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Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight

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Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

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Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight


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Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign. Graham is Trump's archbishop of bigotry.

Berry Craig, LA Progressive

Friday, 10 May 2019 | National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour Swings West

The Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis brought their National Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour to my neck of the Kentucky woods the other day.

Barber is from North Carolina, also the home state of the Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham. So I asked Barber what he’d say to Graham if he were on the bus.

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, webmaster-editor for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and a member of the state AFL-CIO Executive Board.

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Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”


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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam, the Ghion Journal


April25,2019 | Pay close attention for I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power. Though I’m going to use the story of Yeshua–who was rebranded to “Jesus” by the very pulpit serpents I’m writing against today–my aim is not to preach to you nor is my purpose to convert people. My objective is simple; expose these dogs who take the teachings of Yeshua not to help people but to bury them into hopelessness.

Yeshua warned about these snakes, the very Pharisees who murdered Him. His admonitions about worshiping the wealthy and dishonoring the poor can be found throughout the New Testament. Alas, humanity is beset by this one inherit condition: we are loath to listen to the good in us and we are quick to embrace the debased—this moral failing is what led the First Couple on a self-imposed exodus out of the promise land.


Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. A prolific writer, going from a lifeofupper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

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The Twin Dangers of Exceptionalism and Mindless Bi-Partisanship

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  • There is no sign of a role for diplomacy in the Trump administration’s national security policy, and no strategist within the administration who is able to reverse the hostile course we are on with both Moscow and Beijing. Pompeo and Bolton are perfect examples of bulls who carry around their own china shops.
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.”

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June 13, 2019 | The United States is the most powerful nation on earth.  There is no nation nor even a group of nations that can match the combined political, economic, and military power of the United States.  Nevertheless, the United States faces an international arena that has become increasingly resistant and opposed to U.S. initiatives.  The blundering of Donald Trump and his mediocre national security team is largely responsible for the setbacks over the past two years.  But U.S. exceptionalism and even political bipartisanship carry a heavy responsibility as well.

The problem of U.S. exceptionalism is conventional wisdom in many circles.  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is well known for her arrogant description of an exceptional United States that “stands taller and sees further than other nations. If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation.”  In his State of the Union address in January 2012, President Barack Obama echoed Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in labeling the United States the only “indispensable” nation.  The misuse of American force over the past five decades in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan speaks to the tragedy of our self-proclaimed status of exceptionalism.

Melvin Goodman, the national security columnist for Counterpunch, is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.  A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His forthcoming book is American Carnage: Donald Trump’s War on Intelligence” (City Lights Publishers, 2019).  

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.” David Swanson, Opednews  /  Rise Up Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Swanson%20%7C%20Curing%20American%20Exceptionalism.jpgU.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it?


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32 Tips For Navigating a Society Full of Propaganda and Manipulation

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  • Humans are great at manipulating one another.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

Caitlin Johnstone, Waking Times
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Jun 03, 2019 | For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between government agencies and the public.

For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between government agencies and the public.

Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor, Waking Times
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The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque‬, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium

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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
 

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Special Project | American History for Truthdiggers: Nixon’s Dark Legacy

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 / Richard Nixon leaving the White House by helicopter after resigning as president in August 1974

The president who arguably was the most corrupt in U.S. history lost the Watergate battle but won in his bid to lock U.S. politics on a rightward course.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpgTruthdig Editor’s note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America’s origins. When, exactly, were we “great”?
  • Here is another installment of the “American History for Truthdiggers” special project, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past.

Danny Sjursen, Truthdig

 
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May 18, 2019 | He was corrupt. He was petty, angry and resentful. He was also one of the most astute politicians in the annals of the American presidency. Time after time he overcame obstacles and defeats to rise again. His genius, ultimately, was this: He envisioned a new coalition and knew how to channel white resentment over the civil rights and antiwar movements into political triumph. This was his gift, and his legacy. Americans today inhabit the partisan universe that Richard Milhous Nixon crafted. Republican leaders to this very day speak Nixon’s language and employ Nixon’s tactics of fear and anger to win massive white majorities in election upon election. Indeed, though Nixon eventually resigned in disgrace before he could be impeached, the last half-century has been rather kind to the Republican Party. Only three Democrats have been elected president in that period, and Republicans have reigned over the White House for a majority of the post-Nixon era.

For all that, Nixon remains an enigma. Though he crafted a lasting conservative majority among American voters, he also supported popular environmental and social welfare causes. He secretly bombed Laos and Cambodia and orchestrated a right-wing coup in Chile but also reached out to the Soviets and Chinese in a bold attempt to lessen Cold War tensions and achieve detente. A product of conflict, Nixon operated in the gray areas of life. Though the antiwar activists, establishment liberals and African-Americans generally hated him, Nixon won two presidential elections, cruising to victory for a second term. He was popular, far more so than many would like to admit. Although the 1960s began as a time of prosperity and hope, they produced a president who operated from and exploited anxiety and fear, and in doing so found millions of supporters. Nixon was representative of the dark side of American politics, and no one tapped into the darkness as deftly as he did. The key to his success was his ability to rally what he called the “silent majority” of frustrated Northern whites (most of whom traditionally were Democrats) and angry Southern whites (in what came to be known as his “Southern strategy”). It was cynical, and it worked.

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Rosario: Book about a ‘lost’ combat veteran now found is a grim but moving read.


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  • Lost Man Found, Crime, Punishment & Growing a Soul is a story of internal anarchy, external evils, and a hard-won peace.
  • Related: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

Rubén Rosario, Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

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/ April 28, 2019 | Mike Ricci of St. Paul was undergoing a middle-age, purpose-of-life examination of conscience a few years ago. His personal finances were hardly the problem — he was a successful principal partner for a half-billion-dollar-plus wealth management firm. But a very close friend and client had died of a brain tumor, and before that, his late mother was mired in the tragic grip of Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was through these struggles that I began to wonder what life was truly all about,” Ricci recalled last week. “I would ask myself, what is it we are here to do? What is my purpose and what was it that I was supposed to be doing?”

https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ruben-3-Staff-photos-2016514-1-e1454111005527.jpg?w=85 / From smoking crack in a Harlem drug den for a front-page exposé to covering the deaths of 86 people in a Bronx social club fire, Rubén Rosario spent 11 years as a writer for the New York Daily News before joining the Pioneer Press in 1991 as special correspondent and city editor.

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Honoring All Those Scarred by War, Cynthia Orange, I Married the War <http://imarriedthewar.com>


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Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning. Cynthia’s work stems from her own personal experience as the wife of a combat veteran.

May 21, 2019 | History tells us that the two major events we observe in May—Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day—are both linked to the Civil War. In 1868, May 30 was originally called “Decoration Day,” a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in that bloodiest of our nation’s wars. And in 1870, five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe conceived Mothers’ Day as a day in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons. It seems our wise ancestors gleaned how important it is to acknowledge the inevitable grief, loss, and cries of women that burst forth in the wake of war. Any war.

Each Memorial Day, I am reminded of the famous lines from Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers:”

The young dead soldiers do not speak. . . . They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us.

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Notre Dame Burns. As Does Our Civilization?

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 / Nine-hundred years of heritage and beauty were left in smoldering ashes today after a fire consumed the once-great Cathedral of Notre Dame. 

  • How eerily the burning of Notre Dame could symbolize the demise of Western Civilization.
  • What a horrible way for the West and France to begin Holy Week.

 
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April 15, 2019 | Back in college, and before I converted to Catholicism, I had the great fortune of visiting the Cathedral. Unfortunately, I didn’t appreciate it nearly enough. As a typical college kid, I went in and looked around, but I did not savor the moment. No, it was just one of several things planned for the day before I was free to drink wine with my buddies in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. 
 
I had always hoped to revisit the Cathedral. I knew I failed to properly appreciate her beauty, grandeur, and heritage the first time. That opportunity is now lost as rebuilding will probably take the remainder of my life -- and it won't be the same. 

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The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

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  • Kids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years.
  • Related: The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski 

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Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

April 23, 2019 | It’s all over the news these days. Kids are stressed-out, not playing, and, most worrisome, experiencing sharp increases in depression and suicide.

Last month, a new paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology revealed that adolescent mental health has deteriorated over the last decade, with soaring depression rates for young people ages 14 to 17. This month, a research paper published in JAMA Pediatrics found that between 2007 and 2015, the number of children and adolescents who visited hospital emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and actions doubled. The average age of the suicidal child was 13, Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who was not involved with the study, told CNN in response to the new research.


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The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One. Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/childadhd.pngFreeing young people from restrictive schooling and allowing them to learn and grow through their own self-directed curiosity can lead to happier and healthier families and children.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • Related: The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

 

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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski , Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • From James Ostrowski at lewrockwell.com:
  • Related: From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing

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