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Pence speaks on rise in persecution of faithful May 20, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.

The bottom line, he said, is clear: "As history attests, persecution of one faith is ultimately the persecution of all faiths."
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I think it follows that discrimination against one person is ultimately discrimination against all people. I know the LBGTQ community is concerned about the rampant anti-gay persecution that's occurring in Africa, some even condoned by right-wing US Christian evangelists.
But, as we well know in this regard, a few bad apples can spoil the entire barrel. Actually, that's not true....but, people with lazy reasoning skills like to make assumptions like that when dealing with human beings.
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I have said before that I'll support religious freedom but only if it disavows the sins of bigotry and discrimination.

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Fortunate failure May 20, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.

And what has Trump and his admin done regarding LGBTQ community?
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LGBTQ
Turned a blind eye to illegal anti-transgender discrimination in schools. The Trump administration revoked Title IX guidance issued by the Department of Education clarifying schools’ long-standing obligations under federal civil rights law to treat transgender students equally and with dignity. Nearly 1 in 6 out transgender K-12 students have been forced to leave school because of this harassment.
Erased LGBTQ people from federal surveys, making it impossible to know if government programs serve them fairly. Now they cannot ensure LGBTQ people have equal access to key government services such as Meals on Wheels. The administration also appears to have included—but then gone back and omitted—questions about LGBTQ people from the American Community Survey, an annual survey that gathers information about Americans’ educational attainment, housing, and health coverage.
Appointed longtime opponents of LGBTQ rights—including members of anti-LGBTQ hate groups—to key administration positions. Many of President Trump’s appointees, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, made their careers standing in the way of LGBTQ rights—and now, they’re in charge of agencies that enforce those very rights. The appointments get even more disturbing the closer you look: Trump tapped Ken Blackwell, a former fellow at an anti-LGBTQ hate group, as a domestic policy adviser; selected leaders of the hate group C-FAM for the president’s delegation to the United Nations; and appointed Roger Severino, a longtime opponent of transgender civil rights, to run the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.
Proposed slashing funding for research to cure HIV/AIDS. President Trump has proposed devastating cuts to health research, including $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in the budget and a $50 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV research and prevention programs. The administration has also pushed a $300 million cut to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Barred refugees and asylum seekers fleeing anti-LGBTQ persecution from protection in the United States. President Trump’s refugee suspension blocked LGBTQ Syrian and Iraqi refugees from finding protection in the United States, leaving them stranded in countries where they are persecuted. His policy of detaining all immigrants who enter at the southern border and expanding the populations targeted for deportation traps LGBTQ asylum seekers in dangerous immigrant detention facilities and increases the risk that they will be wrongly deported to countries where their lives are at risk. The administration also decided to close the only dedicated transgender immigrant detention pod in the country, leaving transgender immigrants in detention at risk.

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A noble crusade May 20, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

And the irony of it all is that the rural voters who most strongly supported Trump are the ones most harmed by his policies and the Republican policies:
h ttps://ww w.americanprogress.o rg/issues/poverty/news/2017/03/16/428315/10-ways-president-trumps-agenda-will-harm-supporters-rural-small-town-america/

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A noble crusade May 20, 2017 at 9:46 a.m.

I know Mike is a supporter of rural communities. Maybe he's unaware of the damage Trump decisions are causing these areas:
ht tp://ww w.citizen-times.co m/story/opinion/contributors/2017/04/18/rural-infrastructure-risk-thompson/100616074/
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Agree RBear - wowy's approval is like having the plague-bearing flea tell you how wonderful the host rat is.

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A noble crusade May 20, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.

So, Mike wants everyone to believe that Trump is innocent and we've got nothing to worry about as regards to Russia, giving away secrets, blatant hypocrisy, bald-faced lying, incoherent policy and WH staff confusion, etc.
I'd like to point out some terrible journalism on Mike's part - at the end he makes a statement that "most Americans are flat-backed, dead-dog weary....." Yet, he provides us nary a drop of evidence to back this extraordinary claim. Guess ol' Mike skipped that day in journalism class where they taught fledgling reporters to verify and support statements they write.
Yet, you can't but help wonder at Mike's hypocrisy. Much of his "prediction" could be applied to Obama and the hounding he got from the extreme right press and the conservative attack dogs.
Who knows? Who could have predicted that Mike would support Russia, communism, and the tyrant Vladimir Putin? Why pretend that it perhaps is no danger to America and thus not worthy of our concern....
Traitor Mike has a certain ring to it, don't you think? Double shots of vodka to go with their borscht and black bread special.

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Led by a child May 19, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

Best summation of our nation's and the president's woes ever:
"We've got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar."
One additional comment: blinking fireflies shed more light on events than Trump has with his countless tweets, utterances, braggadocio, and rants.

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VIDEO: Trump denies asking ex-FBI director to shelf Flynn investigation May 18, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.

CHORUS (for Poor Baby - A chord)
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Poor baby; poor baby
Sounds real bad to me.
Poor baby, poor baby
Sympathy's what you need.
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Sniffling and a –whining,
Wailing and a crying
Sufferin' for all to see
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Who's gonna help
When it's easy to see:
You’re..... just a
Poor, poor baby.

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Arkansas Virtual Academy gets panel OK for more kids May 18, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

Missing information from this story:
1) AR Virtual Academy has been unable for months to provide a consistent and accurate enrollment count and which scores at virtually every grade below state averages got a vote to expand by 50 percent.
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2) The "Virtual Academy" gets more than $6,000 in state dollars per student ($6 million more per year under the latest change, if ratified by the state Board of Education) though it has no gyms, band rooms, cafeterias, bus systems or faculty commensurate with those of brick-and-mortar school districts. It functions as an adjunct, particularly in elementary grades, to parents' home schooling.
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3) The "Virtual Academy" is an affiliate of K12, a private, profit-making corporation. Critics say it makes money off public dollars (thus straining conventional schools) without demonstrating much value. It disputes this, of course. According to its most recent financial report, the non-profit "Arkansas Virtual Academy" paid $7.8 million of its $10.7 million in annual state revenue to its "third-party management agent." That would be, you guessed it, K12 of Herndon, Va. Read more here about K12 — fat pay to execs, poor academic performance, chummy associations with conservative politicians and the American Legislative Exchange Council — and you'll see why they are such a good fit in Arkansas. Good luck penetrating how that money is spent by the way — K12 is beyond the reach of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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Thanks to ARTimess for keeping citizens informed about the rest of the story on this issue.

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In memo: Let Flynn 'go'; Comey put entreaty by Trump in his notes May 17, 2017 at 4:24 p.m.

Nap's over. And must share some news someone just sent me:
"For the First Time, a Majority of Americans Polled Want Trump Impeached."
h ttp://ww w.alternet.o rg/election-2016/first-time-majority-americans-polled-want-trump-impeached
"A survey from Public Policy Polling released Tuesday finds 48 percent of those questioned support impeaching the president, while just 41 percent would oppose the move. The negative feelings about Trump also affected prognostications about how long his presidency will last. Just 43 percent of respondents think Trump will remain in office for four years, while 45 percent think he won’t complete his term. Another 12 percent “aren't sure one way or the other.”

Researchers behind the poll attribute the gloomy outlook on Trump to several obvious reasons; namely, respondents don’t buy the reasons given for FBI director James Comey’s firing; they suspect the Russians helped put Trump in office; they don’t like the GOP's American Health Care Act; and they think Trump is dishonest. Plus, lots of Americans just think Trump is doing a bad job in general. The survey found “40 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 54 percent who disapprove.”
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Here is link to complete Public Policy Polling document mentioned above:
htt p://ww w.publicpolicypolling.co m/pdf/2017/PPP_Release_National_51617.pdf
(You only need to read first 8 pages which show the key points from the poll and then shows the results of all 54 questions)
Check out answers to questions 33-37!!

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In memo: Let Flynn 'go'; Comey put entreaty by Trump in his notes May 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Am worn out from errands and household jobs and cleaning car and mowing lawn, etc., so this is last comment. Am taking a long afternoon nap as soon as I post this massage: (Thanks Marshall Mac for the inspiration)

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Trump is his own worst enemy and Putin his his worst friend. Bad mojo no matter how you add it up.
Bad sign when Republican lawmakers are muttering and mumbling. Bad, bad indeed.

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