Category Archives: Just strange

Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

ICE agents forced their way into Betty Rendón’s home with guns drawn, “violently” shook her husband, and were reportedly “jubilant” after the arrest.   Pastor Rendón, who fled to the U.S. from Colombia after armed guerrillas attacked the school where she taught, now serves a church in Wisconsin as a student pastor while studying for her doctorate. Her bishop says the Rendóns have “been a blessing to every community that they’ve ever been a part of.”   Local religious leaders just held an interfaith prayer vigil outside the detention center where Pastor Rendón is being held, and national Lutheran leaders have called on federal officials to release her from detention.

Source: Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Spent $39,000 in 1 Day at LA Boutique

The National Rifle Association, it brings me no pleasure to report, is fully in the shit: The Wall Street Journal reports that leaked internal NRA documents reveal, among other things, that NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre billed more than $542,000 worth of clothing, travel, and other expenses to its longtime ad agency, Ackerman McQueen Inc. (It’s worth noting that the NRA and Ackerman McQueen are in the middle of a lawsuit over, you guessed it, money.)

Source: NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Spent $39,000 in 1 Day at LA Boutique

US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal: One Year On | Inter Press Service

Regardless of its views about Iran’s regional policies and actions—or, indeed, about the policies and actions of its regional rivals such as Israel and Saudi Arabia—the US withdrawal from the JCPOA is ill-conceived and regrettable for many reasons. It undermines the value of multilateral diplomacy and raises questions about the sanctity and sustainability of interstate agreements. Furthermore, it challenges the authority of the UN Security Council, which has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the JCPOA and calling on all UN member states as well as regional and international organizations to take action to support the agreement’s implementation. US withdrawal from the JCPOA risks seriously weakening trust and confidence in international institutions and arrangements that are essential parts of the global security architecture. In particular, the US action undermines the global effort for nuclear non-proliferation by sabotaging an important and effective anti-proliferation agreement. It is to be hoped that the remaining parties to the JCPOA will find ways to support its continued implementation.

Source: US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal: One Year On | Inter Press Service

It’s Lies Once Again! – In Saner Thought

This is just the sort of LIES that gets our asses in trouble over and over again. We trusted the Israeli intel in Lebanon in the 1980s and we kill about 100 innocent people trying to kill one person and again in the 80s when we trusted their intel and we missed Qaddafi and finally the intel from Israel has been wrong about Iranian nukes for 25 years….and now we are trusting their inept intel once again….. What do we pay the CIA to do? Maybe confirm the intel before we do something stupid like Iraq. Just a thought.

Source: It’s Lies Once Again! – In Saner Thought

Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump, who embraced WikiLeaks with giddy joy, may head the administration that finally brings Julian Assange to face the music when predecessor Barack Obama would not, writes Zoe Daniel.

Source: Donald Trump, who praised WikiLeaks 141 times, now has ‘no opinion’ on Julian Assange – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The US-Mexico border: two sides that are united by fear of Trump’s closure | US news | The Guardian

Marcela Coallo is selling handbags in a shop called Bolsa Coketa. “We’re all scared, because we all depend on people from Mexico,” she said. “President Trump talks about wanting to help American families, so why is he threatening our livelihoods?” How long could Bolsa Coketa survive if the border closed? “One week perhaps,” she said. “That’s how serious this is.” Faced with the same question, Juan Aguilera, a pharmacist on the Mexican side of the bridge, has an equally grim answer. About 80% of his customers, he said, are US citizens, come to buy pharmaceuticals at knockdown prices. How long could he survive with a shuttered border – a week, a month, a year? He laughed. “Days,” he replied. “Just a few days.”

Source: The US-Mexico border: two sides that are united by fear of Trump’s closure | US news | The Guardian

Beto 2020: a masterclass in male entitlement | Arwa Madhawi | World news | The Guardian

Ultimately, what might be most frustrating about Beto is that we all know someone like him. He’s the guy in the meeting who hasn’t done any of the work but who repeats a woman’s points and immediately gets a round of applause and a promotion. He’s the guy who pays eloquent lip service to the importance of diversity, but would never go so far as conceding a woman might be better qualified for a job than him. He’s the epitome of mediocre white male confidence. And if there is one thing America does not need at the moment, it’s more mediocre white guys running things.

Source: Beto 2020: a masterclass in male entitlement | Arwa Madhawi | World news | The Guardian