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Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven

By: patrick devlin Wednesday October 22, 2014 2:23 pm

Guru Ramsey postulates if the commonly held interpretation of Matthew 19:24 is true, “then Jesus’ blood that was spilled at Calvary isn’t powerful enough to get a rich man into heaven, I think that’s called heresy.”

Biblical financial self-help pitchman Dave Ramsey, whose get-rich-scheme is to convince followers of the first century homeless preacher called Jesus of Nazareth (who advised cult members to “give up all you own and follow me”) that they can become get-rich-quick-Christians by buying his greed absolving screeds and who is featured weekly on the TV station owned by televangelist-presidential candidate-sect leader Pat Robertson, advised viewers recently that, stunningly, Christ was a heretic.

Ramsey was hawking his latest tract, The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity when he advised Robertson and his TVland fold that people who interpret the biblical passage, put forth for centuries as the actual words of Jesus; “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” (Matthew 19/23-24) as meaning that it is Christlike to abhor human greed and instead act with humility and charity were “heretics”.

Ramsey said that interpreting the fairly obvious symbols in Christ’s statement as meaning that Christians should not be greedy was not providing a religious interpretation but rather pushing a “political agenda”.

Using logic available to self-recognized religious interpreters, an elite brand of exegesis that centuries of biblical scholars could not grasp but has been gifted to modern ‘get rich quick’ preachers including Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen, Ramsey postulated that, if the long standing and commonly held interpretation of Matthew 19:24 is true, “then Jesus’ blood that was spilled at Calvary isn’t powerful enough to get a rich man into heaven, I think that’s called heresy. I’m pretty sure it is, look it up.”

While acknowledging that it is a “melon-scratcher” for regular folks, Ramsey counseled the faithful, “When you start putting limits on the power of the cross and limits on the power of grace that is extended to us from the Father through the son, based on someone’s wealth, then that’s Gnosticism – the worship of spirit versus materialism versus the worship orthodoxy.”

Ramsey assured the audience of TV watching Christians that if a Bible reader interprets Christ’s analogy of camels and eyes of needles as warning against acting greedily (one of Christianity’s “Seven Deadly Sins) “What that means is that someone just doesn’t understand the Bible.”

Ramsey went on to assert that the Bible “is not inconsistent” and actively calls on the faithful to accumulate wealth (some of which Ramsay hopes watchers will be handing to him as payment for one of his “Get Rich With Jesus” wealth accumulation books).

Meanwhile in Lawton Oklahoma, faithful wife Kristi Rhines told the managers at an El Chico Café Mexican restaurant located in the Central Mall that her husband was on his way to pay for the meal and drinks she had ordered and consumed at the establishment.

After some minutes, and not quite understanding the timeframes Rhines was referring to, the café’s managers asked Ms. Rhines to give them the name of her husband. Although Rhines was unable to produce a marriage license, she advised the business owners that her husband, Jesus Christ, had made a promise (some years ago) that he was ‘returning’ and assured them that he was good for the tab.

Not questioning the Christ of Oklahoma’s ability to pay – but certainly understanding how the ‘downturn in the economy’ has impacted mall restaurant diners across America, the restaurant’s owners (perhaps themselves having read the advance reviews of Jesus’ return as detailed in the biblical Book of Revelation and weighing the prospect of the difficulties of seeking reimbursement from the heavenly husband amongst all the predicted rivers of blood and four horsemen and such) decided to contact local police to handle the unpaid bill situation.

cross posted at the demise


Sentenced to death and later found innocent, one man seeks to bring his story to the big screen

By: Jose Cornejo Wednesday October 22, 2014 1:47 pm

Convicted of murder and sentenced to death, yet innocent. This hell is unimaginable to most people, but it was all too real for Kirk Bloodsworth.

Bloodsworth spent eight years in prison, including two on death row, before becoming the first U.S. prisoner exonerated through DNA testing for a capital conviction. Now Bloodsworth is seeking to share his harrowing story through a full-length documentary.

While the project, titled Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man, is still in its funding stages, the film’s latest trailer is engrossing enough on its own. Bloodsworth describes the ineptitude of his trial lawyer and how the murder he was convicted of shook his community. He also recounts the moment his life completely changed:

“It was August 9, at about 2:45 in the morning. I was staying at my cousin’s house; my first wife and I were having problems. I hear this big “BOOM BOOM BOOM” at the door. It was the Baltimore County police. They arrested me for the first degree murder of Dawn Hamilton. I was wearing silk running shorts, no shoes, no shirt. And they bought me out in a police car, and that was the last time I saw Cambridge, Maryland for eight years, ten months and nineteen days.”

At the end of the trailer, Gregory Bayne, the film’s director and producer, calls Bloodsworth’s case “mind-blowing and maddening,” continuing:

“[W]hat I found most compelling about Kirk is that this is an individual that essentially had his life shaped by a crime he had nothing to do with. Yet 30 years later, he’s dedicated his life to ensuring that what happened to him, doesn’t happen to others.

“Over the course of the past three years, I’ve had a number of people say to me that Kirk’s is a story that must be told and should be seen.”

Count me as one of those people. If you agree too, pitch in to the film’s Kickstarter campaign to help ensure that happens. As the death penalty in the U.S. comes under increasing scrutiny and becomes more controversial, America needs to hear Kirk’s story.

October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is Underway

By: wendydavis Wednesday October 22, 2014 11:22 am

The group’s website says that they have been mobilizing every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest on October 22, bringing together those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose the epidemic of police brutality.
The Coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which documents cases of killings by law enforcement nationwide. The second edition of the Stolen Lives book documents over 2000 cases in the 1990s alone. Volunteers are needed to help with the research and editing of cases since then.

Click here to see the Call for the 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization

Click here for the list of contacts and assembly points for October 22, 2014

You can follow along on #O22 or #Oct22  Many events will be held this evening, some on Oct. 25.  Please add your own in comments; I’ll add or replace as I’m able…

‘Many thanks to the Alan Blueford Center for Justice for this national promotional video’

Who is selectively leaking information to help Officer Darren Wilson UPDATED BELOW

By: Masoninblue Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:59 am

Cross posted from the Frederick Leatherman Law Blog

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Good morning:

We are witnessing a massive coordinated effort by unnamed officials to unlawfully influence public opinion and the members of a grand jury regarding the Michael Brown shooting by selectively leaking and spinning information in the police investigation file. The purpose of this massive propaganda effort is to discredit eyewitness accounts of the shooting, persuade the public that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in self-defense and condition the public to accept a decision by the grand jury next month to not charge the officer with a crime.

The St.Louis Post Dispatch reported today,

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana.


A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

Now comes the spin.

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun.

Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.

She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

A sixth shot that hit the forearm traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said. That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said.

Let’s take it one step at a time:

Over Easy: WA Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Online Child Sex Trade Case

By: Crane-Station Wednesday October 22, 2014 4:52 am

In March 2012, 15-year-old “S” was sold in the metro D.C. area as a 19-year-old “Judy.” In June 2012, a 16-year-old from Maryland was trafficked by a pimp who posted her on for a series of days with the subject line “My hour glass body is waiting for you. Apple booty a?? ..” These are examples of underage girls being advertised on Backpage. Three victims have sued, in Washington state. Is Backpage immune from liability for ads placed on its website advertising sex with minors? Yesterday, the WA Supreme Court heard oral arguments on this question.

When Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, they intended to encourage freedom of expression on the internet rather than limit it. Toward that end, they passed the law to shield from liability providers and users of an “interactive computer service” who publish information provided by others:

In analyzing the availability of the immunity offered by this provision, courts generally apply a three-prong test. A defendant must satisfy each of the three prongs to gain the benefit of the immunity:

1. The defendant must be a “provider or user” of an “interactive computer service.”

2. The cause of action asserted by the plaintiff must “treat” the defendant “as the publisher or speaker” of the harmful information at issue.

3. The information must be “provided by another information content provider,” i.e., the defendant must not be the “information content provider” of the harmful information at issue.

If people could sue a site owner every time they felt like they were mischaracterized, it would create a chilling effect on the free-flow of information on the internet. That makes sense as long as everybody is acting in good faith. The problem is that the owners of Backpage, while they may not have penned the ads themselves, know what is going on, and they are encouraging it, by promoting their “escort” ads. They are the online go-to for prostitution. President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, John D. Ryan writes:

Boston Bombing News: More McPhee Maxim

By: pbszebra Tuesday October 21, 2014 11:07 pm

In a previous BBN post, “What’s Up Michele McPhee” by woodybox, we learned a of new piece written by Michele McPhee about the Tsarnaev family.  When I first opened the Newsweek site, I was unable to read the article.  I couldn’t get past the first few words, it was so repulsive and ridiculous.  I have since been able to scan over the article just to see if there was anything new in her words.  No new knowledge to be had, same old MM trash.  This article reminds me of another.  Did MM write The Fall of the House of Tsarnaev?  Seems eerily similar.  No, I guess that was Patricia Wen.

It appears MM thinks herself to be a great writer.  It appears that she wants us to see her work and speak of her “great” ability to tell a story. So I’d like to revisit MM’s writing and continue our previous conversations.

From her website, MM’s bio it reads, She was also a witness to the carnage unleashed by two homegrown terrorists who detonated two pressure cooker bombs secreted in backpacks placed in the crowd along the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and is currently at work on a book about the FBI’s involvement with accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Wow.  That IS dramatic MM!  “A witness to the carnage.”  I believe there were hundreds, if not thousands, of “witnesses” as you describe yourself.  But most of them don’t brag this fact, they are actually humbled and wish they hadn’t been such a witness.

The MM website also says she was the first reporter in the country to obtain a picture of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s anti-American missive scribbled on the side of a Watertown boat where he hid for hours during a massive police manhunt.  Yes she was.  It was an exclusive.  MM and ABC were also exclusive in the release of Todashev’s handwritten “confession” just before he was killed.  Exclusive aka leak tool?

Another one of McPhee’s dramatic headlines, FEDS WANT ACCUSED MARATHON BOMBER IN COURT AT NEXT HEARING.  This came from the September status conference in which AUSA Weinreb asked the judge to compel Tsarnaev to appear at a scheduled status conference (October 20th).  Judge O’Toole said, “the decision belongs to the defendant.”  Well there’s something Tool did right and by the law.  Make note of this one!  In addition, bombing victim Marc Fucarile said he wants to see Tsarnaev in court. “I’d like to see him have to face us and see us. …. So he has to face what he did.  He’s a coward,’’ Fucarile said, adding that after the bombs exploded, killing an 8-year-old boy and two young women, Tsarnaev allegedly fled the carnage. “He walked away. If he was a real man he would have stayed there.”  Nice Mr. Fucarile.  Now don’t get me wrong, I completely sympathize with the victims and their families.  They have been wronged.  But Mr. Fucarile’s attitude and words here to the press only show his ignorance and thirst for revenge.  He, like so many others, appears to believe what he has been told and has latched on to the idea that Dzhokhar is already guilty.  Be patient, Mr. Fucarile, you and all the others will have what you desire soon enough when the trial starts and Dzhokhar actually appears in court.  You will be able to sneer at him and watch for his “smirks” all afternoon.

On a more pleasant note, how about those protesters at the 8th status conference?  I believe that was pretty brave of them, all seven of them!  In particular, I understand it was Elena Teyer who organized the protest.  According to reports, she held a placard with photos of son-in-law Ibragim Todashev which read, “I am dead because I knew Tsarnaevs.  I knew the truth.”  This protest was reported by multiple news agencies including CBS Boston, Reuters, The Huffington Post and more.  These protests are a good thing, in my opinion.  It feels like they tip the scales back towards level, even if just a little.

Mining The Earth: 21 Oct 2014

By: KateCA Tuesday October 21, 2014 2:18 pm

Mining The Earth:

*Everywhere.  So, Peabody Energy is going to the G20 meeting with its “Advanced Energy for Life” message, an attempt to tie coal to “benevolence, altruism and empathy for the world’s poor.”  Burson-Marsteller is reportedly doing the pr work; they did the same for the tobacco industry until 2010.  Peabody is already holding meetings and workshops in Australia, touting the new message.

*North America. Grandmothers for the environment:  Charmaine White Face (Oglala), coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills, addressing  “dangerous abandoned uranium mines” and the grass-roots effort to clean them up;  Sharon Day (Ojibwe) holds annual water walks, this year “near the headwaters of the St. Louis River in northern Minnesota”, where sulfide poisoning from an iron mine has created a 140-mile long dead zone:  Josephine Mandamin (Anishinabe) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who “has walked more than 10,000 miles . . . circumnavigating each of the Great Lakes.”

*CA.  Robertson’s Ready Mix owns the only mine at Banning where there’s a measure on the November 4th ballot to “approve a general tax on rock, sand and gravel mining” in Banning. Robertson’s Ready Mix is accusing the city of financially promoting the measure, which is against the law, and has sued.

*IA. The Iowa Policy Project is providing a series of presentations “on the potential impacts of frac-sand mining on communities”, working with the Winneshiek County Protectors and the Allamakee County Protectors.  Winneshiek County now has a moratorium on frac sand mining through Oct 15, 2015, and Allamakee County has imposed restrictions.

*MN.  Frac sand mining is a hot election issue in Houston County, MN this year, with the two candidates for County Commissioner in District 4 arguing over which one will issue tougher regulations governing frac sand mining, if elected.   They point to the negative impacts of frac sand mining on MN communities.

*MN.  Ray “Skip” Sandman (Ojibwe), Green candidate for MN’s 8th Congressional District (here and here), is opposed to copper sulfide mining, including Polymet Sulfide’s plans for an open-pit copper, nickel and other metals mine.  He also opposes the Enbridge pipeline extension.

*OH.  Good grief:  “About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures—its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves—could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals . . . from 18 state forests, 24 state parks and 53 natural areas”.  A recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling also opens the door for strip mining coal, too.

*WI.  Native wild rice might have been lost if the Crandon mine (copper, zinc and other sulfides) had not been stopped by a coalition of environmentalists, Sokaogon Ojibwe and other indigenous peoples on downstream (Menominee and Mohican), leading ultimately to the 2003 purchase  of the mine and its assets for $16.5 million using Mole Lake Ojibwe-Forest County Potowatomi casino revenue.

*WI.  The Independence City Council has postponed a permit for the Superior Silica Sands  to mine frac-sand at the Guza Pit mine since they’ve discovered “that contaminated waste water from the sand washing process was going into retention ponds that lacked the proper lining.”   Independence also tried   to annex “a long-narrow strip of land to extend its boundary to a large mining site miles away . . . in connection with” Superior Silica Sands’ project.  Such annexation attempts have gotten some townships riled up, perhaps enough for court action.

*WI.  Frac sand mining’s impacts on the communities of Tunnel City in Monroe County, Blair in Trempealeau County, Pepin and Stockholm in Pepin County, and Howard in Chippewa County: for some, a bust as hills morph into piles of sand and property values decrease, while others enjoy some benefits.

Mary Poppins, Elizabeth Warren & the American banking system

By: Jane Stillwater Tuesday October 21, 2014 10:39 am

When I saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” during one of my interminably-long plane rides back from Syria (, I liked it so much that I actually went out and bought a copy of the 1964 “Mary Poppins” Disney classic it was based on — the one with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke frolicking across the rooftops of London.

And much to my surprise, I discovered that Mary Poppins might have been one of the world’s first hippies.  Who woulda thought!  And what was even more amazing is that Mary Poppins was one of the first people to warn us about the dangers and perfidy of big bankers and big banks.

And fortunately for those of us living here in America one hundred years later, Elizabeth Warren has now become the new Mary Poppins — also warning us about the dangers and perfidy of big bankers and big banks.

If only Americans would start paying attention to Elizabeth Warren as much as they paid attention to Julie Andrews!

“Hey, Elizabeth!” I also want to shout on the rooftops like Dick VanDyke, “voters aren’t listening to you!”  Maybe if Disney studios made a movie about you too?  Then maybe voters would finally start to listen.

According to Warren, the American middle class has been absolutely decimated by the banking and credit-card lobbies.

And yet voters still keep falling for all those glossy ads and happy lies that still keep getting pro-big-bank candidates elected to the White House and Congress even though voters can clearly see that they themselves are losing their jobs, having their homes repossessed, becoming slaves to their student loans and getting ripped off bigtime by credit-card debt.  But then I guess that those syrupy ads actually do prove that “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” after all.

In the heroic country of Iceland, their well-informed voters have vigorously fought back against bankster greed and have even re-written their constitution in order to make lending-bubbles and bank fraud illegal.

But in America, the opposite happens.  Here in America our very own government, the very one that bank lobbyists have chosen for us to elect, is handing over billions of our very own hard-earned dollars to big banks just as fast as it can.  And Congress is always writing new bankruptcy laws that favor banksters over the middle class every time.  Mary Poppins would be livid, of course, but nobody else seems to even notice these days — except for Elizabeth Warren.

And even the Federal Reserve is dancing over the rooftops in glee as it too gives away our money to the banksters just as fast as it possibly can, singing “Step in Time” as gleefully hands over giant bags of taxpayers’ money to Chase, Bank of America, CitiBank and Goldman Sachs.

And the Federal Reserve’s chim chem cher-ee chummy coverups are going through the roof too.

Plus the Senate just vetoed a bill that would have given students a break from paying up to 12% interest on their college loans too.  According to Warren, “This isn’t complicated.  It’s a choice – a choice that raises a fundamental question about who the United States Senate works for.  Does it work for those who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists to protect tax loopholes for billionaires and profits for the big banks?  Or does it work for those who work hard, play by the rules, and are trying to build a future for themselves and their families?”

Not to mention the hidden (and not-so-hidden) fees that banks gleefully charge us customers for no reason at all.

To try to completely understand how banksters and their toadies in Congress and the Department of Justice are robbing the rest of us blind, you just gotta watch this video of Bill Moyers interviewing bank-fraud expert Thomas K. Black.  Seriously.   You really should watch this:

In this video, Black describes how Obama was elected by the banking industry and how Obama has totally paid back his debt to the banksters by handing them all “get out of jail free” cards.  Is being elected president really worth selling us Americans out to the banksters?  Apparently so.

“There’s no threat to capitalism like capitalists,” continues Black.  “They are destroying its underpinnings.  And when dishonest people gain an advantage in the marketplace, bad ethics drive good ethics out.  This is why we need the rule of law.”  Doesn’t Thomas K. Black sound just like Dick VanDyke, er, I mean Burt the Chimney Sweep here — as Black proposes that it’s high time to sweep clean our banks.

And now let’s talk about America’s ratings on the so-called “Misery Index”  Apparently America rates higher on the misery charts now than it ever has, even back in the Great Depression — and probably even as high as did Mary Poppins’s 1910 London.  Thanks a lot, banksters.

Isn’t it time that American voters finally join up with Elizabeth Warren and Mary Poppins — and tell big banks and banksters to go “fly a kite!”

PS:  Speaking of money, look how much of it is being spent in the Middle East — and not here at home where it is needed!

According to a recent blog-post at, the first official estimates of the ISIS price tag from the Pentagon showed that, “the costs of intervention between mid-June and late-August was $7.5 million per day.  At that rate, the U.S. has spent $850 million on operations against ISIS as of October 8, adding up to about $2.74 billion per year.  The Pentagon has since revised the estimate up to as high as $10 million per day, or $3.65 billion per year.  In reality, both of those numbers are quite likely to be underestimates of what’s to come.”

Looks like the US military is just as bad as the US banksters when it comes to cleaning out America’s pocketbooks — after they both have put us to sleep with false promises and false news

What we Americans really need to do these days is to once again take Mary Poppins’s advice and “Stay Awake”!