The conservative movement has perfected the dark art of victimhood to detestable new lows, even for them.
Once again, they’ve torn out the most incendiary pages of the far right’s twisted Machiavellian playbook, butchered most of the facts, and ignited the tinder box brimming over with anger and paranoia. Once again, they’ve manipulated a seemingly trivial event for their own selfish political (and financial) gain. Once again, they’ve frightened the living daylights out of their most gullible followers. And once again, their dubious tactics seem to be working. Like I said, it’s a dark art.
Whether it’s guns, or Bibles, or banks, or big oil they’re credulously protecting with the incessant screams of shrill voices and enraged sense of false patriotism, these susceptible pawns shifting around on the American political chessboard have sardined themselves with the rest of the can of crazies in what’s increasing become a vicious collective mass hysteria of guppies with unmistakable aims to obfuscate any attempt at rational discourse. Their favored tactic? Sling enough shit around, and something is bound to stick somewhere.
Sometimes the most powerful voice comes from where you’d least expect it.
Certainly not from a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, named Malala Yousazai.
Now age 17, the little girl known to creeds and colors all over the world simply as “Malala” has grown up some, her maturity taking place very much in front of the camera as tens and perhaps even hundreds of millions of people — young and old, male and female, Muslim and non-Muslim — have watched with intrigue and admiration. She’s become a global champion of human rights and a public advocate for female education, particularly in countries and societies where such virtues not only aren’t guaranteed but even risk personal endangerment.
I just spent the whole last week in Fargo, North Dakota.
One wouldn’t expect Fargo to make too many lists of “favorite places to visit.” It’s not what you would call a Travel and Leisure cover story. But the more times I’ve been here and hung out with the locals, with each visit I’ve increasingly looked forward to returning here again sometime soon, and this last trip was no exception. Just don’t book my ticket to North Dakota in mid-February, when it’s been known to get down to 40-degrees below zero in these parts.
Is Pope Francis a socialist?
His words and actions appear to indicate the answer is clearly — yes.
The Pope believes all kinds of radical ideas embraced by the Left. He believes that protecting our natural environment is no longer a choice, but rather a moral duty. He believes man-made climate change is very real and poses imminent endangerment to the planet and all its inhabitants. He calls for economic and social justice based on sharing wealth and resources rather than hoarding them for the benefit of only a select few. He has spoken out against our pervasive cultural obsession with of money, materialism, and celebrity going so far as to call capitalist economies “broken” and colonialism “evil.” Sounds like a socialist, doesn’t he?
Here are just a few of Pope Francis’ most “scandalous” opinions on social and economic justice (sarcasm intended):
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Legendary James Randi, a.k.a. “The Amazing Randi” (left) onstage with activist, lecturer, and magician Jamy Ian Swiss (right)
Last weekend, I attended “The Amazing Meeting,” also known as TAM 2015.
This annual gathering of great minds and provocative speakers comes across as both magnificently entertaining and highly informative. At times, it’s even transformative. This marks the second year that I’ve attended. There have been 13 annual gatherings held here in Las Vegas, dating back to 2003.