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A Myth in Pursuit of Happiness

The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out at the age of twenty-one, and he's rich! - Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman

Show Me The Money!
Is it true that anyone living in America can get rich? A popular myth* promoted in everything from best-selling books to TV sitcoms says that it is. We are told that America is the land of endless opportunity, and anyone who works hard can come out of the jungle rich. There is even the suggestion by some that refusing the call to passionately pursue wealth is un-American.

The reality, however, is quite different. The promise of untold wealth - and the personal power that supposedly comes with it - is dangled like a carrot on a stick, enticing the aspiring rich to keep focused on reaching for something the already rich know full well is forever beyond their grasp. The myth, therefore, is part of an elaborate deception, a con game.

While it's true that many people do rise above humble beginnings to …

From Fox News to Fake News: Propaganda vs.Truth and The Struggle to Save Our Cultural Soul

People need good lies. There are too many bad ones. -Kurt Vonnegut

Politics, Money and Culture
Politics, money and culture have become bound together in an immense Gordian knot. Many accept this perverse relationship as normal. However, it is not normal, and the co-mingling has produced an intractable force which exploits society's willingness to substitute pleasure and power for value and meaning.

Besides having aesthetic value, the arts are legitimately used to raise awareness and help resolve issues that affect society. But they are also used as a means for achieving crass political ends.

Politics (the act of influencing actions and policies for the purpose of gaining and keeping power) has become like something straight out of a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Current events bear an uncanny resemblance to the writer's comically addled characters and absurd story lines. The line between reality and satire has become so blurred, it's sometimes difficult to tell which is which. Add to…

How Corporations Infiltrated the Supreme Court - Video

Futurist Who Predicted the Fall of Soviet Union Says US Power Will Decline Under President Trump

Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University, first predicted in 2000 that the “U.S. empire” would wither away within 25 years, but he moved up that forecast by five years with the election of President George W. Bush. Now, nearly 17 years later, Galtung predicts that decline could come even quicker under a Trump administration. He predicted in his 2009 book, “The Fall of the American Empire — and then What?” that the U.S. was plagued by 15 internal contradictions that would end its global power by 2020. Galtung warned that phase of the decline would usher in a period of reactionary fascism. American fascism would spring from its "capacity for global violence, a vision of exceptionalism, a belief in an inevitable and final war between good and evil, the cult of a strong state leading that battle, and a cult of the 'strong leader'.”

Members of Congress and the Religious Right Pray to Remove Satan from the Capitol

There must be something about the separation of Church and State concept that either I or some people in Congress don't understand.

Conservative pastors recently gathered on Capitol Hill, joined by dozens of members of Congress for a "Congressional-Clergy Town Hall". The conclave was organized by the National Black Robe Regiment and Wallbuilders, a right-wing organization run by GOP operative David Barton. The Jefferson Gathering, a prayer organization started by anti-LGBT Religious Right preacher Jim Garlow was also involved.

Clergy met with members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Trent Franks and Sen. Chuck Grassley. At one point, Rep. Barry Loudermilk led the group in prayer. U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black preached and reportedly prophesied that a revival is about to sweep America and "it will commence . . .  in the halls of Congress".

Dale Walker of the Tennessee Pastors Netwo…

The Christian Church In America is Dead - Trump's Election Proves It!

Theologians have been preoccupied with the religion "about" Jesus, and it is the rejection of this religion that has produced the "Christian Atheists". But what about the religion "of" Jesus. -Eric Butterworth

Christian churches in America are social clubs. We do a nice job of providing excuses for people to exercise their instincts as a social animals. There are bowling teams, softball teams, basketball teams, ladies auxiliaries, youth groups and various boards on which to serve. We put on nice pot-luck dinners and serve coffee after worship services where members gather to discuss everything, except the content of the holy ritual they just attended. We discuss the sermon by noting it wasn't too boring, but the delivery could still use some work. We do a good job administering the rites of passage. Baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals legitimize our existence as religious institutions.

Indeed, the church should be a comfortable place where…