Today’s read is from author Torrance Stephens who has conducted infectious disease research and currently teaches Statistics at Clark Atlanta University in the Departments of Psychology and Political Science. Here’s an excerpt:
It is paramount for this nation to note the abject problems that seem to surface when we remove the individual nature of liberty and freedom from the person to such an extent that the group becomes more significant than the individual. This is unacceptable to existing under the status of this constitutional republic we call the United States of America. Yet, many, especially Black folk who have never experienced a day of being oppressed in their life do such without concern. So herein I will give names and provide examples of these snake oil salesmen and women who appear to care more about self-adulation than collective community responsibility.
Malcom X once said: “The white liberals, who have been posing as our friends, have failed us. The white liberal is the worst enemy to America and the worst enemy to the black man.” He also stated that “White liberals are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the black man as our ‘friend’ to get our sympathy, our allegiance and our minds. The white liberal attempts to use us politically against white conservatives, so that anything the black man does is never for his own good, never for his advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal.”
This month’s supermoon, the “Strawberry Moon,” rises on Thursday. The Strawberry supermoon will reach peak illumination at 2:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24. Visibility will be optimal in the southeastern skies just after sunset, with the moon appearing to be larger than normal and golden in color
What makes a supermoon? When it coincides with its closest point to Earth (called its perigee) on its elliptical orbit. It will appear as much as 7 percent bigger, and brighter than a regular full moon. Since the moon will appear full until early Saturday morning, lunar enthusiasts will have several opportunities to catch it.
“Strawberry Moon” is a name that originates from the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, and marks the ripening and gathering of strawberries in North America in the month of June.
For anyone unable to witness the Strawberry supermoon from an outdoor vantage point, Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming the event—as seen over Rome—from 3:00 p.m. ET on June 24.
For hundreds of years it’s been thought the moon affects the way we behave. Craziness and epilepsy many believed were caused by the moon. Pregnant women are rumored to be more likely to give birth on a full moon. There have been reports that violent crime increases among psychiatric patients and prison inmates. Outdoor criminal activity, too. And a 2013 study found people took five minutes longer to fall asleep on average, and slept for 20 minutes less overall around a full moon
In 1966 the moon had enough pull to send Frank Sinatra into a studio to record an entire lunar album.
Today’s read with that stunning title is from Derek Hunter. here’s a brief excerpt:
It’s official, I’m a racist. I couldn’t care less that I’m a racist, but I figured I’d declare it just for fun. I’m not going to go join a group, some random non-gay-centric version of conversion therapy leftists would approve of to purge myself of these feelings of hatred, disgust, superiority, and everything else we racists feel toward people we despise based on irrelevant characteristics. No, I don’t think I need professional help for this one. To the extent that my racism bothers me…actually, who am I kidding? My racism doesn’t bother me at all. See, the people I’m racist towards are…
Kevin Hermening is the school board president for the Mosinee School District. On April 6, 2021, he posted the following on his Facebook page:
You do understand, people, that it’s the other school districts that are starting to change their policy regarding masks; not Mosinee, which has had the same policy since the beginning of the school year. Three Lakes, Laona, and Crandon schools adopt “mask optional” policy this week.
Mosinee has had a similar policy all school year; ours reads “Masks for both students and staff are recommended but not required.”
NOTHING has changed in the Mosinee OFFICIAL BOARD POLICY since September 1, 2020.
We have a board which is individually divided on these issues, but has collaborated in unanimity to advance our “Stay Open” agenda.
Again, our policy since last September is IDENTICAL to the policy now.
This has been on our district website since last September.
Many school districts across the state went mask optional shortly or not long after the WI Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ COVID-19 emergency order and accompanying statewide mask mandate on March 31, 2021.
But not Franklin. Our school district administrator who runs the operation didn’t agree to go mask optional this fall until she made an announcement on June 18, almost three months after Gov. Evers’ mandate was tossed. While residents waited and waited the district administrator and school board disrespectfully ignored and dismissed the pleas of parents and children, putting them in unnecessary and lengthy misery.
While I support the mask optional decision I certainly won’t issue any gratitude toward the folks running our schools. They don’t deserve any thanks. Not when somewhere around 150 other schools or school districts made the common sense decision to go mask optional long before Franklin.
Still, there are many schools around Wisconsin that continue to require masks. Trust me, we in Franklin fully understand the frustration of the brick wall those areas are running into. Keep fighting, and remember your school board members come election time.
Bishops Advance Effort That Could Restrict Communion for Biden The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2021
U.S. Catholic bishops on Friday agreed to prepare a document that would lay out the conditions under which Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Biden, may be denied Communion.
The controversial measure, which had drawn objections from the Vatican and from Pope Francis’s strongest allies among the U.S. bishops, required a simple majority to advance; it passed with 73%, or 168, of the 229 votes cast on Thursday. More than 270 U.S. bishops were eligible to vote.
The bishops’ doctrinal committee will now proceed to draft a document on the Eucharist that will include a section on the conditions under which politicians may receive Communion. Some bishops want that section to state that politicians who support abortion rights must be denied the sacrament.
Proponents of the document originally planned to set forth a national policy on the matter, but scrapped that idea in deference to the Vatican, which warned last month that such a move would be divisive. Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., head of the doctrinal committee, has said that the document might instead include practical guidance for individual bishops dealing with politicians who support abortion rights. He also suggested that it might mention other activities—such as leadership of a white supremacist organization—that could disqualify one from receiving the sacrament.
Opponents of the document said it would inevitably be read as an attack on specific leaders including President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both of whom are Catholic and support abortion rights.
“There is an expectation out there by people, because of what some bishops are arguing for, that we deny Communion to the president, to Speaker Pelosi and to other people that are being named. I don’t know how we get around that,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, a close ally of Pope Francis, said on Thursday.
Asked at a White House event Friday about the possibility that the bishops would prevent him from receiving Communion, Mr. Biden said: “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
The result of the vote, announced on the last day of the annual spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, augurs well for approval of the final doctrinal document, which would require a supermajority of two-thirds at the conference’s fall meeting in November.
In a two-hour debate on Thursday, some bishops insisted on the urgent need for a document to clarify the church’s stand on abortion under a Catholic president who supports abortion rights, while others warned of the danger of using the Eucharist as a political weapon.
“This is an unprecedented situation in the country. We’ve never had a situation like this [where] the executive is a Catholic president who is opposed to the teaching of the church,” said Bishop Liam Cary of Baker, Ore.
Mr. Biden’s embrace of abortion rights, including his support for federal funding of the procedure, is “the most aggressive thing we’ve ever seen in terms of this attack on life when it’s most innocent,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
But supporters of Pope Francis’s emphasis on social and economic justice lamented what they called excessive attention to divisive cultural issues.
“The limitation of the grounds of Eucharistic exclusion to abortion and euthanasia .. will fatally undermine the ability of the church in the U.S. to witness with credibility to the integrity of Catholic social teaching including the church’s condemnation of racism, poverty and environmental destruction,” said Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, a leading liberal in the USCCB.
Remember that time when the mainstream media lied about former President Donald J. Trump, only to have Trump proven correct afterwards? “Can you be more specific,” you ask? Good point. There are so many to mention, we need to be more precise, so let’s narrow the list down to five, and let’s consider the true impact of their dishonesty. While the media may have been successful in sustaining political damage against Trump, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement – which was their ultimate goal, no doubt – they also caused significant collateral damage, either unwittingly or uncaringly.