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"Like the Syrians, I fled my country. Here’s what you don’t understand about refugees."

In much of America, Syrian refugees are seen as threats, not victims. In February, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said that accepting Syrians would create a “federally funded jihadi pipeline” to the United States. In June, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called a hearing on the issue, arguing that terrorist groups might use refugee programs “to carry out attacks in Europe and America.” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has agreed, warning that we have to be “very careful about who we let enter this country.”

These arguments fundamentally misunderstand what it means to be a refugee. Abandoning your home during wartime is not a choice or a political opportunity. It’s a survival instinct, a frantic attempt to protect yourself and your children from violence, starvation or death.

This is a reality I know only too well. Sixteen years ago, I was forced to flee Kosovo after the Serbian military burned my house to the ground. That experience taught me just how desperate life can be for a refugee and how important it is to treat asylum seekers with kindness and grace.


Whole Washington Post op-ed from Mikra Krasniqi here
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/18/like-the-syrians-i-fled-my-country-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-refugees/

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"Like the Syrians, I fled my country. Here’s what you don’t understand about refugees."

In much of America, Syrian refugees are seen as threats, not victims. In February, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said that accepting Syrians would create a “federally funded jihadi pipeline” to the United States. In June, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called a hearing on the issue, arguing that terrorist groups might use refugee programs “to carry out attacks in Europe and America.” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has agreed, warning that we have to be “very careful about who we let enter this country.”

These arguments fundamentally misunderstand what it means to be a refugee. Abandoning your home during wartime is not a choice or a political opportunity. It’s a survival instinct, a frantic attempt to protect yourself and your children from violence, starvation or death.

This is a reality I know only too well. Sixteen years ago, I was forced to flee Kosovo after the Serbian military burned my house to the ground. That experience taught me just how desperate life can be for a refugee and how important it is to treat asylum seekers with kindness and grace.


Whole Washington Post op-ed from Mikra Krasniqi here
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/18/like-the-syrians-i-fled-my-country-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-refugees/

Tom Toles on Trump

O'Malley's letter to Obama on the Syrian Crisis

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your administration’s commitment to addressing the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Due to your leadership, the United States has led the international community as the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance. The American people should be proud that this policy reflects their generosity and compassion.

The images from Europe this month reminded the world that more than four million Syrians have been made refugees. Many governments are responding admirably by significantly increasing their refugee quotas to match the depth of the crisis. I appreciate your administration’s attention to this issue, but I was disappointed to learn that the United States would accept only 10,000 Syrian refugees next year. We can do more than a token increase.

I have called for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017 – a number that is consistent with past U.S. policy and requests from humanitarian organizations. Welcoming 65,000 refugees would be the rough equivalent of accommodating just six more people in a baseball stadium that holds 32,000. Germany has one-fourth our population and is accepting 800,000 refugees this year, and 500,000 in subsequent years.

Certainly we can do more. Our credibility as a leader of nations requires that we do more. And the principles of our country demand that we do more.

As a former governor, I am aware of the precautions that must be taken to protect our homeland.
But our country is large enough and compassionate enough to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017, and I encourage you to do everything in your power to respond appropriately to this moral imperative.

Sincerely,
Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland


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O'Malley's letter to Obama on the Syrian Crisis

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your administration’s commitment to addressing the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Due to your leadership, the United States has led the international community as the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance. The American people should be proud that this policy reflects their generosity and compassion.

The images from Europe this month reminded the world that more than four million Syrians have been made refugees. Many governments are responding admirably by significantly increasing their refugee quotas to match the depth of the crisis. I appreciate your administration’s attention to this issue, but I was disappointed to learn that the United States would accept only 10,000 Syrian refugees next year. We can do more than a token increase.

I have called for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017 – a number that is consistent with past U.S. policy and requests from humanitarian organizations. Welcoming 65,000 refugees would be the rough equivalent of accommodating just six more people in a baseball stadium that holds 32,000. Germany has one-fourth our population and is accepting 800,000 refugees this year, and 500,000 in subsequent years.

Certainly we can do more. Our credibility as a leader of nations requires that we do more. And the principles of our country demand that we do more.

As a former governor, I am aware of the precautions that must be taken to protect our homeland.
But our country is large enough and compassionate enough to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017, and I encourage you to do everything in your power to respond appropriately to this moral imperative.

Sincerely,
Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland


O'Malley on Late Night with Seth Meyers - the videos

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/gov-martin-omalley-on-beating-bernie-sanders-and-hillary-clinton/2906459?onid=147636#vc147636=1

and

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/gov-martin-omalley-on-his-rock-star-past/2906458

Donald Trump's "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"

Mice are losers and thieves and rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But they're always begging for handouts. "Ooh, give me some cheese, give me a cookie."
I've never made cookies before, but if I did, they'd be the best cookies. They'd be classy.
I'd be a terrific cookie-maker. I have a plan to make the greatest cookies ever.
My cookies will huge... like Rosie O'Donnell. Megyn Kelly will eat so many of these cookies she'll have crumbs coming out of her nose and her... wherever.
Let me tell you--my beautiful wife, Melania, she makes the most luxurious cookies. I think women will really love her cookies. Trust me.
Rand Paul makes terrible cookies. I mean, his cookies are the worst. He's a loser. Nobody likes his cookies.
But we've got to keep the mice away from our cookies. I'm going to build the biggest, best mousetrap ever, and I'm going to make the mice pay for it themselves, because mice are losers.


From anonymous web denizen Tangent.

O'Malley on the Diane Rehm show - live now

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-09-15/the-2016-presidential-race-a-conversation-with-democratic-candidate-and-former-maryland-governor-martin-omalley

I'll post the archive link about an hour after the show.

Here's the archive of the show:

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2015-09-15/the-2016-presidential-race-a-conversation-with-democratic-candidate-and-former-maryland-governor-martin-omalley/111095/@00:00

Martin O’Malley strongest Democratic challenger to Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

From the Miami Hurricane (student paper for U of Miami)

Martin O’Malley, on the other hand, is quite a serious candidate despite his lack of name recognition or popular knowledge of his stances. In 2008, Clinton was a frontrunner before a relatively obscure senator from Illinois caught up and stole the nomination.

A similar comparison can easily be drawn to Martin O’Malley. Although he has aggressively promoted himself as a candidate, establishment Democrats have not embraced him. Once he becomes more visible and people take time to listen to his perspective in debates, this will change.

In a December profile of O’Malley published in The Atlantic, he emerges as an ideal candidate. “In two terms as the governor of Maryland, he’s ushered in a sweeping liberal agenda that includes gay marriage, gun control, an end to the death penalty and in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants,” wrote staff writer Molly Ball. “He’s trim and handsome; he plays in an Irish rock band; he even served as the basis for a character on ‘The Wire.’”

According to a New York Times article in August, O’Malley’s latest crusade as a candidate is his criticism of the Democratic National Committee for changing the debate protocols to benefit Clinton, as he claims. O’Malley is being especially attentive about these debates because he knows when massive audiences get a chance to see and hear him, people will start to take him seriously as a great candidate.


Whole article here:
http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2015/09/13/martin-omalley-strongest-democratic-challenger-to-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton/

Martin O'Malley: America succeeds when women and families succeed

A Sept 14 Op-ed from O'malley (not bound by copyright)

I am lucky to have spent my life surrounded by strong women.

My mother, Barbara O’Malley — or “Mrs. O” as generations of congressmen and Hill staffers know her — has been U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s receptionist and gatekeeper for more than 30 years. At 87 she still keeps the Senate office in line, which is no surprise: her first job was at the age of 17, flying in the Civil Air Patrol during the Second World War.

She raised her six children to believe that every generation of Americans has the ability — and the sacred responsibility — to become great.

These are the lessons that my wife Katie and I have passed on to our own kids. And we are so proud of my daughters Tara and Grace O’Malley for their hard work and service to their country, at the United Nations Foundation and as a first-grade public school teacher at Baltimore City’s Walter P. Carter Elementary.

So there is no doubt in my mind that my daughters will continue to strive to better this nation and follow their dreams. And I want both of them — and all the other young women of their generation — to have equal rights and opportunities at work, and to be paid every penny in wages of what they deserve.

That’s why, under an O’Malley Administration, closing the gender pay gap would be one of the most important goals of the federal government — one that I’ve included in my 15 Goals to Rebuild the American dream. These national goals would guide my administration, day in and day out, as we build an economy that works for all of our children.

To get there, we need a clear, measurable road map for action. And because today in America women can be paid less than men essentially without penalty, the first step must be taking pay discrimination head on.

We can do this in several ways: by holding employers who do discriminate accountable, preventing retaliation against women who speak up, and empowering women to find out whether they are paid unfairly and to do something about it. This includes making pay data publicly available by sex, race, and ethnicity, so that all employees can see that they’re making a fair wage for their job.

But curbing pay discrimination alone is not enough. Part of the reason women are paid less than men for doing the same work is that many are forced to leave the workforce in order to raise their families, or penalized for doing so. Only 12 percent of American workers have access to paid leave, and 40 percent can lose their jobs for taking even unpaid leave to care for a newborn child. What’s more, child care costs more than public university tuition in a majority of states — putting quality care out of reach for many families, and forcing some parents who’d like to work to stay home.

If women decide to have families, they shouldn’t have to choose between their career and taking care of their children. All parents — both men and women, gay or straight, married or single — should be able to take at least 12 weeks of leave, with pay, in order to care for newborn children or other loved ones. And no family — especially low- and middle-income families — should have to pay more than 10 percent of their income on safe, affordable child care in a given year.

Finally, we must lift wages for all workers, starting with increasing the minimum wage, to $15 an hour. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers today are women, and each and every one of them deserves a raise.

The good news is that solutions are on the table. Congress has brought the Paycheck Fairness Act to a vote, four times. Democrats have proposed the FAMILY Act, to give all workers access to family and medical leave. President Barack Obama has called for expanding child care subsidies, and we should go even farther so that every family that needs assistance receives it. Fast food workers and others are winning critical victories in the Fight for 15.

But it’s long past for time for action — not just words.

In Maryland, we didn’t just talk about creating economic opportunity for women. When I was Governor, we actually got things done. We expanded access to parental leave, and to quality pre-K education. We raised our state’s minimum wage, and passed the nation’s first living wage. We put our won Lilly Ledbetter Act in place to help protect women from pay discrimination. And we set, met, and exceeded one of the most ambitious goals in the country for directing state contract dollars to minority and women-owned businesses.

As a result of our better choices and investments, we made Maryland the best state in the nation for women’s economic opportunity and security — with a higher concentration of women-owned businesses than any other state, and the lowest gender pay gap in the country.

And as a nation, we can do the same. Progress is a choice. For our daughters and all of our children, we must choose a future of more opportunity — including the full and equal compensation their hard work deserves.



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