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Voters In a Majority Hispanic Kansas City Instructed To Go To The Wrong Polling Site

From the article:

In yet another example of Democratic-leaning Americans being targeted in a tough election year for Republicans, voters in Dodge City, Kansas are receiving notices in the mail listing the wrong polling place.
According to The Associated Press, “After moving Dodge City’s sole polling site outside city limits, county election officials sent newly registered voters an official certificate of registration that listed the wrong place to cast a ballot in the midterm election.”

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From tweets to bombs, suspect's rage at Trump foes escalated including racist diatribes

From the article:

In recent months, Sayoc, a registered Republican, railed against Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Facebook and posted venomous broadsides against liberal philanthropist George Soros on Twitter. One anti-Soros tweet came on Wednesday, two days after federal authorities say he mailed a bomb to Soros’ home.
Hours after federal authorities arrested him in Plantation, Florida, his social media posts and peripatetic work history began to offer the first sketch of a man whose rudimentary bombs launched a nationwide manhunt.

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Familiar by this point. A right wing politician makes vaguely threatening speeches, and when a right wing terrorist follow through on the threat, the politician claims to have been misunderstood.

Cory Booker could be a candidate for the 'religious left'

From the article:

Questions about religion can paralyze some politicians, but not Cory Booker.
If anything, the topic seems to relax him. …

“When I get up in the morning, I meditate,” the New Jersey Democrat said, a practice he has often linked to his spiritual health. He paused for a moment, then quickly corrected himself: “Actually, I pray on my knees, and then I meditate.”

Booker’s comfort with his faith is unusual for Democrats in Washington, but it’s standard fare for the 49-year-old former mayor of Newark and has even become a mainstay of his blossoming political persona: Even the hyperbole-averse Associated Press recently compared him to an “evangelical minister” after Booker addressed a group of Democrats in Iowa.

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For much of the US corporate media, the words "religious left" rarely appear. The prevailing myth is that religious people are mainly conservative. And yet the message of Jesus is anything but conservative, anything but supportive of supply side economic theory.

Conservative White Evangelicals Need to Be Stopped

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I’ve been a pastor in the local church for the past 24 years, much of that in megachurches in the Bible Belt. I’ve been shoulder to shoulder in ministry and in life with white Evangelicals, I’ve sat in Bible studies with them, served alongside them in staff meetings, attended hundreds of pastoral gatherings and heard how they think and what drives them.
I need you to understand something:
Conservative white Evangelicals need to be stopped.

Prior to the 2016 Presidential campaign, it would have been unthinkable that professed followers of Jesus would align themselves in any way with a human being like Donald Trump; the disconnect between them so profound, the gap in decency so wide, it wouldn’t even have been a discussion. He modeled the life Christ spent his entire time on the planet warning against and the kind of person he protected people from.
But these folks soon realized something critical: Donald Trump is amoral. He lacks personal convictions of any kind, choosing to take on the shape of the highest available bidder—and that they had the deepest of pockets. He could simply be an empty but singularly powerful vessel through which they could legislate their theologically-distorted agenda—which is happening in the moments I’m typing these words and you reading them. They are building their caucasian theocracy within this vacant shell of a human being.

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I would not call Trump a vacant shell. I would call him a sociopath who is motivated by money, as well as a damaged little boy still fighting to show his father that he is not a failure.

Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad Addressing Social Justice and Gender

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…...All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.....

O People, it is true that you have certain rights over your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under God’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.

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What will the next year of #MeToo bring?

From the article:

IT’S ONE year since the #MeToo movement began — and we’re still feeling the impact of survivors of sexual assault stepping forward and finally having their long-silenced voices heard.
From Hollywood actors shining a light on some rich and powerful abusers, to McDonald’s workers coming together for a one-day-strike, to the thousands who took the streets to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, survivors have found their voice, supporters of women’s rights have seen their power in numbers — and we’ve also learned how far we still need to go.
For all the people who sat glued to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described Kavanaugh’s assault — and then saw Kavanaugh’s defiant response — there could be no question that we have a fight on our hands.
Donald Trump — himself accused of sexual misconduct by at least 19 women — made it clear what he thought about the accusations against Kavanaugh when he mocked Blasey Ford’s testimony at a campaign stop.

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From denial to pride: how China changed its language on Xinjiang's camps

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China’s state broadcaster CCTV last week offered a look inside Xinjiang’s controversial internment camps.
In the 15-minute segment journalists visit the Hotan City Vocational Skills Education and Training Centre where they teach students Mandarin, China’s various legal codes, and job-relevant skills, according to a city official, reciting almost verbatim a description previously given in Chinese state media.

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The atheist leaders of China initially denied the very existence of these re-education camps, now they no longer deny that the goal is indoctrination. And the ideas to be eliminated are religious ideas and any sense of ethnic identity.

The goal is erasure of religion and ethnicity. That sounds like intolerance.

GOP politicians will never reject Trump because Trump is the GOP.

I have read many articles by "never Trumpers" and others where the premise is that Trump is not really the GOP. The argument is that Trump is an aberration, and does not truly represent the GOP.


The GOP has been the party of racism since 1968, when Richard Nixon made the Southern strategy the key to his success. Nicxon appealed to racists from every state, especially in the south, where the GOP became the all bit official party of southern racists. That strategy of appealing to racists worked for the GOP in 1968 and 1972.

There was a brief interruption when Carter won in 1976, but the GOP national racism was on full display in 1980 when Ronald Reagan opened his campaign at a Mississippi fairgrounds notorious for being the site of many large KKK rallies.

Reagan used thinly coded language to appeal to the more genteel racists.

In 1988, George H. W. Bush used another form of racism in the Willie Horton strategy.

Fasy forward to 2015, as Trump abandoned coded language and openly engaged in brutally racist speech as he appealed to the most deplorable and uninformed of GOP voters.

The Nazis and proud boys and KKK boys marching are the GOP. McConnell and Ryan are just as racist, just as hateful, but they hide behind the same coded language that Reagan used.

A song for every day:

It is titled an acapella version. As a musician, this is a mis-labelling, but the voices and organ are excellent.


A simple guide to "whataboutism".

Simply put, whataboutism refers to the bringing up of one issue in order to distract from the discussion of another. It does not apply to the comparison and analysis of two similar issues in terms such as why some are given more social prominence than others.


So, if a post appears discussing a positive action taken by people of faith, any response that brings up a completely different, negative action taken by other people of faith is whataboutism because it ignores the initial post in an attempt to derail and divert discussion of the actual subject.

One reason to engage in such whataboutism is to ignore the good action to promote a narrative.

I post this in the helpful spirit of another recent post here about another logical fallacy.


Edited to add:

And in a bit of probably unintended irony, nearly all of the responses here demonstrate whataboutism and the 11th Commandment.
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