April 24th was the 103rd anniversary of Medz Yeghern, the Armenian Holocaust, considered the first modern-era genocide, wherein up to 1.5 million* Armenian children, women, and men were systematically murdered by elements of the Ottoman Empire, and were executed or died on a death march from Armenia south through Turkey and from there down into the Syrian desert.
The Ottoman Empire ceased to exist at the end of World War I and the subsequent Greco-Turkish War; what physically remained of the Ottoman Empire became the Republic of Turkey in 1923. *Wikipedia/New York Times (adapted from 2016 post)
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Today is Patriot's Day (Massachusetts and Maine)*, the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, and the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon. - Headline News/ * timeanddate.com
“The United States and European allies launched airstrikes on Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people.” -- Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, & Ben Hubbard/ New York Times (4/13/18)
“Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons are used again, even as Syria’s powerful backer Russia denounced the missile strikes but gave no signs of possible retaliation.
“The flurry of statements after Friday’s coordinated strike of U.S. cruise missiles — along with launches from French and British forces — suggested a tense holding pattern.”
-- Anne Gearan & Missy Ryan/ Washington Post (4/14/18)
“Today -- among all of the other things that they do -- the Company makes Binky pacifiers in fourteen colors, er, to ascertain what connections exist between Iran and Syria. President Hassan Rhouhani in Iran loves the shit outta them, especially the turquoise double sucker. He sends all his used Binkies to Assad in Syria. Assad goes through two a day. Syrian rebels are tryin to cut the Binky supply line between Iran and Syria. I heard an expert on Meet The Press say: cut off Assad’s Binkies and he could be in real trouble.” (a version post earlier on Carbuncle Moon)
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James Foley found the truth of ISIS within the savage murder of a noble human being who was in pursuit of the truth. (toon posted earlier)
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Have a good Passover...
“Passover or Pesach from Hebrew is a major, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by
God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. According to standard biblical chronology, this event would have taken place at about 1300 BCE (AM 2450).’“ - Wikipedia
Passover 2018, began on the even21/ing of Friday, March 30, and ends the evening of Saturday, April 7. - Google
"In the debris and rubble of war I see a woman caked in heavy dust, face wiped clean in streaks, tear stains sacrificing grief to gravity. She has long black hair, um, covered in gray powder. The woman is holding the empty body of a small child with her head unsupported, small legs and arms drape boneless from outstretched hands and fingers. The toddler is barefoot, dirty, bloody, broken. Sobbing, the woman’s dark inset eyes are, uh, focused on her child. The mother and child have the same desert-brown coloring of Moses, Jesus, Mary, Mohammed. We don't know if the mother and child are Israeli or Palestinian: we can’t tell -- the camera pans and we move on…" (toon posted earlier)
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"It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis."... - CBS
toon added 4/6:
“I was a croquet player in the Northern California Attenuated Association of Professional Croquet, the NCAAPC. Under Sir Charles Barkley's leadership -- the only NBA star knighted by the Queen of England, the big man saved the Isle of Man from drowning after a an Irish fishing boat collided with the island -- the league became extremely popular in Northern California, Italy, Moldavia, Corsica, and Lapland, among other places. Barkley established a style of croquet uniform utilizing kilts and French Foreign Legion hats making the uniforms extremely cool, and, ah, the full contact body strikes from stake to stake completely re-energized the sport. The NCAAPC is now 82% African American -- 2% African-American owned -- but even in my day I was the only white guy on the team. I played goalie and outside skulker, uh, before the full helmet-era.”
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"Though surrounded by an internal landscape of devastation, insulation from the pain of lost dreams, a battered though unbeaten fighter will hold on to a pin-prick of hope. In that gray Limbo a spark of hope is the only light to read by." (for teachers/ posted earlier)
My sister, a teacher, has throughout her career spent hundreds, thousands of dollars every year of her own money, funds her family needed, to provide those things, those learning tools, material, that her students needed that the school, the educational budget, could not afford.
Her heart, I suspect, is with the teachers in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and elsewhere attempting to create an environment that provides that which both students and teachers need to teach, to learn, to live.
A Navy veteran, a mother of five, a widow, Colleen is still teaching, still unbeaten...
Wanda taught middle school English.
(I had some help with the toon years ago and more recently)
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“Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent or (Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
“Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as ‘Holy Week’ -- it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maunday and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.” - Wikipedia
“Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The holiday concludes the ‘Passion of Christ,’ a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ death is observed), and Easter Sunday. Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.” - History.com
He was born in a barn to impoverished migrant parents. (a version of this toon was posted ealier edited 4/2)
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"A woman is life without life there is death."
(cartoon posted earlier)
Some abortion-related facts (a version first posted 3/9/17):
“Since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton states have constructed a lattice work of abortion law…”
“43 states prohibit abortions, generally except when necessary to protect the woman’s life or health, after a specified point in pregnancy, most often fetal viability..”
“19 states prohibit partial birth” or late term “abortions, 3 of those laws apply only to postviability abortions.” - Guttmacher Institute/ 10-1-15
“38 states require parental involvement before a minor obtains an abortion.” “59% of women obtaining abortions are mothers.” - Guttmacher Institute/ 2017
Fetal viability means the “ability of a fetus to survive outside of the womb.” “A preterm fetus of less than 23 weeks gestation has little chance of surviving outside of the womb.” -- medical-dictionary-thefreedictionary.com
3% of Planned Parenthood’s budget is spent on abortions, and since 1976 Planned Parenthood abortions cannot be federally funded, but must be funded via other means. 97% of Planned Parenthood’s budget is spent on women’s lives and related health issues. (Washington Post/ 2015)
“In 2013, 664,435 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 200 abortions per 1,000 live births.” - Jan 6, 2017/Data and statistics-Reproductive Health/CDC
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Today is Good Friday:
"Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover." - Wikipedia
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