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There will be consequences. Evangelical grifters


Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher with close ties to President Donald Trump, is calling on followers to send her donations of up to one month’s salary. Those who don’t pay up could face “consequences” from God as he demands the dough as a “first fruits” offering.

“The reason is God lays claim to all firsts,” White wrote on her website. “So when you keep for yourself something that belongs to God you are desecrating what is to be consecrated to God.”

In this case, the “firsts” are money, which “supernaturally unlocks amazing opportunity, blessing, favor and divine order for your life.”

White, who is chairwoman of Trump’s evangelical advisory committee, claims she contributes a month’s pay every year as a “seed,” which according to prosperity gospel is supposed to grow into riches and other blessings. She’s also calling on others to contribute their own firsts, in the form of wages for a day, week or entire month:


Bill Kristol tweets ‘I’m With Her’ on possible Oprah 2020 bid

Kristol cited Winfrey’s support for regime change in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power and her friendship with Allan Bloom, a conservative philosopher who was critical of the higher education system in the U.S., as reasons for why he admires her.

methinks i may have spoken too soon about supporting her. need to see more evidence of what she supported and didn’t support, but i fear she may forever be in the Hill/Clooney/et al crowd.

i found this in a Caitlin article.


UGH and Double UGH on both!! Not voting for either yahoo! T and R to the usual TPW suspects!!


I’m glad to see that the recent sexual fiascos have lent the conversations to opposing coercion on a wider scale. I like how she made the personal universal and vice versa.

Sexual Coercion is Part of a Larger Culture of Coercion

Our culture is an evolved form of colonialism where controlling and exploiting people is at the base of societal interaction. Over time, we’ve just created more subtle ways of controlling people that can escape social criticism. We find it reasonable that poor people should have to take exploitative jobs because they are otherwise denied the means of life. We find it reasonable to try to curb other people’s behavior by calling them “deplorable” or “ignorant.” We find it reasonable to mock young men who don’t get laid rather than helping them build the skills to engage with people in a productive way.

Force is generally met with force, and punishment met with counter-punishment, which is why we so often end up with a “backlash” against socially progressive movements. People resent being coerced into doing things when they don’t understand how their previous behaviors were damaging.
We need to develop other methods of social change. We need to start asking for cooperation without demanding it. This is what I aspire to do with my current boyfriend; when something hurts me, I try to explain what is hurting and why, and he generally responds by trying to modify his behavior. Not because he “has” to, but because he cares about me and doesn’t want to cause me pain. I hope that anyone who has read this far will be careful when pressuring other people for sex, not because they “have” to be, but because they don’t want to hurt anyone. Frankly, I don’t think even my ex wanted to hurt me, I think he just didn’t think the pain he was putting me in “counted” because it was emotional and not physical in nature.


Edit: “moved,” not “lent.”


Classic Bernie (roundup)


Good editorial essay on the Guardian. The author discusses what makes someone “qualified” to be president. An excerpt:

In the buildup to and aftershock from the 2016 election, perhaps the loudest and most consistent protest heard from Hillary Clinton supporters was “but she’s the most qualified!” Despite having a longer record of public service, Senator Bernie Sanders was deemed less, and by some, insufficiently qualified to run for president. His relative inexperience with foreign policy was a point of regular critique, and those who supported his candidacy on ideological grounds were dismissed as “purists” who didn’t understand the real “work” of being president.

In fact, Sanders’s candidacy arguably took its biggest hit when he suggested that Clinton’s history of poor political judgments, like her vote for the Iraq war, disqualified her for the presidency. Hillary’s qualifications were considered so unassailable, that to challenge them was considered de facto sexism by many.

Yet somehow, within a year of Trump’s inauguration, a not-insignificant segment of Democratic voters (or at least tweeters) have swung from fetishizing “qualifications” to adopting the Republican line on celebrity candidates whole cloth.


Hundreds Gather in Harlem for Funeral of Erica Garner

And in Harlem, hundreds of people attended the funeral of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30th after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica’s father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, applied a fatal chokehold, in 2014.

Inside the church last night, Erica was eulogized by the Reverend Al Sharpton, who talked about Erica’s unflinching determination to get justice for her father. Sharpton said, while they say “she died of a heart attack, no, her heart was attacked that day,” referring to July 27, 2014, the day police killed her father. Sharpton went on to say, “Justice is in a coma in the Eric Garner case.”

The police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in the fatal chokehold, still works in the NYPD. There have also been no federal civil rights charges brought against him and others responsible for Eric Garner’s death. Also attending the funeral, hip-hop artist and actor Common and the father of Michael Brown, killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, two weeks after Eric Garner was killed in Staten Island.

There was conflict in the midst of the funeral last night over the exclusion of Erica’s grandmother, Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr, causing a number of people to leave, including a group of mothers of children killed by New York police, like Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo. A number of New York police officers escorted Erica’s coffin out of the church. After the funeral, several dozen Black Lives Matter activists took to the streets.

Read the rest here.



Another account here, courtesy of The Root:

She was born at seven-and-a-half months, 4 pounds, 11 ounces, but she proved to be a giant,” said Esaw Snipes-Garner, who recalled her daughter’s brazen determination.

Snipes-Garner said that she would beg Erica not to go out to protest, as she did twice a week for a year, trudging out to the Staten Island Ferry station, thick with commuters, rain or shine, to bring light to the nonindictment of the police officer who held her father in that fatal choke hold; a man still employed with the New York City Police Department.

“I can’t take care of these kids,” Snipes-Garner said she told her, which, she noted, wryly, is exactly what she is now doing. “She lived on her own terms. And she died on her own terms.”

Her mom spoke of Erica’s fiery spirit; her obstinate, aggressive belief in herself and her choices; and her unyielding love for her father. She also spoke proudly of the day Erica shut down New York’s Verrazano Bridge, an eight-lane edifice that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

“She did it by herself,” her mother said. “Eight lanes of traffic. She said, ‘I can’t breathe.’”

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who did Erica’s eulogy, also told that story.

He recounted: “Erica calls, and says, ‘I done blocked two streets, but they won’t arrest me.’” Sharpton said he responded that maybe the NYPD didn’t want to touch the daughter of Eric Garner. So she responded, “I stopped traffic and they won’t arrest me. I’m going to the bridge.” And she did.

“This was a real warrior,” Sharpton boomed. “She didn’t care about awards or press, she cared about justice!”

Sharpton said that Erica didn’t die of a heart attack but of a heart that was attacked, after seeing her father so brutally snuffed out with no recompense. The unfairness of it all; the unjustness of it all; the pain of her worst pain splayed out for all to see.

There were speeches. Sen. Bernie Sanders, for whom Erica campaigned in 2016, sent a letter. Sharpton acknowledged the people of note in attendance. There were lots of men in dark suits, mostly politicians and preachers (in Harlem, they’re often one and the same, going back to Adam Clayton Powell Jr.); there were beautiful songs sung.

There was also a verbal and apparently physical altercation during the service, which turned out to be family members fighting with Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, who said that she and her husband were turned away and attacked by other family members.

As the commotion took place, Sharpton stepped up as it was happening and said, “Everyone has family divisions. We have to respect Erica,” and the program moved on. Sharpton later lamented, “All of us have feuds, all of us have differences. I have some in my family I don’t speak to now. And I’m saved.” And again, he said, “This is about Erica.”


Michael Brown’s dad was there.

And not one mention at the Golden Globes.

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