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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Church music director: I was fired over same-sex marriage

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A music director at a Catholic church in suburban Detroit said she was fired for being in a same-sex marriage.

Terry Gonda said she received a June 12 email that read, “The Archdiocese is choosing to activate its morality clause to terminate your employment.”

Gonda, 59, was music director at St. John Fisher Church in Auburn Hills, near Oakland University. She said priests knew that she and Kirsti Reeve, 51, were married in 2011.


“It’s a shot to the head from headquarters,” Gonda said of her firing. “The dehumanization of this is just not right. … My heart just hurts because I have an outpouring of love for them. I love them. I believe that they believe they’re doing the right thing — they’re trying to protect the church.”

More:

https://www.petoskeynews.com/news/state-region/church-music-director-i-was-fired-over-same-sex-marriage/article_78422e60-7d5b-56f2-a313-efea4589e3ed.html

White House Concealed Finding That OPM Merger was Illegal, Report Says

White House Concealed Finding That OPM Merger was Illegal, Report Says

COURTNEY BUBLÉ | JUNE 24, 2020

The Justice Department reportedly determined last year that a White House plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management was illegal—information the White House withheld from Congress while moving ahead with the plan anyway.

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight published an investigation in The Daily Beast on Wednesday that documented a previously undisclosed conference call with senior administration officials in April 2019 in which the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel rejected the Trump administration's plans to abolish OPM and transfer most of its functions to the General Services Administration. This legal opinion––which the administration denies exists––contradicts White House assertions over the last 14 months regarding the administration’s justifications for restructuring the system for managing federal employees.

“It is depressing that the administration covered up a clear legal opinion by the Department of Justice finding that its plan to dismember and dissolve OPM was unlawful,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told Government Executive. Raskin is one of several lawmakers who for months have demanded legal justification for the administration’s efforts to abolish OPM. “Trump officials did everything they could to bury this fact and repeatedly dodged my questions in our oversight hearing about the dubious legal authority for its ridiculous proposal. These people have no respect for the rule of law or the truth, and their reputations lie in tatters along with the reputation of Donald Trump,” he said.

More: https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2020/06/white-house-concealed-finding-opm-merger-was-illegal-report-says/166411/

Trump supporters burn Michigan absentee ballot applications

Source: WZZM- TV 13 Grand Rapids, Michigan



WALKER, Mich. — People gathered near Grand Rapids to burn letters informing them that they can vote by absentee ballot in future elections.

The applications were burned Friday during an event called Operation Incinerator outside the DeltaPlex in Walker.

Many people had flags, shirts and signs showing support for President Donald Trump and Republicans.

Michael Farage, president of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association, says the absentee ballot applications were unsolicited and a waste of money.



Read more: https://www.wzzm13.com/mobile/article/news/local/absentee-ballot-application-protest/69-d2a6c00b-ea74-4813-ade5-533d8d7d1a0a



Well, another example of torching Democratic values.


Hitler’s followers had book burning.

Trump followers have ballot application burning.

Michigan Governor- "We see you, we hear you"

Michigan Governor Whitmer, and Lt. Governor Gilchrist, address the death of George Floyd, the civil unrest, the pandemic, and more-

https://twitter.com/govwhitmer/status/1267174412559749122?s=21

Federal Inspectors Decry Lack of Transparency on Meat Plant Coronavirus Outbreaks

Source: GovExec.com

By Eric Katz, Govexec.com

Federal meat and poultry inspectors are raising concerns about a lack of transparency surrounding the safety of the processing plants where they work, saying local leaders are withholding information relating to the spread of the novel coronavirus at facilities.

The frustration comes as companies are starting to reopen facilities around the country after President Trump issued an executive order seeking to compel a reversal at those that had shuttered their doors due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Employees said the agency has ceased answering their questions and responding to concerns, and state officials have stopped providing information regarding employee safety.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 6,500 Food Safety Inspection Service employees at the Agriculture Department, specifically cited Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., for his administration’s decision to no longer provide data of infection rates at specific food processing plants. At many communities with large meat processing facilities, coronavirus outbreaks have traced back almost entirely to the plants. The trend has led to facility closures or shift reductions, and thousands of plant employees and hundreds of federal inspectors contracting the virus. Without the data, the union said, employees and inspectors cannot take proper precautions.

“Hiding the number of infections from the public doesn't make the infections go away,” said Gregg James, vice president of the AFGE council that includes Nebraska inspectors. “If anything, it encourages this deadly virus to spread further by giving people a false sense of security.”

Read more: https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/05/federal-inspectors-decry-lack-transparency-meat-plant-coronavirus-outbreaks/165451/



Now USDA Management is sending meat inspectors blind into plants that some have never worked in before, without letting them know just how bad it is inside. Inspectors are NOT happy about this- but the only thing they can do is shine the light on government hiding the numbers of infected. Hey- would some reporters please file FOIA asking how many are reporting Sick, and what plants have sick Fed inspectors ? Then publish the data?

So far, more than 200 of my fellow USDA Federal Meat Inspectors have caught Covid-19, and 5 have died. Now they are hiding which plants have current infections going out of control, so that they can put out as much product before the plants collapse from sick workers. Federal Inspectors can’t refuse to work, or else they will get fired.

I put in my retirement paperwork

This week.

I am a federal employee, with 33 years of service, and turn 60 in August. I had planned to work until age 62 or so, but this Covid thing has changed my plans.

I know some meat inspectors - thank GOD I am not one of them. They are being forced to work inside meat plants with no protection. Their only choice is to quit or risk the virus with no PPE gear.

I’m tired of seeing my beloved country, whom I have faithfully worked for these last 33 years- I’m tired of seeing my country destroyed by these people. I’m tired of seeing Republican partisanship damage and destroy the professional non-partisan civil service.
I’m tired of an Administration who gives ZERO Fu$&s about the men and women who go above and beyond on a daily basis to hold thus nation together. I’ve had it.

I will be working from home until my retirement goes through in August. Should they decide to try and make me go back before then, and go back into the office of 100 other federal workers, I’ll simply go in at night, clean out my desk, and leave a note saying goodbye on my computer.

My pension will be small, but will be enough to survive. It will take until August to get my paperwork pushed through for what I hope will be a seamless transition into retired pay with minimal delays.

Then I can spend September through November calling people to vote to get rid of that menace in the White House.

Federal Inspectors Are Fearful, Angry About Trump's Order to Reopen Outbreak-Stricken Meat Plants

Source: Govexec.com

USDA is still not providing masks and is doing "absolutely nothing" to protect workers, inspectors say.

By Eric Katz

(Snip)
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, who has lobbied companies and local leaders to keep plants open even as hotspots developed, said the department would keep employees safe. He said USDA would work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement guidelines for reopening plants.

“USDA will continue to work with its partners across the federal government to ensure employee safety to maintain this essential industry,” Perdue said.

Employees, however, said they have received no details on how the department will keep that promise. FSIS is still not providing personal protective equipment—including masks—to its inspectors, instead offering a one-time $50 stipend for employees to procure their own. On Wednesday, FSIS held telephonic town halls with employees, as it has done each week during the pandemic. For the first time, however, FSIS took no questions from employees, citing “inappropriate” leaks to the media and privacy concerns.

“We’re pretty angry about it,” one inspector said of the one-sided town hall he listened to. “They said they would answer the most frequently asked questions but they’re not doing that.”

Read more: https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/04/federal-inspectors-are-fearful-angry-about-trumps-order-reopen-outbreak-stricken-meat-plants/165051/



King “”Dump” ordering Federal Employee meat inspectors to work with NO PROTECTION, and it’s illegal for federal workers to refuse to work or strike.

The USDA Management is offering employees ONE TIME $50 to go try and buy some kind of face mask to keep their own snot out of the meat?

USDA MGT doesn’t have a clue what protection is required- it’s just like doctors- if you are elbow to elbow with other workers in a slaughterhouse, a bandanna isn’t the protection you need, and a ONE TIME $50 to try and buy masks, faceshields, and gowns sufficient to protect yourself as a meat inspector?

Seriously?

Let them eat cake.

Shut the meat plants down until Federal Government protects their own employees!

Why Meat Plants are shutting down.

First- context. Here is Trump’s bizarre wandering answer to a reporters question about the sudden appearance of Covid-19 in the food industry- specifically meat packing plants.
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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE TRANSCRIPT — UNEDITED.
REPORTER: I wanted to ask you specifically about one industry in particular, and that’s food-processing plants. Is there a priority to get testing at food-processing plants all across the country?
TRUMP: "Well, you’re asking that because of what happened — it’s a fair question, too — what happened in Denver. Because in Denver, I’ve never seen — I said, “What’s going on?” We’re looking at this graph where everything’s looking beautiful and it’s coming down and then you got this one spike. It’s — I said, “What happened to Denver?”
And many people, very quickly, and they — by the way, they were on it like, so fast, you wouldn’t believe it. They knew every aspect. They had people go and — not only testing, “Who did you see? Where were you? How many people did you meet? Were you out to dinner in somebody else’s home? Where were you?” Where did — where did this number of people come from? How did — they are totally on it.
Now, this just happened. I just saw it this morning. I’m looking at everything smooth, going down, topping out. And then you have this one spike in Denver. It’s like, where did this come from?
So we’ll be looking at that. And we don’t want cases like that happening. This was — but this — this is the kind of thing can happen. This is very complex.
This is a very brilliant enemy. You know, it’s a brilliant enemy. They develop drugs like the antibiotics. You see it. Antibiotics used to solve every problem. Now one of the biggest problems the world has is the germ has gotten so brilliant that the antibiotic can’t keep up with it. And they’re constantly trying to come up with a new — people go to a hospital and they catch — they go for a heart operation — that’s no problem, but they end up dying from — from problems. You know the problems I’m talking about. There’s a whole genius to it.
We’re fighting — not only is it hidden, but it’s very smart. Okay? It’s invisible and it’s hidden, but it’s — it’s very smart. And you see that in a case like a Denver.
But, you know, I think we’re doing well, and they’re on Denver like you wouldn’t believe. I came in this morning; it was a flurry. I said what’s going on? They said, “Denver.” I said, “What happened to Denver?” Because Denver was doing pretty well. And they’ve got that under control. But, yeah, that would be a case where you do some very big testing."- Donald J. Trump, genius.


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If you've made it this far, please keep in mind that the Smithfield meat processing plant that has become a COVID-19 hotspot, and precipitated the reporter's question, is the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, not Denver. And antibiotics have never solved viruses.

But the next thing you need to realize, is that,

1. USDA Meat inspectors have no PPE.
In fact, they were ordered by USDA Management NOT to wear masks.

2. When the Smithfield plant was closed, the USDA ordered its meat inspectors to go to other Meat Packing plants, including JBS in Greely, Colorado. Guess what? Now JBS has a huge outbreak of Covid-19, and is shut down.

When the South Dakota plant closed down, they ordered the USDA inspectors into other meat packing plants.

And with them- went the virus, carried with the USDA inspectors, who infected other plants.

After the Souix Falls Smithfield plant was shut down, the USDA sent meat inspectors from that plant to Greely, Colorado. Who promptly transmitted the virus to the workers there.

Read more:
https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/04/usda-relocating-its-food-inspectors-one-hot-spot-next-more-employees-get-sick/164722/


Coronavirus Outbreaks at Food Processing Plants Have Inspectors 'Fearful' and Employees Staying Home

USDA is not providing employees protective equipment, and until recently, prohibited the use of masks.

Federal food inspectors are raising concerns about the conditions at their workplaces as several processing plants across the country have seen spikes in employees testing positive for COVID-19.

The outbreaks could impact operations at slaughterhouses and other plants around the country as Agriculture Department employees stay home due to illness, potential exposure or fear of contracting the novel coronavirus. The inspectors' concerns have been heightened by what they view as an inconsistent and incomplete response from their USDA agency, the Food Safety Inspection Service, which has not made protective equipment such as masks available to its workforce.

At the outset of the pandemic, FSIS told employees they were not permitted to wear masks because of the fears it could create in the workplace, according to multiple inspectors. That policy appeared to override existing FSIS guidance that employees could wear N95 masks if they felt comfortable and received permission to do so. The agency reversed course on Monday, now allowing inspectors to wear their own masks at food processing plants. It added, however, the workers must ask the company operating the plant for permission to wear the masks and remove them if the plant makes such a request.

(snip)
As employees voice their fears, several plants around the country have emerged as coronavirus hotspots. At a Smithfield Foods pork plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, more than 80 plant employees have tested positive for the virus. The plant initially refused to close, largely at the direction of the federal government.

“They have been told by the federal government to stay open,” Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said at a press conference on Thursday. Smithfield’s CEO, Ken Sullivan, exited a call with the mayor on Thursday to speak with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue so Perdue could stress “the importance of staying open,” TenHaken said.



More:
https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/04/coronavirus-outbreaks-food-processing-plants-have-inspectors-fearful-and-employees-staying-home/164501/

He is the Anti-Christ

There really can’t be any more doubt.
He’s fooled millions of them.

They flock to his every word, filled with deceit, and anger, and greed, and everything evil and bad. Yet his daily rants don’t push people away- there are still the same number, or more, who buy his snake oil.

I don’t get it.

Except to understand that he is, indeed, the Anti-Christ. And he is stealing tens of thousands of souls as I speak.
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