How Americans feel about Religious Groups, a Pew Research Center survey.
What do you think of these results, and what religious groups do you hate?
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Politics, Mon Jul 21.
The "next man up" syndrome that seemingly gave Republicans the ineffective and sputtering campaigns of Bob Dole (73 when he ran) and John McCain (72 in 2008) now seems to be impacting the Democratic Party's chances of holding onto the presidency in 2016. Two of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination right now are Hilary Clinton (who will be 69 by November of 2016) and Joe Biden (who will be 74). The two second tier candidates getting the most buzz are probably Al Gore's (he will be 68) and Elizabeth Warren (herself no spring chicken - she'll be 67 in 2016).
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Legal, Thu Jul 17.
U.S. Department of Justice investigating prizewinning "racist" parade float that depicted outhouse as Obama presidential library.
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Business, Tue Jul 15.
From the great Walter Williams:
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And if so, can you encourage other people to do it?
Chris Wilson, an aspie computer science graduate student, get jails time because he wouldn't let the police have his encryption key. The police then went to court, and was compelled to decrypt his data under the pretense of national security. Under the UK's wiretapping law he sentenced to 6 months in prison.
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Ultra rich guy warns his fellow 0.01%ers that the rabble will soon rise up against them for a variety of reasons. He also references 300 baud modems and internet start ups like Amazon dot com. Also, rich people don't buy more pairs of puffy pants than the average American (allegedly).
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Why did marijuana become illegal in America in 1937? Sure, lots of people in America's southwest associated it with Mexican immigrants and wanted to express their disapproval of those people. But there was also big money behind cannabis-prohibition, which came from people with timber holdings concerned about competition with hemp for paper making, as well as from alcohol and tobacco interests that also wanted to avoid competition.
Why does cannabis remain illegal? Arguably, because big money continues to bankroll anti-legalisation organisations. This time, that big money comes from pharmaceutical manufacturers trying to avoid cannabis competition with their synthetic opiate products, like OxyContin and oxycodone; from police agencies afraid to lose their "drug seizure" self-funding; from people who make money off "drug rehabilitation" and private prisons; and from people who live off federal money allocated to fighting pot.
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The Chinese, rather than actually doing the work themselves, continue to try to build their country on stolen goods and industrial espionage. The FBI announced the results of a massive case that could cost the US millions in agribusiness. The case began after seed company security people noticed unusual activity of Chinese spies digging around in the dirt in their test fields. The plot included the wife of a large Chinese seed conglomerate.
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Confidence in America's Supreme Court has dropped to 30%. Hey, at least they did one point better than America's presidency (29% confidence) and massively better than Congress (7% confidence).
I guess almost no one takes Court claims of non-partisanship seriously any more.
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Pew Research has determined that two groups comprise Republicans' base; Pew calls them "business conservatives" and "steadfast conservatives". Even in concert, these groups constitute about one-quarter of America's electorate -- and about one in ten young people -- and so they can't win any national elections without reaching out to other groups of one kind or another. Since they obviously won't be reaching out to minorities or women, how about reaching out to "young outsiders" and "hard-pressed skeptics"? Or would even that require too much compromise?
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Supreme Court Justice Alito wrote and delivered the majority opinions in the 5-4 decisions for the remaining two major cases before SCOTUS this term.
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Robert Monroe, a 50 year old executive, voted 5 times in Wisconisn Governor Scott Walker's recall election. Monroe is a Walker supporter, who was charged with 13 felonies related to voter fraud. Monroe claims he has a temporary form of amnesia and doesn't remember the day he voted 5 times. He is also failing to remember when he voted 2 times in the 2012 presidental election. As reported, Monroe has voted at least 12 times since 2011 in 5 elections. Each of the 13 felones carries a $10,000 fine and up to 3.5 years in prison. Wisconsin republicans are trying to implement stricter voter ID laws, apparently because they are the ones committing voter fraud.
The investigation was initiated after authorities in Waukesha found that Monroe's son, Benjamin, had voted in person in Waukesha in the June 2012 recall election where he lives with his mother, Robert Monroe's ex-wife. An absentee ballot for Benjamin was also cast for Benjamin using the Shorewood address of his father.
Also in the June 2012 recall, an absentee ballot was cast using the name Grant Mueller, son of Robert Monroe's girlfriend, using the Shorewood address. Initially, Grant Mueller denied casting the absentee ballot later but changed his statement, saying the signature on the absentee ballot was his. He told investigators "that Monroe was more like a father to him than his biological father." The state crime lab tested the envelope that sealed the absentee ballots and found Robert Monroe's saliva, according to the complaint.
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Members of the Tea Party think that when blacks vote then there must be irregularities. Actually, blacks voting is an irregularity! Who gave them that right? Probably that socialist Obama.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that his campaign team plans to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race, as it considers whether to pursue some sort of legal challenge after his razor-thin loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican runoff a day earlier.
"If our party and our conservative movement are to coexist, it is paramount that we ensure the sanctity of the election process is upheld," Mr. McDaniel said. "And we will do that. In the case of yesterday's election, we must be absolutely certain that our Republican primary was won by Republican voters.
"In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted," Mr. McDaniel said. "After we've examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to proceed."
Razor-thin loss being somewhere around 8,000 votes, but who's counting? They were black votes.
Maybe the irregularity that McDaniels should look at is the perfectly legal concept in Mississippi that allows members of both parties to vote in primaries, if they haven't voted in a primary already.
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It's Supreme Court Ruling Season again, and the SCOTUS is mostly not being kind to government overreach, but its members are being very supportive of each other.
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Everyone knows that Christianity, in its various forms, has long been America's number one religion -- 78.4% of Americans claim to be Christians, 4.7% claim to adhere to other religions, and 16.1% remain unaffiliated. Indeed, one form of Christianity or another (and yes, Mormons count as one form of Christianity) has also been each state's number one religion as well. But what comes second in each state? In Arizona and Delaware, Hinduism; in South Carolina, Bahai; in Oklahoma, Kansas, and every Western state except Wyoming and Arizona, Buddhism; in every Northeastern state except Delaware plus Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, and Minnesota, Judaism; and in all remaining states, Islam.
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More than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending were used by researchers at Indiana University and University of Hongkong to determine America's most and least corrupt states. Mississippi and Louisiana came #1 and #2, followed by Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Florida. Least corrupt? Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Kansas.
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