August 2, 2016

Anyone Who Automatically Assumes …

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:23 pm

… that Barack Obama will leave the White House and cede power on January 20, 2017 if Donald Trump wins the presidency has not been paying attention for the past 9-1/2 years, going back to when it became obvious that Obama would declare his candidacy for the presidency.

I’m not saying that this will happen. I am saying that it is a possibility. Anyone who doesn’t believe that this option isn’t on the table has not been following the authoritarian tendencies of candidate and then President Obama himself or the executive branch apparatus during his presidency. They also have been ignoring the deliberately hyped speculation over whether the U.S. military would rebel at the idea of taking orders from a President Trump. (There’s a mechanism for getting rid of a President. It’s called impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate.)

No second-term or imminently departing president has ever called a potential successor from one of the two major parties unfit. Those who wish to see what an unfit president looks like should, after 7-1/2 awful years, just look in the window at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

AP Promotes Castro’s 90th Birthday Two Weeks Early As ‘Inspiration’ For ‘Orthodoxy’

Five years ago, the Associated Press was so excited about the imminent 85th birthday of Fidel Castro, Communist Cuba’s dictator emeritus, that its Images Group promoted a package of “iconic images and videos” subscribing outlets could purchase and use. It described Castro as a “source of inspiration for many people throughout the world.”

Thus, it should surprise no one that the wire service, which has been credibly accused of active cooperation with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi propaganda machine during the eight years before the U.S. entered World War II, appears to be quite pumped up about El Jefe’s 90th birthday. Reporter Andrea Rodriguez’s July 29 story, published over two weeks ahead of the blessed event, portrays how Castro “has taken on a powerful new role … as the inspiration for Cubans who want to maintain strict Communist orthodoxy.” Oh boy.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080216)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Project Mater – an oasis of help for pregnant mothers

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:55 am

From Madrid, Spain:

Aug 2, 2016 / 12:37 am

Maria (name changed to protect privacy) has not had an easy life. Several years ago, while pregnant with her second child, she checked into a detox center for those with drug addictions. Social services had already taken temporary custody of her first child, as she was in no condition to take care of her.

But determination and the help of Project Mater has made it possible for her to move forward. The 32-year-old is now rehabilitated and receives help from the organization, which is dedicated to supporting mothers at risk of abortion and social exclusion.

“If it weren’t for Project Mater, I could not have gotten my daughter back. They’ve helped me to have housing, food and the basics. I am really grateful to them,” she told CNA.

Maria sees the assistance not as a permanent measure, but as “a push to go forward, especially because the children’s father is in prison in another country.”

Now pregnant with her third child, she is drug-free and finding that life is beginning to stabilize.

“When I got pregnant with my third child I honestly did think of aborting. The first people I told were my mother and Balbi [Balbina Rojas, the coordinator of Project Mater]. She congratulated me and told me she would help me and that everything would work out ok.”

“Without Mater, I couldn’t have done it. I wonder what I would have done if they hadn’t been there,” she said.

Project Mater was started by Archbishop Braulio Rodríguez of Toledo, who wished to implement a diocesan project that would involve family counseling centers, life and family ministries, the pastoral secretariat of the diocese and Caritas.

In the first year since its beginning, some 150 mothers with children less than a year old and in risk of social exclusion or affected by post-abortive syndrome have come through the program.

“For the moms who come, it’s basically a process of accompaniment, acceptance, listening, care…We try to address their needs in all the areas that the mother may ask for, including finances,” coordinator Balbina Rojas told CNA. …

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