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Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending August 10, 2014

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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?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 10 New items including:
    • Ignorance Uncensored
    • The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site,
    • Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014
    • The United States of Cruelty
    • Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity
    • George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”
    • Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.”
    • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
    • MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry
    • Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Pat Bagley

Ignorance Uncensored, Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund 

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King Insults DREAMers Who Confront Him On His Anti-Immigrant Positions
  • Rep. Steve King’s comments are just the latest example of the intolerant and backward views that only hurt our society and our economy.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

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The sad desperation of the “Redskins Facts” site, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon 

  • Who's really behind the "growing online community"?
  • American Racism

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Have They No Shame? July 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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?"

  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • Part 1: Wingnuts’ anti-child disgrace: From Murrieta to Oracle, America’s worst at it again
  • Part 2: Michelle Bachmann Just Compared Child Immigrants to Rapists

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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Sen. McCaskill unleashes Orwellian thought crimes attack on Doctor Oz for trying to help Americans overcome obesity,  Mike Adams, NaturalNews

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | An out-of-her-mind Sen. McCaskill today attacked our favorite TV doctor today for his advocacy of green coffee beans and other natural supplements.

Just to put all this in perspective, at a time when Islamic militants are about to seize Baghdad, when 1,000 immigrants per day are streaming across the Texas border, when the national debt has exceeded $17 trillion, U.S. veterans are dying from lack of medical care and our civil rights and liberties are eroding by the day, Sen. McCaskill wants to focus on green coffee beans.

Seriously? Here's the full story on this extraordinary, inexcusable stupidity from Capitol Hill.

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Steve Sack

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George Will | Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges” Katie McDonough, Salon

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying about sexual assault in order to get "privileges"

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Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.” Katie McDonough, Salon

Asked to defend the remark, the delegate said, "I don’t care. ... if I say something in public, I say it in public."

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Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.” Katie McDonough, Salon

  • Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
  • But the measure is actually just a sneaky attempt to endow fertilized eggs with legal rights and ban abortion.
  • As usual, the words “pregnancy” and “protection” are red herrings.

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MN GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry, David Edwards, Raw Story

And this is a "serious" candidate for Congress, eager to join others equally as ignorant...

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Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud, Joan Walsh, Salon

  • From Ayn Rand to Charles Murray, he thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery
  • “Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy

 

On Anger and Profanity and Being Too Polite

Anger in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

David Culver, Telling It Like it Is! 

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angry.pngAugust 4, 2014 |To those who may be uncomfotable with my anger and/or dislike my way of expressing it occasionally, I’m asking you to give me the opportunity to defend myself.

Sadly, nearly all of what goes on in our world is evil in one of its many forms: wars, massacres, genocide, injustice, corruption, greed, ignorance, apathy, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. And anger is an appropriate response to all of it. As Thomas Aquinas wrote, “He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

David Culver is Editor, Evergreene Digest 

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Gavin Aung Than | Self-Understanding Begets Wisdom / assets.amuniversal.com

"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans."  --Max Ehrmann, author of Desiderata

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The Evangelical Persecution Complex

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  • The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community
  • Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism

Alan Noble, The Atlantic

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Members of the First Assembly of God Church in Waco, Texas, reenact the crucifixion of Jesus. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Aug 4 2014 | Persecution has an allure for many evangelicals. In the Bible, Christians are promised by Saint Paul that they will suffer for Christ, if they love Him (Second Timothy 3:12). But especially in contemporary America, it is not clear what shape that suffering will take. Narratives of political, cultural, and theological oppression are popular in evangelical communities, but these are sometimes fiction or deeply exaggerated non-fiction—and only rarely accurate. This is problematic: If evangelicals want to have a persuasive voice in a pluralist society, a voice that can defend Christians from serious persecution, then we must be able to discern accurately when we are truly victims of oppression—and when this victimization is only imagined.

There are some understandable reasons for this exaggerated sense of persecution. Globally, Christians face incredible discrimination. In North Korea and many Muslim-governed countries, Christians risk imprisonment and death for their faith. The Christian community in Mosul, Iraq, was exiled, and many Christians are still persecuted by the ISIS, a jihadist group. Christians with a global perspective on their faith rightly identify themselves as part of a persecuted people in the 21st century.

Alan Noble is the managing editor and co-founder of Christ and Pop Culture. He is an assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University.

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Tony Dungy, a Hypocritical Creature From the Ignorant Abyss of American Christian Extremism, Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet

  • The U.S media has been pitifully remiss in sounding the clarion call alarm regarding this festering, open wound on the American body politic, allowing this sick sectarian infection of fundamentalist Christian fascism to appear “mainstream” and metastasize.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.

 

10 Books You Should Read If You Want to Have An Impact

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  • It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by hard problems, here is a list of resources to help you increase your understanding of the world and then take action.
  • Why Give a Damn

Paul Polak, Unreasonable.is

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03 Oct 2013 | The author of this post, Paul Polak, has brought 22+ million farmers out of poverty. His work is dedicated to designing products for the Other 90% (the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2/day).

Following is a list of the ten books that have been most helpful in increasing my understanding of the world.

  1. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher (Blond & Briggs, 1973)
  2. The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, by William Easterly (Penguin Press, 2006)
  3. Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, by Frank Dikotter (Walker & Company, 2011)
  4. Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, by Madeleine Albright (Harper, 2012)
  5. Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way, by Jon Krakauer (Anchor, 2011)
  6. Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine, by Diarmuid Jeffreys (Metropolitan Books, 2008)
  7. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang (Simon & Schuster, 1991)
  8. Mao: The Unknown Story, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday (Knopf, 2005)
  9. Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, by Arthur Herman (Random House, 2012)
  10. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, by C.K. Prahalad (Wharton School Publishing, 2004)

What are some books that have had an impact on your understanding of the world?

Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and...

Despite misinformation effort, U.S. is targeting climate change

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The last remaining climate deniers … had their fun in Las Vegas this week — perhaps the flat earth devotees had similar gatherings in Rome — but their numbers are dwindling rapidly. Despite Heartland’s disinformation campaign, America is no longer debating climate change. We’re now working to solve it.

Frances Beinecke, Las Vegas (NV) Sun

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Friday, July 11, 2014 | This week, the Heartland Institute came to Las Vegas to host what it called “the biggest gathering of global warming skeptics in the world.” Meanwhile, back in the real Heartland, intense storms have flooded the Mississippi River. Rising waters have swamped city streets and submerged thousands of acres of crops in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Twin Cities alone have experienced their wettest year on record; residents have coped with weeks of flood warnings.

Heartland Institute conferencegoers may travel to the desert to deny climate change, but their Midwestern neighbors can’t escape reality that easily.

Frances Beinecke is the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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The Point Everyone Is Missing About The Return Of The ‘Polar Vortex’ Emily Atkin, Think Progress

According to at least one scientist, the debate over the term "polar vortex" misses a more important point about the unusual weather pattern sweeping the United States.

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

  • UN estimates more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians - in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the U.S. This is not the first time.
  • Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here's what you need to know about these talking points and more.
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

Noura Erakat, The Nation

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July 25, 2014 | Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world's only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.

Israel's propaganda machine, however, insists that these Palestinians wanted to die ("culture of martyrdom"), staged their own death ("telegenically dead") or were the tragic victims of Hamas's use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes ("human shielding"). In all instances, the military power is blaming the victims for their own deaths, accusing them of devaluing life and attributing this disregard to cultural bankruptcy. In effect, Israel-along with uncritical mainstream media that unquestionably accept this discourse-dehumanizes Palestinians, deprives them even of their victimhood and legitimizes egregious human rights and legal violations.

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. As of Fall 2014, she is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto, Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  

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  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza

 

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