ACQUITTED: Trump Celebrates at the National Prayer Breakfast, Photos with Various Newspaper Headlines

President Donald Trump blasted “dishonest and corrupt” people.

Trump rages on impeachment, holds up newspapers reading ‘ACQUITTED’ at National Prayer Breakfast

The Senate found the president not guilty on abuse of power and obstruction of justice on Wednesday.

Source: NBCNews

NPR reported,

In a statement after the vote, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president’s acquittal is a “full vindication and exoneration” of Trump.

Continued Grisham: “only the president’s political opponentsall Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles.”

‘Not Guilty’: Trump Acquitted On 2 Articles Of Impeachment As Historic Trial Closes (emphasis added)

I’d be curious to know the political affiliation of each of the Prayer Breakfast attendees.

January 2020 Campaign Status Report

Sometimes you say good-bye, I love you, and wonder when you’ll see your loved ones again… and sometimes you wonder more than before,…

And sometimes, you never got to say good-bye, never said one last I love you.

You wonder when it was, the last time you tossed your shoulder to throw a joyous, “Adios, Ámigo!”

Thankfully, I remember when… and in two weeks I’ll know if they made it safe across the border again. Until then, Adieu, Adios Adrian y tu familia.

Until we see you again, peace be.

🙏🏻

In other news, the blog engine is running, the calendar is in place.

Volunteers are assisting in data entry of a long personal history of artifacts such as notes on napkins, backs of receipts, business cards, moo cards, and other such things…

I never dreamed life would bring me to Los Ángeles to launch the campaign. What amazing!


Curses

So the city of Ángeleńos was restless as Kobe and Gianna and friends fell from the sky, and even our @twitter @God cried

Next thing I know I’m joining Jeff in jesting, a clown in a world upside down, he’s taunting the President, and I’m upset the body count he’s got is lower than what I saw reported… but by end of day, the horror: either way, it’s doubled.

Humans, +/- 1 or more

It seemed the past three weeks were erased as a nation & city came together to grieve, and my family was frozen in pain: what are the odds my husband would have Gianna Vanessa and Melissa as his two surviving daughters, after having lost Jamie Viviana at three and a half years old?

Sharing our hope of the dead.

A hard news week.

And meanwhile, outside the micro-bubble of culture known as the ‘city of angels’ there were flames for fueling race wars and diatribes and debates on repentance, forgiveness, and being partial or favoritism

Trump: I did try and fuck her. She was married.

The New York Times “Transcript: Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women” thanks to Mark Makela

Are we to forget forgiving? And forgive remembering?

Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.

The New York Times “Transcript: Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women” thanks to Mark Makela

Can we truly cast shade on his grave when the White House is as good as a mausoleum storing the dust of our democracy under the lock & key of Trump & his cronies?

And that was just this Sunday.

So grieving continued and the race divide seemed greater.

The supporters supporting Trump trumping while various shades of brown are dying—falling from the sky, & concentrated camping awaiting Lady Liberty’s hospitality at a border where brothers & sisters are betrayed by at least the 80% of white Christian evangelicals they thought considered them family.

White evangelical support for Donald Trump is still at 73 percent, and more than 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for him in 2016.

But focusing on the disconnect between Trump’s personal actions and the moral aspects of their faith misses the issue that keeps their support firm: racism.

Modern evangelicals’ support for this president cannot be separated from the history of evangelicals’ participation in and support for racist structures in America.

Evangelicals, in religious terminology, believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of humanity.

Emphasis added to extract from “White evangelicals love Trump and aren’t confused about why. No one should be.” — NBCnews.com (and link to The Atlantic)

Jehovah’s Pedophile Paradise: 2 Witness Rule Protects Pedophiles!!!

Freedom to Abuse

A woman accused the Watchtower and it’s worldwide global organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses of ordering her local Kingdom Hall’s elders in Montana not to report her child sexual abuse accusation to proper authorities

Elders at the local Kingdom Hall knew of separate allegations against the man, but did not report those to law enforcement after relying on legal advice from headquarters that clergy in Montana are not required to report allegations deemed by religious organizations to be “confidential.”

So, the Montana Supreme Court overturned the $35 million sex abuse verdict against Jehovah’s Witnesses, and found religious leaders exempt from reporting child abuse allegations.

Justices Rule Clergy ‘Excepted

The 18-page opinion upholds a Montana state law that says religious leaders are not required to tell authorities about confidential child abuse allegations.

The justices wrote, “We hold that Jehovah’s Witnesses are excepted from the mandatory reporting statute under § 41-3-201(6)(c), MCA, because the undisputed material facts in the record show that Jehovah’s Witnesses canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

Silent no more: The Ruling” via KCRA-3

As San Diego based attorney Irwin Zalkin posted, “The Montana Supreme Court JW Ruling Contorted The Meaning of State Law – And, It’s A Law That Needs To Be Changed.”

The Supreme Court declined to look into whether or not the Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘guardians of doctrine’ have a valid scriptural basis for their judicial process, or whether church officials adhered to their own personal standards in this case, saying in the opinion that it’s not within the court’s power to do so regarding a religious institution.

Matt Volz, Associated Press

So, next step is to take Montana’s Supreme Court to the United States Supreme Court, for the kids, right?

Print America’s Top 10 Most Wanted Poster for Frederick Mclean
(Watchtower of Jehovah’s Witnesses Most Wanted for Child Sex Abuse)

“I mean, don’t children have a right to the pursuit of happiness?”

Nope. But, you’d think so.

Don’t children have rights?—or is the constitution written for men, amendable, and more interested in protecting their parents practice of religion?

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that civil courts can enforce neutral laws that are intended to apply to everyone equally. Laws that protect children from child abusers are neutral and not targeted to any one religion. On October 7, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. (“Watchtower”), requesting that the Supreme Court review a case filed by the Zalkin Law Firm in 2013. In the case of JW v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. et. al., the Riverside Superior Court of California awarded the Plaintiff, “J.W.,” a judgment of $4,016,152.39 plus interest at 10% per year after terminating Watchtower’s defense, because it refused to obey the Court’s order to produce files of known child molesters within the JW organization. In 2018, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in California upheld that decision. The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of Watchtower’s Petition (essentially a request for an appeal) lets stand the original judgement and damages granted by the lower court.

{ But… }

Since this is a case involving state law, this Montana ruling cannot be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But it is clear that this outdated and clearly wrong exemption that still exists in Montana law needs to be changed. Hopefully concerned legislators in that state will soon wake up and change this law to ensure that Montana’s children get the protection they deserve.

So for now, we can only express our understanding and sympathy for the victim in this case. What this case shows very clearly, is that the JWs continue to place secrecy and protection of known child molesters above the safety of children. Shame on them.

The Montana Supreme Court JW Ruling Contorted The Meaning of State Law – And, It’s A Law That Needs To Be Changed” — A Commentary by Irwin Zalkin, Attorney (12 January 2020)

Conclusion

I met the January’s campaign strategy goals, and I am so pleased it’s February: I will be dedicating the month to children…

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty.

The Convention acknowledges that children have the right to express their opinions and to have those opinions heard and acted upon when appropriate, to be protected from abuse or exploitation, and to have their privacy protected, and it requires that their lives not be subject to excessive interference.

The Convention also obliges signatory states to provide separate legal representation for a child in any judicial dispute concerning their care and asks that the child’s viewpoint be heard in such cases.

United Nations “Convention on the Rights of the Child” #rights #treaty

Who can really believe that we, the United States, Americans, allow any state to protect pedophiles in the practice of religion, on the basis of First Amendment Constitutional Rights, over the human rights of a child?


The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

Diatribe alert!

I read a friend’s post and couldn’t quite complete it…

Is this what it would have felt like to feel represented, by a man?

But alas, my friend, well, you’ll see… we agree.

My honor would be to represent all the peoples of the place we live, love, and play… when we can afford to.

Enjoy your work today.

Comments welcome, including white men…

All else that follows was written by an intersectional male friend, what do you think of his opinion?

“White men shouldn’t bother commenting on this at all.

Regardless of your stance,
I’ll delete it.”

I think it’s unfortunate how insensitive and even distasteful people have been since the news of Kobe dying. It seems to stem from a brutal intersection of oppressed peoples and something that neither side wants to understand about one another.

We live in a man’s world where women are facing innumerable ways they are discriminated against in society and institutionally.

We live in a white man’s world where black men are facing innumerable ways they are discriminated against in society and institutionally. (Not forgetting black women, who have it worst of all. That’s a different conversation)

Black men, maybe rather unsuccessfully, are trying to tackle the racist stereotype associated with the countless occurrences in our history of black men being beaten, murdered, and institutionalized, to this day, for even a perceived offense toward a white woman. The stereotype of black men being aggressive and oversexed. The stereotype that black men are intrinsically rapists. The stereotype exists in our society, so much so, that it has been fetishized and dominates pornagraphy and “swinger” lifestyles. Think about that. I mention that so that black men can try to see a similarity in being fetishized to the fact that women in general are fetishized.

There’s also the issue that black men seem to be denied any opportunities redemption in our society. The perceived lack of consistency in judgment of a black man, ignoring context and understanding of what he had become after committing a horrible act, that’s hard for some people to swallow and it creates distrust and anger because it seems selective. For example, Bill Clinton is a rapist but is never referred to as such and it certainly isn’t the first thing out the mouth of people mentioning him.

Women, I don’t speak for you so weigh in if you like. Correct me and/or add to this. My understanding of why this affected women so much is similar to what’s said above with respect to the stereotype of women are not to be believed, that rape is deserved or somehow a woman’s fault under any circumstance, that women are gold diggers and trappers, and that your worth is tied to your physical service to men.

My understanding is that women live their entire lives watching out for themselves and each other to try and make sure nobody getting raped and/or murdered. Think about that, guys. Black men should really think about that because it’s similar to how black men have to move through society, always on guard, always watching out, using a certain voice or vernacular…..

My understanding is that most women experience rape or sexual assault, even though most don’t report it. And that what happened in the case involving Kobe is why it still largely goes unreported. Just look at the reporter for WaPo and what she’s going through as some context as well. And I understand that women do, and really EVERYBODY should, have some compassion for the woman who went through what she went through and probably still goes through and what must be on her mind as the world has moved on and isn’t acknowledging it while Kobe is celebrated.

While there are differences in how black men, women in general, and specifically white women are treated, with the groups enjoying some small privileges that the other does not, I think it’s most important to see this intersection and understand how similar it is and how it’s really perpetrated by white men. Just saying.

I’ll also say that the callousness and flippancy of the death of a person really disturbs me and those are the same things that disturb me about the oppression of the peoples in focus here and in general. If we don’t value people, if we can’t accept that people are flawed, if we’re callous and dismissive, what are we doing and are we any better than our oppressors who show disregard for us? Don’t these same transgressions mentioned above happen due to a lack of respect for and care for people?

Brandon Higgins, Facebook (posted for friends) 2020/1/29

Is your job interview legit?

Cyber criminals posing as employers to steal your identity?

Source: FBI (U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation) 2020

They pose as employers—even conducting fake job interviews—to steal your private info:

  • social security,
  • driver’s license number
  • & more,…

… for “payroll.”

TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Conduct a web search of the hiring company using the company name only. Results that return multiple websites for the same company — for example, abccompany.com & abccompanyllc.com — may indicate fraudulent job listings.
  • Legitimate companies will ask for PII (personally identifiable information) and bank account information for payroll purposes AFTER hiring employees. This information is safer to give in-person. If in-person contact is not possible, a video call with the potential employer can confirm identity, especially if the company has a directory against which to compare employee photos.
  • Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.
  • Never provide credit card information to an employer.
  • Never provide bank account information to employers without verifying their identity.
  • Never share your Social Security number or other PII that can be used to access your accounts with someone who does not need to know this information.
  • Before entering PII online, make sure the website is secure by looking at the address bar. The address should begin with “https://”, not “http://”.
    • However: criminals can also use https:// to give victims a false sense of security. A decision to proceed should not be based solely upon the use of “https://”.

Don’t miss this public service announcement from the FBI: http://ow.ly/BXZj30qd66t 

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RANKED: Best countries to live in 2020 if you’re a woman

US News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the Best Countries for Women. To produce the Best Countries for Women list, 73 countries were given scores across five attributes:

  • human rights,
  • gender equality,
  • income equality,
  • progress, and
  • safety.

The United States was ranked 15, up one spot from its ranking of 16th in 2019. It scored a 7.1 on gender equality and 8.7 on being progressive, but just 1.5 for safety, and 1.1 for income equality.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-women

Female representation leads to adoption of more stringent climate change policies

Good news from a recent study which suggests “that climate change campaigns may actually succeed more in places where there are more females in political power.” (Astghik Mavisakalyan)

More research is required to better understand the connection.

Photo credit: UN Climate Change via Flickr