Friday, May 20, 2022

Las Vegas newspaper: We can’t find any GOP candidates to endorse ‘who aren’t a threat to democracy’

Mod: It could be there just aren't any.

Las Vegas Newspaper: We Struggle To ID GOP Candidates Who Aren’t Threat To Democracy (Huffington Post link): The Las Vegas Sun issued a plea to non-MAGA Republicans to “reach out to us” because the current crop of GOP candidates in the state are too extreme to back.

The newspaper’s editorial board, in an essay published Sunday, said it had “endorsed Republicans in the past and might do so again in the future.”

 “Yet as we survey the field of Republican candidates across the state, we are struggling to identify those who are not an active threat to American democracy or the institutions of government that have sustained our republic for 250 years,” it continued.

The five leading GOP Nevada gubernatorial candidates have all “gone on record as both supporting and contributing” to former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him, the board said.

“If you are a Republican running for office who believes in truth, believes that the last election was fair, who rejects the deranged calls to destroy our democracy, we need to hear from you. Nevada needs to hear from you. We want to endorse sanity, honesty, integrity and moderation,” it said.

In search of GOP candidates willing to stand up for democracy
(Las Vegas Sun link): No one knows better than Nevadans when it’s time to put our cards on the table.

The Editorial Board, and Nevadans as a whole, are facing an agonizing problem. We have endorsed Republicans in the past and might do so again in the future. Yet as we survey the field of Republican candidates across the state, we are struggling to identify those who are not an active threat to American democracy or the institutions of government that have sustained our republic for 250 years. 

Those are the stakes here for the GOP. For Nevada. For our voters.

If you are a Republican running for office who believes in truth, believes that the last election was fair, who rejects the deranged calls to destroy our democracy, we need to hear from you. Nevada needs to hear from you. We want to endorse sanity, honesty, integrity and moderation.

As it stands right now, voters are faced with a slate of GOP candidates — nearly across the board — who aren’t fit for elective office because they buy into the Big Lie and its attempt to derail democracy. We hate finding people in the public sphere who want to destroy the very elections they now seek to win. We hate efforts to disenfranchise voters and rig future elections. We yearn for a dignified, honest and pro-democracy Republican leadership. We yearn for the Republicans of years past. Patriots, not insurrectionists.

 Mod: Good read. Go to the link for the rest.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Steve Schmidt calls for ‘venomous and dangerous’ Rupert Murdoch to be stripped of US citizenship

Mod
: One of the reasons I don't have cable is so I can't be forced to give money to Fox News. Schmidt's solution is better.
 

Steve Schmidt calls for ‘venomous and dangerous’ Rupert Murdoch to be stripped of US citizenship (Raw Story link): Lincoln Project co-founder and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt wants the United States to strip Rupert Murdoch of his U.S. citizenship, calling the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan "the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil."

Murdoch is the man behind News Corp, a massive multi-national conglomerate that in the U.S. owns Fox News, The New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, book publisher HarperCollins, and even Realtor.com. But it is Fox News that Schmidt is focused on.

"The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy," Schmidt tweeted Tuesday night. "That conspiracy will likely involve Fox News hosts and personalities. Rupert Murdoch is responsible for what happens on Fox News, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment." 

Taking a dig at Murdoch and the birther movement which Fox News amplified, Schmidt says Murdoch "is not a Birthright Citizen like @BarackObama. He is a Naturalized Citizen. Though it happens rarely, there is a Denaturalization process that can lead to revocation of US Citizenship and removal from the country.

Murdoch
became a U.S. citizen in 1985 so he could own American television stations.

"There are conditions and requirements for Denaturalization," Schmidt continues. "This should be studied closely by Attorneys. I believe a strong case could be made that @rupertmurdoch, the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil meets it easily."

Schmidt in his final tweet tags former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who over the past few years has accused Murdoch and his media properties of undermining democracy in the U.S. and in Australia.

Last November Schmidt said Murdoch “has been a pancreatic cancer on democracy, pluralism and decency.” And in February Schmidt suggested Fox News was an enemy of the U.S., calling it "an American Fifth Column that has declared war on American patriotism."

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Putie Kaputie? Putin "Seriously Ill", Says Ex-Spy. Blood Cancer, Says Oligarch

Mod: It does appear that Moscow is preparing the world for Vladimir Putin's departure from power. 

Putin "Seriously Ill", Says Ex-Spy. Blood Cancer, Says Oligarch (NDTV link): Russian President Vladimir Putin is "seriously ill" and it is an "element" of what is happening in Ukraine, said a former British spy. "It's not clear exactly what this illness is - whether it's incurable or terminal, or whatever. But certainly, I think it's part of the equation," he said.

Christopher Steele, who wrote a dossier on Donald Trump and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election campaign, told Sky News: "Certainly, from what we're hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill."

Meanwhile, an oligarch with close ties to the Russian leader has reportedly been recorded as saying "Putin is very ill with blood cancer".

In a recording obtained by a US magazine New Lines, the unnamed oligarch was heard discussing Putin's health with a Western venture capitalist.

Speculations around the Russian President's health intensified since the Ukraine war as the leader appeared frail at public events including the Victory Day celebrations last week. In the photos and videos doing the on social media, Putin had a thick green cover draped over his legs as he sat among Second World War veterans and senior dignitaries to watch a military parade in Moscow's Red Square.

The Russian oligarch says in the recording that Putin had surgery on his back linked to his blood cancer shortly before ordering the invasion of Ukraine. The president has gone "crazy", he adds.

Recently, a video meeting between Putin and Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu, showed him tightly clutching the table, not letting go for the entirety of the 12-minute clip.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Barack And Michelle Obama Announce A $100 Million Scholarship As Melania Trump Whines About Vogue

Mod: Some people have priorities designed to help others out. And some only care about themselves.

Barack And Michelle Obama Announce $100 Million Scholarship As Melania Trump Whines About Vogue (PoliticusUSA link): While Melania Trump complains on Fox News about never getting on the cover of Vogue, Barack and Michelle Obama announced a new $100 million scholarship for college students.

Funded by a $100 million personal contribution from Brian Chesky to the Obama Foundation, the Voyager Scholarship gives college students financial aid to help alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them throughout their careers. The scholarship is anticipated to support 100 students in the first year and scale to support greater numbers of  students over the coming years who are committed to entering careers in public service.

“If we want this next generation of leaders to be able to do what they need to do, they have to meet each other. They have to know each other. They have to understand each other’s communities,” said President Obama in the announcement video, “You’re going to find young people from every corner of this country who are going to be future change makers. There are leaders everywhere. We just have to find them.”

“Education is personal for me,” said former First Lady Michelle Obama, “I’ve met so many young people who are interested in public service, but they’re wondering how they’re going to pay for school or whether they’ll get to see the world beyond their own community. We could not be more grateful to team up with Brian to help out these young people on their journey to create change.” 

Meanwhile, over on Fox, Melania Trump was complaining about not being on the cover of Vogue, “They are biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious. And I think American people and everyone see it, and I have much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than being on the cover of Vogue.”

The Obamas are helping to encourage and shape future generations of community leaders, while the Trumps are off in their health code violating Florida exile nursing bitter grievances about not getting more attention, all the while bitterly jealous of the Obamas, who they spread the birther conspiracy about.

Mod: More at the link.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Trial testimony: Jeffrey Epstein introduced me to Trump at 14, Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says

Mod: From 2021. As a refresher, you do know who the real "groomers" are, right? I'm sure you do.

Jeffrey Epstein introduced me to Trump at 14, Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says (NBC News link): One of the four women who say they were “groomed” for sex by Ghislaine Maxwell testified Wednesday that the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump when she was just 14.

Testifying at Maxwell’s trial in New York City, the woman, who is being identified by the pseudonym Jane, said on cross-examination that she met the future president in the 1990s at Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, FloridaJane didn’t allege any improper behavior by Trump and didn’t go into further detail about why she was at the resort.

Mr. Epstein introduced you to Donald Trump, correct?” Laura Menninger, Maxwell's defense attorney, asked. “Yes,” Jane replied.  

Jane also acknowledged that in 1998, she took part in a Miss Teen USA beauty pageant that was associated with Trump

It wasn’t immediately clear whether that was before or after the meeting at Mar-a-LagoTrump’s spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment about whether Trump, who once called Epstein a “terrific guy,” has any recollection of meeting Jane.

Mod: More at the link. Here's an unrelated video to check out as well.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mountain Views News: McMansions aren't the only problem Mater Dolorosa faces

Mod: Lower right hand corner of the Opinions page.  

McMansions aren't the only problem Mater Dolorosa faces (Mountain Views News link): The Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center is already the stuff of local controversy. The notion that 42 McMansions might accrue some sort of religious significance from being built on land sold by the Monastery has been a source of much humor. That the Monastery has special development rights beyond those actually paying taxes in town? Less amusing.

You might believe that the conflagration over priestly sexual abuse of children had ended. It is not so. There remain thousands of victims who have yet to surface. In recognition Sacramento signed into law a bill called the California Child Victims Act in 2019. This extended the statute of limitations for these specific crimes by three years. It sunsets this December.  

In order to encourage those remaining persons to come forward, a law firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, has launched an extensive social media outreach campaign. For this the firm has produced a series of short videos identifying offending priests and their associations with Los Angeles area Catholic institutions. Three deal specifically with accused Passionists affiliated with Mater Dolorosa.

Here are brief descriptions of the 3 Passionist videos, plus YouTube URLs you can use to view them. Those doing so will see very familiar Sierra Madre sights.

Accused priest Joseph Stadtfeld: Two young girls accused Fr. Stadtfeld of sexual abuse occurring at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. Lawsuits were settled in 2007. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpo0HSvshOk)

Accused priest John Baptist Ormechea: Also accused of molesting minors. As of 2017 Fr. Ormechea was thought to be working for the Vatican in Rome. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m6P-SOpzgM

Accused priest Henry Xavier Vetter: Four survivors came forward alleging child sex abuse from 1953 to 1973. He later fled to Mexico and vanished. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRjstiCYt8M&t=5s

The purpose of these videos is not to revisit horrors from the past. Rather it is to encourage those who were so preyed upon to find justice before all opportunities are gone. People now likely well into middle age, and might have decided they need to live with a terrible secret forever.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Ivanka Trump Attended a Critical Meeting That Led to Supreme Court Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade

Mod: Of course she did. And she kept her mouth shut about it as well.

Ivanka Trump Attended a Critical Meeting That Led to Supreme Court Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade (Political Flare link): In a surprise to absolutely no one, it turns out that White House interloper Ivanka Trump was present for a meeting that ultimately led to the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade opinion that made abortion legal.

A new report in the Washington Post says that former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was worried about the Supreme Court after Trump’s 2016 election victory, presumably because Trump had previously been so publicly pro-choice.

He soon called Donald McGahn, campaign counsel to the president-elect, who was slated to become the top White House lawyer. A week later, Leonard Leo, the head of the conservative Federalist Society and a McConnell ally, was sitting with the president-elect and his advisers in Trump Tower in New York with a list of six potential conservative nominees alphabetically typed onto a piece of personalized stationary, according to people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions. 

As incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, came in and out of the room, Leo laid out a road map for Trump on the federal court system, potentially transforming the foundational understanding of rights in America.

The paper said that it was a moment that anti-abortion activists had dreamed about for decades: The opportunity to actually undo the decision that handed American women the right to physical self-determination.

The Post reported that at a lunch with more than a dozen other people at the law firm Jones Day, “Trump said he wanted to make the Supreme Court a campaign priority.” 

From there it was easy for the Federalist Society chief to name any number of potential justices for Trump to nominate — which he eventually did, successfully getting Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett seated on the Supreme Court. All three of those nominees swore before Congress that they would not vote to overturn Roe v Wade. So much for that idea.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Tucker Carlson Calls on ‘Some Billionaire’ to Primary Every Pro-Ukraine Republican Supporting McConnell

Mod: Apparently Traitor Tuck's support for Putin is limitless. 

Tucker Carlson Calls on ‘Some Billionaire’ to Primary Every Pro-Ukraine Republican Supporting McConnell (PoliticusUSA link): One would not have thought it possible. Ever since the financial connection between the NRA and Russia was exposed, and then Trump’s obvious – obvious – subservience to Russia, one didn’t need to be a CIA agent or FBI counter-intelligence officer to know that there are some prominent Americans that act in every way as though they are Russian assets, Trump, Cawthorn, Tulsi, Greenwald, and – of course, the man who is played on Russian television as propaganda, Tucker Carlson. They make it embarrassingly obvious.

One would think that when one hears that Russian state television uses your show as propaganda, it is time to take stock. But Tucker pushes on.

Two nights ago, Tucker had Tulsi Gabbard on, only to hear Tucker support Gabbard when she said:

“They are doing so by waging this modern-day siege against Russia, isolating, containing, destroying their economy, starving the Russian people in the hope that the Russian people or the military will rise up and revolt and overthrow their government and get rid of Putin.”

The Russians are lucky it’s only that. Have your Russians pull out of Ukraine, see what happens to that seige. Gabbard’s premise is that Putin has no agency in this, the tanks drove themselves, he was attacked first, or something.

But Russia is experiencing exactly what happens when fascist governments line up the tanks and invade peaceful democracies and then bomb civilians in a holocaust. It takes a president like Biden, who is not a Russian asset, to galvanize the world to do something about it. Tulsi might as well be explaining why it was wrong to go to war with Germany. She then warned gravely that Russia might be forced to use tactical nuclear weapons and then real ones to protect the Russian state. Tucker nodded, understanding.

You don’t need to guess as to whether Gabbard is an asset. The Russians admit it. 

But who would’ve thought it possible that certain Right-Wing politicians can be so obviously Russian assets and just… continue on as if it’s not an issue. Russian state television calls Gabbard an asset. Russian state television plays clips of Tucker. Russia has also said it is time to begin preparations to get Trump re-elected in 2024. So much of modern MAGA America depends upon moderate Republicans and Democrats’ willingness to suspend belief and pretend this isn’t happening.

But you cannot pretend if you watch Tucker, listen to Trump, or know Cawthorn’s story. It is happening. Some just like it, and that should worry us.       

Mod: More at the link.  

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

MAGA Madman: Josh Hawley Spits On The Constitution With Bill To Strip Disney Of Copyrights

Mod
: What possesses these people?

Josh Hawley Spits On The Constitution With Bill To Strip Disney Of Copyrights (Politicus USA link): Sen Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced legislation that is an unconstitutional attack on Disney. Variety reported:

Hawley’s bill would dramatically rewrite U.S. copyright law, shortening the total term available to all copyright holders going forward by several decades. It would also seek to retroactively limit Disney’s copyrights, effectively stripping the company of much of its intellectual property, in a move that would face several legal obstacles.

“That is a blatantly unconstitutional taking of property without compensation,” said Prof. Paul Goldstein, an intellectual property expert at Stanford Law School.  

Josh Hawley Is Showing That Republicans Are Anti-Business

Republicans used to be known as the party that was pro-business. It was just a few years ago that Congress was full of Republicans who elevated businesses to mythical status and spent their time fretting about doing anything that would hurt “job creators.”

The GOP has shifted from job creators to abusing the power of Congress to strip a company that expressed an opinion on gay rights of their copyright protections.

Hawley’s bill is an example of the government trying to use its power to silence criticism. The GOP is trying to make an example out of Disney so that other companies stay quiet.

Sen. Hawley’s bill has zero chance of becoming law, but just like his incitement of the Capitol attack, his anti-democracy behavior will have consequences.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Trump Kept Asking if China Was Shooting Us With a ‘Hurricane Gun’

Mod: In your guts you know he's nuts. 

Trump Kept Asking if China Was Shooting Us With a ‘Hurricane Gun’ (Rolling Stone link): Near the beginning of Donald Trump’s time in office, the then-president had a pressing question for his national-security aides and administration officials: Does China have the secret technology — a weapon, even — to create large, man-made hurricanes and then launch them at the United States? And if so, would this constitute an act of war by a foreign power, and could the U.S. retaliate militarily? Then-President Trump repeatedly asked about this, according to two former senior administration officials and a third person briefed on the matter.

“It was almost too stupid for words,” said a former Trump official intimately familiar with the then-sitting president’s inquiry. “I did not get the sense he was joking at all.” In certain circles within the upper ranks of Trumpland, the then-leader of the free world’s query became such a mockable occurrence that it became known among some as the “Hurricane Gun” thing.

“I was present when he asked if China ‘made’ hurricanes to send to us,” said the other former senior official. Trump “wanted to know if the technology existed. One guy in the room responded, ‘Not to the best of my knowledge, sir.’ I kept it together until I got back to my office… I do not know where the [then-]president would have heard about that… He was asking about it around the time, maybe a little before, he asked people about nuking hurricanes.”

This patently boneheaded line of inquiry from Trump, which has not been previously reported, was merely one instance in an administration overflowing with Trump’s rampantly absurd, conspiracy-theory-powered ideas and policy proposals, many of which were ignored or shot down, thus avoiding additional atrocities. 

Last week, it was revealed that Trump’s former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper wrote in his new memoir that his ex-boss wanted to attack Mexico with missiles — during peacetime between the two nations — and then try to pin the blame on another country.

Mod: More at the link.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Voter Registration Activity Surges Among Women After Roe Draft Was Leaked

Mod: Speaking of some unintended consequences, whatever wingnut unleashed the Roe draft report has killed the GOP for 2022. 

Voter Registration Activity Surges Among Women After Roe Draft Was Leaked (PoliticusUSA link):  According to the non-partisan organization vote.org, online voter registration and mail-in ballot requests jumped 65% after the SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe was leaked.

According to a press release from Vote.org as provided to PoliticusUSA: Vote.org, the largest nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America, saw an almost 200% spike in activity to its site for voter registration, registration verification, and mail ballot requests, including 65% of that activity coming from women.

Vote.org saw a total of 73,313 uses of its voter tools (registration verification, new registrations, and absentee ballot requests) for the week of Monday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 8th, a 197% increase from the week prior. 

It is impossible to know whether these women are pro-choice or not, but it is a safe guess that the vast majority of the women who engaged in voter registration activity after the opinion overturning Roe was leaked are pro-choice.

Women are the majority of the Democratic Party, and when they show up to vote in a midterm, it is a very good omen for Democrats.

If the Supreme Court follows through and overturns Roe, there could be a tidal wave of choice voters flooding the polls this November. Women led the effort to beat Trump, and they could lead the effort to make sure that President Biden gets a pro-choice congressional majority in November.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Putin's televised 'Victory Day' speech sabotaged by hackers' 'blood on your hands' message

Mod: The claim that Putin has absolute control over Russian media isn't true.

Putin's televised 'Victory Day' speech sabotaged by hackers' 'blood on your hands' message (Raw Story link): Russian television viewers looking to watch President Vladimir Putin's speech on "Victory Day" -- a celebration of the anniversary of Nazi Germany surrendering to the allies in 1945 -- were greeted with an anti-war message when they checked their TV guides.

According to a report from Forbes, viewers instead saw a message on multiple channels that stated, "On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children. TV and the authorities are lying. No to war."

The report adds, "...the names of programs, and their descriptions on several major Russian networks on different time slots appear to have been changed to display a message which tells the Russian people they are being lied to by the authorities."

According to a report from the BBC, "The big channels including Channel One, Rossiya-1 and NTV-Plus were all changed."

The anti-war message comes as one CNN military analyst claimed, "I think that Vladimir Putin is starting to realize that he can't achieve his objectives militarily," before adding, "What's going on is Ukrainians are taking it to the Russians." The Forbes report notes that there are questions whether it was the work of hackers or internal sabotage.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Pasadena Star News: The California Child Victims Act Sunsets On December 31st

Mod
: Sadly, they were not engaged in "good works."

California Child Victims Act Sunsets Dec. 31 (Pasadena Star News link): Some years back a horrific scandal hit the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. Shocking revelations of child sexual abuse by clerics, first emerging in Boston in 2002, spread like wildfire as it was also discovered that church leaders offered sanctuary to their pedophile priests for years at a time.

Justice was difficult. There was resistance to these explosive charges even at the most elite levels of the Catholic hierarchy. An Associated Press article, “Papal spokesman likens sex abuse allegations to anti-Semitism,” published in 2010, began this way:

“At a solemn Good Friday service, Pope Benedict XVI’s personal preacher likened the tide of allegations that the pontiff has covered up sex abuse cases to the ‘more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.’ But within hours, facing a storm of criticism at the comparison, the Vatican felt it necessary to distance the Pope from the preacher’s remarks.”

However, as the tsunami of accusations continued, the Catholic Church realized it needed to own up to what was their responsibility. In 2013 Cardinal Roger Mahony, who ran the Archdiocese of Los Angeles during that dark era, issued an extensive apology to the victims. It included this sadly revealing passage:

 “Those visits were heart-wrenching experiences for me as I listened to the victims describe how they had their childhood and innocence stolen from them by clergy and by the Church. At times we cried together, we prayed together, we spent quiet moments in remembrance of their dreadful experience; at times the victims vented their pent up anger and frustration against me and the Church.”

Obviously things were not going well for Mahony. Documents showing he had worked diligently to cover up these crimes didn’t help. In addition to being personally subjected to victim wrath, Mahony also needed to help come up with the wherewithal to cover a massive $660 million settlement the Archdiocese had negotiated.

Now you might believe this is where it all ended. There are some who encourage that. But it’s not true.

It is believed there are still thousands of such victims who have yet to surface. In recognition Sacramento signed into law a bill called the California Child Victims Act in 2019 to extend the statute of limitations for those specific crimes for three years. It sunsets this December.

In order to encourage those remaining persons to finally come forward, a law firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, has mounted an extensive social media outreach campaign explaining the consequences of remaining silent. This firm has also produced a series of short videos identifying offending priests and their associations with Los Angeles area Catholic institutions.

Locally, three of these videos deal with Passionist priests associated with the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre. I am reposting the videos to my website Sunday morning, but here are brief descriptions of what they contain.

Accused priest Henry Xavier Vetter: Four survivors came forth alleging child sex abuse from 1953 to 1973. He later fled to Mexico and vanished.
 

Accused priest John Baptist Ormechea: Also accused of molesting minors. As of 2017 Fr. Ormechea was thought to be working at the Vatican in Rome


Accused priest Joseph Stadtfeld: Two young girls accused Fr. Stadtfeld of sexual abuse at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. Both lawsuits were settled in 2007.


The purpose of these videos is not to revisit the horrors of the past. Rather it is to encourage those who were preyed upon to find some justice before the opportunity is gone. People likely now well into middle age, and might have decided they will need to live with their terrible secret forever.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Fragging Putin: Ukraine spies claim Russian troops are intentionally sabotaging their own 'stupid' invasion

Mod: If you are a Russian General you really do need to watch your back. 

Ukraine spies claim Russian troops are intentionally sabotaging their own 'stupid' invasion (Raw Story link): The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claims to have intercepted recordings of Russian troops’ phone calls in which they discuss sabotaging Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, The Daily Beast reported on Friday.

“I don't follow stupid orders, I simply refuse,” one person on the recording can be heard telling another. “The motherf*cker sent me to tanks, motherf*cking piece of shit. I f*cked it up and that's it.”

“We have one tank left in the regiment. In short, we broke our tank ourselves in the morning so as not to go," another alleged Russian soldier can be heard telling a family member.

According to the Beast's Shannon Vavra, a mainstay of Russia's Ukraine invasion has been documented accounts of Russian troops abandoning their equipment and weapons.

"Russian military morale has been low from the beginning of the invasion, and it’s not getting any better; Russian troops have begun posting on social media begging for donations to the war effort, showing a side-by-side comparison between their dismal first-aid kits and the Ukrainians," Vavra writes. 

"The Russian war effort isn’t only being hampered from the inside. Inspired by the Russians’ intercepted phone calls, Ukraine’s government encouraged other Russian troops to disobey orders and refuse to attack, echoing earlier calls to surrender and abandon the war path."

Mod: And now, this.

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