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Reading James Through an American Lens

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A Reading of James 2: 14-17 with a 21st Century,

United States Gun Violence Hermeneutic:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t act on it? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is a victim in a mass shooting, or has had a child shot to death at school, and one of you says to them, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” and you do nothing to oppose the senseless madness of such horrific violence, allowing more madmen to easily acquire weapons of mass destruction, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it doesn’t lead to action, is dead.

Scozzafava Now A Verb in Roiling Republican Politics

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The Washington Post profiles Dede Scozzafava, the incumbent Republican Congresswoman from Upstate New York’s 23rd District, whose last-minute withdrawal and subsequent endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens led to the district’s election of  the first Democratic representative since the 19th century.

The article reveals a modest, mainstream, small-town, church-going woman who was unexpectedly caught up and chewed up by the hardcore tactics of the hardcore right wing.

Two key excerpts:

Even as she now hopes to return to her normal life of local politics, laundry and choir practice for next month’s big performance of Bach’s Christmas Cantatas, the political forces that swept her up have not entirely let her go. Last week, while watching a news show about the next sharply contested Senate Republican primary in Florida, her parents reported that one of the commentators asked whether the moderate was in peril of getting “Scozzafaved.”


In the summer, Scozzafava and her husband, Ron McDougall, a local labor leader, retreated to their summer house at the end of a dirt road on Sylvia Lake. The place has no TV reception — a good thing, she said, given all the attack ads against her funded by the Club for Growth, the anti-tax group backing Hoffman. Still, she wasn’t entirely isolated. She heard through friends that Palin insinuated she had been “anointed” by a “political machine” because county chairs handpicked her as the nominee. Beck denounced her as “ACORN-supported” and an “Obama-Lite Republican.” Former House majority leader Dick Armey’s group FreedomWorks mobilized against her. She said she heard conservative robo-calls in the district describing her as a “child killer,” a “lesbian lover” and a “homo.”

And After All, Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Stats the Tea Party People Want You to Forget

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The Washington Independent

Photo: The Washington Independent

Cost of Iraq War to U.S. as of April 16, 9 a.m. MST:  $846, 532, 700, 000.

Cost of Iraq War to Colorado: 10, 097, 107, 000.

Go to COSTOFWAR.COM to see even bigger numbers; you’ll also see a real-time accounting of the accumulation of your debt for the war in Afghanistan.

I forget, who was in charge of the country when this black whole was created?   And who was calling the shots when Phil Graham’s landmark financial industry deregulation was rammed through Congress and speedily signed into law?

Hint: it wasn’t Ayn Rand.