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Opinion: The Extraordinary Bias Of The Judge In The Manafort Trial

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      The judge in the Manafort trial, T.S. Ellis III, has had a number of journalists complain about his prejudicial treatment of the prosecution as they have tried to do their jobs in the Manafort case.

      Judge Ellis, who was nominated by Ronald Reagan in 1987, has challenged Robert Mueller's intentions, thus he has earned Trump's praise.

      Throughout Manafort's trial, this judge, according to those in the free press, (even FOX on occassion) has shown extreme bias.

      Nancy Gertner, a retired U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts who is now a lecturer at Harvard Law School, has given us her opinion of Judge Ellis' prejudicial court behavior in the following article.



      A sketch of Judge T.S. Ellis III. (Handout/Reuters)
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      It is not unusual for judges to intervene in court proceedings from time to time — to direct the lawyers to move the case along or to admonish them that evidence is repetitive. The judge's role is to act not as a "mere moderator," as the Supreme Court noted in Herron v. Southern Pacific in 1931, but as the "governor of the trial" responsible for assuring the proper conduct of all participants.

      The performance of U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in the trial of Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion charges has been decidedly unusual.

      During the trial, Ellis intervened regularly, and mainly against one side: the prosecution. The judge's interruptions occurred in the presence of the jury and on matters of substance, not courtroom conduct. He disparaged the prosecution's evidence, misstated its legal theories, even implied that prosecutors had disobeyed his orders when they had not.

      Under the Code of Conduct for U.S. judges, a judge is supposed to be fair and impartial, as well as "patient, dignified, respectful and courteous" to those in his courtroom. The rule's concern is as much about the appearance of justice as its reality. If the judge violates that rule and a defendant is convicted, there may be a trial remedy — an appeal.

      But there will be no appeal available to address Ellis's anti-prosecution bias if Manafort is acquitted by the jurors, who began deliberating on Thursday. The prohibition against double jeopardy precludes it. And if President Trump's former campaign chairman is convicted despite Ellis's interventions, the judge's hostility toward the prosecution will have been irrelevant.

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      For now, we have only the extraordinary evidence of Ellis's conduct during the 12-day trial. The judge continually interrupted the prosecution's questioning of witnesses, prompting lead prosecutor Greg Andres to pointedly note: "Your honor stops us and asks us to move on." Ellis pressed the prosecution to rush through testimony about important financial documents. He made critical comments about prosecution evidence and strategy — all in front of the jury.

      Ellis also questioned the relevance of Manafort's work as a political consultant for Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine, for which he was paid tens of millions of dollars from 2010 to 2014. But if Manafort didn't disclose some payments because he was not registered in the United States as a foreign agent, it would provide a motive to hide the amounts from the U.S. government — just what the trial was about. Ellis chided prosecutors for eliciting testimony about Manafort's lavish lifestyle, but that kind of testimony is also a classic element in a tax-evasion case. That your cars, boats, condos and clothing suggest you made much more income than you reported would surely be relevant.

      After prosecutor Uzo Asonye questioned a bank employee about Manafort's failed attempt to obtain a $5.5 million construction loan on a Brooklyn brownstone, the judge — unprompted by a defense objection — declared: "You might want to spend time on a loan that was granted." The comment strongly implied to jurors that the prosecution was wasting their time. But an attempt to defraud was part of the conspiracy count in the indictment; false representation to secure a loan, successful or not, is itself a crime.

      Despite appearances, Ellis doesn't think he is infallible. He admitted on Aug. 9, "I may have made a mistake" the day before when he berated prosecutors for allowing the government's tax expert witness to sit in the courtroom during other testimony. Earlier in the trial, prosecutors had explicitly sought and obtained Ellis's permission for the tax expert to be present while other witnesses testified.

      The Manafort trial is the most prominent case to emerge so far from the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Clearly worried about its outcome, prosecutors went so far as to urge Ellis to tell the jury, in his instructions before they began deliberating, not to let his commentary affect their decision-making. Ellis essentially did just that on Wednesday.

      It may well have been too little too late. The potential for judges to influence juries is so great that courts often caution jurors against reading too much into a judge's subtle nonverbal behaviors, a nod of the head, a smile or a frown. Jurors do it anyway. Legal scholars study whether judges' conduct on the bench influences juries — and reliably find that it does. The research typically concerns a judge's anti-defendant bias. Defendants have all the protections of a trial — the high standard of proof, the presumption of innocence, the evidentiary rules designed to protect them. What will be the impact of Ellis's anti-government bias, which was not nonverbal and hardly subtle? Hard to tell. We know next to nothing about this jury. Seeking to expedite matters, Ellis impaneled the Manafort jury in a single day.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-extraordinary-bias-of-the-judge-in-the-manafort-trial/2018/08/16/aca48040-a16c-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.78d0ea6b0f4e

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      #Trumphatesveterans 2 - The Veterans Administration Fails To Pay Their Bill

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          It would appear to be a given that any social program is a disgrace to the Trump Offal Office, and taking care of our ailing former military service people is just another handout to a collection of social leeches.

          It comes as no surprise that the agency - the second largest in the federal government - is being clandestinely run by three Trump owners who like their Florida golf club so much that they never seem to leave it.

          The three? Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz, MD, Marc Sherman, a lawyer, and Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter. They have one major item in common with the veteran despising Trump - none of them have served in the military. They also have never been vetted by the Senate. Just a collection of "Good Old Boys" deciding policy - unofficially, of course. They do have hopes and dreams, though, and to gut the Veterans Administration is high on their Christmas list.

          ProPublica reported on the 8th of August 2018 that the "shadow leaders" have directed "healthcare policy shifts, program developments and leadership changes..."

          The ultimate goal of the Mar-A-Lago Cronies run Veterans Administration is to privatize the whole agency, a dream of the Ultra Right for decades - especially by those who stand to collect the payoffs from doing the business.

          Which is why people who are not part of the TrumpGOP Olifascist circle who are trying to provide outsourced VA medical service are being screwed. Just like nearly every other subcontractor that has ever had the misfortune of working with the Baron of Bankruptcy.

          So, my fellow veterans, these people are making every effort to deny us our proper benefits - and they are succeeding.

          Privatize the process, then refuse to pay the contract. How Trumpian. Keep in mind that in June of 2018 that Draft-Dodger Donnie signed a law that reorganized veterans’ health care, shifting funding for the private program into the discretionary column. In other words, it is up to the discretion of someone not to fund things like replacing the VA's in-house electronic health record system. In this case, this someone appears to be Ike Perlmutter, who has interjected himself - a man with no governmental or military experience - into the discussion regarding the 16 Billion dollar IT contract to overhaul the system. To the point where he has singlehandedly derailed the project, denying a much needed upgrade to the medical services provided to the veterans the agency is charged to help.


          Then again, retired and disabled vets are just another example of the losers Trump doesn't like.


          Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60 and a proud United States Army Veteran


          #TheResistance #indivisible #resist

          https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/13/fails...

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          President Trump Revokes Security Clearance For Ex-CIA Director John Brennan - The Boston Globe

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              "President Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, who served in the Obama administration.

              "Brennan has been deeply critical of Trump’s conduct, calling his performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland ‘‘nothing short of treasonous.’’"

              https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/08/...

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              Does Religion Divide Or Unite?

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                  Does Religion Divide or Unite?

                  Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss

                  makes a powerful case against organized religion:

                  "It implies things about the real world that are just not true."



                  By Ray Cunneff

                  August 14, 2018


                  My recent post "Thank God I'm An Atheist" prompted some thought-provoking as well as revealing comments illustrating how people incorporate their beliefs into their daily lives.

                  The literal-minded failed to recognize the quite intended irony in the title, and an inability to grasp the concept of 'freedom of belief', the search for enlightenment in the rejection of superstition, myth and magic.

                  I said in response to one traditionalist comment that I believed that most self-proclaimed atheists or agnostics would be pleasantly surprised to discover there actually is a God (all evidence to the contrary). If you've lived a good life, you should have nothing to fear from a final judgment. But if, on the other hand, you have committed acts of cruelty, or violence, in the name of God, your belief-system might be crushed to learn that "your ticket to heaven was a forgery".

                  That in turn reminded me of a 'thought experiment' I read several years ago...

                  In a bold and thoughtful soliloquy, physicist Lawrence Krauss contends that organized religion tends to promote an "us vs. them" mentality that in turn triggers a dangerous form of xenophobia. When people say religion is responsible for much of history's wars and suffering, this is what they're talking about.

                  While acknowledging that religious myths often bring comfort to some, Krauss observes that making decisions based on those myths often “lead to bad consequences". Krauss states: that while (Religion) has provided opportunities for groups to sometimes do progressive things. It's inevitably based on myth and superstition, built upon ideas created by Iron Age peasants who didn’t even know the Earth orbited the sun.

                  Krauss then enters an investigation into ancient texts such as the Old Testament, which, if taken literally, he describes as a "disgusting document" that most people know to treat allegorically. An issue Krauss sees among some Muslims is that the insistence on treating a text like the Koran one hundred percent at face value leads to unnecessary cruelty and violence.

                  Krauss contends that the Old Testament is more violent than the Koran, "it's full of violence, oppression, genocide, hatred - it's an awful book and it's amazing that we present it as a moral standard".




                  The full text:

                  "It’s hard to lump religion which comes in many different forms, shapes, sizes, and viewed many ways by different people in a single framework. Ultimately, I think religion is a negative force for humanity because what it does — at least organized religion around the world — is it implies things about the real world that are just not true. That are in disagreement with the evidence of empirical testing in science. And while they may provide comfort to people inevitably whenever you make decisions based on something that’s a myth, the decisions lead to bad consequences. Whether you’re teaching children or subjugating women. So religion of course at various times in human history for individuals provides comfort. It has provided opportunities for groups to sometimes do progressive things. But inevitably it’s based on myth and superstition, based on ideas created by Iron Age peasants who didn’t even know the Earth orbited the sun. And ultimately why we should view that as wisdom is beyond me.

                  The saddest part that’s characteristic of everything including the Koran and I don’t want to label just the Koran in this regard because I think it’s characteristic in the Old Testament and the New Testament in the Abrahamic religions. Is the xenophobia that religion introduces; it’s us versus them. We are absolutely right because we believe this or because we follow these traditions and other people are absolutely wrong because they don’t. And then the question is what do you do to the people who are wrong because they’re not part of your group? Well in many cases you kill them or you ostracize them or you send them to hell.

                  No one mentions hell more than Jesus. Supposedly he was a loving savior, but he uses the word hell more than anyone else in the Bible. So that’s the same kind of xenophobia. In fact it’s worse in my mind. As my late friend Christopher Hitchens would say, you know, Saddam Hussein only condemned his victims to violence and death, you know, until they died. What about a god who condemns you to eternal pain forever? Far worse than Saddam Hussein in the sky. So I think the kind of xenophobia, the fact that people who don’t conform are to be ostracized or killed is prevalent in every religion and I can understand it because these religions were based, in some sense, [on] preserving order within a tribe. They’re all outgrowths of tribal behavior. To preserve order with a tribe, it’s always us versus them. Here are rules that define you as a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim. You do those rules and you’re distinguishable from the other and the other is to be swept away.

                  Now in the current world, I think there’s no doubt that right now Islam is a source of more violence than a number of the other organized religions. It’s not the unique source of violence. But I think the problem is just one of timing. Islam is 500 years younger than say Christianity. And 500 years ago Christianity was producing far more violence than Islam ever is today from the Crusades to the Inquisition. And so it’s not surprising that a younger religion in some sense is coming through its growing pains in that regard. The problem is we live in a time where there’s access to much more destructive forces so you’ve got to worry a little bit about that. Ultimately the real problem — the real difference that I see between Islam and, say, Judaism, I mean the Old Testament is every bit — it’s more violent than the Koran. It’s full of violence, oppression, genocide, hatred. It’s an awful book and it’s amazing that we present it as a moral standard.

                  If you actually read the Bible, it’s a disgusting, disgusting document. There’s beauty in the psalms and the poetry of the psalms perhaps, but it’s every bit as violent if not more so than the Koran. The fundamental difference it seems to me is that we’ve learned even highly religious people take the Bible allegorically. They take it — they don’t — when it says you can stone your children if they disobey you, no one takes that seriously anymore. The difference is that many people take the Koran, every word of the Koran as not only divine, but literally. And therefore when it exhorts you to violence, they take that literally. That’s not done any more in the older religions, in the Abrahamic religions. The Bible still says to do those awful things, but people don’t take it seriously. In fact, when we talk about religion in general, many people call themselves religious because they think if they don’t, they’re not good people.

                  There was a — my friend Richard Dawkins has his foundation in England did a poll. It looked after the most recent census in England, which happens to ask what your religious affiliation is. For the first time only 53 percent of people said they were Christian or about that number. They took the people who listed Christian in the box and said do you believe in the virgin birth? Do you believe in transubstantiation? Do you believe in — the whole list of things that are sort of standard parts of Christianity? Most of those people said no. And then they were asked why did you check the tick that said you’re a Christian? And they said we like to think of ourselves as good people. And that’s the — what seems to me the thing that we have to overcome the most is people recognizing that you can be a good person by accepting reality for what it is and questioning everything including questioning the existence of God. There’s nothing wrong with that. I get letters from kids all the time who say, you know, I’m happy to read your books or see the movie you’ve just done because it tells me I’m not alone. I’m not a bad person for questioning what my elders or pastor or teachers say. In fact we should be encouraging our children to question everything. It’s part of education.

                  Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is a Canadian-American theoretical physicist who is a professor of physics, and the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He is an advocate of scientific skepticism, science education, and the science of morality. Krauss is one of the few living physicists referred to by Scientific American as a "public intellectual", and he is the only physicist to have received awards from all three major U.S. physics societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics.






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                  The Cowardice And Consequence Of Racism

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                      Firstly let us all be happy with the fact that yesterday's 'Unite the Right' rally was no more than a handful of moronic knob ends hell bent on causing a scene and spark a mass police operation to keep their pathetic asses safe, kind of ironic that a group who hate the government needed government protection in order to protest at that very same government protecting them. Sublime.

                      Seeing the tiny group of between 15 - 25 white nationalists being vastly outnumbered by counter demonstrators was in itself a kick in the tiny balls of the tiny minded who showed up to vent their nonsense and complain that they aren't free to express their pathetic fears that whites are fast becoming a minority. Yet there they were, spouting their nonsense freely as is their right with protection from the government.

                      The conversation of what they are protesting against and what they are protesting for are both fraught with a reality beyond their ignorant views. What they think they stand against and what they believe they stand for only make them a minority among thinking sentient human beings. A self fulfilling prophecy though up by fearful hate filled men and women.......and facilitated its fruition.

                      It would be easy to simply give up when there are large gatherings of angry white folks who see their version of the US disappear into the multicultural place it was always going to be. Hell it can seem scary that Nazis and White Supremacists and the Klan felt emboldened to remove the hoods and come out of their racist pig pens. The fear that they instilled in Charlottesville and the subsequent murder of Heather Heyer and the lesser president's weakness on display when he failed to respond immediately.

                      After those deadly events and when he did....he may not have bothered as that most famous line was uttered 'fine people on both sides'. It would be easy to think that there is no hope given what appears to be a more public version of the race hate mongers, those who despise the America they live in.

                      Their protest at Charlottesville last year was seen as a watershed moment in their ability to organise and carry through on their parade of hate and shame winding through the streets of Charlottesville.

                      Suddenly they'd become so emboldened online with like minded Incels and Alt Righters, Pepes and Nazis that they saw that strength in numbers and marched with chants of 'Jews will not replace us' along with 'Blood and Soil'....

                      Truly frightening indeed, not to mention utterly stupid and incredibly telling of just how dumb these pathetic little bastards are. Their calculation to go loud and proud with their hatred may have seemed like a great idea as they chattered among themselves on Reddit and other means of communication online and targeted Charlottesville.

                      Their biggest mistake was leaving the comfort of their basements and bedrooms beyond the sweet smells of home cooked meals and joined other basement dwellers whose online personas of the bravest of bravest patriots would be put to the test they should have feared more than any...........the test of outing themselves to their friends, their families, their employers and educators.

                      Of course these saps didn't really calculate those elements when their bravado section of their brains ruled the day.

                      Something that has gone unnoticed by all was the silent campaign carried out by (of all groups) Antifa to identify those who not only took part in the deadly events of Charlottesville but to out them to colleagues, family and friends, educators and others.

                      Unfortunately for those who considered themselves supreme beings they underestimated those standing against them. If an organisation grows from the web and requires a certain degree of social media then exposing those same people who chanted 'Jews will not replace us' wasn't a stretch. Funny to think someone chanting Jews will not replace us getting a call from HR to say that he or she was replaced by a black Jewish lesbian....vegan. That'd piss some of them right off.

                      (CNN)An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

                      The campaign, led by a Twitter account, @YesYoureRacist, asks people on social media to identify white nationalists who appear in news photos of "Unite the Right" rallies. It's been credited with outing a University of Nevada student, who acknowledges attending a rally in Charlottesville Friday night but maintains he is not a racist.
                        "I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation," Peter Cvjetanovic told CNN affiliate KTVN. "But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo."
                        The @YesYoureRacist account began tweeting pictures of demonstrators on Saturday, asking, "If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in #Charlottesville, send me their names/profiles and I'll make them famous."

                        And they carried through their threat and proceeded to out as many hate filled little Nazis and Racists as could be identified. From students to some in the military and a host of others, all were scared to death of being outed.
                        In fact there are rumblings of discontent amongst those within the once burgeoning Right Wing and its many groups. It appears that those who organised yesterdays poorly attended event have received severe criticisms with many fearing being outed for what they truly believe.

                        Peabody winner Elle Reeve who reported on the White Nationalist movement up to and during the Charlottesville hate rally and the aftermath has still kept tabs on the movement and the conversations within on a recent interview with CNN stated that many in the group and those active members online fear being outed as was the case after their march last year.

                        Her continued conversations with the groups and their leaders see last years deadly events did indeed hurt their cause with many believing that it was too soon to hold such a public display and that yesterday's DC event may have been an indication of that too as the fears of being outed far outweighs their hatred towards minorities.


                        Sure they can hate and threaten and abuse others online.......but open the drapes and put them in the cold light of day................they become the pathetic scared little creatures they are.

                        The Cowardice And Consequence Of Racism.

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                        The Should Be Four Lettered Word, Divorce

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                            Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been around here much. As a Pundit, I hope to compose at least two pieces a week, but recently I was confronted with a challenge that has kept me quite busy, and until now, unable to write. I wanted to explain what it is I'm going through, as I'm sure a few of you have been here before.

                            So, it was about three months ago that my husband and I bought a lovely house closer to his work, so his commute wouldn't have to be as long. I painted, patched, and otherwise worked on the old house, readying it for sale, and labored on the new house, in which I was trying to create a home -- that was until one night when my husband came home from work and announced that he wasn't sure if he wanted to be married any longer. In shock, I moved into the new house, having no idea if I would still be married thereafter.

                            After a week, the second shoe dropped and it turned out he was seeing someone else, same old, tired story, different cast and characters -- mid-life crisis, married too young, who the hell knows. This announcement came two days shy of my 27th wedding anniversary-- not a real celebratory event it turns out. I was devastated and exhausted from the move. It took me days before I could eat or sleep.

                            After the initial shock wore off, I decided that somehow I would not make this harder on my son than it needed to be. I vowed to not fight in front of him, upsetting his sense of security, nor would I allow myself to bad mouth his father. I prayed constantly to stay calm and to maintain this illusionary semblance of normal until my soon-to-be ex could move out and finally grant me some peace. We made the announcement to our son and slowly began to untangle 27 years of marriage and living together. Did I mention this was hard? Yep.

                            Seven weeks have now passed, and after being a stay-at-home mom for several years, I am employed part time and interviewing for a secondary part time job at a nearby university. I am through most of the grief, with the help of many good friends and a sister who would not leave my side. I'm now moving forward in every way possible. My ex asked if I wanted to move into an apartment so I wouldn't have all of the housework and landscaping care, and I thought about it and answered, "No."

                            I spent months working on this house, designing and organizing every facet of it, and I didn't want to now let it go. Besides that, I didn't want to move for the second time in two months. It's a beautiful home, and it's my home for now. I want to stay in it for the years at least until my son turns 18 (4 years from now). Then, who knows what I will do. It's kind of exciting to think of the possibilities.

                            Today, I noticed the lawn was getting shaggy, and although I have never mowed and edged before, I did the work myself. I'm learning that I can do a lot myself. It's empowering and keeps me knowing that I will survive this -- not just survive, but thrive and grow.

                            I wanted to include a photo of the front lawn for all of you to see that it's mowed, and I'm just fine, relaxing inside, sipping an iced tea in my home.


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                            We Will Remember Heather Heyer

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                                A year is a long time to some and to others a year is a blink of an eye. A year with a lesser president for too many is as long time itself, where fatigue takes over from fighting back against the torrent of lies, falsehoods, the racism and the racists who feed off that torrent of lies.

                                Twelve months have been and gone and as the US continues to deal with its schizophrenic lesser president who has been a one man wrecking ball, he's like the kid playing with a lighter whilst grubbing the constitution up with his filthy little hands. All the while he is emboldened by those whose dedication to who they once were is now in the worship of their leader. A lesser man who has brought the idea of what America is into serious disrepute, not just in the US but throughout the entirety of planet earth.

                                His believers are lost in their own tiny minds as facts and realities are replaced by those lies from the right. They talk about employment and those 'fantastic' numbers that under scrutiny show that you have have 100% employment, but if the wages aren't there you simply create a mass of working poor.

                                (Two flags representing defeated enemies of what America was....carried by Americans who hate what America really is...)

                                Still those who were lied to have neither the knowledge or the simple gumption to see that they were wrong and they won't be seeing the benefits of the lies they believe any time soon. They won't turn on the persons who lie to them nor will they turn on the media outlets who deliberately lie and stretch thin truths to further a narrative of 'white extermination'.

                                The mother of all lies and an architect of a long held darkness those within the extremist right that has seen the beast of hatred unleashed on the angry, the disenfranchised and the hate filled.

                                One of the simplest ways of describing the right and their attitudes would be if the Yankees and the Confederates had called a ceasefire in the Civil War with the Confederacy being told that despite giving up their ownership of other human beings they would still have the ability to see those freed as lesser by pigmentation measurements.

                                In today's world.....see Fox News.

                                The black community would be freed from chains but never freed from the colour of their skin......simply to make those who lost a war based upon inhumanity feel more human than those they once owned.

                                But America will always have those who stand up to the hate and those who will call out the dark hearts on display from the dinner table all the way to the White House. There are those who have given life and limb for the idea of equality in the face of those whose evil ideology is hate unbound.


                                Acts of bravery and sacrifice that are written into history as bodies were torn apart by a malice that is as prevalent today as it was when the first steps in the march toward freedom were each step had the spectre of injury or death from a racist establishment whose use of violence against the marchers only shows the fears of the powers both historically and in the contemporary.

                                Almost one year ago that march against a fascism within and fuelled by lesser president who played footsie with those whose treachery towards America was and is born from resentment and wasted opportunity as being white in the US is always an advantage to being an alternative skin tone. Those little Eichmann's and Himler's living within the borders of the US seized upon the rancid rhetoric vomited out in 240 characters.

                                There are always warriors who will define their legacy in their acts of defiance and their willingness to stare down the hate that stunts the idea of a shared future and a place that everyone can feel they too have a part. To fight for those ideals is not only a measurement of bravery, it speaks of a humanity that will always be better than those who carry the flags of an enemy whose ideals are written into US History....WWI WWII and the sacrifices that came and the memories of those who fought against such evils were trampled upon by those who claim their crusade is to 'Unite The Right'.


                                A union born of racism and white male dominated anger and perpetuated by lies from the fringes and the lies of the government that marginalise those 'others'.

                                We all watched as American fought with American in the streets of Charlottesville, two diametrically opposed ideologies clashing in open conflict. Those whose miserable existences have seen their academically challenged minds resort to conspiratorial lies and comfort in the company of racists, again all emboldened by a lesser president who will burn the nation to the ground rather than cede his own gargantuan failings at being a feeling caring human being.

                                State of emergency declared in Charlottesville for 'Unite the Right' anniversary

                                https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/08/us/charlottesvi...

                                This weekend will again see the hatred of the lesser president's America on display as his Redtop Stormtroopers goose step on the streets of Charlottesville to show their caucasian credentials and to show their self instilled superiority. Fat out of shape, wife beating cretins wearing white polo shirts and khaki pants with DIY shields often bearing the symbology of supremacist idiocy.

                                The very same Charlottesville that was the epicentre of all the hatred unleashed by a weak lesser president too inept with a raging ignorance where the consequences are not felt in a lesser White House but meted out to those standing firmly and steadfast in the face of pure evil.

                                One year ago America and the entire world witnessed what happens when words that are not thought through play out in hundreds of America's enemies in the guises of caucasian anger.

                                One year ago the world witnessed a terror attack carried out by one of those saturated in that anger that saw terrorism on the streets of America, domestic homegrown white terrorism against anyone who would stand in the face of such evil.

                                One year ago Heather Heyer gave the sacrifice that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave, Edgar Mevers gave along with so many others.

                                A lesser president believed there were good people, on both sides. That same lesser president gave cover to those whose murderous intent claimed the life of someone who saw their hate and instead of cowering in a corner... she faced that hate down only to be taken in an act of brutal hate and ignorance and cowardice. Her brutal end highlighting the lack of courage or intelligence shown by the terrorist who killed her.

                                There was no such thing as good on the side of the nazis, fascists, white supremacist nationalists.....only a weakness that embodies the lesser president who took the latch of the door holding back the hatred. He too is nothing more one of those who marched on the streets of Charlottesville a year ago an those who will once again put their human failings on parade for the world to judge them for the shallow evil scum they are.

                                Heather Heyer stood against that and gave her life for that. This weekend we are all Heather Heyer standing against the same hatred that deemed her life meaningless to those who hated her for her beautiful outlook on life and her belief in her fellow man and woman regardless of that which made her different from them.....a uniting of minds for the good of all.


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                                And Now For Something Completely Different...

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                                    And Now For Something

                                    Completely Different...

                                    In need of a Zen moment.

                                    By Ray Cunneff

                                    August 9, 2018

                                    The term "Zen" is shortened from mushin or no shin (無心の), an expression meaning the mind-without-mind and is also referred to as the state of "no-mindness".

                                    For me, when I'm pissed off and frustrated, as I've been for last hour or so over losing over half of the piece I wrote this morning on Laura Ingraham's white nationalist tweet, something that took me nearly two hours to stitch together, I have to let it go.

                                    It is lost and can't be re-created easily - if at all.

                                    So my Zen moments tend toward the silly. And while trying to recover what was lost, I stumbled on something I posted a couple of years ago (and have added to today) before the world got so mean-spirited...


                                    Lost in translation

                                    "My hovercraft is full of eels".

                                    Let's begin with some "Questions To Ponder":


                                    Why do they put Braille on drive-thru ATM's?

                                    Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

                                    Is there another word for "synonym"?

                                    Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

                                    Do cannibals refuse to eat clowns because they taste funny?

                                    Doesn't it seem scary that doctors call what they do a "practice"?

                                    If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has the right to talk?

                                    Would a wingless fly be called a "walk"?

                                    What was the best thing before sliced bread?

                                    What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

                                    If a man stands in the middle of a forest speaking when there is no woman around, is he still wrong?

                                    And now, "Deep Thoughts":

                                    Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

                                    A Tibetan monk enters a pizza parlor and says "please make me one with everything".

                                    If you go into a bookstore and ask for the "self-help" section, you'll be told you're defeating the purpose.

                                    "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language and "I do" is the longest.

                                    Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

                                    It is impossible to lick your elbow.

                                    The man who invests your money should not be called a "broker".

                                    One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

                                    ...and now, "Military Quotes:

                                    U.S. Army preventive maintenance magazine:

                                    "A slipping gear could let your M-203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it, making you quite unpopular with what's left of your unit."

                                    U.S. Army rocket launcher instructions:

                                    "Aim towards the enemy".

                                    U.S. Marine Corps manual:

                                    "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend".

                                    "Don't draw fire, it irritates the people around you".

                                    "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him".

                                    U.S. Air Force manual:

                                    "Cluster bombing from B-52's are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground".

                                    "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over an area you just bombed".

                                    "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in your flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."

                                    U.S. Army Infantry Journal:

                                    "If the enemy is in range, so are you".

                                    "If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."

                                    "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

                                    Old Navy truisms:

                                    "There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."

                                    "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

                                    "The Navy has a perfect record in aviation, we never left one up there."

                                    We're not done yet, my lad...


                                    Yes, They Really Said This: Redefining stupid one sentence at a time





                                    And finally...

                                    Social Darwinism - "The Survival of the Richest":


                                    You would have to work for decades to earn

                                    what some CEO's make in an hour



                                    "To get rich, you have to be making money

                                    while you're asleep" - David Bailey



                                    "If you can't afford it, you don't deserve it" - GOP mantra



                                    "There are those who serve, and those who are served"


                                    "If you're not rich, it's your fault" - Herman Cain



                                    “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,

                                    it cannot save the few who are rich".


                                    [Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
                                    John F. Kennedy

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