Teddy Roosevelt on a Free Press

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SEDITION, A FREE PRESS, AND PERSONAL RULE

By President Theodore Roosevelt

May 7, 1918

Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where the people are themselves free. Our Government is the servant of the people, whereas in Germany it is the master of the people. This is because the American people are free and the German are not free. The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

Source: http://www.archive.org/details/rooseveltinkansa01roos

ICE Round Ups Good For Business – Private Prisons that is…

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According to CoreCivic, (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), CEO Damon Hininger, Obergropenfurher Drumpf’s (i.e El Trumpe) inspired round up is good for business, at least private prison business. In an earnings call, Hininger discussed the potential impact on the detention business if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity increases. “When coupled with the above average rate of crossings along the Southwest border, these executive orders appear likely to significantly increase the need for safe, humane and appropriate detention bed capacity,” and that “more detention capacity could be needed after two Trump executive orders last month” Hininger said according to of the A.P.  Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan said recently that the government is looking for more jail beds.

Previously, “The Tennessean” reported (11/9/16) that Trump’s election would be a rally for CoreCivic.  According to the article, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had said that she would end federal contracts with private prisons and immigration detention centers. In the first presidential debate, she commended the Justice Department for phasing them out and said states should end their use as well. “You shouldn’t have a profit motivation to fill prison cells with young Americans,” she said during the debate.

In its rebuke of private prison operators, the Justice Department had said these companies do not offer significant cost savings and fail to provide the same level of resources and safety as federally run facilities. A report from the Office of the Inspector General found that privately run prisons had more safety and security incidents per capita than those run by the Bureau of Prisons. CoreCivic prisons had the highest rates of fights and inmate-on-inmate assaults.

“Safe, humane and appropriate,” yeah, right.

Links to read more below. (Bauer’s article is excellent):

For Profit Immigration Detention

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4 Months in a Private Prison – Bauer

Trumpus Superbus

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“I do not say that there is a frequent use of tyranny in America at the present day; but I maintain that there is no sure barrier against it…”                                                             Alexis de Tocqueville

Donald Trump is a dangerous, narcissistic bully. To our hazard, he is using his bullying tactics with other world leaders. However, they will probably not work those hostile world leaders who have no reason to submit to his tantrums and threats and seem to have no hesitation to threaten back. Bullying on the playground may lead to fistfights and suspension. Bullying on the world stage leads to war.

As a candidate he showed disrespect and disregard for the judicial system and still does not seem to understand how the constitutional separation of powers works to benefit our freedom. He may throw a bone regarding abortion to pacify some evangelicals who have and will continue to excuse his more grievous habits and ignore our slide to autocracy.

The United States is not one of his failed companies or his serial marriages that he may rule as a cantankerous, ill-humored, despot. Hopefully, this time of testing will demonstrate that our nation is neither bankrupt of ideals or purpose or will.

A Dirge on the Occasion of the Ascension of Der Gropenfurher

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Its twilight in America, the false dawn of greatness,
the robber barons have returned,
pillage, plunder and profits for the 1%,

The reign of the small-handed vulgarian has begun,
policy determined by the terrorism of the Tweet,
post-truth, post-news, post-ethics, p***grabbing power by hack.

Its twilight in America,
when the shadows fall,
the view is obscured,
the way is unclear;

But the wheel of history turns round & round, what goes up must come down,
The pumpkin headed dirigible ascends on high, swollen with the swamp gas of pomposity & grandiosity,
But soon, none too soon, the overinflated, bloviator will float back to the ground, down, down, down to the mucky mire from which it crawled.

Twilight is the time for vigil,
for wakefulness and watchfulness, not for slumber
of listening, of waiting, not of despair,
No twilight lasts forever, even night gives way to day.
Every reign of error comes to an end.

There was a time when faith marched together…

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“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Saints Preserve Us (Or Elves)

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A great-grandmother in Brazil has been accidentally praying every day for years to a figure of Elrond, an elf from “The Lord of the Rings” after mistaking it for a figurine of Saint Anthony of Padua. Her relative made the discovery after taking a look at the figurine, and realizing something wasn’t quite right. Following a hunch, they searched online for the figure – and found one exactly identical to the great-grandmother’s. However, there was only one problem – the figure wasn’t listed under ‘Saint Anthony’, it was in fact listed under “Elrond.”

Oops.

While Anthony is the patron saint for the recovery of lost things it’s unclear what Elrond is assigned to cover – maybe the recovery of lost rings, lost wizards or lost hobbits?

Swamp Critters

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On of my favorite movies from Saturday morning matinees was the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” – cheesy acting, 3-D and of course the creepy creature with his long claws reaching to grab the unsuspecting maiden foolishly swimming in the lagoon. 2 sequels followed – “The Revenge of the Creature” and “The Creature Walks Among Us” not as good of course as the first.

I have heard that there is a new version planned. It seems popular today to update the old classics. This update may actually top the original. I came across a pirated sneak-peak. The star who plays the lead role is as creepy as ever. Coming soon to a capital near you!

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People hoping Trump will drain the swamp are in for a surprise
He’s not going to drain the swamp –  He is the swamp.

And it’s only going to get deeper (and bigly).

What’s One Year?

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What’s one year?
12 Months
52 weeks
365 days
8,760 hours
525,600 minutes
31,536,000 seconds…
To be shaped by the Potter’s hand,
Strengthened by His Word,
Enlightened by the Spirit,
Nourished by grace, Forgiven by his mercy,
Conformed to his image,
More ordinary wonders, unexpected blessings & divine “suddenlies,”
Showing his love,
Closer to his Coming,
Nearer to Glory.

The Wonder of the Incarnation

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What does it mean that he (Jesus) “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”?

That the eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and eternal God, took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit, from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, a truly human nature so that he might also become David’s true descendant, like his brothers and sisters in every way except for sin.

Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 35

Dear Santa…

“Dear Santa, I am seven years old. I want freedom so I can be with my aunts and uncles. I don’t want to go back to my country. And I also want a remote control airplane.”

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This is a letter written by one of 19 children, ages 2-9 from Central American now in custody of ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in PA. According to the Guardian, the families who entered the US illegally and are held at an immigration detention center have all been issued expedited deportation orders, but those are on hold pending a legal challenge against the terms of their removal. An appeal to the US Supreme Court is expected within the month. The Obama administration says it cannot release the families because of the stay on deportations in the case. But immigration rights groups argue there is nothing preventing ICE from releasing the mothers and children, as they are legally obliged to do, pending resolution of the challenge. They point out that the government is in breach of a federal court ruling, Flores v Lynch, which gives immigrant children detained with their mother’s equal rights to those detained alone. That puts ICE under an obligation to release the children into the care of outside relatives or groups without any delay.  For two and a half years President Obama and his administration have been insistent on detaining children. The palpable anger and frustration felt towards the Obama administration is intensified now with the victory of Donald Trump and his threats to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Not so Merry a Christmas for them.