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Liar in Chief April 20, 2017

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By Dean Adams Curtis

I’ve never called anyone a liar before. Therefore, I’ve been thinking about the title of this post for far too long. A few days ago, a friend, who I informed of this impending post, stated, “You’re kind of late.”

Indeed. I have even debated for too long putting a “?” at the end of the title of this post. However, I am no longer hesitant.  There’s no question. I’m leaving it off.

At the beginning of my gestation of this post, the president had then been clearly called out for being wrong about a wide variety of things he had asserted to be facts, but which were, in fact, fictions.

Throughout the early Trump presidency, I had found myself engaged in background reflection upon passages from a book that I had read long ago. In the book, People of the Lie, Dr. Scott Peck, offers an interesting premise about a particular kind of liars, who he identified as malignant narcissists.

Scott Peck had been a practicing psychiatrist for many years, including working as a military psychiatrist. He was also the author of the bestselling book titled “The Road Less Traveled.” But he needed to get off his chest, and into the minds of we readers, information about a few patients he had experienced during his psychiatric practice. Since Scott Peck is now dead, thus not around to write his own editorial about Trump, as I am convinced he would have done, I will now disgorge a few key pecks of Scott’s reasoning.

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“[Evil is] the use of power to destroy the spiritual growth of others for the purpose of defending and preserving the integrity of our own sick selves. In short, it is scapegoating… A predominant characteristic…of the behavior of those I call evil is scapegoating. Because in their hearts they consider themselves above reproach, they must lash out at any one who does reproach them. They sacrifice others to preserve their self-image of perfection… Since the evil, deep down, feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault. Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad… They project their own evil onto the world. They never think of themselves as evil; on the other hand, they consequently see much evil in others…Evil, then, is most often committed in order to scapegoat, and the people I label as evil are chronic scapegoaters…. The evil attack others instead of facing their own failures.” (p.73)

“Self-criticism is a call to personality change…The evil are pathologically attached to the status quo of their personalities, which in their narcissism they consciously regard as perfect. I think it is quite possible that the evil may perceive even a small degree of change in their beloved selves as representing total annihilation.” (p.74)

“Malignant narcissism is characterized by an unsubmitted will… All mentally healthy individuals submit themselves to the demands of their own conscience. Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, [the evil] are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity. They worry about this a great deal. They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them. Outwardly [they] seem to live lives that are above reproach. The words “image.” “appearance,” and “outwardly” are crucial to understanding the morality of the evil (p.75).”

“While they seem to lack any motivation to be good, they intensely desire to appear good. Their “goodness” is all on a level of pretense. It is, in effect, a lie. That is why they are the “people of the lie”. The wickedness of the evil is not committed directly, but indirectly as a part of this cover-up process… Because they are such experts at disguise, it is seldom possible to pinpoint the maliciousness of the evil. The disguise is usually impenetrable.” (p.76)

“[A] reaction that the evil frequently engender in us is confusion. Describing an encounter with an evil person, one woman wrote, it was “as if I’d suddenly lost my ability to think”…. This reaction is quite appropriate. Lies confuse. The evil are “the people of the lie“, deceiving others as they also build layer upon layer of self-deception. [Evil is] the exercise of political power–that is, the imposition of one’s will upon others by overt or covert coercion–in order to avoid…spiritual growth…Because their willfulness is so extraordinary–and always accompanied by a lust for power–I suspect that the evil are more likely than most to politically aggrandize themselves… There is a remarkable power in the manner in which they attempt to control others.” (p.78)

“…the malignantly narcissistic insist upon “affirmation independent of all findings.” The essential psychological problem of human evil, I believe, is a particular variety of narcissism….one that particularly afflicts the will.” (p.80)

“Those who are evil are masters of disguise; they are not apt to wittingly disclose their true colors–either to others or to themselves.” (p.104)

In Scott Peck’s People of the Lie, he viewed evil as “being a distinct problem that straddles the line between a personality disorder, and spiritual disorder, perhaps leaning toward the latter. He describes evil people as “being aware of their conscience, but actively choosing to ignore it, as opposed to a sociopathic person who appears to be devoid of conscience altogether. In other words, an evil person knows that they are doing evil, while a sociopath does not.” Peck described evil as “militant ignorance.” Evil people are “obsessed with maintaining their self-image of perfection through self-deception. In addition, evil people will be very selective about who they inflict their evil upon, while going to great lengths to maintain an image respectability and normality with everyone else. As a result, evil people are often well liked by the majority, and their victims come across as being overly sensitive, having a persecution complex, or even being crazy.”

If you would like to buy the book, People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, you can do so by pasting this link into your browser’s address window:  http://astore.amazon.com/goddesses-20/detail/0684848597

“He’s a liar,” a neighbor says, referring to her president. I just overheard this quote through my open window while writing. Words from the street where I write this. Another neighbor, perhaps a defensive apologist Republican, replied, “People said the same thing about Reagan.”

And Nixon, and the Bushes…remind me again why people are Republican?

Today, 04-01-17, the President of the United States Tweeted about himself as “Trump.” I don’t know about you, but I never refer to myself by my own name, and I never hear other people doing so. Referring to yourself in the third person style, seems to hint there could be trouble, a person disassociated from themselves, as if watching a player on a stage.

However, I wish Trump my best, and hope that he is not evil, for the sake of the United States of America and all the people of the Planet Earth. But there is something else that I can’t get out of my head about him. During his pre-presidential-run years, he is reported to have had a tendency to make calls impersonating a real or made-up character, telling the recipients of the calls good things about Donald Trump. So weird.

Recently, confronted by his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump faced the question of why he makes so many unsubstantiated claims. “What have I said that is wrong?” Trump asked the reporter.

I won’t give the link to a Politifacts article from March 23rd. If you want to, you can easily look it up. Suffice it to say, the article lists the falsehoods told by President Trump.

The Washington Post last week ran an article under the headline “President Trump’s cascade of false claims in Time’s interview on his falsehoods.” Note the Time story, is available at the link below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/03/23/president-trumps-cascade-of-false-claims-in-times-interview-on-his-falsehoods/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_fact-checker-940am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.8a8688cdae24

The Times lead paragraph under the headline foreshadows an article that parallels the one in the Post.

“President Trump had a remarkable interview with Time magazine on March 22 about falsehoods, in which he repeated many false claims that have repeatedly been debunked. Here’s a round-up of his key misstatements.”

In another Times article, titled “Fact Check: Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance” also from the 23rd.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/politics/fact-check-trump-misleads-surveillance-wiretapping.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

And, as a CNN columnist recently noted, “Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russia problem”

Instead of offering you a link to CNN, I think you would be best served by having a look at what the LA Times is saying in their April 2017 four part editorial, including “Why Trump Lies.” It’s right here: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-why-trump-lies/

Swinging back to the New York Times piece, it goes on to say this: “In an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday, President Trump cited The New York Times as evidence of his claim, made in a series of Twitter posts on March 4, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. The F.B.I. director, other top intelligence officials and numerous Republicans have rejected this claim.”

And finally, from the NYT Opinion Pages, on the 23rd again, columnist Charles Blow adds,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/opinion/birth-of-the-biggest-lie.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

“First, Donald Trump owes Barack Obama and the American people an apology for his vituperative lie that Obama committed a felony by wiretapping Trump Tower. It was specious, libelous and reckless…”

Blow also added, “Trump’s strategy for dealing with being caught in a lie is often to tell a bigger lie. He seems constitutionally incapable of registering what others would: shame, embarrassment, contrition. Something is broken in the man — definitely morally and possibly psychologically.”

A few days later, in another editorial, Blow piled on (appropriately, as I am also doing), writing that Trump, “was already being proven to be a complete liar and hypocrite.”

Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice also called out the president’s pattern of false statement, saying: “He’s made a number of striking and misleading statements. Those statements are heard and digested by the rest of the world, whether our friend s or our enemies. Our friends respect us because we are fact based and serious. When we have the White House that engages in falsehoods, it shakes…If it were one or two such statements. But we have had statements…All debunked. From the illegal voters, he claimed voted for Hillary Clinton, and the Obama wiretapping. The world is watching very carefully. The question is, can anyone trust The White House.”

And there’s: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/mar/23/fact-checking-trumps-time-interview-truths-and-fal/

Then, came yesterday, when the idiot President of the United States sat like a buffoon, in front of Maria Bartiromo on Fox, and clearly did not realize what he had just said at the end of his sentence, which was, “Over a beautiful chocolate cake…the best ever…delicious cake…I told President Xi that I had just ordered 59 cruise missiles to strike Iraq.”

The President then just sat there, clueless to the major country name error he had just made, until Maria Bartiromo had to correct him. “You mean Syria.”

Your astonished blog post author and goddesses.com editor shouted out, “Oh, my goddess!” upon seeing this play out on a news report.

I’m going to wrap this wrap-up now, on a note of hope. Every indication is that the presidency of Donald J. Trump will somehow self-destruct. If not, hopefully the 2018 mid-term elections for Congress will sweep in a Democratic-Green-Independent majority which will impeach him.

So, right now, as I’m putting a bow on the wrapping of this blog post (on 4-17-17), Trump is lying in his Tweets about the Democratic candidate running for Georgia’s open House of Representatives seat. The election wouldn’t be happening if President Trump had picked anybody else, other than a sitting Republican congressman (Tom Price) who represented the northern suburbs of Atlanta, to join his administration (as Secretary of Health and Human Services). May this Georgia election turnout to be the first of his multitudinous self-inflicted political wounds that actually hemorrhages.

We can do so much better, and we need to start now. Because, alas, a lack of deep context about many complex topics, bedevils too many Trump voters, allowing them to be proudly unaware, and to be swayed to buy ideas contrary to their interests, from a lying snake oil salesman huckster, who first confused and obfuscated truth, lied, and then exhorted people to “trust me.”

We need the very best ideas to surface. The opposite is happening. A liar is in the White House. Alt-news is prodigiously pumped out by the President of the United States, as well as by right wingers. Fake-news is pumped out by Putin and his Russian trolls, and the nation-bruising presidential election so recently ended was victimized by Russian hacking. Robbing Republicans have broken into the bank, the U.S. government, and are stealing our treasure.

As I noted when I began, I’ve never called anyone a liar before. But here, the facts are obvious for all to see. And, after all, the President of the United States Donald J. Trump, calls people liars all the time, as well as the venerable news organizations cited herein. Their reports? “Lies. All lies…the lying media”

So, these days, calling people liars its normative behavior encouraged by the President of the United States.

Still, I will reserve the epithet solely for him.

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The Goddess Wept January 21, 2017

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by Dean Adams Curtis               01-20-17    10:00 AM PST

14.25_Sophia_(Wisdom)_in_the_Celsus_Library_in_Ephesus.JPGStatue of the goddess Sophia (Wisdom) in the Celsus Library at Ephesus.

For me, the most inspiring words spoken at today’s inauguration were by Cardinal Dolan of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, who invoked the goddess Wisdom, and asked her for guidance.

Then, as the new President of the United States spoke his first words after taking the oath of office, the goddess wept.

The goddess Wisdom, also known as Sophia, has some history and some prehistory. Before words were written she was already an icon. For the Greeks and Jews she was a happening figure. Historically she’s figured in Catholic and Protestant mysticism. And today she’s shouted out in Eastern Orthodox church services, just before important words of wisdom are shared.

Unfortunately, no words of wisdom were shared by the new President. His speech was flat, replete with horrid protectionist platitudes like “America first,” negative concepts like “American carnage,” lacking any inspiring, unifying and uplifting message.

The words of one of the network commentators before the new President was inaugurated ring in my brain. CBS’s John Dickerson noted that just 77,000 voters were responsible for Donald Trump winning the White House. They were the voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin whose voting choices secured the Electoral College victory for the new President, though his opponent Hillary Clinton, who has visited the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) Eastern Orthodox church in Istanbul, won almost 3,000,000 more votes.

Just doing some idle musing here during a drought-quenching, wind-whipped California deluge, but perhaps a 100,000 liberal U.S. voters, probably a fraction of those now heading to march in Washington D.C., could take the opportunity over the next few years to move from urban and suburban domiciles that are safely Democratic, into the exurbs, exactly where the 77,000 who put the new President into office reside. We could get into shared farming on existing farms instead of on postage-stamp-sized urban set-asides. For those liberal U.S. voters who are aging, perhaps as our preferred retirement lifestyle, rather than accepting a life of rolling down the halls of sanitized corporate-run retirement communities, we pioneer continued-care community gardening in Republican rural areas. The alt-right has conclusively taken the rural ground of America. The liberal left may be wise to seek means to reclaim that turf, following our predilections for”getting back to the land.” If so, we should make it meaningful. Any such movement should count, literally, the liberal votes it will be able to deliver during upcoming elections.

I’m writing these post-inaugural thoughts at a tire store on Valley Boulevard, midway through the massive urban sprawl that is Los Angeles. I’ve got my writing pad perched on a stack of retreaded tires.

Perhaps that’s why it clicks that the tired campaign slogans spewed in today’s first speech to the World’s people by the new President were retreads from Trump’s stump speeches, nasty applause lines for alt-right-wingers that sounded to my ears as if deflated, fatigued.

I also wonder about a strange line in today’s speech that seemed to be the opposite of poetic, or correct. The new President said, “Whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit…” Sure, Detroit was a city that sub-urbanized early on, but it really doesn’t hold a candle “sprawl-wise” to LA. Being originally from Detroit, I know that the region where I’m now standing, , Southern California, over 3,000 miles from Motown, is the city that has morphed to best describe offer a more fitting example of a sprawling urban existence.

Here in not-sunny SoCal, the guy who is putting a pair of new front tires on my car is waving to me, so my pen must now depart from this pad.

But, thinking back a moment longer to today’s words from “The Donald” in Washington D.C., perhaps the raindrops that fell on the 45th President of the United States as he began to speak were a sprinkling of wisdom.

Yet, in Eastern Orthodoxy Christianity, humility is the highest wisdom, and humility has never yet been evident in the person who refers to himself as Trump.

Maybe the awesome responsibility the new President has won for himself will soon jolt his mind from the perpetual adolescent playground it has reveled in for so long, offering him the result of a measure of humility that will lead him to wisdom.

Meanwhile, thanks to all of you pink-hatted women on buses heading to D.C. right now, preparing to show the people of America and the globe that we will not take this sitting down, unless perhaps while chained to fences, or blocking traffic in peaceful civil disobedient protests.

 

 

Knit for Marching January 18, 2017

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marciknitformarching012117In a recent edition of the Economist (Dec.24, 2016, p.79) an article focused on why Europeans are reading Stefan Zweig again.

Prior to the rise of Nazi fascism, Zweig, whose writing was popularized in the 2014 film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” called for European unity, which he hoped would be attained through education and culture.

“In a recent speech,” notes the Economist, “the president of the European Council nodded to Zweig’s warning that those caught up in historical change never notice its beginnings…In Zweig’s time…liberals gave up virtually without a fight, even though they had all the cards.”

That’s not going to happen again, at least if the women who will be boarding buses across the country this week headed for the  Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 21st (the day after President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office and becomes President of the United States) have anything to say about it. And they do.

We caught up with the sister in the picture, just as she finished knitting one of the caps she will be taking to wear during the massive Women’s March. After we listened to her talk about the upcoming protest, we noted that it was eight years ago, just after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, that small protests by right wing activists began what became known as the Tea Party, and led the U.S. directly to where we find ourselves today. We’re hoping that the Women’s March will mark the beginning of a new movement, one which will lead us to historic change in the United States, to a time of renewed and sustainable liberal government that is a match for our highest ideals.

Our hopes are with the marchers, and the movement they will inaugurate.

 

 

 

 

This Too Shall Pass November 9, 2016

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By Dean Adams Curtis

 

Writing in the darkness, before dawn on the West Coast of the United States, on the day after November 8th. I’m seeking the truths that remain self-evident.

 

After a night of tears and fears, I’m sad, but not mad. The state of democracy in the United States is strong. People who had never voted before, voted. Good. Democrats were unable to mobilize all the voters who put President Obama in the White House for eight years. Bad. Good Democrats, we’re going to need to “move it, move it” from here on out.

 

Republicans have won the undivided government of their choosing for the moment. They have their chance to steer the massive ship of state that is our nation. And I will now be standing in opposition to many of the destinations they desire to take us to.

 

We who were with her are now in the opposition to him, while we wish him the best as our captain.

 

He has led a life of perpetual adolescence. He now needs to grow up fast. Obamacare will go. But will “Trumpcare” really throw millions of Americans off their insurance? Doubtful. Perhaps we’ll end up with something paradoxically close to what Hillary proposed in the early 1990s.

 

Wispy clouds of dawn are now pink. Awake into the loyal, resolute, optimistic opposition. Democrats, peacefully rise and shine. Put on a new cap. Take back America.

 

The sky is now vanilla. A lump is in my throat. A crow calls out four times from the power distribution line. Life goes on now. An answer in kind is echoed by a distant crow. Life goes on now.

 

This period in American history will pass, just as all have, and will be someday be taught. What lessons will come from those teachings in the future, depends upon you.

 

Recalling now what President-elect Trump said about the use of nuclear weapons, “What are they there for?”

 

The answer he did not evidently grasp is that they are there NOT TO BE USED! The nuclear arsenals standing at ready around the globe protect us against nuclear war. How do we know? Because since soon after the end of World War Two, they have. Those who have not thought through this paradox, apparently including President-elect Trump, have not learned the all-important lesson that the only way to win the nuclear war “game” is to not play.

 

Carefully, for decades, Republican and Democratic presidents and the congresses and military leaders of their times, have been working to reduce the numbers of nuclear weapons held in the arsenals of global superpowers, and to also keep them from spreading to non-nuclear-weapon-equipped nations. Above all else, we must be optimistic that President-elect Trump will continue to do so as well.

 

My fingertips are numb now from pressing hard upon my pen’s grip.

 

I participated in a family member’s memorial service over the weekend, experiencing grief and hugging many family members tightly. Last night’s hugs were even tighter than those over the weekend. We must cradle one-another, and our optimism.

 

The children of Democrats are crying this morning, along with their parents who cuddle and kiss them. Their tears are of fear (terror) and grief. They will remember this moment. This is the dawn of their political lives, their first lesson in why it matters to be politically aware and active.

 

The celebrating children of Trump supporters, who perhaps went to rallies with their parents and chanted, “Lock her up,” will grow up fast too. Possibly, they will rebel against their parent’s perspectives. Will they be voting for the Democratic Party in 2024?

 

We, who are today so sad, on some future day’s dawn will be glad that America’s great Democratic Party voters began this day to redeem their optimism and agenda.

 

Todo loco. Totally crazy. Today, you bet. Tomorrow…

 

The first rays of photons from Our Sun crest, bend around horizon’s limb. Oh my! Optimism.

 

A landslide that some anticipated for Democrats yesterday, still awaits us. Not this morn, as the sun approaches its dawn, but soon. Perhaps it will be in two years, when we take both houses of Congress, or in four years when we kick the incumbent Republicans out, and welcome the upcoming inauguration of the first woman to be President of the United States. Maybe the landslide will take six years, or eight, but it will come.

 

During the years between then and this dawn, people may die who would not have died had Hillary been elected, due to policies that President-elect Trump has clearly stated his intent to enact. During these years, hateful policies that now seem in danger of being enacted, may well cause more extreme hardship to far more people than had Hillary been elected.

 

Perhaps, President-elect Trump will govern far differently than he campaigned. Let’s hope. As is often said, what unites us is far greater than what divides us, so such an outcome is certainly conceivable. But is our near-future commander-in-chief capable of governing differently than he campaigned? Or will the venomous right-wing snake, the now-awakened repellent racist reptile at the core of the dawning Republican Party, make it possible for their president-elect to govern charitably, should he somehow change his mind and want to?

 

I’m mulling over words of a patriotic American writer of yester-year, updating them. These are times that try human souls.

 

Dear Old Sol, hit me now. Sunshine’s in my eyes, along with another tear. A new day has dawned. Let us all carpe diem. Let’s renew our liberal democracy. Let’s stop freaking out our allies and stop giving comfort to adversaries. It is time for a pro-democracy movement in America.

 

 

 

For a look back at when I ran for president (1:30 into video):

 

 

 

 

Where you can find me now:

 

http://www.studioinastudio.com

 

 

 

A recent political music video I created of a song that I wrote:

 

 

 

We’re With Her September 22, 2016

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The editors of Goddesses support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

We’ve been with her all along. Click her picture to find out why.

Taliban Terrorize Women of Kunduz October 14, 2015

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When the Taliban came back to town they showed once again the true horror of their terrorist ways.

The Taliban briefly retook the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz recently and immediately started targeting women, especially those women who had stood up for the rights of other women. The Taliban commander labeled these women as “sluts.”

Now that the Taliban have been pushed out of the city by Afghanistan and coalition forces the full scope of their women targeting ways were on display for all to see.

The Taliban destroyed three radio stations run by women, reported The New York Times, which continued, “The Fatima Zahra girls’ high school and the Women’s Empowerment Center, which held social and political awareness sessions and taught women to sew, were also looted. Women for Afghan Women’s office and children’s center were looted, its computers and cars were stolen, and the organization’s shelter for abused women was completely burned.”

More of the chilling details are available in a New York Times report at the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/world/asia/taliban-targeted-women-kunduz-afghanistan.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Combating Boko Haram in Cameroon October 14, 2015

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African nations in coalition with the U.S. against Boko Haram.

A million and a half children, along with their mothers, have been displaced by Boko Haram in Cameroon, Nigeria, and neighboring African states. And Boko Haram is still holding the 250 plus Chibok, Nigeria schoolgirls.

But Boko Haram, the Islamist, ISIS-allied rebel group, now has big worries. In addition to being pushed out of their northeast Nigerian jungle hideouts by Nigerian government and Cameroonian troops recently, they are now facing a regional multinational task force made up of soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Benin, Niger and Nigeria.

In addition, The New York Times reports (at the link below) that President Obama has already sent 90 of an eventual 300 armed U.S. troops to Cameroon to offer non-combat support, including unarmed Predator drones to the multinational African force.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/world/africa/obama-orders-300-troops-to-cameroon-to-support-fight-against-boko-haram.html?hpw&rref=world&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State… October 4, 2015

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The title of this blog entry shares the words the National Rifle Association of the U.S. has paid countless millions to make sure you never hear or read, and definitely never consider. These words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…” are the first half of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The words “well regulated” give you your first clue as to why the NRA has spent its millions to misdirect you from the truth of the Second Amendment, namely that it is actually a gun control amendment. Throughout U.S. history it has served this purpose.

You, like every commentator on TV these days, may have forgotten the first half of the Second Amendment due to the NRA misdirection campaign, as nobody ever cites these words in gun control debates. They should start.

The-second-amendment is a gun control amendment

And if you think the second half of the Second Amendment is actually as clear cut as the Congress-buying NRA would like you to think it is, think again.

If you stand with President Obama and can’t stand this repetitious and totally preventable cycle of extreme violence, and if you sit appalled at the grotesque response of Republican presidential candidates (“These things happen” and “They always will”), then hopefully you will join the movement goddesses.com is launching with this post, which is this:

Remember to tell everyone with whom you discuss gun control these, our opening and concluding words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

Rape of the Yazidis August 14, 2015

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Among the horrors happening within the Islamic State, is the enslavement and rape of Yazidi girls and women, revealed in a must-read New York Times report by Rukmini Callimachi, available at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/middleeast/isis-enshrines-a-theology-of-rape.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The Times reports that “systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution.”

Further, the Times report notes that, “The youngest, prettiest women and girls were bought in the first weeks after their capture. Others — especially older, married women — described how they were transported from location to location, spending months in the equivalent of human holding pens, until a prospective buyer bid on them.”

The Times continues, “Their captors appeared to have a system in place, replete with its own methodology of inventorying the women, as well as their own lexicon. Women and girls were referred to as ‘Sabaya [Slave],’ followed by their name. Some were bought by wholesalers, who photographed and gave them numbers, to advertise them to potential buyers.”

Like a Sister and a Beautiful Mother June 22, 2015

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Praise for Pope Francis, who last week in his landmark document on the environment and climate change channeled Saint Francis of Assisi to remind us all that “our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”20150228_172550

Pope Francis continued the introduction to his “encyclical” with the following words. “This sister now cries out to us because of
the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail.”