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IMG 0124Rex Tillerson dropped the bomb.
When asked on Fox News about racism in America and this country’s attitude toward neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville, VA Tillerson said “I don’t think anyone doubts the American people’s values . . . equal treatment of people the world over.”
When asked if our president Trump shares this values, he replied, “The president speaks for himself.”
If you’ve ever watched Blazing Saddles that equates to the “Son, you’re on your own,” comment from the preacher to the new sheriff.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis doubled down on that sentiment when a day or two later he told a small group of soldiers, “Our country, right now, it’s got problems that we don’t have in the military. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
Mattis also said our country has two distinct powers for the world: inspiration and intimidation. “The power of inspiration—we’ll get the power of inspiration back. We’ve got the power of intimidation, and that’s you, if someone wants to screw with our families, our country and our allies.”
Mattis’ s first statement spoke to Charlottesville and the growing tension and divisiveness inside our country – but the second statement – particularly the “power of inspiration” was a not-so-subtle reference to our current Commander in Chief.
This week the president helped to drive his wedge – not the golf type – deeper into the American psyche when he pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This highly controversial decision further encouraged his supporters, whoever may be left among that group, but it was assailed by Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Gathering for bagels and not bombs

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Bagels not bombsLoretta Rudolph and John and Robyn Quinter attended the Wednesday morning rally in support of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, which had been the victim of a bomb scare two days earlier. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  

About 50 people gathered at the Randolph Hills Shopping Center in Rockville on Wednesday morning to show support for the nearby Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, which had received an automated bomb threat by telephone Monday morning.

Students did not evacuate as police checked the interior and exterior of the building Monday. No bomb was found. More than 20 Jewish schools and community centers received similar threats that same day.

“I felt like we needed a place to stand together to show that this is not who we are,” said Aviva Goldfarb, of Chevy Chase, who coordinated the Bagels Not Bombs rally at the shopping center across from the Rockville school.

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Muslim leaders rally for refugees

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WASHINGTON – For seven years running, the self-proclaimed oldest Muslim organization in America has met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

While Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has made a routine point to meet with representatives to discuss goals in combating extremism both inside and outside of the Islamic community, community members said this year’s meeting on Capitol Hill took on another level of importance after the election of President Donald J. Trump.

This year’s Day on the Hill focused on Trump’s new executive order that placed a indefinite moratorium on refugees from Syria and a 90- day travel ban from seven Muslim majority nations, and the rise in hate crimes.

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Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

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Warren, Raskin rally with progressives in Silver Spring

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MPI JR-0192Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8) stands with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during progressive rally at Silver Spring Civic Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

Raskin billed the rally as the “Democratic Resistance and Revival in Dark Times” in response to the Democratic Party’s losses in this year’s election cycle.

“The depression ends today and revival begins tonight,” said Raskin. “We are not a racist and we are not an ‘alt-right’ country.”

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Rallying for the Purple Line

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purple line rally 2SILVER SPRING – Business representatives from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties touted the predicted economic benefits of the Purple Line Monday at the release of an updated study on the 16-mile light rail system.

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Protesters rally for police

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Police support rally photoROCKVILLE – More than a dozen people rallied and cried “Police lives matter too” in downtown Rockville on Friday afternoon in an effort to show their support for police officers.

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Local residents rally for Brown and Garner

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Ferguson people standing along streetROCKVILLE – More than 160 local residents, including County Executive Ike Leggett,  showed up here Sunday to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Unlike some of the protests across the nation, the Montgomery County affair was decidedly peaceful.

Local representatives of the local NAACP organized the protest march and coordinated the effort with county police.  “Taking It To The Streets: Every Life Matters!” protesters met at the Carver Educational Services Center on Hungerford Drive and then marched to the County Executive Office building chanting slogans heard during similar protests across the country: “Hands up don’t shoot!” and “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”

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