Six dislikes. Wow, just people that think their Government is entitled to fund things they like because nobody else does. Well not nobody but hey I play along. Just remember if you choose to bully me, I will bully you back.
The Establishment Clause was never, ever meant to prohibit religion in public life, and all the screaming and squalling and red-faced, foot-stamping temper tantrum throwing by the secular Left will not change that. That became more certain with the appointment of Justice Gorsuch. I must admit that the temper tantrum throwing is entertaining. God Bless the USA, and God Bless the USAFA Chapel.
religious freaks and "shallow thinking conservatives" are stupid... they gave us the grabber in chief who doesn't give a rats rear about your fairy tale or poor hard working non-progressives.
Anyone who uses 'snowflake' to defend his own insinuation that a letter is calling him stupid is thin skinned.
Gina's response to my letter only proves that America public media truly does appeal to progressives leftists like herself and is run by those who favor Big Centralized Government shaping our culture. Let us look at one of her quotes.
"I think, more than anything, corporate shills like Lamborn want to prevent another Mapplethorpe being funded. Mapplethorpe's art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, helped shape the change of public opinion that led to legal gay marriage and wider acceptance of LGBT people. That kind of change terrifies our corporate masters, because it creates unpredictability."
Gina is referring to a photographer named Robert Mapplethorpe who died of AIDS/HIV in 1989. According to her; its people like Mapplethorpe (at taxpayers expense) who helped America become more tolerant of the LGBTQ...MOUSE (my emphasis added) and accepting of redefining marriage to not being limited to one man/one woman. Since she brings up the NEA (not the teachers union); let me remind you of Andres Serrano who got a grant for taking a jar and taking a leak into it and dumping a crucfix into it (Piss Christ). God does not exist but yet you want to mock God and his possible existence and those who do believe that God exists. Would Metallica ever hear of him without this grant? By the way Serrano's work 'Semen and Blood III' graces their 1996 album "Load." Gina would say yes. I say not necessary. They may have or not have known about Piss Christ. Still Gina Douglas give the impression that most people are stupid, and we need Government to enlighten us to the works of people that Gina prefers.
I don't read John Grisham but he writes books that have mass appeal. He was interviewed by public TV's darling Bill Moyers as well.
Their are forms of public media I do admit I enjoy. The popular News Information format is not one of those forms. However the Public Radio News/Talk stations according to Arbitron are the most listened to public radio formats overall. KQED -FM in San Francisco and WAMU in Washington DC have been the most listened to radio stations in their respected markets. KUOW in Seattle and KNOW in Minneapolis-St. Paul has been ranked in the top five; and WGBH-FM and WBUR in Boston are in the top ten. While this not the case in every market the most listened to public radio station is the one broadcasting a News oriented format which includes NPR's flagship shows Morning Edition and All Thing Considered. These big stations do get a lot of taxpayer support thanks to their matching grants given to stations that have been able to raise a significant amount of money. It is just another wealth redistribution scheme.
Gina thinks that people like me are stupid. That is just propaganda from snowflakes like her who hate the free market and free enterprise (and corporate America has bent over backwards for the LGBT Community and they are not dirt poor overall) and look for any excuse for a Government that is leaning towards European Socialism if not Soviet styled Communism instead of the limited Goverment envisioned by our founders (regardless if they were Christian or Not)
Perhaps liberals may reconsider their choices next time an election rolls around. What is worse than a Democrat president? A lawyer president. A woman lawyer president. In the list of career choices for psychopaths "lawyer" is number 2. If you think Trump is not qualified then consider this:being black is not a qualification nor is being female.
Our legacy is The Constitution and if the writer is so concerned about our legacy then perhaps you all could maybe stop fucking with that document (and The Bill of Rights are a part of it, not simple Amendments as some think.).
I too am a non-rich American, in fact I am below the poverty level. And over 60...
China's success is the result of President Richard Nixon's foreign policy. He opened up trade with China to drive a wedge between them and the Soviet Union.
I wonder why then Frank has the BLOTUS has gone bankrupt several times - hmmmm.
Because the supporters of the current administration rage in comments about protests I suspect they also understand the power of protest. This power concerns them.
Leon Trotsky Lives ?
Socialist/Communist Dogma is dated, you go Bankrupt.
China has overtaken Russia in just 35 years by measuring Performance, NOT Politics.
It Takes a Market !
As a non-rich American, I'd like to express my strong support and best wishes to President Trump.
nice well written letter!! the science deniers and our grabber in chief are set to take us, and the rest of the world, back 20 years. we can't let stupid people make decisions for the rest of us... when profit out weighs the health of our population we are doomed.
Skycastle wrote, "...power over the environment, wildlife, education, and health was never given to the feds..."
curious affirmed, "He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong."
Then, curious, why do you "thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos"? Education is one of the powers you, yourself, say is reserved to the states and forbidden to the federal government. Yet, you are okay with the feds interfering with the states to promote your pet projects, "School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling..."
That is called a double standard.
"...I, not so brave..."
Don't be so hard on yourself, curious, and don't sell yourself short. You are in this every day and I have never seen you back down. And you are one the few--possibly, the only one here--to consistently admonish anyone engaging in gratuitous name-calling. I say this as someone who is more often in disagreement than agreement with you.
"School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans..." who will gleefully sell that freedom we love so much to Vladimir Putin!
I am only a member of the "ignorant citizenry," but maybe some semi-pro Constitutional scholar can explain to us which article allows Russia, or any foreign power, to choose our president for us.
Foolish statements of a crazy person.
Agree with Skycastle on everything he says about the Constitution. He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong. The ignorance of the citizenry re the Constitution is the fault of the public govt schools and the socialist teachers who are brainwashing their empty-headed idealistic students, who exit the schools thinking that diversity, racism, equality of outcome, and climate change are the problems needing fixing so that utopia can be achieved.
I thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos. School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans.
It is BRAVE of Skycastle to present this opposing viewpoint in the Indy blog, and I, not so brave, applaud him.
" Why must SCOTUS be right? If they understood the Constitution, why would the justices disagree with each other so often? Why would they ever have 5-4 decisions? "
Seriously...you're embarrassing yourself. SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is and what is not Constitutional. If you don't accept that (and it's been that way since 1803), you are a traitor your own country and its Constitution. When SCOTUS rules, it is by definition the LAW OF THE LAND.
When you say "think for yourself," what you mean is "reject the government." Sorry. I won't do that.
I disagree with a lot of SCOTUS decisions, particularly as they apply to the 2nd Amendment and campaign financing. While I disagree, I still accept those rulings as the law of the land. That's the country we live in...a nation of laws, not a fantasy nation stuck in the 18th century.
Incidentally, you constantly bring up 5-4 decisions. Those split decisions have EXACTLY the same legal effect as any 9-0 decision. Your assertion that a close decision is suspect on its face is indefensible.
Dissent is routine and protected by the First Amendment. But for those who think we are living under a runaway unconstitutional rogue government, I have one piece of advice. Find a country...any country...that is better.
In his very first post to this thread, Skycastle called Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, a "vile racist." Fortunately, Wikipedia tells the true story:
"Sanger worked with eminent African American leaders and professionals who saw a need for birth control in their communities. In 1929, James H. Hubert, a black social worker and the leader of New York's Urban League, asked Sanger to open a clinic in Harlem. Sanger secured funding from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and opened the clinic, staffed with black doctors, in 1930. The clinic was directed by a 15-member advisory board consisting of black doctors, nurses, clergy, journalists, and social workers. The clinic was publicized in the African-American press as well as in black churches, and it received the approval of W. E. B. Du Bois, the co-founder of the NAACP and the editor of its magazine, *The Crisis*. Sanger did not tolerate bigotry among her staff, nor would she tolerate any refusal to work within interracial projects. Sanger's work with minorities earned praise from Martin Luther King, Jr., in his 1966 acceptance speech for the Margaret Sanger award."
Skycastle went even further, calling her a "genocidal maniac." Wikipedia says: "Due to her connection with Planned Parenthood Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of abortion, although Planned Parenthood did not begin providing abortions until 1970, after Sanger had already died."
Perhaps, Skycastle believes promoting birth control is an evil, and tantamount to genocide! Or, he believes he has no duty to verify biased propaganda, as long as it seems to validate his prejudices.
Given these egregious errors and distortions of plain, simple facts, I see no reason to give any credence whatsoever to anything he writes or says.
"It's sad that you refuse to think for yourself." What you really mean is you are sad because I don't agree with you. And by not agreeing with you, I establish that I do think for myself.
"That makes you a sheep." Bah! Not that tired, old argument again, that anyone who disagrees with you is an easily led sheep! I have seen this same trope trotted out dozens of times--you, yourself, resort to it twice in a row!--and it always indicates the writer cannot defend his views using facts and logic, so he must resort to name calling. Furthermore, you don't know me, but you will not let your ignorance interfere with insulting me just to score some dubious debating points.
If you were really as intelligent as you think you are, you would get to know me and see if there are any arguments I respond to positively. Then, you might actually win a convert to your cause. Instead, you dictate your opinions and slander anyone with the temerity to disagree. That is the behavior of one who does not even believe his own words, and needs to validate his ideas by bullying others into agreement.
"Dumb people make their lives easy, because they're too befuddled to disagree." Since I have consistent disagreed with you, I cannot be befuddled. But you are most definitely befuddled, as you do not even realize that you are the one who is acting "dumb!" Because only dumb people try to win an argument by name calling.
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