We are taught that all cultures are equal, that they are all equally valuable. We are told that, despite creating the modern, technological world, western, capitalist, mostly white cultures are no better than Arab, Persian, or Islamic cultures anywhere else.
Welcome to the United Nations where magical thinking like this dominates. It’s what makes it difficult to determine whether the U.N. is a circus or an insane asylum.
Case in point; the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted 40-2 (with 9 abstentions) to single out the state of Israel as the only nation that violates women’s rights. Voting in the affirmative were countries where husbands have the “right” to rape and beat their wives (Saudi Arabia), stone women who commit adultery (Iran), and other Middle Eastern and African states where the unspeakable practice of female genital mutilation is routinely practiced and accepted.
Israel was singled out for allegedly being the “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to their advancement, self-reliance, and integration in the development of their society.”
Firenze Sage JAJ48@aol.com Let us move the U.N. from NY to Cairo and then de-fund it.
How free are you when others can cut into your body as a young child? Bodily integrity is a basic human freedom.
FGM is overwhelmingly practiced in Somalia. Rep. Illam Omar, from Somalia, probably knows family and others who have experienced the practice.
Ms. Omar was born and lived in Somalia until age ten. Overwhelmingly, 98% of the population in Somalia practices Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Young girls in Somalia are routinely infibulated (female circumcision).
What Rep. Omar thinks of Female Genital Mutilation and other issues matters to plenty of women, voters and people in general. Though illegal in the USA since 1997, it’s a cultural practice common throughout much of the Muslim world. Roughly 100 – 140 million woman world wide have experienced FGM.
When asked whether she condemns the practice Ms. Omar said the question was “absurd”. Omar questioned the question rather than answer. Ms. Omar engaged in non-speak.
“These studies confirmed that FGM/C is a deeply rooted and widely supported practice that is sustained through many cultural justifications that reinforce its continuation.
The three main reasons cited were that FGM/C is a Somali tradition, that it is an Islamic requirement, and that it enforces the cultural value of sexual purity in females by controlling female sexual desires, thereby ensuring virginity before marriage and fidelity throughout a woman’s life.
The studies showed that there is a fear of women “running wild” and becoming promiscuous if they are not circumcised and infibulated. FGM/C is erroneously
seen as a way of complying with the Islamic requirement of chastity and morality, and is also believed to enhance women’s ritual cleanliness to enable them to pray.
The perceived Islamic requirement is a major justification for FGM/C in practicing Muslim communities such as the Somali.”
Aptos Psychologist: What kind of men support FGM? Those men, probably Muslim, who say to themselves ‘it’s always been done, it’s religious tradition and …. it ensures one can marry a chaste woman.’ FGM is all about control of women. Yes — Rep. Illan Omar should answer the question, ‘Do you condemn the practise of FGM?
Liar, liar, your tail’s on fire? The investigation by the FBI into persons associated with the Trump was predicated by information supplied by a known liar: Joseph Mitsud. Was the FBI protection freedoms — or itself?
Hong Kong singer Denise Ho recently appeared before the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. Ho requested that the U.N. boot China out of the U.N because of it’s human rights abuses. Abuses include the thousands of Uyghur Muslims detained in moved for “re-education” purposes in China.
During her remarks, Denise Ho was interrupted by a Chinese diplomat. Ho is the type of person China wants to extradite from Hong Kong back to the mainland for trial because of free speech which China does not permit.
The following was printed in the Wall Street Journal 7/10/2019:
“We keep reading about the relentless march of authoritarian government, but the liberal pessimists didn’t reckon with the people of Hong Kong. Against all odds, their recent protests against a bill to allow extradition to Mainland China have forced the Hong Kong government to back down.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared on Tuesday that the extradition bill is “dead” and she has no plans to revive it. This is an extraordinary achievement….
“Before Hong Kongers took to the streets, the extradition law looked inevitable. It would have given China the power to pursue critics in Hong Kong by having them arrested and then brought to the Mainland for trial and imprisonment. The millions who protested understood that this law would have meant the end of Hong Kong’s legal protection against China’s politicized courts.
“You can bet Ms. Lam’s masters in Beijing will look for some other way to assert more control over Hong Kong.
And on that score, we were encouraged to see that Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo each met Monday in Washington with Jimmy Lai, a media owner who has been a consistent voice for a free and democratic Hong Kong despite risks to livelihood and limb. The meetings will be noticed and offer encouragement in Hong Kong, where U.S. companies have invested some $81 billion.
“Mr. Lai’s meetings at both State and the White House came on the same day that a popular Hong Kong singer, Denise Ho, appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Denise Ho was interrupted by a Chinese diplomat after she suggested China should be booted from the U.N. body for its human-rights abuses and called for the council to “convene an urgent session to protect the people of Hong Kong.”
Ms. Ho is the kind of Hong Kong critic that Beijing would love to charge with something and then extradite to the Mainland.
“Constant vigilance is one price of liberty, and Hong Kongers know they’ll have to watch what Beijing and Ms. Lam do next. But meantime the rest of us should cheer the courage and resilience of the Hong Kong people who refused to bow to Beijing’s orders even when their cause looked hopeless.”
[ exerpt above from the Wall Street Journal, Wed. July 10, 2019 People Power, Hong Kong-Style]
Aptos Psychologist: China aka Hong Kong’s government got a ‘black eye’ when millions of people in Hong Kong stood tall for their individual legal freedoms. Yes, why not kick China out of the U.N. for it’s human rights abuses. And do the same for other countries who consistently abuses human rights. There’s quite a list of countries who abuse their citizen’s basic human rights. Maybe the U.N. should fold up and go away?
For church members & the public, COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. is not a good bang for the buck based on info from Charity Navigator.
Look at the numbers:
COPA expenses: Seventy-nine percent or roughly 4 out of 5 dollars pays for Personnel ($288 K) and General/ Administrative ($18.8 K). Only 21% [$80,400 / $387,233] goes for Program Costs. Wow!
$288 K pays for three full-time COPA organizers in the 2018-19 Budget. Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. is another name for COPA in the Santa Cruz and Monterey CA area.
COPA/ Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. is housed at a Lutheran church in Watsonville, CA and pays about $19 K for General and Administrative costs.
How to evaluate the numbers:
Program Expenses: The majority of charities listed by Charity Navigator – seven out of ten non profits – spend at least 75% of their expenses directly on their Programs. That means the organization should spend no more than 25% of their total expenses on administrative overhead and fundraising costs.
COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. reverses the percentages recommended by Charity Navigator with expenses for Program accounting for only 21% and Personnel/ Administrative expenses accounting for 79%. Wow. That’s a reversal!
Check for evidence of commitment to accountability and transparency:
Website: The best charities are transparent and accountable to the public. You should be able to see evidence of this in the information they provide on their web site. Can you readily find information about the charity’s staff and Board of Directors? Did the charity publish its financial information such as its most recently filed Form 990 or audit?
Transparency: Low. One must search to find connections to COPA’s founding organization — the Industrial Area Foundation (IAF) of Chicago, Illinois COPA is a long standing affiliate of IAF. And there’s no mention of community activist Saul Alinsky who wrote the guiding principles for progressive socialists i.e., Rules for Radicals. One might think it interesting to churches that Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
Open Borders is one goal of COPA / IAF / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.
Churches connected with COPA in Santa Cruz and Monterey CA fund open border immigration policies. Exactly how much dues each church affiliate pays COPA is not readily available.
COPA recently held a conference on immigration “reform” in Monterey, CA (4/9/2018). No specifics as to number of attendees is provided on their website.
The Catholic church in CA is a long time supporter of open borders. Five of the seven churches in Santa Cruz County & neighboring two counties which act as as the governing board of COPA are Catholic.
Other supporters of COPA include several Episcopal churches, i.e., St. John’s in Aptos, Calvary in Santa Cruz and St. Mary’s by the Sea in Pacific Grove.
Aptos Psychologist: COPA goes to church leaders and gets their “buy in” and them uses that buy in to contact parishioners and teach Alinsky progressive socialist goals.
What is COPA? On November 2, 2009 Freedom Advocates wrote, “COPA targets congregations and unsuspecting parishioners…”
What COPA currently says: It’s Mission is “to develop the leadership skills of ordinary people …. to engage effectively in public life …with power to negotiate with public and private sector leaders … to change the economic, social, political and cultural pressures on their families …
COPA has 22 member institutions in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties — including “many religious groups” they say.
Per COPA’s website (4/2018) Pete Scudder of Scudder Roofing said about obtaining workers, “there is no system. There is no line. No way anyone come here legally unless they have a lot of money….Scudder Roofing construction company hires 90% Hispanics. Scudder Roofing seeks to sponsor ‘citizen applications for workers’.
Back to general discussion of COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.
It’s vital to look at how charities are rated for financial health and transparency. Neither COPA aka Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc is rated by Charity Navigator. That’s because their financials are too small for Charity Navigator.
What if all the legs of the founding organization — IAF — were examined by Charity Navigator? What if COPA was transparent about its socialist progressive agenda? Would parishioners and the public support COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc?
It’s best to view COPA and Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. for what they are — community organizing entities which seek progressive socialist goals.
Per D Souza both Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton — both students of Alinsky — implemented Saul Alinsky’s political tactics.
Remember Obama’s promises that “you can keep your doctors…” and that “insurance premiums costs were going down …” Then Obama took over health care and 1/6th of private economy. Check out D. Souza on YouTube.
(Steven Hayward)A little noticed detail in Santa Barbara’s recent drive to criminalize plastic straws, which culminated in the Santa Barbara city council taking testimony from a nine-year-old about the planetary menace, has come to light in recent days. During that council session, councilman Jesse Dominguez said the following in response to citizens who asked “what’s next?”:
“Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”
Firenze Sage opines: This bozo [Jesse Dominquez] got 1100 votes in his district and now wants to control the world based on the bogus “research of a nine year old.
Murdering kids at school, youth at universities, parishioners at church and people at music events. That’s become a reality of USA life in 2018. What can we do? Yes there are things we can do.
Yes — there are drugs that can medicate and control violent urges to kill self and other.
No — it’s not realistic to take away 300 million guns from the U.S. population. Take away the guns is the “answer” according to some. That is not realistic. Perhaps making it illegal for gun sellers to sell guns that spit out thousands of bullets — that’s possible.
Yes — a number of states have enacted laws so it’s easy to lock up persons who may harm others or themselves (including California).
Yes — shoot back! That works. There are stun guns and taser guns and a variety of ways to arm persons who can “guard” at public places, e.g., schools, churches, malls and other places where people congregate.
Yes — use modern surveillance cameras, drones and modern technology to watch those with known histories of violent histories. And permit law enforcement to keep track and monitor persons who post violent threats via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
So yes — let’s get real. There are too many young men (so far just men) who choose to kill others.
We must control persons’s with known, long term histories of violent urges via appropriate medication and appropriate incarceration.
Don’t ask for a federal government solution. States must experiment and do what’s right for their citizens.
written by Cameron Jackson email@example.com
Freedom … to make your own “dumb” decisions … such as ‘do I want health insurance?‘ Under the proposed tax plan, there’s no more requirement that you must purchase medical insurance. .Young people will no longer be saddled with paying for the health requirements of older, more sick individuals.
And freedom …. again to decide exactly what you want and don’t want from the Internet.
So, for example ATT offers no cost for streaming to customers who use their cellular services and purchase TV Direct. That was not considered ‘neutral’ and therefore illegal under Obama’s rules as other service providers did not offer the same ‘deal’. Now you get to decide what ‘deal’ you can afford and want concerning Internet usage.
Another freedom: FBI agent Peter Strzok’s freedom to send thousands of texts his lover attorney Page concerning his intense dislike of Trump. Attorney Strzok sat in on the interviews with Hilary Clinton — interviews which were not taped. It was Strzok who changed the language describing Clinton’s behavior downgrading it from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless”
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