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Bernie Sanders: Anti-Russian Propaganda and “Vermont Socialism”
The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders — an anti-Russia, Israel-supporting politician from Vermont — revives an archaic feud among leftists.

By Caleb Maupin

In the early part of the 20th century, there was a broad movement of people in the United States who advocated the overthrow of capitalism. Among them were many revolutionaries like Eugene Debs, William Z. Foster, Lucy Parsons, and Paul Robeson.

However, there was another current of people who called themselves “socialists” but had no interest in revolution. They were called “sewer socialists.” The term originated in reference to Victor L. Berger, a “socialist” who ran on a platform of improving the city’s sewer system and eventually became the mayor of Milwaukee. The sewer socialists did not want to overthrow capitalism, but simply to be elected to local public office and improve government policy. They wanted to make a global system built on exploitation of people all over the world a little more comfortable for those living within the western economic centers.

The battle between these two poles of the left movement – with the revolutionary and anti-imperialist wing of socialism on the one hand and the “sewer socialist” wing on the other — played out on a global level. Commenting on the debate, Russian socialist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin described the trend this way: “The bourgeoisie of an imperialist ‘Great’ Power can economically bribe the upper strata of ‘its’ workers by spending on this a hundred million or so francs a year, for its superprofits most likely amount to about a thousand million… this little sop is divided among the labour ministers, ‘labour representatives’… labour members of War Industries Committees… labour officials, workers belonging to the narrow craft unions…”

In the modern United States, it isn’t sewer socialism but “Vermont socialism” that plays the role of the ‘Labor Ministers.’ US Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president, and openly describes himself as a “socialist.” Despite using this word to describe himself, with many well intentioned anti-capitalist activists supporting him, Sanders’ platform in reality articulates a strategy for strengthening global monopoly capitalism and its expanding militarism.

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College Students are shocked to learn how much money Hillary Clinton has.

So I’m asking you guys for help...

I’m completing an internship at a non-profit organization in Montgomery, AL this summer. The org is call Aid to Inmate Mothers (yes, I know the name is outdated) and our main goal is to help women who are in/have been to prison. We really attempt to foster mother-child relationship during incarceration as well as providing re-entry help to women leaving prison through case management and a re-entry home. We really do as much as we can with the resources we have. If you’re curious about all of the programs we do their website is inmatemoms.org

But, the financial situation here is getting pretty bad lately. We are severely underfunded and understaffed. Summer time is so difficult for the finances, and staying afloat has been difficult lately. 

If you would like to help us out or donate, go to gofund.me/inmatemoms. Or just signal boost! Alabama’s prison populations are so underserved, and it is difficult for prison non-profits to operate in our state. Any little bit helps. 


http://www.gofundme.com/inmatemoms

onesmallflower asked:

As a Hispanic-American priest, I was wondering, would you be willing to discuss the illegal immigration issue and how it fits into our faith? It seems unjust that people can benefit from living in the US without being a citizen, but then again, the people who have crossed our borders illegally are still human and deserve human compassion. I'm very divided on this and am curious as to your thoughts; however, I understand completely if this isn't an issue you're comfortable discussing. P&B! -1SF.

Hello,

Pastoral teaching vs. doctrinal teaching

This is a controversial question, because the question of illegal immigration deals with the prudential, “pastoral teaching” of the Catholic bishops, which a Catholic is not necessarily bound to assent to with religious submission. Pastoral teaching is based on practical exigencies and contexts, and simply put, not every Catholic sees a need or a desire for immigration into the USA or the amount of immigration that is taking place.

Possible negatives with legal and illegal immigration

From one side of the issue, we have this: 1) Illegal immigrants are foreigners, and foreigners have always presented a challenge of keeping the USA united in one set of values and one sense of civic, patriotic duty 2) Foreigners tend to look nostalgically back at their countries of origin and struggle to assimilate into “America” 3) Foreigners who become unemployed, and their families, form a social drain through welfare, healthcare, and education 4) Illegal immigrants commit far more crime than they did in times past, and they are a threat to national security and overcrowded prisons 5) The process for becoming a citizen was not selective enough, and in too many cases we made people citizens just because they were relatives of people who immigrated, without asking whether they needed to be in the USA also 6) Finally, it cannot be absolutely proved that illegal immigrants do jobs that Americans won’t do, and therefore, they are an economic threat, taking jobs away.

Anger and issue of mass deportation

There is real anger among various Americans that hordes of foreign people have entered their country and pulled the carpet from underneath their feet, literally taking over the country without truly assimilating in an orderly and patriotic way. And this has been going on, this anger, for decades now. But the solution that most people come up with?

People say–”let’s just deport them. If the government really wanted to, it could round up all of the illegals and send them back to their country.” 

THIS, however, is silly and completely unfeasible. Even with the billions we presently spend for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) we are only able to deport about 400,000+ illegals. Incidentally, the Republicans have the reputation of being tough on illegal immigration, but President Obama has deported far more illegals than Bush or even Clinton ever did.

I think I’ve heard the statistic of a whopping 2 million plus deportations that have taken place during Obama’s two terms, which is record breaking. But guess what? That leaves at least 10 million to go. We don’t have the resources or the man power. The bill just to build an effective Wall, and staff it, on the Mexican border is beyond our means right now.

My personal opinion on a solution

My solution is to reform the immigration law as it is now, with its practically toothless penalties, and create a pathway to citizenship for those illegals who are presently here and are found to be productive, law-abiding members of American society. This is not because I am Mexican–well, technically, I’m a Chicagoan, but I am from Mexican ethnicity.

My stance is based upon my 24 years as a priest working with and serving illegal immigrants from practically every nation. I’ve been close friends with illegals from Poland, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and Eastern Europe, from the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia, Greece and Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, as well as Mexico and Latin America. 

Whether people wanted to break the law

I firmly believe that most immigrants benefit our country and they would have come legally if that had been possible. As I see the law, presently, they broke the immigration law because the immigration law gave them no options and they were desperate to come to this country and make a better life for themselves.

If I were a foreigner and I desperately needed a better life, would I break the law and enter the United States illegally? Hell yeah I would!  But I never had to because my grandparents and great grandparents crossed the U.S. border and easily obtained legal residence by working either on ranches or the railroad in the Southwest, both of which had made deals with Congress to take in cheap Mexican labor and “legalize” it quickly. They just had to pass a health inspection at the border and promise to spend so much time working on ranches or in the case of my great grandfather, with the railroad.

For many years now, immigration laws have barred 100% people from poor countries who had no special skill set or education, and did not have a relative already here to fill out paperwork for them. So, these are the people who have entered and stayed, illegally. They did not “get in line” and “do it the right way” because there was NO LINE, and no right way, according to present law.

In defense of illegals, OUR own culpability in the problem

In addition, in defense of most illegals, let me say this: 1) American business owners invited these workers in by providing quick and easy jobs at minimum wage 2) Other profiteers have benefited by providing rental housing and other services, knowing that they were selling to illegals 3) The agricultural industry has maintained its profit line by accessing what is, for all practical purposes, something akin to slave labor in the fields 4) Politicians have publicly made speeches against illegal immigration and then lobbied to curtail deportation so that their districts benefit from the cheap labor 5) Factories and industries such as construction have knowingly employed illegals because they are far less likely to report violations of job safety or labor laws 6) Even middle class Americans have benefited from gardeners, caretakers for the elderly, baby sitters, house cleaners, etc. who worked for rock bottom prices.

In short, what moral dilemma do you have when Americans speak out of one side of their mouth and say one thing, and then from another side of their mouth, seek to benefit from the cheap labor of illegals? Yes, the states are shelling out a lot of money for healthcare and education–there’s no doubt about that. But if we hire illegals, in a sense inviting them to stay because we give them jobs, how long do we expect them to render services to us without getting married and having kids? Or how long do we expect them to do this without illegally bringing their wives and kids to this country? And how do we expect families to reside within these borders without accessing schools and clinics?

The hypocrisies and inconsistencies behind non-enforcement

Another moral dilemma is that while we advertise, on the one hand, that the law will deport you for being here illegally. THEN, we turn around and DO NOT enforce the law. 

And when I say “we” I mean the political structures and law enforcement structures. Starting from state governors and working down to local Chambers of Commerce and sheriffs and police, we have this “wink, wink” attitude toward the illegal presence. 

It’s like, “You know, you’re here illegally. I’d like you to go pack your bags and please self-deport yourself back to your foreign country!” WAIT. Did you say your going to pick my fruit this morning? Then your going to clean my gutter and trim my bushes? Then later your going to bus my table and wash my dishes when I eat out? WAIT. Don’t leave–not yet. I like the way you make my life in general more affordable, but then later I’d like you to please leave.”

Why do we do this and then act surprised when illegals themselves decide to just stay long term? Why are we confused, that illegals are confused by the mixed messages, because no one is seriously making a move to kick them out? And don’t get me started on the fines that could be imposed on BUSINESS owners for knowingly hiring people whose social security cards and ID papers look sketchy at best.

But one thing you do not screw around with, among Americans, is their sacred, holy, venerable, sacrosanct, divine and blessed MONEY. The sacred mullah. When is government, at ANY LEVEL, going to go after people who MAKE MONEY? A cheap work force, even illegal, assures us a profit margin that makes us competitive in the global market. Yet, this does lead to more confusion as illegals are given a double message–”We DON’T want you here, but we NEED you here, so please stay.”

Remember the Arizonians and their new laws to throw out the illegals? First, the guy who pushed that law was voted out in a recall. Secondly, five bell alarms of alert went off all around Arizona when the Chambers of Commerce reported the loss of large amounts of business revenue. Various communities that had voted in and enforced deportation laws started to ratchet down their policies and again, started turning the other way (”wink, wink”) so that money and the economy would not be adversely affected by anti-immigration sentiments.

In Washington, Social Security money which has been taken from paychecks does not have to be paid out. We are speaking of billions and billions of dollars. The rule is that if you have worked here illegally, we can deduct Social Security taxes from your check and then forbid you from ever seeing that money again. Most Americans say, “Good. That’s what they get” but I have moral qualms with taking money from people who earned it fair and square, just because they were illegal aliens. 

A fair and just resolution to the problem

My personal opinion is that when people have worked for you, and served you, many years in this country and raised families that are productive and law abiding, and the government has failed to enforce deportation, you need to assume they wish to make a life here, and you need to work with them. 

You need to say honestly that you benefited from their presence. They contributed to your economy, and their sons and daughters have gone off to fight and die in your wars. You need to admit that after a while, we have gone past the point of no return and should now offer them some possibility for staying legally. 

To me, this is the only just way to fulfill the Biblical command of God to Moses, that we must not abuse the alien in our midst, for we were once aliens ourselves in the land of Egypt. In my personal opinion, the reform of an outdated and unenforceable immigration code also corresponds to Catholic social justice teaching about the rights of the laborer who works, and must be fairly treated and compensated.

The plan proposed by the U.S. Senate in S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 contained what I believe was an excellent package of laws to enforce border security, and selectively offer legal residence and eventual citizenship to illegal aliens who have been here for many years. 

Some benefits of immigration reform

The Act provides that recent violators of immigration law must immediately return to their countries and their employers must be severely punished for hiring them. Finally, the Act introduces a national structure for ensuring that everyone who applies for a job, driver’s license, and voting rights has a national ID card verifying their background and legal status of residency. 

Also, for the first time, the Act provides that young people who have sacrificed for college and received education and skills here, may remain here, as well as workers who apply for legal residency and have a special skill set that they can offer. There are stringent enforcement rules for anyone who has committed crime, while those who have been law abiding can remain here while their application is processed.

The Act is less disruptive to families by insuring that upstanding and hard working people would not be pursued for deportation. Nonetheless, they would have to pay punishment fines for the time they were here illegally, and have their applications placed behind those who have been trying to immigrate here legally (”go to the back of the line” without having to leave the country). The minimum wait for attaining legal residence would be 10 years. If at any time during the application process, they break the law, they will be deported and their chance to immigrate will be permanently disqualified.

None of these privileges and opportunities for legal residence would be allowed to go into effect until the Border Patrol certifies to Congress that our borders have been secured, with money allocated for fences, and large increases in the number of agents who patrol. There would be a national data system with ID cards set up to insure that those who recently arrive and stay are pursued until deportation.

In short, no one would get a free amnesty ticket, in a sense, and they could not even begin to apply for legal status, until we know for a fact that the borders are being effectively guarded and monitored. But the important thing is that we would recompense those who have waited for many years to be legalized while they provided economic and social benefits to our nation, and whose children born here have become educated and productive citizens, or have entered our military and fought and died in our wars.

Unfortunately, the Republicans who took control of the House have gone back to the status quo of “let’s complain about illegal immigration and talk about the borders while doing nothing to come up with a solution.” The President, in turn, starts cranking out Executive Orders to help certain groups like high school and college age illegals, but that does not provide a long term solution. 

Sorry this is so long, but immigration, and the existence of so many undocumented in our midst, is a very complicated issue that I could not address in a short post. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

anonymous asked:

Why didn't steven bubble peridot in your fic?

Bubbling is what they do to corrupted gems to put them on ice.

Peridot’s injured, not corrupted. Steven was hoping Peridot would be able to regenerate and recover on her own. (with some obvious doubts because of the cracks in her gem)

Watch SHOCKED college voters find out Hillary Clinton owns four homes totaling 31 million dollars - Priceless!

Watch SHOCKED college voters find out Hillary Clinton owns four homes totaling 31 million dollars – Priceless!

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform recently took a trip out to the White House in order to play a little trivia game. Little did his guests know exactly how blown away they’d be by the results. Hillary Clinton has said on several occasions that she’s broke and knows what it’s like to live in our shoes. FALSE!  When everyone in the video realized all four homes totaling a whopping $31.4 million were…

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ask-reformed-haxorus asked:

Mura:*@Victini* Well this is new, I don't often get to see many legendaries besides the one I have back at home. Please tell me, how fun is it being around your friends? And do you have a "Close friend"?

I usually just talk at whoever is willing to listen. Mewtwo and Gallade are really good at that, and Gardevoir, Espeon, and the Eon twins actually try to get me to do some fun things with them. 

I guess I don’t really have any ‘close’ friends? I mean, I’m on friendly terms with just about everybody, but no one I’ve ever really opened up to… Haha!

anonymous asked:

Hey Sara! I've been coveting the Reformation "Abigail" skirt, but I'm really on a tight budget right now. Please help me find a cheaper one(petite size) under $100. Thank you! 😊

that skirt is cute–great pick, girl. luckily, scalloped edging is a big trend this season so there are more options than you think. while reformation’s is $198, new look has one for £22 (it ships internationally!); i looked for a style that also featured front-button detailing and suede or “suedette” fabric, which create an equally-as-expensive look to the reformation original. 

Privileged, rich conservative white trans lady: *comes out*

Mainstream gay movement: “WOW!” *applause and praise*

Undocumented trans woman of colour: *risks safety and well-being to come out against racial injustice and institutional abuse perpetuated by the Obama administration*

Mainstream gay movement: “HOW DARE YOU INTERRUPT OBAMA!” *comments with racism and transmisogyny and ignores the issues at hand*

I, for one, am hoping that Jennicet Gutiérrez gets more positive attention in the media than Caitlyn Jenner.

It’s Time for Black Liberation, Not Liberalism | Bobby London Wordpress

As people begin to ask themselves how we can make this movement sustainable we must take into account the various layers of our struggle. We must make sure that we are working towards more than just momentary change, but for true liberation of all black people. The usual route of playing the game of respectable politics needs to stop.  Organizations and community leaders are beginning to take it upon themselves to speak for the movement.  With their list of demands, their lectures on the proper way to protest and the condemnations they give of all uncontrolled actions that have been taking place. Their solutions are focused on policy change that is dependent on institutional will. It is important that as black people we make sure that our political tactics are not being dominated by white supremacy.


As we all know, no justice was found for the Brown family or the community that watched Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown in cold blood. Instead, we’ve seen Darren Wilson rewarded, profiting off of murdering the young black teenager. After, we saw the same failure of justice in New York with the documented murder of Eric Garner. The failure of the prosecution shifted the debate on whether or not police cameras would help skew back against police brutality. This however, did not stop Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from purchasing 7,000 body cameras for the notoriously violent LAPD.

It should be clear now that our problem in this country is bigger than these two grand juries alone failing to prosecute these police officers. It is bigger than these incidents – there is a pattern of systemic abuse by a justice system that has continued to fail, time after time, death after death. The debate in regards to police violence against black lives is more complicated than the binary of reform versus abolition. The problem is this white supremacist, capitalist, hetero-patriarchical system, and there is no amount of “die-ins” that will change that.

The Justice System

There are currently 2.5 million black people being incarcerated.  Police use simple infractions to target and profile blacks.  The justice system works as a funnel for the prison industry. If the justice system is a funnel, then the role of the police is to obtain property for the justice system into funnel. I apologize for the triggering language as referring to black lives as property, but its important to realize that prisoners become exactly that, property of the state.

Now, white supremacy and anti-blackness would like us to believe that it is our own fault that got us in those prisons in the first place. That we are genetically created to steal, sell drugs, rape, and murder. This along with a constant barrage of images that are reflected in media, Hollywood, and the music industry. In reality the United States government has been criminalizing being black ever since they decided to transition us from plantation slavery to wage slavery.

The government whose legal system put certain laws in place with the intention of criminalizing blacks specifically. The most known example of this is with the disparitybetween the sentencing of rock cocaine versus when it is in powder form. Rock cocaine which was once 100-to-1 ratio was changed to 18-to-1 in 2010.  What has recently been confirmed but was known by communities affected by this assault, the illegal substance was purposely being placed in their communities by both the Reagan administration and CIA. The effects of that certain operation deployed by the Reagan presidency are still present in the black community today.

George Stinney Jr., was 14 year old who was wrongfully sentenced to the death penalty for beating two white girls in the racist state of South Carolina.  The state, 70 years later, has now decided to exonerate him. What’s the point of exoneration after 70 years of being wrongfully murdered? I don’t know. What I do know is that this is not an isolated example of blacks being executed for crimes they did not commit, lets not forget Troy Davis.

I explain all of this to convey, that it is naive to believe that a justice system that has been consistently waging violence against our community could ever be trusted to give us the justice that we deserve. The constitution and these laws were not created for us, it was born opposed to us, and the laws were created to solidify white supremacy and anti-blackness – how can we trust an institution that saw us a 3/5-ths as human?

Police Reform vs. Abolishing the Police

This conversation is more nuanced than an either or argument, even though I have framed it in such a way. When discussions are had on this it is discussed usually around what is attainable. Now, if you’re only talking about superficial institutional reforms like body cams, special prosecutors, and community advisers, then sure, you can achieve any legislation that does not threaten the current practices of the police. But if you are talking about real institutional reforms which would have an effect on the power of the police state, such as: defunding and demilitarizing, which I agree that if we are going to talk about reform then we should start there; then the question I must pose is: do you believe the United States government, one of the most militarized empires in the world, will allow their domestic military to be pacified? I also ask the same to those who believe that we can abolish the police without abolishing the whole governmental institution.

Recently, the head of the police union in New York, declared war on both the Mayor of New York, and the black community. The way I like to look at government is that it is made up of various factions, each with their own interests at play.  The police force, who currently has a closer relationship to the government of Israel than the current presidential administration, has become it’s own international entity. William Bratton has ensured the militarized autonomy of the police through years of training and relationships built with one of the world’s largest weapons suppliers, Israel. The police have acted with impunity and have been one of the largest standing mafia-type organizations in the United States and they will not give that power up willingly.

Let’s not forget that the “cops and the klan go hand and hand” either, so what happens to all those weapons even if we are to disarm or abolish the police? Do they get locked away in some facility where only the community led commission has some magic key? No, they go into the hands of those former officers and into their own private militias. Fusion reported, “184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon’s ‘1033 program’ for missing weapons or failure to comply with other guidelines. We uncovered a pattern of missing M14 and M16 assault rifles across the country, as well as instances of missing .45-caliber pistols, shotguns and 2 cases of missing Humvee vehicles.”

Also, what about the privatized police who are not under institutional control? When talking about the police state we must first understand why it exists — to enforce white supremacy and protect capital. Whether or not these are governmentally funded forces is irrelevant, the reality is that there will be someone to enforce these power structures.

Hetero-Patriachry

The conversation of the value of black lives has been centrally focused on black men. It would be presumed that only black male lives are being murdered at an astounding rate. But, because anti-blackness affects ALL black people, we are also seeing the alarming rate of black trans and black women’s lives being killed as well. Which we’ve failed to produce the same sort of call to action as there has been for black men. It is important that we understand that as black people we are all being attacked by white supremacy, but some are being attacked by white supremacy and hetero-patriarchy as well.  Black trans women have been murdered, raped, and attacked more than trans women of other races. This needs to be as much of a black concern as cis black women, who are also being beaten, raped, and murdered. 

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