‘There are currently more than 80 different versions of the Christian Bible in print in the United States’.
‘All sects have their own interpretations and variances of the original text’.
‘Conservapedia.com, a right wing group founded by Andy Schlafly, son of anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, thinks the bibles you can get now are too liberal’.
‘They don’t capture the true spirit of Christ. Otherwise known as Republican Jesus. So they are re-wording the Bible and they want your help to do it’.
‘AlterNet reports Schlafly and Conservapedia has asked the “best of the public” to help in re-wording the original text of the Bible. And by “re-wording” the Bible, what this group of wing nuts really wants is to re-write the Bible or omit passages altogether’.
‘Never mind if you can’t translate Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew. That’s not a necessity’.
‘All hail Conservapedia’!
‘For example; remember the passage “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” (John 7:53-8:11)’?
‘Well, that’s far too liberal for Conservapedia’s version. It hasn’t been re-written. It’s been removed’.
‘Oh, and the one you may want to wish upon this group for their actions, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Yeah, that ones been cut too’.
“The simple fact is that some of the persecutors of Jesus did know what they were doing,” Schlafly points out, proving that, “Jesus might never had said it at all.” And why shouldn’t we believe him’?
‘Conservapedia’s version of God loves capitalism’.
‘God or Republican Jesus or Conservapedia or the GOP. It’s all the same thing. You can tell by the following passage’:
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:24).
‘Wait. No. Not that one. Change “rich” to “fully fed and entertained.”
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a “fully fed and entertained” man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Republican Matthew 19:24)
‘There. That’s much better, don’t you think’?
‘From God’s word to Conservapedia’s scripture’.
“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” has been altered to “Blessed are the God-fearing”.
‘Because we can’t have conservatives thinking their hoarding of goods and cash acquired by exploiting those meek could affect their transcendence into heaven’.
‘When Jesus greets his disciples with, “Peace be with you” (John 20, 26), that’s been changed to, “Peace of mind be with you,” because the original is too passive’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/23/right-wing-thinks-bible-too-liberal-so-theyre-re-writing-it/
‘Twas The (Republican) Night Before Christmas’.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the House
Not a bill was debated, thanks to an orange souse’;
‘The interns were stuffed in the offices with care,
In hopes that no journalists would make them share’;
‘The lobbyists were counting their dough in their beds;
While visions of special bills danced in their heads’;
‘And Michele with her corn dog, and King with his hate,
Had just muddled our brains, and sealed our fate’,
‘When out on the steps there arose such a clatter,
John sprang from his bed to see what was the matter’.
‘Away through the hallways he flew like a flash,
Threw open the doors and dropped some spare cash’.
‘When what to John’s booze-reddened eyes did appear,
But a beat-up old Chevy and a man with a tear’,
‘And a little old lady who shivered with cold,
John wished to ignore her, and anyone old’.
‘More vapid than Bill-O John’s colleagues they came,
And he mumbled, and cried, and called them by name’:
“Now, Denham! now, Duncan! now Perry and Olson!
On, Cantor! on, Chaffetz! on, Duffy and Hudson’!
‘To the floor of the House! to the gallery, too!
Don’t let the poor and ill try to sway you!”
‘So up to the top of the Capitol they rose
While avoiding the poor folk who slowly froze’.
“We Don’t want to know,” they cried as they went
“If poor folk are starving or can’t make rent.”
‘As they drew in their heads, ignoring the sounds,
More needy surrounded the Capitol grounds’.
‘They were dressed all in rags, from their head to their foot,
And their clothes were all coated with ashes and soot’;
‘A bundle of sticks one slung on his back
For fire, as money for heating they lack’.
‘Their eyes—they were sunken! their hair very dirty
Their homes had been taken, it was not very pretty’.
‘Their lips were drawn closed tight like a bow,
As they tried to shake off the cold and snow’;
‘The sick folk had suffered and lost their good cheer,
That they needed insurance was really quite clear’.
‘The hungry had barely any food in their bellies;
Not even some smelly old government cheese’.
‘Yet John Boehner’s colleagues were very well-fed,
And had warm homes and comfortable beds’;
‘The closing of eyes and votes for no help,
Soon gave us to know they were all for themselves’;
‘They spoke no good word, but went straight to their work,
And slashed all the programs; making each one a jerk’,
‘And doing the bidding of Walton and Koch,
Put the whole Middle Class in a horrible yoke’;
‘They vote for the money and care for the rich,
And call unemployed folks “you sonuvabitch.”
‘But we vote next year to replace those on the right—
So, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/21/gop-night-before-christmas/
1. ‘There are over 3.5 million workers who earn at or below the minimum wage. 1.55 Million earn exactly minimum wage and 1.98 million earn below minimum wage’.
2. ‘Over 75% of all minimum wage workers are over the age of 20 years old! This is completely contrary to the myth that all minimum wage workers are teenagers. Additionally over 49% of all minimum wage workers are over the age of 25. (Source BLS) Of all minimum wage workers 64% are women’.
3. ‘Idaho has the highest percentage (7.7%) of hourly workers at or below the minimum wage. Idaho edged out Texas (7.5%), Oklahoma (7.2%) and Louisiana (7.1%) for this illustrious title’. (Source BLS)
4. ‘20.6% of all minimum wage workers are married. The majority (18.3%) of the married minimum wage workers are over the age of 25. (Source BLS)’
5. ‘A full time minimum wage workers making $7.25 an hour or $15,080 per year. The federal poverty level for a single parent with one child is $15,825. This means that a single parent does not even meet the federal poverty level if they work 40 hours a week in a minimum wage job. (Economic Policy Institute)’
6. ‘Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would effect an estimated 30 million of the 70 million hourly workers. Almost 40% of all hourly workers would get a raise if we lift the minimum wage. (Economic Policy Institute)’
7. ‘Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would create an estimated 140,000 net new jobs and add $32 billion dollars to the United States GDP. (Economic Policy Institute)’
8. ‘If the minimum wage had been tied to inflation in 1963, it would be almost double the current federal minimum wage’.
9. ‘If the minimum wage had kept up with the increase in worker productivity it would exceed $20 per hour’.
10. ‘ The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour and has not been raised sine 1991’.
11. ‘Increasing the minimum wage does not lead to job losses. This is best explained by a quote from famed economist Paul Krugman: “Now, you might argue that even if the current minimum wage seems low, raising it would cost jobs. But there’s evidence on that question — lots and lots of evidence, because the minimum wage is one of the most studied issues in all of economics. U.S. experience, it turns out, offers many ‘natural experiments’ here, in which one state raises its minimum wage while others do not. And while there are dissenters, as there always are, the great preponderance of the evidence from these natural experiments points to little if any negative effect of minimum wage increases on employment.” Paul Krugman on Feb 2013 (NYTimes)’
From : http://nhlabornews.com/2013/12/11-must-know-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/
Now tell me again how turning over phone and internet ‘records’ to private companies is going to be better then the Government having it.
‘If you thought NSA spying was bad, then wait till you read this. Data brokers, companies that sell your information to marketers for a profit, sell the names of rape victims for 7.9 cents apiece’.
‘And it gets even worse: Rape victims are not the only people who’ve lost their privacy thanks to these companies. Data brokers also sell information about AIDS victims, domestic violence victims, people with genetic diseases, and even names, phone numbers, and home addresses of police officers’.
‘Data brokers have all sorts of info on you, me, and everyone’.
‘The Wall Street Journal reports that data brokers have entire databases on people’s health. They know who has diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and even depression. They know when women visit their gynecologists’.
‘Collecting and selling that kind of health data, however, is legal, because data brokers aren’t healthcare providers or insurance companies. Therefore, they aren’t covered by HIPAA rules’.
‘Other info that data brokers collect involves your income, your overall financial situation, your home loan, and even what pets you have. You then get assigned to a category like, “ethnic city struggler” or “rural and barely making it.”
‘Epsilon, one of the data brokers under fire for privacy violations, said the health info they sell is “self-reported” in surveys, and isn’t mined from anywhere. Acxiom lets consumers see some of their data, but doesn’t tell them what categories they’re put into’.
‘Privacy? That’s mere fantasy in the world of data brokers. A report from the Senate says, this largely unregulated industry not only sells anything they find about you, but they’re also very secretive about it. Data brokers supposedly do this to help companies better tailor their marketing campaigns. Without transparency, though, there’s no way to know that’s all they’re doing’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/20/data-brokers-sell-rape-victims-names/
Are You Shitting Me Jack Kingston?
Jack – “I never did say poor kids”.
Do you even know how the School Lunch Program works? Children pay for their lunches unless they are lower income and apply for free or reduced price lunches.
So Jackass, when you say “I didn’t say poor kids”, your remarks are directed at the children who DO pay reduced or get free lunches.
‘Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Friday told CNN’s “New Day” that he should have clarified his comments suggesting schools that subsidize students’ meals make those students work for a free lunch’.
“Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money,” Kingston said at a Jackson County Republican Party meeting, according to video surfaced by the Huffington Post. “But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-rep-school-lunch-comments-not-targeted-at-any-income-group