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Neither are Muslim leadership responsible for radical Islamist

terrorism, but they speak out these days to separate themselves and to properly lead youth and their followers. As should leadership in the South. Which includes the GOP. My thinking is that the GOP is tending racism in the south like a garden that reaps elections for them with the southern strategy. Democrats and community leaders and others are turning over that garden over the years to grow something else in the south, but with renewed ferver since Wednesday. GOP have been silent. That speaks volumes.

Van Jones was fantastic on CNN just now. He said there

are no more blameless people than those at a prayer meeting in Charleston. That when a Muslim terrorist attacks the US people expect Muslim leadership to denounce it across the country. Where are the GOP in denouncing racial hatred such as this? They won't even use the word racist.

Jeb Bush said Charleston was racism. Finally. What is the entity/person telling GOP candidates what

they can and cannot say? Cause someone was telling them all to say it was not racism two days ago. Who is it? Fox? Roger Ailes? Koch brothers? Grover Norqhuest fax tree? Republican National Committee? Who is calling the shots. I'd like to know who the GOP primary candidates cower to because maybe that entity should be the one running for 2016 because they are running everything.

But Hillary is presenting a dream to have twenty days of early voting nationwide.

And if the GOP quash it people will be motivated to vote. It is like a wedge issue too, not just good democracy. And democrats are beginning to develop wedge issues. And in this case, if people are thwarted in a policy they like by GOP in the states, people can make doubly sure they and theirs get out and vote on election day. So their is direct action they can take.

For such a long while the GOP has been crazily talking getting rid of taxes and promoting

libertarian social policies and policy has not gone that far, but has been influenced by the fully flushed out GOP extreme. Compromise, when it has happened, has happened somewhere in the middle. But the middle has moved as those GOP nuts went extreme and pushed the bounds of acceptable discussion. Now we have Bernie Sanders promoting a 90% tax rate on the richest americans. It is the Liberals time to fully flush out programs on the left (many of which I agree with, just not 90% tax) and put progressive utopias into the MSM and conscience of America. Hopefully that will mean the American middle moves left. Go Bernie. Go Warren. Go Hillary. Dream away! Talk about all manner of liberal/progressive policy no matter how far they go. Fully flush out the kind of world we want to live in. Guaranteed income that will pay for college? I've wanted that for 30 years. Dream it, talk about it, live it and it may come true.

The Saudis have got to undo what wahabism has done to the ME.

The Saudis have got to connect to the Sunnis in Iraq and Syria. They've got to build a sunni coalition of sorts that is more moderate. They've got to be involved till it hurts. It is about their survival after all. I think ISIS calling themselves Islamic State in the Levant (Levant leaves out Saudi Arabia) is a misdirection/fake on the part of ISIS. I doubt very much they want to fight the Saudis at this juncture. But I don't doubt that they want to take over mecca one day with their caliphate. That is my best guess as to what is going on. Saudis don't want to fight for their survival and the US is trying to point out they have to. After all Obama is once again downplaying the threat ISIS is. Just like he did last August. Too calm. Waiting for the Saudis to step up. And the Saudis are used to just getting their way or paying someone, one way or another, to do their dirty work.

My guess is Cruz is putting the idea out there that

heterosexual will be forced into a mandatory gay marriage. Ted Cruz is a terrorist. Of course when pressed he will say he did not mean it to be taken that way. But he successfully has put a rape meme in the heads of some in the base. Their senses have been assaulted by the gay people. They will make good little pasties or pawns for Ted Cruz in the months to come. And they will hate the LGBT community even more and even with nobody from the LGBT community having participated in any way. To quote Sarah Mclaughlin, Cruz is 'building a mystery'. Who knows where his narrative will go next i the dance deep within the gut of the GOP base that Cruz leads... but build it he will. And the base will be none the wiser.

The 12 step program I've been to used a higher power

as a way to teach addicts they have no power over their drug of choice. I'm not religious so I made my higher power nature or my ancestors. And though as an agnostic I do not know how the universe was created, how it was created is a god I can accept. So nature or ancestors or physics are all scientific truths that tie me to that higher power. And something fantastic but scientific started it all. And that is when I truly was done drinking. When I handed the delusion that I myself had power over my drinking (a delusion shared by every addict) to this god/higher power/nature. By handing my delusion over to some other entity I had to deeply admit I could never be the one in control of my addiction. If I could never control my addiction - I could never drink. And I was done. And I'm back to living a science based life regarding alcohol where I have a disease and better treat it like one. Which balances with my science based life. So my god is science in the end. And at the start. And in the middle. And that really works for this agnostic.

To know oneself is power. So that people can't run a false narrative of

your life because they are so inadequate. I knew myself well enough at 23 to steer clear of a psychopath. The night I met him I did not want that shit in my life. Unfortunately my friends did not know me or themselves. They fell victim to a cognitive opening that takes place in young adults who are looking for a new meaning in their lives. We were in our early 20s. They didn't seem to notice that the creep working his way into their lives was a decade older than them and thus in a position of power over them. The old cult grievance/aspiration one two step was used. Really knowing all your grievances and knowing them well, and not being fooled into something that seems too good to be true (like you don't have to learn harsh truths about yourself...if you just follow the asshole he'll make your dreams come true), or falling for manufactured grievances and aspirational moments created by a psychopath, can stop one from joining a gang or a cult. Knowledge and science are power. Nothing else comes close. Empathy is a way to connect and learn. I don't think one can be truly happy without a good amount of empathy. But empathy without self knowledge makes one a target for the creepy. I had to learn to not empathize so much to survive. I had too much. That is the thing about self knowledge... one can never have too much. Kids in all neighborhoods should be taught about the grievance/aspirational two step. It is what Muslim youth and their families in the west are being taught as we speak. Why not kids from all neighborhoods? Are sociopaths who pray on the rich for their money and power, and gangs who pray on teenagers, not causing mayhem just like ISIS if not more so? How about the GOP gutting the middle class? I wonder what the state of anti cult education of youth is in the red states.

What is your favorite thing about politics? I like speculating

about what is going on and sometimes being ahead of the news cycle and correct in my assumptions at the same time. Even the columnist Paul Krugman isn't right all the time when he predicts things (though he is pretty darn close). You can't be when you are talking about the future and guessing at what is going on behind the scenes. But I very much enjoy Obama as president because he is accomplishing a lot and undoing what the GOP has done to America. At changing the country and the world in fundamental ways. What I don't enjoy is news from what the right is up to. I sometimes speculate on their reasons for doing things and I don't enjoy that. At all. All in all being in a group like the DU and working together for a better world is the best thing.
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