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My dad fought the nazis.

Perhaps we ought to start up where his generation left off.

Elizabeth Warren at Netroots: "We are not the gate-crashers of todays Democratic Party".

“The Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill,” she said, highlighting measures Mr. Clinton signed into law as president that are reviled by much of the left. “It is not going to happen.”

Yet Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is widely thought to be considering running for president in 2020, noted to about 1,000 activists here for the yearly Netroots Nation meeting that they hardly needed to worry about the party shifting to the middle as it did in the 1990s. Liberals, she said, have taken charge.

“We are not the gate-crashers of today’s Democratic Party,” Ms. Warren said, invoking a term first used to describe the liberal blogosphere that emerged a decade ago. “We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party.”
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Ms. Warren lampooned a recent New York Times opinion article, “Back to the Center, Democrats,” by the onetime Clinton strategist Mark Penn and the former New York City Council president Andrew Stein. “The path forward is to go back to locking up nonviolent drug offenders and ripping more holes in our economic safety net,” she said of their argument.
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“If we’re going to be the people who lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can’t waste energy arguing about whose issue matters more or who in our alliance should be voted off the island,” she said, drawing applause.


[link:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-democrats-liberals.html?_r=0|

Canon expert: Vatican protected bishops for centuries


The ongoing canonical trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron is significant in that it’s only the second time in centuries a bishop has been put on trial by the church, said Thomas Doyle, a Catholic priest and former board member of the Canon Law Society of America.

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There have been 95 cases filed in federal and local court on Guam, accusing priests and others associated with the church of child sexual abuse, including several cases which allege some children reported the abuse to other church officials who didn't help them.

If the accusations are true, Guam’s last three bishops and archbishops, including Apuron, sexually abused children or knew about clergy sexual abuse on island and did nothing to stop it.

Apuron was temporarily removed from his position in the local church in June 2016 following abuse allegations lodged against him by three former Agat altar boys and the mother of a deceased altar boy. They have accused Apuron, who was a village priest in the late 1970s, of rape and molestation.

[link:http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/07/29/canon-expert-vatican-protected-bishops-centuries/522175001/|

Good News: Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests.

Chaotic scenes unfolded as Israeli police used stun grenades to try to control crowds charging forward when the last gate Muslims use to enter Al-Aqsa was opened after a stand-off lasting several hours.

"We will sacrifice ourselves for Al-Aqsa!" chanted the throng outside Islam's third holiest shrine. Several young men clambered onto the mosque's roof to affix Palestinian flags, which Israeli police soon confiscated.

Israel's removal of the security devices, including metal detectors and CCTV cameras, marked a significant climbdown by right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While Palestinians celebrated, political opponents accused him of weakness.


[link:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKBN1AC0UF|

For the irony impaired, this is not exactly good news for humans

Good News: Vatican treasurer makes brief Australian court appearance over historical sex charges


MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell made a brief court appearance in his native Australia on Wednesday to face what police described as "historical sexual offences", making him the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.

Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, did not speak as he was escorted to and from Melbourne Magistrates' Court by police through a large crowd of media, protesters and supporters. He was not required to enter a plea.

Australian police said last month Pell had been summoned to appear on charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants.


[link:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell-idUSKBN1AA2XE|

Schumer Takes Aim at Clinton: Dont Blame Russia or Comey, Blame Yourself


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a thinly veiled message to Hillary Clinton, saying that “you blame yourself” if you “lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity.” Schumer never explicitly mentioned Clinton but there was little doubt who he was talking about while discussing the broad effort by the Democratic Party to come up with a new messaging strategy ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia—you blame yourself,” Schumer said in an interview with the Washington Post. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.” A recent poll found that 52 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party “just stands against Trump” while only 37 percent think it actually “stands for something.”

Clinton has taken responsibility for her loss, although she has also mentioned a variety of factors that contributed to the results in November, including the decision by then-FBI chief James Comey to reopen the investigation into her emails near the end of the campaign. She has also mentioned Russia’s well-reported efforts to affect the outcome of the election.

Schumer spoke to the Post ahead of the unveiling of the new Democratic Party economic platform on Monday that has been dubbed “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”


[link:http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/07/23/schumer_takes_aim_at_clinton_don_t_blame_russia_or_comey_blame_yourself.html|

If Trump live streamed himself eating puppies and babies would Congress impeach?

I think the answer is no. What do you think?

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/11/morning-joe-co-host-joe-scarborough-is-leaving-the-republican-party/?utm_term=.368ebcabba01

This could get interesting.

“You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?” Scarborough said to Colbert. “How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?”

“Aren’t you a Republican?” Colbert asked.

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,” Scarborough said to loud applause from the audience. “I’ve got to become an independent.”

A normal Republican Party would be initiating impeachment now.

Does anyone seriously think Ryan will do that?

Fake President exploits dying child for political gain.

Charlie Gard is going to die. That is a certainty. He has the worst sort of MDDS, the encephalitic RRM2B variant, and that is invariably lethal. Worse, he has already suffered irreversible brain damage, any treatment, and there is no treatment, would leave him hopelessly brain damaged.

There is a doctor in New York who is conducting experimental treatments for this condition, and Charlie's desperate parents have tried and failed to convince the courts that they should be allowed to take him to the us for treatment. They failed to convince the courts because, as the decision states, even the doctor agrees that there is no chance of success.

"he is so severely affected by encephalopathy that any attempt at therapy would be futile."

The doctor would of course agree to treat anyway, bit it seems primarily for the research data obtained.

The court decision is here: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/gosh-v-yates-and-gard-20170411-1.pdf

This is what Trump has chosen to use this week to promote his Fake Presidency. It is well chosen. As usual the naive will line up to be used and abused by the religious right and by their allies, including of course our home grown fascists and their demented leader.

It will probably work to deflect away from the catastrophic week Fake President just had, which however also managed to deflect away from the horrible richcare bill still stuck in the bowels of the Senate.
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