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“Donald Trump is the literal opposite of Fred Rogers.”

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I posted that earlier to my facebook feed, and I’ll be honest…  When I did it I was kind of hoping it would encourage my friend who studied the life of Fred Rogers extensively to chime in because I knew he would have something pertinent to say.  I was not wrong.  

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“Fred Rogers had such a huge problem with both Regan (who he programmed his show against) and Bush Jr. (The latter of which is much more complicated as they had a relationship that tested Fred’s boundaries.) that I can’t say “I can’t imagine how Fred would react” I know how Fred would react based on his interactions with the lesser evils of Reagan and Bush:

1. Had he not been retired, he would have themed weeks specifically against what Trump was putting in the news cycle. When Trump mocked a disabled reporter he’d have a week on disability and inclusion, when Trump promoted sexual assault, he’d program a week on respect and physical boundaries, when he bad mouthed women he’d have strong women on for a week. Fred would have travelled to do a week on Mexico and he would have moved in an Islamic neighbor.

I know this for a fact because these are the actions he took with Regan both with his “conflict weeks” and his traveling to Russia for remotes during the Cold War.

2. Fred would have attended events Trump invited him to but he would do so on his terms. He would participate in these events as well as long as it was on his terms. Because Fred would rather speak truth into those spaces then avoid them. But Fred would not accuse, he would just bear truth, refuse to be seen as supporting an evil and exit.

This is what he did to respond to the love the Bush family had for him and his work. He even offered prayer at one of their fundraisers: but it was a challenging prayer, one insisting that those in power and privilege use that for the least of these and especially children. After delivering that prayer Fred exited the building and sat outside like a kid after soccer practice waiting for his ride, spurning the thousands of dollars a plate dinner not even gladhanding with the bushes after.

When asked why he said he had reached the limit of what he could do before becoming an accuser. He wanted to challenge but never accuse as accusation was what Fred associated with the devil.

3. Fred would accept invitations to news programs when those programs allowed him to educate parents on countering the negative things coming from the president for their children. He knew those things affected children so he wanted to spread tools on helping them reject war, violence, hatred, oppression and racism.

He did this during any presidents term if it didn’t prevent him from meeting an obligation to children (he once turned down a spot on Nightline to talk about violence and children, one of his main causes, because he had a visit to an elementary school that same morning and knew he wouldn’t be mentally present for it if he was planning for Nightline in the afternoon.)

So we need to be like Fred. Getting in between children and any normalization of Trumps ways or words. Fred would have been diligently working on how to handle Trump in the land of make believe. Just like when King Friday started building nuclear bombs with money he promised to schools. Yeah Fred wasn’t subtle.” - Rev. Kevin Ireland

So much love for the people who share my love for Mr. Rogers, an actual saint among us for as long as we were blessed to have him.

I don’t believe in angels but I do believe in Fred Rogers.

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mxm23
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Such a valuable story of acting on principal
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smadin
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I sure miss Fred Rogers.
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WWFRD?
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"I don’t believe in angels but I do believe in Fred Rogers."
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"I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the..."

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“I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the scholars stood up after the presentation and said, “Well you know it’s deeply troubling to hear what you’re talking about.” He said, “We don’t have the death penalty in Germany. And of course, we can never have the death penalty in Germany.” And the room got very quiet, and this woman said, “There’s no way, with our history, we could ever engage in the systematic killing of human beings. It would be unconscionable for us to, in an intentional and deliberate way, set about executing people.” And I thought about that. What would it feel like to be living in a world where the nation state of Germany was executing people, especially if they were disproportionately Jewish? I couldn’t bear it. It would be unconscionable.
And yet, in this country, in the states of the Old South, we execute people – where you’re 11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white than if the victim is black, 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white – in the very states where there are buried in the ground the bodies of people who were lynched. And yet, there is this disconnect.”

- Bryan Stevenson (We Need to Talk About Injustice)
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Land of the free...
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I can't believe that there is even a debate about how we execute (intentionally or not) people in this country. The state shouldn't be killing people, period.
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195 days ago
But how can we be tough on crime if we aren't sanctioning murder at the state level!?!? /s (obvs)

Photographer Denis Cherim’s ‘Coincidence Project’ Explores Uncanny Moments of Synchronicity

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With an eye for unusual juxtapositions and serendipitous moments where the universe seems to synchronize itself just so, photographer Denis Cherim is there with his camera seeing what the rest of us do not. The ongoing series called the Coincidence Project incorporates a wide variety of photographic approaches from landscapes to street photography and occasionally portraiture. Gathered here are some of our favorites from the last few years, but you can see hundreds more photos by Cherim over on Flickr and Facebook . (via Booooooom)

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These are all fantastic.
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23 Before-And-After Photos Of Pets Growing Up With Their Toys

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Still Sleeps With A Friend

Still Sleeps With A Friend

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Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

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One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

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Gizmo And Pookie – Bff’s

Gizmo And Pookie - Bff's

My Cat And His Favourite Box

My Cat And His Favourite Box

Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

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He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

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Years Apart

Years Apart

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Then And Now

Then And Now

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Remi, Four Months Apart

Remi, Four Months Apart

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Mayo, My Friend ‘s Dog, Then And Now

Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

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The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

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Then And Now

Then And Now

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Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

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Croc Battle: Then And Now

Croc Battle: Then And Now

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Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

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Four Years Later And It’s Still His Favorite

Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

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Then And Now

Then And Now

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Remi, Four Months Apart

Remi, Four Months Apart

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My Dog Then & Now

My Dog Then & Now

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

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Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

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Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

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It’s Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It’s Her Favorite Toy

It's Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It's Her Favorite Toy

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Ten Weeks Apart

Ten Weeks Apart

My Cat And His Favourite Box

My Cat And His Favourite Box

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My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

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Then And Now

Then And Now

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Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

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Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

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Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

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Ten Weeks Apart

Ten Weeks Apart

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Croc Battle: Then And Now

Croc Battle: Then And Now

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Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

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Best Toy Ever

Best Toy Ever

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Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

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My Dog Then & Now

My Dog Then & Now

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Four Years Later And It’s Still His Favorite

Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

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I made a lot of noises
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this killed me, I'm dead now
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Murder. I want to put tiny paw cuffs on all of them and take them to sweetness jail.
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Muero de amor!! 😍
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Animals and their stuffed animals. Before and after.
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These are great.
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Cellists Playing Game of Thrones Theme Is Goddamned Electrifying

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If you feel like having the shivers this morning or want to see my future wedding band, check out the badass cellists of cello rock band (they're a thing) Break of Reality performing the GoT theme song.

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