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Government has a right to attack Roe v. Wade only when it guarantees that the fetus will have a quality education, adequate food and housing, quality healthcare, and a favorable community in which to advance. Anything short of this is infanticide in stages and wanton hypocrisy.

~ Gardner Calvin Taylor

The Reverend Gardner Calvin Taylor is senior pastor emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y.  He led the congregation from 1948 to 1990

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The Politics of Karma, the Karma of Politics

R. J. Eskow, writing in Tricycle, examines the opinions of several prominent Buddhist teachers about engaging in political activism. Well worth a reading and some meditation.

Politics can eat at the psyche. It’s part of my work, so I can’t escape it – even in my thoughts. Once I tried relaxing with a Tibetan Buddhist text which said that, because of numberless rebirths, everybody was once your mother. In a past life they gave you a mother’s love and care. It’s a beautiful image, but I could only picture one person:

Dick Cheney.

This just in …

“Victory creates hatred,” said the Buddha. “Defeat creates suffering.”

Early exit polling indicates …

“The wise ones desire neither victory nor defeat.”

There are charges of vote-counting irregularities …

“He who wins will be defeated.” The Buddha said that. “Election years wreak emotional havoc.” I said that. They turn your world inside out and drag you through tortured psychic landscapes, as if the cable news networks were broadcasting from inside a Hieronymus Bosch painting. It’s a nonstop barrage of scarring images and manufactured emotions: war, disaster, sorrow, love, hate, fear, anger, resentment … pain.

And this election’s been going on for two long years.

Election Returns | Tricycle Magazine


Belief in God a ‘product of human weaknesses’: Einstein letter

Renowned scientist Albert Einstein dismissed the Bible as a collection of “pretty childish” legends and belief in God as a “product of human weaknesses,” according to a letter to be auctioned this week.

Einstein, who was Jewish, also rejects the notion that Jews were God’s chosen people.

The letter was written in German in 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind.

It is to be auctioned in London, England, on Thursday by Bloomsbury Auctions, and is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000 US.

Einstein letter

It is my guess that you will not be seeing this in the mainstream media.

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Bush urges China to open dialogue with Dalai Lama

EWTN Global Catholic Network asked Bush in an interview this week how “in good conscience” he could attend the opening ceremonies considering China’s human rights record.

“I’m going to the Olympics, for starters. And I’ve, my plans aren’t, haven’t changed,” Bush responded in the interview to air April 11. EWTN provided a transcript of the comments.

“I don’t need the Olympics to express my position to the Chinese leadership on freedom,” Bush said. “These Chinese leaders know exactly my position. I’ve talked about freedom of religion every time I visited with them.

“And my question that I think about is, if I politicize the Olympic Games, will that make it less effective for me to deal with them, or more effective?” Bush said.

“But nobody needs to … tell old George Bush … that he needs to bring religious freedom to the doorstep of the Chinese, because I’ve done that now for — I’m on my eighth year doing it.” Bush urges China to open dialogue with Dalai Lama | Reuters

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“I must say, I’m a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.

“It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks.”

The Commander in Chief, George Walker (Little George) Bush, speaking to troops in Afghanistan

Well, I suppose it’s understandable that he would feel that way. After all, he was cheated of his chance to experience Vietnam by his duty to go be a “fighter pilot” in the Texas Air Force, or whatever it was, flying obsolete jets and helping politicians in his spare time. I understand he actually accumulated more than 200 hours of flying time! Just gritted his teeth and did his duty, like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove. Whattaguy!

Are you Republicans feeling the love? Still glad your guy got in? Tell the truth, now.

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Here’s What They Said (Who knows what they knew?)

“Iraq is a very wealthy country. Enormous oil reserves. They can finance, largely finance the reconstruction of their own country. And I have no doubt that they will.”
Richard Perle, chair, The Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, July 11, 2002



“We want our people to understand that this generation of nuclear power
plants is safe. We want people to feel comfortable about the expansion
of nuclear power.”
~ George W. Bush, 3/5/08

Please note that he didn’t say they are safe.  Not really.

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Maybe what bothers me is how Carpe Diem Syndrome
is just half the game. Or a tenth. Hundredth. Because the truth is, you
could eat at every restaurant in the world and see every exotic
wonderland and read a million great works of art and still be quite a
miserable spiritually vacant neoconservative jackass with a world-class
photo album and the soul of a cockroach.”
~ Mark Morford

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