Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This is not good for Children

The Texas Legislature has a bill in front of it that would allow not only faith-based adoption agencies but all others to refuse to allow Jewish, Muslim or LGBTQ families to adopt children. http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/texas-adoption-agencies-could-soon-ban-gays-jews-muslims-n756201 This is not in the best interest of children, and it is unconstitutional. Other Five States are doing the same, only South Dakota's ban extends to state agencies.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Not As Individuals

We seem to have become a nation of individuals-- interested only in what affects us, and how much we are to gain. We need to not act as individuals if we are to save our democratic republic from the onslaught that is Trump & his cronies actions. Please see the recent GOP congressional repeal & replacement of the ACA (Obamacare). Their proposal indicates to be that for all their pro-life rhetoric, they do not really care for living humans-- this proposal would remove people from health insurance, especially those who might need it. The list of pre-existing conditions basically includes most women, the elderly, the other and those who are unfortunate not to be born rich. (Funny, that erectile dysfunction is not a pre-existing condition). http://time.com/money/4763609/pre-existing-conditions-ahca/ We are not alone: Elsewhere, in the name of animal rights, Belgium's Walloon region has banned kosher & halal butchering (butchering animals without stunning them first). This is exactly the same first act that the Nazis proposed and passed when they took power. Again, in the name of animal rights. When only Jewish people protested, the Nazi government knew they could disenfranchise, and eliminate Jews. http://www.independent.co.uk/…/belgian-region-walloon-bans-… We need to recover our civic engagement, our quest for the public good. The good point of Trump's election is that America is woke. We need to be vigilant and to take action. We need to speak truth to their lies. We need to pay attention to all that affects our community, not that which just affects ourselves! We need to work together as allies for our public good. We also need to be wary of state governments that are trying to make protest illegal or expensive--that is unconstitutional-- we were founded by real patriots who protested! https://theintercept.com/…/oklahoma-governor-signs-anti-pr…/

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Missiles

While I am glad that you have finally gotten a heart; throwing 49 tomahawk missiles does not make one presidential (especially without Congressional approval). Nor, does it solve the problem.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Thinking

A good essay on why we look back at political theorists to explain today... https://medium.com/amor-mundi/thoughtfulness-truth-and-responsibility-951ba734b5a4

Sunday, April 02, 2017

MLK, Jr

Tomorrow is the anniversary of my favorite, and the most radical of all Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches. He made it in support of the Memphis Sanitation workers who were out on strike. He made it in support of equality--economic, social, political. I think it is one of his most radical speeches. Listen/Read: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkivebeentothemountaintop.htm He was murdered the next morning. chills.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Why Media Literacy is Important

See Clinton Watts' testimony in front of congress yesterday: https://thinkprogress.org/clinton-watts-senate-intelligence-committee-trump-russia-fake-news-trail-of-bodies-1900e6fde054 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article141746659.html http://clicklancashire.com/2017/03/31/senate-hearing-to-focus-on-russian-disinformation-tactics.html http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/washington-post-fake-news-russia/2016/11/24/id/760599/ We have a resident sitting in the White House, who can not distinguish between truth or fake news or propaganda. And, he brags about not being prepared, listening to our own intelligence agencies, reading almost anything. America, we need to teach our children well-- this is now our hell.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Visibility

Yesterday, the White House, the Peoples' House, took the United States another step back into the 1950s. I am not talking about rolling back the environmental regulations that give us Clean Air (& Clean Water), though those are also VERY important for things that breathe and Mother Earth. No, I am referring to the Trump administration's decision to NOT include sexual orientation or gender identity on the 2020 Census. So, what does this really mean? Isn't the census for apportioning representatives? Taken every 10 years since 1790, yes, that is one of its primary purposes, but the other is more than the official count, but a survey of American households, housing, and workforce on which to base policy proposals. For instance, how many households are still without indoor plumbing, you know, flush toilets-- shockingly as of 2015 roughly 1.6 million people. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/04/23/1-6-million-americans-dont-have-indoor-plumbing-heres-where-they-live/);This information is used to assess substandard housing and design policies to fix this. So, what if the census does not collect data on gender identity and sexual orientation? Excluding LGBTQ persons, taxpayers, citizens from being counted means that justice is not being served, equality is not being reached. Information about same sex households informs the implementation of the Fair Housing Act-- yes, people can be refused housing in many states because of their sexual orientation ( and with the rise of religious Liberty laws, I bet this number of people discriminated against goes up). Same with the Violence Against Women Act, which when it was re-upped in 2015 also included LGBTQ persons and Native Americans, especially focusing on community programming and police training concerning issues of domestic abuse and sexual violence. These two federal Acts, and there are more, that impact LGBTQ people. It is very important that LGBTQ persons be counted for our policies to help all of us be truly equal and achieve "liberty, and justice for all." Not being counted means we are invisible, means we are being out back into the closet. Do not accept this, call your Senators & Congressional representatives. see:http://www.out.com/news-opinion/2017/3/28/breaking-trump-administration-removes-lgbtq-people-2020-census

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