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An Open Letter To The Good People Of Alabama - Watch Roy Moore's Hands

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      Greetings from another Ruby Red State just a bit north of you and a tad west, where the grass grows tall and oil is to be found. Where the buffalo roam and the antelopes play and women receive more respect than a "there, there" pat on the derriere - or anywhere else that an ill-behaved Alabama Senatorial candidate might want his fingers to do the walking. Even in South Dakota, we know that Roy Moore is a bad man.


      A few months ago, on these very pages, the story of the Governor and his plaything evolved from an Alabama State House scandal into a National Joke.

      https://www.yabberz.com/post/governor-house-speake...


      At the time I observed that the Governor, House Speaker and the Chief Justice of the State of Alabama were taking turns meandering through the court system with such regularity that revolving doors were insufficient to the task of quick entry. I even thought of submitting the suggestion that Alabama Crest of Arms should be modified in a fairly simplistic, but meaningful manner.



      My recommendation? The ribbon text edited to read "Here We Arrest" which would be a far more accurate description of what needs to happen in Montgomery. Or anywhere else in the State where Roy Moore is conducting himself in his typically poorly behaved and less than law abiding manner. Which would appear to be just about everywhere.


      (What many people fail to realize is that Moore is not defending their "Christian values", he is dictating to the citizenry what they are. And that he is not so encumbered. Coveting, anyone?)

      At the time of my original article I had observed that no Senator was currently under investigation, indictment or had been suspended from their specific office, and thanks to the twice-disgraced Roy Moore (you have to hand it to the man, it takes true arrogance to defy the USA Supreme Court twice. It could easily be argued that Roy just was not up to the job of Chief Justice and pulled the stunt for the second time because of how well it had worked before. One has to wonder if Moore filed for unemployment...) the role of criminally charged Alabama Senator might be weeks within being cast.


      It is because of the distinct and exceptionally distressing possibility that one of the greatest victimizers of Alabamans of the modern era will be provided a chance to take a seat in the Senate - though it will be likely one in front of an ethics committee that would be hard-pressed to find any legitimate reason to allow him the opportunity to provide the same level of disservice to America's citizens that the woefully inadequate Roy Moore has conducted on behalf of his electorate.


      Roy Moore? Seriously? You mean to tell us that there is absolutely no one else in the Republican Party in Alabama that is a better candidate than someone who prefers his women too young to offer consent? A man incapable of filing the simplest of forms to prove that he was not actually trying to evade the IRS or defraud the charitable organization that he formed in order to pay himself? A man who believes that America was greater as a slave nation than it is now?


      Moore also faced criticism for comments he made in September (2016) at a campaign rally. According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked by a black member of the audience when he thought the last time America was great, Moore answered, "I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another. Our families were strong, our country had a direction."




      Another Moore classic comes from an interview he provided back in 2011 conducted by the Aroostook Watchmen - two guys from Maine who think everything from 9-11 to the Boston Marathon Bombing is fake.


      "Yeah, it had very serious problems with its approval by the states," Moore replied. "The danger in the 14th Amendment, which was to restrict, it has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You'd understand what I'm talking about."

      (The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves. Yes, the suspended Chief Justice believes that slaves did not deserve citizenship protection - unless it was provided by the State. In Alabama. Right).

      There is just so much, much more that is wrong with Roy Moore that time and space prevents more than the briefest of epistles explaining why even David Duke compares favorably to the utterly incompetent GOP Senatorial candidate. Which is why every single one of my personal friends from Alabama - judges, engineers, doctors, professors, teachers, and business people, all - are not just disgusted by Moore, but know that he cares not one whit for anyone other than himself.


      Roy Moore will harm America when given the chance. With that fact firmly entrenched in mind:



      GS Jade Barrett, SANE60 Chairman


      #indivisible #resist


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      The Season Is Less Than Delightful, The Trump Administration Is Frightful

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          So here we are, in the fading days of 2017 with a terrible year behind us, and the potential of nuclear holocaust upon us just in time for the holiday season. (Cue Weird Al)


          Of course not everyone of the Treacherous Trump family of supporters has received everything they desire, for there are still ethnic, non-white minorities residing in America.

          But give it time, for Despotic Donald's puppeteers are just warming up. They are still gathering their forces, especially those in Alabama who prefer Statutory Rapists to those who prosecute people responsible for murdering children at prayer (Doug Jones, the Democratic Senate candidate in Alabama, made his name as a U.S. attorney in the late 1990s when he successfully prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for the notorious 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four black girls. The two men were convicted in cases that drew national attention; Bobby Frank Cherry died in prison 2004; Thomas Blanton remains incarcerated on a life sentence. - Washington Post, 22 November 2017).


          For those still waiting for their X'mas Stockings to be filled with the promised coal - that might take a lot longer than they were told. Not to worry, though, Trumpa Claus is still making his lists and checking them twice - when he remembers. Or he is not on the golf course. Or attempting to turn the Middle East into a giant glowing ember, filled with the victims of religious sectarian violence conducted by only the holiest of the followers of - insert name of deity here.

          Now the little people that the current White House Olifascists throw their scraps to - some of them even documented workers! - have good reason to be grateful, for their lot in life has improved dramatically. The money they are making employed in their home nation allows them to eat (And for the Olifascists to continue to make money off the misery of other people - especially those living in poverty right here in the USA).

          Which is what Orrin Hatch wants: Healthcare for children in America, but then again, perhaps not as much as he used to. As the Republican Billionaire Benefit Bill winds its merry way through the US Congress and Senate, Senator Hatch blamed the inability to fund CHIP (a program he personally has always supported) on freeloaders. "I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves, won’t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything."

          Like some of the lobbyists and PACs that are always helping themselves: Sen. Orrin Hatch, a former LDS bishop who does not drink, has taken money from wine, beer and liquor groups - and tobacco pays him well, too. Even the gaming establishments of Vegas are fans of Hatch. I guess that old Mormon upbringing just did not stick.

          One has to wonder if Utah Senator Hatch is truly in the company he seeks: People who support the preying on of women by men in power; White Nationalists; all those who make their living by generating the vehicles of self-destruction and let us not forget: the farthest right religious Zealots that believe LDS members are heretics.


          Perhaps the good Senator believes in the Easter Bunny, too.

          GS Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60

          #resist #indivisible

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          Reality Vs Purity

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              Progressives need to accept and respect the fact that Democratic Party members are not stamped out with a cookie cutter, they come in a wide range of individuals. For Sanders people to demand their ideology alone should reign is not only arrogant and against Democratic principles, it is attempted coercion from a group of people who have not earned the right to call the shots for the rest of us. Their demand for ideological purity could possibly cost the Democrats another election, as the progressives are once again hitting back at someone who was chosen over their preferred choice.

              https://theintercept.com/2017/12/07/atlanta-mayor-...

              Keisha Lance Bottoms is not perfect. Hell, if you thought Vincent Fort was perfect, you probably aren’t from Atlanta. But I have to be honest with you: Hating good candidates because they aren’t perfect is getting old. Critique their policies. Investigate their decision-making and financing. Do those things! But when a race comes down to a left-leaning Democrat and a right-leaning conservative, stop pretending like they are one in the same. Stop acting like the Democrat has cooties. Stop acting like you are so holy that you can’t lower yourself to vote or support a person endorsed by the establishment.

              This type of thinking loses important elections and puts real people in harm’s way.

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              Are YOU A Climate Change "Worrier"?

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                  I believe that most Americans are actually aware of the truth of global climate change (A very challenging statement!).

                  I also believe that most Americans could easily be categorized as being Global Climate Change "Worriers".

                  There are answers, crises and opportunities for YOU to become a Global Climate Change "Warrior".

                  If this sounds interesting to you, I invite you to join me for a live feed presentation called "24 Hours of Climate Reality". This program will address issues where you live. It will focus on Climate Change Warriors where YOU live. It will provide simple, but real opportunities for you to resign your position as a "Worrier", and become a meaningful "Warrior" right where you are. It is happening now, and I urge you to participate.


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                  A Voice For Our National Parks And Monuments

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                      On the day Trump is traveling to Utah to make our National Parks smaller, as well as open them up to drilling, I decided to share with you a letter written to the Seattle Times by The Rt. Reverend Gregory H. Rickel, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. It was submitted on November 29th. I do not know if they printed it.

                      On Monday, the President of the United States is scheduled to visit Utah and is expected to put in motion a process to dramatically cut the size of national monuments in that state and others around the nations. From the Grand Canyon to the Everglades, from Ellis Island to Mt. St. Helens, public lands in our country are, for so many, religious and not, a spiritual and moral anchor, a touchstone of inspiration, honor, and respect. These lands exist not only for our enjoyment and recreation but also to teach us. Our faith compels us to be stewards of the land and to protect these special places.

                      Five Native nations of the Southwest have worked for decades to establish Bears' Ears National Monument, which protects almost 200,000 archeological sites as well as many places sacred to the People. Recently, all seven Utah Chapter Houses of the Navajo Nation that surround Bears Ears National Monument unanimously came out in opposition to the President, and our government, taking any action to diminish formal protections for this sacred place.

                      Many Christian denominations, like mine, have, in our history, failed to respect Native culture and religion. I must admit that. And that makes it all the more painful to see Native sacred sites still being seized for mining, grazing, and drilling. I was raised to believe that the theft of Native lands was a thing of the past. Now, very little land remains protected on behalf of Tribal communities. This is already a scar upon nation and the action being contemplated by our President only makes this worse. Bishops and denominational executives in Washington State wrote letters of apology to our Native neighbors in 1987 and 1997 acknowledging the harm they suffered at the hands of Christians in the past. These faith leaders promised to stand with indigenous people on behalf of their sacred sites and treaty rights if threatened in the present. That time is now.

                      Public lands are part of our great American heritage. Republican president and conservationist Teddy Roosevelt recognized the importance of public lands and fought to protect them, in part through the Antiquities Act of 1906. This bipartisan act allows the president to conserve our natural, spiritual, and cultural heritage for our children and all future generations.

                      There is a saying that "conservationists are the best ancestors." We are called to be good ancestors, and as people of faith, good stewards, and protect the Antiquities Act, which is under attack by Congress and the Administration. Gutting the Antiquities Act will greatly reduce the power of Native nations to protect Bears' Ear. It will also make it more difficult for all of us to protect our shared heritage from corporate interests who are so often only concerned about their own gain.

                      St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, and the Diocese of Olympia, is proud to have partnered with Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light to stand with our Native neighbors and host Totem Pole Journeys of the Lummi House of Tears Carvers in defense of Northwest Native sacred sites and treat rights. Now we stand with Tribes across the United States and all those who value our beautiful and well-loved public lands from further diminishment at the hands of our government. For the sake of future generations, and in the spirit of stewardship of what has been so carefully passed down to us, I encourage all people of good will to call their elected officials and ask them to keep the Antiquities Act intact and to continue to protect the great riches we have in our national monuments and parks.

                      This is the end of the letter. Please contact your elected officials. Don't let this Administration turn such beautiful places like the Grand Canyon into theme parks

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                      Ocean Acidification At Fastest Rate For 300 Million Years

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                          Climate change is causing the oceans to acidify at an “unparalleled” rate and experts warn of the risks to marine life. A new study published in Science, based on a workshop led by Columbia University and the University of Bristol, assessed a number of climate change events that have occurred ....
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                          Here He Is, The One, The Only Bald Piano Guy! Enjoy!

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                              A High School Music Teacher who has declined to be interviewed a number of times - he is still trying for that pension - is someone I personally admire and enjoy.

                              Have a little fun in the middle of chaos - It's the American Way!

                              GS Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60


                              #indivisible #resist


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                              There Is Nothing Like A Good Presidential Rum, Hookers And Smuggling Story

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                                  Silent Cal took a holiday in 1928 to visit Cuba, ostensibly to normalize relations with the Latin American states that had been overwhelmed by American Gunboat Democracy, the Spanish American War and a few land grabs. Just the usual, perhaps unintentionally nefarious goings on in the Western Hemisphere political spectrum. With his desire to polish the image of the USA to a brighter gloss, the 30th President gathered up his associates and steamed his way to the island nation for a proper meeting at the Cuban Presidential Palace.

                                  Of course there were journalists onboard, and as soon as the USA coast was out of sight, the merriment began. Now to be fair, the alcohol flowed freely only in International Waters, and given that Silent Cal was a staunch defender of Prohibition, only after the good Chief Executive was properly ensconced in his bed.

                                  Journalists being who they are (four of them can always find a fifth, but it only takes one to drink it) took no time testing the various spirits at their disposal, though it did have a kind of Henry Ford feel to it - you could have any booze that you wanted as long as it was rum. It is quite likely that there were virtually no reporters who did not have a snort or two for medicinal purposes. They did need to keep their wits about them, as there was more frolicking to come after the ship made landfall in Cuba, home of Bacardi Rum and some spectacularly beautiful women (though it might be that the bleary eyes of those relaying the news could not give a truly accurate evaluation).

                                  Not only was there a fountain of rum, but someone to imbibe with, as well.

                                  Now Silent Cal was never implicated in this particular sleaze fest, but the journalists who survived 30 years later were still talking about it.

                                  It must have been a great party.

                                  http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-03-17/rum-hookers-...

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                                  Sater Seems To Pop Up At The Most Convenient Times - Bayrock, Trump Soho

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                                      Felix Sater continues to provide interesting insights to the Trump brand dynamics. Especially those that entail money trails and its magical appearances and vanishings. The BBC did an excellent article on Duplicitous Donnie's mob connections. Like Fat Tony Salerno, for example. Oh, here, watch and enjoy:


                                      Keep in mind that Trump has some seriously large issues given that former Bayrock high level executives - including Bayrock's former finance director Jody Kriss portrays the firm as a money-laundering operation, used to conceal transfers of illicit funds and disguise them as legitimate real estate transactions. He also alleges that cash infusions from overseas were fraudulently portrayed as loans to help the firm's principals evade taxes.

                                      "Tax evasion and money laundering are the core of Bayrock's business model," the lawsuit alleges. And the Trump SoHo building, it said, was "a monument to spectacularly corrupt money-laundering and tax evasion." - NPR



                                      Felix Sater and the Bayrock Group are not going away anytime soon.


                                      GS Jade Barrett, Chairman #SANE60


                                      #resist #indivisible

                                      https://www.npr.org/2017/11/07/560849787/trump-soh...

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