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glorifying war is a sin

I have several old friends who turned into rwnjs. One of them, who never had a political thought in his head, married into republican money and now he is one. He disowned me when he found out I wasn't, and we were once best friends (we hitchhiked across country together when we were teenagers). Another of them is a staunchly pro-military rw christian who served in the navy decades ago and still can't get the martial music out of her head. She hasn't disowned me but is mystified why I don't see everything in the same simplistic terms that she does. It's all very simple to her.

She has included me on her mailing list and is in the habit of blasting the list with rightwing spam. We have had issues with it over the years. I resent being sent such mindless crap and have explained that to her...to no avail. I still get blasted with it. I know, I should just not open the email...but I can't help myself. That she keeps sending me this stuff, knowing full well how I feel about it, pisses me off. We've been over all this quite a few times as I have tried valiantly to make her see that Jesus wouldn't approve of all the killing.

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The problem with presidents

crossposted from: Humanitarian Left

By OPOL

* Originally posted at Daily Kos

We tend to think of presidents and presidential candidates as autonomous actors. They are not.

We'd like to believe that if we just elect the right person, someone with the right stuff, a reformer, a visionary, someone with a dream for America, that they will, by the sheer force of who they are, change the sad and tragic trajectory of our nation. They won't.

The presidency is both a shiny object and a heat sink. It distracts us from what's being done to us, and to others in our names, while taking the heat off of those doing it. The Presidential cult of personality is but the shiniest of a whole raft of shiny objects that keep we, the little people, distracted while the 'smart money' has their way with us.

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50 Years After Freedom Summer

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation.
It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that
served the general public ("public accommodations"). Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were upplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment.

This year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer,
also known as the Mississippi Project, a campaign to register as many
African-American voters as possible, especially in the state of
Mississippi. That campaign was marked with violence by the locals directed against the outsiders.

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Hobby Lobby Corporation Speaks Out Against Human Owners

While attempting to reach the owners of the Hobby Lobby corporation for comment, an attempt that proved ultimately fruitless, your reporter was fortunate to be brought into contact with the person whose religious beliefs were the subject of the suit, the Hobby Lobby Corporation itself.

And Hobby Lobby Corporation is quite furious about the decision, and I quote, "I and I know dat I and I owners be some mad fundies, but I and I Rastafarian, wit de blessing of Haile Selassie the Lion of Judah. De bodies of all of dem my sistas, fyi paid from I and I accounts or no, are holy temples given to their care under the divine guidance directly down from De Almighty. It is a Desecration to dem holy charge for dose mad fundies to interfere so boldly wit dem holy charge. Fyi dose mad fundies what own I and I want to use dem own religion, dem should use dem own bank account and expose dem fully to Babylon fi liyability and widdout limit. Dem outrageous holding I and I in bonded servitude, but fyi dose made fundies use I and I fyi dat distortion of De Almighty holy word truly Sacrilegious."

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“We cannot ignore this corruption anymore.”

crossposted from:

By OPOL

Note: This piece was originally titled, 'I left apoplectic four-thousand outrages ago.' I've replaced that title with a quote from Lawrence Lessig, whose TED Talk wraps things up very nicely at the end of this post. Please, if you read nothing else of what I've written here, take the time to watch that video. You'll be glad you did.

UPDATE: Here's a link to Lessig's Super PAC: Mayday PAC

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The revelations that validate my most cynical views come so fast these days that it's impossible to keep up: torture, domestic spying, high government officials lying to congress with impunity, the leadership of our country covering up for evil, persecuting truth-tellers, the SCOTUS-led assault on the Constitution, secret 'free' trade deals that screw everybody but the oligarchs, the rigged stock market, accelerating inequality, laws against feeding the hungry, free speech zones, the steady push for more war. Every day is a new low and a new blow to everyone who loves peace, justice, fairness and equality; and to everyone who desires an honest and intelligent government that honors science, exhibits compassion and embraces wisdom and reason, not greed and corruption.

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Gender Prison: Federal judge rules transwoman prisoner must receive hormone therapy

 photo Whitney-Lee-x400_zpsff0c34da.jpgWhitney Lee has lived as a woman for 18 years. The 36-year-old Lee has had a troubled life. She is currently incarcerated at the Mansfield (OH) Correctional Institute for men, serving a three-year sentence on charges of forgery and theft in Hamilton County (Cincinnati).

Lee had been on continuous hormone therapy since 1999 at home, in federal prison, and at the Hamilton County Justice Center before a prison psychiatrist determined in 2012 that she "lacked the criteria for gender identity disorder" and determined that her therapy was therefore contra-indicated.

I can only imagine that means that Whitney did not measure "feminine enough" on something like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index...which in my own experience is a measurement of how stereotypically masculine or feminine a person might be.

Gender dysphoria is characterized in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as "a marked difference between the individual's expressed/experienced gender and the gender others would assign him or her." The DSM elaborates, "It must continue for at least six months. In children, the desire to be of the other gender must be present and verbalized. This condition causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning."

--Parker Marie Molloy, The Advocate

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WTF?

Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, the powerful chairman of the House intelligence committee and a former FBI agent, announced on Friday morning that he is leaving Congress at the end of his term to start a conservative talk radio show.

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Maryland set to protect transgender people from discrimination

On Tuesday the Maryland Senate approved the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 which would expand Maryland's anti-discrimination laws to add transgender people to the list of classes of people protected against discrimination in housing, employment, access to credit, and public accommodations. The bill exempts religious organizations, private clubs, educational institutions, small businesses and owner-occupied rentals.

There was virtually no debate on the bill, though Anne Arundel Republican Bryan W. Simonaire tried to raise "the bathroom question."

Baltimore CIty, Baltimore County, Howard County and Montgomery County all have protections against disrimination on the basis of gender identity and officials in those locales say they have had no complaints concerning restroom usage.

The bill passed by a margin of 32-15, with four democrats (John Astle (Anne Arundel), James E. DeGrange Sr. (Anne Arundel), Roy P. Dyson (Southern Maryland), James N. Mathias Jr. (Lower Eastern Shore) joining the mostly republican opposition. Howard County Republican Allan H. Kittleman, on the other hand, spoke in support of the bill.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, Jr (D-Montgomery).

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To the Sycophantic Morons Barking About the Courts to Get You to Vote

Guess what? So far, just 10 of Obama's judicial nominations, and less than 4%, have worked as lawyers at public interest organizations, according to this report from Alliance for Justice (pdf). It also shows that only 10 nominees have had experience representing workers in labor disputes. 85% have been either corporate attorneys or prosecutors. Yeah....your pseudo knowledge of civics sure showed us the importance of this issue:

"OMGZ vote! The SCOTUS and the courts, stupid!"

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