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You might have heard of Scott DesJarlais (R), Tennessee Congressman who recently voted in favor of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. No big deal, pretty predictable – he consistently supports anti-choice legislation and has used ‘family values’ as a foundation of his campaigns. 218 more words


Worst. Generation. Ever...?

I enjoyed HBO’s The Newsroom and this monologue was what hooked me, and I’m sure many other viewers. It was Aaron Sorkin’s thesis. It does it’s job of destroying the idea of American exceptionalism until the 2 minute mark, where it takes a turn into a blame cascade accusing millennials of single-handedly ruining the country. 324 more words


Well, Duh! Them Damned Liberals, Again!

According to the N.Y. Times recently “People are less likely to marry if they grow up in certain places, especially liberal ones.”

Hello? Conservatives are people who like the status quo, who wish to preserve the structures of society as they are (to conserve means …). 358 more words


Use your words not your teeth

Right after the deciding vote in the Vermont House on public safety bill,S.141, I hopped on a jet for a weekend training in Tucson, Az. at the National Institute for Civil Discourse(NICD). 1,286 more words


Another Example of AstroTurf

I have been ranting on social media for some time now about the degradation of journalism. I recently spotted an article which was not only a thinly veiled editorial, but a prime example of “Astroturf”. 586 more words

Articles And Rants

The Church is Not Yet Dead: An Interview with Dr. Shannen Dee Williams

Over the last month, I have had the privilege of interviewing, via email, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.   5,151 more words


AthenaC reblogged this on Athena's Antics and commented:

"No person has ever been simply Catholic, and any attempt to discuss or frame Catholicism without acknowledging the great diversity of the Catholic faithful or the intersection of people’s identities is woefully inadequate and perhaps even intentionally insincere. Indeed, I immediately become suspicious when I hear someone dare to offer the “Catholic” perspective ... being Catholic means to live, breathe, serve, and rejoice in the Holy Spirit like Martha Jane Chisley Tolton. It also means to be the pious, but once lapsed, black Catholic woman to whom Martha Jane’s son, Father Augustus Tolton, administered death rites on Sunday, May 10, 1891. Nine years earlier, this black woman, whose name has been lost in the historical record, had been “hurled out of a white church and even cursed at by the Irish members” for daring to worship with her fellow Catholics in Chicago as equals. Despite suffering such savage violence and hatred from white Catholics, this woman’s faith had endured, and she “thanked God” at her death for a priest who finally saw her as a human being and a child of God. That is what it means to keep the faith and serve God in the face of oppression. That is what it means to be truly Catholic." The Catholic Church is called such because it is supposed to be catholic (i.e. universal). I grew up in a stodgy, white church, where the only, right, sacred way to worship God is that of Northern European liturgical culture, language, and music handed down to the present unchanged. I have my own complaints about that myopic perspective, but it pales in comparison with the stories Dr. Williams shares about herself and other black Catholics throughout history. At the end of the day, why do we stay? The only reason that makes sense is that although the Church is made of imperfect humans that do plenty of awful things, we are all centered around and reaching for God, Who makes us more than the sum of our imperfect parts.

Infernal Devices, Greek Fire and Bioterrorism


As the war wound down in April of 1865, 2100 paroled Union POWs assembled at a camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi to await transport home by steamer. 1,336 more words