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Incredible. inspiring. Powerful. This is for everyone. Hugs
Let me tell you what has happened this morning. Ron is at my desk, hand copying the Native People’s Prayers for his prayer book. I put my headphones on and just let these videos play. I noticed that Milo had come to sit beside me, and then Odis did also. I listen to the music with my eyes closed, not understanding the words, but feeling …something. I realized at one point the washing machine in the room was keeping the exact timing of the song, a wonderful counter point. I did not know the words, or their meaning but I felt their power. A power that was also a part of me. Their is so much to learn about the world, about the people, about life. I hope the creator will both help me understand what I see and to live long enough to give something back for all given to me. Hugs from Scottie.
Time to remember again. Hugs
David Barton, Asshole of the Day for August 26, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Once upon a time David Barton was called the most important historian by Glenn Beck. He was a regular guest on The Daily Show. He had made a name for himself for his study of the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. That is, untilhis book about Jefferson was called the “least credible book in print” and was pulled by the publisher.
But despite being discredited, he continues to exercise influence in the Texas GOP and on the radio. Yesterday on his radio show Barton claimed that Obama was weak on terrorism:
Barton declared that “terrorism was really on the ropes” before President Obama removed the last U.S. troops from Iraq, but now “terrorism has really rebuilt itself … [because] this has been an administration that has not done a good job of trying to take terrorists down or take terrorism out.”
Barton and co-host Green repeatedly expressed their desire to have someone like Gohmert serving as president instead of President Obama because, they said, Gohmert understands the difference between good and evil, which Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the rest of the administration can never grasp because they support abortion rights and gay marriage.
Yes, you read that right— David Barton thinks Louie Gohmert would make a good president.
And then he goes on to justify Gohmert as being superior in fighting terrorism because… he opposes abortion and gay marriage, which have a lot to do with fighting terrorism apparently. Look, George W. Bush also opposed gay marriage and abortion, and he didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden.
But the really objectionable part here are his claims about terrorism— that it was “on the ropes” before Obama and that Obama has not done a good job fighting it, and his basis for Obama not fighting terrorism is that he didn’t keep troops in Iraq (even though Obama had no authority to do so).
The idea that Obama has done nothing to fight terrorism is just laughable. It’s as if you can ignore all the drone strikes and catching Osama Bin Laden because there wasn’t a permanent troop presence in Iraq. Look, all those troops in Iraq did nothing to catch Osama Bin Laden. And Barton knows that. But he ignores those two big facts. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is David Barton‘s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Right Wing Watch.
PS: I was reminded on Twitter that Barton was recently featured on Cracked:
Labor Day Pow Wow
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 30, 31 & September 1
The Labor Day Pow Wow will be held August 30, 31 and September 1. Grounds open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Saturday and Sunday performances will be at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. On Monday there will be one performance at 1:00 p.m.
Sauk from Oklahoma and Meskwaki from Tama, Iowa will perform their traditional dances. There will be a guest performance by Kevin Locke, world-renowned hoop dancer. Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers also will make a guest appearance.
There will be arts and crafts exhibits with items for sale, and in addition, authentic Native American food will be sold.
For those who remember the Pow Wow from the “good old days”, the Sauk and Meskwaki women will again be cooking what is known by them as “Rock Island stew” over the open fire.
Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the parking lot of Roe Aquarium (4422 11th Street, Rock Island).
Bring the family to this fun, culturally instructive event. It’s free, though donations will be gratefully accepted. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets.
CHICAGO (AP) – Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chi…
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