Saturday May 18, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today's #Uppers was on the 3 scandals that the Obama administration is dealing with right now via the IRS, Benghazi, and the one that matters, the AP scandal where the DOJ ignored post Watergate regulations in seizing their phone records because of a leak they knew was going to be released. This problem with overzealousness over leaks from this administration has implications for everyone given what has happened to Bradley Manning and more whistle blowers than any other administration, especially one claiming to be the most transparent ever.

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Sex change surgery performed on 16-month-old South Carolina child without consent

 

 photo MCBIKE_zps88641981.jpgM. C. Crawford is 8 years old. He was Identified as a male at birth until doctors determined that he had ambiguous genitalia, with parts of both female and male reproductive structures. When a court terminated the parental rights of his mother and he was abandoned by his father, he was placed in state custody. At 16 months old doctors removed his penis and one testicle, leaving enough to form a clitoris and labia. A bit after that the child was adopted in South Carolina by Pam and Mark Crawford.

The first thought that I had was, let's make sure they don't do the surgery.

--Pam Crawford

Unfortunately the Crawfords were too late. They raised M. C. as a girl until about a year ago, when he told his parents he wanted to be raised as a boy.

On Tuesday lawyers for the Crawford family said they were filing suit against the Department of Social Services.

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Hellraisers Journal: CWA holds rally in West Virginia

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Sunday May 17, 1903
Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and Her Armies of "Wild Women."

Mother often receives the call for help from strikers in Pennsylvania, "For God's sake, come over to my area." And she answers the call whenever she can. No area is too dangerous for Mother Jones. In Roaring Branch, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, Mount Pleasant, Arnot, Shamokin, Coaldale, Scranton, and other towns and hamlets, Mother Jones has been busy the past few years aiding the miners in their struggles to win decent pay and better working conditions. She has led armies of women over the hills to drive out scabs. John Mitchell as President of the UMWA has received word on more than one occasion about "Mother Jones raising hell up in the mountains with a bunch of wild women." Even the brutal company gunmen have been known to panic when approached by Mother Jones and her armies of "wild women."

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The Neverending American War on the World

The fun never stops. The revenge for 9/11 will continue for this century. Perhaps it will be another Hundred Years War.

In a Senate hearing today, a Pentagon Special Operations Chief told Senators that the war OF terror will continue for at least 10 to 20 more years and more likely decades, it was confirmed it has no geographic limit including this country, i.e., it truly is global, the AUMF from 2001 is the authorization for all of it, it can include people not even born yet and it includes associated forces of Al Qaeda, i.e., anyone the Pentagon or CIA think is remotely affiliated with the terrorist group created by the CIA. In the hearing, John McCain was incredulous that the Pentagon took such a broad view and said “None of us” who voted for the law in 2001 “could have envisioned [granting] authority [to strike] in Yemen and Somalia.”

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Whole lot of walkin'

Nixon has won Watergate

Jonathan Turley, USA Today
6:03 p.m. EDT March 25, 2013

Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an "imperial presidency" with unilateral powers and privileges. In 2013, Obama wields those very same powers openly and without serious opposition. The success of Obama in acquiring the long-denied powers of Nixon is one of his most remarkable, if ignoble, accomplishments.
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Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon's impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality.

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Hellraisers Journal: Savannah Port Drivers Are Standing Up!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday May 16, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: A sample of poetry by Josphine Conger.

The Prayer of the Modern Woman

Unbind our hands. We do not ask for favor in this fight
Of human souls for human needs. We ask for naught but right,
That we may throw the burdens from our backs and and from
our brains
The thrall of servitude. We are so weary of the pains
That crush our hearts, and cramp our wills reducing all desires
To childish whims, while great hopes lie like smoldering fires
Within our brains, or burst distorted from some weak, unguarded
point,
Leaving ruin and sorrow in their track....

We do not want our rights doled out; we want full liberty,
To grow, and be, and do our part, as Nature meant we should;
We want a perfect sister-as well as brotherhood.

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Hellraisers Journal: Our food and child labor, USA.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday May 15, 1903
Pennsylvania - The Breaker Boys

According to the laws of Pennsylvania, no child under the age of 12 is to be employed outside the mine. However, the miners living in poverty as they do, must often make the choice between perjury and hunger. Young boys can be found hunched over the chutes picking the impurities from the coal. They sit in this hunched position for long hours breathing the coal dust into their young lungs. They receive from 27 to 39 cents for a 10-hour day. Should a young boy fall into the chute, he will most certainly be crushed to death.

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