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Christian Rightwing Figures Warn Abortion Fight Could Lead To Civil War

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      I'm a strong supporter of better gun control--more careful regulation of sales, etc. (not confiscation)--but this makes me think, uncomfortably, about whether I should be better armed (aarrrggghh) (and, BTW--no pay wall--but consider contributing to The Guardian)--

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/26/abor...

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      Some Background On The Secretary Of State

      One has to ask what are voters doing. Who are they electing and what are the consequences. Here is just one.

      A man who has said "torturers are patriots."

      Jan 13 2017

      His résumé is impressive: West Point valedictorian, Army officer, Harvard Law graduate, successful businessman, and a multi-term congressman who sits on the House Intelligence committee.

      But he is also brash and intemperate, reflecting his Tea Party roots. Like the President-elect, he has often spouted off on Twitter, defended CIA torturers as “patriots,” and directed personal, partisan attacks at his congressional colleagues. For example, he said that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s decision to release the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence committee’s report on the CIA torture program was “some liberal game” she played with the ACLU that endangered American lives. He said, “[t]he sad conclusion left open is that her release of the report is the result of a narcissistic self-cleansing that is quintessentially at odds with her duty to the country.”

      https://ccrjustice.org/home/blog/2017/01/13/mike-pompeo-unfit-be-cia-director

      Pompeo's appointment was too much even for the late John McCain to stomach as Pompeo was Gina Hapsel's boss at the CIA before Trump appointed him as the Secretary of State.

      The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. The Senate must do its job in scrutinizing the record & involvement of Gina Haspel in this disgraceful program. https://t.co/p2eZfMDF5N— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 13, 2018

      https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-03-14/trumps-new-pick-cia-director-has-murky-past-torture-programs

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      Treasury Changes Time Table For New Twenty Dollar Bill

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          [Historic Figures of Justice]

          They are giving the Tubman twenty dollar bill the boot. That is what I fear is happening. And I'm mad.

          When word first broke that the updated twenty-dollar bill, scheduled to start printing in 2020 would include a new image. No longer would President Jackson's image be on the twenty. The new twenty would be all new, it would include the image of a woman. For that I was happy. It was about damn time. When I learned that that woman would be Harriet Tubman. My eyes watered. They actually did it. Harriet, most known for her underground pathway used by many slaves to escape slavery, would become the first woman and non-white face to grace the front of paper money. Susan B. Anthony (white) and Sacagawea (Native American) have had their images on rarely used coins. But, hold the phone. What many people, especially in the community, feared would happen, has happened. It has now been announced that the planned change will not be happening as stated in 2016. The twenty-dollar bill will not be updated in 2020 and not until 2028 at the earliest.

          Changes to the ten and fifty dollar bills will now be made first.

          I blame Trump, and his lack of support of the change, for this.

          Though they say it will still happen, but in 2028, I don't trust it.

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          Kristoff--Opinion | China’s Orwellian War On Religion

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              As an atheist, I'd like for religion to die off, because I'm convinced that any kind of magical thinking does more harm than good. But as an American and as a secular humanist, I'm strongly committed to the idea that if religion can ever be eliminated, it must be through voluntary (and therefore gradual, intellectual, educational) means and never through governmental coercion. No government anywhere should--as many in the US now do--promote or support religious ideas (except perhaps as a collateral matter), but neither should any act against religion (except perhaps as a collateral matter). Here, from the always eloquent Nicholas Kristoff, is a telling example of the latter, deeply frightening and dangerous in the eyes of most religious Americans, of course, but also in the opinion of this atheist--

              https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/china-r...

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              Is It Ilhan Omar’s Democratic Party Now?

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                  That means that the battle to quarantine an anti-Semite like Omar to the margins of American politics has been lost. Not only are she and Tlaib among the young rock stars of their party, they have far greater influence than anyone would have thought only a few months ago.

                  It is at this point that fair-minded people must ask themselves how the influence of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic left can be contained, let alone rolled back. The evidence coming out of trendy Austin is that as far as the Democratic Party is concerned, it’s a lost cause.

                  https://www.jns.org/opinion/is-it-ilhan-omars-demo...

                  Jake321Jerry Tanenbaum

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                  Antisemitism: Spell It Without The Hyphen, Please (Judean Rose)

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                      Antisemitism, as a term, is based on racist claptrap. The word was lifted from the field of linguistics to give weight to the idea of hating the Jews (and only the Jews) as a race (which they aren’t). The pseudoscientific sound of the term gave it loft and validity. Which is stupid.

                      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2019/05/antisemit...

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                      Another College Campus Promotion Of Jew Hate

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                          Ed Buckner

                          Here is another example of how antisemitism is excused and even promoted on USA campuses -- when it is coupled with hate for Israel. In this case, a mandatory lecture class invited an Israel hater to speak who told the class that anyone who supports Israel is a "white supremacist" - even bringing a Jewish student to tears.

                          Done in full view and permission by the actual Professor, who did not make any comment to the contrary etc.

                          It's one of the new far left narratives started by people like Farrakhan who ignore that some 50% of Israeli Jews are people of color; and who similarly ignore that some Palestinians are as "white" skinned as any Israeli with a European background.

                          Trying to place any Jew who supports liberation as a "white supremacist" -- cuz everyone can agree to hate white supremacy.

                          It's bigoted, but carries a cloak of being about Israel.

                          I was glad to see at least one non-Jewish classmate understood exactly what was going on and complained to the University.


                          https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/298850/ucla-guest-lecturer-calls-zionists-white-supremacists/?fbclid=IwAR2gDI4gaWONWpqyn6awR50xR0Kr41Cls6kTYJx4ZD9lqwLW_2f0tF6c-hg

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