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Texas tent cities = Concentration Camps

It’s a concentration camp!

Let’s get real. The Trump administration is bragging about the policy of separating children from their parents seeking asylum. They claim it’s the law.

The truth is that it’s racism. The truth is that it’s a totally immoral policy supported by a Republican party who is fully complicit in this evil being perpetrated by the Predator of the United States.

We are closer to a white nationalist state than anytime in our history. Those supporting the separation of children from their parents at the border need to remember the Jews rounded up by Hitler. It didn’t start with the gas chambers.

We need to stop this madness right now. This is not the nation I have fought to protect.

 

more than just embarrassing…disgusting & shameful

About the only thing worse than the #BLOTUS whining and attacking the press here at home, is watching him create havoc abroad. Seeing him shunned by real world leaders is embarrassing, even though understandable. Watching his nepotistic flaunting of Ivanka is worse than embarrassing. Watching him kiss Putin’s ring is just disgusting.

Why does Congress allow this man to remain in office? I, personally do not want a president that openly supports repressive regimes and seemingly idolizes their dictatorial leaders.

I do not want a leader that allows enemy operatives into the White House and gets orgasmic in the presence of our enemy’s leader.And I certainly do not want a leader who trusts the one openly attacking our democracy more than he trusts our own intelligence communities.

This man is under more federal investigations than I can count and has more lawsuits against him than any president in US history. He is a liar. He is totally untrustworthy, and he needs to be removed from office.

living on the edge

I believe the entire universe was created for our joy. Yet, most of us live lives of fear and insecurity, preferring the cramped confines of our little boxes to the freedom of the unknown.

Life in all its fullness will never be found in a box.  Only when we have the courage and the audacity to escape the rigid prisons of our own design will we finally experience the glorious freedom for which we were created.

The path to true joy follows the edge. And that path can never be found while in the false comfort of a box, even one made of gold. Jump out of your boxes and into a creation waiting to grant you “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” You won’t regret it.

it matters

IT MATTERS DUMP TRUMP! !:

I readily admit I am not a presidential historian. But, that said, I cannot remember any President-Elect in the history of our nation that has been less prepared and more unfit to take over the reigns of our nation’s leadership.

It matters that he is a pathological liar, the BLOTUS. It matters that he refuses to rid himself of all the conflicts of interest. It matters that he ignores or mocks the US security community, but lauds Julian Assange. It matters that he is OK with Russia interfering with our political processes. It matters that he has installed his family as an inner circle of advisors and filled his Cabinet with Wall Street tycoons. It matters that he is constantly attacking the press.

It matters. It all matters. And on January 20th we will officially enter one of the most shameful eras of our nation’s history.

staff meetings are universal

Some things are too universal to need explanation. Staff meetings fall in that category.

This morning our team was privileged to set in on the weekly United Methodist Staff meeting. And although there were many of the same reports and updates there were also a fair amount of differences. After the meeting was opened with devotions the first order of business was a security report. That is different.

Every department reported successes and challenges, as would be expected, but at the end of the meeting the staff took up their weekly collection for their Agape Alms Fund. Every week the staff donates to the fund in order to provide aid to those in the community they select in need of help. That is also different.

After a delicious lunch (cabbage, kale, pumpkin, fried okra, rice and beans) several of us walked to the UMCOR (United Committee on Relief) compound where we spend several hours with Dr. Lynn and Dr Sharon Fogleman, a medical missionary couple who have been here in South Sudan for over 3 years. This is where I began gathering the information necessary for the potential food security project that brought me here to South Sudan.

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate of any nation in the world. There are several factors that contribute to this statistic but malnutrition plays a large role. And malnutrition here in this area is rising.

Even though this is safest area in entire country the impact of the war is felt here. Food prices have almost tripled since March. And the outlook for the immediate future in not good.

Stop Hunger Now allowed me to come because we want to make a difference in South Sudan. We want to do the right thing in the right way. Hopefully, by the time I return to the States we will have a better idea how to make that happen in a significant and sustainable manner.

Stay tuned. There’s more to come

severe hunger in South Sudan

Millions in South Sudan are at risk. This article reprinted here  from the Gurtong Trust tells the story. Stop Hunger Now continues it’s efforts in the village of Old Fangak in Jonglei State.

South Sudan Families Being Pushed To The Brink

Skyrocketing inflation, conflict and collapsed markets are pushing people in South Sudan to breaking point as the political deadlock enters its 16th month and families face a second lean season since fighting began, international agency Oxfam warned on Tuesday in a statement.

22 April 2015

By Jacob Achiek

JUBA, April 22, 2015 [Gurtong] – “What we are seeing now is families that have spent the past year and a half living on the edge many have exhausted their food stocks, been displaced from their homes, missed opportunities to plant and farm, and now the economy is showing the strain of a year and a half of conflict,” said Emma Drew, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Oxfam in South Sudan.

Areas affected by the conflict are seeing drastic increases in food prices. In February, cereal prices were estimated to have shot up by 300% in Unity, Upper Nile, and Jonglei states.

The South Sudanese pound is also depreciating rapidly – while the official rate remains at 3.2 pounds to the US dollar, parallel market rates are as high as 7 pounds to the dollar which is fluctuating on a regular basis. This is increasing the cost of regional food imports and putting pressure on already stretched household budgets.

“Many people can no longer afford to buy food and other basic essentials; trade in markets has been disrupted, or in many instances, markets have been damaged or destroyed altogether,” said Ms. Drew.

Already, 2.5 million people are facing severe levels of hunger. By June, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) predicts that more than a million people will join them.
“As the rains set in, reaching people who are desperately in need of aid will become more and more difficult. It’s vital that aid reaches people not just in the camps on UN bases but the millions in need spread out across the country, especially in conflict affected states,” Ms. Drew said.

“It’s hard to describe just how difficult it is to provide humanitarian assistance here. Insecurity due to protracted fighting and poor roads mean that in many places agencies have to fly absolutely everything in, often to airstrips that are easily bogged down by mud and rain – so getting food and essential items in before the rains start is an urgent priority.”

Flexible funding remains key, especially in light of the need to adapt to the changing humanitarian context. In addition to the urgent food aid that will be needed to save lives, donors should also support programmes that develop people’s skills and resilience, and that build on or re-establish markets wherever possible.

While the UN appeal for aid in South Sudan has been over half funded, donors must swiftly deliver on the existing commitments. Regional and international governments should use their influence on the government of South Sudan and the opposition to ensure communities can access aid where they are.

“Aid is important and lifesaving but ultimately what people need most is an end to the conflict. A real, lasting peace that delivers genuine security and stability will require far more than a power sharing deal between political and military elites,” added Ms. Drew.

Regional leaders and the international community have an important role in helping communities and the country’s leaders to achieve a lasting peace. Complacency is not an option.

clear priorities

I understand we have to defend our country and protect all our good stuff…but wouldn’t you think that a nation with Christian values could at least make an honest effort at demonstrating the justice for all we so loudly proclaim?

Am I the only one who thinks we could lower our defense spending by $30 Billion or so, end world hunger, and still feel pretty confident we have all the security we need?

Priorities.