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After Reading Barr's "report" My First Thought Was: This Is OJ All Over...

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      ...Only on a grand scheme. For all of the United States and the world to see, even before the election he told us what he planned on doing and he's done it. It doesn't matter what he does or what the facts are, as long as he has his followers.

      I believe this clip really sums up his whole presidency.


      I'm clearly in the first stage of grief: denial and utter disbelief.

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      In Hebron 'even The Kids Have Numbers'

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          This is a glimpse of the inhumanity & injustice which the 'Home of Justice for ALL', USA, is supporting and Trump is pushing us even further in the complete support of.

          Anybody who reads this can either try to rationalize this inhumanity and dismiss it as 'what needs to be done', or, will see it as the unacceptable abuse which it is. As an American, I am very frustrated that our 'leaders' are supporting this cruel inhumanity.


          Israeli army introduces a new system of identification numbers for the 30,000 Palestinian residents in the city.

          Hebron, Occupied West Bank - Every sunset, 23-year-old Alaa stands in the balcony of her modest stone house overlooking Hebron's Shuhada Street.

          "I count the minutes until he [her husband] comes home. I wait by the window, and I tell him not to be late," she said, requesting that her last name not be published.

          Shuhada Street (Arabic for "Martyrs Street") was once a bustling thoroughfare running through the heart of the West Bank's largest city, connecting Hebron's outdoor market to the Ibrahimi Mosque.

          Palestinians buzzed between busy shops and glass factories, and lived in apartments above the shops. The area is also home to 500 hardline Israeli settlers, and has long been a flashpoint for unrest between Palestinians and the Israeli military.

          Over the past month, the few Palestinians, who still live on or nearby the street, are enduring a new set of army restrictions and security searches.

          On October 30, the Israeli military announced a closed military zone over the area of Hebron under full Israeli security control.

          "No one who can come to visit us. My father couldn't come to see us," Alaa said.

          To enforce the closure, the Israeli army introduced a new system of identification numbers for the 30,000 Palestinian residents of the cordoned-off H2 district which encompasses about 20 percent of Hebron and includes Shuhada Street and a number of Israeli settlements.The remaining 80 percent of the city is under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

          In addition to presenting their identification cards at 17 internal checkpoints and undergoing security checks, Palestinians must now orally give soldiers their new ID number when entering and leaving the blockades that enclose Shuhada Street.

          The army did not distribute paper documents with the new identification number. Once a soldier is told the number, he then cross-references it with a printed list.

          "Anyone who does not have a number is removed or arrested. The Israeli army detained at least 20 international volunteers who monitor H2 area," said Sohaib Zahda, of the Hebron-based activist group Youth Against Settlements.

          Those who forget their ID numbers or chose not to register sneak in and out of the H2 area through fields, careful not to be caught in the heavily monitored region.

          "Even the little kids have numbers," said Anas Murakatan, 27, who lives in an apartment near a checkpoint at the entrance to Shuhada Street. "I am 58; she is 59," Anas said, pointing to his pregnant wife, Fadwa Murakatan. His children are 60 and 61.

          "When the baby is born, she will get one too."

          Fadwa's child was due four weeks ago - prompting her husband to joke that "the baby is afraid, so he does not want to come out". Fadwa explained that when she goes into labour, she will have to walk down Shuhada Street and cross a checkpoint, and only then will she be able to enter an ambulance. She said she had to wait 30 minutes the last time she needed an ambulance.

          Because of the new regulations, she said, "we are not allowed to bring any guests. When I give birth, they will not allow my family to come and visit me."


          A spokesperson for the Israeli army said in a statement to Al Jazeera: "Precautionary measures have been implemented in order to prevent future attacks and maintain the safety and well-being of residence of the area." But the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said, in a statement issued last month, that the new measure constituted "a collective punishment of Hebron residents".

          "Anyone whose name is not on the list cannot cross the checkpoint and is forced to take a long, arduous detour to get home. Some neighborhood residents have not had their names put on the list to protest at being required to receive a permit to enter their own homes," said the statement.

          "In other cases, checkpoint personnel have erroneously left some residents' names off the list, so these individuals cannot cross the checkpoint either."

          Beyond Hebron's city centre, the Israeli army mounted a series of mobile checkpoints between Hebron and Bethlehem, causing lengthy delays for motorists at the same location where cars were regularly inspected during the second Intifada

          In 1994, after the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Israeli military closed businesses and shops along Shuhada Street.

          A decade later, at the end of the Second Intifada in 2005, the army shut down the glass manufacturing plants and prohibited Palestinian vehicles from using the street.

          Hundreds of people were forced to move, and those who stayed often have to enter their homes through alleyways.

          "Palestinians are barred from Shuhada Street. They are prohibited from even walking down part of it," said Sarit Michaeli, a spokesperson for the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

          "This whole situation is meant to facilitate the presence of Israeli settlers. It's an official policy called the 'policy of separation' that the Israeli government has adopted."

          Despite these changes, hardline Israeli politicians say the increased army presence in and around Hebron remains insufficient. Speaking to Army Radio last Monday, Naftali Bennett, the leader of the far-right Jewish Home party, called for a second Defensive Shield, referring to Israel's large-scale military operation in the West Bank in 2002.

          Bennett's remarks reflect a growing desire among Israeli right-wingers to launch a full-scale advance into Palestinian cities.

          While Hebron has long been the site of clashes between settlers and Palestinians, the Murakatans said their neighborhood has witnessed about three settler attacks a week since it became a closed military zone.

          They said the attacks always take place at night, and involve about a dozen settlers parading down Shuhada Street, often stoning Palestinian homes.

          "One month ago our daughter, she fell on the stairs, and so my husband took her to the hospital," recounted Fadwa. "When I came back from the hospital, a settler tried to attack me while I was holding Diala," Anas said.

          In another incident, Israeli soldiers accused Fadwa of concealing a weapon when she left her house to throw rubbish into a bin on Shuhada Street. "I asked, 'Where is the knife, where is the knife?'" she said, motioning her arms from her chest outward.

          As dusk fell, the family of four gathered on their rooftop - the only outdoor play space for the two children, who kicked spent tear gas canisters and a shipping box marked "hazardous".

          A packing slip on the box indicated that its contents were meant for the Israeli army. The container was lobbed on to their house during the near-daily clashes in Hebron between Palestinian youth and the Israeli military.

          Below, two settlers strolled across Shuhada Street near a group of soldiers. No Palestinians were on the road.

          Meanwhile, Anas reminisced about how different his neighborhood used to be. "It was very nice; a lot of people were usually here," he said. "At that time settlers were afraid of us - but now we are afraid of them."

          https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/hebron-kids-numbers-151203091934395.html?fbclid=IwAR1xwJqAgYLG7VstENuwWxewT-8sVvzm09kGAvSZAGiWe0ETyUosq5caaNI

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              Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples have the same constitutional rights and responsibilities of marriage as different-sex couples do, Alabama Republican state Senator Greg Albritton has worked to eliminate marriage licenses altogether.

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              This just seems very strange to me. In Senator Albritton’s desire to deprive same sex couples of their rights, he is promoting taking rights from everyone. That DOES level the field, but so does backing up everyone’s Constitutional rights, which absolutely makes better sense, and also is legal.

              Bigots are often bonkers, but this is what is known as a “step too far.”

              Seems he was elected due to no challengers from the Democratic party! Hey, Alabama - where are your Democrats?

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              On Thursday, the Alabama Senate took a big step toward recognizing Senator Albritton’s dream.

              In a unanimous 26-0 vote, as Rocket City Now reports, lawmakers passed a bill that would eliminate marriage licenses altogether – and, to the Republican Senator’s point – eliminate the need for probate judges to issue the licenses to same-sex couples.

              Even four years after same-sex couples have been legally marrying across the country, some probate judges in Alabama are still refusing to issue licenses. Albritton’s bill, should it become law, would take away any possible discomfort for these anti-gay judges.

              As of last June at least eight Alabama counties were not issuing marriage licenses at all, according to AL.com.

              Couples instead would merely fill out a form at their local courthouse, but it would not be a “license.”

              It is possible the bill, should it become law, could be ruled unconstitutional, as the intent behind it clearly is discriminatory.

              “As a believing Christian, Greg Albritton is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” Senator Albritton’s campaign website states. “Being a life-long conservative, Greg strongly supports the clear Constitutional rights as originally written. These include the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, to worship God without government interference, and the right to private property ownership.”

              But his campaign website also points to a bill he refused to support that would require “mandatory reporting of known or suspected child abuse or neglect.” Albritton says “I voted against this bill because it threatened the freedom of the clergy.”

              In 2018 Sen. Albritton ran unopposed. No Democrat challenged him.

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              Republicans Gerrymandered Their Way To An Extra 16 House Seats In 2018

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                  The Associated Press has completed a careful, independent study of Republican gerrymandering. They used a methodology that has been accepted as evidence in recent court cases challenging gerrymandering.

                  Among the findings: In spite of the Blue Wave in the 2018 election, Republicans held on to 16 House seats they should have lost, thanks to their gerrymandering. In the congressional election in North Carolina, Republicans received 51% of the votes, versus 49% received by the Democrats. But, thanks to gerrymandering, Republicans won 6 congressional seats and the Democrats only won 3.

                  The Republicans have been conducting a carefully planned and organized War on Democracy in the USA. Gerrymandering and voter suppression are two of their most effective weapons. The Republican National Committee hired gerrymandering guru, Thomas Hofeller, Ph.D., to head up their gerrymandering strategy in 1982. Their 2010 midterm elections campaign map called the Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP, has been called "the most audacious gerrymander in U.S. history."

                  Thank goodness, Democrats in several states, aided by good government group Common Cause, have brought lawsuits against these egregious gerrymandering efforts. And thank goodness the Associated Press has now assembled some excellent, independent verification.

                  But, these cases end up at the Supreme Court. "During arguments in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, Chief Justice John Roberts called it 'sociological gobbledygook.'"

                  https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190322/gop-redistr...

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                  More In The US Blame The Jews For New Zealand Massacre

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                      Hard to really believe this is happening in the USA, but now even leaders of the national Women's March are blaming the Jews for the massacre by a Christian in New Zealand. If something horrible happens anywhere, the Jews will be scapegoated by the far Right or Left. I've known that, but it still shocks me when it comes from the Left.

                      As soon as the massacre hit the news, many Muslim clerics were teaching on TV and in the Mosques the conspiracy theory that somehow "the Jews" had manipulated Christians in New Zealand to murder Muslims.

                      That was sad and jarring of course, though not out of line with standard beliefs in Muslim countries. It was alarming to me in that such teachings were now being repeated to communities in the West.

                      but in a mere matter of days - it has morphed into a very similar charge against the Jews from some on the far Left. They are saying that Jews complaining about anti-Semitism somehow encouraged the Christian attack in New Zealand.

                      First we saw students attack Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the massacre victims, who told her that her statement -- which was only that we should oppose anti-Semitism no matter the source - was somehow a cause of the massacre. They wanted her to leave the vigil.

                      Now we see leaders of the Women's March saying the same, and specifically saying it is the "American Jewish Community" at fault for the killings.

                      They say that Jews who protested Ohmer's charge that anyone in Congress who supported Israel must be paid off by Jews is some sort of "hate" speech against "sisters" and has fueled the massacre.

                      So overwhelmingly disgusting. Should be front page news and subjected to the 24-7 cable news shame machine. But it won't, cuz, you know - it's only against Jews.

                      The truth is that Jewish organizations and communities all across the world spoke out in support of Muslims and against the massacre. But some on the Left are saying we are not even allowed to do that -- so long as we are brazen enough to speak out if we believe anti-semitism has come out of the mouth of a Muslim.

                      No logic. Just emotionalist hatred. Further attempting to silence Jews and to normalize demonization of the Jewish community. It's turning fascist.

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                          Anti-Semitism is something I despise and oppose, even if not something I can claim to fully understand (having no experience of it from the "inside"). Here's an analysis that goes deeper than I can--

                          https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/time-for-some-his...

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                          Crying Wolf?

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                              Many of you have seen this, and I’m probably preaching to the church choir, (I was a tenor), but this was written in 2003, before Trump was TRUMP, and before his current Republican Party went stone cold gangster. All the boxes below are checked off.

                              I see and hear in media about socialism, but nobody is using the F word, FASCIsm. The spectacle yesterday with the Brazilian dictator was ominous. Like the day after the Comey firing in the Oval Office with the Russians. This past weekends tweets were from a diseased mind. Repubs own this.

                              The inmates are running the 1600 Penn Ave asylum. We have met the enemy and.........


                              political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.

                              The 14 characteristics are:

                              1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
                                Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

                              2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
                                Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

                              3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
                                The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

                              4. Supremacy of the Military
                                Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

                              5. Rampant Sexism
                                The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

                              6. Controlled Mass Media
                                Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

                              7. Obsession with National Security
                                Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

                              8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
                                Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

                              9. Corporate Power is Protected
                                The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

                              10. Labor Power is Suppressed
                                Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

                              11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
                                Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

                              12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
                                Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

                              13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
                                Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

                              14. Fraudulent Elections
                                Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

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