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      My take on this matter is simple, I'm sure you can get it fast. Were the Native Americans to blame for fighting back when they were to be slaughtered? Were blacks responsible for the Slave Rebellion? Were the Polish, French, Jews and many others to blame for their Resistance to the Nazis? Is a woman to blame for fighting off a rapist? Victim blaming is something the right is good at, they don't want you to resist they want you to submit. The fascist regimes like nothing more that an easy kill. Many alt-left are wigged out by the Trump regime and the way he stands up for these racist pigs, and yes they have been driven to violence. When he has to admit his voter base is at fault there is always a "BUT" involved that is aimed at the left. For Trump to have the gall to blame the left for standing up to Nazis and KKK who were armed, in essence he is saying that the lovely young lady who was mowed down by a racist Nazi was indeed at fault. What an insult to her grief stricken parents. Real Americans are NOT in the KKK or Nazi Party. Real Americans believe in the "United" States and that there is room for all races, creeds and sexes. The Nazi and KKK, are a threat to National Security. They should be rounded up and hauled off, not because of their beliefs, because of their un-American terror activities. Will we all have to take up arms before this term is over, and defend ourselves against this fascism?

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      The "Party Of Lincoln" STINKIN' With Too Few Calling Out Trump By Name


          This will be short and sharp.

          Those GOP who have spoken about the events yesterday in Trump Tower New York Lobby have mostly done this in generalities condemning the concept of racism, naziism, ult-rightism. They have not zeroed in on the President. This includes the Leaders of the GOP Houses of Congress.

          This is what is typical.

          Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House,

          “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”

          Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate

          The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington. Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America. We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-Nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.


          Most GOP have JUST remained silent.

          Not all. Marco Rubio, John Kasich are the loudest GOP voices of those currently in office to date who have called Trump out.

          The two Bush presidents have done the same, by name. Romney has joined them.


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          Thoughts On Charlottesville - From A Transgender Perspective


              Crossposted from my account at DailyKOs...

              We have seen the face of the enemy...and he is above!!


              I have been an openly out transgender woman for over twenty years. I fully transitioned on January 21, 1997. Prior to that I had partially been transitioned two years (living full-time as a woman, except at work.) For nearly as long, I have been an activist, working to achieve equality and fair treatment for the transgender community, whom I consider my family.

              In my time, I have managed to be a part of passing rights legislation in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and Austin Texas (T was not added as a protected class under Chapter 7 of the City Charter until 2004 — I initiated this effort.) I have fought, successfully, to have transgender added as a protected class in the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association (inclusion was already our reality, however, it was never in writing, until I made it so in 2014...the process started in 2013...it was a two year process because of parliamentary procedure that governs these sorts of changes to the bylaws of the UUA.)

              More recently, I have fought on the front lines in North Carolina, against HB-2, and am still fighting because the so-called repeal was anything but a repeal. I am even running as this state’s first openly-transgender candidate for our State Legislature. Last year, I also authored and was the main sponsor of an Action of Immediate Witness at UUA’s General Assembly in 2016, in Columbus, Ohio relating to taking a stand against HB-2 and similar legislation passed or pending, or future...in North Carolina and any other states. It passed unanimously. During that most recent event, in Columbus, I had occasion to stand two feet away from Westboro Baptist Church protesters...and not for the first time...as a Peacekeeper angel — but this time, the wings I wore were the same wings that had just been used to protect the funerals of the Pulse victims.

              I have stood with BLM protesters and I have stood with Muslims and many others against anti-Muslim protesters. I was one of the volunteers for the local Women’s March in January, here in Raleigh, NC. Through it all, people have told me how brave they thought I was...a description I have always categorically rejected.

              You see...in order to be brave...one must first be afraid. I never have been. Until now. Until the election of a wanna-be fascist dictator who has emboldened the White Nationalist, neo-Nazi, White Supremacist underbelly of our society, and given them voice, power and prominence they have not enjoyed in this country since at least the 1960’s. Until Trump, I have never been afraid. Now I am.

              Bravery can best be described as being afraid, knowing you are afraid...and yet saddling that bull up and riding him anyway! And, boy howdy that is what I intend to do. It is what I have been doing since the first fascist was elected President, and it is what I will continue to do...for as long as it is necessary, for so long as I draw breath.

              But make no mistake. I am afraid now. For the first time in my life, I have had to think about things I never thought I would have to. For the first time in my life, the history lessons I read about in school, about the Jews of Germany in the 1930’s — are more than simply academic. I now KNOW what they felt, I know what they faced...first hand. Because I have had to think as they no doubt did then.

              WHO will I trust with my very life? What if someone I thought was a friend turns out not to have been? What if I trust the wrong people? Where is the safe pipeline out of this country, should the need arise to use it? How will I manage to get to that pipeline and use it...and how will I have the resources to start over in a new place...if I manage to get through that pipeline? This is the history of the Jews of Germany, the present reality of Syrian refugees today, and the possible future of LGBT Americans, and other disfavored groups in America.

              This is what refugees today face...refugees from Syria, who only want to flee the violence of their home country...and who are being turned away from safe harbor here in America, by Donald Trump...and it may not be an entirely bad thing, because if things get as bad as I fear they might here...those refugees might be no safer here than they were at home. And I am acutely aware the possibility exists I may no longer be safe in this country.

              Who would ever have thought that an American citizen might have to think this way? Most in my community, whom I see as family...probably have not thought about this as intensely and as consciously as I have. They are also the ones who may not survive if the darkest chapters of what is currently unfolding in America cannot be averted (and right now there is no guarantee that they can be) though I and many good people here will do what they can to try to avert it.

              Some may say I am being alarmist...and maybe I am. I guess they probably told the Jews that same thing back in 1934, 1935, 1936, yeah?? Look how well that turned out for those who did not take warning, take heed and pay attention!

              Will we be able to avoid writing a new dark chapter of American history? That question is yet to be answered. So I do what oppressed people before me have done...hoped for the best, fought for change, and prepared for the worst. Because if the worst nightmares become reality, I will need an escape route, and so will my transgender sisters and brothers.

              Will history remember Trump right along with Torquemada, Robespierre, Pincohet, Pol Pot and Stalin? I do not know, but I know I already class them together.

              Right now, in Trump America, transgender citizens are Public Enemy Number One. And we feel very much under attack. Consider the emergence of hateful bathroom legislation in Texas, the rescinding of Obama-era guidance for transgender bathroom use for school students, and the recent transgender military ban. Consider the stacking of our Courts with ideologues like Gorsuch.

              Consider the ugliness we saw on full display this weekend in Charlottesville. Consider that we have a president who sees fit to condemn every act of violence from a POC or Muslim immediately, and yet had to be pressured into condemning acts of violence and murder when the perpetrator of said violence and murder was a White Nationalist/White Supremacist.

              Consider that first he [Trump] would only lay the blame on “many sides” and would not call out the KKK, and White Nationalists by name. And yet is the first to condemn acts of violence when the perpetrator is a POC or a Muslim. Consider that only after DAYS of being pressured, would Trump mention, BY NAME...and condemn BY NAME...groups like the KKK and White Nationalists. And then, in a wink-and-nod to his supporters who are White Nationalists, retweeted a Tweet about Chicago...from a person known to be mixed up in the Pizzagate BS.

              “Chicago,” as you no doubt know...is now code for POC violence. This is how they say it without saying it. This is the dog whistle. Add to this the recent Eighth Circuit ruling that says we have no Constitutional right to film politicians or police in public. How many bad cops shooting how many unarmed victims — faced charges because a citizen videoed them in the act of grossly violating the civil rights of a suspect?

              Take all of this collectively and you begin to understand the source of my very real fear...and why I am beginning to think in terms of preparation for the worst. In order to continue to fight, first one must continue to be alive. And should the need arise for me to flee, and I am successful, I will be working to help others flee on the same path I took, and helping them on the other end of that pipeline...such as I am able. Such I consider my sacred duty. I can do no less for my family, and for my country.

              No matter the outcome of events as they play out; no matter the outcome of my own political campaign - I stand, and will remain standing...on the side of the marginalized, the oppressed, the disenfranchised. I stand against and will continue to stand against...those who seek to place themselves in a position of superiority over others; who seek to harm others, and who seek to accrue benefits to themselves at the expense of others. I stand with the LGBT, with the POC, the Muslims, the disabled and the elderly and the poor. I stand with all those who simply wish to live in peace, to build a better life for themselves — and who seek to do so without harming others.

              It is my sincerest hope that the dark chapters I fear are coming will never be written. But in the event they are, I will need to be prepared. And I will have to carefully consider who I can trust. And I will need faith, a lot more of it than I am accustomed to having. And, until this last election, I never had to think about such possibilities. Now is the time I must be brave. Now is the first time I will have a chance to be brave, because NOW, for the first time, I am actually afraid.

              Thanks, Donald.

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              The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues


                  This article says pretty much what I've been saying all week, that the statues were generally put up long after the war was over and, at least partially, for intimidation reasons. A short but useful read.


                  And on a sidenote, borrowed from a page I was browsing:

                  A FEW WORDS ABOUT....HERITAGE - When the Declaration of Independence was signed, a group of patriots in New York tore a statue of King George III from its moorings, casting the statue, and it's heritage, into the oblivion it so richly deserved!

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                  Plan For Muslim Community Center In Las Vegas Outrages Neighbors


                      To paraphrase Barack Obama, I will stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters in this time, when hatred and bigotry has reared its head so forcefully.

                      I am seeking out a good time to visit my local Islamic Center, the Islamic Center of Las Cruces, to chat with the Imam, and see if there is anything I can do, either to support, or help organize, events to show that I will stand by their side.

                      Hatred, violence, ignorance, I will not stand for that. It must be quashed.

                      The story says this is about traffic. Lies. They just don't want to come full out with their hatred, because they know in their heart it is wrong, and people would judge them for it. They wouldn't be "outraged" if that were the case.


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                      STATUES DOWNED ELSEWHERE!!!


                          Here are pix of 6 statues that were taken down by populations who's minds were disturbed by their continuing presence. Perhaps most disturbing to those minds was the perennial gloating and posturing by, and empowerment for, those who loved those statues and what they meant to them.

                          There is a strong message here for the KKK and Nazis -- white nationalists -- Evangelical Christians -- infesting America, sabotaging American progress...

                          The statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the first Soviet secret police force, the Cheka, was removed from Moscow's Lubyanka Square in 1991.
                          It came after the collapse of a coup against the then Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

                          A monument to British colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town has been taken down after students protested saying it was a symbol of historical white oppression.

                          Here's one of Lenin being taken down in Ukraine

                          And here's one of Saddam Hussein that U.S. soldiers helped take down...

                          And then there was the statue of Robert E. Lee


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                          Millions Like, Many More Retweet Obama's Charlottesville Response


                              August 16, 2017; 1:02 PM CST

                              UPDATE: The Tweet is now NUMBER ONE....having surpassed the previous first place holder last night.

                              Obama’s Beautiful

                              Charlottesville Tweet

                              Is Second Most Liked Ever

                              The first of the bunch, in which Obama is smiling at children of different ethnicities, has received more than 2.5 million likes. That makes it the second most liked tweet in history, according to the AP.

                              A tweet by Ariana Grande following the deadly bombing in May at the end of her concert in Manchester, England, holds the top spot with 2.7 million likes.

                              Read on....

                              "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."
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