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How did it come to be that the conservative movement has decided it has a patent on Christianity? Not that I'm questioning the sacredness and sacremental quality of Derek Hunter comparing Democrats to hookers; I'm only questioning the copyright Christian fundamentalism, evangelicalism or nondenominationalism (all the same thing no matter what the fundies claim) seem to think they hold in terms of no one else even being allowed to be a Christian. People left outside this supposed ark may be feeling like the boy-robot in the movie, AI: "I wanna be a real boy" when clearly, as this authoritative article plainly states, no one can tread on these ubermenches of Christ without being plunged into Hell immediately. Sorry for the use of a German term for "Superman", but it's obvious such superhumans who have the ability to actually "know" they're going to Heaven, while the rest of us are left scratching our heads and operating on faith alone without any clues whatsoever. Christ, politicized, brought down to the level of the moneychangers, a castaway from the Pharasees, his life bargained for because Jewish officials, hand-picked by Roman conquerors, were afraid of provoking the warlike peoples occupying their nation, sold to the government for 30 pieces of silver, denied three times by his best friends, crucified on a cross or standard made of dead wood that would have been better used to make paper, pinned onto a graven image. Imagine that. The pretense of it. The sheer solipsism of Roman leaders making him into a joke, poking with the bullet-like head of a spear, bargaining for his clothing as if they were totemic as the skeleton of Peter recently discovered beneath the Vatican or the photographic memories of the tourists in Jerusalem. It's all for sale now, isn't it?
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My Healthcare Plan

ghilgers Wrote: Nov 23, 2013 6:58 PM
Imagine that! Ann Coulter gets paid to promote money! Guess what? I saw her on television and SPOTTED THE ADAM'S APPLE!
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My Healthcare Plan

ghilgers Wrote: Nov 23, 2013 6:58 PM
Imagine that! Ann Coulter gets paid to promote money! Guess what? I saw her on television and SPOTTED THE ADAM'S APPLE!
I am continually amazed at how conservative media always conflates market capitalism with democracy and vice versa. In reality, the two are very uncertain partners, mainly because the two different systems, one and economic approach, the other a political approach, consist of completely different values. The commercial sector's value system is composed of these: profit, power, and endless expansion. Democracy's value system is commonly known: Liberty, equality, justice and fairness. The commercial system is winning and threatens to overwhelm democracy, not only in America, but all around the world. When we have reports of Bank of America--the uber-bank with the red, white and blue logo--trying to have a person imprisoned for using chalk to write anti-BoA graffiti on the sidewalk, we can't help but see the false conflation in action. When we have an outlaw presidential administration lying us into war simply to shut-down Iraqi oil fields and thus raise the price of oil for Exxon-Mobil, the rapacious monstrosity that pays no federal income taxes as it too wraps it in the patriotic colors of the American flag, we see the false conflation's negative effects on not only the U.S. taxpayer ($4 trillion spent in two dumb wars and for what? Private profit at public expense?) but on the nation's reputation. I have no problem with commercial activity, but to put it plain and simple and down where the goats can get it, our commercial sector is literally out-of-control and definitely not spreading the values of liberty, freedom, justice, fairness and equality around the world. Take a look at the appalling exploitation American-based companies conduct in other parts of the world and then ask yourself: How does paying 13-year-old girls .32 an hour while working them 20 hours a day, seven days a week and forcing them to live in barracks surrounded by barbed wire and commanded by siege towers spreads the ethic of democracy among the poor around the world? Until we force the commercial sector into submission to democratic values, we're headed for totalitarianism as the forces of what could be called "revolutionary capitalism" tear up all the moral capital America has for something as silly and worthless as money. And you think Hollywood is out of line? Really? For sure?
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Liberals Go Crazy For The Mentally Ill

ghilgers Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 11:47 AM
I suffer from a serious mental illness, Bipolar Disorder, but luckily my illness, a physical illness that affects mood control and sometimes even cognitive aspects of my psyche, was easy to treat. While I have disrespect for public figures like Coulter calling those of us who suffer from illnesses "crazy people", I do have to add that, often, the most mentally deranged people in society seem the most sane. Coulter is one of these. It's obvious. When we realize that two to three individuals out of every 100 is a psychopath, I have no problem at all in equating Coulter with the likes of Ted Bundy and Ed Geiss. The largest conglomeration of psychopaths in America is on Wall Street and in executive positions.
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Liberals Go Crazy For The Mentally Ill

ghilgers Wrote: Apr 11, 2013 11:11 PM
Many major mental illnesses first present in the late teens or early twenties, something that makes it especially difficult to predict when the more-properly termed mentally ill are going to have a psychotic break. We already know by Coulter's use of "crazy people" that she has little to no compassion for those stricken by mental illness, nor does she have an adequate comprehension of her own anything-but-normal state-of-mind. Face it: Coulter's a psychopath. In addition, you know she'd freeze.
Only one to two percent of all people with mental illness become a danger to themselves or others. But Coulter's right: That first Bipolar, depressive, psychotic episode is usually a bad one, and hence it is albeit impossible for the so-called "normies" (there is no such thing as "normal") to tell when a person is going to go off the rails. My hope is that those with mental illness are not stigmatized by those who point the finger solely at them. My further hope is that states get with it in terms of advancing their committments to public mental healthcare programming. By the way, 2 percent of Americans are psychopaths. Where are they? On Wall Street.
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Maybe Minorities' Values Need Changing

ghilgers Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 5:44 PM
It's both funny and sad when the rightie-tighties go all racist because their schizophrenic values lost them the election. Let's see, for the first time in history, we had a "Randian Catholic psychopath" running as a Republican vice presidential nominee, and a "Mormon vulture capitalist psychopath" running for president on the Republican ticket. How can one wing of the Republican vulture be "every man for himself" while the other wing is "love thy neighbor"? Dennis Prager is one sick puppy.
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Socialist or Fascist

ghilgers Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 7:41 PM
I find the Conservative movement's branding of Obama as either Socialist or Fascist to be not only disheartening but patently false. A good study of Conservatism, for example, reveals that, even in Edmund Burke's time, when Burke was flailing all over the place in a fluster over the French Revolution, that it's main concern is, and always has been, the privatization of power to an elite few. Hitler's "elite few" was his so-called Master Race. Mussolini's was an essentially Conservative radicalization of politics that sought to bring back the glory of the Roman empire. Today our "master race" is "the investor class".
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