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Quote of the Day #64

Trump Protest-Inaugural Day 2017

The lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can’t be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office – that all of the world’s problems aren’t his predecessor’s fault.

=–Sarah Palin

© 2017 Netdancer Photography – Candace L Stauber

The Trashing of the First Amendment

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The Trashing of the First Amendment

 

We are increasingly seeing the trashing of the first amendment going on in our country, today 45’s White House banned access to the NY Times, as well as CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, and BuzzFeed from the press briefings; only allowing a handpicked group of conservative-leaning media outlets into the briefings.  These organizations included Breitbart News, the One America NewsNetwork and the Washington Times. Journalists from ABC, CBS,  The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News also attended.

Although, this may have happened before,  45 thinks that any news that does not favor him or tells his version of the “truth” is fake news.  Are they probing too deeply, asking questions that he does not want to be answered, investigating too well? 

As an ex-reporter, myself, it is our duty to report the news and the facts as they occur, whether the public, the president or the leaders like it.  Not everything is pleasant to hear not everything is going to be favorable to “his majesty”. If you have nothing to hide, don’t do anything wrong and don’t be afraid to invite the press in to report what they find.  Transparency is key.  This maneuver on 45’s part sounds like a cover up and a smokescreen for other behavior that is going on that the Whitehouse and the Republicans do not want the public to know about- the scandals he wants us to forget about. It is a diversion to make us forget about what is at stake – our freedoms, our rights, our health care.  

The professional team of reporters for any honest and ethical media outlet will continue to report the news.  They will continue to dig and investigate to get to the truth of the matter.  Those press briefings have proven to be only platforms of propaganda and lies.  They don’t get the truth when they attend them, they get the runaround, they get platitudes and insults.

Another thing, I also understand that in Arizona,  a Republican state senator has introduced legislation that could give police the authority to arrest anyone involved in a peaceful demonstration.  It would also enable the police to arrest those who attended the event, even if they themselves did not commit any crime.   They claim that those who protest are full-time, professional provocateur anarchists that are there solely to create public disorder and chaos.  As a protestor myself, and one who as taken part in several of these marches, they are talking out of their hat! 

To those and to those Congressmen  refusing to meet with us because they say we are paid protestors and to those who tell us to get a job, I only say,  we work full time, we are not all senior citizens with time on our hands, we are not professional anarchists, we are not paid by anyone, we pay OUR TAXES, we pay your salary, we are concerned citizens of the world and we see it going to hell in a hand basket unless we speak up.  Listen! We will persist!  Do not doubt us, you cannot silence us, and we will go to jail if need be.

 

 

MLK’s Daughter Just Defended Elizabeth Warren & Revealed How To Effectively Resist

resistanceMLK’s Daughter Just Defended Elizabeth Warren & Revealed How To Effectively Resist

Bernice King took to Facebook to celebrate the reading of her mother’s letter by male Senators but was very angry at Mitch McConnell’s uncalled-for silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Glad my mom’s words were finally read at #Sessionshearing by Senator Jeff Merkley but why was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced? Now is the time to defeat patriarchism and #letlizspeak” wrote Bernice on Facebook.

Read the full article here

Lady Justice to the Rescue

589b432325000032080b7ba8This comic has courted quite a bit of attention online.

Last week, when a federal judge put a nationwide block on President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, a doodling duo from Miami found creative inspiration.

The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf

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A mischievous Lad, who was set to mind some Sheep, used, in jest, to cry “The Wolf! the Wolf!” When the people at work in the neighboring fields came running to the spot, he would laugh at them for their pains. One day the Wolf came in reality, and the Boy, this time, called “The Wolf! the Wolf!” in earnest; but the men, having been so often deceived, disregarded his cries, and the Sheep were left at the mercy of the Wolf.

A liar will not be believed, even when telling the truth.

This has been a trying several weeks, but those of us who followed the campaign know who the Shepherd Boy is in this story.  In fact, during his campaign, his lies were so numerous that PolitiFact has chosen the “many campaign misstatements” of Donald Trump as the Lie of the Year because they could not settle on which of his lies was the biggest. “To the candidate who says he’s all about winning, PolitiFact designates the many campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.”

For anyone to think that a pathological liar would stop lying they are sadly mistaken, not only does he continue with outright blatant and obvious lies, (who does he seriously think he is fooling?) he has a whole crew of “yes” men and women who cover his ass when he lies. They have no integrity or ethics or pride in themselves.  His lies insult our intelligence, his lies insult our allies, his lies embarrass our country, his lies endanger our lives.

Our press must be vigilant about fact checking him, as Americans we must be vigilant about learning the truth when he suppresses the press and releases his own propaganda.  He is not only acting like a petulant or mischievous Lad and laughing all the way, demanding attention and insisting that others obey his dictatorial demands. He is being foolish and naive to think we are stupid.  We are not!

But sir, you are causing a problem for yourself, if indeed a crisis really occurs.  You have told at least one lie a day since you have started your campaign and since you have taken office. No one will ever take you seriously again, no one with intelligence will ever believe a word you say. No one with any sense will ever consider you a sane and intelligent being.

No one will believe you.  You have gravely endangered your flock, the American people. Those that die because of your lies and arrogance will be forever on your conscience.

Unless you are in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and eventually lose all your mental faculties, then I suppose your conscience won’t matter.  (For I do believe you are suffering from a mental illness that needs desperate attention)

Moral of this story: As Americans, we must continue to be vigilant in seeking the truth.  We must be vigilant in speaking the truth and facts.  We must not let the wool be pulled over our eyes by this LIAR!