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First Reading at Catholic Masses today around the world.

Jeremiah 31:7-9

לא נשכח
Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Fitting that this will be the first Reading at Catholic Masses Sunday, around the world. Jeremiah 31:7-9
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102818.cfm

(Tom Wolf is Pennsylvania's governor. Click for more pics & his words of consolation.)
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Not sure what is going on with the link, but I did have an editorial published by Knoxville News Sentinel (USA Today) today! The title of the editorial is, GOP wants to make America not America . For some reason the title doesn't come up with the link, only a pic of me (!). Maybe they're getting some trouble for publishing an anti-GOP editorial in a pro-Republican area? ;') I do not know. Please read and let me know what you think.
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Got an anti-GOP editorial published in a Republican leaning newspaper today. Small victories...

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/10/17/gop-wants-make-america-not-america-meg-tufano/1592706002/

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Rest!
if you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.
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Yep. That’s me.
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Coup d’Etat

Kavanaugh Completes the Coup D'Etat
The extreme right wing in our Country has just succeeded in what can only be called a Coup D'Etat. It started with their refusal to fill dozens of federal judge vacancies under President Obama and was followed by their success in stopping his nominee, Merrick Garland, from joining the Supreme Court. It was furthered by their rush to fill those open seats and completed by seating Brett Kavanaugh on the bench. Since his election, the only thing that has kept Trump in check has been our Federal Courts.

The Courts have the ultimate power in our three branches of government. The Judicial Branch is now firmly in the grasp of nakedly partisan and brash extremists. The party that has decried the use of "judicial activism" is just about to use that very tool to further strip the rights of workers, abuse survivors, women, people of color, LGBTQ, voters, immigrants and basically anyone they suspect will get in the way of their vision of America -- a vision in which rising corporate profits and white male supremacy are most clearly in focus. Speaking purely as a strategist, this was a brilliant plan because it took advantage of the very structure of the judiciary: lifetime appointments.

Should we give up? No. Certainly not. But we must acknowledge the field of battle we are on. Our opponents have essentially erected a thousand foot wall on the battle front. We are on the other side with nothing but horses and rope. We may well win the war, but we will lose countless battles along the way. The United States has not faced an internal threat this large since the Civil War. We must not lose heart. That will be tough, but we must fight on however many loses we must endure.

The first step is to take back Congress. We have one month until Election Day on November 6. Knock doors, make calls, give money, and march in the streets. I urge my Green and Independent friends to help elect a Democratic Congress. Look into your hearts and ask yourselves if Trump and Kavanaugh are leaders you truly stand by. Will they take our Country to more freedom? Is totalitarianism okay for the USA? I don't think you believe that.

Lastly, as we all try to get through this difficult time please be kind to one another. Don't fight over the small stuff. We have a much bigger foe to vanquish. We'll need one another to do it.

Yours in solidarity,

Ben Kemper

( Posting this on G+ because link doesn’t work. I think Ben’s insight (“thousand foot wall”) is sobering and true. Let us be Americans first—-and fight against the antidemocratic forces together. Then we can argue about the details of how to progress life, progress liberty, and progress happiness for all, together. )


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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
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