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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela


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God bless South Africa and Dear Madiba. A man of great courage. We celebrate the Life of Nelson Mandela. We draw courage from His work, and hope from His example of selfless service.  We entrust Him now into the Hands of the Father.For God has reclaimed His Servant Mandela. Rest in peace Madiba.  You have ran your race and finished your course. Well done.  Well done.
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Presumed guilty: Ex-felons face barriers to voting rights | MSNBC Ari Melber, msnbc.com
When the votes are tal­lied in Vir­ginia’s race for gov­er­nor on Tues­day, over 300,000 cit­i­zens will be miss­ing from the vot­ing rolls – includ­ing 20% of the state’s black pop­u­la­tion. The rea …

Over 5 million Americans are barred from voting because they have criminal records, according to a report this year from the Sentencing Project.

Dozens executed in North Korea ‘for watching foreign films’ By Julian Ryall, Tokyo, telegraph.co.uk
Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.
South Korea’s Joon­gAng Ilbo news­pa­per report­ed that the co-ordinated pub­lic exe­cu­tions took place in seven sep­a­rate cities…

North Dakota’s Salty Fracked Wells Drink More Water to Keep Oil Flowing Patrick J. Kiger, nationalgeographic.com
It’s well known that water has been key to the shale oil and gas rush in the Unit­ed States. But in one cen­ter of the hydraulic frac­tur­ing boom—North Dako­ta—author­i­ties are find­ing that the ini­tial blast of water to frack the wells is o…

Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low Gallup, Inc., gallup.com
PRINCE­TON, NJ — Amer­i­cans’ approval of the way Con­gress is han­dling its job has dropped to 9%, the low­est in Gallup’s 39-year his­to­ry of ask­ing the ques­tion. The pre­vi­ous low point was 10 …

A Letter to My Community After My Child Was Lit on Fire | Karl Fleischman Karl Fleischman, huffingtonpost.com
Dear sweet Sequoia fam­i­ly,
As many of you know already, my 18-year-old child Sasha was seri­ous­ly burned on Mon­day after­noon. Sasha woke from a nap on the 57 bus to find that, appar­ent­ly, anoth­er pas­sen­ger — acci­den­tal­ly or on…
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Hillary tried in 1993, Republicans shot it down. The ACA includes GOP-approved an individual mandate that Republicans now voted against.
You can always count on conservatives to do nothing when in office and oppose their same ideas when.out of office.