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It’s Not Just Climate — Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans

Pope Francis is making headlines for recognizing the threat of climate change. But his encyclical also called attention to the world's oceans.

Bernie Sanders Draws More Supporters Than Every Republican Candidate as 4,500 Fill Rally

Bernie Sanders drew a bigger crowd than any Republican candidate, as 4,500 supporters filled his event in Denver.
According to the Sanders campaign:
Thousands of cheering and chanting Coloradans – one of the biggest crowds for any presidential candidate so far this campaign – showed up here on Saturday night to hear Bernie Sanders tell them they were sending a message to the billionaire class that “‘You can’t have it all. This is our country too.'”


By the university’s count, 4,500 people were in the gym, atrium and lacrosse field to see Sanders, the candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and a U.S. senator from Vermont.

When the crowd chanted his name, Bernie stopped them. “This campaign is not about me,” he said. “It is not about Hillary Clinton or any other candidate,” he added. “This campaign is about you, your kids and your parents. It is about creating a political movement of millions of people who stand up and loudly proclaim that this nation belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.”
Sen. Sanders drew the second biggest crowd of the entire campaign in Denver. The only bigger crowd by official count was Hillary Clinton’s rally in New York last weekend. Sen. Sanders is pulling off the most impressive feat of the campaign. People are excited and showing up for his events.
Unlike Ted Cruz who drew a big crowd for his campaign launch by holding it a university event that students were forced to attend, the enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders is real. He doesn’t pay actors to come to his rallies and support him like Donald Trump did. His supporters are excited about their candidate.
The media and Republicans drone on about the depth of the Republican field, but early on in 2016, one trend continues for Democrats. Democratic candidates have the enthusiastic supporters. Republican candidates didn’t draw large crowds in 2008 or 2012, and the lack of GOP grassroots support is continuing in 2016.
Bernie Sanders are outdrawing Republican all across the country, and this is a good sign for the Democratic Party as the nation gears up to elect a new president.

Bernie Sanders Takes Down Trump and Takes Back Neil Young’s Song From The Billionaire Thief

Bernie Sanders took down Donald Trump and took back Rockin’ In The Free World by using the song with Neil Young’s permission at his rally in Denver.
In a statement about the Denver rally, the Sanders campaign not so subtlety noted, “This is an extraordinary turnout,” Sanders said as he surveyed the crowd after climbing onto the Hamilton Gymnasium stage at the University of Denver. Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” played (with the singer/songwriter manager’s approval) as Sanders was introduced to the standing-room-only crowd that spilled into an atrium and a nearby lacrosse field outside.”
Donald Trump stole Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World by using at his presidential campaign announcement without the artist’s permission. Young responded by making it abundantly clear that Trump did not have permission to use his song, and that he supports Bernie Sanders. Trump responded by claiming that he had paid for permission to use the song, and basically called Neil Young a liar, but he also said that he would not be using the song again.
Bernie Sanders not only took down Trump by using the song. He also took the song back from the billionaire who tried to steal it. Rockin’ In The Free World is a criticism of Republican policies, and the lyrics fit much better with Bernie Sanders than they ever would with any Republican.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are complete opposites. Bernie Sanders is running a campaign that is about giving voice and power back to the people. Trump is running because he is, “really, really rich.” Bernie Sanders is generating overflow crowds for each of his rallies. Donald Trump had to pay actors to come to his rally and cheer for him. Bernie Sanders is a serious public servant who has spent decades fighting for ordinary Americans. Donald Trump is a reality TV buffoon who is most famous for saying “You’re fired.”
Sen. Sanders is fighting to lead a revolution against the billionaire takeover of the electoral system and government, and the Donald Trumps of the world are exactly what Sanders is running against. The theft of Neil Young’s song was symptomatic of the idea that the wealthiest Americans can take whatever they want, but Bernie Sanders is leading the popular charge to take the country back.

Working Women Spell Doom For Republican Chances Of Retaking The White House In 2016

If Republicans continue to ignore working women, and Hillary Clinton becomes the 2016 Democratic nominee, the Republican Cabal will be in world of hurt.…
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A June 19th piece in The Washington Postwritten by Danielle Paquette, discusses a major problem for the Republican Cabal in the 2016 pretender race. The party does not appeal to working women. Paquette interviewed a number of Republican agitators who expressed concern that the Republican pretender candidates were doing next to nothing to encourage women who work outside the home to vote for them.
Working women have been abandoning the Republican Party in droves. For example, in 2004, the shrub managed to get nearly half the vote from working moms in the U.S. electorate. Four years later, John McCain was only able to secure 40 percent of the working mom vote. In 2012, Republican Cabal nominee Mitt Romney, who embodied an old-fashioned view of sex roles and family structure, struggled to get just a third of the vote from working mothers.
Despite the Republican’s failure to appeal to working women, the conservative executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, Sabrina Schaeffer, argues that Republicans are still providing no answers. She laments:
For years now, Democrats have been saying: We are focused on women in the workplace. For whatever reason, Republicans keep ignoring these issues. It’s the absolute worst thing they can do. They need to understand, engage and offer better solutions.
John McCain’s 2008 political adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin also argues that his party has become out of touch with the concerns of working women. He notes:
Every parent who works has been through the day-care nightmare. This has been under-appreciated by Republican candidates in part and conservatives in general.
Yet despite the burgeoning costs of child care and the fact that the United States offers precious little in the way of paid family leave for working mothers, the Republican pretender candidates remain silent on some of the issues that matter most to working women. In addition, the Republican Cabal’s assault on reproductive rights, their attacks on health care subsidies, their byzantine views on female contraception, and their opposition to equal pay for equal work, are all turn offs to many professional women.
The Republicans have been hemorrhaging support from working women for a decade. That problem is only going to be compounded if the Republican Cabal has to present their outdated views on the same stage with Hillary Clinton, who has made the concerns of working women one of the cornerstones of her campaign. Working women helped propel Barack Obama to two victories over Republican Cabal candidates in 2008 and 2012.
If Republicans continue to ignore working women in 2016, and Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, the Republican Cabal will be in world of hurt politically.

JFK on Republicans

Fox News Hack Doesn’t Want President Obama Protected By Secret Service

Fox News Host Doesn’t Want President Obama Protected By Secret Service (VIDEO)
This is deplorable…
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D.C. cardinal destroys Rush Limbaugh with a smile

The Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl speaks to Fox News (screen grab)
“This is one of the great blessings of America,” Wuerl replied with a smile. “We’re all allowed to speak our mind even if we don’t have all the facts, even if we don’t have a clear view of what the other person is saying. We’re all allowed to speak our mind, and that’s what he’s doing.”

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Two Sides To A Story

The Rest Of The World Thinks Americans Should Be Ashamed

The Charleston massacre surprised some around the world who thought an African American President meant the nation's days of racism were history…
Reputation is the general opinion that people have about someone or something, and although Americans have a very high opinion of themselves, and this country, that is simply not the case around the world. Even setting aside the event in Charleston this week, it is easy to understand why, like a few astute Americans, people around the world do not have a very high opinion of a nation they rightly describe as structurally violent and racist.
If there is only one thing the world has learned about Americans, it is that besides being inordinately racist, they typically resort to violence to achieve their goals at home and abroad. That being the case, there is nothing un-American about the Confederate racist who gunned down nine innocent African Americans in a place they considered a sanctuary; their church. Violence, particularly gun violence, against people of color and to solve differences is explicitly American, and as the world sees it, shameful.
Whether Americans believe it or not, people from around the world and outside of America’s immediate sphere of influence get a very accurate picture of this country because they are not fed by America’s corporate conservative media. The latest race-driven attack on a specific group of people was not so much a shock to other nations, although it was shockingly brutal to many, but a reminder that Americans as a group are gun-addicted and steeped in racism. In countries that have strict gun laws in place, firearm violence is virtually “unheard of,” and like this author’s colleagues from around the globe, they wonder why, after so many mass shootings, there is a fanatical gun culture panting for more firearm ownership.
Some of the assessments of the sad state of affairs in America, affairs that stain the nation’s reputation, are not only telling about the American people, they show just how backward and savage this country really is. For example, people in China compared the United States to lawless Somalia and cited racial discrimination as fueling the level and frequency of violence. 
Claire Taylor of Gun Free South Africa said, “The USA is completely out of step with the rest of the world. We’ve tightened our gun laws and have seen a reduction.” Taylor is not entirely correct; America may be out of step with civilized societies, but it is completely in step with lawless countries like Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq where gun proliferation and prejudice have produced a nation that a neighboring country accurately portrayed as a “structurally violent.”
That incredibly astute observation was courtesy of a Mexico City newspaper, La Jornada, that wrote that “the U.S. has become a structurally violent state where force is frequently used domestically and internationally to resolve differences. In this context, the unchecked and even paranoid citizen armament is no coincidence. Such a phenomenon reflects the feeling of extensive sectors about the supposed legitimacy of violent methods.” The paper’s editors mean extensive sectors such as Republicans in Congress, gun fanatics in the racist Confederacy, the white supremacist and militia movement, and much of the nation’s law enforcement community.
The La Jornada observation was particularly prescient in describing Americans’ reliance on the use of force to resolve differences both against other Americans who are not white, and other nations (that are also not white). Even though President Barack Obama changed the nation’s international relations by using diplomacy instead of force to resolve its differences, he is virtually powerless to stop white Americans with guns from killing African Americans due to the prevalence of racial animus in the population. America is structurally violent and if Republican warmongers had their way, it would exude its violence all over the brown people in the Middle East. American racism is not confined to animus toward African Americans, but they are the primary victims of this country’s race-driven bigotry; bigotry that confounds other people around the world.
An attorney in Tokyo, Hiroko Takimoto, said America’s “Racially motivated killings are simply something Japanese as a people cannot understand.” The Charleston killings “devastated” a Tokyo University political science student, Yuka Christine Koshino, who had previously participated in racism awareness campaigns while studying at the University of California at Berkeley. Koshino said “those interactions had given her hope that the situation [in America] was improving. The shootings shocked me.”
Koshino was either shocked because she has not paid attention to the news from America over the past six years, or she was naïve to believe that “racism awareness campaigns” are of any value in a deeply racist nation like America; obviously they hold no value whatsoever. Teaching people that racism exists and how to identify it is not now or ever going to make it disappear. In fact in a country like America ‘racism awareness campaigns’ will only expose the high level of racial animus plaguing the nation; particularly in the former Confederacy, the conservative media, and of course the Republican Party and all its iterations.
The Charleston racially-motivated massacre did surprise some people around the world who, like many Americans, thought an African American President meant the nation’s dark days of naked racism were history. Ahmad Syafi’i Maarif, representing Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, said the church shooting shocked many. He said, “People all over the world believed that racism had gone from the U.S. when Barack Obama was elected to lead the superpower, twice. But the Charleston shooting has reminded us that in fact, it still remains… and can explode at any time, like a terrorist act by an individual.”
American racism is not necessarily unique, and it is true that other countries, such as Britain do struggle with racism and prejudice against outsiders, but that racism does not result in regularly occurring mass shootings. People around the world rightly acknowledge that the massacres in America are a result of a Constitution that protects the right to keep and bear arms, but not protect people of color’s lives. A Canadian resident said, “Guns are in their constitution. I’m pretty sure no one else has anything similar. I never understand why they think gun violence is going to solve anything.” It is simply because this is America and gun violence is as much a part of the culture as the racism that pervades the former Confederacy.
The Charleston shootings reinforced the opinion of the British people that “America has too many guns and too many racists.” In fact in a British newspaper on the front page the headline read, “America’s shame.” The paper’s editors said that “America seems to have moved backward since Obama’s election” and that the “obscene proliferation of guns only magnifies tragedies like the racially-motivated church shooting.” What the newspaper’s editors obviously fail to understand is that the racism rearing its Confederate head of late never went away although they are correct that the President’s election did incite racists to come out of the closets with their guns locked and loaded looking for a race war.
What the British people, and world community for that matter, fail to comprehend is that Americans have no sense of shame over the increasing frequency of mass and racially-motivated shootings. It is just part of what it means to be American, and exceptional. It is why law enforcement continues shooting unarmed African Americans with veritable impunity and why conservatives are scrambling to explain away the Charleston shooter as ‘disturbed.’
Dylann Roof is not disturbed, he is a typical American gun fanatic and a Confederate racist; a product of his American South upbringing.  Except for a relatively small segment of the population, most Americans think his actions are nothing to be ashamed of no matter what the world thinks because this is America and whatever happens here is exceptional.
The thing is most Americans agree with the rest of the world. 
It is the very few loud mouthed ignorant assholes that are tarnishing our image. 
It is long past time with threw those pieces of offal onto the waste dump and filled in the hole and make a golf course over top like we do to other landfills full of shit we don't want or need.

A Dark Demon Lingering Within The Republican Cabal

Charleston Highlights A Dark Demon Lingering Within The GOP
The orchestrated effort by the wingnuts to turn the Charleston Massacre into anything but wingnut racism is proof that the Republican Cabal and wingnut media knows a significant portion of their base is racist, and they’re refusing to alienate them.

A Deluded 12-Year-Old Says Obama ‘Politicized’ Charleston; Wingnuts Fall In Love

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The Republican Cabal

Rick Perry Self Destructs And Blames His Flaming Stupidity On Having A Bad Back

perry-fnsRick Perry imploded today when during a Fox News Sunday interview he tried to blame his stupidity on the fact that he has a bad back.
Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace asked Perry what went wrong in 2012, and Perry answered with the lamest excuse possible.
Perry said, “I would recommend anybody running for the presidency make sure you’re healthy. I’d had major back surgery, and I didn’t prepare properly, and I think the real issue there was I thought being governor of the state of Texas for twelve years was enough preparation to run for presidency and the fact of the matter is, there’s nothing like it, and until you’ve done it, you don’t even realize what a challenge it is. These broad array of issues that you have to have more than just passing knowledge of.”
Wallace asked Perry what he learned, and the former Texas governor responded, “Well, number one, you gotta be healthy, and secondly, you gotta prepare, and it takes years of preparation, I would suggest to you.”
In this interview, Rick Perry admitted that he is lazy, makes bad decisions, and he is unprepared. The foundation of his presidential campaign appears to be vote for me because my back doesn’t hurt, and I studied this time.
President Kennedy had a bad back, but that didn’t cause him to start World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Millions of Americans have bad backs, but their back pain doesn’t make them lazy and stupid.
What would happen if Rick Perry were president and his back acted up again? Would he blow up the world, and then apologize later because his back was hurting so he didn’t study up on the issue?
Perry’s faceplant was even more stunning because he planned it. He blamed his back during the first question of the interview. Perry didn’t make an ill-advised gaffe. His reason for his horrible 2012 campaign is that he was coming off of back surgery and didn’t prepare to run.
Rick Perry is wearing his smart glasses and wants everybody to know that he isn’t dumb. His back hurts.

Rick Perry: People Without Health Coverage Don't Matter Because 'That's Not How We Keep Score'

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IBM Punishes Louisiana For Governor’s Anti-Gay Executive Order

Michigan Theocracy

Republicans Create Bill Requiring All Marriages Be ‘Solemnized’ By Clergy
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Religious House Republicans Plan To Deny Contraception Access to 4.6 Million Women

There is no other reason for Republicans to try defunding Title X than denying family planning services and contraception from women.…