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Giselle Minoli
I write literary nonfiction, design fine jewelry, and fly small planes.
I write literary nonfiction, design fine jewelry, and fly small planes.
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“Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.” - Maddi Runkles

So, in one perfect instance, this brave young woman, Maddi Runkles, exemplifies the difficulty Christian women face. Have an abortion and be vilified. Choose to have the baby out of wedlock...and be vilified.

And the father? Safely outside of the conversation, the publicity, the punishment, the judgment, his identity hidden, safe from complicity, participation, shame, embarrassment. Maddi goes it alone, with the help of her family.

Doesn't this country have anything better to do than to threaten, judge, punish and shame women?

Apparently not.

Is Maddi Runkles being 'punished' for having sex outside of marriage? For getting pregnant as a result? Or for being born of the gender for whom unprotected sex = baby...and therefore the choice of either an abortion or a full term pregnancy?

Perhaps all.

But I don't think either of them should be shamed, vilified or judged. This young woman should be allowed to graduate with her classmates...because she is a student...and perhaps she broke the code of that particular school, but the suggestion that if they were to let her graduate it would invite untold numbers of other female students to get's an absurd fear.

And unkind. This young woman's life will be difficult enough. She should be celebrated as the student she has been, an exemplary one.

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At the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado

Besotted and in awe...of the man and his body of work. The stillness of Clyfford Still.

"My paintings have the rising forms of the vertical necessity of life dominating the horizon. For in such a land a man must stand upright, if he would live. And so born and became intrinsic this elemental characteristic of my life and work." - Clyfford Still
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I believe TROTUS means Warlock Hunt. But then, not surprised he doesn't know the difference between a Witch and a Warlock. Someone on his staff should have told him to stick with 'Sorcerer.' Seriously...

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"Mr. Mueller is viewed by members of both parties as one of the most credible law enforcement officials in the country. He served both Democratic and Republican presidents, from 2001 to 2013..."

DOJ Appoints Special Prosecutor To Investigate Trump Campaign’s Russia Ties:

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I hope the entire Administration comes crashing down...all of the disreputable people who have propped it up, all of the Republicans who have been in denial about how deranged, demented and deplorable DT is, all of the misogynists who had a different standard for HRC than they have for TROTUS or any of the people in his administration...the whole lot of them. They are all guilty of Obstruction of Justice. They have destroyed our country's reputation around the world, endangered our Justice system, our Constitution, our educational system, our infrastructure, our healthcare system...everything. Basically, they have raped our country. Lock them all up and throw away the keys forever.

I also hope that all of the cynics who didn't vote, who didn't want to vote because none of the candidates represented them or suited them to a T, have learned the valuable lesson that voting is not always about voting for the perfect candidate of one's dreams...but about having to make difficult choices under difficult circumstances...and voting anyway because sitting on the sidelines is no way to preserve a Democracy.

Ross Douthat's: The 25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump:

Thomas Friedman: It's Chicken or Fish:

Trump gives classified information to the Russians:

McConnell pleas for less drama from the White House:

A Besieged White House:

Trump Pressured Comey:

Lawmakers to Trump:

Comey Memo on Trump:

All the President's Friends are Worried:

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TROTUS rather thought he had stuffed the Comey Elephant under the rug...but the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover looms large and luxurious over the State of America.

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“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” - Jimmy Kimmel


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For +Jodi Kaplan, who posted a picture a while back of a mystery stone she asked everyone to identify.

This meteorite will be sold in Christie's annual online auction (from May 3-May10) of extraterrestrial specimens called "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites." Given the estimates, ranging from $1,000 to $120,000, how many new amateur meteorite hunters are out there combing the landscape?

Very beautiful I think.

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All hail California...and let's all move there. Well...I used to live in San Francisco...but that was a long, long time ago. But I digress. What Thomas Friedman is REALLY writing about in this Op-Ed is California's pro-active approach to crafting legislation that overrides (and embarrasses) TROTUS's efforts to kowtow to his supporters by lowering standards for car manufacturers and erasing progress recently made in using renewable energy instead of...coal. Cough Cough Cough. For instance:

"More than one-third of the vehicles sold in America are subject to the rules California sets. Trump can deregulate U.S. automakers to make more gas guzzlers all he wants, but they can’t if they want to sell cars in California. Trump can sue, but that will take years."

Ditto California companies:

"Apple is now powering 96 percent of its operations around the world with renewable energy — 100 percent in 24 countries — including the U.S. and China. Trump’s pro-coal — make-America-cough-again — campaign will never get Apple back on coal."

Also, notes Energy Innovation founder Hal Harvey:

“California has a renewable portfolio standard requiring that 50 percent of all electricity come from wind, solar and other renewables by 2030. Another 15 percent already comes from existing nuclear and hydro — so our grid will be 65 percent decarbonized in 13 years.”

All hail California.

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Well of course our former Mayor Rudolf Giuliani had something to do with it. Years ago Giuliani bowed out of a Senate race against Hillary, which he never could have won, claiming his personal illness was the reason he quit the race. But he has had a vendetta against her ever since (and even before that).

Few may remember that on October 26th, just two days before Comey's letter went to Congress, and mere days before the election, when Fan Boy Giuliani was still in the good graces (whatever that means) of DT, he boasted to Martha MacCallum,

“I think he’s (James Comey) got a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days,” Giuliani said. “I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”

“I heard you say that this morning. What do you mean?”, said MacCallum

“You’ll see,”_ Giuliani replied. We’ve got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around. We’re not going to go down and we’re certainly not going to stop fighting." Giuliani responded

#RudolphGiuliani Worst NY City Mayor ever

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