Happy 4th (and human rights for some)

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On this 4th of July, as we remember and celebrate the freedoms declared in the “Declaration of Independence,” remember the numerous children (average age between 6-9) confined in conditions most Americans would not tolerate for their own children, such as four of the 35 children currently detained at Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania – aged three, four, seven and 16 – who have been at the Center for over 500 days. The imprisonment of children, started under the Obama administration, continues with Trump which means big business for over 250 jails and private prisons (such as GEO & CCA) at a cost of over $2 billion a year.

“Woe to the land that’s governed by a child”

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So the MAGA hatted, right wing agitators and provocateurs are in hysterics over a play with an assassination scene with a lead character resembling Dear Leader. They must have missed the day in school when Shakespeare was covered. Yes, dear followers its Shakespeare, a 16th century English playwright who like to have famous figures killed off in course of the drama. A few examples:

Richard the Second? Tortured and Executed

Richard the Third? Slain.

Romeo and Juliet? Teen Suicides.

Hamlet? Dead

Macbeth? Lots of dead.

Coriolanus? Killed by conspirators.

Titus Andronicus? Lots of blood. Rape. Mutilation. Severed Heads. Cannibalism.

Yes, ol’ Shakespeare was a mighty blood thirsty fellow!  Real dangerous stuff!

The orange haired bouffant buffoon currently ruining the country from the Oval Office joins the illustrious ranks of other famous politicians and blowhards who have been added to the cast of Shakespeare productions in the past such as Obama, Hillary, and Mussolini.

Will there be an executive order from El Trumpe banning English playwrights as unpatriotic and subversive?

Will the Department of Homeland Security crackdown on bootleg copies of SparkNotes?

I would recommend remedial courses in English literature for summer reading.

(Title: Richard III- Act 2, Scene 3)

S.B.C. calls the alt-right out.

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Sounds like there was a ground swell refusal to allow denominational bureaucrats to stall and remain silent:

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.

Stooge State

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Why take pride in being wicked, you champion in villainy, all day long plotting crime?

Your tongue is razor-sharp, you artist in perfidy.

You prefer evil to good, lying to uprightness.

You revel in destructive talk, treacherous tongue!

That is why God will crush you, destroy you once and for all,

snatch you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living.

The upright will be awestruck as they see it, they will mock him,

So much for someone who would not place his reliance in God,

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relied on his own great wealth, and made himself strong by crime.

Psalm 52:1-7

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

The Nightmare Before Christmas…

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Now that the Electoral College has secured the millennial reign of Comrade Drumpf, he joins the illustrious ranks of those who lost the popular vote –

1824: John Quincy Adams

1876: Rutherford B. Hayes

1888: Benjamin Harrison

2000: George W. Bush

2016: Donald Trump

Comrade Trumpsky lost by around 2, 864,974  million votes.

Its also fitting to recall what Republicans had to say about the Comrade Elect during the election:

  • The most “vulgar person to ever aspire to the presidency.” (M. Rubio)
  • “Utterly amoral.”
  • “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”
  • “A narcissist at a level that I don’t think this country has ever seen.”
  • “A serial philanderer.” (T. Cruz)
  • “Showtime is over. We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief. Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly change America.”  (C.Christie)

As Will Rogers said, “A fool & his money are soon elected.”

Way to go America.