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Fri May 22, 2015 at 12:24 PM PDT

The Taliban in Our Midst

by Mikey Weinstein

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[Mikey Weinstein]: This guest Op-Ed from my dear friend, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Advisory Board member, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson, comes in light of an unprecedented Christian fundamentalist furor over MRFF’s demands for the U.S Air Force to court-martial Major General Craig Olson. Why did we demand this punishment for Olson?  Because of this senior General’s illegal and unconstitutionally sectarian speech of shocking Christian proselytizing earlier this month at a religious extremist organization’s ("National Day of Prayer Task Force”) internationally televised event held on Capitol Hill. This disingenuous hue and cry surrounds our ongoing fight against dominionist hegemony within the highest ranks of the U.S. armed forces, long a hotbed of nationalistic Christian supremacist extremism. Sadly, this outrageous scandal has reinforced the fact that many of the worst opponents of the U.S. Constitution are our nation’s highest-ranking military officers themselves… Mikey.

Military officers who wear their religion on their sleeve are a danger to our country at any time, but especially after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001.

Whether it’s US Army Lieutenant General William G. Boykin telling his audience that “My God is bigger than his” in the close aftermath of that tragedy, or the more recent example of US Air Force Major General Craig Olson saying in uniform and in public—and speaking in tones far more like a preacher than a military officer—“I am a redeemed believer in Christ“, these are dangerous men, making dangerous displays of religion.

Moreover, such displays occur in an environment where they are strictly prohibited by secular rules.  These rules—and in the case of the US Air Force, written regulations—are in place for a reason. 

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Full video of his remarks here.
In Colorado, things are not going well for crazy person turned state representative (but I repeat myself) Gordon Klingenschmitt. He won his Colorado Springs district by a landslide, presumably based on his strong platform of telling people that Barack Obama is possessed by demons. He is a man who does not understand the meaning of the words turn it down a notch, and that has now cost him a committee seat.
The leader of the House Republicans on Monday stripped Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his two committee posts, saying the lawmaker's  "curse of God" comments about a woman whose fetus was ripped from her womb were in "poor taste" and "insensitive."

Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso said he removed Klingenschmitt from the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee because he believed "there needed to be some kind of disciplinary action."

All right, what did he do that was so bad even his fellow Colorado Republicans were repulsed by it? He claimed that God's wrath was the reason for a gruesome attack on a pregnant Colorado woman last week.
Republicans were aghast at his comments last week when he referenced the attack on 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins of Longmont. She survived but her 34-week-old baby girl did not.

"This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb, and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open," Klingenschmitt said.

Jeebus. Good job, Colorado Springs, you've picked a real winner this time around. Klingenschmitt has now apologized and says he will be suspending his television "ministry" (the place he said those remarks) for six weeks to focus on not sucking at his day job. But he's not happy to be bounced from the Health committee, because that's discrimination.
"I am literally being punished for quoting unpopular Bible verses in my Sunday church, or interpreting the Old Testament differently than Leader DelGrosso interprets it, during my private ministry outside the Capitol. Is that suddenly a crime?" he wrote in the e-mail.
Well, at least he's clear on who the true victim in all this is.

My fellow Kossacks warned me, and now it's here.

A cabal of reactionary right-wing nut jobs has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal Courts to violate the rights of Colorado and her voters under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Federal Constitution.

As we know, Colorado's voters approved legalization of retail sales of marijuana in 2012 by passing Amendment 64. But now, a lawsuit has been filed to forceably reverse this valuable advance in the freedom of Colorado's adults.

Please follow me down below the orange fleur-de-Kos for more details.

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Bob Beauprez (R-CO)
Goal ThermometerWow, it looks like Colorado Republican Bob Beauprez, who is running to be the state's governor, has completely reversed his position on abortion, and birth control, and "personhood" and all the rest of it! This is big news!

That or he's lying, of course.

In an interview aired Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio, Beauprez, a former congressman, struck a decidedly pro-choice note when asked about abortion and birth control. He said he would not stand in the way of women having access to abortions, nor would he interfere with women choosing what kind of birth control to use. "I respect people's opinion, women's right to that choice," he said. He later added, "I don't want to run somebody else's family and make decisions for their family, their life; I want them to have the opportunity and the freedom to do that themselves."
Yes, to listen to Bob Beauprez he is now reformed. He cosponsored a "personhood" amendment in 2005; now he's saying he respects other people's opinions. He was proudly bragging of his hardline anti-abortion, anti-birth-control stances as recently as a few weeks ago; now he's completely changed his mind. It's either that or a candidate for high office in America can go to different venues and boldly lie about their opinions, their stances and their past records, but that doesn't seem right.

So it might be funnier to take the hard-right pro-personhood anti-birth-control Bob Beauprez at his word, and presume he has completely changed his mind on all of this and is now on the pro-choice side of the fence. He's ditched you, conservative anti-abortion activists! He hath denied you! If he gets in office there will be birth control for everybody! You've spent all this time working for him, and what did you get? Him telling NPR he wants nothing to do with you! Ah ha ha ha, his plan worked perfectly!

So I guess this is the end of the Bob Beauprez campaign for the gubernatorial position in Colorado. He's not trusted by Democrats because c'mon, we're not that stupid, and now the conservative base can't vote for him because he said flat-out on the radio that he "wouldn't stand in the way of people having access to" abortions or birth control, a complete reversal of his actual record on that thing. He's done for.

Then again he might come out tomorrow and say something completely different. A man would never lie about something as important as whether they were going to enforce their deeply held religious beliefs on the entire rest of the population, but politicians have been known to change their minds on things twenty times in the same day, depending on who's asking.

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As a short side note, Beauprez seems to be plagiarizing a bit from fellow Republican Cory Gardner's approach. When confronted on his past cosponsorship of "personhood"-based restrictions on abortion and birth control, Gardner simply insists it never happened, no matter how many reporters point out that it most certainly did. Colorado is frequently referred to as the Mile High state; perhaps the altitude renders the memory fuzzy, or perhaps Republicans this year are all far too potted up on the pot to recall any of the things they said before, say, last week. Take your pick.
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Say hello to businesswoman Pam Mazanec, a member (God help us) of Colorado's state Board of Education. Ms. Mazanec is unhappy about the AP U.S. History curriculum because it doesn't give America enough credit for being 'exceptional'.

According to her posting on a Facebook discussion:

IRT the people who create the framework and test: I've spoken with some history professors with very impressive credentials who told me this new framework doesn't surprise them and is aligned with the content of college level history courses that downplay our noble history and accentuate the negative view. As an example, I note our slavery history. Yes, we practiced slavery. But we also ended it voluntarily, at great sacrifice, while the practice continues in many countries still today! Shouldn't our students be provided that viewpoint? This is part of the argument that America is exceptional.
Yes indeed. The United States voluntarily ended slavery, at great sacrifice. Apparently, the Civil War never happened and even if it did? It was about other stuff...y'know: states rights and like that.

The education of Colorado's school children is in safe hands.

 {buries face in hands and sobs like a broken man}

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 photo Scarlett_zps5e7e039d.pngLast Friday evening Scarlett Lenh made her first public appearance as the Sand Creek High School junior class homecoming princess.

I was like even if I don't win I've already helped a lot of people show them that they can be themselves.   But I won and I can't stop smiling.


Scarlett said two of the other girls nominated were really supportive, but the other one was "really upset."

Scarlett began her transition at the beginning of the school year.

I feel more comfortable like this.


One of my friends mentioned it, and I didn't think anything of it because I didn't think I'd be nominated.  But, now, it really matters to me.  This is something I've wanted to do since my freshman year.  I want people to be themselves and not feel uncomfortable in their own body and mind.

--Scarlett Lenh

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This is a series of diaries highlighting animal rescues around the country and noting and celebrating the work they do to help animals who have no voices but ours to speak for them. I have decided to make this a daily series because there are so many wonderful rescues out there who need human help and weekly just doesn't seem to be enough. I have long wanted to start a rescue but lack the resources or time available to do so right now so this is my attempt to do my part. I hope that these rescues will benefit from the kindness and benevolence of the community here at Daily Kos. They are amazing organizations and worthy of Kossack attention and care.
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed
I'd like to open my baggage
Lest I forget
There is so much to carry-
So much to regret.    Hmmmm…..

Yes, there it is, right on the top.
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss
And there by my bed, hide Fear and Shame
As I look on these things I tried hard to leave
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain

I love them, the others, the ones who left me
But I was not good enough - For they did not want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Or will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage
And never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

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Don't panic, friends! But I do need your help!

One of the Kossacks who very much wants to attend our little get-together can't do it with the time set at 6:30 PM!

So can we reschedule it two hours earlier that same day, same place?

Please let me know -- either comment to this Diary or kosmail me!

Thank you!


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Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Udall's (D. CO) re-election campaign and I know a lot of you will like this:
DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: U.S. Senator Mark Udall, left, and Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) hold a press conference, on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing its comprehensive and bipartisan immigration reform, in Denver, June 27, 2014. They are asking for the U.S. House of Representatives to act on immigration reform now. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
I’m sitting down for lunch with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Denver next month — and we have two more seats at the table.

One winner and a guest will be the campaign’s special guest for the afternoon. You’ll take a photo with Elizabeth and me and then join us for a lunch reception at Union Station.

Give $5 today to be automatically entered for chance to have lunch with Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth is a fierce advocate for the middle class and helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In her short time in the U.S. Senate, she’s already introduced a bill to allow students crippled by loan debt to refinance at a lower rate.

Elizabeth is a progressive champion who knows a thing or two about building a winning U.S. Senate campaign around a strong grassroots network. She knows that the harder you fight for middle class families, the more the special interests will attack you.

Next month Elizabeth is joining me on the campaign trail so we can continue to fight for middle class families together in the U.S. Senate.

We’re choosing one winner to join us. Contribute now to be automatically entered for a chance to win roundtrip airfare, a hotel room, and two tickets for lunch with Elizabeth and me.

As always, thanks so much for your support. And good luck!


Click here to donate to Udall's campaign and win a chance to meet him and Warren:
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We cannot let our Telecom providers tell us where we can go on the internet and at what speed so they can pocket extra profit. We must fight to keep the internet free and open. And let’s be honest—we are fighting against corporate lobbyists that outnumber the public interest lobbyists, have more money, and have an insider track because FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is a former lobbyist. Because of the power of our competitors, the public must overwhelming come out to support net neutrality and we must take this fight to all the halls of power.

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Our goal is to give you all the support you need in order to have a positive meeting and make the biggest impact to save net neutrality while fighting Big Telecom.

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UPDATED: Senator Udall is now calling for Brennan's resignation. Thanks to david mizner for this:

Following a classified briefing on an inspector general report detailing the CIA's unauthorized intrusion into U.S. Senate staffers' computers, Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement calling for CIA Director John Brennan's resignation:

"After being briefed on the CIA Inspector General report today, I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan. The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers. This grave misconduct not only is illegal, but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.

"The CIA needs to acknowledge its wrongdoing and correct the public record in a timely, forthright manner — and that simply hasn't occurred under John Brennan's leadership. Such an acknowledgment is necessary, whether we're talking about spying on Senate computers or about correcting misleading and inaccurate information about the CIA's detention and interrogation program. An internal CIA accountability board review isn't enough."

I can't blame him:

Following reports that Central Intelligence Agency employees improperly accessed computers used by U.S. Senate staff to investigate the agency, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Co.) said Thursday he no longer had confidence in John Brennan as CIA director.

"From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued leaks undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's detention and interrogation program to his abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency, I have lost confidence in John Brennan," Udall said in a statement.

According to a CIA Inspector General’s Office report first obtained by McClatchy, agency employees in 2009 hacked Senate computers being used to compile a report on the agency’s infamous detention and interrogation program -- a move that some critics have characterized as a significant breach of the separation of powers. Brennan has apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders, including Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who took the floor earlier this year to excoriate the agency for skirting the law and attempting to intimidate Congress.

Brennan later adamantly denied that his agency had broken the law. "As far as allegations about CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth," he said. "We wouldn't do that. That's just beyond the scope of reason." - Huffington Post, 7/31/14

Here's some more info:

In January, Brennan informed committee chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein and vice-chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss that the CIA had recently performed a “search” of that network and determined that committee staffers had been given access to files that should not have been on the network.  In turn, Feinstein said she believed that the CIA could only have determined that by violating the agreement that the CIA would not have access to the committee’s computer network.

At the time Brennan referred the dispute to the CIA’s Inspector General.

In a statement released today CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the Inspector General’s investigation had judged “that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI and the CIA in 2009 regarding access to the RDINet.”

“The Director subsequently informed the SSCI Chairman and Vice Chairman of the findings and apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers as described in the OIG report,” said Boyd.

The statement added that Brennan has ordered the establishment of an Accountability Board to be chaired by former senator Evan Bayh who served on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  ”This Board will review the OIG report, conduct interviews as needed, and provide the Director with recommendations that, depending on its findings, could include potential disciplinary measures and/or steps to address systemic issues,” said Boyd.

The dispute became public in March when Feinstein delivered a lengthy and blistering speech on the Senate floor where she expressed “grave concerns” that the CIA had conducted an unauthorized search of the network that violated the 2009 agreement. She also asked the CIA to apologize and recognize that the computer search was inappropriate.

Appearing at a Washington think tank the same day as Feinstein’s speech, Brennan denied her accusations labeling them “beyond the scope of reason” and that “nothing could be further from the truth.”  ”I mean we wouldn’t do that,” Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations. “I mean that’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.” - ABC News, 7/31/14

Here's some more background info:

Committee Democrats have spent more than five years working on a report about the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration, which employed brutal interrogation methods like waterboarding. Parts of that report, expected to conclude that the techniques yielded little valuable information and that C.I.A. officials consistently misled the White House and Congress about the efficacy of the techniques, are expected to be released in August.
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The current crisis erupted late last year, when C.I.A. officials came to suspect that the committee’s staff — sifting through millions of documents at an agency facility in Northern Virginia — improperly obtained an internal review of the program that the C.I.A. never intended to give to Congress. In response, C.I.A. security officials penetrated a secure computer server that had been set up to allow the Senate investigators to work on their report without being monitored by the spy agency.

The C.I.A. and lawmakers spent months trading accusations in private, until the fight became public in March and Ms. Feinstein took to the Senate floor to deliver a blistering speech accusing the agency of infringing on the committee’s role as overseer.

Calling it a “defining moment” in the committee’s history, Senator Feinstein said that how the matter is resolved “will show whether the intelligence committee can be effective in monitoring and investigating our nation’s intelligence activities, or whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee.”

The White House publicly defended Mr. Brennan on Thursday, saying he had taken “responsible steps” to address the situation, including suggesting an investigation, accepting its results and appointing an accountability board. Asked whether the results of the investigation present a credibility issue for Mr. Brennan, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said, “Not at all.”

Crediting Mr. Brennan with playing an “instrumental role” in helping the United States government destroy Al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Earnest said, “He is somebody who has a very difficult job, who does that job extraordinarily well.” - New York Times, 7/31/14

Udall and his colleagues are calling for action:

Last week, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said he was discussing with his colleagues a seldom-used Senate Intelligence Committee process that could force release of the report.

“Without prior notification or approval, CIA personnel had conducted a search — that was John Brennan’s word — of the committee computers at the offsite facility,” Feinstein said in March. “This search was not only of documents provided by the committee by the CIA but also a search of the stand-alone and walled-off committee network drive containing the committee’s own internal work product and communications.”

McClatchy reported that Feinstein and Intelligence Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., were briefed on the matter Tuesday by Brennan.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to address the matter at a meeting Thursday afternoon, panel member Angus King, I-Maine, told reporters.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., called for appointing independent counsel.

“From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued leaks undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program to his abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency, I have lost confidence in John Brennan,” he said in a statement.

Wyden declined to call for Brennan to resign, but he told reporters the revelation should speed disclosure of the torture report.

“What’s needed now is a public apology from Director Brennan to staff and the committee, a full accounting of how this occurred and a commitment there will be no further attempts to undermine Congressional oversight of CIA activities,” Wyden said. - Roll Call, 7/31/14

We'll see what happens next.  Let me digress onto the campaign side of this race.  Tea Party Rep. Cory Gardner (R. CO) keeps trying to confuse people on his stance on immigration reform:

Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner, who's challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, has been hitting the radio airwaves recently with his thoughts on immigration

You don't have to listen too closely to see a pattern in how he talks about the issue.

He usually starts with point number one and works through point four: 1. Sound like you're for immigration reform. 2. Attack others for immigration-reform failures. 3. Sound like you have an actual factual immigration-reform plan, when, in fact, you have nothing specific to offer. 4. Go back to point number 1.

Here's how it works in action, as delivered during a Hot Air interview July 26, so real reporters can be prepared, if they interview Gardner on immigration.

    Gardner: We have a humanitarian crisis at our Southern border that underscores the broader need for responsible immigration reform.

[That's point one: He's sounding like he wants rational reform, like most voters do.]

    Gardner: My opponent, Senator Udall, voted in favor of the Senate legislation that the Congressional Budget Office estimates would decrease illegal immigration by as little as 33%. Our current problems require long-term reform, not short-term Washington fixes.

[Point two: He's blaming others, even though Udall joined Republicans and Democrats is passing a bipartisan immigration-reform bill, blocked by House Republicans, including Gardner himself, who proposed no alternative! And, by the way, the bill would cut illegal immigration by 33-50 percent.]

    Gardner: I believe we should move forward with an immigration policy that prioritizes border security, and that includes a viable guest-worker program that capitalizes on the benefits of legal immigration to this country.

[Pont three and four: He's sounding like he has a plan. But where is it? Judging from his utterances, you'd think he supports the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, which he's just slammed Udall for supporting. What does Gardner support? He opposes the Senate bill, and has no concrete plan of his own. Just these four airy points. - Huffington Post, 7/30/14

Gardner is a top target by pro-immigration groups like the SEIU who are pushing to get Latinos out to the polls in big numbers:

UNITED STATES - JUNE 6: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speak at a news conference on the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. The sponsors of the claim that it would reduce energy costs for the public and small businesses by focusing on domestic energy growth. (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
The SEIU is out with new Spanish-language radio ads targeting Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

Gardner is a top Senate recruit in a state with a large Hispanic population, while the other three are top Democratic targets in Latino-heavy swing districts.

The ads hit the four on immigration reform, tying them to the national party.

"It's simply unacceptable: Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner, together with the Republicans, have blocked immigration reform. Worse yet, they voted to deport our DREAMers. And now, this is the limit — Republicans attack our children at the border as if they were criminals," the ad says in Spanish. - The Hill, 7/29/14

immigration reform and Gardner's past support for Personhood Amendments could be what takes him down but of course we have to be ready for anything.  Click here to donate and get involved with Udall's campaign:
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Thanks to this diary by Leslie Salzillo, I watched the beginning of Sarah Palin's speech to the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. I didn't get very far because something she said was so stupid that I had to go back and listen to it twice. Here's the transcript:

So the President was here last week too, huh?... No time to visit the border but time to shoot some pool, wet his whistle, and grin real big for those icky photo ops that he just really, really hates. And he raked in big bucks at big parties with fat cats... This in a border state, he was.
If you were expecting a longer transcript, I am not a masochist. You can watch it yourself below the fold if you are.

I know that a lot of people don't realize that New Mexico is a state but not all of them received nearly 60 million votes to be Vice President of the United States. All fifty of them.

In a borderline state, she is.

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