' Rolla Peace Newsletter, July 5, 2016

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Rolla Peace News

July 5, 2016

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Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THIS WEEK, THURSDAY, July 7, 2016
2. LAND OF THE FREE?
3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          National Unpopularity Contest

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, (and all subsequent Thursdays until peace is established) from Noon to 1:00 PM. Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 90s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. LAND OF THE FREE?

What is this “freedom” that most Americans celebrated so noisily yesterday? Freedom from what? Freedom to do what?

According to the Bill of Rights, we have freedom of speech — unless you speak about secrets that the government wants to hide. Then you go to jail.

We have freedom to peaceably assemble — unless a lot of us are black, or young, or angry, or in the way. Then you go to jail.

We have freedom from unreasonable search or seizure — unless law enforcement personnel think it's a good idea. Then you go to jail. Questions are asked later, if at all.

We have freedom to bear arms — that we do have, but somehow I don't think mentally deranged persons shooting into a crowd with an AK-47 was what the founding fathers had in mind.

So just how free are we? Read Paul Buchheit's article (and weep).

3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)

NATIONAL UNPOPULARITY CONTEST

The latest Gallup poll shows the extent of the unpopularity of the two presumed major party candidates. When asked to describe Hillary Clinton, a full 27% don't trust her and another 13% don't like her. For Donald Trump, 16% don't like him and another 12% describe him as an idiot, a joke, crazy or just plain embarassing. Clinton has a negativity rating of -12. Sounds bad; but consider that Trump's negativity rating is -40.

Here's an article by Robert Parry detailing Clinton's warlike past, warlike present, and probable warlike future. Hillary loves war and is most certainly the war candidate.

And here's an article by Ralph Nader detailing Donald Trump's dishonesty and lack of patriotism. “According to the nonpartisan Politifact, nearly 80% of the statements made by Donald Trump fall under the categories of Mostly False, False, or ‘Pants on Fire.’”

Actually, I find Clinton's warlike pronouncements far more scary than Trump's lies, although most likely, I will vote for neither.

Here's a joke I've heard about every president of the United States since Richard Nixon:
George Washington said, I cannot tell a lie.
Richard Nixon said, I cannot tell the truth.
[current president] said, I cannot tell the difference.
I think it fits equally well (perhaps better) as a pre-election joke:
George Washington said, I cannot tell a lie.
Donald Trump said, I cannot tell the truth.
Hillary Clinton said, I cannot tell the difference.
Well, it's not too late to nominate and elect Bernie Sanders.

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Wage peace,

Helen
helenm (at) fidnet.com

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