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.

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