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This Trump Adviser Has a Plan for Avoiding the Flu: Be Christian

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 22:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who explained, via Politico, why Christians are immune to the flu virus:

Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who sat on the Trump campaign’s evangelical executive advisory board, denied the country is in the midst of a severe flu outbreak in a Facebook video that went viral because, “Jesus himself is our flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of the flu.”

“We have a duck season, a deer season, but we don’t have a flu season and don’t receive it when someone threatens you with ‘everybody is getting the flu,'” Copeland added. “We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on. And by his stripes we are healed.”

Notice Copeland’s quick signal to the faithful that she does believe in hunting—just like Jesus taught. It’s all part of the worldview. Politico helpfully adds that public health professionals disagree with Copeland’s assessment, as will any of her followers who end up getting influenza. Every day there is new evidence this administration and its allies have (way) more than their fair share of outright cranks and dangerous anti-science zealots. After all, the president once outed himself as an anti-vaxxer and said global warming was a hoax manufactured by the Chinese. In that rich vein lies Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, whose views on drug policy are best summarized as “1980s school principal caught in a time warp.”

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  1. Well, I suppose they make a useful control group.

  2. Not really a useful control group. As the comedian said, “there’s no cure for stupid”.

  3. It’s always amazing to me that such ‘devout’ Christians manage to break their own religion’s tenets. Matthew 4:7 “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
    “I have faith, therefore God will not allow me to (INSERT CONDITION HERE – get the flu, in this case).” is pretty much the textbook definition of putting God to the test.
    That rich Christians take the view that THEY, being rich, are right with God and the poor, being poor, are, by definition of their being poor, are not right with God, doesn’t surprise me but why do so many Americans so notably fail to call them on their very UNchristian views? The bible talks on many occasions about helping the poor to be… not-poor.

To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


Start with his inauguration ceremony. Pastor Paula White was one of the clergy nominated to pray for Trump on the day. A televangelist and exponent of the”health, wealth and prosperity” movement, she preaches the “prosperity gospel”, an unorthodox approach to Christianity that says God wants people to be rich, and that he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing. So the richer you are, the more obvious it is that God loves you, and the stronger your faith is.

White teaches that God rewards “faithful” people who invest in His promised providence. You invest by making deposits – faith, prayers and gifts of money – to God (the church, naturally, is the “steward” of your financial gifts). So if you want to be healthy and wealthy, all you need to do is give, and then believe, and all your heart’s desires will be realised. The more you invest, the greater the likely rewards.

We need our leaders to be social visionaries, political realists and exemplars of virtue and integrity. Trump, as we know, is wanting in each and every one of these departments. Over the next few years of Trump’s presidency, ennui and disenchantment will set in among hardcore supporters. They will eventually become the faithless followers. Too many investors will want a return. And when there are no new gullible recruits, Ponzi schemes, even political ones, unravel.

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  1. The New Testament, King Trump version.

The Internet

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. What we have here is a failure to Think, not Communicate.

  2. C’mon, they are just playing with her. She is messaging them from within one of the Applebee’s locations. For *sure* they know exactly where she is, what table she occupies, how big her party is, what she ordered, what her home address is, how often she comes there and whether little Jason is inside or not. They just cannot admit to it even though Donna has already accepted she has not privacy.

The Median Young Family Has Nearly Zero Wealth

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 0:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


Using the Survey of Consumer Finances, I calculated various wealth series for young families with heads below the age of 35.

Here is median net worth for young families. I include both the net worth concept used by the Federal Reserve and a modified net worth concept that excludes vehicles. Insofar as vehicles are rapidly depreciating consumer durables, many argue that they should not be counted as assets for these purposes. Without these vehicles, the median young family had a net worth of $1,250 in 2016. This was down from the $7,846 peak in 1995.

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  1. Oh, when they mentioned vehicles, I thought they were talking about launching a fancy sportscar into space…

  2. I guess NASA’s payloads were too valuable to risk failure. You would have though some High School students could come up with something useful to put on Mars. I guess it answers the question,”Is there intelligent life on Earth?”