Standing Tall at Cannon Ball

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From rockync at The Swash Zone:

Right now there is an organized protest happening in Cannon Ball, ND. The indigenous people of Standing Rock Reservation began a small protest against the installation of a part of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River upstream of the reservation.

This is one of the poorest communities in the US and they depend heavily on the water from the Missouri for drinking, fishing and irrigation.

They have since been joined by other tribes wishing to show solidarity and their ranks have swelled to 1200 or more protesters. They have established a second camp, Sacred Stone Camp about 1 1/2 miles from the construction site.

Despite claims by law enforcement that they have been shooting guns and that the protesters have pipe bombs, no evidence has been produced to back these claims and organizers insist that they are staging a peaceful protest and that their security team is doing everything possible to ensure that.

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David Duke Has 2 Great Suggestions On Meeting People Like David Duke

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From Tommy Christopher at the Daily Banter:

Sometimes, when people spend 50 years telling you who they are, you should believe them. Exhibit A from Friday’s The David Duke Show, in which Duke laments the few impurities that sully the Party of European-Americans, and correctly identifies the significance of Trump’s new campaign CEO, Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon:

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Phony War on Voter Fraud
Looks Even Phonier

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg View:

When he talks about “rigged” elections and calls for voter-identification laws to prevent fraud, Donald Trump is squarely within the Republican mainstream. The party has made passing those laws one of its highest priorities in state after state.

Yet as the evidence continues to show, the type of fraud that voter ID laws could prevent is basically non-existent.

Now there’s more documentation of this.

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False Reports of Crime Undermine Law Enforcement

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From Jordan Cooper at The Moderate Voice:

We ask for the police to respond an incident, so we must tell the truth to ensure justice is served. Citizens are used to find whereabouts about suspects, victims, and others involved. People are put to work by the police to make our living conditions safer. Filing a false police report holds captive justice and creates more muddles in our legal systems the world over.

This time Ryan Lochte and other US swimmers may have fabricated a story about him being a victim of armed robbery.

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The Real Trump

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From Green Eagle:

Before getting on with this post, let me remind you of this:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

And with that gotten over, on we go.

Donald Trump this week unceremoniously dumped campaign manager Paul Manafort, not because he is a loathsome pig (they both are) but solely because Trump saw that Manafort had become a liability to his Presidential campaign. Nothing else about Manafort bothered Trump in the least, including Manafort’s having been paid millions by the Putin government.

And what was that money handed over for? Well, this, for instance:

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Donald Trump is
Just Plain Stupid

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From The Big Empty:

Despite his supposed business acumen, Donald Trump appears to be not just a bad politician but a very stupid guy who is somehow incapable of thinking through the consequences of what he says before he actually says anything. As a result, he makes himself easy prey to any reasonably intelligent individual to tear his remarks to shreds with little or no effort.

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Obama and Congress Mandate Fraud

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

President Obama signed a bill mandating food labeling indicating whether the food product contains “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs)—that is, ingredients bioengineered to improve the quality, nutrition, or productivity-enhancing traits. I call it fraud labeling. Why do I call this fraud labeling?

Here is the definition of Fraud: “A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.”

What is concealed? The fact that GMO foods have never been proven to carry any more risk to human health or the environment than non-GMO foods

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Documentary of Middle Ages where All Actors are Swans?

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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

Indignant conservatives who insist on “accuracy” in television shows make me laugh. Apparently, the BBC has some show about Margaret of Anjou in which the title character is played by Sophie Okonedo, who is of Nigerian ancestry. Some people can’t get past the skin color to see the role the actor is playing.

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The Evolution of the Abrahamic God

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

…before Israelite religion denied the existence of other Gods than Yahweh, it went through a phase of granting their existence but condemning their worship (by Israelites, at least; if the Moabites wanted to worship Chemosh, that was their business). In technical terms, Israelite religion reached monotheism only after a period of “monolatry” — exclusive devotion to one god without denying the existence of others.

This much is accepted by most Biblical scholars, including some who are believing Jews or Christians. But things get more controversial when you suggest that there was a long time when even “monolatry” was too strong a word from mainstream Israelite doctrine — a time when not all non-Yahweh gods were considered evil or alien; a time when Yahweh was ensconced in an Israelite pantheon, working along side other gods.

Yet, if you read the scriptures closely, you’ll soon see hints of such a time.

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Republicans Willing To Break The Law To Win In 2016

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

It’s no secret that the Republicans, especially those in Congress, hate Hillary Clinton. They have been trying to bring her down for over a quarter of a century now. And since she started her campaign for the presidency, their hate has turned into terror. They know they have little chance to beat her this November (particularly since they nominated Trump as their candidate), so they are pulling out all the stops in an effort to make her look bad.

They have had committee after committee investigate her over the Benghazi tragedy. That culminated in an 11 hour grilling of Clinton before a House committee — a grilling that showed them up a desperate hypocrites, and made Clinton look better than ever.

Then they repeated that with investigations of her use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State.

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