It is time to get very afraid: Extremists, authoritarians now run the GOP — and no one can stop them –

Read it all at the link. This conspiracy is as old as the New Deal and it’s coming to a head in 2016. Be grateful that not one Republican leader has any charisma or even the skill to hide his or her true nature.

by Heather Cox Richardson 

We should be very afraid. Boehner and McConnell are not wild-eyed lefties. They are on the very far right of the American political spectrum: fervently pro-business, antiabortion, opposed to social welfare legislation. But they are old-school politicians who still have faith in the idea of American democracy.

Movement Conservatives do not. They want to blow up the government and remake America according to their own radical ideology.

Since the 1950s, Movement Conservatives have set out to destroy the form of federal government that came out of the New Deal. After the Great Crash and the ensuing Depression, most Americans believed that the government must regulate business and protect labor in order to create a stable, prosperous society. But businessmen hated the very same New Deal regulations most Americans liked.

It is time to get very afraid: Extremists, authoritarians now run the GOP — and no one can stop them –

The blood-soaked Industry of Death won’t give an inch or let go of a dime

Recall that the continuum of the blood-soaked Industry of Death includes the corner gun store and the fanatics who elevate the gun above everything else.

Pope Francis’ Historic Address To Congress Covered A Lot of Issues. We Broke It Down For You. | ThinkProgress

Francis then reiterated his longtime aversion to the weapons trade, which he has called an “industry of death.”

“Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world,” he said. “Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”

Pope Francis’ Historic Address To Congress Covered A Lot of Issues. We Broke It Down For You. | ThinkProgress

The Atheist’s Pope? Not really.

I’m an atheist. Not only am I certain there is no god, I’m sure we’ve outlived the usefulness of religion. I hope Pope Francis proves me wrong about religion causing more harm than good. Like much of the world, I’m touched by the things he says.


The Catholic Church is a corporation. CEOs don’t reach the top of corporations by being the nicest and kindest people. While it is clear that the Church made a huge mistake (which factions may be regretting) by elevating this pope, he’s still in the 1%. At least he remembers being in and caring for the 99%. I hope he can make a difference.

If some members of Congress were moved by the pope to behave decently, I’m happy and surprised. I question the true character of someone who goes from rejecting compromise to embracing it simply because one powerful person says they should. Small wonder such weak-willed individuals are easily bought.

BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT | Progressive Democrats of America Central New Mexico Event

BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT | Progressive Democrats of America Central New Mexico

What is Bernie all about?


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TIME:   7:00 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
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Guest speakers at the September PDA program will be


Steve is from New Mexico and has been a writer for The Nation and Huffington Post. Steve was one of the progressive leaders who encouraged Bernie to run for President. He is uniquely qualified to present Bernie Sanders’ positions and background.

Pamela Michaelis, Mistress of Ceremonies, President of Chatter
Eric Griego, former New Mexico State Senator
Damien Flores, award winning Albuquerque Slam Poet


BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT | Progressive Democrats of America Central New Mexico

What Sanders means by ‘democratic socialism.’

I’ll be interested to hear Conservatives denigrate the Scandinavian countries. Surely, they can find a white supremacist who mourns the good old days before immigrants ruined everything. 

What Sanders means by ‘democratic socialism.’ (You still have your choice of pajamas.), The Washington Post, John Wagner

the longest-serving independent in Congress asked how many of the students were familiar with the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland and Norway.

“Are these democratic societies? Obviously they are,” Sanders said, relaying that voter turnout in Denmark tends to approach 90 percent.

“Is it a society where the government owns every mom-and-pop store?” he asked. “Of course not. You have all kinds of capitalist entrepreneurship going on, a lot of wealth being created. But what else do you have? … An effort to make sure that all people benefit from the wealth that’s being created. So you have a much more equitable distribution of wealth and income. … I talked to a guy from Denmark, and he said, ‘In Denmark, it is very hard to become very, very rich, but it’s pretty hard to be very, very poor.’ And that makes a lot of sense to me.”

In Denmark, Sanders said, health care is a right, and college education is free. “Sounds like a very terrible form of government,” he said sarcastically.

What Sanders means by ‘democratic socialism.’ (You still have your choice of pajamas.)

More likely, Conservatives are simply apoplectic over the notion of it being difficult to become very, very rich (and ever more so under their policies).

Only Lovers Left Alive (5 stars).

The movie “Only Lovers Left Alive,” written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, springs into my Top 10 of all films I’ve seen. Amazing. Rich. Delicious. Funny at times (this will be one area viewers will react differently — it might actually be more of a comedy than I took it for).

I’ve come to think of Tilda Swinton as I do about Christopher Walken: both elevate any role and any movie, both have an extraordinary physical presence. I can’t imagine anyone else in her role here. However, all of the actors are great.

As I watched this movie, I thought, I’ve got to tell John Stewart about this (he may recall I’ve mentioned it before.) Steve O’Neill will like this. Then, Jas Mullany, Riley, Marj, and Maddy — all the Mullanys, who at times are a single being like a gorgeous aspen grove. Here’s where Walking Raven will laugh (twice) and Merri Rudd will say “see, I’m telling you….” Eventually, the circle grew so large that, for a moment, I thought not only is this the best movie ever made but absolutely everyone will love.

I’ve come down a bit — I know someone’s going to hate it, and, worse, someone will think “it’s ok, but what’s wrong with Mark.” I hesitate to watch it again. (That ruined Walkabout and Bad Timing for me, much to my sorrow decades ago.) I won’t watch it with someone else — I can’t bear to witness another person’s reaction, especially if it is disappointment.

I’ll warn that it is slow. And I’ll warn you away from reviews or trailers. This is a tapestry of shiny threads — the more you know going it, the more likely you are to think “when do they get to [blah].” (If you’ve seen it, please, no spoilers here.)

Although the movie is 90% unconventional, it veers into convention and predictability but recovers from that.

Bernie Sanders in the lions’ den

Liberty University believes this is a Christian nation to be dominated / ruled by Christians. Bullshit. Kudos to Sanders for extending an olive branch.

At Liberty University, An Irreligious Bernie Sanders Voices A Progressive Embrace Of Faith
by Jack Jenkins, Sep 14, 2015 3:41pm

There was tension in the air when Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walked onstage on Monday morning at Liberty University, a college in Lynchburg, Virginia. The situation seemed ripe for conflict: Liberty is a deeply conservative Christian school with a long history of championing right-wing religious leaders and Republican candidates. Sanders is a Jewish man and self-proclaimed democratic socialist who has repeatedly distanced himself from organized religion, describing himself as “not particularly religious.”

Yet when the 74-year-old senator took to the podium to address several thousand Liberty students, he launched into a speech that focused not on these clear differences, but on shared values. In what amounted to a nuanced articulation of religion’s role in American society, the bespectacled Sanders voiced a surprisingly deep appreciation for the larger moral goals of faith — even the school’s famously conservative brand of Christianity. …

“I am far from being a perfect human being — but I am motivated by a vision which manifests in all great religions,” he said. “And that vision is so beautifully and clearly stated in Matthew 7:12: ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. That is the golden rule … It is not very complicated.”

See the hour long video.