The Myth of Christian Persecution during the Roman Period

In Re: Christians Were Fed to Lions and Martyred in the Colosseum -via

The Myth:

Whenever the ancient Romans needed more trident-stabbing fodder for the pleasure dome’s gladiators or more kibble for the Colosseum’s big cats, Roman authorities simply rounded up another group of Christians and herded them into the arena. […]

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Clinton v Starr: A Review

Clinton Vs. Starr’: A ‘Definitive’ Account

February 16, 201012:00 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air

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President Clinton arrives in the Rose Garden after being acquitted of all charges in his impeachment trial Feb. 12, 1999.

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For the past nine years, Duquesne law professor Ken Gormley has […]

No Surprise…Guccifer 2.0 identified as Russian Intelligence Officer

GNote: The crumbs he left, plus a lapse in his use of a VPN client finally identified the hacker, known as Guccifer 2.0, In other findings and by reference, Roger Stone has admitted to personal interactions with Guccifer 2.0 in which the stolen DNC data was discussed. Guccifer 2.0 passed the stolen data from the […]

McCabe v trump

Donald Trump and the Craven Firing of Andrew McCabe

In celebrating the dismissal of the F.B.I.’s deputy director, President Trump displays the pettiness and the vindictiveness of a man unsuited to the job he holds.

Photograph by Samuel Corum […]

The Final Days: PA 18th Election – Mar. 13th, 2018

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway deplanes Air Force One in December. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

via WaPo 202 by James Hohmann – with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve

PITTSBURGH—If Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone wins an unexpectedly close special election here next Tuesday, it will be on Donald Trump’s coattails. On the other hand, […]

A FB post & commentary sparked by #TheBoyCrises vis School shooters


Craig Schaffer: So you assume lesbian couples can’t raise a child that isn’t a mass murderer? Lots of single mothers out there doing s fantastic job as well.

Sheri Spain: One thing school shooters have in common is a history of domestic violence.

Doug Franks The Truth About Domestic Violence – You’ll Never […]

A primer on “the flu”

via: Jon Crosbie February 2 at 7:02pm ·

Okay, I made the mistake of reading the comments section in a post, and now I feel compelled by duty to my profession to type this out. Please, share the hell out of this, because people need to know this stuff.


Here’s how the […]

Excerpt from the Saboteurs Handbook

(11) General Interference with Organizations and Production

{prepared by the Office of Strategic Services, Jan. 11th, 1944}

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(1) Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.

(2) Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by […]

Taking from the 99%….and giving it to the 0.01% – while hollowing out the value of Government

Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality

Trump’s spending proposal backtracks on his ‘balance the budget’ campaign cry

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve – WaPo 202 – Feb 13, 2018


THE BIG IDEA: President Trump campaigned like a populist, but the budget he proposed Monday underscores […]

Manufactured reality

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

BuzzFeed News – Charlie Warzel · Feb 11, 2018

In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few weeks […]

Polarization may become our undoing

American democracy is doomed By Matthew Updated Oct 8, 2015, 12:30pm EDT


Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies — there is going to be a collapse of the legal and political order and its […]

“Fake News” proponents overwhelmingly right wing

‘Fake news’ and the Trumpian threat to democracy

via Washington 202 by Ishaan Tharoor – Feb. 7th, 2018


When President Trump addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, his jabs at the “nasty,” “vicious,” “fake” media earned him audible groans and hisses — even from some non-American reporters in the room. It […]

“This I Believe” – by Lori Gallagher Witt

Note: A post in defense of rational liberalism

“1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare […]

Just a typical day in paradise

The Daily 202: Public opinion is protecting Mueller’s investigation — for now via the Washington Post – By James Hohmann January 24 at 8:48 AM What the special counsel’s team will want to ask Trump With indications that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking an interview with President Trump, here are some burning questions […]

The Atlantic Senior Editor talks about how to detect “fake news”

Word by Word. Line by Line

By Yvonne Rolzhausen, senior editor at The Atlantic

In a world where “fake news” thrives and basic editorial standards are often jettisoned as unnecessary expenses, fact-checkers can sometimes feel like an endangered species. But The Atlantic is dedicated to accuracy and truth—and therefore to rigorous fact-checking. Our pieces seek […]

Economy = Good …. Everything Else = Poor

Poll finds public optimistic about the economy, critical of Trump, split on issues via Washington Post – By Dan Balz and Scott Clement January 21 at 12:01 AM President Trump arrives to speak to March for Life participants on Friday. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Trump’s approval rating has remained at […]

Women, and Men need to take it to the next level !!

#MeToo isn’t enough. Now women need to get ugly

by Barbara Kingsolver

‘Don’t say that to me, don’t do that to me. I hate it.’ I armed my daughters with these words to deal with harassment. Let’s no longer mollify powerful men

The Russian Affair is not just a few rogue agents

Russian Connections

(information and analysis by Richard @ Flexible Reality, obtained from the transcript of testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing given by Glenn Simpson in August 2016 – )


We have read and heard about Americans associated with the Trump Campaign who have strong ties to Russian oligarchs, FSB and KGB operatives, […]

Job skills retraining is not a panacea

The False Promises of Worker Retraining

Despite assurances from policymakers that retraining is the key to success, such programs have consistently failed to equip workers with the preparation they need to secure jobs.

via The Atlantic by JEFFREY SELINGO JAN 8, 2018When Travis Busch graduated from high school in Jefferson, Iowa, in […]