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Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

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….But in Nixon’s case, the list of actions that together were deemed to constitute impeachable obstruction reads like a forecast of what Trump would do decades later — making misleading statements to, or withholding material evidence from, federal investigators or other federal employees; trying to interfere with FBI or congressional investigations; trying to break through the FBI’s shield surrounding ongoing criminal investigations; dangling carrots in front of people who might otherwise pose trouble for one’s hold on power.

It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office in November 2018 would sufficiently concentrate the minds of representatives and senators today.

But whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 2018.
Laurence H. Tribe May 13 at 3:01 PM Washington Post


Friday, May 12th, 2017

@ShadowingTrump

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley

Ultimately, when truth and error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter. Ben Franklin

@ShadowingTrump brings together 18 policy experts into a Shadow Cabinet of superhero scholars, advocates and former public officials that debunk Trump & his Cabinet when they don’t lead but mislead. President Trump has legal legitimacy to be president but he lacks moral legitimacy when he incessantly fabricates, distorts, denounces, misdirects, cherry-picks & self-enriches.

@ShadowingTrump is a comprehensive, one-stop portal of Citizen Secretaries who will comment agency-by-agency not just on small lies but on false narratives in the service of political ends, on issues both in headlines and within the bureaucracy. Unrebutted distortions not only confuse us but also produce bad policies. Trump only cares about vanity, money, headlines and his family. To counter this, the Shadow Cabinet will be:

Deciphering Trump’s “twistifications” (Jefferson’s word),
Suggesting progressive alternatives, and
Explaining why his contempt for the media, judiciary, science & dissent reflects a creeping authoritarianism.

Finally, a significant action to save our democracy. Join me in following them @ShadowingTrump


Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Secret To Success in the Whitehouse

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I am so impressed with Chris Whipple, the author of the book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the men who have been the president’s closest advisers, whose actions and inactions have defined the course of our country. As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely.

Through extensive interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, Whipple helps us understand presidential history showing how James Baker and Leon Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster.

Because of Chris Whipple, I read with great interest this article in today’s New York Times: In House Health Vote, Reince Priebus Sees a Much-Needed Reprieve.

He is quoted in the article: It’s been the most dysfunctional White House in memory, and a lot of it is on Reince. Priebus has made rookie mistake after rookie mistake, and he started by making the biggest one of all: not insisting he be the first among equals. Fatal mistake. I’m not sure anybody could make that demand, but he didn’t even really try. At some point, the president is either going to embrace failure or pick a grown-up, like a C.E.O. or maybe Mattis, as his chief.

Interesting?


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The Right Place At The Right Time- Always

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Once we sense and know God’s Presence here, this world becomes something holy, and we become something holy- something we already have.

This seed passage works in reverse. Start with this: You are already holy and watch the world be holy. Everywhere you look, you will see the glow of rightness, of being in the right place at the right time. If you continue this for a whole day, you will end up at the beginning of this see passage: Know God’s Presence here. This is a good thing.

The Instruction Manual For Receiving God by Jason Shulman Pg 128


Monday, May 1st, 2017

None Of Us Are Free Until All Of Us Are Free

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Dear Louise,

Today is the big day. We will rally to recast the dominant story around economic justice toward a more radically inclusive one that elevates the voices of Black and Brown workers. We will march to put at the center the experiences of our Black, Latinx, Trans, Muslim, and refugee family and all that sit at the intersection of multiple identities. We will strike to expand #SanctuaryforAll so we’re all safe, Indigenous, Black, Brown, immigrant, and Native born.

By joining together on #MayDay and #beyondthemoment we can win justice for all. Watch our latest video.

Marcha por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes – May Day March!
May 01, 2017 • 3:00 PM South Water and Hot Metal Street (near South Side Works) Intersection of Hot Metal Bridge & S Water Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213. See you there!


Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Proof Is In The Pudding

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Oh My! They are doing it again. This situation with Flynn (which is without a double collusion) is important to the White House for one thing and one thing only to divert attention from what is actually happening there.

Oh My! On My! What is actually happening is that Americans across the US were proven wrong about their hopes that daughter, Ivanka, could be the only sane voice of reason in the White House on Tuesday when she finally opened her mouth at the W20 Summit: Inspiring women: Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship where German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also participated in the discussion.

Oh My! She told the audience: I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media that’s been perpetuated….. but they are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man… He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity. Ms. Trump went on to insist her personal experience and those of the thousands of women who have worked with Mr. Trump for decades did not tally with the media’s criticism.

Oh My! Oh My! Clearly she is not our savior and even worse it’s an additional layer of proof that all we have in the White House is a very poorly run family business. Where will it end?

And I shutter to say it out loud but let’s be honest about signs of an inappropriate father/daughter relationship. Trump told GQ last year that his daughter was: really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….

Oh My! Oh My! Oh My! Where will it end? And how? And when??????? I’m betting that in the end it won’t happen because of Flynn or misplaced family relationships; it will be related to the tax returns.


Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Quotes From Our 2017/5776 SILK-ROOT EARTH DAY SEDER

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The good man is the friend of all living things. Gandhi

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources,cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage,
for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Theodore Roosevelt

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not
given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree,
give it water, and make it survive. That’s what makes the difference. Wangari Maathai

Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength
that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

La-shanah Ha-baah shalom: Next Year peace and the end of suffering.


Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Counting The Omer

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Day 9: Today is the energy of loving-kindness of Chesed in the disciplined strength of Gevorah. Today notice how your criticism of others might apply to yourself. What advice could you give someone who is critical? Look at the areas in your life where let negativity run rampant. For today, observe the negative patterns as they occur and be gentle with yourself.

Counting The Omer Sefirat Ha’Omer takes place during the forty-nine days following Pesach anticipating the receiving of the commandments on Shavuot. Over the seven weeks we have the opportunity to break open the negative shells klipot from within us to release the Light in a systematic reflection of our divine attributes. More information here.


Monday, April 17th, 2017

Quotes from our Freedom Seder

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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan

We should seek not a world where the black race and the white race live in harmony, but a world in which the terms black and white have no real political meaning. Ta-Nehisi Coates

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. Jim Morrison

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. Margaret Mead

When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King Jr


Friday, April 14th, 2017

Demand His Taxes

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TOMORROW, APRIL 15TH…
We’re marching around the country to ask Donald Trump:
What are you hiding? Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people. We do care what information you are hiding about your business deals, your ties to foreign countries, your debts, your conflicts of interest, the benefits of your policies for your own self-interest. You work for us, and we demand answers.


Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

If Only She Were Here Today

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The most violent element in society is ignorance.

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.

Conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism. … Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Emma Goldman(1869 – 1940), anarchist, political activist, writer


Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Impact Investing

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We always start with the first bottom line, if a company is not successful, there can be no impact. Nancy Pfund, Founder of Double Bottom Line Partners

In Home Depot the other day, we were approached by a gentleman wanting to introduce Solar City to us as a way to purchase solar power for the home. Tandem to meeting him I heard this amazing talk on the Commonwealth Club on Impact Investing.

The speaker, Nancy Pfund, created the world of profit and positive investing where financial success goes hand-in-hand with social change by achieving high venture capital returns working with companies that use economic, social and environmental impact.

One of her organizations is Solar City. Two others: Pandora and Patagonia. All of the companies they invest in have built social impact into their business plans from the very beginning with the intention of generating social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. It makes sooooo much sense. I want to participate however I can!



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