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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Family Enroute to Infant’s Life-Saving Surgery in USA Denied Entry

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Editor:

As you read the following, reflect on the loud “conservatives” in Orthodoxy who applaud Herr Trump’s every action. Especially, reflect on Rod Dreher, who supports the racist demagogue Patrick Buchanan, the author of the infamous Nixon “Southern Strategy”… which the Republicans used to exploit the most base and sick human motives. Evil is amongst us, kids… it DOESN’T have horns and hooves; it looks and sounds distressingly normal…

BMD

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Her Doctors Say the Surgery Can’t Wait Much Longer

In the days since Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from several heavily-Muslim countries, we’ve heard countless stories of people’s lives being thrown into total upheaval as a result. One such story involves a sick baby in need of surgery with the Order preventing her family from getting her the care she needs. The order, enacted last Friday, calls for banning the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, all refugees for 120 days, and all citizens from seven predominately-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. It’s caused a lot of disruption, but no stories are quite as egregious as those involving children are. In this case, it’s a four-month-old baby girl named Fatemah from Iran.

The infant has a heart condition requiring surgery and though her parents filed for the appropriate tourist visa, because of the ban, they’re now unable to travel to OSHU Hospital in Oregon for the procedure. According to KPTV, the child even has grandparents and an uncle who are US citizens, but it no longer matters because of the ban. The baby’s uncle, Sam Taghizadeh, says Fatemah needs the surgery “as soon as possible” and explains that the parents chose OSHU because the quality of medical services in their native Iran isn’t as good. He said:

Over there, it’s a very high risk because that is open heart surgery.

It was after a lot of research and work that the parents received the heartbreaking news that their trip wouldn’t be happening. Taghizadeh said:

For getting the visa, they ask for lot of the paperwork. You have to do many things, you know. For three weeks, we were working for every single thing they wanted.

The appointment was for 5 February, but it was only after arriving in Dubai last Saturday to complete the paperwork for their tourist visa at the US consulate that they got news of the ban. Taghizadeh, who’s lived in the USA for the last 13 years, reiterated his worries over the fact that Fatemah needs the surgery sooner rather than later:

They can’t wait, you know. Even I asked, “Can you wait a couple other years?” They said no. This thing has to be as soon as possible.

So now, the family is back in Iran, hopes dashed, with no idea when (or if) they can get their child the medical care she so badly needs. Is this what Donald Trump had in mind when he put in place a hasty ban that gave people no time to plan their lives? There are students being prevented from coming back to complete their studies, babies being detained at airports and denied access to breast milk, and five-year-olds being held without a parent for hours. America sure isn’t looking too great these days, and there’s reason to fear it’ll get worse. For now, a sick infant’s family is left to panic. As Taghizadeh said:

It’s like a nightmare. You know, in one night everything changes. Now, you don’t know what you’re going to do. Why, we came to the USA, we came here for freedom, for a better life. I’m feeling nowhere is safe.

He’s certainly not alone in that feeling.

February 2017

Valerie Williams

Scary Mommy

http://www.scarymommy.com/iran-sick-infant-denied-entry-united-states-trump-immigration-ban/

Editor:

If you voted for Trump… you voted for sheer evil. If you voted for Clinton… you voted for sheer evil. I voted Green… I refused to vote for evil. You can’t rationalise your way out of it… both “conservatism” and “liberalism” are but the two sides of the Neoliberal coin… both support the piranha Free Market and both purvey hatred and lies.

The system is broken. However, we won’t fix it until we realise that the centrepiece of its evil is the Free Market. Remember what Scripture teaches us… GREED, not homosexuality, not abortion, not immorality, is the root of all sorts of evil. Greed is a disease of the soul… the others are but moral peccadilloes in comparison. You do see what Satan is up to, don’t you? He offers preoccupation with “morality” so that his victims don’t realise that he gave them a corrosive cancer of the soul.

However… don’t argue with such sorts. They’re blind. If they won’t listen to Christ and His Church, they won’t listen to you and me, either. Simply keep the gate unlatched, the key under the mat, and don’t say, “I told you so”… some will come back to their senses, but they won’t listen to us. Keep that in mind…

BMD

Editor’s PS:

I let this story sit for a little bit… good news came in. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York intervened and the family is now on its way to New York for surgery… with all expenses paid. Note who the good guys and the bad guys were in this. Mark it down well and vote accordingly…

Conservatism delenda est…

BMD

Saturday, 28 January 2017

28 January 2017. A Polite Warning to ALL Haters Out There… The USA is a SECULAR State… Muslims are WELCOME Here

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The above image comes from the Pentagon. Yes, you heard me… THE PENTAGON. It’s Muslim service personnel and civil employees engaging in the constitutionally protected practise of following their religion (in my mind, the First Amendment “trumps” the Second Amendment any day of the week… 😉 bad pun intended). President Trump is pandering to ignorant Yahoos and unwashed hicks. President Trump! What you just did was unconstitutional! You went against the founding principles of the USA! Your followers may hate Muslims… so be it, one can’t change fixed peabrain minds. However, you can’t just wage war on a particular religion to please the small-minded and mud-ignorant. Trump’s Executive Order was evil, kids… EVIL. As Orthodox Christians… nay, as Christians… nay, as decent people, whatever our creed may be (and secularism IS a creed), we must oppose such with vigour and resolution.

Orthodox people… this tells you much about Whiteford, Dreher, and all the loudmouths who supported (and still support) Trump the Chump. Take heed, mark it down, and act accordingly.

BMD

Eleven Nobel Laureates Sign Petition Against Trump’s Entry Ban for Refugees

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On Friday, Trump signed an executive order blocking all Syrian refugees from entering the USA until the government makes “adequate changes” to the Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) and suspending the entry of all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. In response, thousands of academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates, signed a petition against President Trump’s order suspending the entry to the USA of Syrian refugees and nationals from several other countries in the Middle East and North Africa:

We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure. … We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.

The petition stated that the order was discriminatory, detrimental to American national interests, and imposed an “undue burden on members of our community”. During the presidential campaign, Trump made several controversial statements regarding immigrants, Latin Americans, Muslims, and women. His statements advocated a ban on Muslims travelling to the USA and building a wall along the border with Mexico to deter illegal migrants.

27 January 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201701281050097974-trump-order-refugees-nobel-petition/

Thursday, 17 October 2013

US Government Shutdown Ends… Tea Party Mortally Wounded

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On Wednesday, the US Senate, racing to avert a government default, passed legislation raising the Treasury Department‘s borrowing authority and sent the measure to the House of Representatives for final passage. In addition, the legislation would end a partial government shutdown by providing new funds for federal agencies closed since 1 October. This deal ended a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could’ve threatened financial calamity. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives would take up the measure later on Wednesday after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dropped efforts to link the spending measure to changes in US President Obama‘s healthcare law.

However, the deal offers only a temporary fix; it doesn’t resolve the fundamental issues of spending and deficits that divide Republicans and Democrats. It funds the government until 15 January, and it raises the debt ceiling until 7 February, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year. The stock market surged on news of the deal, nearing an all-time high. The stand-off between Republicans and the White House over funding the government forced the temporary lay-off of hundreds of thousands of federal workers from 1 October, and it created concern that crisis-driven politics was the “new normal” in Washington.

On Wednesday, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), whose fellow Republicans triggered the crisis with demands that the federal government defund President Obama’s signature healthcare reforms, said the deal marked the “end of an agonising odyssey” for Americans, noting, “It’s one of the most shameful chapters I’ve seen in the years I’ve spent in the Senate”. Repeatedly, McCain warned Republicans not to link their demands for changes to the ACA to the debt limit or to the government spending bill. The measure passed in the Senate with an 81-18 vote, and observed expected the House to follow suit, clearing the way for Obama to sign it into law no later than Thursday, when the Treasury said it’d hit the 16.7 trillion USD (536 billion Roubles. 17.3 billion CAD. 17.5 billion AUD. 12.4 billion Euros. 10.5 billion UK Pounds) debt ceiling.

Fully reopening the government should take several days. Essential functions like defence and air traffic control continued, but national parks and agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency remained largely closed. Although the deal would only extend US government borrowing authority until 7 February, the Treasury Department would have tools to extend its borrowing capacity temporarily beyond that date if Congress failed to act early next year. The agreement includes some income verification procedures for those seeking subsidies under the healthcare law, but Republicans surrendered on their attempts to include other changes, including the elimination of a medical device tax.

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On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama sought to heal the wounds of the debt ceiling and government shutdown showdown, warning that Washington must stop governing by crisis. In a short statement after the Senate voted to back a compromise deal and before the House of Representatives did likewise, Obama said that American leaders needed to “earn back” the trust of the American people after the crisis.

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On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said that he’d sign legislation to reopen the US government and avert a debt default as soon as it reaches the White House. Speaking after the Senate voted to end the fiscal impasse, but before the House of Representatives took a vote, Obama said that the government would reopen immediately after he signs the bill, ending a 16-day shutdown, saying, “We can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people”.

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Late on Wednesday, VOR correspondent Roman Mamonov reported that the US House of Representatives passed legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies shuttered when funding ran out on 1 October. The House vote came hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill. Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said that he’d promptly sign the bill into law.

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VOR American correspondent Roman Mamonov reported that the Office of Management and Budget said that federal workers should plan to return to work on Thursday morning. US President Barack Obama ordered all federal employees to return to work on Thursday after Congress passed a bill extending the nation’s borrowing authority and ending a two-week government shutdown. OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said, “Now that the bill passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning”.

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The US House of Representatives passed a Senate-approved deal to lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown after 16 days. Finally, it approved an eleventh-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could’ve threatened financial calamity. The White House said that US President Obama would sign the bill Wednesday night, and Obama vowed to begin reopening the government immediately. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said, “Employees should expect to return to work in the morning”. However, it only offered a temporary fix and it doesn’t resolve the fundamental issues of spending and deficits that divide Republicans and Democrats. It funds the government until 15 January, and raises the debt ceiling until 7 February, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year. When the US Congress approved the deal to raise the 16.7 trillion USD American debt ceiling, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said, “The global economy dodged a potential catastrophe”. After the deal passed, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said, “It’s one of the most shameful chapters I’ve seen in the years I’ve spent in the Senate”.

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Early on Thursday, the White House said that US President Barack Obama signed legislation that ended a US government shutdown and raised the US debt ceiling.  The US Congress passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risked default. The Democratic-controlled Senate’s bipartisan compromise won approval by 81 votes to 18. Then, the deal passed 285-144 in the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership begrudgingly agreed to support the measure. It came hours before the deadline to raise the 16.7 trillion USD debt limit. Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a separate statement that the government would try to get back to full operating status as smoothly as possible, saying, “This was a particularly challenging time for Federal employees, and I want to thank our Nation’s dedicated civil servants for their continued commitment to serving the American people”. in a directive to federal agencies Burwell said that most employees furloughed for the past two weeks are expected back to work Thursday.

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Business Insider reported that Standard & Poor’s said that the shutdown took 24 billion USD out of the US economy and cut 0.6% off of yearly fourth quarter GDP growth. In a press release, S&P wrote, “If people are afraid that the government policy brinkmanship will resurface again, and with it the risk of another shutdown, or worse, they’ll remain afraid to open up their chequebooks. That points to another Humbug holiday season”. S&P noted that any resolution would be temporary, with an early 2014 timeframe for the next set of Washington deadlines, saying, “The short turnaround for politicians to negotiate some sort of lasting deal will likely weigh on consumer confidence, especially, amongst government workers that were furloughed”.

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Cops ejected Dianne Reidy, a US House of Representatives stenographer, from the House session after she acted strangely. The House was voting over a decision concerning the financial crisis when Dianne suddenly came up to the Speaker’s Chair and said, “Praise be to God Jesus Christ!” Then, she started to say something about America not being “one nation under God” because its constitution was “written by Freemasons”. The presiding officer, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, banged the gravel in an attempt to restore order, but Reidy continued to shout similar pompous nonsense, full of quotes from the Bible. The cops came in and took away the stenographer. When they removed her from the floor, she screamed, “You can’t serve two masters!” According to Ros-Lehtinen, “Reidy came up to the podium area beneath where I was standing and asked me if the microphones were on. I said that I didn’t know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me. Then, she suddenly faced the front and said words like ‘Thus spoke the Lord’ and ‘This isn’t the Lord’s work’. I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing, and heartbreaking. She’s normally a gentle soul”. After a police interrogation, cops will take Ms Reidy to a local hospital for mental health tests. At present, there’s no criminal case pending against her.

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From federal workers to local businesses to tourists, many people breathed a sigh of relief over the shutdown’s end. Some are happy the shutdown’s ending; others have mixed emotions. On Wednesday night, furloughed EPA employee Steve Hopkins said, “It’s relief yes, but it’s a lot higher concern than I had before”. Hopkins said that his concern stems from the fact that the deal only funds the government through 15 January.

17 October 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-Senate-passes-legislation-to-avert-default-fund-government-and-raise-debt-limit-ceiling-6822/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Obama-says-Washington-must-regain-trust-of-Americans-5820/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Obama-says-will-sign-bill-immediately-to-reopen-government-lift-debt-ceiling-0994/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-House-passes-bill-to-reopen-govt-increase-debt-limit-3575/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-government-employees-to-return-to-work-on-Thursday-9752/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-shutdown-ends-House-joins-Senate-in-passing-deal-to-avoid-default-bill-goes-to-Obama-3803/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Obama-signs-legislation-to-end-government-shutdown-raise-US-debt-limit-7279/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-shutdown-took-24-billion-out-of-the-economy-S-P-8861/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/US-Congress-members-shocked-with-stenographers-bizarre-protest-0349/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Americans-have-mixed-feelings-over-shutdown-end-7242/

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Editor’s Note:

All House Democrats voted for the bill, but only 87 Republicans did so, meaning that 2/3 of the GOP representatives remain intransigent. They’ve tied themselves to the terrorism of the Tea Party, an American Taliban if there ever was such. The Republican Party has become the creature of sectarian nutters and fatcat greedsters. They’ve become Young Earth Creationists and Mammon worshippers, all at once, and, often enough, both are combined in one person. Real Christians have nothing in common with such loons.

The stupidity of Tea Party Republicans was on display for the whole world to see, naked and unashamed. You see, Senate Republicans face the entire state electorate; they’re not in blatantly-gerrymandered districts as most Southern representatives are. Ergo, they wanted a deal, and wanted one before any real kafuffle occurred, before the shit hit the fan. This deal shows that the Republican Party is scared shitless. Note well that the Prez gave the TPers NOTHING. NADA. NICHEVO. That’s all folks! The Tea Party is so feckless and daft that it’s playing right into Obama’s hands, and they refuse to see it because of their racism, belief in their make-believe world instead of the real word, and lack of judgement. The wisest course for the GOP would be to fund the government through the 2014 election, to let all the commotion die down. However, in their fervent chowderheaded imprudence, they want to keep the issue alive before the election. This is exactly what Obama wants, and the Tea Party is dense enough to give it to him, gratis.

The TPers are much like some of the old Russian Whites. You see, before the Revolution, things were perfect and hunky-dory. The peasants were all deferential to their betters and Imperial Russia was getting better and better all the time. Of course, things weren’t like that at all. Red October occurred for very real reasons. It wasn’t a stab in the back by “Jewish Bolshevik thugs” (yes, I’ve heard such rot, mostly from people attached to the Jordanville gang). Just as the old Russian Whites refuse to acknowledge their greed and guilt, the TPers are the same. They expect us to continue subsidising their Affluent Effluent lifestyles, to have less and less, as they take more and more. Marx was right when he said, “Capital has no homeland”… that is, capitalists are unpatriotic SOBs. Look at Willy Romney, draft dodger and tax evader, yet GOP candidate for US President. It tells you much about the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular. Remember, shitbirds of a feather flock together. Never forget, unsat is unsat, and there’s no way of putting it right, save for voting the bastards out. The American people realise that now. The Tea Party’s dead… thank God…

BMD

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