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Barrett's Religiosity

Democrats absolutely must hammer the cult connections of Barrett. The American people need to know all allegiances of a Supreme Court justice and if she still belongs to a group requiring her to bow to the decisions of another person, any other person, we have a right to inquire. We also have a right to inquire about the duty to support others within the group. Those people are her family, then, and their connections are her connections. That’s the constitutional reason to inquire.

The political reasons are as follows: Trump already has hardline Catholics and Evangelicals, preppers and cultists. Barrett’s cult involvement in contrary to mainline Catholicism. The RW Catholicism that tolerates Opus Dei etc does not necessarily embrace secret societies not controlled by the church, especially those in which the members give obedience to non-officials of the church.

Among soft Catholics, even right-leaning Catholics, the whole “handmaiden” thing is completely foreign. Giving up one’s decision making to an equal is pretty much against the exercise of the individual conscience, which is rock bottom Catholicism.

Soft Catholics will be creeped out by Barrett’s cult membership and it will be easy to distinguish her cult religion from mainline Catholicism. Catholics will not feel that a fellow catholic is being attacked if the creepy cult is attacked.

We are going to be stuck with a RW anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-choice SC justice no matter what, but we could make sure that Trump does not peel away soft Catholic votes in this election. Attacking the cult status will not hurt us. Failing to talk about it will.

Voluntarily bowing down to to a man is not something Catholic (at least Irish Catholic) women will understand. There will be a lot of head scratching and much embarrassment.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sat Sep 26, 2020, 04:53 PM (1 replies)

Disrespect for working people - are we all slavers now?

I see a lot of posts in my Neighborhood section from people in search of skilled workers, nannies and housekeepers.

Is it me or are we all turning a bit imperialist with working people? Today’s post for example, “Anyone have [“have” not “know”] a handyman who works Sundays?”

Also, other posts: Need X, must be reasonable, must speak English, must _____ (fill in the blank). My favorite: must charge reasonable price only!! (which I read to mean cheap).

As much as I’d like to refer people who have done a good job for me, I sure as hell would not like someone to call and demand that they appear on a Sunday and offer services for lower than they are worth.

The tone of these ISOs is that the person in search of is entitled to cheap, readily accessible labor and that the rest of us must verify that the people who work for us are ours to lend out.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Sep 13, 2020, 03:05 PM (18 replies)

Payroll Tax Cut Most horrifying decision ever

Worse than Bush tax cuts. Worse than McConnell tax cuts.

I’m an employer. It hurts twice a month to pay payroll taxes. It hurts even more to defund Social Security.

I’m absolutely sick to my stomach.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:56 AM (68 replies)

Oximeters for administrative assistants day

So we are all working remotely and assistants did not get flowers, donuts or lunch at a restaurant. Probably did not remind us because everyone is anxious to keep their job and not wanting to rattle the bosses because we are freaked out about payroll. (Looks as though we will eke by and not lose anyone).

Sitting at home, I ordered oximeters for the staff. Recent articles indicate that Covid patients are dropping dead in ERs even before they are in respiratory distress or very shortly after experiencing breathing problems. Talking on cell phones then dropping dead. If doctors could have tested O2 levels days and weeks before the patient died, they might have been able to treat the patient with oxygen.

Oximeters May become as essential as thermometers while we are fighting this sneaky killer.

Other ideas for admin assistant day or Mother’s Day
- order flowers from local businesses to keep them going
-order take home food for employees/moms
-order specialty stamps suitable for the employee/mom with themes they would approve (and help post office)
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun May 3, 2020, 12:31 PM (6 replies)

Nice exchange with Bernie campaigner

Received a text from Bernie campaign urging me to vote for Bernie in Florida primary. I texted back that I was voting for Joe. Then, I thought my response was a little terse, so I added “Thank you for your activism and I will vote blue no matter who.” She responded with a thank you for letting her know and to have a good day.

Good outreach. Nice person. There are good people whom we will need in the general election.

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Mar 8, 2020, 03:12 PM (7 replies)

Is Schumer working the refs for the Obamacare hearing?

Hearing is March 15, decision much later. Is Schumer reminding Roberts of his role in history?

If so, I approve.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:57 PM (0 replies)

Bernie lost his moment

Presidential candidates have had moments that have defined their campaigns ... Obama when he talked about reverend white and race, JFK when he spoke about Catholicism to Texas southern Baptists, GHW Bush with the vision thing (and checking his watch), Clinton on 60minutes (“I have caused pain in my marriage”). Bernie’s 60 minutes interview was a lost moment. Things began to turn there. It’s not the academic point he made about Castro; it was the academic manner in which he made his point about Castro. A little less detachment, a little more feeling. When Bernie talks from the heart, it’s effective. When he screams about oligarchs and brushes off totalitarianism, he steps away from most Americans. I don’t know just how he could have reeled us in, but that was his moment. He might not get another one.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Wed Mar 4, 2020, 01:39 AM (22 replies)

Unity message from President Obama

I received this message and request for donation from President Obama:

Mary --
It is our collective responsibility as Democrats and as Americans to build a strong party that is well-prepared to win back the White House. I know from experience that’s something we can only do together, Mary, and here’s why:
You and I have the luxury of thinking ahead to the general election -- but our candidates do not. They’re preparing for the next primary contest and spending their time and energy making their cases to voters.
This is important work, but it also puts the eventual Democratic nominee at a disadvantage going into the general election. Our urgent priority is to make sure our nominee and candidates down the ballot have everything they need to take on Republicans and their massive fundraising machine in November.
I will wholeheartedly support whichever candidate wins our party’s nomination. And now I’m asking you, Mary: Will you join me in supporting the Democratic Unity Fund with a $500 contribution today? Our party’s nominee and Democrats nationwide are counting on your investment

The sentence, "I will wholeheartedly support whichever candidate wins our party's nomination" was highlighted.

Good reminder that we are all in this together. Thank you, our once and always President!
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 07:13 PM (4 replies)

No more caucuses

Also, no more Winner Take All in the primaries. Let’s have one person, one vote, and apportion the delegates based on the votes. The concept of winning states instead of votes is diluting the power of the vote in the national elections ... let’s not do the same in the primaries
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 10:12 AM (3 replies)

Questions for Parnas and Hyde

Where did Hyde’s money come from?
He’s hanging around Trump Tower drunk all day
His landscaping business went under
He donated thousands to trump/RNC - was he the go between? Was that Russian money?
NYC rents are 4500 to get a bunk bed. Where was he living in NYC? Trump Tower? Who paid his rent?
Where was he texting from when he said he had the ambassador under surveillance?
Did Ahearn (sp) contact secret service when parnas told him Hyde was stalking ambassador?
Did parnas tell Rudy Hyde was stalking ambassador?
Where does parnas’s money come from?

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 11:43 AM (6 replies)
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