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Cold Warrior

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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: London, UK
Member since: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 06:49 AM
Number of posts: 7,315

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Militant moderates?

Waking up to lotsa hate here this morning:

- Kid is 15 cent short on lunch at first day in school and denied lunch. Probably had an expensive cell phone. Do you expect the school to cut the kid some slack?

- 43 people die in bridge collapse in Genoa. Global warming kills 43. Ha, ha, ha, am I not clever?

- US/UK overthrow Iran’s democratically elected government. It’s ok because we know what’s best for them.

- And of course there’s Will who seems to be trying to break the 10,000 post mark in one day and who came up with the title of this OP. Not sure what to say.

In all of this, a rather famous Yeats’ poem comes to mind, particularly the first stanza...

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
- W. B. Yeats, from The Second Coming

When Whales Walked (Slinger, one for you)

Rappin for Jesus

WARNING: Copious use of the N word.


The Right and the Manafort Trial

This is an interesting one. Many posters here claim not to care about the Manafort trial as it has nothing to do with Trump. Yet, there are numerous threads about the trial. Why? Clearly because the Right is setting the stage to “have it both ways.” If he is convicted, the response will be that his crimes had nothing to do with Trump and he was only Campaign Manager for four months. If he is not convicted, the response will be #MAGA #WINNING disregarding the other argument that this was not in any way associated with Trump. Watch.

Where oh where is the American Little Stevie

Live-streaming outside of the Manafort trial courthouse to help identify the jurors? The public has a right to know! We are told that their identities will be revealed after the trial is complete but TRUTH DELAYED IS TRUTH DENIED! Can Rebel Media save us?

The 'culture of secrecy' and blackmail that perpetuates abuse in the Catholic Church

It’s far from the first report to expose the systemic abuse and cover-up of child sexual abuse in the church. The most famous and wide-reaching report in recent history came from the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, which in 2002 unveiled the systemic child abuse and coverups within the Archdiocese of Boston.

So, why does the Catholic Church’s endemic abuse persist?

One reason seems to be a culture of secrecy and blackmail that emerges from celibacy rules. The culture emerges like this: Priests and bishops sometimes violate their vows of celibacy, whether with men, women or children. Other church leaders might discover these violations of celibacy and would be able to use the information as blackmail to discourage others from revealing their own indiscretions if needed.

Some say removing celibacy rules would be a major step in eradicating systemic abuse in the Catholic Church.

Calling Agent 86! Help!!

Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses as service animals in new policy

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Come September 17, people will be able to carry miniature horses onboard Southwest flights as trained service animals, according to airline officials.

Officials announced the policy change, via a statement on its website on Tuesday. In the statement, officials name miniature horses, along with dogs and cats, as some of the most common service animals that will be accepted onboard. Passengers, however, will need to be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal.


Should the Roman Catholic Church be prosecuted under RICO Statutes?

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering and allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because they did not actually commit the crime personally.

- “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this.” So begins the scathing account (pdf) of a Pennsylvania grand jury after investigating 70 years of child sex abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests in six dioceses across the state. “We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated. This report is our only recourse,” the jurors write.
More than 1,000 offenses were uncovered, though many more are suspected to have occurred, they say. Most of these cases can’t be prosecuted now—only two have yielded criminal charges so far. The crimes were too ably covered up by the dioceses for too long—so the report is the only way of exposing the many church authorities involved in a criminal betrayal that went on for decades and left so many scarred.

Jay Report (2002)
- The 4,392 priests who were accused amount to approximately 4% of the 109,694 priests in active ministry during that time. Of these 4,392, approximately:
-- 56 percent had one reported allegation against them; 27 percent had two or three allegations against them; nearly 14 percent had four to nine allegations against them; 3 percent (149 priests) had 10 or more allegations against them. These 149 priests were responsible for almost 3,000 victims, or 27 percent of the allegations.

When Did the First Flower Bloom?

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet--
One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;
"My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose."
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
- Dorothy Parker, One Perfect Rose

Where oh where is the outrage: 301 Catholic Priests indicted for paedophilia

There was a huge amount of outrage regarding the Rotherham Muslim grooming rings, most of it completely justified. Why aren't we asking the same sort of questions about these atrocities that have been highlighted in just one of the 50 states?

1. Where were the police in all of this? With at least 1000 victims and significantly more occurrences (they don't do it to the individual just once), statistically a fairly large number must have been reported to the authorities. What actions, if any, did they take? Were they afraid of offending the RCC?

2. Who are these priests (name them)? They have, after all been indicted by the grand jury. Yet, the authorities and the media are reluctant to name them: I would note that the UK Ministry of Justice does post the names of the accused on their website.

"Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered release of the document but named a county judge to negotiate how much would be withheld from public view. Some current and former priests who deny the allegations fought to have their names redacted."

3. Most of these crimes will never go punished due to the statute of limitations in the US for sexual crimes. The UK has no such limitation. Is their law superior to the US'?

"Britain is unique in Europe in that it has no Statute of Limitations for serious sexual crimes. This means that someone can be arrested, charged and convicted for a crime that they committed half a century ago, even though many witnesses may be dead, memories are faded and the only evidence is the word of the alleged victim – or more accurately, the accuser."

4. The RCC has been complicit in covering up these crimes for decades, enabling 100s of paedophiles to escape justice. Should the Church be characterised in the popular press and the public conscienceness as a harbinger of paedophiles?

5. Will we see livestreaming outside of the courthouses where these criminals are being prosecuted? Can we see each of the perps’ faces, as well as those of the victims, the witnesses, the jurors? Which citizen journalist will be our Little Stevie? Will it be someone from Rebel Media?
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