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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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- From Kaya Oakes: Female Deacons: Pope Francis Walks It Back, Women Clergy Weigh In

- So, while Pope Francis can't stomach the idea of women deacons or priests, he's fine with snuggling up to the schismatic, misogynistic, Holocaust-denying SSPX ... Pope Francis speaks: "The Society of St. Pius X are Catholics on the path to full communion." ... and ... SSPX’s Bishop Fellay: Little By Little Rome Is Giving Us All We Need for Reconciliation

- There’s No Such Thing as Free Will: But we’re better off believing in it anyway

- Republicans Really Need to Stop Withholding Zika Funding

- I think this is a really good article from Newsweek, and it sums up how I feel. It's long but it's worth a read. Here's the beginning ...

Get Control, Senator Sanders, Or Get Out

Violence. Death threats. Vile, misogynistic names screamed at women. Rage. Hatred. Menacing, anonymous phone calls to homes and offices. Public officials whisked offstage by security agents frightened of the growing mob. None of this has any place in a political campaign. And the candidate who has been tolerating this obscene behavior among his supporters is showing himself to be unfit for office.

So, Senator Sanders, either get control of what is becoming your increasingly unhinged cult or get out of the race. Whatever respect sane liberals had for you is rapidly dwindling, and the damage being inflicted on your reputation may be unfixable. If you can’t even manage the vicious thugs who act in your name, you can’t be trusted to run a convenience store, much less the country.

When Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, he seemed to be the kind of candidate who would inspire voters from the liberal blocs of the Democratic Party, push the party leftward and influence the future direction of politics—either as the nominee or as a force for change. But Sanders has increasingly signaled that he is in this race for Sanders, and day after day shows himself to be a whining crybaby with little interest in a broader movement. His vicious—and often ridiculous—attacks on the party whenever he doesn’t win a contest have inspired a level of ignorant fanaticism among a large swath of his supporters that is becoming more akin to what might be seen at an out-of-control rally for Donald Trump. Signs are emerging that the Sanders campaign is transmogrifying into the type of movement through which tyrants are born.

The ugly was on display at the recent state convention of the Nevada Democratic Party, where Hillary Clinton won more delegates than Sanders. Now, this should hardly have been a surprise to anyone except the Sandernistas, whose certainty in their righteousness has overwhelmed any commitment they may have ever had to democracy. Sanders lost the Nevada caucuses in February by more than 5%. A rational person who cared about the will of the people would presume that Clinton would emerge from the state with the most delegates. But Sanders supporters were outraged—outraged!—that the person with the largest number of votes ended up with the largest share of delegates ....


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