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Bill Maher cast doubts on Obama’s Christian identity

The liberal host of a popular cable television talk show recently cast doubts on President Barack Obama’s espoused Christianity during a discussion on the president’s current political leanings. “I think he’s a centrist the way he’s a Christian,” Bill Maher of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher said to a…

Republicans propose cuts to US State Dept, UN

WASHINGTON – A Republican budget plan would cut billions of dollars in spending on the State Department and foreign programs, including US contributions to the United Nations. The proposed cuts, announced Friday, are part of an overall Republican effort in the House of Representatives to reduce spending by $100 billion…

Obama stands by vow to cut waste from federal budget

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was determined to carry out budget cuts needed to improve America’s balance sheet, but insisted on making key investments in the country’s future. The president unveils his spending blueprint on Monday, with White House officials saying it will freeze annual…

‘The Matrix’ is a modern version of ‘Plato’s Cave’

The 1999 film “The Matrix” works on so many levels philosophically. Here is a brief introduction to one strand of thought that links the film to “The Allegory of the Cave” used by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work “The Republic.” This video was published by LothairApoclyane on Nov.…

Scala & Kolacny Brothers girls choir performs Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

This Belgian girls’ choir is conducted by Stijn Kolacny and arranged and accompanied by Steven Kolacny on the piano. Here is their version of Nirvana’s grunge masterpiece ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ This video was published to YouTube by holero on Aug. 18, 2006.…

Rip Torn attacks Norman Mailer in ‘Maidstone’

Norman Mailer’s “Maidstone” is about a film director running for US president who in the end is supposed to be assassinated by his brother-in-law. This — the final uncut scene that was allegedly improvised — depicts actor Rip Torn hitting Mailer on the head with a hammer before craziness ensues.…

Disney film explored how ‘Hitler’s children’ were indoctrinated

Produced by Walt Disney, this short film tells the story of Hans, a boy born into a German family and indoctrinated into Nazi culture during World War II. “Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi” is based on Gregor Ziemer’s non-fiction book. This video was published to YouTube by…

Documentary warned of global warming in 1958

Before Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Unchained Goddess” warned millions of students in middle school classrooms across the United States of global warming for decades. This documentary produced in 1958 by Frank Capra first appeared on Bell Labs’ television program “The Bell Telephone Hour.” Here’s a…

Bachmann ignores slavery in African-American history again

Black History Month was made for people like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). However, it increasingly looks as though the tea party heroine not only never paid attention to African-American history but seeks to re-write it in her own image. “Other than Native Americans who were here, all of us have…

Ron Paul: ‘Government is in the process of failing’

Is he running for US Senate? Is he signaling his bid for US president? Or is he hinting at something deeper within the US political climate? Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sounded like he was about to hit the campaign trail again during his speech at a right-wing forum Friday, but…

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