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  • Intelligent design gets even dumber

    03/16/2019 11:26:56 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 109 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 03/08/19 | Jerry A. Coyne
    The notion of “intelligent design” arose after opponents of evolution repeatedly failed on First Amendment grounds to get Bible-based creationism taught in the public schools. Their solution: Take God out of the mix and replace him with an unspecified “intelligent designer.” They added some irrelevant mathematics and fancy biochemical jargon, and lo: intelligent design, which scientists have dubbed “creationism in a cheap tuxedo.” But the tuxedo is fraying, for intelligent design has been rejected not just by biologists but also by judges who recognize it as poorly disguised religion. Nevertheless, its advocates persist. Among the most vocal is Michael J....
  • Christchurch mosque shootings – Trump-supporting ‘Brit’ gunman wrote chilling manifesto

    03/14/2019 9:45:31 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 190 replies
    The [UK] Sun ^ | 03-15-2019 | Jenny Awford
    A ‘BRITISH’ gunman who is believed to have filmed himself slaughtering Muslims in a New Zealand mosque wrote a chilling manifesto before the “terrorist attack”. The white-supremacist shooter, 28, who was born in Australia, said he wanted to take revenge for the "thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks". He boasted that he chose to use firearms so he could influence politics in the US. “Finally, to create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide within the United states," he wrote....
  • Could Sanders beat Trump in 2020? Yes – here’s how

    03/08/2019 7:38:27 PM PST · by chief lee runamok · 63 replies
    fox ^ | 03/08/2019 | Tim Chapman
    Announcing his second bid for the presidency March 2, Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a massive crowd in Brooklyn, estimated at 13,000 by his campaign. But can he do the same in Peoria?
  • Michelle Obama would be tied with Biden as frontrunner if she ran in 2020, poll shows

    02/20/2019 9:16:27 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2019 | The Hill
    Former first lady Michelle Obama tied with former Vice President Joe Biden as the top choice among Democratic voters when asked who should be the party's nominee in 2020. A Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday found that 25 percent of Democrats said they would back Obama in the party primary over nine other declared or potential candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
  • Warriors visit Obama during trip to DC

    01/24/2019 7:45:18 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2019 | Aris Foley
    The Golden State Warriors visited former President Obama on Thursday shortly before their game against the Washington Wizards in the nation's capital. The NBA team posed with Obama in a picture of the moment that surfaced on social media on late Thursday.
  • The day I tasted climate change: Every one of us will have moment when global warming gets personal

    12/27/2018 11:53:15 AM PST · by ETL · 105 replies
    TechnologyReview.com ^ | Dec 21, 2018 | James Temple
    In early November, gale-force winds whipped a brush fire into an inferno that nearly consumed the town of Paradise, California, and killed at least 86 people. By the second morning, I could smell the fire from one foot outside my door in Berkeley, some 130 miles from the flames. Within a week, my eyes and throat stung even when I was indoors. Air quality maps warned that the soot-filled air blanketing the Bay Area had reached “very unhealthy” levels. For days, nearly everyone wore masks as they walked their dogs, rode the train, and carried out errands. Most of those...
  • Obama’s Christmas Instagram Photo Of Him & Michelle Under The Mistletoe Is Adorable

    12/25/2018 4:37:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Bustle ^ | December 25, 2018 | Morgan Brinlee
    Former President Barack Obama wished his social media followers a happy holiday on Monday with a festive but oh so adorable photo. Indeed, Obama's 2018 Christmas greeting featured a sweet moment under the mistletow with his wife and former first lady, Michelle Obama. "Enjoy the holiday season with the ones you love," Obama wrote in a short-but-sweet holiday greeting shared on both Instagram and Twitter. "Michelle and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!" Alongside his message of holiday cheer, the former president shared an adorable photo of himself planting a kiss on Michelle's cheek as the two stand beneath...
  • GUTLESS PRESIDENT IN WALL-LESS COUNTRY

    12/19/2018 3:04:38 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 414 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 18 Dec 2018 | Ann Coulter
    If you were elected president after decades of politicians doing nothing about the millions of illegals pouring into our country every year, committing crimes, dealing drugs, driving drunk, molesting children and killing Americans like Kate Steinle, and your central campaign promise -- repeated every day -- was to build a wall, wouldn't you have spent the entirety of your transition period working on getting it done? Wouldn't you have been building prototypes, developing relationships with key congressional allies and talking to military leaders about using the Seabees or the Army Corps of Engineers to build the wall? Wouldn't you skip...
  • FT Person of the Year: George Soros

    12/19/2018 4:37:50 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    Financial Times ^ | December 19, 2018 | Roula Khalaf
    For a man facing daily attacks for his activism and liberal vision of the world, George Soros was in a curiously buoyant mood on a sunswept afternoon in Marrakesh. He had just visited South Africa, home to his first philanthropic foray in the late 1970s, when he funded black students under apartheid. This time he learnt that Soros-backed investigative media and civil society groups had helped thwart an allegedly corrupt nuclear power plant contract with Russia. “It was a tremendous boost to reinforce my belief that we are doing something right,” says Mr Soros. “We haven’t stopped having a beneficial...
  • Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump [they can’t hold back]

    12/09/2018 12:52:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | December 9, 2018 | Hope Yen
    Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence committee. “The bigger pardon question may come...
  • Latest House results confirm 2018 wasn't a blue wave. It was a blue tsunami.

    12/08/2018 7:42:22 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | December 6, 2018 | Harry Enten
    The final votes are being counted from the 2018 election. They confirm that the Democrats crushed Republicans. Let's start in the seat count. Republican Rep. David Valadao of California's 21st District conceded on Thursday to Democrat T.J. Cox. Cox's victory combined with other election results means that Democrats have picked up a net gain of 40 seats. As has oft been repeated, this is the largest Democratic House gain since 1974. It's a larger gain than Democrats had in the wave elections of both 1982 and 2006. We can go back even further and see how unusual it is that...
  • Beto Has a Path to the Presidency: Lincoln’s

    12/01/2018 6:53:20 PM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | December 1, 2018 | Mark Perry
    Of all the places in Washington, Beto O’Rourke chose to run to the Lincoln Memorial. Jogging through an early winter storm in the capital the week following his loss in the race for U.S. Senate, O’Rourke found himself, gimpy knee and all, running up the steps of the majestic monument to the 16th president. There, he wrote in a Medium post, he paused to read the words of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Suddenly, his knee stopped hurting—as if Honest Abe’s words had a special healing power (but “maybe it just needed to fully warm up,” he wrote).
  • Brzezinski and Scarborough tie the knot in secret wedding ceremony

    11/25/2018 5:10:24 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony officiated by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) over the weekend, Vanity Fair reported on Sunday. The celebrity morning television hosts held an intimate ceremony attended by a handful of people on Saturday in Washington's National Archives, the first time a wedding has been held there, according to the magazine. They reportedly chose the quiet post-Thanksgiving date to keep the wedding under wraps. “We wanted it to be really small and simple and not what you expected from Mika and Joe,” Brzezinski told Vanity...
  • Tolerance, well not really

    10/28/2018 6:30:49 PM PDT · by pfflier · 43 replies
    Vanity
    Today my wife and I were sitting in close proximity to three gay men discussing President Trump. They were all over the place about the attempts to impeach him and were holding out hope that his business dealings would be found to conflict with his official duties. While they hoped that would result in his impeachment, they certainly didn't know what the succession to office entailed. They didn't know who would replace him under the 25th amendment but I got the impression they assumed there would be a special election.The conversation then took a remarkable turn when they conceded that...
  • White People Owe Us An Apology, But We Don’t Owe Them Forgiveness

    10/23/2018 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 93 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10/21/2018 | Brandi Miller
    By now, we should all be familiar with Corner Store Caroline, the latest in a long line of white people crying to authorities over imagined transgressions by black people. Caroline (real name Theresa Klein) called the police ― or, at least, appeared to ― on 9-year-old Jeremiah Harvey, accusing him of sexual assault. After surveillance footage corroborated all of the witness accounts detailing that the boy had merely brushed Klein with a bookbag as they walked out of a small New York market, Klein offered an “apology,” saying “I was wrong.” She told ABC 7, “Young man, I don’t know...
  • Doctor Who takes on worst enemy yet as show tackles racism for the first time

    10/21/2018 4:06:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 75 replies
    Doctor Who is about to do battle with a new deadly enemy...racism. Sunday’s episode centres around Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat in the “colored section” of an Alabama bus to a white passenger. The outcry over her 1955 arrest spark­­ed the start of the civil rights movement. In her latest adventure, Time Lord Jodie Whittaker lands in America’s Deep South as an evil alien tries to disrupt the historic confrontation. She and her team have to ensure the pivotal moment is not sabotaged. Sidekicks Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan face discrimination as they are refused entry...
  • [Cath Cauc] Xavier Rynne II: Letters from the Synod on Youth Vol. 7 – October 11

    10/11/2018 4:44:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Catholic Weekly ^ | October 11, 2018 | Xavier Rynne II
    On 9 October, the Vatican issued a report summarizing the Synod’s first round of small group discussions, which focused on Part One (paragraphs 1 to 72) of the Synod’s working document, the Instrumentum Laboris [IL].  As in past synods, bishop-delegates, Synod auditors, and invited observers divide into language-based discussion groups when the Synod is not meeting in general assembly. In Synod-2018 there are fourteen such groups, or Circoli Minori in Synod-speak: four for English speakers, three for French, one for German, two for Spanish, three for Italian, and one for Portuguese. (Once upon a time, there would be “circle” using...
  • New 1st Grade Textbook Lionizes CA Gov. Candidate for his Gay Activism

    09/15/2018 10:42:29 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 24 replies
    California Family Council ^ | 9-14-18 | Greg Burt
    A new state recommended social studies and history curriculum is being introduced in public schools around California that blatantly promotes a bias perspective on the policy achievements of governor candidate Gavin Newsom. Dubbing him “Champion for People’s Rights,” the first grade textbook teaches kids about “respecting the rights” of others by pointing to Newsom’s advocacy for same-sex marriage, while mayor of San Francisco. The text doesn’t even try to be objective and fails to mention that marriages for same-sex couples were not an established right at the time, but a brand new concept and only legal in a select number...
  • Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

    09/03/2018 7:19:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 9-3-2018 | AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein
    It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely,...
  • Washington Mourned John McCain. President Trump Played Golf.

    09/01/2018 3:40:51 PM PDT · by McGruff · 211 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 1, 2018 | Katie Rogers
    For the clusters of onlookers, besuited power players and three former presidents who had all traveled to Washington National Cathedral, the muggy day was a historic opportunity to memorialize the life of Senator John McCain, who was remembered as a deeply patriotic war hero, a former Republican presidential candidate and a scrappy, humanly flawed, ultimately idealistic lawmaker. For President Trump, it was Saturday. In the many discussions about how to mark his life that Mr. McCain had with his staff and family before he died, he had made clear he did not want Mr. Trump to participate in anything they...