Category Archives: politics

Trump; Destroyer of Things

Isn’t that special?

The USA is faced with the (partial, at the very least) castoff of another public service that will have to be curtailed if there is no solution found.

What I’m talking about is the fact that there are more than 309,000 public pools and waterparks in the United States and there is a growing concern about a problem that has no immediate fix.

There is a huge shortage of lifeguards.

To make this problem even worse is that the presidents wild & crazy war on immigrants is affecting this in ways that would be totally predictable by anyone that used their brain and facts to address problems — instead, we have an idiot in the White House that prefers fear to rational thought.

So to alleviate this some communities are lowering the age for lifeguards from 16 to 15. Others are thinking about recruiting seniors to fill the gaps.

The ALA, the American Lifeguard Association, says that this is a problem that, although 10 years in the making, it is now being exasperated by the fact that it used to be those young people with swimming skills who wanted to visit American would get short-term work visas to be summer lifeguards.

Now concerns, that those visas could disappear and fears that foreigners are unwelcome, that solution is no longer working.

So, once again the fear-mongering brought to us by a narcissistic, unfit, lying, and an untrustworthy person is affecting us in ways that are curtailing the possibility of making America a source of freedom and no longer great a real possibility.

Make America Sane Again!

What Are Dems To Do In The Age Of Trump?

The right actions are needed if we as Democrats are to retain the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate and put a Democrat in the White House.

From the excellent book “HowTo Democrat In The Age Of Trump” by Mike Lutz there are many areas that we need to address to make sure we are successful in 2020 and beyond.

Let me take a quick look and make these suggestions I got from his book.

Republicans are always proclaiming to be the party of liberty and freedom.

That’s a lie — but we can address that at a later time.

The Democratic Party should define freedom in more accurate terms.

Some of the stigma that the Rs have so cleverly claimed as theirs starts with a better definition of what freedom means in reality.

Are you really free;

–if you have had no meaningful rise in real wages in the last 10 (or so) years?

–if you’re working three minimum wage jobs to feed your family and provide them with healthcare and a clean, safe place to live?

–if you’re a small farmer and you only have one company that will buy your chickens, beef, or crops and they pay the least they can?

–if you cannot attend a school, theater, or a religious gathering without the fear of some nut with an AK-47 or an AR-15 coming in and shooting anyone and everyone they can?

–if you fear that your family may be ripped apart because of deportation?

–if your water is poisoned and the state is slow to fix it?

Of course not.

FDR said it best when (in the 30s) he said that we all should have these 4 basic freedoms;

Speech, religion (or no religion if you prefer [my input]), freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Democrats need to show working people that we will fight for them against the marauding class of the wealthy and large corporations.

We need to build a buffer zone between the government and corporate power that stops the revolving door between Congress and Wall Street.

The oligarchy has run amok and that is the main message that should be conveyed.

In the 2020 election, we will either make the gains needed or we will have to once again have to use all our energy just maintaining what’s left of our government and democracy.

Vote blue only.

Thanks for reading, share at will.

 

 

Business Forward | Net Neutrality

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Who’s taking money from payday lenders?

These Senators and HoR members are on the take from payday lenders.

They have taken these “legal bribes” and you should know if any of them are representing you.

This list is [unsurprisingly] dominated by Republicans, but if you have been paying attention, as you should, you probably expect that.

Senators on the list are:

  1. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  2. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  3. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  4. Tim Scott (R-SC)

Representatives are:

  1. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  2. Will Hurd (R-TX)
  3. Blain Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
  4. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  5. Steve Pearce (R-MN)
  6. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
  7. Ed Royce (R-CA)
  8. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  9. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
  10. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
  11. Mick Mulvaney (former Rep. now “acting director” of the CFPB)

There are (2) disappointments on the Democratic side and they deserve attention too.

They are:

  1. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  2. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)

A note: this is only a partial list, however,

  1. Most of them have Twitter accounts and can be reached there (search) or by phone, email, snail mail (Google them) and you can also visit their regional offices if you desire to speak to them in person.

Contact them and let them know that voting to dismantle the CFPB is not in your best interest and remind them that they work for you.

 

Trump, a week to remember (regret?)

This has been a year a lot of us would like to forget.

Let’s take a look at the week of January 20 through January 27, 2017….

  1. The inauguration crowd that he bragged was the biggest ever (it wasn’t, it was only about one half of the crowd size of Barack Obama’s in 2009) was the first lie that will have to be recorded in the annals of history. In his inaugural address Trump said, and I quote, “This American carnage stops right here and right now”….. funny thing is, crime has been on the decline for the last 25 years. A FACT that he would now classify as “fake news”.
  2. The firing of Sally Yates because she wouldn’t bow down to him (mainly) and the warning of her, former President Obama and others about Flynn and his connections that are suspicious at best and criminal on their face in, what later will become obvious. White House counsel, Donald McGahn remains clueless.
  3. His first attempt at a Muslim ban from seven Middle Eastern countries that have not killed a single American (while allowing other countries in that region that have actually killed Americans to be exempt)… That triggered protests in airports in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle because of this hypocrisy, (even some with valid “green cards” were banned).
  4. The result of which causes his low approval rating (less than 35%) and it makes him the fastest president (a term I regret I am forced to use) to ever reach such lows.
  5. One thing he did do was get an unfit person, Neil Gorsuch, appointed, with the help of a Republican majority, to the SCOTUS. There’ll be more on this in the coming year as the 2018 court session begins since there are many controversial decisions on the docket.
  6. Then there are his worst excesses. Rewriting immigration laws. Building a ridiculous and unneeded wall on the U.S./Mexico border. And last but not least, his budding but about to be excessive attacks on the Freedom of the Press.                        That is all for now, but his first week was certainly a preview of what we now can see was to come. Not good.

The NAACP is concerned and so am I

In what alternate universe do for profit charter schools make sense?

The only answer I got was, NONE!

One concern that I have is from a statement that (boy, this is hard to say) Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos made to the effect that vouchers to charter schools is a good way to put “god” back into education. She doesn’t respect our secular laws as to the separation of church and state and IMHO she is unfit to “serve” in that capacity.

I’ll leave the explaining to this article written for Education Votes. Be informed, not just opinionated. Click on the article….

http://educationvotes.nea.org/2017/07/26/naacp-seeks-ban-profit-charter-schools-increase-local-control/?utm_source=EdVotes&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=072917EdVotesEmail&utm_content=NAACPCharters

A dear John letter to John Deere

This is a little known trend that has already started and will be nearly impossible to eradicate unless arrested soon.

For hundreds of years the American farmer, car buffs, emerging engineers and others have been know to tinker with a thing or two. You know, the American way?

Those days may be numbered…..

What I am referring to is a little known [ALEC influenced] law you won’t likely see mentioned on mainstream media and will certainly will not hear about from the lawmakers that passed it, or any lawmakers for that matter.

I’m talking about what is called “repair prevention” and it’s being pushed by major manufacturers. It’s an attempt to corporatize the idea of ownership.

Today a lot of the manufactured goods you buy contain software, from a beard trimmer to a bulldozer. When you buy an item it should be yours to do with as you please and that should include the right to “fix” the thing you own, as we have done in the past.

Then comes this…. Maybe you’ve signed one yourself….. it’s called an “End User License Agreement”, or EULA. This agreement you signed has buried in the “find print” is a clause that forbids anyone from attempting, or doing, repairs or alterations to it.

John Deere has a doozy of a EULA…

More about it here:

Without going any further into this now, I suggest you click on the links provided and I will update this as new information becomes available.

Meanwhile, if you own an Apple cell phone 6 or later, do not attempt to fix it without taking it to a licensed Apple outlet. If you do you may end up with a locked device with “Error 53” on the display and at that point it’s value is only as a paperweight.

 

On the Wings of the Night

Look what they’re doing (somewhat) covertly hoping you won’t notice.

While the main distraction was being perpetuated, see what your new (cough) president and his fascist, racist, bigoted cronies were up to……

When they thought that no one would notice……. too much, this is a list (that’s probably not 100% complete) of things introduced in the House of Representatives:

  1. HR 861- Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. HR 610- Vouchers for Public Education
  3. HR 899- Terminate the Department of Education
  4. HJR 69- Repeal rule Protecting Wildlife
  5. HR 370- Repeal the Affordable Care Act
  6. HR 354- De-fund Planned Parenthood
  7. HR 785- National Right to Work law (this one would effectively end all unions)
  8. HR 83-   Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities
  9. HR 147- Criminalizing Abortion (Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act)
  10. HR 808- Sanctions against Iran

I have never seen, or ever thought I’d see, such dysfunction and deceit in the elected officials in this country.


I guess I should have known when Sarah Palin emerged and took ignorance to new lofty heights in politics.


Then I became aware of the likes of dumb shit Michele Bachmann and Joni Ernst and realized that we had entered some form of alternate intelligence…… I mean when I was younger and didn’t pay as much attention to politics as I do now, I at least knew that even if someone was on the other side of an issue, that there was a bit of decorum politely extended and rational, civilized discussions would take place. Oh well…


Now I’m nearly ready to jump ship and swim until I die bcause the grip these semi-literate hate mongers have on the true illiterate hate mongers is, in my estimation beyond the point of no return.


Having said that…….I’ll be back!!!