Does the Methodist Church Excommunicate?

Methodist Church is Sessions

The Garden Gnome Attorney General — the confederate, white-power doctrine leader Beauregard Sessions — has been accused by his Methodist Church hierarchy of CHILD ABUSE, immorality, racial discrimination and

“. . . dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church.”

Lowest point for Methodists since they split in the lead-up to the U.S. Civil War. Stop me if you’ve heard this. Lowest point since anti-slavery abolitionist Methodists split from the church to identify as “Free Methodists” as the rest remained one as “United Methodists” in support of SLAVERY.

Tale of Two Churches Reflects Split Over Slavery
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091903069.html

Oh, you didn’t know that the current United Methodist Church wears that scarlet letter. Some sure do. It’s how someone like Jeff Sessions finds such natural shelter in their arms.

The United Methodist Church — Methodists as a culture — need to condemn (if not expel) Sessions. He can’t be allowed to wrap himself in the metaphorical Methodist flag. His actions causing and his wicked voice supporting the inhumane kidnapping of children from their parent’s arms must be punished. That, or claim it proudly and stand behind it or the entire church claim it.

This doesn’t clean Methodist hands of Sessions and his complicity in the Trump-Republican Party, but it’s a good 1st step. USA Today –> 600 United Methodists file complaint against Sessions for child abuse, discrimination. USA Today –> https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/06/19/united-methodists-church-complaint-jeff-sessions-border-policy/713986002/

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A Gun-Free Stand Your Ground?

Florida is trying to hold on to its Republican base while still appeasing Millennials.  Recent legislation is currently being debated in the Florida High Senate that would ban firearms in Stand Your Ground law.  To get this concession by the state’s dominant Republican Party, they had to agree to an expansion of the scope of Stand Your Ground.

Re-printed from the Florida Republican Inquisitor Online:

The Democrats agreed to expand just who you can stand your ground from from just blacks, “injuns,” and “wetbacks” to a more P.C. “coloreds” and Nazis that really, really make you fear for your life.

Now, if you are frightened that these people might pose an “imminent” threat to your life, you get to kill them, but in order to never be charged you have to use a ball bat.  History shows we have been here before.

It’s messy, but it has benefits.  It saves nominally on ammunition costs, and the Joke’s on Democrats.  We’re white nationalists, not technically Nazis.  The party banned us for “being pussies, and not even the ones you want to grab.”

There are some rules you have to follow if you want to fight for your right to Stand Your Ground.  You have to “need” your bat, so try to join a softball league.

Oh, this bat?  I was just on my way to the batting cage.  To practice.

It’s OKKK

Trump thumbs up WP

People are saying that there are rules for almost everything in the Trump bunker.  For example, when someone asks you how you are, you are always O.K.K.K..
“If anyone asks, the extra K’s are for some kwality kan do’s. Trump is always O.K.K.K..   Y ou are always O.K.K.K..  It’s always going to be O.K.K.KK., especially now that I have that bitch Melania locked up. It’s all so easy.” –Herr Trump

Who’s it Going to Be?

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Something great is going to happen very soon.  What could this be, might you ask?  Well, put on your pink hats and let me tell you.

You remember that thing known as the Equal Rights Amendment?  The one Congress passed in 1972?  You remember.  The one that then needed 38 state congresses to step up to the plate themselves to pass — each by a solid 2/3 majority vote in order to ratify the U.S. Constitution?

Well, 36 of the required 38 states put on their big-boy pants and did their duty for the cause of equality for all.  It’s been a while, so why not give yourself a little refresher on the whole thing.  Here’s some Wiki sourcing for you:

Equal Rights Amendment – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment

So, lady justice needed just two more states to get their vote on.  No big deal, right?  We just needed to give it a little bit of time, and of course a couple states would come around right?  Women make up 51% of the U.S. population and we have all day.  So to speak.

Um, not so fast.  The good old boys in Congress and all those clot-red states with their constipated right wing Houses knew the numbers back then like a science.  They knew that if they put a 7 year time limit on it, there was no way enough of the remaining states would have time to flip their own Houses.  It would time out, then back to the kitchen with these uppity breeders and gender traitors. That wrap this annoying little mess up, surely.

But wait just a moment.  Americans don’t just belly up without a fight.  When that 7 years was just about to run out,  Congress got heroic and voted in a 2 year extension.

Yippee?  Uh oh, not so fast.  That 2 years came and flew by in no time.  1982 was a dud.  A big gong went off as time expired.  It was all over for the E.R.A..  The little ladies would get to know their place.

Leaders concede Loss on Equal Rights (1982 archive)
https://www.nytimes.com/1982/06/25/us/leaders-concede-loss-on-equal-rights.html

All over but the whimpering, right?

Maybe not.  Turns out, one Amendment that was first passed in the 1789 had a similarly-difficult time getting ratified.  The 27th Amendment demanded concessions by the good old boys that were perhaps even more coveted than equal rights:  their right to rob their constituents at will to fatten their pockets.  The 27th Amendment simply said that if Congress passes a pay raise for themselves, they don’t see any of the profits until the next elected Congress has a chance to approve it or burst their greed-bubble.  The 27th failed to get 2/3 of the U.S. states to agree to it for a little more than 202 years.  It wasn’t until 1992 that Illinois broke the barrier and ratified the Constitution.

So, in a nutshell, what this means is that the expiration date for ratification of Constitutional amendments isn’t specified in Article V of the Constitution where its own   ratification is termed.  So, we just have to wait for one more state, now, right?

Oooh, but wait just a minute, sparky.  You thought it was going to be that easy?  Think again.  A literal handful of states (clot-red ones, of course) thought, “Well, heck with it then.  We’ll just un-vote for the stupid thing and see how they like trying to ratify it now.  Ha.”

That would have been something.  A huge win for old white men who never wanted women doing anything other than squeezing  out sons and frying up more bacon. You probably guessed how that turned out:  turns out that pesky Article V doesn’t mention a thing about reverse momentum of progress.  Not a word about rescinding ratification votes.  So, those 5 states:

  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota, and
  • Tennessee

were all sadly disappointed.  They had to explain to their voters why they had wasted their money on a completely irrelevant vote to attack 51% of their population. If you’re doing the math, we’re still only one state away from the E.R.A.’s passage.

That brings us to today.  So, which 2 states are going to burst the glass ceiling?

Did I say 2?  Strike that.  One down, one to go.  Illinois was the state to do it with the 27th, and yesterday they became the 37th state to ratify the 28th.  You probably heard in the news that Illinois just ratified the E.R.A., themselves.  Read the breaking news in the New York Times about it.  They got it done with a convincing 72-45 vote, pushing ratification  one state vote away:

Illinois Passes Equal Rights Amendment, More Than Three Decades After Deadline
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/05/31/us/politics/31reuters-illinois-era.html

So, who’s it going to be?  There are already office pools popping up everywhere that right wing prying eyes don’t know (don’t have clearance) to look.  Bets are on for what state is going to do it; by what margin; and when. As this is the year of gurl power, it is most certainly going to happen.  Determining what state is going to christen the ship just requires knowing which ones are in the running; a bit about their legislative makeups; and what kind of progressive momentum is simmering under their seats.

Here are all the states you have to choose from:

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  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Utah, and
  • Virginia

Hmmm.  Batter up.

Nobel Peace Prize My Sweet, Sweet Ass

Pompeo the BULLSHIT Twit

Kansas Douche Congressman made trump’s sloppy seconds to poor billionaire Exxon CEO Tillerson just made the best justification for our illegitimate POTUS being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his crack work de-nuclearizing North Korea:

“Kim Jong Un called trump and asked to sit down and talk and trump’s staffers have dilligently been working to schedule something.”

What an immense bar to get under.  If anyone in history has ever deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s trump’s adorable baby-hands and dead-squirrel toupee.

Duh Winning

 

Lying Bitch of a Press Secretary

Sarah the LYING BITCH

EVERYONE on the Hill is sick to death of people saying:  “Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be answering questions about…”

This bitch does not ever answer questions about anything.  She dances around every question.  She obfuscates.  She lies about anything she is given a choice to tell the truth about or utterly bullshit everyone with.

Yet, people for some really twisted reason treat her as if this time she will turn a leaf and be something besides the chief LYING BITCH for the trump Reich.

Says Who, Exactly?

 

Washington Post Berlin bureau chief Griff Witte, and Michael Birnbaum, their Belgium (former Berlin and Moscow) bureau chief, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good.”

MSN –>https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/as-tensions-with-trump-deepen-europe-wonders-if-america-is-lost-for-good/ar-AAxw4Je

Trumps One Big Only and Last Chance

Now, Witte and Michael Birnbaum are crack intellectual gents with Yale and Princeton cred in their resumes. But, it’s important to consider that they write from a German-centric POV. Their thesis here drips of it. Germany wants its world order returned.

This op-ed uses a man named Josef Janning as its chief justification in their claim that “Europeans” feel America’s influence is lost “for good.” Again, knowing the subjects of a campaign like this is vital in determining the value of a source. I am not involved in foreign polity analysis, but I came up in a firm that does. Janning did work at our firm on and of for five years while I was there. We have a cordial and respectful relationship. He is a sharp guy. Another ivy-leaguer. I thought his working at universities in Beijing and Israel was significant and that there is more to him than meets the eye. He has taentacles criss-crossed with some dodgy people and I was warned to keep a bit of a distance at the time. Which was odd, seeing as he is the senior fellow at the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Don’t let the bona-fides blur you up. Josef is a huge German partisan. Europe as a whole doesn’t think that “America is lost for good” because trump. But, certain circles of the German intellectual class do. They are our friends and this world view is completely acceptable. It’s just important that we all know who is saying what about our country when absorbing opinions meant to form our own.

America is not lost. We will remove this parasite and heal as it withers. America is strong to its core and still a shining light to illuminate the night.

Patience. Keep #RESIST-ing and keep #PERSIST-ing!