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10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2017

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THE WEEK

1. Flynn offers Russia testimony in exchange for immunity
President Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has told the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees he will testify about possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity from “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Thursday. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner said. Flynn served as an adviser during Trump’s campaign and later as his national security adviser, but he resigned in February after it was revealed he communicated with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before Trump’s inauguration as former President Barack Obama was preparing to announce sanctions against Russia over its meddling in the election.

Source: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal

2. North Carolina lawmakers repeal controversial…

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10 things you need to know today: January 24, 2017

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THE WEEK

1. The Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA director
The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA directoron Monday after Democrats briefly held up the nomination. Pompeo, who was a Tea Party Republican congressman from Kansas before taking on the new job, now takes charge of an agency whose leaders clashed with President Trump before he took office. Trump accused intelligence officials of trying to smear him by reporting that Russia appeared to have hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails to help him win the presidency. In a visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, Trump promised to give the agency his full support.

Source: The Washington Post

2. Trump repeats debunked claim of widespread voter fraud
In his first official meeting with congressional leaders, President Trump on Mondayrepeated a false claim that he would have won the popular vote if…

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10 things you need to know today: November 18, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Trump offers Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions top positions
Donald Trump has reportedly asked retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Flynn is retired from the U.S. Army and resigned as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2014, forced out over his leadership style and, he said, his hardline views on Islamist extremism. Sessions, for his part, has long been tough on free trade and immigration, and has historically opposed prison sentencing reform, legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage, and curbing the war on drugs.

Source: CBS, Bloomberg

2. Trump to discuss possible Cabinet post with Romney
President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with Mitt Romney to discuss a possible Cabinet post for the former Massachusetts governor. Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, criticized Trump harshly during this year’s…

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Trump Wins and I Say Goodbye for Now 

Padre Steve, you sound like a man with a plan. Blessings to you and please keep us posted.

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

The unimaginable has happened. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Since I have already received death threats for his White Supremacist supports going back to 2010 I realize that there is no place left for me in this country.

Beginning today I will be preparing to retire from the Navy as I can no longer in good conscience say that I can obey the orders of a man who has said that he would order American military personnel to commit war crimes, nor could I obey a Commander in Chief who has already promised to roll back the civil rights of anyone who disagrees with him. As such I will not allow myself to become a willing conspirator to crush the civil rights of millions of people just to keep my job. As a historian as well as someone who…

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Third Presidential Debate

In case you missed it, or want to see it again,(full or partial), or simply want to discuss it, the below video is the third and final presidential debate.

In my opinion, Hillary has handled Trump better in debates than any of the GOP contenders during the primary.

Donald Trump helped many decide to vote for Hillary, especially disappointed Bernie supporters.   He said that voting for Hillary is getting Obama for another 4 years.   I think many voters would be happy with that.

 

A Favorite Vote Video

the-avengers-mark-ruffalo-bruce-banner-the-incredible-hulkAt the risk of being laughed with, I will tell you — I’m an Avengers fan.  Okayokayokay, Science Fiction and Fantasy movies are among my favorite movies.  So there.

I love the actors and characters in the Avengers.  My favorite is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Dr. David Banner, aka The Hulk.  When I saw this video with many of the Avengers actors, I fell in love with it.  I hesitated sharing it because Mark was teased on the level of adult content.   But, what the heck!

 

 

 

 

10 things you need to know today: October 12, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Trump slams ‘disloyal’ Republicans as party’s infighting worsens
Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed harsh criticism against Republican leaders who have abandoned him over a 2005 video in which he made lewd comments about women. In reference to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he would no longer actively support Trump, the GOP presidential nominee slammed congressional Republicans’ “very weak” and “ineffective” leadership. Trump also derided Sen. John McCain, saying the Arizona senator is “very foul-mouthed” but “dropped me over locker room remarks!” Trump hinted at open conflict in the GOP, saying with “disloyal” Republicans leaving him, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

Source: The New York Times, CNN

2. Al Gore makes first appearance campaigning with Hillary Clinton
Al Gore appeared with Hillary Clinton…

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Melania Trump is speechless because Michelle Obama never had to defend a cheating husband

To the point — makes the point.

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Margaret, Melania Trump is speechless at this point because Michelle Obama has never had to respond to an Obama infidelity. And Donald is now speechless because if Hillary is responsible for Bill’s infidelity then Melania no longer qualifies to be First Lady.

To all my Republican friends out there, please tell me which item below was the tipping point for you:

Donald Trump says that President Obama is not a citizen of the United States.

In a presidential debate, Donald Trump brags about the size of his penis.

After a presidential debate Donald Trumps suggests the moderator was on her period because she asked unfair questions.

Donald Trump makes fun of a disabled person.

Donald Trump calls 11 million immigrants rapists and murderers.

Donald Trump calls for a ban on worshippers of one of the world’s largest religions.

Donald Trump glorifies war.

Donald Trump glorifies a dictator.

Donald Trump suggests…

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10 things you need to know today: August 14, 2016

From morning and into the night. a lot happened yesterday. Thanks for the info.

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THE WEEK

1. Violent protests, fires in Milwaukee after fatal police shooting
Protest of a fatal police shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, turned violent late Saturday night as multiple local businesses, including a gas station and a bank, were set on fire. Some demonstrators also threw rocks at police officers, injuring one. The protest assembled in response to an incident Saturday afternoon in which police shot and killed a fleeing man armed with a stolen handgun after a traffic stop. The officer involved was reportedly wearing a body camera, but footage has yet to be released. Early Sunday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department tweeted that it was “restoring order” and “reducing deployments” in the neighborhood where the protest took place.

Source: USA Today, CNN

2. Trump’s allies reportedly see him as ‘sullen,’ ‘erratic,’ and ‘exhausted’ by the campaign
A report printed by The New York TimesSunday

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Open Discussion – May

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Here’s sending love to all of our 763 subscribed followers. Although three of those followers are not good-faith followers, I send them love anyway because love covers a multitude of sins.

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Yahtzeebutterfly has written a piece for Black American History for the month of May.  My goal is to get it published by tomorrow.  Also, I am working on accepting two blog awards that we have been graced for nomination and hope to have the acceptances posted by this weekend.

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Sarah Palin’s Rap Album Debut

Can she make it as a rapper?

 

10 things you need to know today: April 17, 2014

So, the first arrest in the Heartbleed virus was a 19 year-old Canadian.

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Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Week

1. Separatists attack Ukraine base as Geneva crisis talks begin
Pro-Russia separatists attacked a military base in east Ukraine on Thursday as diplomats gathered in Geneva for crisis talks. Three separatists were killed in the clash, making it the deadliest yet in the 10-day uprising. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kiev’s attempt to crush the protests by force was pushing the country into an “abyss.” The White House threatened Russia with fresh sanctions if it doesn’t defuse tensions. [Reuters]

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2. Hope fades in search survivors on sunken South Korean ferry
Hundreds of people were feared to have died aboard a ferry boat that sank within sight of land just off South Korea’s southern coast. Nine people have been confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply as crews continue to look for…

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday March 25 , 2014

Fantastic resources! I am reblogging in case my readers are interested in international issues, politics, justice, the Hobby Lobby case, and other interesting subjects you have on the digest.

Spirit In Action


There are a lot of really important stories in Truthout today. The concept of history repeating as David Wilcock discussed in his last book is eerily apparent here tho the time spans involved are much shorter.

From the distraction tactics being used to cement oil oligarchs ability to exterminate life on Earth, to the racist removal of indigenous children nothing we are seeing in the news of late is actually “new”.

It is time for the collective of Earth to say no more from the depths of our inherent spiritual power of creation. All that is not of love must end.

We must withdraw our consent and call forth the transformation of this power-over based society into something rooted in love, compassion and caring before it truly is too late for our species and so many others.

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John Pilger | Australia Is Again Stealing Its Indigenous Children

John Pilger…

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Congratulations, President Obama

 

President Obama wins re-election.   Let our nation work towards unity rather than division.

 

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