Friday, December 7, 2018

Republicans: As Long As We Keep Power, What We Do is Fine

John Nichols, in an article in The Nation, states that Republicans are refusing to honor a peaceful and respectful transition of power in states where they lost elections. As an example:

Lambasting Wisconsin Republicans for this week’s power grab, Wisconsin state Senator Caleb Frostman, whose brief tenure in the legislature will end in January, warned that, “Unlike the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, and unlike President Bush’s humble words of encouragement to incoming President Clinton, the [actions of Walker and his legislative allies] are hostile to democracy, display the petulance of children denied their third piece of birthday cake, and reek of supreme arrogance.”

The policies of Republicans support hierarchies, and Republicans believe themselves to be on top of their hierarchies with no accountability when they do whatever they want to keep their power, even when it is against the law and tradition.

https://www.thenation.com/article/wisconsin-michigan-republican-lame-duck-power-grab/

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Trump's Tariffs Hurting the Average Community

Siting on top of his hierarchy, Trump and the Republicans don't care how their laws that benefit the rich affect everyone else.

Across the country, contractors working on infrastructure projects have reportedly had to contend with higher costs as a result of steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration earlier this year.

A project engineer on a new wastewater treatment facility in Utah told the outlet that costs there shot up by roughly $29 million in part because of higher steel costs.

https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/419767-trump-administration-tariffs-inflating-costs-of-public-works-projects?fbclid=IwAR3XS4EHfRFYlrBrA0bTg7A0NzWtlhTYnI3mgi-DLAnw6T4zNic7bbpRCqA

Church in Boston Speaks Out for Immigrants

The St. Susanna Parish near Boston has put a baby Jesus doll in a black metal cage cut off from the rest of the scene by a fence in a reference to family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Father Stephen Josoma hopes the display will stimulate conversation about immigration in America and draw attention to how immigrants are being treated.

A sign reading “deportation” points toward the wisemen and is hanging on the fence separating them from Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

“We thought we would kind of put a mirror image of what it would look like if this happened 2,000 years ago,” Josoma said. “It’s kind of a mirror image of where we are at today.”

Last year their nativity scene included 16 signs, each one describing an American mass shooting, 
listing how many people were killed at each.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/419732-boston-area-church-puts-baby-jesus-in-cage-as-part-of?fbclid=IwAR2DLIET7-GdJOnWliAILhn7oCBCVHTwb2153-StIU0iQtudP20uw2u-d08

How Republicans Cheat

"The 2018 Republican Party is baldly at odds with its own title. They do not believe in republican institutions, because — to quote one of the party's own founders — 'government of the people, by the people, for the people' means they will lose. And so, they cheat."

This article tells us about their current efforts.

https://theweek.com/articles/810795/how-republicans-cheat?fbclid=IwAR3kjG-1yHUrBjdDEQGRvMChbBBMbQcc0iT8pPeiUOHkboLWv-IWyg5bzvY

Would Republicans Be a Majority Without Voter Suppression?

Typical of people on top of a hierarchy, nothing will stop Republicans from trying to be in power. Not gerrymandering, lying, voter suppression, racist ads, anything they can think of.

And now apparently they might have destroyed over a thousand absentee ballots from likely Democratic voters in the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District last month.

No surprise, as the heart and soul of the current Republican party revolves around hierarchies, and there is no limit to what those on top think they deserve.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/419979-over-a-thousand-absentee-ballots-possibly-destroyed-in-controversial-north?fbclid=IwAR0ZpYxV-IPv_VKHc-gKufQDmUfn81i5RancMXwgRiAK13fGeBjSX0JHAls

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sarah Silverman: Lucky I Don't Have to Wear Hollywood Star on My Clothes

Sarah Silverman, after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier that day, told Bill Maher she is “very lucky” she doesn’t have to sew a Jewish star to her clothes under the Trump administration.

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/416055-sarah-silverman-im-very-lucky-i-dont-have-to-wear-a-jewish-star?fbclid=IwAR0JejAD-cpU-BL-m2xt-kC4siMYD0cJn-37d5b560O9ZcCJOaGkvD9PnCw

Catholic Church Sends Predator Priests to Minority Neighborhoods

People lower on the hierarchy receive more of what is undesirable. And they are less likely to be successful at challenging the top.

Catholic Church leaders in Los Angeles for years shuffled predator priests into non-English-speaking immigrant communities. That pattern was revealed in personnel documents released in a decades-old legal settlement between victims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests and the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Now clergy sex abuse victims throughout California are working to get the release of more data to discover how wide-spread the practice of hiding abusers in immigrant communities really was.

 https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665251345/immigrant-communities-were-the-geographic-solution-to-predator-priests?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202909&fbclid=IwAR2uIyzFSTlv_yAgu15hTgESspFtzevFo8okRc1pLKo3CU1jdZzrPoQVBVk