Category Archives: US Politics

No, the BRICs Aren’t Overtaking America – The Daily Beast

To the comfortably cynical American, surely the so far capable and competent Communist Party leadership will deal with their problems? The current slowish growth is only a pause on the Chinese upward curve to global leadership. America, by contrast, is finished. Congress is crazy and dysfunctional and Trump is leading the Republican presidential pack.It is far too easy to underrate America’s future. After dealing with the Kaiser, the Great Depression, the Nazis, Imperial Japan, the Soviet Union and OPEC in the 20th century, as well as launching Marshall Aid, the Civil Rights movement and the Great Society and the Reagan Recovery, these current problems are not exactly overwhelming for the republic. Unless the current American generation is so signally different from its forefathers, America can deal with these problems.One major difficulty for the America and the whole of the West, is that with the modern media you see pretty much everything in the West, warts and all. This actually is a feature of the vigor of the West, but within Western countries and outside the West, the exposing of corruption, venality and dysfunctionality in bright media lights gives the appearance of weakness and that appearance of weakness underpins a narrative of Western decline.

Source: No, the BRICs Aren’t Overtaking America – The Daily Beast

Ben Carson’s Church Believes the U.S. Government Will Team Up With the Antichrist

According to mainstream Seventh-Day Adventist doctrine, the Second Coming of Christ will occur after the U.S. government teams up with the Catholic Church – which Adventists believe is the ‘Babylon’ of the Book of Revelation, with the Pope being the Antichrist – to compel Adventists and others to worship on Sunday, rather than Saturday.

That may seem like a small hook on which to hang the fate of the world, but for Adventists, it is a core belief, taught at “prophecy seminars” and elaborated in excruciating geopolitical detail by key Adventist leaders.

Is it awkward for Ben Carson to run for president, if his faith believes the U.S. government will team up with the Antichrist?

 

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Feted in China, Jerk Xi’s U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope and Boehner

Source: Feted in China, Xi’s U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope

Francis flew out of Washington, heading to a rapturous reception in New York and a star turn at the United Nations General Assembly, just as Xi was arriving.

Under Xi, U.S.-Chinese relations are at a low, hurt by tensions over cyber theft and China’s assertive moves in Asian maritime disputes.

“To be contrasted with someone who has no military, no economic might and be completely eclipsed, I think it’s astounding. I don’t think the Chinese are noticing the contrast in messages”.

Xi slid further down the U.S. news agenda on Friday morning, when Republican House of Representative Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. The big networks quickly cut off Xi speaking at a news conference with Obama to follow a briefing by Boehner.

Xi: jerkity jerk jerk JERK

Mike Huckabee’s Facebook fans tear him to shreds for defending Josh Duggar

Yesterday, GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee posted a lengthy Facebook status affirming his “support for the Duggar family,” saying that Josh Duggar – who confessed to molestation – is being attacked by “blood-thirsty media” and deserves “our support.”This set off a surprising reaction among Huckabee’s Facebook fans, with a chorus of his once-supportive Republican loyalists declaring that he had lost their vote over his words on the matter. Here are a few examples:

Source: Mike Huckabee’s Facebook fans tear him to shreds for defending Josh Duggar

Obamacare-Hatin’ Sheriff Wants You To Pay His Medical Bills For Him, Because He Ain’t Got No Obamacare | Wonkette

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

“The States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction,” he wrote on his website”

Obamacare-Hatin’ Sheriff Wants You To Pay His Medical Bills For Him, Because He Ain’t Got No Obamacare | Wonkette

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sheriff-mack-gofundme-medical-billsObamacare-Hatin’ Sheriff Wants You To Pay His Medical Bills For Him, Because He Ain’t Got No Obamacare | Wonkette.

Transgender Rights Are Threatening Women-Only Colleges’ Mission | The New Republic

Every single work of art—every single institution, every group—can’t be about every person. Inclusivity should mean that every person is allowed to have a dialogue with it, to interrogate it, comment on it, and have the space to create their own art or institution or group to stand beside it. (If you think The Vagina Monologues is terrible, write as many op-eds saying so that you want, but don’t stop its production.) It’s also true that every college can’t serve the needs of every single potential student. Women’s colleges are still allowed to exclude certain applicants based on gender because there’s still a need for their exclusionary existence. Transexclusion and transphobia are serious problems, but they are different from the problems most women in America—who are born women, raised in environments where people recognize only two genders, and are punished for the simple fact of their biology—continue to face. After all, those of us born with a vagina and uterus are the only ones who can be forced to carry a pregnancy to term by the anti-abortion laws sweeping the nation.

via Transgender Rights Are Threatening Women-Only Colleges' Mission | The New Republic.

Sarah Palin delivers ‘bizarro’ speech to Iowa Freedom Summit and Twitter users react hilariously

I cannot stress enough that this is *least amount of sense* I’ve heard Palin make. Not a Scott-Walker’s-charisma-level bar, either.

— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) January 24, 2015

I’ve heard hundreds of Palin speeches and this is easily in the Top 5 laziest and most frenetically incoherent. — Jeb Lund (@Mobute) January 24, 2015

Palin: “This is to forego a conclusion.” lolwut

— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) January 24, 2015

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