Dr. King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Not long ago I posted an article about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’sLetter from a Birmingham Jail.

I included the link to the letter in my article, but I realize that most people, unlike me we not follow a link to get to the original source of the information supplied.

For those that don’t understand, my position as a Priest, if I am actually to be faithful to my vows requires that I be faithful to the Gospel. Sometimes that vow requires stating things that some in denial of their own faith would condemn as partisan politics. But this is not partisan, it echoes both the Christian and American propositions that all men are created equal.

With that in mind here is the full text of King’s letter. It is worthy of your full consideration and contemplation, and for that reason I make no…

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One Of The Stupidest Cancer Drug Commercials Ever

There appears to be lots of commercials for medications to treat cancer and currently, there is one for a drug called Verzenio.   The commercial says that Verzenio is for POST MENOPAUSAL women with metastatic breast cancer with certain receptors.  At about 40 seconds into the commercial, it begins with warnings about what the drug might cause.

Then it enters into stupidity.  The commercial actually says to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or plan to become pregnant.  WHAT?!?  Does whomever wrote the commercial know what post menopausal means?  I actually did a rewind 5 times to make sure I heard the commercial first say that the drug is for post menopausal women.

 

Unpaid United States government workers interviewed

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This Washington Post video from the USA says about itself:

Furloughed employees rally against shutdown: ‘Stop playing politics with our lives’

Furloughed federal employees and supporters protested the ongoing government shutdown Jan. 10, urging President Trump and Congress to open the government.

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

“We are being treated like pawns”

As payless payday looms, federal unions stage protests in US cities

By our reporter

11 January 2019

Friday will be the first payless payday for hundreds of thousands of federal workers forced to work without pay during the US government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands more are on furlough without pay, impacting everything from federal food inspections to environmental health and safety, services on Indian reservations and the operation of national parks.

The continuation of the government funding cutoff has put other programs in jeopardy, such as school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition…

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FDA looks to restart safety inspections for risky foods amid shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

The FDA is working to restore some food-safety inspections for products deemed high-risk, such as seafood and raw fruit, that have been suspended or delayed because of the government shutdown. “We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food safety surveillance inspections we’re doing during the shutdown to make sure we continue inspecting high risk…

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FDA looks to restart safety inspections for risky foods amid shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

The FDA is working to restore some food-safety inspections for products deemed high-risk, such as seafood and raw fruit, that have been suspended or delayed because of the government shutdown. “We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food safety surveillance inspections we’re doing during the shutdown to make sure we continue inspecting high risk…

via FDA looks to restart safety inspections for risky foods amid shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

‘Never been more depressed’: Trump kills Graham effort to end shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

President Donald Trump has rejected a plan proposed by a bloc of Senate Republicans who had hoped to break an impasse over the government shutdown, leaving Congress and the White House with little obvious way out of the extended battle over Trump’s border wall.On the 20th day of the shutdown, the GOP group tried to…

via ‘Never been more depressed’: Trump kills Graham effort to end shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

2018

Abagond

My look back on the year 2018 as it ended:

The bad news: Donald Trump is still the US president.

The good news: Trump lost control of the lower house of Congress in the midterm elections.

This year’s theme: Fear. Criminalizing and fear-mongering on mom-and-pop asylum seekers from Central America. The caravan of several thousand asylum seekers crossing Mexico were painted as an invasion bringing disease, crime, and terrorism to the US. When they tried to cross the border, they were gassed, men, women, and children (pictured at top).

Making a comeback:family separation.

This year’s new/old trend: Calling the police on Black people minding their own business. Among this year’s trendsetters: Starbucks, #BBQBecky, #PermitPatty, #PoolPatrolPaula, #CornerStoreCaroline, #BrooklynBecky, #PaulBlartPoolCop, #BaggageClaimBecky, #CouponCarl, #DepressedDebbie.

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate to serve on the US Supreme Court, giving it a 5-4 hard-right majority. In spite of riveting…

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Happy New Year 2019

Keep all the good and positive thoughts and things that happened in 2018, but discard all the bad.

 

Donald Trump’s Personal Reason for the Government Shutdown; To Delay Emoluments Case

Department of Justice lawyers representing Donald Trump have asked a federal appeals court to indefinitely postpone all filings in an appeal related to a suit that the governments of Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed over Trump’s alleged violation of profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries.

Their argument?  Because they cannot work during a government shutdown.  Politico reports;

“The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” Justice lawyers wrote. “Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys and employees are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, except in very limited circumstances, including ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property’. … Undersigned counsel for the Department of Justice therefore requests a stay of briefing on the President’s mandamus petition until Congress has restored appropriations to the Department.”

The court of appeals granted the motion. Read the rest of this entry

Dogs and Cats As Santa’s Helpers

This video has become a tradition here at We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident for the Holiday Season.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ Letter of Resignation

December 20, 2018

Dear Mr. President:

I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.

I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability within the Department.

I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.

I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

James N. Mattis

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Nancy Wilson Feb 20 1937 – Dec 13 2018

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There are things that happen that remind us of other things, events, and people from long ago.  They are the type of things that remind us of our own mortality, those we love who have transitioned, and how important it is for each generation to teach and inform the next.  I owe it to my mom and a man named Charles for introducing me to Nancy Wilson.

I was around 10 years old when my mom bought my sister and I a record player.  My mom didn’t know much about recent music.  Her background was singing gospel music.  My sister wanted to sing and me?  I just wanted to enjoy music.  It turned out that I became the known singer in the family and the only one to play musical instruments.  Go figure.

There we were in the dining room, where my mom put the red and white record player on a table in the corner of the room.  Only, we didn’t have any records.  There was a local grocery store where a man named Charles worked.  We walked to the store and my mom asked Charles if he could recommend any records for her girls.  He didn’t recommend any but rather, told us to come back the next day.

Charles gave us a stack of 45’s and some good advice — go by the record shop and buy converts – those little red plastic disks to put in the center of 45’s and also make sure that the speed on the record player was on 45 and not 33.

I could barely wait to get home and start listening to the music.  The names – Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Jimmy Reed, Nancy Wilson. Read the rest of this entry

Updates on Trials and More

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Hello good people.  I’ve been unable to follow trials and news daily to write blog posts about them.  As it stands now, I’m unsure if and when I’ll return to writing blog posts on a regular basis.  My last chemo treatment is scheduled for February, and then I’ll be on targeted immunotherapy for a year, so we’ll see how I’ll feel come March of next year.

There is much happeningand I wanted to bullet point some things. As and if time allows, I’ll post updates in the comment section below.   Feel free to do the same.

Terry Thompson and his wife Chauna were charged with murder for the May 28, 2017, choke-hold death of John Hernandez in Crosby, Texas.  Terry was put on trial in July 2018 and the jury hung.  His retrial began in October 2018.  The jury found Terry guilty and sentenced him to 25 years.  Chauna’s trial is scheduled to begin on March 26, 2019.  For background on this case, see this link.

 

Brennan Walker

Jeffrey Zeigler, who fired a shotgun at 14-year old Brennan Walker, has been sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison.  A jury found Zeigler guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  For background info on this case, click here.

 

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Friday Roundup: Oil Prices, Mueller investigation, Trump, Clinton, N.C. Election Fraud, and a Bomb Threat

Thanks for the updates. Today I learned that yet another Trump appointee might resign. The revolving door makes my head swim.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Here’s the news roundup for another busy Friday:

oil prices

Russia has negotiated a deal between bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran to raise crude oil prices on the world market by implementing across-the-board production cuts (with exemptions) which have been long-desired by OPEC nations and which have been vociferously opposed by President Trump.  However, the cuts may benefit U.S. shale oil producers who struggle to compete when market prices are low.  OPEC’s move also boosts Vladimir Putin’s prominence on the world stage as the Russian strongman appears to be abandoning his close relationship with the weakening American president.

Mueller investigation

Later today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will submit disclosures in the court cases involving Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Although the information will likely be redacted, as was evident in the court case for Trump’s former national…

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Amber Guyer Indicted On Murder Charges For Killing Botham Jean

Thanks for the update.
Guyer was originally charged with manslaughter. A grand jury has indicted her on murder.

THE LEON KWASI CHRONICLES

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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies at 94 — Variety

Former President George H.W. Bush has died, his son, former president George W. Bush, announced Friday night. He was 94. “Jeb, Nell, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said in a statement. “George H. W. Bush was a man of […]

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Good People Doing Good Things — After The Fire

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Y’know … sometimes it takes a catastrophic event, a tragedy, to bring out the best in people.  The devastating wildfires in California earlier this month seems to have brought out an awful lot of good in some people and it is those stories I’m bringing you today … those good people who gave of themselves to help others.  None of these good people are millionaires with money to spare, they are all just people like you and me, working every day just to pay the bills.  But they gave of whatever they had, be it food, information, love … they just gave.  These are the real heroes …


The spirit of the team …

The Cougars is the name of the Paradise, California, Adventist school’s volleyball team.  Sadly, as you might expect, they lost everything – equipment, uniforms, their school – in the wildfires that literally burned Paradise to the…

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Blogging Chums Award

Suziland has nominated We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident/blackbutterfly7 for the Blogging Chums Award.  Thanks so much!   This means so much to me because I’ve not been able to get around to all the blogs I follow, much less participate in a manner that I used to and enjoyed.  It is inspiring to know that I’m still considered a blogging chum.

The “logo” for this award was created by Robert’s blogging chum Dressing To Impress  and the award was named by beams19 of Crave the Unknown. Robert created the “rules”.

The Blogging Chums Award is given to particularly brilliant bloggers who are really providing something special to the community, either through their writing or the way they engage with other people: they’re just brilliant!  Read the rest of this entry

George Zimmerman Pleads No Contest And Gets Probation On Stalking Charge

According to WFTV

George Zimmerman entered a no contest plea to resolve a misdemeanor charge of stalking a private investigator in the latest run-in with the law for the neighborhood watch leader who killed Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman will be placed on 12-month probation, during which time he is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Zimmerman entered the no contest plea in absentia, meaning he did not have to be present at the courthouse. Under such a plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt, and a conviction is withheld if the conditions of the plea are met.

 

Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Super Heroes, Dead at 95

This breaks my heart.  The day that I received my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in September, I remember wondering if I would live long enough to see the sequel to Avenger’s Infinity War that is scheduled for release in May 2019.  That is how much of a fan I am of Stan Lee and the actors in his movies.

 

Per TMZ ;

Stan Lee, the man responsible for much of the Marvel Universe, has died … Stan’s daughter tells TMZ.

We’re told an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so — he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers.

Stan made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies.

Lee had a rocky relationship with Marvel once the company went full-tilt Hollywood. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said he was owed for the first “Spider-Man” movie. Three years later he settled the case for $10 million.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the latest installment of the film’s franchise and will be released next month.

Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.

There’s a saying that when men have been married a long time and their wife dies first, that it’s not long before they die.  I’ve known that to happen to two friends.   May Stan and Joan both rest in peace.

 

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