The Wednesday Read

Someone posted they had just baked some synonym buns. I replied, you mean just like the ones grammar use to make? Now I’m blocked. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana Legislature & the Census
  • Michael Cohen Testifies
  • Executing Babies
  • United Methodist Church

Montana Legislature & the Census:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that the House State Administration Committee reviewed a resolution Monday urging the U.S. Congress to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. They think it could help Montana gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If you read this blog very much, then you know I worked for the U.S. Census Bureau during the 2010 Census. I am against putting the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. We need to know how many people are using our resources, not how many citizens are using our resources. We can better plan how to use our limited government resources if we have a complete count.

A big problem in Montana is the far-right wackos not wanting to fill out their Census forms because they are afraid of the “gubment.” Maybe the legislature could work on that.

As I read further into the story, I saw that the American Legion of Montana chimed in. Hey American Legion members – that’s your membership dues hard at work. That is one of the reasons I quit the American Legion – they were becoming too political and getting into issues which they have no reason to be involved.

If the resolution from the Montana Legislature passes it won’t mean anything. It’s another waste of time from the clowns in the Legislature.

Michael Cohen Testifies:

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for Donald Trump, will testify in public today (Wednesday) in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

His testimony has received a big buildup especially by the Democrats and their friends on cable news. I’m not too excited about it. The fun will be watching the Democrats and Republicans clash during the questioning.

According to the Washington Examiner, Cohen is due to testify on Capitol Hill three times this week.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders set the stage with this statement about Cohen:

Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements. Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies. 

I guess we know how they feel about it.

The Examiner reports that Cohen is scheduled to begin a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

Executing Babies:

The talk on social media after the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) met its death in the U.S. Senate on Monday is to basically say that Democrats want to execute babies.

I can see the glossy campaign fliers now with the sentence, “John Doe voted to execute babies in 2019,” along with a photo of a cute baby and another photo that shows an aborted fetus.

Damn you to hell “John Doe” – you are a cruel bastard.

President Trump put it this way in one of his tweets:

Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children.

There’s plenty of information out there for open-minded people to read that gives facts and not a campaign theme.

I don’t want more abortions performed in the world, but we must remember that they are legal. I think we should leave important decisions like an abortion up to the person and their doctor, not an old white-haired senator.

I thought that this paragraph in a Huffington Post article explained the issue well:

The measure seemed unrealistic from the start because medical professionals report that it’s extremely unusual for children to be born during late-term abortions. Opponents of the bill said that it was unnecessary because murder, whether of a newborn or an adult, is already illegal and that the measure was intended to discourage doctors from performing late-term abortions.

Imagine that – the murder of a newborn is already illegal.

Another article from the New York Times explained that there was already a law on the books called the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 that made the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act unnecessary. The 2002 bill passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent. The 2002 law extends legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at induced abortion.

Like I said yesterday, it was a vote to help win elections in 2020.

The bottom line is this – It was more of a vote to save the Senate and White House for the Republicans than to save babies.

United Methodist Church:

It looks like there will be a split…

The Associated Press reported that the United Methodist Church, America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith’s divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy.

There were about 800 delegates attending a three-day conference to hash out their differences.

I suggest they read Matthew 22:36-40 which says:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

If more churches (and people) followed these two commandments, the world would be a much better place.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you, Jackie, for being able to discern fact from fiction, recognize the emotion in the debate and approach the issue with logic and honesty to discuss S.311. You are 100% correct when you state that none of us what more abortions and 100% correct when you state that decisions such as this should only be made between individuals, their doctors and their conscience. I commend you for being such a positive voice in the otherwise darkness of the current GOP and their ability to twist, turn and spin the truth.

    • Kathy – Thank you! -JmB

  2. Cohen Eclipses Trump’s peace talks.

    • Carole – looks like it! Thanks, JmB


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