The Daily Moth 2-11-2019

February 12, 2019

Congress Without A Budget Deal; Approaching Feb. 15 Shutdown Deadline; Kareem Hunt Signs With Cleveland Browns; Mother Carries Dying Baby To Term To Donate Organs; 700 Victims of Sexual Abuse By Southern Baptist Convention Church Leaders;Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Tweets on Israel; Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar Enters 2020 Race; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students From Massachusetts Ask State Senator to Change “Hearing Impaired” Terminology in State Law

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Congress Without A Budget Deal; Approaching Feb. 15 Shutdown Deadline


The House and the Senate’s conference committee members haven’t reached a budget deal yet after several talks.


The deadline is this Friday, February 15. If there is no deal that has the approval of President Trump, the government will shut down again.


CNN reported that the negotiations are about the border wall, how ICE does their work, and the number of detention beds for detained undocumented immigrants.


The acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said a shutdown is not entirely off the table — that it is possible.


There are reports that President Trump has a plan ready to declare a national emergency on the southern border so he can bypass Congressional approval for wall funding.


President Trump will give a rally tonight in El Paso, Texas.




Kareem Hunt Signs With Cleveland Browns


ESPN reported that NFL player Kareem Hunt has signed with the Cleveland Browns.


Hunt, a running back, was released by Kansas City Chiefs in December after Hunt was seen in a TMZ video shoving and kicking a woman.


Hunt is still not eligible to play because he is on the NFL’s Commissioner Exempt List,” which means he must wait until the NFL finishes their investigation and makes a decision on potential discipline.


Browns’ general manager John Dorsey, who also used to be with the Chiefs and drafted Hunt in 2017, said he saw that Hunt took full responsibility, showed true remorse, and is going through professional treatment.




Mother Carries Dying Baby To Term To Donate Organs


A woman from Tennessee, Krysta Davis, while she was 18 weeks pregnant, found out that her baby had a rare but serious skull/brain condition that would cause the baby to die shortly after being born.


Doctors gave her two options: inducing labor immediately or carry the baby to term and donate the organs after it passed away.


Davis decided on the second option. She and her boyfriend said they chose this because they didn’t want another mother to go through what they had to go through.


The girl, named Rylei, was born on Christmas Eve and died on New Year’s Eve. This was much longer than thought, she lived for a week.


When she died, Rylei donated two heart valves that will help two children who need them. Rylei’s lungs will be donated for research on her condition, anencephaly.


Davis is very open about her experiences and journey, sharing many emotional photos and posts. She has a Facebook page - you can follow her at @Ryleiarcadia. The link is in the transcript.




700 Victims of Sexual Abuse By Southern Baptist Convention Church Leaders


Two local newspapers in Texas created a database of over 250 church leaders and volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) who were charged with sex crimes.


The San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle said they know of 700 survivors of abuse over 20 years. They are sharing some of their stories in a three-part series.


A survivor, Debbie Vasquez, said years ago when she was 14, a pastor raped her multiple times and made her pregnant when she was 18.


She was then forced to stand in the front of the congregation to ask for forgiveness without saying who was the father. She said church leaders shunned her, asked her to get an abortion, and when she said no, threatened her.


Vasquez sued the pastor and the church in 2006. A paternity test proved him to be the father.


He admitted to being the father, but said the sex was consensual and that she was 17 at the time, which is legal in Texas.


The lawsuit dissolved because the incident was too long ago. That pastor still had church leadership positions at least up to 2016.


Vasquez and other survivors, in 2008, pleaded for the SBC to create a list of predators.


The SBC rejected this proposal because they believe that each church within their organization should be independent and self-governing. The SBC doesn’t want to tell churches who they can or cannot hire. So they didn’t create a list.


An activist said this makes it easy for a con artist to fool people that he has been called by God, and use that to have access to church members and move from church to church.


There are over 47,000 “cooperating churches” within the SBC, with over 15 million members. It is a large organization.   


The current SBC President tweeted today that the abuse described in the newspapers is pure evil and that he will lead the SBC in stopping predators.




Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Tweets on Israel


U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) apologized for tweets over the weekend that both Democratic and Republican leaders say was anti-Semitic.


Rep. Omar said U.S. politicians who support Israel are doing it because of money — donations from the AIPAC, a pro-Israel lobbying group. She said it was about the money.


All this started yesterday when Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would take action against Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) for using offensive langauge towards Israel and others who support Israel.


Omar said McCarthy was motivated in his remarks by “Benjamins” (meaning $100 bills) — that the money influenced him. She then pointed to the AIPAC when someone asked her who she thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. She said it was the AIPAC and money.


This was viewed by her critics as a hateful statement that paints Jewish people using money to influence and control others, that this was anti-Semitic.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders condemned her comments, calling on her to apologize. They said they support Israel because of shared values and strategic interests.


Rep. Omar tweeted an apology, saying she was listening and learning, but standing strong. She said she is still looking at the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.


There are people, including Democratic lawmakers, who support Omar by saying her remarks were not anti-Semitic.  


Rep. Omar was sworn in this year as one of the first two Muslim members of Congress, with the other Rep. Tlaib.


Analysts in the media said this shows there is a new split within the Democratic party between those who are pro-Israel and those who are pro-Palestine.




Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar Enters 2020 Race


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) officially announced she would run for president in 2020 on Saturday.


She said in a speech that she wants Medicare for All, to stop corruption, and to add a wealth tax. She said President Trump is a symptom of what has gone wrong in America.


Warren is still dealing with controversy with her identifying as a Native American. The Washington Post reported last week that she listed “American Indian” on her registration card for the State Bar of Texas in 1986.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) announced yesterday that she would also run for president at a rally while it was snowing outside.


She said she wants to focus on stopping “dark money” in politics, make voting easier for everyone, focus on climate change, and regulate big technology companies.


President Trump tweeted a response to both candidates. Trump continued to mock Warren by calling her Pocahontas and said he would see her on the “campaign TRAIL.”


Many said this was an insensitive joke about the Trail of Tears, when several Native American tribes were forced to move west. Thousands died during the journey. Many said the remark was inappropriate.


On Klobuchar, Trump said it was bad timing for her to talk about climate change while standing in snow.


Klobuchar replied that she is looking forward to debating him about climate change and wondered how his hair would do in a blizzard.




Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students From Massachusetts Ask State Senator to Change “Hearing Impaired” Terminology in State Law


Six students from the EDCO Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Newton, Massachusetts wrote letters to a state senator to ask her to help with changing the wording of “hearing impaired” to “Deaf or Hard of Hearing” in state law.


A teacher, Debbie Knisell, told The Daily Moth that Senator Cynthia Creem (D), who is the Senate Majority Leader, has written a bill to remove “hearing impaired.” The bill, SD 1317, was filed on January 17.


Here are some comments from the students on why they wanted this change.




Brian Jimenez: Why did I want to change “hearing impaired” and contact the senator? Really, “hearing impaired” is not appropriate. “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” has nothing negative about it. “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” is a part of our ASL language. We communicate in the outside world and the language is beautiful because it is a part of Deaf history. It is historical. “Hearing impaired” means nothing to me.


Chloe Jean-Pierre: Hi, I’m Chloe Jean-Pierre. I’m hard of hearing. I’m going to tell you why we contacted the senator. We reached out because the law says, “deaf and hearing impaired.” We don’t want that because it makes us feel like we are broken. We at EDCO have been working to reach out and send a request to please change the laws to “Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” not “hearing impaired.” We want to change this and identify ourselves by who we really are. We are fine and “Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”


Marc Hauser: I’m Marc. So, we contacted the senator about “hearing impaired” because we don’t like it when people say, “hearing impaired.” It feels like an insult. We want to change the laws so it just says, “Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” that’s it.


Elizabeth Merrick: ”Hi, I'm Elizabeth.  I'm 17 years old and I'm hard of hearing.  And we wanted to change the term hearing impaired to hard of hearing because impaired means that you are broken or you have a disability and we really don't think we have a disability, we just have something extra that we have to work for."




Alex: Thank you, EDCO students, for explaining clearly why you believe in this change.


Knisell (the teacher) said the bill is currently in the early stages.


I reported about 5 months ago that at least 10 states have changed the terms in their state laws.


So, because of those students’ activism, Massachusetts could next.




That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light.




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