The Power of Working People film series and social forum

My good friends at the Washtenaw Community Action Team are hosting a film series and social forum called “The Power of Working People”. Their announcement follows. Highly recommended!

The Washtenaw Community Action Team
Presents
The Power of Working People
A Film Series and Social Forum

The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) announces — The Power of Working People – A Film Series and Social Forum. The Power of Working People will take place over October and November at several Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti locations.

The Power of Working People responds to the attack on the rights and welfare of working people, the unemployed and students in our Washtenaw County communities and the State of Michigan.…

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Eclectablog has the best readers in the blogosphere

I want to take a moment to appreciate the readers that I have at Eclectablog. While I don’t get scads of comments, the ones I do get are generally high quality, even from those that disagree with me.

Yesterday I got what I consider to be the best comment I’ve ever received on this site. I was in regards to my post about Scott Anderson, the first openly-gay minister ordained by the Presbyterian Church.

A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.
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Who said THAT???! – Religious bigotry edition

Here’s a good one. Who said this?

“The purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion.”

Answer after the jump.

The answer is Bryan Fischer, an official at the American Family Association (AFA), a virulently anti-gay and anti-Mormon organization.

We have the “pleasure” of having and AFA moron running for Senate in Michigan against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Gary Glenn is so odious that even Republicans don’t want him in the primary. From the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans’ press release.

The Michigan Log Cabin Republicans are calling on Gary Glenn, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate to get out of the race as he continues his gay-baiting.…
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Presbyterian church enters the 21st Century, ordains 1st openly gay minister

Hooray!

A Wisconsin man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister.

In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, 56-year-old Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.

“To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks,” Anderson said. “And I give thanks for those who disagree with what we’re doing today yet who know that we are one in Jesus Christ.”

Slowly, drip by drop, bit by bit, the ship is turning.…

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Detroit News editorial: Occupy Detroit protesters are a “menagerie of malcontents”

Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor for the Detroit News, is never a person I would expect to understand what it means to be unemployed, losing your home, or otherwise a victim of the banking collapse that resulted in the economic tar pit we find ourselves in today. He has proven, time and again, that he’s an staunch ally of the moneyed elites that have all the power, political and financial, in our country and has little positive to say about the remaining 99% of us.

But today’s editorial in The News is above and beyond Finley’s normal level of dispassion and callous disregard for the plight of the poor and unemployed in our state and country.…

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Martin Bashir contrasts Steve Jobs’ American exceptionalism with Sarah Palin’s crass opportunism

Martin Bashir of MSNBC completely nails it with his contrast between the extraordinary genius Steve Jobs and the extraordinary grifter, Sarah Palin (the transcript is below.)

It’s time now to clear the air and today, we’ve marked two important stories: the tragic and sad passing of a true creative genius at the age of just 56 and, hopefully, the end of a charade that’s been going on for three years. One individual represents the very best of American exceptionalism: brilliant, determined, creative. The other represents the very worst form of American opportunism: vacuous, crass, and according to almost every biographer, vindictive too.…
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The latest steaming pile of excrement from Congressman Tim Walberg

I don’t what I did to deserve this idiot as my Representative to Congress. Here’s his latest lie-filled drivel:

More than two and a half years after the Obama Administration’s trillion dollar “stimulus” package, the Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate remains unchanged this month at 9.1 percent. Yet, the Administration continues to undermine job creation with the triple threat of higher taxes, excessive regulation and more “stimulus” spending. I remain committed to fight for an economic environment that encourages job creation. This week the House passed legislation which will halt a new, costly, job destroying regulation issued by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).…
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I am the (lucky) 50%

THIS is astounding.

Nearly half of all Americans lived in a household that received some kind of government benefit during the first three months of last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, based on new Census data. That’s even higher than the figure recorded during the depths of the Great Recession.

I’m not rich by most people’s standards. I’m more in this category:

A recent national survey indicates that “[o]ne in three Americans would be unable to make their mortgage or rent payment beyond one month if they lost their job.” Even higher-income households would find themselves in trouble quickly: “Ten percent of survey respondents earning $100K or more a year say they would immediately miss a payment.”

But I was still in the fortunate half — the half that didn’t need government assistance.…

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