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Saturday, August 27, 2016

In the North Carolina governor's race, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper holds a significant 52% to 43% lead over incumbent Republican Pat McCrory. Another 3% say they will vote for Libertarian Lon Cecil and 3% are undecided. McCrory's HB2 bill, like other GOP favored bills banning transgender bathroom use, has hurt North Carolina's economy, costing them millions after several corporations cancelled expansion plans and the NBA moved itsA All-Star game out of North Carolina. McCrory's approval rating is also upside down at 45-46%. The Monmouth University Poll also found that 7-in-10 voters (70%) feel the passage of HB2 has been bad for North Carolina's reputation nationally.


Friday, August 26, 2016

In 2006, when a judge ordered Donald Trump's casino operation to hand over several years' worth of emails, the answer surprised him: The Trump Organization routinely erased emails and had no records from 1996 to 2001. The defendants in a case that Trump brought said this amounted to destruction of evidence, a charge never resolved. At that time, a Trump IT director testified that until 2001, executives in Trump Tower relied on personal email accounts using dial-up Internet services, despite the fact that Trump had launched a high-speed Internet provider in 1998 and announced he would wire his whole building with it. Another said Trump had no routine process for preserving emails before 2005. Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld was stunned. "He has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn't keep emails. That's a tough one," he said,


Thursday, August 25, 2016

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's president said Wednesday that government negotiators and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on an important peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.

"Today I hope to give historic, very important news to the country," President Juan Manuel Santos said at an education event Wednesday.

Earlier government negotiators told local news media that all major obstacles to a deal have been cleared up in around-the-clock sessions taking place in Cuba for the past week.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"First of all, the Clintons never took a nickel out of the foundation. In fact, they gave a million dollars last year. . . . Not a penny. The second thing is I'm sorry, but the foundation negotiated prices to lower malaria [drugs] to cents. Under CharityWatch, it is a five-star rated charity. You can't get a higher rating for a charity. So the Clinton Foundation was taking no money for the Clintons, raising money from rich people and giving it to poor people. And all of a sudden, the press has decided that we're going to go after this and shut it down. And you know what, you are probably going to be successful. There are going to be people that are going to die because of this." The Clinton Foundation has saved at least 11 million lives. read more


Former IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg: "As a former IRS commissioner and practicing tax lawyer, I understand it may be inconvenient for Trump to release his tax returns but we all know -- and the IRS has confirmed -- that nothing prevents any of us from releasing our tax returns any time we want. And by the way, for those who listen carefully, Trump's promise means he will never release his tax returns. Trump's advisors also have substantial control over when his current examination will conclude. As a citizen and voter, I want to take a look because I will learn something important about this man who would be president. Inevitably, his refusal to release his returns raises a question: What is Trump hiding?" read more


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I call holy rollers who justify - by any means necessary - things in direct opposition to what the namesake of Christianity taught (and put into action himself saving the adulteress who was about to be stoned to death) "Torquemada Christians." Gives Christianity a bad name. No wonder so many churches around the world are nearly empty!!

3. During his ministry, Jesus publicly thwarted an execution.

Let's be honest: if you were to say "he who is without sin may cast the first stone" even the most ardent atheist would know what you were referencing: the fact that Jesus stopped an execution. Conservatives will break with literalism when it comes to this passage and will argue that it doesn't mean what it seems to mean. But why not just take the teachings of Jesus at face value? The fact that Jesus stopped an execution is completely in line will all of his other prohibitions against the use of violence. When Jesus said "he who is without sin may cast the first stone" he was teaching that while death may seem just, and even at times be just, there isn't anyone alive who is worthy to tie the noose around their neck. Therefore, even if siding with the rationale that death is a just punishment in some cases, we arrive at the difficult truth that -- according to Jesus -- neither you or I are perfect enough to serve in the role of executioner.

4. Jesus teaches that it is better to show mercy and compassion than to obey the law.

Jesus was always getting himself in trouble with religious conservatives. One of the areas where he got himself in trouble more than once (and the act that I think ultimately led to his death) was appearing to violate the law against working on the Sabbath. During one of these occasions, Jesus and his disciples were plucking grain (work) because they were hungry. When confronted for violating the law, Jesus replied to the conservatives:

"If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent." Matthew 12:7

sojo.net

There's you link. Doubt you'll bother clicking it and reading the article anyway.

Anyone claiming to be 'pro-life' should value life once babies are born and all throughout their lives. And absolutely against the death penalty. What right does one human have to take the life of another living, breathing human, according to the same justification used by 'pro-life' people?

- The Bible doesn't prohibit abortion. In fact, quite the opposite:

Numbers 5:27 – Abortion is encouraged if a wife cheats and gets pregnant:

"If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse."

- God said life begins when a human draws its first breath:

Genesis 2:7 – Breath Must Come First

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

- Unfulfilled Life Not Worth Living

Ecclesiastes 6:3-5

"If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other."

This text says that it is better for a person to suffer an "untimely birth," meaning to die from miscarriage, than to live an unhappy life. That's right: the Bible literally says it's better to die in the womb than live an unhappy life. This flies directly into the face of all anti-choice believers.

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