Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
Xulon printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Mon Sep 05, 2016 at 10:32:50 AM EST

This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it together into a cohesive article. I have a couple of observations before getting into it. My current position in relationship with Unions is I am a Union Dock Worker (Teamster). I was laid-off from October 2008 to August 2012. It was during this time I wrote the original article. Laid off workers may sign up for “on call”, so that if the dock needs more workers, they have the flexibility to call in some of the laid-off guys. On-call can range from none to seven days a week. Typically management aims for two days a week or fewer, as three days means full benefits to the on-call worker for that week. Some of the specific issues addressed are somewhat dated as they were in the context of Ohio Senate Bill 5, which took away Union rights of public employees and was defeated in a citizen’s veto, but the arguments themselves did not go away and they will come back again. Plus, of all the states which passed anti-union legislation this year, Ohio was the only one to allow a citizen’s veto and so the arguments apply elsewhere even if not here so much for now. So, without further ado, the question was asked “why should I care if Unions are outlawed? I have never been in a Union and I am doing fine.”

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Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
Diane Vera printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:48:32 AM EST
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene on a Pagan news site called The Wild Hunt.  This was the first year that such protesters showed up at Witchfest.  Apparently they also showed up last year at Pagan Pride, another Pagan festival held annually in late September.




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Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
Xulon printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Wed Aug 17, 2016 at 02:51:51 PM EST

I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will be obvious, this is something I wrote a while back, during the Wisconsin protests which greeted Governor Walker's attacks on unions.

If I may be so humble as to say, I think this article says some significant things. By and large, Image of God has been a neglected subject in Theology at least partly because it is nowhere defined in the Scripture. As I point out, though vaguely defined it is applied ethically. This ethical application should give Christians pause in their willingness to sign up for the whole Conservative agenda.

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History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
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Sun Jul 17, 2016 at 03:11:18 PM EST
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with you" meaning (in their minds) that it's a lost cause - even though that's not in line with the rest of the Bible.  There are plenty of examples throughout the Bible where poor people are mentioned, usually in denouncements of the rich about their treatment of the poor, and demands that the poor be treated justly with kindness, mercy, and generosity (I've read multiple articles stating that there are literally thousands of lines of this nature - while there are only a small handful of lines thought to be dealing with homosexuality*; this is revealing when you consider the attitudes of those churches referred to as dominionist).  Comparing the modern attitudes found in the more fundamentalist churches towards poverty to the actual scriptures is enlightening.  The reality is that modern attitudes towards poverty are a relatively recent thing and not in line with what the person called Jesus taught or the teachings of the early church.
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Alternate economy medical treatment
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Tue Apr 26, 2016 at 12:18:43 AM EST
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been) treated by those so-called "medical doctors".  I'd like to have seen a lot more about that.
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Evidence violence is more common than believed
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Wed Jul 08, 2015 at 11:53:42 AM EST
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great Sheriff and his preaching in uniform (which BTW he is insisting that he will continue doing).  It has some interesting points that I hadn't been aware of before now.
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Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
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Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 12:41:10 PM EST
If anyone has been following the craziness in Polk County Florida, they know that some really strange and troubling things have happened here.  We've had multiple separation of church and state lawsuits going at a single time involving multiple entities (the Atheists of Florida really dropped the ball on those IMO), and some of those lawsuits included the sheriff's office.  This place can be very unpleasant for non-Christians and non-dominionists because of dominionist activity.
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Demon Mammon?
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 09:50:54 AM EST
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of Capitalism.)
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Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
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Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 11:34:52 AM EST
The mayor of a mid-size Texan city has emerged in recent months as the newest face of Islamophobia. Aligning herself with extremists hostile to Islam, Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas has helped to fan fears about a Muslim arbitration panel serving the region's Muslim community. She and her allies have framed their stance as a response to the so-called threat of Muslim law, called Sharia, to America's constitutional order. The events in this case provide an example of how anti-Muslim sentiment arises in a community and comes to shape the political landscape.
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Evangelicals Seduced By Ayn Rand Worship Crypto-Satanism, Suggest Scholars
Bruce Wilson printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 08:06:01 AM EST
[update: also see my closely related stories, "Crypto-Cultists" and "Cranks": The Video Paul Ryan Hoped Would Go Away, and The Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand/Satanism Connection Made Simple]

"I give people Ayn Rand with trappings" - Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan (to Kim Klein of the Washington Post, 1970)

"if a man smite thee on one cheek, SMASH him on the other!" - Anton LaVey, from The Satanic Bible (Section III, paragraph 7)

Ayn Rand has long been the intellectual darling of many both on the secular right but also the religious right, and that's curious given Rand's writing is widely credited with having inspired Anton LaVey, founder of the Church Of Satan and author of The Satanic Bible. Cited in the rather staid academic work Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology, Anton LaVey is quoted as having admitted that his religion was "just Ayn Rand's philosophy with ceremony and ritual added."

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Ted Cruz Anointed By Pastor Who Says Jesus Opposed Minimum Wage, and Constitution Based on the Bible
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Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 12:38:05 PM EST
In the video below, from a July 19-20th, 2013 pastor's rally at a Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, Tea Party potentate Ted Cruz is blessed by religious right leader David Barton, who claims that Jesus opposed the minimum wage, says the Constitution is based on the Old Testament, and appears to endorse biblical slavery. Also blessing Cruz is his father Rafael Cruz, who depicts gay marriage as a socialist plot against the traditional family and calls for a Christian war on secular society, and pastor David Lane, who has "called for violent dominionist revolution". For more on this 2013 event, see my Huffington Post story Video: Ted Cruz Anointed by Antigay, Pro-Religious War Pastors
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Galt and God: Ayn Randians and Christian Rightists Expand Ties
JSanford printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Wed Jan 07, 2015 at 02:35:02 PM EST
Ayn Rand's followers find themselves sharing a lot of common ground with the Christian Right these days. The Tea Party, with its stress on righteous liberty and a robust form of capitalism, has been a rallying point for both groups. Still, the philosophical disharmony between Christianity and Objectivism (Ayn Rand's philosophy) has presented problems for anyone seeking to straddle the two worldviews. Just ask Paul Ryan.
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Witchhunts in Africa and the U.S.A.
Diane Vera printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Thu Dec 25, 2014 at 05:18:53 PM EST

Nigerian human rights activist Leo Igwe has recently written at least two blog posts about how some African Pentecostal churches are sending missionaries to Europe and the U.S.A. in an attempt to "re-evangelize the West" -- and reintroducing fears of witchcraft.

Igwe seems unaware that fear of witchcraft, here in the West, isn't being promulgated just by African immigrants but also by plenty of middle-class and well-to-do white people, especially in the Bible Belt, as part of the teachings of various leaders of the "New Apostolic Reformation."

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Charles Taze Russell and John Hagee
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 at 06:56:01 AM EST
No doubt exists that Texas mega-church Pastor John Hagee would be loathe to be associated with the theology of Pastor C.T. Russell (wrongly credited with founding the Jehovah's Witnesses) but their theological orbits, while normally poles apart, converge at one crucial point; Christian Zionism.
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A death among the common people ... imagination.
Arthur Ruger printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 07:40:30 PM EST
Or maybe my title would better fit as “Laws, Books, where to find, and the people who trust them.”

What a society we've become!

The wise ones tell us over and over how the more things change the more they stay the same. The more we pride ourselves on invention and the progress of civilized society and it’s technological wonders, the more our majority loses its innocence and the most vital aspect of living … imagination.

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Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
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Alternate economy medical treatment
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ArchaeoBob (2 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
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Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
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Demon Mammon?
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of......
daerie (2 comments)
Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
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Ted Cruz Anointed By Pastor Who Says Jesus Opposed Minimum Wage, and Constitution Based on the Bible
In the video below, from a July 19-20th, 2013 pastor's rally at a Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, Tea Party potentate Ted Cruz is blessed by religious right leader David Barton, who claims......
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JSanford (11 comments)
Witchhunts in Africa and the U.S.A.
Nigerian human rights activist Leo Igwe has recently written at least two blog posts about how some African Pentecostal churches are sending missionaries to Europe and the U.S.A. in an attempt to "re-evangelize the......
Diane Vera (3 comments)
Charles Taze Russell and John Hagee
No doubt exists that Texas mega-church Pastor John Hagee would be loathe to be associated with the theology of Pastor C.T. Russell (wrongly credited with founding the Jehovah's Witnesses) but their theological orbits, while......
COinMS (1 comment)
A death among the common people ... imagination.
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