Two men wearing MAGA (Make America Great Again) caps attacked Empire star Jussie Smollett in Chicago this morning and while calling him homophobic names, racial slurs, and shouting that this is MAGA country, they beat him, broke his ribs, put a noose around his neck, and tried to pour bleach down his throat. These masked assailants are still at large. The increase in hate crimes, mass murders, and racial divides since President Trump took office to “Make America Great Again” is not very “great” at all. These actions represent the worst of America and humankind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jussie, an innocent actor, and his family for his full recovery from this horrible hateful crime.
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America as a nation celebrated the life of POTUS #41, George HW Bush in a funeral service most befitting for a President. The flawless service would make any American proud as it represented the 41st President with dignity, respect, honor, and royal class. The musical performances were excellent along with each speaker who resonated with the tone of loyalty, family, friendship, and devotion to country exemplified by President George HW Bush. There are those who did not agree with his politics or decisions, however, most everyone in America and abroad would agree that he upheld his office as President with dignity and respect.
The passing of President George HW Bush and the passing of the Hon. John McCain earlier this year marks the end of an era in America when soldiers dedicated to country held political office to uphold the constitution for the betterment of America and her people. President George HW Bush called for a kinder and gentler nation, and although he only served one term as President he made many notable accomplishments including; the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the clean air initiative with Canada, and support of health reform for all Americans.
President George HW Bush and his family are political royalty in America. They are undeniably privileged, yet ruled with a heart for all people, not just other privileged. Perhaps the Last Great Soldier-Statesman, we honor his service as a President and Patriot.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and to all of America for the loss of a true American President.
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By: Jean Hopfensperger of Star Tribune
They reveal a major force behind the empty pews in churches across Minnesota and the nation. Nearly one in four Americans now declare themselves unaffiliated with any organized religion. An estimated 56 million strong, and growing, there are more of them than all mainline Protestants combined.
The church experience that was central to many of their parents’ lives has lost relevance and credibility.
Amidst the controversial and political divides in Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Justice appointment, Republican Senator Jeff Flake took a brave and honorable stand to delay the Senate Judiciary Committee vote and allow the FBI to investigate the sexual assault claims made by Dr. Christine Ford. This opportunity for due diligence is viewed by many as a civil way to appease both sides and reveal the truth about Dr. Ford’s claims that Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her in High School.
Senator Flake’s decision to take a stand for justice was motivated by two young women who confronted him in an elevator about Kavanaugh’s credibility and the crowds’ request for an FBI investigation. Voting for Kavanaugh without the FBI’s due diligence implied that achieving political agendas are more important than Dr. Ford’s assault and women’s rights, in general.
The FBI investigation should help to clear Judge Kavanaugh or Dr. Ford’s name as the facts are investigated. Although, many of Dr. Ford’s alleged witnesses are already saying that they do not remember the incident.
Millions of Americans watched the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearing as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified about being sexually assaulted by him during High School.
Although the incident happened a long time ago, it challenges Judge Kavanaugh’s character and questions if he is the appropriate person to be appointed to the highest court in our country for life. Dr. Ford tried to make her allegations known when it was publicized that Judge Kavanaugh was on President Trump’s short list of candidates. She stated in her testimony that she felt it was her civic duty to let her truth about his character be known as she tried to remain anonymous. By the time she made it through the necessary channels to be heard, President Trump had already announced that Judge Kavanaugh was the Supreme Court nominee.
Supreme Court decisions are upheld by laws that impact future generations. That is why composed, fair, honorable, and unbiased people are sought after for this lifetime position. We have to wonder why Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment was being rushed through to confirmation with these outstanding accusations that were not fully investigated. One of the greatest privileges of a US President is to appoint a Supreme Court Justice for life. President Obama was blocked from doing this for over a year and never got the opportunity before he left office. Yet, President Trump, amidst personal controversy over his own election, leadership, and sexual misconduct, has appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch and now pushes the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh amidst more controversy.
Beyond the sexual assault charges by Dr. Ford that Judge Kavanaugh vehemently denies, his composure under pressure was clearly broken, his position was partisan and accusatory in an appointment that must uphold the law for all people regardless of political party, and his portrayal as a spoiled white privileged brat that is entitled to such an honor regardless of his behavior, leaves many questions about him being an appropriate Supreme Court Justice for the United States of America.
Moreover, the lives of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are forever changed. Dr. Ford is a highly educated and credible witness who gave a believable testimony that won the hearts and sympathy of viewers around the world. She is being called a hero for her courage to come forward with her truth about someone whose position of power would affect the lives of Americans for generations to come. However, she has received death threats and had to move her family twice since coming forward. Judge Kavanaugh maintains that he was never at the parties, never drank in excess, was a model student, and his good name has been ruined with these accusations. Regardless of the outcome in his Supreme Court appointment, and regardless if the accusations are true, Judge Kavanaugh’s reputation, integrity, and truth is now questionable.
This is a moment in our American history that we will not forget. Are political agendas ruining a perfectly innocent man’s career and life? Or are political agendas overlooking a woman’s sexual assault and deeming such violations as insignificant? Either outcome has a historical impact on the current women’s movement that has vindicated many women who have experienced sexual misconduct by men in power positions.
A successful nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amidst these accusations without proper investigation will tell every woman in America that crimes against her do not matter. Politics are more important than any women’s rights and male white privilege rules in America regardless of justice. The only way to show that this is not so is to postpone the vote and have a proper investigation for this type of allegation. Meanwhile, even if he is found innocent of the accusations by Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’s arrogant, biased, and angry disposition during his testimony is concerning and definitely a questionable disposition for an Honorable Supreme Court Justice.
More women are coming forward with their truth about being sexually violated. The #MeToo movement and accusations of sexual misconduct have brought down the careers of many seemingly untouchable and powerful men, bringing them into accountability. While some accusations are true, some men have been accused and lives destroyed in the court of public opinion before proper investigation. Therefore, is it possible that some men are being brought down unjustly? The proper investigation goes both ways; to confirm the victim’s truth or to vindicate the accused for a crime they did not commit.
The future outcomes and historical accounts will reside in the conversations we have today with our children. What will we tell our daughters in America, the land of the free, about their country, their worth, their potential, our leaders, our values, our morals, and trust in the American judicial system? What will we tell our sons about appropriate behavior, respect, and justice?
This historic appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, or not, will mark who we are as a country at this date in time because of the statement it will make to all women and the men who respect women. It is a historic stand that we will take for our daughters and their liberation from having to endure inappropriate sexual behavior without recourse. It is a historic moment for us to seek justice and truth over achieving political agendas. This truth must not be ignored if we are to ever take our country’s judicial system seriously.
President Trump addressed the 2018 United Nations General Assembly, and once again, boasted about all of his accomplishments that, according to Trump, have far exceeded other Presidents in US history:
Fortunately, according to President Trump, the leaders were laughing with him, and not at him:
Chinese investments in Africa may appear to be beneficial, however, countries are falling into China’s debt trap. Political leaders making these deals with China may be set for life, but is it at the expense of the people they serve? The following perspectives Chinese investments present the consequences of China’s investments in Africa.
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NOT IN OUR NAME
A Legal and Moral Declaration and Pledge of Non-Cooperation issued by Concerned Roman Catholic Clergy
Issued on Sunday, September 23, 2018
We are a group of clergy within the Roman Catholic Church who in good conscience are unable to associate any longer with the criminal, anti-Christian actions of the Vatican and the Papacy. We refer to the massive cover up of violent crimes against children now being perpetrated as a matter of policy by the church hierarchy: crimes in which every Catholic is expected to collude.
The growing exposure in the world media of a massive network in our church of child trafficking, rape, torture and murder, and the direct implication of the Pope and senior Cardinals and Bishops in this network, compels every one of us to make a choice. For by our daily association with the Church of Rome we are accomplices in its crimes, under both the laws of God and Man.
No Papal statute or command can justify or absolve such a criminal and sinful association. Whether Pope or Priest, we must all face and answer to God for our actions, or our inaction. And we must also answer to the Law.
Under the law, anyone – including ordained clergymen – can be tried and convicted for harming a child or enabling or concealing those who do. As Catholics, we are all therefore guilty and subject to prosecution according to our own church policy known as Crimen Sollicitationas (1929), which requires that we suppress evidence of child abuse in the church, not tell the police of such abuse, and silence the victims.
This policy refers to the rape of children as “a pontifical secret” which, if disclosed, will result in the excommunication of any honest Catholic who reports the crime! Such a bizarre and inhuman statute constitutes a massive criminal conspiracy for which we are all liable for arrest and prosecution. (1)
For this reason, as moral beings and followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot any longer adhere to the collusion and silence imposed on us by a criminal church regime that places its own money and power ahead of the lives and safety of children. For did not our Lord tell us, “Whatever you do to the least of these my people, you do to me?”; and “Whoever would cause one of these little ones to fall, it would be better that a millstone be tied around his neck and he be cast into the sea”?
Christ’s judgement on those who harm children is the same as ours.
Accordingly, as of this day, we publicly disassociate ourselves from any allegiance to the leaders of the Church of Rome and from our vows of obedience to our Bishops and to the Pope. We will not be subject any longer to Crimen Sollicitationas and its requirement of collusion with the rape and murder of children. Under the law of God and Man, we are obligated to always protect children and prosecute their tormentors, not simply when it is expedient.
As a consequence, we pledge ourselves to the following faithful course of action:
1. We will actively uncover and report to our congregations, the police and the media any violence or other crimes done against children within our parishes, dioceses and communities, regardless of Church policy.
2. We will also uncover and report to our congregations, the police and the media the names of anyone within the Church who harms a child or who aids and abets such harm, and who conceals it, regardless of their rank or position within the Church.
3. As ordained clergymen, we will refuse to give Holy Communion or any other sacrament of the Church to anyone associated with such crimes. We will also refuse to accept financial donations or tithings of such persons.
4. If ordered by our nominal superiors to collude with such crimes, or if we face discipline or punishments for acting according to our consciences and the Law, we will separate ourselves from those officials and continue to conduct our pastoral and sacramental offices apart from the church hierarchy, within separate congregations under the authority of Christ Alone.
5. We will actively reach out to all our brethren clergy and to all Roman Catholics in our communities, and urge them to join us and take this same pledge of Non-Cooperation and Witness against the anti-Christ regime that governs our Church.
Our faith is in God and not in Man. As God wills it, so it is done.
Signed and Published on this 23rd Day of September in the year 2018 by Ordained Clergymen of the Roman Catholic Church in America, Canada, Ireland, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy.
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Hog waste mixed with coal ash during Hurricane Florence has created a hazard and threat that looms over the recovering Carolina’s. The Carolina’s are large hog producing states with hundreds of hog waste lagoons. These lagoons, now submerged in water, can mix with the coal ash in the ground and create a very toxic environment. The is a real concern for public safety, water security and food safety for everyone in and around the Carolina’s.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on this potential disaster:
Updates to this post will follow as the situation develops.
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