  • As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.
  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal

  • Do we want an economy that subsidizes billionaires and private corporations at the expense of the public or do we want an economy that works for all? That’s the question we should all ask ourselves, football fans or not.
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Program

thom20logo_60_24_228_53.jpgFeb. 2, 2015 | Seattle’s decision to throw the ball at the goal line with 20 seconds to go in last night’s Super Bowl was a costly one. But in the long run, it won’t be nearly as costly to the rest of America as the National Football League itself.

Every year, the NFL rakes in around $9.5 billion in revenue. Its commissioner, Roger Goodell, meanwhile, has an annual salary of $44 million. And while those numbers might make sense for any big business, the NFL isn’t a business - not technically, at least.

According to the Public Law 89-800, it’s a 501(c)6 tax-exempt non-profit. That’s right, a non-profit. In other words, the NFL, one of the most lucrative organizations in all of sports, is subsidized by you and me the taxpayers. If that sounds ridiculous and absurd, that’s because it is ridiculous and absurd.

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL

As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.

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From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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