The Women’s March, 2019: A Global Wave

I’m excited about this Saturday’s Women’s March in San Francisco and San Jose.

Women’s March 2019

We had a #BlueWave in 2018 but it began the day after Trump’s inauguration.

On January 19, 2019, Women’s March Bay Area will unite in San Jose and San Francisco to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year.

San Francisco Women’s March

The movement that began in 2017 is now a global demand for governments based on  human rights, the Rule of Law and Democratic Systems.

Americans won a battle in 2018 but we haven’t won the war and Putin’s weaponized trolls will work non-stop to divide us.

The wave must continue:

Find a march near you: The Women’s March Global

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.  The Women’s March

A personal note: I’ve been ill and have a post in the works to explain what happened: I will slowly catch up on comments and blog visits.

I am NOT affiliated with the National Organization or Global Women’s March.

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap Up: 12/28-01/04

This week saw the culmination of two years of #Resistance as Democrats took control of the House of Representatives after a Historic #BlueWave in November.

On January 3, Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker of the House for the Second Time.

This time Nancy Pelosi leads of majority of younger, more aggressive democrats.

This wrap up doesn’t cover everything.

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And finally, Rep. Rashida Tlaib said the words that became top hashtag on Twitter on January 4: #ImpeachTheMF

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Let’s stay united and keep the #BlueWave rolling!

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Blue Wave

 

An Uncle Sam Poster made from a template in the public domain
Uncle Sam Wants You to Join the Elves

A Christmas Homily: Why Did God do That?

According to the New Testament, the God of Israel becomes
mortal: Immanuel, God with us.

God can descend as an adult and live as a God.

God can choose birth to a royal house and live as a man of the educated
upper class.

Instead, God decides to break the Law of Moses by impregnating a young,
unmarried peasant girl who is already betrothed and likely to suffer
execution by stoning  for the crime of adultery.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18-19

Joseph later adopts Jesus as his own.

Everything about the birth of Jesus is unsavory in terms of Mosaic Law and the rigid class system of the ancient world.

“Unlawful intercourse with a woman betrothed to a man was adultery, because the betrothed woman was deemed as inviolable as the married woman. The punishment for this crime was stoning to death at the place of public execution (Deut. xxii. 24). The punishment for Adultery according to the Mishnah (Sanh. xi. 1) was strangulation; the rabbinical theory being that wherever the death penalty was mentioned in the Bible, without any specific statement of the manner of its infliction, strangulation was meant. The Jewish Encyclopedia


The child of an incestuous or adulterous relationship was branded a mamzer.

 

A mamzer was not permitted to become a member of the Jewish body politic (Deut. xxiii. 3 [A. V. 2]), and could not intermarry with a Jew or Jewess (Ḳid. iii. 12), although it did not lose its right to inherit from the husband of its mother, who, while not the legitimate father, was for this purpose the putative father.”’ The Jewish Encyclopedia

There is no room at the inn for Mary’s mamzer, so he is born in a cave where he sleeps in a device for feeding livestock.

(Away in a manger, no crib for his head)

So, why did God do that?

 

Animated GIF of Matt Damon doing math on a mirror
found on GIPHY

Why did God choose to live and die as an outcast?

 

 

Rob Goldstein 2018
Portrait of the Christ with Red Hair (c) Rob Goldstein 2018
Animated gif from GIPHY

Saturday News Wrap Up, 12/01 thru 12/07

These were some of the major news stories in the  United States for the week of 12/01-12/07.

This collection of videos is not comprehensive.

On a personal note, I’m sick with a nasty flu bug so I’m laying low.

Screenshot from the The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen
The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen

Here is the full text of the SDNY sentencing memo on Michael Cohen

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94 – BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CIA’s Evidence Linking Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi Killing
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Dow plummets on US-China trade worries December 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the chart that just created widespread panic on Wall Street
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 North Carolina election fraud investigation focuses on absentee ballots
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Internal Facebook Emails Released: What They Reveal
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Apparent NC Election Rigging Scheme Has Been Going On For Years | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC 12/06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Brennan: President Donald Trump Showing Us He’s Incompetent | Morning Joe | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Experts: Mueller, Feds Just Upped Trump’s ‘Legal Exposure’ | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC  12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller says Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration in 2018 CNN 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Cohen Told Robert Mueller About Contacts Between Trump Aides And Russia | Hardball | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

New clues in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe 12/07

 

 

 

James Comey speaks out after closed-door hearing with lawmakers 12/07