Thinking Out Loud

This morning during the coffee time between services, I wandered into the auditorium, which I discovered was mostly empty except for a young guy sitting in the back row. We know each other, but I doubt we’ve ever really conversed before. I told him I’d heard he had moved away, but had noticed him back at church for the last few months.

He told me that things hadn’t been going well where he moved, and the environment wasn’t conducive to maintaining healthy habits.  After some general conversation, I came right out and asked him, “How’s it going spiritually?”

He then told me he was really seeking some kind of spark to re-energize his faith; and little did I know that in the ten minutes that followed, I would — hopefully as the seed of our conversation has time to sprout — be that spark. (Yes, I know I’m mixing metaphors…

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Barack Obama Goes FORWARD!




Reince Priebus says he thinks ppl should be held to their promises…

…Ok.  That certainly is why you and Senate Mihnority Leader McConnell have waged war on President Obama following the war cry issued in this video:

Promises?  When he began his reign as Speaker of the House,  Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) promised the nation that ‘the new Congress would be about jobs.” Republicans have not kept their promise.  If fact, y’all have added insult to injury by fighting the President’s bill, The American Jobs Act which has yet to become law.  Mr. Chairman, were you taught this as a child?

THE BIBLE:  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. MATTHEW 7:5

Cenk Reporting on the French Election from Paris


Thinking Out Loud

Maybe I’m not the only one to make this connection, but I haven’t run across it online so far.

Last week one of the top religious stories concerned Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville who suggested that if your boy is acting girly, he needs corporal punishment.  You can watch a 2-minute video of the original statement at SFL

“Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk right over there and crack that wrist….Give him a good punch…”

At the same site is a link to a sermon audio where the pastor — after the news story had gone viral — issued a retraction.  You can access that audio here.

But there’s a couple of dots in this story that I haven’t seen people connecting.  One reader sent me a link to the original story at The…

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Winston Churchill and German surrender announcement

May 7, 1945

Aspects of Mitt Romney: The Agony and..No Ecstasy! 1


Mitt Romney Is Too Extreme for Women!

Romney: Too extreme for women
Romney’s right-wing positions — like promising to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, refusing to say whether he would have signed or vetoed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and his over-the-top praise for controversial public figures like Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell — make it clear just how out of touch he is when it comes to women’s issues. Here is  a video highlighting some of Romney’s most extreme stances. Check it out, and make sure others see it, too.  Thanks!




Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Thinks She ‘Qualifies as a Candidate for President’

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is new to the presidential sweepstakes despite her C.V.  Her name is being mentioned as a candidate for Veep under Mitt Romney.  Appearing on “Meet the Press” today, Sen. Ayotte was asked by host, David Gregory, if she was ready to be president.  Instead of answering “yes” or “no,” Kelly went through her resume and included a dig at President Barack Obama.  She said Obama should show more leadership over the Senate. But the Republican senator left out her caucus’ collective war on Barack Obama which has lowered the public’s favorable rating of Congress which is characterized as “the worst Congress in history.” Ayotte did not mention Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s <<raison d’être>> :

Senator Ayotte forgets the old truism: “You can take a horse to water, but, you can’t make him drink!”  If she wants to really be effective, she should take back the Republican Party from those who stand for the increase in fortune of the “Top 1%” and those who support the Paul Ryan budget which would seek to balance the budget by taking money from the poor and the middle-class and give thousands of unearned dollars to the rich! [I wonder whose side she was on in her former job?]

“Is Poverty The Future Of America’s Middle Class?” 1

Gilbert Mercier



America’s middle class has been under attack for about 30 years. One of the main goal of Reagan, the Republicans and the pro-corporate Democrats was to dismantle the few critical social programs and safety nets put together by FDR and later Lyndon Johnson. Bush Sr. kept pushing for the same social Darwinist policies of deconstruction of the New Deal, so did ultra corporate Democrat Bill Clinton, and of course Bush Jr. So far, President Obama has failed to reverse the disastrous policies of what could be called America’s Jungle Capitalism.

The great divide between the haves and have-not has dramatically increased since the 2008 financial crash. The United States has seen a record number of its citizens living on food stamps while the number of millionaires has also reached a record high. It makes America as polarized in term of wealth possession today as in 1928.

Recent statistics show that 40.8 million Americans currently rely on food stamps to meagerly survive. It means that one out of eight Americans can not make it without government provided food stamps to feed themselves. This figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million by 2011.