over at the old Veterans Memorial Building. It was night and traffic was slow, as usual. I was anxiously listening to the news and they did it. BushCheney did it. I began to curse. GD MF SOB. I kept it up until I realized that anyone can read lips when the speaker is using 4-letter words and I was driving slowly enough for them to do so.
What was I thinking? HE LIED. People were going to die wholesale because HE LIED. GD MF SOB I watched the cable news stations willingly submit themselves to unabashed propaganda in order to make a wrongful war happen. They trotted out special graphics and wrote special theme music, and ran it 24/7. Of their own free will. WHY?
The propaganda push was so blatant that several elderly Europeans of my acquaintance, including my mother in law, were getting sickening flashbacks to the 1930s. I was already involved in the local peace community at the time, and became a liaison between my friends at the VFP and other groups, which is how I met many people.
Im not a veteran, nor am I a pacifist. In those years I still thought the country of my birth could be salvaged, and the VFP, gods bless them, were the antiwar marchers who marched under the US flag they had fought for. So I marched with them, and eventually was asked to join, and after a time they found out I knew how to chair a meeting
But on that night, the wrongful war we tried to prevent began. And it unfolded as we knew it would, but with added corruption because this was BushCheney and the GOP and there was money to be made.
GD MF SOB
Doesnt Brazil want him back for some crime or other?
Why they focus so obsessively on sex is anyones guess maybe because it brings us pleasure and closeness, and after all, if our very natures are inherently evil, why so is every indication of our sexuality.
Therefore, sex and sexuality need to be stomped down hard, driven into the shadows of shame and the darkness of twisted power-over. Power-over anyone perceived as weaker, like women and gay men, and over anyone actually weaker, like children.
Individual thought, differences of any kind, all evil.
Mike Johnson is sick and twisted and belongs nowhere near the halls of power.
Any normal person should be able to smell his festering psychic stink from across the country.
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
Id already been paying attention to how the RW started changing definitions of contraceptions, and how ghastly the implications of personhood laws are for women using fertility clinics.
But when they started calling procedures abortion that I know to have been standard of care in obstetrics since my mother and her friends were having babies and miscarriages in the late 1940s and onward that just gut-punched me in a very personal way. I have written about how rough my Mom had it giving birth to us 4 in the Baby Boom years. In addition to us, she had two miscarriages that almost killed her and one full term still birth. In college I knew a woman who had an ectopic pregnancy and those are fatal if not removed very quickly. In my young married years I had a friend who was 4 months along when a routine exam with her OB-GYN revealed a very fast-growing cancer that needed specialized surgery (complete hysterectomy, ovaries, everything out) in another state I was shocked that some idiot woman actually asked me whether they couldnt save the baby. And on and on in the world of women.
So, thanks all to hell, SCOTUS I feel very clarified on the subject. I now have no doubts in my mind that abortion is health care. You have come for my mother and my friends. I AM PRO-ABORTION NOW, thanks to the RW in this country.
Some of the comments here make me want to vomit.
Theres a lifelong host of psychological effects from having been abused this way.
I remember reading many times that a high percentage of prostitutes had been sexually abused as children and from the first time I read that I wondered: what about those of us who dont?
I remember reading that some girls end up as daddys little princess with all kinds of gifts and special privileges, and I wondered: what about those of us who never did?
It goes on and on like that. Studies that get published highlight the girls/women who stand out in some way what about those who pretended as hard as possible that no such thing happened, and kept the secret for 20 years?
Ivanka Trumps father has left a trail of utterly grotesque very public photos and interviews about his daughter as a child, as a teen, as a young adult. He fondles her, poses her There was a lifestyle interview and magazine photos of the two of them on her bed, with her on the phone, clothed but very suggestive for someone who looked about 12 years old.
One of the most telling stories Ive read in the past year is that (1) Ivankas childhood bedroom has never been changed a bit, and (2) she has never set foot in it since leaving home. Also there was a separate story last year by a woman who was sent by her lifestyle magazine to interview new-mother Melania, accepted a tour of the penthouse by Donald, and ended up in Ivankas bedroom being slammed against the wall by the big man himself. Rather reminiscent of how he raped E. Jean Carroll in a department store dressing room, except the reporter escaped with a groping. Oh yeah, that great unforgettable story with Stormy Daniels, where he told a porn actress that she reminded him of his daughter.
He pressured Ivanka into cosmetic surgery at an early age. Having a nose job is common for high schoolers in some places, but if you look at her brothers and her old photos you can see how her chin, lips, and cheekbones were resculpted early. Her aunt the judge recalled at one point how Donald wanted her to have a boob job in her teens, and how the aunt objected that it was much too early for that. She had the boob job at what age I dont know, but she was the talk of the Golden Globes.
So, Ivanka, as we can all see, became Daddys Little Princess practically from birth, Daddy literally forcing her hapless small brothers to compete for his unattainable attention. Special gifts, special treatment, lots of money all the largesse of a very rich man. And all for the low, low price of being his doll, his thing, his object, always dependent, never free. Always transactional. Always subject to his whims and rages. I wouldnt want that life for anything in the universe.
As an adult, Ivanka is responsible for her own behavior in both the legal and ethical sense. She participated fully in Trump, Inc. and Trump White House. She absolutely needs to face the Law along with the rest of them.
But the abused child lives in her, twisted by her monstrous father. Just as you would not make jokes about prison rape as a knock on homosexuality, please refrain from making jokes about the incest inflicted on this woman when she was a child.
If one wants to quibble, people started leaving England for the New World seeking religious freedom far earlier than the reign of King George III.
My own first ancestor here was a Dissenter came to Massachusetts in the 1600s, because of persecution and threat of execution a Protestant who was not the right kind of Protestant, in a kingdom where Church and State were as one.
Which is the point.
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