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Saturday, October 18, 2014

U.S. Evangelical Population Down 18.2% Since 2007. Bodes Ill For Republican Base

                                          
Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.

White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white switch.” In 2008 and 2012, roughly three-quarters of white born-again Christians supported GOP nominees John McCain (73 percent) and Mitt Romney (78 percent).  In the 2010 midterm election, similar numbers of white born-again Christians (77 percent) supported the GOP House candidate in their districts.

During the heady days of evangelical prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, white evangelical Protestant leaders frequently noted the decline of their more liberal mainline Protestant cousins, but now white evangelicals are seeing their own populations shrink. In recent years, for example, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical denomination in the country, has reported steady declines in membership and new baptisms. Since 2007, the number of white evangelical Protestants nationwide has slipped from 22 percent in 2007 to 18 percent today.

A look at generational differences demonstrates that this is only the beginnings of a major shift away from a robust white evangelical presence and influence in the country. While white evangelical Protestants constitute roughly three in 10 (29 percent) seniors (age 65 and older), they account for only one in 10 (10 percent) members of the Millennial generation (age 18-29). In the last few national elections, however, because of high levels of voter turnout, white evangelical Protestants have managed to maintain an outsized presence at the ballot box according to national exit polls, representing roughly one-quarter of voters.
 
But the fact that there are currently five Southern states—Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina— where polling shows that the Senate race margins are less than five percentage points indicates that 2014 may be the year that the underlying demographic trends finally exert enough force to make themselves felt. These changes are evident in analysis based on the American Values Atlas, a massive interactive online map of demographic and religious diversity in America based on 45,000 interviews conducted throughout 2013, created by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Social Science Research Solutions.

White Evangelical Protestant Decline in Five Key Southern States (2007-2013)
Differences marked with an asterisk are not statistically significant at the 90 percent level of confidence. (PRRI/SSRS, American Values Atlas, 2013; Pew Research Center, Religious Landscape Survey, 2007)

Compared to 2007, just after the 2006 midterm elections, the five southern states where there are tight Senate races have one thing in common: the proportion of white evangelical Protestants has dropped significantly.
  1. In Arkansas, where Republican and freshman Representative Tom Cotton is locked in a tight race with two-term Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, the white evangelical Protestant proportion of the population has dropped from 43 percent to 36 percent.
  2. In Georgia, where Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn is battling Republican candidate David Perdue for retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss’s seat, white evangelical Protestants made up 30 percent of the population in 2007 but that number is currently down to 24 percent.
  3. The proportion of white evangelicals in Kentucky has plunged 11 points, from 43 percent to 32 percent; here Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces the Democratic Alison Grimes, the secretary of state.
  4. In Louisiana, where Republican Representative Bill Cassidy is up against three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu, white evangelicals have slipped from being 24 percent of the population to 19 percent.
  5. Likewise, North Carolina has seen a dip in the white evangelical proportion of its population, from 37 percent to 30 percent; here incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan battles Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House Thom Tillis.
Arkansas and Georgia have also witnessed significant declines in the numbers of white mainline Protestants, who also lean toward supporting Republican candidates in the South.

Two forces account for the declining proportions of white evangelical and mainline Protestants: the growth of non-black ethnic minorities and, perhaps surprisingly, the growth of the religiously unaffiliated across the South. Notably, each of these growing constituencies leans decidedly toward Democratic candidates. For example, in 2007, the religiously unaffiliated constituted 12 percent each of the populations of Kentucky and North Carolina. By 2013, the percentage of unaffiliated Kentuckians had jumped nine points to 21 percent, and the percentage of unaffiliated North Carolinians had jumped to 17 percent. While increases in the proportions of the religiously unaffiliated in Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana fall short of statistical significance, the patterns all point in the same direction.

So what does this mean for the 2014 elections? Certainly, events on the ground are still paramount; the campaign machines and peculiarities of candidates matter. And in low-turnout elections such as the midterms, the real weight of these demographic and religious shifts will not yet be fully felt at the ballot box. White evangelical Protestants have a strong turnout record, while non-black ethnic minorities and particularly the religiously unaffiliated are much less likely to vote. PRRI’s pre-election American Values Survey found that while two-thirds (65 percent) of white evangelical Protestants report that they were absolutely certain to vote in the November elections, less than half (45 percent) of the religiously unaffiliated report this kind of certainty. But the underlying trends indicate that at least one reason why there are a number of close elections across the South is the declining dominance of white evangelical Protestants, the most stalwart of GOP supporters.
    
                 
 
Robert P. Jones is the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focusing on religion, values, and public life.
 

27 Things People From Rochester Must Explain To Out-Of-Towners: "Eat The Garbage"

1. Everyone In Rochester Eats Garbage And Loves It

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Eugene Peretz
The finest of Rochester delicacies is, without a doubt, the Garbage Plate. Take a moment and think of every cheat food you can think of. Now pile them on a platter and add Rochester hot sauce. That’s the height of comfort food that is the garbage plate.

2. In Rochester Abbott’s Custard = Summertime

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Abbott’s Frozen Custard via Facebook
Just started juicing? Going full vegan? Paleo diet? Here comes Abbott’s to ruin all of that for you right now. Rochester loves Abbott’s not simply because of their delicious custard, but because when that open sign turns on, it means winter is finally over (probably)!

3. To Folks In Rochester Wegman’s Isn’t Simply A Grocery Store, It’s A Way Of Life

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: buzzfeed.com
What can be said about Wegman’s that hasn’t already been shouted from the mountaintops? It’s unlikely that there’s a grocery store anywhere with as strong a following. If you moved away from Rochester, it’s the first thing you miss most about the city.

4. In Rochester “The Boss” Isn’t Springsteen, It’s A Tasty Sauce That Goes On Everything

Alan: Numbers 4, 16, 17 and 23 contain video clips which are hyperlinked at http://www.movoto.com/rochester-ny/things-people-from-rochester-have-to-explain/

Source: Youtube user BOSSSAUCE
The commercial says it all—Boss Sauce goes on everything. You know it’s popular if it comes in a giant glass jug like the one at 0:25.
Country Sweet is an alternative, just not an acceptable one.

5. Top Three Words That Prove You’re From Out Of Town: “Soda,” “Freeway,” and “Hamburger”

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Imgflip
Here’s the quick rundown, to try and fit in with the rest of the crowd in Rochester:
A: “Soda” is what you cook with. “Pop” is what you drink.
B: “Freeway” is some kind of West Coast atrocity. You drive on the “Expressway”
C: You might think you’re eating “Hamburger” but everyone knows its just “Ground Steak.”

6. Your Best Friend's Name Is Now Genny And She's A Beer

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Genesee Brewery via Facebook
If you walk into any bar in Rochester and order a Bud, Keystone or Miller, you’re making a mistake. Genesee, founded and brewed right there in Ra Cha Cha makes a light beer called Genny that is every bit as good, if not way, way better than the industry big dogs.

7. Two Feet Of Snow? 45 Degrees? Hooray, It’s Rochester Shorts Weather!

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Nazareth College
The fact that Rochestarians actually take to the icy streets wearing essentially beach gear actually makes sense when you consider people in Milwaukee and Chicago were doing the same thing right after the Polar Vortex passed. But that was just one year. Rochester pulls this stunt every winter—now that’s hardy.

8. Let’s Be Real, You Were Probably Wearing The Shorts Underneath Your Winter Coat

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Quickmeme
Rochestarians also know to be ready for anything, weather-wise. Sure, it looks like it’s going to be a balmy 70 degrees today, but when you’ve lived here long enough you know that you’ll want to pack a some snow pants and a parka, just in case.

9. What’s The Best Pie Filling? Cherries, No. Peaches, No. Grapes—Can We Have Seconds?

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user K. B. R.
Fall means pumpkin spice to the rest of the country, but here in upstate New York, just a stone’s throw from Naples where the Greatest Grape Pie in the World is judged annually, the sweet smell of sugary Concord grapes is what really gets folks Instagrammin’.

10. The Phrase “White Hot” Makes Folks In Rochester Drool

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The white hot is the premier sausage of Upstate New York, and it got its start in Rochester. Made from quality cut meats, it’s rare for a Rochesterian to have a white hot with just a bun—they prefer them on their garbage plates.

11. If Your Buddy Just Drove Through The Can Of Worms, Get ‘Em A Stiff Drink

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Wikimedia Commons
If you’ve ever seen an aerial view alone of the Can of Worms (i.e. the highway connection between 490 and 590), you have massive pity for anyone unlucky enough to regularly commute through it. It was definitely not anything you’d send a student driver down.

12. You’d Have To Be Looney Not To Have A Few Canadian Bucks On Hand

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Jamie McCaffrey
Rochester’s proximity to the Great White North means that it’s easy to take a trip to Toronto if you like (it’s almost equidistant to NYC, and in some people’s opinion, better). And if you ever want to go to Niagara Falls, you’ll want to have a little Canadian change rattling around in your jeans.

13. People In Rochester Wish That Halloween Happened In July So It Wouldn’t Get Snowed Out

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Tobin
Sure they can have their primary “sexy” costume set to go, but folks in Rochester know they always need a winter-friendly “Plan B” costume ready, too. May we suggest a space heater or a polar bear, should Mother Nature have her way.

14. Calling In For Work Or Skipping Because Of 18 Inches Of Snow Will Get You Laughed Out Of Rochester

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Onno Kluyt
After a snowstorm, anywhere else, kids would be rallying around the radio to see if school will be cancelled, but in Rochester they grit their teeth and bring out the heavy-duty shovel. It’s a familiar scene you’ll see all the way down the block.

15. Red Wings Hockey? You Must Not Be From Around Here

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Thomas Belknap
As far as fans of the local minor league team are concerned, the Detroit Red Wings are the inferior sports team (more about hockey later). Y’all remember Cal Ripken, Jr.? He totally played for them before going up to the Orioles.

16. No, Rochester Doesn’t Have An Accent—Pennsylvania Has An Accent

Source: Youtube user JennaMarbles
If you think that the vowel shift on words like “aunt,” “pajamas,” and, fittingly, “accent” sound word when a true Rochester native says it sounds weird, you’ve never heard someone from PA say “yinz.”

17. If Your Neighbors Mention Vinnie And Angelo, They’re Talking About These Clowns

Source: Youtube user logoman57
Back in the ’90s, anytime you plopped yourself in front of the tube, you were sure to catch Vinnie and Angelo harassing some old woman in a bid to get you to buy a new Dodge. Their car dealership was almost as famous as their commercials—a sampling of their whimsical hijinks is included here for reference and nostalgia purposes.
Trust me, if your immediate friends don’t know about them, they’re probably transplants like you.

18. Ra-Cha-Cha Is A Perfectly Acceptable Thing To Call Your City

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Ryan Hyde
Lilac City, Kodak City, even the occasional Rochiggity come out, but Ra Cha Cha is definitely the most fun you can have while referencing the Lost Borough.

19. If You Visit NYC, People Won’t Have Any Idea Where Your Accent Is From

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Giphy.com
NYC may as well be its own universe as far as Rochestarians are concerned. If you ever make a trip downstate, get ready for 20 questions about where you’re from—you’d think the folks on Manhattan had never made the trip upstate. Oh wait, that’s probably true.

20. If You’re Waking Up With The Wease, You Aren’t Heading To Weggies For Cough Drops

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: The Wease Show on 95.1 The Brew via Facebook
Brother Wease has been a local staple for the past 20 years of Rochester’s 95.1 The Brew. It’s not morning in Rochester without him.

21. Wait, You’re Telling Us Your Version Of Hot Sauce Doesn’t Have Meat In It?

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Imgflip
Keep your Frank’s and Tabasco—Rochester knows how to step it up in the tastiest way possible. It doesn’t get much more Rochester than being the go-to topping for garbage plates, burgers from Bill Gray’s, and that get bottled and sold at Wegman’s.

22. If You’re Heading Downhill On Lake Road—You’re Accelerating

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Giphy.com
This will probably take a few tries before it makes sense, but if you’re heading downhill on Lake Road, it doesn’t make sense to brake—let gravity save you a little gas. You’ll be cresting the next hill if you build up enough momentum. Consider this a tip from the locals.

23. Getting A Whole Christmas Tree Isn’t Necessary In Rochester—Just Put The Lights On A Pole

Source: Youtube user RocPic.Com
Maybe it all started as an environmental effort—there were just too few evergreens to go around—but the Liberty Pole at the center of town gets strung up with a web of pretty lights, just as if they were hung from the branches of some giant tree elsewhere. In many ways it’s better—it’s just part of what makes Rochester the city it is.

24. You’ll Agree—Rochester Has The Best Cheeseburger

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Bill Gray’s via Facebook
Bill Gray’s can put a garbage plate on a bun, but it still doesn’t compare to their cheeseburger. Started out of a little suburb of the city, Bill Gray’s now has spots to pick up your favorite ground steak burger all over western New York.

25. Folks In Rochester Aren't American, They’re Amerks

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Lets Go Amerks!
The people of Rochester pledge allegiance to the local hockey team the Americans… aka The Amerks.

26. The Very Best Thing About Being A Kid In Rochester Is Going To The Strong Museum

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Strong National Museum of Play via Facebook
The Strong Museum is widely held to be one of the best children’s museums in the whole darn world. What makes it so great? The nation’s best self-described museum of play has a Lego exhibit, a butterfly sanctuary the world’s largest collection of electronic games. We really want to go.

27. Folks In Rochester Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere Else

27 Things People From Rochester Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user Patrick Ashley
If you grew up in this beautiful city, eating garbage plates and Bill Ray’s, going to The Strong Museum and rooting for some of the finest minor league sports in the land, you’d want to come back, too. And everyone knows that if you grow up in Rochester, even if you want to leave sometimes, you always know you’ll be coming back.
What have you had to explain to out-of-towners about Rochester? Tell us in the comments below!

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Fred Owens, Frog Hospital And The Convergence Of "Miracle" With Sheer Chance

 
"Frog Hospital" Publisher, Fred Owens
in Madrid's Plaza Mayor

Dear Fred,
 

Thanks for Frog Hospital.
 
Your Plaza Mayor photo is splendid.
 
Glad to hear all is well with you.
 
My scientist friends - including a Stanford hydrology professor - tell me that hot, dry climate changes now taking place in the American southwest are likely to extend as far north as The Bay Area.
 
At the moment, I am still in Rochester where local television (I have not had TV for 19 years) is running an advertisement for a Christian "mingling" service: 'Sometimes God takes the initiative. And sometimes God expects you to take the initiative.'  

The advertisement concludes with this exhortation: "Now, it's your turn!"

Recently, I realized that we humans easily confuse statistical "outliers" with "Divine Providence."

For example...
 
I once contracted with a "drive-away" car company in San Francisco to deliver a pristeen Datsun 280Z to Colonel Mark Fish at the Fort Sheridan Ramada Inn north of Chicago.
 
I arrived in pre-dawn light and asked the receptionist to ring the Colonel with the news that his car was in the parking lot. 
 
Unexpectedly, the clerk - a confused look on his face handed me the phone.

No sooner had I said "Colonel Fish?" than I got this stentorian reply : "I don't know who the hell you are or what kind of joke you think you're playing! But I DO NOT APPRECIATE being wakened by unknown pranksters at 5 a.m.!"
 
Slam!

It had been my plan to transact the transfer, then hitchhike to Ann Arbor for a few days with Michael John Morgan who was doing his poly sci doctorate at UM.

I retreated to a bank of pay phones and called Michael, suggesting he bring his Super 8 camera gear to film what was about to unfold now that I had delivered a $50,000.00 sports car (with Hawaiian plates) and the owner not only refused to take possession of the vehicle but was furious at my supposed prank.


While talking with Michael, the PA system bellowed: "Mr. Archibald. Mr. Alan Archibald. Please come to the  reception desk."
 
I told Micheal I'd get back to him, hung up, and proceeded to Check In.
 
"I am so sorry Mr. Archibald!" the Ramada agent began. "As it happens we have two Colonel Mark Fish's staying with us this evening."
 
Divine Providence?
 
Or ...

Outlandish Coincidence?
 
I suspect the latter... although I understand how easily analogous circumstances might persuade people -- even myself! -- of the former.

I still believe in sub-omnipotent "providence" but encourage you to contemplate the striking congruence between "one in a trillion" events and homo sapiens' widespread belief that such anomalies "must" have been intended by the intervening "hand of God."

Global warming?
 
Now, it's our turn.

Or...

Do we expect God to "take out the trash" forever?

Not exactly the sort of "personal responsibility" we've come to expect from this generation's Pharisees.



"Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"
Pax tecum
 
Alan

PS I am glad you pointed out that the conquering Moors did not require Christians to convert to Islam. I would have been even happier had you noted Isabella y Ferdinando's ultimatum to Islamics: "Convert or emigrate." In this regard, the following history is essential:

"1492: Caliph Bayezid II Offers A Home To All Jews and Islamics Expelled From Spain" 

http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/08/1492-sultan-bayezid-ii-offers-homeplace.html


On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM, Fred Owens <froghospital911@gmail.com> wrote:

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Sept. 18, 2014
Ten Days in Madrid
By Fred Owens
I was fortunate to get a plane ticket to Madrid for ten days, in the company of my daughter who works for Boeing.
My daughter left from Seattle and I left from Los Angeles. We arranged to meet in Madrid at the B & B at 5 Calle Los Estudios, only a few blocks from the La Latina subway station.
I took the subway from the airport, rather than a cab. A cab would have been 25 to 30 Euros. The subway was only 5 Euros.
I navigated successfully, making two changes, finally getting on the Green Line to La Latina, which is a sort of Left Bank neighborhood, site of the famed La Rastra flea market.
I greeted my daughter, entered the B & B, cleaned up from the journey, and then we headed to the street for a coffee, café con leche.
I enjoyed being in Spain. I spoke Spanish to everyone. They were glad to hear me say it. I was very glad to understand them. There is something about the Castilian dialect that is music to my ears.
La Latina is a densely crowded district. There was a constant stream of local people walking in every direction past the café. Walking and talking.
I observed the man sitting in the lottery booth, hardly bigger than an old phone booth. It is the world’s dullest job, I thought.
I introduced myself by name to waiter, which is not the custom, but it is my custom, and we struck up a conversation. He was a handsome young man and muy agradable.
He welcomed us to Madrid and we felt relaxed and grateful to be there.
More about Madrid
I have so much more to say about my journey, but pressing financial obligations require my presence at work this week, so I will have to postpone this composition.
 
I can add this small piece about the Iberian people -----
Local Iberian shaman hosts American visitor at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

A bit of history. It was the Phoenicians and ancient Greeks who discovered and settled Iberia many centuries before the time of Christ. Ready to greet these visitors when they came ashore were the Neolithic Iberian tribes with their druids and masks.
Later the Romans came to conquer, to build roads and viaducts and cities, to unify this vast province, and to impose the Latin language on the local people.
Over time the Iberians became assimilated to Roman culture, and the Latin language developed a local dialect which became the precursor to Spanish.
The Roman Empire crumbled and the Visigoths invaded and took over and founded a Christian kingdom which ruled Iberia for some centuries.
In the 700s, the Arab/Moslems crossed over from Africa and swept the Visigothic rulers aside, ruling Iberia, or parts of it, for 700 years. They did not enforce a conversion to Islam, but it helped you get ahead in the world, if you crossed over from being Christian.
Then Isabella and Ferdinand drove the Moslems out of Spain and back to Africa. Many people found it convenient to convert back to Jesus -- "convenient" in quotes.
Then these monarchs, our beloved Isabella and Ferdinand, funded the expeditions of Christopher Columbus to the New World.
No matter what you think of the Admiral and his voyages, it is good to place him in a historical context. It is good to remember that the Iberian people have always lived in Spain, having been invaded and conquered more than once.
But this old fool still dances in the Plaza.
More News.
I am back in Santa Barbara. The punishing drought continues and the garden is suffering. We pray and hope for rain.
Reading Dickens.
I am reading Bleak House. I am halfway through this masterpiece, but the plot is eluding my understanding. I must stop the reading and consult an Internet source, some sort of Wikipedia cheat sheet on the story. Normally I let Dickens write as he pleases, but this time I need a crutch.
All is Well
All is well on the home front. Good health, good family, good friends. We’re beginning to make Thanksgiving and Christmas plans.
Until Next Time,
 Fred
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Jon Stewart Interviews Bryan Stevenson On "Black Failure"

Alan: Byran Stevenson's book "Just Mercy" recalls Pope Francis' observation that 'mercy makes the world more just.'
 
Jon Stewart's Bryan Stevenson's Interview
 
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"Bad Black People."
Why Bill O'Reilly Is Wrong Even When He's Right"
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2014/08/bad-black-people-why-bill-oreilly-is.html

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"Pope Francis Links"
 
"A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just."
 
 
Alan: It is -- specifically -- mercy that American conservatives oppose.
 
These rigid, brittle people want vindictiveness, retaliation and punishment.

They want "the undeserving poor" to suffer and they want it "with a vengeance."
 
In the main, American conservatives oppose mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
 
These "conservative" "Christians" would be much more at home in The Old Testament than The New, and have precious little in common with the way Yeshua lived his life.
 
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Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/08/yeshua-excoriates-fellow-pharisees-woe.html

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The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism
 
The hard, central "fact" of contemporary "conservatism" is its insistence on a socio-economic threshold above which people deserve government assistance, and below which people deserve to die. 
 
The sooner the better. 
 
Unless conservatives are showing n'er-do-wells The Door of Doom, they just don't "feel right." 
To allay this chthonic anxiety, they resort to Human Sacrifice,  hoping that spilled blood will placate "the angry gods," including the one they've made of themselves. http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/09/harvard-study-45000-americans-die.html 
Having poked their eyes out, they fail to see  that self-generated wrath creates "the gods" who hold them thrall.
Almost "to a man," contemporary "conservatives" have apotheosized themselves and now -- sitting on God's usurped throne -- are rabid to pass Final Judgment
Self-proclaimed Christians, eager to thrust "the undeserving" through The Gates of Hell, are the very people most likely to cross its threshold. 
Remarkably, none of them are tempted to believe this. 
 

Jon Stewart Advocates Texas Border Fence To Control Ebola

 
"Au Bon Panic"
Jon Stewart's Opening Monologue
October, 14, 2014
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/kgr74h/au-bon-panic