Yes, Homosexuality Absolutely is A Choice

John makes a clear point about LGBT – one that people should pay attention to.

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Confession time.

To all of my Christian brothers and sisters who insist that homosexuality is a choice, I need to break down and finally admit something: I agree with you.

I believe that it absolutely is a choice too, only not in the way that you may have meant.

But I guess that’s largely the crux of the problem we have here. I think you use your terms too loosely without really thinking them through. When you say quite matter-of-factly that homosexualityis a choice, I’m not sure you really know in that moment, just what you mean by “homosexuality”.

Far too often Christian, when you make the statement that being gay is a sin, what you’re really doing without realizing it is reducing all LGBT people down to a sex act; as if that alone defines sexuality.

You’re denying any emotional component in their lives; any capacity to feel real love or show genuine affection toward someone…

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Backfile checking Rex and everyone else: the forgotten history of the KKK and the NEA

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Last month, retired philanthropist Rex Sinquefield ignited a storm of controversy by claiming that the public school system was a creation driven at least partly by the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan. Sinquefield cited an op-ed in an obscure Missouri publication for support of this claim, but wound up apologizing for his statement. And that is where the debate ended.

It is unfortunate that no one has thought to consider this subject further. That is because there is documented history of the involvement of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations in the evolution of American public education and the National Education Association. Consider this excerpt from a review of Doug Lawson’s book “The Department of Education Battle, 1918-1932: Public Schools, Catholic Schools, and the Social Order“:

The efforts of the educational trust were supported by a number of organizations that fostered civic progressivism, including…

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Missouri Amendment 1- Vote NO!

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From Michael Evans: http://www.americasvoicenow.org

And…. Why YOU Should Vote NO on Missouri’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 – “Right To Farm”

On Monday, a meeting was held in a townhall style at the West Plains Civic Center so that folks could better understand the proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 aka “Right To Farm” Bill.  I attended this meeting and so I thought I would provide those who were unable to make it with a report on what transpired.  Feel free to forward to your “Circle of Influence” whether you agree with my observations or not.

First, let me state unequivocally that I support the unlimited protection of family farms, farmers and family ranchers.  But I firmly believe this bill will do no such thing.

The meeting was sponsored by supporters of the bill.  The people sitting at the ‘speaker’ table were Shawn Rhodes and a legislative employee from the Missouri Legislature.  They…

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Reince Priebus’ Letter To Mr. And Mrs. Bergdahl

Great post addressing this RWNJ take on this soldier who has just spent 5 yrs. in captivity.

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl,

Hello. You probably don’t know me, but my name is Reince Priebus. I am head of the Republican Party, when Rush Limbaugh is off the air or under the influence of narcotics. I am the guy who, along with Mitt Romney, began exploiting the Benghazi tragedy before we even knew what happened or how many had been killed. I told the world how pathetic it was that President Obama “sympathizes with attackers.” Heck, I said that before I knew any of the facts. That’s how propagandistically efficient I am, when it comes to The Scary Negro.

Now, it has probably come to your attention that my party is pedal-to-the-metal exploiting the release from captivity of your son, Bowe. I heard a Fox host say this morning, with jubilation in his voice, that “This story is just getting rolling, really.” Isn’t it nice to have friends?…

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Class War, American Style – Part I – Health Care

Nicely broken down and explained – the kind of writing I like – everyone understands it.

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Health care is a human right. It should be available to all, regardless of income, wealth or any other means by which people may be differentiated from one another. The health care system in this country has been abysmal for many years. Millions languishing with an inability to pay for the care necessary to keep them healthy, restore them to health, or even keep them alive. This in a nation which has had the best medical technology and treatments available anywhere in the world. That so many have such inadequate access to the care they need and deserve is unacceptable.

Numerous attempts have been made at the federal level to address these issues. Medicare and Medicaid were enacted to address the needs of the elderly and the poor. but still millions were left with no form of health insurance to help them deal with the rapidly increasing…

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Dr. Rove Uses Psychology To Defeat Hilary

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Karl Rove misdiagnosis of Hilary Clinton’s 2012 fall became public in 2014 because he’s wanting to saturate the echo chamber with the idea that she’s too old to run for office and he’s scared that Democrats may elect the first female president in 2016. But, we know that facts don’t matter to Dr. Rove. It’s just spin in the end – at least that’s how he sees it.

Dr. Rove turned a 3 day hospital visit into a 30 day visit just like he turned Mitt Romney’s presidential defeat into a win in 2012. Once an idea is planted in his mind facts never get in his way. A good smear job is all this amounts to.

Today, we have other quotable notables like Newt Gingrich from the right wing stepping forward expressing outrage about what the good Dr. Rove said. Tomorrow, closer to election day, they’ll be flipping and flopping about age if their Benghazi double down doesn’t work.

But, what if this is more than just a smear campaign? Let’s look at this as a way of feeding Hilary’s mind with “you look sick” psychology and by the end of the day, she starts feeling sick or too old to run.

Next, right wing operatives will have Hilary Clinton faking the passing of a medical exam. If it sticks Dr. Rove wins.

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3 Idiot Governors Prove Reckless Tax-Cut Policies Don’t Work

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Taxes may be that dirty word you see at the end of every purchase from a store or it’s what April 15th symbolizes to you.    It doesn’t matter if they’re sales taxes or income taxes, everybody pays taxes.  These taxes once collected by the federal and state governments are the source of their income.    Grover Norquist sold Republicans on the idea of “shrinking government down to a size that it can be drowned in a bathtub.”  Currently, we have 3 idiot governors who followed Norquist’s suggestion and implemented reckless tax-cut policies.

A radical cut in income means that state revenue isn’t keeping up with state expenses.  The shocking lack of income that follow big tax cuts has caused million dollar revenue shortfalls for Kansas, New Jersey, and North Carolina.  Republican governors Sam Brownback of KS, Chris Christie of NJ, and Pat McCrory of NC have created between $445 million to $900 million revenue shortfalls because they cut taxes.   Consequently, New Jersey and Kansas AAA bond ratings have been lowered.  The NJ bond ratings have been lowered five times since Chris Christie became governor.  Both Sam Brownback and Chris Christie blames their state’s revenue shortfall on Obama’s 2012 tax increase ($200,000 incomes and above) instead of their own reckless tax-cut policies of eliminating state income taxes.

These 3 governors have explicitly demonstrated what not to do.  Someone needs to explain this to the MO legislature because they’ve just voted to mimic these states.  Economists at the University of Missouri-Columbia have estimated that the tax cut will eventually reduce the state revenues by $620 million annually.  But, Governor Nixon asserted it would punch a $4.8 billion annual hole in the state budget.

“Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature enacted the state’s first income tax rate reduction in almost a century by overriding the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has denounced it as a reckless financial experiment.  Republicans made the tax cut a priority after failing last year to override Nixon’s veto of a more expansive cut.  The override vote capped an intense, multi-year campaign that included millions of dollars of advertising by tax-cut supporters and scores of opposition events organized by Nixon.   The House voted 109-46, with Democratic Rep. Keith English of suburban St. Louis  (District 68) joining all 108 Republicans.” 

Republican’s who followed Norquist’s tax-cut agenda created shortfalls which subsequently lowered their state’s bond ratings.  This is Insanity – The act of doing something over and over, expecting different results.  Meanwhile, President Obama is successfully reducing America’s deficit because he raised income by increasing taxes on incomes over $200,000.

 

Chris Christie nears record for credit downgrades

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Welcome To The Ozarks, Where Even The Tree Rats Are White

This is a must read article. You nailed it!

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Less than an hour’s drive from Joplin is a town called Marionville, located about 14 miles south of Interstate 44. The town’s website describes it as,

a charming community located in the heart of the Ozarks in Lawrence County, Southwest Missouri. Marionville has a population of white squirrels, which is one of a handful of such populations in the United States.

Visitors come to Marionville in hopes of catching a glimpse of our white squirrels.

I kid you not. White squirrels.

The entire country had a chance to meet one of those white squirrels recently. His name is Dan Clevenger and you’ll soon find out where he hides his nuts. In the mean time, in case you’ve never seen a white squirrel, here’s a picture of one:

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Dan Clevenger owns an engine repair shop in Marionville. And, uh, he’s also the mayor.

In Marionville, not only are the squirrels white…

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