The White House Holocaust Horror

Now we have a bunch of clowns who refuse to compromise for the good of the country.  Every thing has been turned into an over my dead body battle.

I know both working class Republicans and Democrats who are saying WTF ever happened to the mainstream with all the pandering to the extremists.

Trump has too many Aryan Nation/KKK/Nazis in his inner circle.

Time to Take Back America.

From Commentary:  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/the-white-house-holocaust-horror/

Jan. 28, 2017

So much for giving people the benefit of the doubt who offer no sign they deserve it. The Trump White House issued a statement on Friday commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the statement didn’t make specific mention of the Jewish people—who were the target of the Holocaust, or Shoah, which is a term devised after World War II to describe the effort by Nazi Germany to eradicate Jews from the face of the earth. After reading it, I thought to myself, “The Trump White House is an amateur operation, understaffed and without much executive-branch experience, and whoever wrote the statement and issued it blew it out of ignorance and sloppiness.”

I won’t be making that mistake again.

Jake Tapper of CNN reported Saturday night that Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks defended and even celebrated the White House statement. The decision not to mention the Jews was deliberate, Hicks said, a way of demonstrating the inclusive approach of the Trump administration: “Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered…it was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day.”

No, Hope Hicks, and no to whomever you are serving as a mouthpiece. The Nazis killed an astonishing number of people in monstrous ways and targeted certain groups—Gypsies, the mentally challenged, and open homosexuals, among others. But the Final Solution was aimed solely at the Jews. The Holocaust was about the Jews. There is no “proud” way to offer a remembrance of the Holocaust that does not reflect that simple, awful, world-historical fact. To universalize it to “all those who suffered” is to scrub the Holocaust of its meaning.

Given Hicks’s abominable statement, one cannot simply write this off. For there is a body of opinion in this country, and in certain precincts of the Trump coalition, who have long made it clear they are tired of what they consider a self-centered Jewish claim to being the great victims of the Nazis. Case in point: In 1988, as a speechwriter in the Reagan Administration, I drafted the president’s remarks at the laying of the cornerstone of the Holocaust Museum in Washington. As was the practice, the speech was sent around to 14 White House offices, including an office called Public Liaison staffed by conservatives whose job it was to do outreach to ethnic and religious groups. The official at Public Liaison who supported anti-Communist groups in Eastern Europe was tasked with the job of reviewing it. She sent the speech back marked up almost sentence by sentence. At the top, she wrote something like, “This must be redone. What about the suffering of the Poles and the Slovaks? The president should not be taking sides here.”

I was astonished, and horrified, and took the document to my superior, who told me to ignore it. “She has a bee in her bonnet about this,” he said of the Public Liaison official.

On another occasion, in an article commissioned by a conservative magazine, I wrote a sentence in which I called the Jews “the most beleaguered people in history.” An editor there objected, and insisted we add the word “uniquely” between “most” and “beleaguered” because there was an element, he said, of “special pleading.”

I bring these anecdotes up to say that the Hope Hicks statement does not arrive without precedent. It is, rather, the culmination of something—the culmination of decades of ill feeling that seems to center on the idea that the Jews have somehow made unfair “use” of the Holocaust and it should not “belong” to them. Someone in that nascent White House thought it was time to reflect that view through the omission of the specifically Jewish quality of the Holocaust.

Now the question is: Who was it?

In those remarks at the cornerstone laying, President Reagan said this: “I think all of us here are aware of those, even among our own countrymen, who have dedicated themselves to the disgusting task of minimizing or even denying the truth of the Holocaust. This act of intellectual genocide must not go unchallenged, and those who advance these views must be held up to the scorn and wrath of all good and thinking people in this nation and across the world.” This was in reference to the new and horrifying field of Holocaust denial. It is heartbreaking to think these are words that can now be applied to the White House in which a Republican successor to Reagan is now resident, only 28 years after he departed it for the last time. Heartbreaking and enraging.

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Trump’s Holocaust day statement fails to mention Jews or anti-Semitism

From The Times of Israel:

President vows to ensure ‘the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good’; ADL chief calls absence of specific Jewish reference ‘puzzling and troubling’

By Eric Cortellessa
January 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump issued a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Friday in which he vowed to combat the forces of evil, and called to “make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world,” but failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism.

The absence of any specific mention of Jews or anti-Semitism was highlighted and criticized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” the president said. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt promptly took to Twitter to exclaim it was “puzzling and troubling” that the 117-word statement did not specifically cite the persecution of the Jewish people that was central, though not exclusive, to the Nazi genocide.

Trump’s statement, Greenblatt said, “misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people.’”

In his statement, Trump vowed to use the power of the presidency to safeguard the world from allowing an atrocity such as the Holocaust to repeat itself.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good,” Trump said. “Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

It is not the first time an international leader has failed to mention Jews while honoring the memory of those murdered by Adolf Hitler’s regime.

Last year, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused a similar reaction when he issued a statement that lacked any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism.

This year, Trudeau avoided making that a tradition. “Today, on the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the more than six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and the countless other victims of Nazi brutality,” he said.

Trudeau further pledged to use the day of remembrance to “reaffirm our commitment to stand against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and prejudice in all its forms.”

Trump was among several world leaders who devoted statements in memory of Holocaust victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which in 2005 the United Nations set for Jan. 27 — the day in 1945 that the Red Army liberated the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. More than 1 million Jews out of the 6 million murdered in the Holocaust were killed there.

Continue reading at:   http://www.timesofisrael.com/omitting-jews-and-anti-semitism-trumps-holocaust-day-statement-causes-stir/

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Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement Is A Threefold Disgrace

How can you mention the Holocaust Day of Remembrance and never bother mentioning it is about the murder of Six Million Jews?

I guess it is easy when you are trying to avoid offending the Nazis who are supporting you.
From The Forward:  http://forward.com/culture/361457/trumps-holocaust-remembrance-day-statement-is-a-threefold-disgrace/

Jake Romm
January 27, 2017

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But “Holocaust Remembrance” is not as clear cut a phrase as it might seem. In Poland, the government is suing Holocaust scholar Jan Gross over his work on the country’s role in the genocide. In Lithuania, another blood-soaked nation that refuses to reckon with its past, we see memorials to the Holocaust defaced with pro-Nazi graffiti. On the internet, we’ve seen the recent resurgence of the Nazi sympathizing, fascist “alt-right” (they never truly went away, they’ve simply become more vocal). We see that Google, the world’s largest reference source, continues to show a Holocaust denial site as the first result for a search about the Holocaust. And now, in the long tradition of Jew-washing and Holocaust denial, we have President Trump’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

Let’s breakdown the statement, specifically focusing on three, glaring, despicable problems: “…the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.” As so many have already noted, Trump’s statement about the Holocaust excludes any mention of its primary victims, the Jews. (Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the same omission in his statement last year, and President Obama, though his Holocaust Remembrance Day statements have been admirable, Jew-washed the “Hypercacher” murders in France by referring to the Jewish victims as just a “bunch of folks in a deli in Paris”). “Innocent people” levels all distinction in terms of victims of the Holocaust. This is not to say that any Holocaust statement ought to focus exclusively on the Jews. Other groups were targeted as well – homosexuals, Roma, the mentally and physically impaired – but the Jews were the occasion for, and primary victims of, “Nazi terror” and any mention of the Holocaust that does not begin with this fact is an assault on their memory. We turn to Ukraine, where the memorial at Babi Yar, the site of a massacre of 33,771 Jews, only commemorates the murder of the “citizens of Kiev.” In the same way that this is not a Holocaust memorial, Trump’s statement is not about the Holocaust.

Secondly, the Holocaust was not simply the murder of innocent people, it was not just another crime. In its organization, its perpetration, and its scale, it is unique among historical evil. It is an event for which the phrase “crimes against humanity” was invented. And crimes against humanity, as opposed to all other crimes, are, as Hannah Arendt writes, “crime[s] against the human status,” that is, crimes against what it means to be human, what humanity truly is. It is precisely because the killing was not indiscriminate, precisely because it was not merely against “innocent people,” precisely because of its targeted nature, that “Nazi terror” was a crime against humanity. To omit this fact is to omit the Holocaust altogether. “I pledge…to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good.”

Continue reading at:  http://forward.com/culture/361457/trumps-holocaust-remembrance-day-statement-is-a-threefold-disgrace/

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January 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day

Never forget.

Never Again.

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Women’s March on Washington: America Ferrera Speech #WomensMarch

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George Santayana)

I, myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state. Though unlike most Germans I had access to foreign newspaper, especially those of London, Paris, and Zurich, which arrived the day after publication, and though I listened regularly to the BBC and other foreign broadcasts, my job necessitated the spending of many hours a day in combing the German press, checking the German radio, conferring with Nazi officials and going to party meetings.  It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that not withstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and mislead it. No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can realize how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and and incessant propaganda. Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers. Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had been warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for the truth, said they were.

From The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer (Life in the Third Reich 1933-1937 pp146-147)

We live in a world where if we look on line for a particular item, say a guitar, we will get a constant stream of advertising offering to sell us guitars.  Should we show an interest in particular point of view the artificial intelligence of the internet will see to it that our information bubble will show us information reinforcing that bias.

In a real sense we all live in information bubbles which shield us from information which might impinge upon our particularly bias.

I just watched a show on Vice about abandoned shopping malls in Cleveland, heart of the Rust Belt.  When one lives in the prosperous urban enclaves of mostly the East Coast and West Coast but also scattered around the large urban areas that dot America one becomes blind to the destruction that has overtaken much of the industrial heartland over the last 25 years or so. Mostly we see images of people who live lifestyles impossible on the pay check of most of the working class, many of whom work retail and are on call rarely getting 30 hours of work a week with no benefits.

The privileged elites with their degrees and salaries look down their noses at the people who were once employed by the factories that made the many products we used to buy but who now work the concrete floors of the big box stores where they sell products made in China and other countries where they pay workers pennies per hour.

We get to sort of more or less pick the information bubble that feeds us our propaganda.  But where is the real news?  Have we become so post-modern as to buy into the lie that there are no real truths, only interpretations?

There is an old Russian saying from the Soviet days when people got their news from Pravda (Truth) or Izvestia (The News):  “In Pravda there is no truth; in Izvestia there is no news.”

In such a world there can only be cynicism and nihilism.

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8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts

From North Jersey.com  http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2016/12/27/8-year-old-transgender-boy-barred-cub-scouts/95518824/

From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects with his Secaucus Cub Scout pack.


Dec. 27, 2016

From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a Scouting official who told her that Joe would no longer be allowed to participate because he was born a girl.

Kristie Maldonado said she was stunned because her son had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus for about a month and his transgender status had not been a secret. But some parents complained, an official from the Northern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts told her — even though her son had been living as a boy for more than a year and was accepted as a boy at school, she said.

“Not one of the kids said, ‘You don’t belong here,’” Maldonado said of the Scouts in the pack.

“It made me mad,” Joe, said. “I had a sad face, but I wasn’t crying. I’m way more angry than sad. My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”

Joe’s case could be the first time someone has been barred from participating in Scouting because of transgender identity, said members of the LGBT community. And it comes as the Boy Scouts of America appeared to be emerging from a period of turmoil involving sexual-orientation issues, reversing long-standing bans against gay Scouts and gay Scouting leaders over the past few years. Those policy changes were made amid an internal debate that saw at least one local council defy national Scouting decrees by hiring a gay camp counselor and pressure brought from corporations that withheld donations from the organization.

The Boy Scouts did not address the transgender issue at the time, LGBT advocates said, perhaps because the organization had no written policy related to gender identity. Transgender rights only recently emerged as a national issue, often focusing on the use of restrooms based on gender identity. Dozens of North Jersey school districts, including Secaucus, have granted that right, among others, to transgender students.

Continue reading at:  http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2016/12/27/8-year-old-transgender-boy-barred-cub-scouts/95518824/

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What’s Behind the New Wave of Transgender ‘Bathroom Bills’

From The Atlantic:  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/states-see-a-new-wave-of-transgender-bathroom-bills/512453/

Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.

 

David A. Graham
Jan. 9, 2017

In North Carolina, the lessons of H.B. 2, last year’s controversial transgender “bathroom bill,” seem clear. The law states, among other things, that transgender people must use bathrooms corresponding to the biological sex on their birth certificates when using public accommodations.

The law inspired huge boycotts, cost the state an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic growth, drew a lawsuit from the Department of Justice, and was a central cause of Republican ex-Governor Pat McCrory’s defeat in his reelection bid. In late December, an attempt to repeal the law failed amid partisan acrimony—but over how to repeal the bill, not whether to repeal it.

But in several states, legislators have taken a different lesson: They’ve seen what happened in North Carolina and decided that their states need something like it. Lawmakers in Texas, Virginia, and Kentucky have all filed similar bills, reflecting an alternative political calculus on transgender rights. While the language is slightly different across the bills, they share several essential characteristics: They define biological sex based on an individual’s birth certificate, and then say that people must use public accommodations—especially in public schools—corresponding to that sex.

The legislation comes at a dramatic political moment, when the future of transgender law is in flux. The Obama administration reacted fiercely to North Carolina’s law, filing suit against the state and then issuing guidance saying that all schools should allow students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify, saying Title IX mandated it. But a federal judge blocked that law in August. Backlash to the administration’s order, combined with the expectation that a Trump Justice Department will take a far different tack on transgender issues and interpretation of Title IX, seem to have inspired legislators to push their own legislation, even at the risk of incurring the harsh business backlash that accompanied H.B. 2. In fact, part of the strategy behind the new wave of bills is a calculation that while boycotts may be effective on a state-by-state scale, they will fall apart if many states enact such legislation.

The Texas bill, styled S.B. 6, is perhaps the most viable of the bills proposed so far, given GOP majorities in the legislature and Governor Greg Abbott’s previous positive statements about bathroom bills. It covers school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, state agencies, and some other districts. Like North Carolina’s H.B. 2, the bill is designed to preempt local governments from passing their own ordinances governing transgender restrooms, and like that law, it does not affect private businesses. The bill was filed by Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, but its big booster is Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (Kolkhorst’s staff declined to make her available to speak on it.)

“We know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Patrick said at a news conference in Austin on Thursday. “The forces of fear and misinformation will pull out all the stops, both in Texas and nationally. But we know we’re on the right side of the issue, and we’re on the right side of history.”

It’s difficult to forecast the fate of proposals like these. A bathroom bill in South Dakota last year appeared to be on a fast-track to enactment before Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, surprised some observers by vetoing the bill after meeting with transgender people. Still, the other two bills proposed this year seem to face serious hurdles.

Kentucky’s bill is similar to Texas’s. The bill in sponsored by Representative Rick Nelson, a Democrat from Southeastern Kentucky. Nelson did not respond to a request for comment, but he told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “I just want to make sure those bills are out there in case the other side decides not to do them. I support them and think they’re pretty good.” He appeared to be alluding to the dearth of support among Bluegrass State Republican leaders for such a bill.

Continue reading at:  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/states-see-a-new-wave-of-transgender-bathroom-bills/512453/

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