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Dommie Presidential Sweepstakes...

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]vanmojo)

At first I was going leave this as a comment in the thread on the Dobson v. Thompson dust-up, but found I had a bit too much to say

Originally, the Dommie guy was going to be Chuck Hegel. Even a crank like Mike Huckabee was a "fall back" candidate for these guys. Since Hegel isn't running there has been a lot of rudderless wandering about.

I think out in the hinterlands of Redneckistan Ron Paul is going to get a lot play with the rank and file Dommie lumpenproles. He won't get the love from the institutional cranks, because they still have enough of their base reality matrix to know that the rest of Republican party will not back an candidate so firmly against the Bush Administration's foreign policy.

However, there is a possibility that most people are not even thinking at the moment...

Jeb

Yes, I see your eyes rolling even now, as you read that. However, the front loading of primaries means that if no clear front runner emerges quickly with the momentum and enough of them stay in the race, then the party can start to look for a "White Knight" candidate to draft late.

There are couple of points to ponder:

p1. Jeb has been staying out of it for now. Not building a record that can be used against him. I know it's little like inferring an object's presence by it's absence, but this is American politics...

p2. He still has access to a fund raising network that could generate enough cash overnight to make him a player at any moment he chooses to fire it up.

p3. If his smirking chimp of a brother starts bringing home troops, any troops, that could ameliorate some of the Bush Fatigue factor, not to mention if the stock market continues up and the U.S. Economy can avoid a complete meltdown in the next 9 to 15 months.

The thing to remember about Jeb, is that he's the smart one. He's every bit the orator as Bill Clinton and as sharp on his feet. He's more telegenic than any one else in the race right now.

W is a piker when it comes to Dommie politics; a dilettante who uses the appropriate words to bilk the masses, but who really lacks the belief and the intellect to connect that belief to a policy to be much more than a cheap grifter...

Jeb is the real thing. The guy is smart, disciplined and as Dommie-crazy as your darkest imaginings can make him.

Now, I run this past my friends and they usually humor me with a "we'll see..." or "I don't know..." Yeah, I know this is something a far-fetched idea. Yet, I still believe it is firmly within the realm of possibility. This is how the Bush family comes at you, when and where you least expect it; you're looking one way and then look down only to see one of them crawling up your leg with a knife in its teeth...

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Dominionists and Facebook Causes

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]kisekileia)

I don't know how familiar people here are with Facebook, but for those who aren't: One application you can add to your account is "Causes", which will let you link from your profile to a profile of a charitable cause, where you can donate money that will purportedly benefit the cause. Problem is, sometimes the title and profile of a cause don't totally match up with the organization the donated money actually goes to. You can figure out where the money actually goes if you read the fine print in any cause's profile, but not everyone clues into that.

Anyway, I discovered an interesting little situation with one of those "causes". This cause is identified as the relatively innocuous Christian organization "To Write Love On Her Arms", which encourages people to reach out in love to help those who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury, or suicidal feelings. TWLOHA contributes money to a couple of shady faith-based rehabs, but their overall goals and approach to issues suggest nothing but the best intentions. (They contribute to and link to much more reputable organizations as well.) However, donated money for this Facebook cause actually goes to Teen Mania--which, as many of you know, is about as flagrantly and egregiously dominionist as they come. Unfortunately, of all the causes purportedly based on TWLOHA (most of which donate to organizations closer in spirit to TWLOHA, though none of them donate to TWLOHA itself), the Teen Mania stealth cause is the one with 77,000 members (as opposed to under 5000 for the others).

There's a "Report This Cause" link at the bottom left of each cause's profile, so I've reported the TWLOHA/Teen Mania cause to the company that made the Causes application (Project Agape: be careful Googling, there are some quite different organizations with similar names).

Here's what I wrote: )

The problem with donations for causes not going to the organization the cause claims to be about is endemic in the Facebook causes. Sometimes it's not possible to set up donations for the right organization because the organization isn't in the United States, or possibly for other reasons as well. However, I've taken the time to look at the upper left-hand corner of the profiles for quite a few causes, and I've noticed a good deal of variation in how well the organization listed under "Donations to the cause benefit" fits with the name and description of the cause.

So I was wondering--has anyone else found similar problems with seemingly innocuous Facebook causes actually benefitting much scarier dominionist organizations? I'm curious about whether this is a trend.

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