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  • Are You There God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby.

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hobby_religion.jpg?itok=0oDwulaa March 25, 2014 | Today the Supreme Court hears yet another corporate first amendment rights case: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. This case is not about free speech, which has recently captured the outrage of Americans with Citizens United and the pending McCutcheon case. It is about religious freedom.

Who would have thought that we'd see the day corporate lawyers would argue that for-profit corporations can practice spirituality? 

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Are You There, God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby

Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

Fri Mar. 21, 2014 | On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc., the most closely watched case of the year. The stakes are high. Thanks to novel legal arguments and bad science, a ruling in favor of the company threatens any number of significant and revolutionary outcomes, from upending a century's worth of settled corporate law to opening the floodgates to religious challenges to every possible federal statute to gutting the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby is a privately held, for-profit corporation with 13,000 employees. It's owned by a trust managed by the Green family, devout Christians who run the company based on biblical principles. They close their stores on Sundays, start staff meetings with Bible readings, pay above minimum wage, and use a Christian-based mediation practice to resolve employee disputes. The Greens are even attempting to build a Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.

Stephanie Mencimer works in Mother Jones' Washington bureau. A Utah native and graduate of a crappy public university not worth mentioning, she has spent the last year hanging out with angry white people who occasionally don tricorne hats and come to lunch meetings heavily armed.

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Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution

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  • LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.
  • Welcome to The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS.org) 

Kevin Annett, Hidden from History

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PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE AND LEGAL NOTICE 

FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMON LAW COURT OF JUSTICE 

Criminal Trial Division, Brussels

March 1, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW3JwksKcSc&feature=youtu.be

Announcement of Case Docket No. 31032014-001: 

In the Matter of The People v. Jorge Bergoglio, Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, Justin Welby and others, and their Bodies Corporate

A Pre-Trial Hearing will commence on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am GMT in Brussels

Issued by the Office of the Presiding Magistrates

E. Cantillon, Secretary

LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.

These defendants will be charged with organizing and abetting child rape, torture and trafficking, and criminally conspiring to commit and conceal these offences.

The Court will convene its pre-trial Examination Hearing on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 GMT in the city of Brussels.

The Court is therefore issuing today a Public Summons to the named Defendants to be present at this Hearing, either in person or through their legal representatives.

Failure by any of the Defendants to appear may be interpreted by the Court as constituting a plea of nolo contendere, or non-contested, and will be entered into the Court record as such.

A copy of the Summons will be issued immediately to the named Defendants by Sheriffs appointed by the Court.

Anyone with evidence related to this matter is invited to submit it to the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor of the Court in the form of a legally sworn deposition and affidavit. For details, please contact the Office at itccscentral@gmail.com .

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The The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) and its affiliates are calling for a Public Day of Silence to End Church Violence against Children, on the day before the opening of the Trial: Sunday, March 30, 2014. You are asked to refrain from all normal activity that day and join in prayer, fasting and reflection.

The Tribunal asks all people of conscience to remember and act not only for the children who are presently suffering and dying at the hands of church-protected child rapists and traffickers, but for the countless children who have died at the hands of these churches - children like:

  • Albert Hance, age 9, starved to death at the Anglican St. George's school in Lytton, British Columbia;
  • Richard Thomas, age 15, beaten to death by Catholic priest Terrance MacNamara at the Kuper Island school, British Columbia;
  • Shirley Tatooche, age 10, raped to death by Catholic priests at the Fort Albany school in Ontario ...and at least 50,000 more children in Canada alone. (www.hiddennolonger.com)

Remember the Dead - Fight for the Living - Jail the Child Killers and all those who protect them!

Updates to follow.

Issued by The Public Information Office of the International Common Law Court of Justice, Criminal Trial Division and by ITCCS Central

March 1, 2014

itccscentral@gmail.com

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See the evidence of Genocide in Canada and other crimes at www.hiddennolonger.com and at the website of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State at www.itccs.org, and at www.iclcj.com, the site for the Common Law court network.

An International, multi-lingual ITCCS site can be found at: http://kevinannettinternational.blogspot.fr/

The complete Common Law Court proceedings of Genocide in Canada are found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvhfXAd08TE - Common Law Court Proceedings - Genocide in Canada  (Part One) - 1 hr. 46 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPKFk_L7y9g - Common Law Court Proceedings - Genocide in Canada  (Part Two) - 1 hr. 47 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormOIlOi4Vc - Final Court Verdict and Sentencing - 8 mins. 30 secs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylfBxm3sMg - Authorizations and Endorsements of ITCCS/Kevin Annett by indigenous eyewitnesses - 10 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CReISnQDbBE - Irene Favel, Eyewitness to the incineration of a newborn baby by a priest at Muscowegan Catholic Indian school, Saskatchewan, 1944

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBUd3UXt6fI - Other key testimonies from our Court case against genocide in Canada

Kevin Annett is a Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (2013). Messages for him can be left at 250-591-4573 (Canada) or 386-323-5774 (USA). His personal website is www.KevinAnnett.com .

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."

Chief Louis Daniels - Whispers Wind

Elder, Crane Clan, Anishinabe Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

Our Mandate: (1) To bring to trial those persons and institutions responsible for the exploitation, torture and murder of children, past and present, and (2) To stop these and other criminal actions by church and state.

Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse

  • Stars' out-of-court settlements and PR campaigns amount to legalized witness tampering. A few rule changes for cases with famous defendants could help ensure fairness, though.
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, The Atlantic

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Feb 4 2014 | Although he wasn’t nominated, R. Kelly remained a big presence at this year’s Grammy Awards, even performing a bizarre tribute to Nelson Mandela at music industry heavyweight Clive Davis’s pre-show gala. Kelly seemed untouched by a damning exposé the month before in the Village Voice about his two-decade history of sexually abusing underage adolescent girls.

The article highlighted Chicago Sun-Times coverage spanning nearly 15 years: multiple graphic sex tapes showing Kelly with underage girls, civil suits and a criminal trial, as well as public statements from former confidantes detailing his obsession with young girls. The report included the Illinois marriage certificate proving Kelly married singer Aaliyah in August 1994 when he was 27 and she was just 15 with the help of a falsified birth certificate putting her age at 18.

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza is a writer and political consultant. She has worked on campaigns and policy projects on five continents, most recently with the Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resources Center in Hong Kong.

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Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen, Jessica Valenti, The Nation 

  • It’s easier to ignore what we know to be true, and focus on what we wish was. But the more we hold on to the things that make us comfortable and unthinking, the more people will be hurt—and the more growing room we’ll create for monsters.
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." W. H. Auden

Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of "Stand Your Ground"

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  • More than two dozen states now have similar Stand Your Ground laws on the books, thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC."
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

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February 17, 2014 | Once again, Florida's Stand Your Ground law has helped a man escape conviction for killing an African-American teenager.

After thirty hours of deliberations, on February 15 a Florida jury declared it could not reach a decision about whether Michael Dunn, 47, could be convicted of first degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Brendan Fischer is the Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD's) General Counsel. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.Prior to law school, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in Northeastern El Salvador.

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground CasesNicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

Special Report | The Tragedy of 'Stand Your Ground': Week Ending February 23, 2014

Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!

  • 8 New items including:
    • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
    • Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers
    • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases
    • Bill Maher Talks Republican Racism
    • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin
    • The Zimmerman Verdict And Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
    • Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!
    • A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman, Paul Rosenberg, Salon 

  • Monday, Feb 17, 2014 | The way we talk about race remains all wrong -- and until we fix it, more young people are going to needlessly die.
  • Although Michael Dunn was found guilty of four lesser charges, his mistrial for the murder of Jordan Davis bears obvious comparison to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In both cases, innocent, unarmed black teenagers were killed with impunity, with after-the-fact “explanations” that strain credulity, to say the least, while prosecutors failed to address the central role that race played in the case.

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Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers, Avery Palmer, Violence Policy Center

  • “Michael Dunn is on trial for killing a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud music, and this case is far from an isolated incident,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Just last month, a man with a concealed carry permit shot and killed someone who was texting in a movie theater. State policymakers are jeopardizing public safety with laws that allow virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun, and innocent people are paying with their lives.”
  • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

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Bill Maher Talks Republican Racism, Huffington Post

  • "They Don't Hear What Obama Says... They Know He's Thinking 'Kill Whitey'" 
  • Maher blasted O'Reilly and the GOP for not listening to what Obama actually says. "They're saying the same thing. As if they don't hear what Obama says because they know what he's thinking. They know he's thinking 'kill whitey.'"
  • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin

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The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin, Deborah Orr, Guardian (UK)

  • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin. 
  • The US Needs to Look at Itself
  • The jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman say they acted in strict accordance with US law. That in itself speaks volumes.

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The Zimmerman Verdict And Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Justin Podur, Countercurrents.org

  • After this verdict, it is even clearer that Black people do not have a meaningful right to defend themselves in the US. 
  • If Trayvon had been the one armed, and shot Zimmerman, he would have been doomed - if he wasn't killed by police during the arrest, he would have been virtually guaranteed a guilty verdict in a trial.
  • Zimmerman saga was all about race.

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Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go! James Schlarmann, Americans Against the Tea Party

From just an optics standpoint though, clearly it doesn’t look good that a man who shot and killed a young black teenager can get off because he was “acting in self-defense,” but a black woman, fearing for her life, is now going to spend twenty years in prison for doing the same thing, except without all that “killing someone” stuff that Zimmerman did.

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A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan, Michael W. Waters, Huffington Post

  • And while I bid sweet rest to our beautiful princes Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon and Jordan, and peace to their families, it is this cruel and corrupt system that I hope to soon eulogize.
  • Zimmerman verdict: A green light for racist vigilantes.

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