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We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.

— Elie Wiesel in his Nobel Peace Prize speech

Members of white hate groups who blame Jews and non-white minorities of all kinds for all of America’s ills used to feel so disenfranchised that they never bothered to vote.

Not until candidate Donald Trump came along. Following the clarion call of KKK icon David Duke, they all rushed down to register to vote, they all came out in massive numbers to vote for Trump, and they all support him still — and quiet openly.

Jewish writer Talia Lavin noted this in The Washington Post last year about the constant lies and demonization of George Soros by Republicans:

    The far right has ecstatically embraced the spectacle of elected political figures such as Trump … theorizing about Soros. After Trump’s Soros tweet about (then Supreme Court nominee) Kavanaugh, the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer echoed and surpassed Trump’s assertion that anti-Kavanaugh dissent was a nefarious, paid-for plot.

    “It is impossible to deny that subversive anti-American Jews were the primary force involved in a sinister plot to destroy (Supreme Court nominee Brett) Kavanaugh,” Lee Rogers wrote on the site a couple of days later. “These Jews do not represent the interest of America. They represent the interest of their diabolical and evil race first and foremost.”

(See Lavin’s full story here.)

But then there’s Louis Farrakhan, who is admired and embraced by a lot of liberals and civil rights leaders who are quick to say they don’t share his views on Jews, but insist that he’s an admirable man.

Just last year Farrakhan boasted at his Million Man March anniversary in Detroit that “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.” And that is by no means the most hateful thing that Farrakhan, who was invited by Aretha Franklin’s family to his funeral, has ever said.

Oddly a lot of civil rights leaders including celebrities also give him a big fat pass on his hatred of homosexuals and his far less-than-liberal views on women and how they dress and behave themselves.

Read the list of his Greatest Jewish Hits here and help me to understand how so many civil rights leaders and celebrities can give him a pass on his hate speech
And now for a few cold, sobering facts on this International Day of Holocaust Remembrance:

Two faces of American hate: David Duke and Louis Farrakhan.

Read how black women organizers of the recent Women’s March strained at gnats to defend Farrakhan here.

— A study last year found that 22% of American millennials haven’t heard of, or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust. More than 4-in-10 respondents (41%) did not know what Auschwitz was.

(According to Newsweek, another poll conducted in seven countries in Europe had similar findings. Among the people who were surveyed, 20 percent of people, who ranged between the ages of 18 and 34, had never heard of the Holocaust.)

— Everyone remembers the Pittsburg Synagogue slayings from a few months ago. But anti-Semitic incidents of all kinds have been rising sharply, and especially in schools and on college campsuses, for years.

Last February, for example, the Anti-Defamation League released its annual report, finding that “the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s.”

The report continued: “The sharp rise, reported in ADL’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, was in part due to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.” The ADL tabulated “1,015 incidents of harassment, including 163 bomb threats against Jewish institutions, up 41 percent from 2016; 952 incidents of vandalism, up 86 percent from 2016; and 19 physical assaults, down 47 percent from 2016.”

— One in 20 British adults (2.6 million Brits!) do not believe the Holocaust happened, and 8% say that the scale of the genocide has been exaggerated, according to a poll marking Holocaust Memorial Day. (Story here.)

— And then there’s Germany, where neo-Nazism is a real and scary phenomena. (More here on the extreme right, anti-immigration party there.)

Here’s another word from Elie Wiesel, who said in his Nobel Prize lecture this:

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

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And Jesus said to Trump, “Sign right there and shut her down, shut her down good.”

So in the previous blog post (see here), I shared with you readers the mindset of Lara Trump, she who seems to believe that government workers who aren’t allowed to work, or who have to work without pay while the Trumps and those in his employ feel no pain, are suffering “a little bit of pain.”

To her way of thinking, it’s as if the unpaid workers are a little bit pregnant and suffering a little bit of labor pain, but labor pain ain’t so bad in the long run.

But let’s move on to another insensitive take from Trump World.

Donald J. Trump’s Secretary Commerce, Wilbur Ross, says he’s “confused,” that he doesn’t understand why the furloughed government workers are going to food banks–why they are fretting about trifling matters like making their mortgages and their rent and car payments and such.

Ross is stinking rich. But to his lack of credit(bility), he is also deeply insensitive. He told CNBC in that interview that he is puzzled by reports of federal workers turning to food banks and other forms of relief.

He said they should obtain loans to tide them over until the government reopens — though he fails to mention that, at this rate, the government might not reopen until Jesus gives the order and we all know that Jesus put Trump back in the White House.

“True,” Ross granted to the network, “these people might have to pay a little bit of interest. But the idea that it’s ‘paycheck or zero’ is not a really valid idea.” (They may be paying a little interest on mortgages and loans for their kids’ tuition and vehicles and stuff but so what?)

And anyway, Ross noted, 800,000 of “these people” who are currently unpaid are but a tiny slice of working-slug America, not to mention a tiny slice of the GDP.

“While I feel sorry for the individuals that have hardship cases, 800,000 workers, if they never got their pay — which is not the case — they will eventually get it — but if they never got it, you’re talking about a third of a percent on our GDP,” Ross said. “So it’s not like it’s a gigantic number overall.”

So here’s your thought for the day, inspired by Wilbur Ross:

    We as a nation cannot afford to lose sight of this historic fact: that our nation was founded on the ideal that the GDP enjoys the right to the pursuit of happiness. In fact, the GDP is mentioned more times in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence than “the people.”

Wilbur Ross: Government employees not receiving paychecks at this time can obtain loans and so what if they have to pay a little interest on top of their mortgages and vehicle payments and tuition payments for their kids. The GDP comes first.

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President Kennedy’s famous line that inspired millions of Americans to serve their country has taken on new meaning.

    “Ask not,” Kennedy famously said, “what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Kennedy reminded us that sacrificing for others with service and volunteerism is the highest form of nobility.

Lara Trump: Feeling the “little bit of pain” (she actually said that) that struggling government workers are suffering.

Now comes Lara Trump, Donald J. Trump’s peppy daughter in law, suggesting in an interview with BoldTV, that the “little bit of pain” (her exact words) that furloughed government workers are suffering during the shutdown is heroic in the long run.

This is because it builds character in these commoners who make America great by living paycheck to paycheck when they’re receiving paychecks at all. It’s a radical twist on the Kennedy quote: “Ask what you can SUFFER while we Trumps live large, OK? Because, gosh, we love you people. Believe us.”

According to Ms. Trump, the children and grandchildren of these masses of public servants (including military service members) will thank them after long they’re dead and gone for having lost homes and vehicles and stood in lines at food banks so President Trump could finally fix the broken immigration wheel.

Here’s exactly what Lara Trump said of the 800,000 Americans (needlessly) missing their paychecks for weeks on end. Read it and weep, sweet Jesus.

“But this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country. And their children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now.”

“I know it’s hard. I know they have bills to pay, they have mortgages, they have rents that are due, but the president is trying every single day to come up with a good solution here.

“The reality is it’s been something that has gone on for too long and been unaddressed ― our immigration problem. If we do nothing right now it’s never going to get fixed. This is our one opportunity.”

If WE do nothing? This is OUR opportunity to fix the problem?

My gut tells me that nobody will be seeing any Trump bloods sacrificing anything for any common Americans for any generations to come.

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These boots have covered miles and very many miles of terrain in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala — and are finally broken in good.


Because I like nothing more than taking an aimless walk or hike in God’s good, green creation, these boots have covered a lot of rugged Central American terrain.

They’re broken in real good now.

I think I would have been happy in some place in the days when it was nothing to take a journey of thousands of miles. The kind of perilous, 3,000-mile journey (with some waterway rides) that the great haiku poet Matsuo Bashō took, engaging so many hospitable people (and a few not so friendly) along the way. (Learn more about him here.)

I’m constantly dipping into his book that speaks to me at such a deep and meaningful level. I’ve packed it on many a journey in Belize, Mexico, and Guatemala, meeting nothing but hospitable people (well, almost nothing but that kind) along the way.

Scroll down below for a sample of Bashō’s adventurous treks from his classic book.

A short little classic that speaks to me, who suffers from incurable wanderlust, on every page.

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The deeply spiritual, Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver has died at age 83.


Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer-winning poet who yearned to be at one with everything she so deeply observed in nature, once penned a poem titled “When Death Comes” in which she wrote:

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

(FROM NEW AND SELECTED POEMS)

    Oliver has died at age 83.

    In her beautiful memoir Long Life she wrote this about prayer:

      Men and women of faith who pray — that is, who come to a certain assigned place, at definite times, and are not ashamed to go down on their knees — will not tarry for the cup of coffee or the newsbreak or the end of the movie when the moment arrives. The habit, then, has become their life. What some might call the restrictions of the daily office they find to be an opportunity to foster the inner life. The hours are appointed and named; they are the Lord’s. Life’s fretfulness is transcended. The different and the novel are sweet, but regularity and repetition are also teachers. Divine attentiveness cannot be kept casually, or visited only in season, like Venice or Switzerland. Or, perhaps it can, but then how attentive is it? And if you have no ceremony, no habits, which may be opulent or may be simple but are exact and rigorous and familiar, how can you reach toward the actuality of faith, or even a moral life, except vaguely? The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.

    Here are a couple of her most popular poems:

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Breaking News!!!!

News Central has obtained the blessing that President Trump — a devout Christian known to bless every meal with a prayer as an example to his young son and all the impressionable youth of America — prayed over the hamberders and pizza he served to the champion football players from Clemson University this week.

“Almighty Dollar, hear this amazing prayer of mine.”

Almighty Dollar,
May these young athletes be ever grateful to me for paying $5,000 out of my own pocket to feed them all this great shit-for-food today.

May it be to the nourishment of their amazing athletic bodies and may they all grow up to be amazingly rich with very high IQs like I have.

Almighty Dollar, hear this amazing prayer.

Dollar,
Deliver us from healthy food nannies like Michelle Obama, a black woman, a evil black woman and very low IQ individual, who once had that evil healthy food campaign and planted healthy foods in a garden on the White House lawn.

Bring your power, which is almost as great as mine, to bear on the hamburger and pizza garden my beloved First Lady Ivanka (who’s as hot as any cheerleaders at Clemson, am I right kids?) in place of all that health food that nobody wants to eat. Am I right nobody wants to eat that healthy crap? I think so. I’m always right, right Dollar?

Almighty Dollar, this is a great, great prayer. Hear it. That’s an order.”

“Almighty Dollar, let my Berder and Pizza garden grow to be as great as I am.”

And Almighty Dollar, I know I’m going to be criticized for giving a few junk-food chains billions of dollars in free advertising by all the other junk-food chains contributing to the further sickness of the 100 MILLION Americans suffering from diabetes or living with pre-diabetes.

They can all kiss my big fat salami. Democrats, too. They can all go eat shit and die. I’m sick of em. Aren’t you sick of em kids? Yeah, I know you amazing athletes are sick of em like I am.

Almighty Dollar, hear this fantastic prayer.

That’s all I have to say, Almighty Dollar. We’re going to stuff ourselves with some man food now, am I right kids???? We men need man food.

Am I amazing or what?

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Stephanie Garcia begins her second term in her second year of high school at St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena, BZ. Donations for her second term would be appreciated.

JANUARY 3, 2019 UPDATE

To update donors on Stephanie Garcia’s educational journey…

Stephanie remains on holiday from school until Monday, Jan. 7. She will finish the first term of her second school year soon and should finish with at least a 3.3 GPA.

For this current school year I had a fundraising goal of $1,100 and rather quickly raised $600, which has all been spent at this point.

Thanks to a $100 donation from my friend Janis Beck and her family in Texas last week, I’m hoping to raise another $400 to meet the goal — or as much as I can.

Donors will recall that I paid Stephanie’s tuition of $660 out of my own pocket this year, but high school in Central America is more like a college in terms of expense. Almost all the schools are private church schools and require a lot of expense.

Many of the costs for the second term will be for new supplies, major projects including science, a number of field trips that will include one overnight, tee-shirts and costumes for special events and, of course, daily meals and snacks.

Any donations for the remainder of Stephanie’s current school-year costs will be much appreciated.

And, again, many donors prefer to donate via PayPal, where I have an account set up at revpaulmckay@gmail.com.

Newcomers to my blog or Facebook page (at Paul David McKay in San Ignacio Belize) may want to email or message me on Facebook to learn more about financing of this Belizean high school student. She is the big sister of my adopted 5-year-old Belizean daughter Ludy Paulita McKay.

Those who wish to donate via GoFundMe will find it at Stef’s Education Fund, 2018-19.

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