With the world economies mired in depression and debt and the American military machine cranking up for Syria and Iran ~ I look to nature as well as deep space for reminders that we are innately part of something far greater than ourselves or as William Blake wrote “We are put on earth a little space to bear the beams of love.”
“I said, you are gods: you are all children of the Most High God.”-Psalm 82:6…The first mention of Israel in the Bible is in Genesis 32, when Jacob wrestled, struggled and then clung to the Divine being and was then renamed Israel.
- Ten lucky cosmic breaks that brought us here today—at each others’ throats, and sucking our planet’s life blood – From the New Scientist: Here we are, small beings on a small planet orbiting an unremarkable star in a really rather ordinary galaxy in an otherwise undistinguished part of an unimaginably vast universe. Yet something about our existence […]
- United States Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3: ” …. [N]o religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” – By mal Hey, all you Constitution-reading, all-so-tolerant elitists, [that's goes double for you, Mikey Weinstein, your blood will run wild and free with the other […]
It’s been a brawl for years, this education culture war that seems to take on a particularly vicious turn in the heart of Texas. The latest and most important round, a drastic revision of the social studies curriculum standards to put a conservative spin on history and economics textbooks, was given preliminary approval after a series of heated meetings of the Texas Board of Education that didn’t do much to improve the image of the nation’s second largest state as a sometimes small-minded political and educational backwater.
We live in the age of grass. Indeed, from our point of view, the evolution of grasses was one of the most momentous events in the history of the Earth. Which is why I’m nominating them for Life-form of the Month: March.
This bled into a rant about American history. “The secular humanists may argue that we are a secular nation,” McLeroy said, jabbing his finger in the air for emphasis. “But we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan — he needs to get credit for saving the world from communism and for the good economy over the last twenty years because he lowered taxes.”
Happy birthday Charles Darwin, Steven Newton at Huff Post offers some reasons for the importance of Darwin’s work. It’s also Valentine’s Day and AlterNet’s Daniela Perdomo suggests that the way to celebrate it this year is to break up with your bank. The hired “experts” so often seen in the media are very often serving their own bank balances as a story from The Nation tells us and those stories and more in today’s picks.
Robert Scheer writes that if Glass Steagal worked for 60 years, it probably ain’t broken. A book on evolution to help kids get through the confusion caused by the flat Earthers. Where’s all that damn oil? is the quetion at Tomgram. Vets urge close of Gitmo at Huff Post, Objectivity is not the Holy Grail at Truthdig and the sad news of our losses in Pakistan in today’s picks.
Tennessee has thrown caution, and reason, to the wind, deciding to use taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate children in public schools in the ways of Jesus Christ. The quaint notion of separating Church and State be damned. A curse on the prohibition of governments establishing religion. Who needs the First Amendment when we have the Lord?