Closing Thought–07Jul17

Censorship Makes A Comeback!

Every generation has had its bout with censorship in one form or another.  Mine?  It was books like Lolita, Story of “O” and other such baudy books.  My daughters generation had books, record albums, movies…this type of censorship has been with us for ever…..someone always thinks that they want to save society by banning things that they find offensive.

THis type of invasion has been missing for awhile but it has found a new breeding ground….Florida.

Nosy Floridians now have another outlet for their moral outrage. Now anybody in the US state can formally complain about books used in public schools, and schools are required to hear them out.

Last week governor Rick Scott signed a bill that allows any Florida resident to formally challenge new or old materials, like books and movies, available in public schools. In drafting the bill, lawmakers specifically added language that expanded the complaint process to include anyone, not just parents.

Original law:

Each district school board must adopt a policy regarding a parent’s objection to his or her child’s use of a specific instructional material, which clearly describes a process to handle all objections and provides for resolution.

New law, with new language highlighted:

Each district school board must adopt a policy regarding an a parent’s objection by a parent or a resident of the county to the his or her child’s use of a specific instructional material, which clearly describes a process to handle all objections and provides for resolution.

Source: The sizzle of romance isn’t sustainable—but science can help you build a happy relationship that lasts — Quartz

Not a fan of censorship……all it does is make the item more desirable….this is just someone wanting to impose their “morality” on everybody….not in my house!

Gotta go…..will return tomorrow with more stuff…..hope to see you then…..chuq

Trump’s Field Trip #2

Our Fearless Leader is on his second field trip and like the first one….so far he has done nothing embarrassing but he did stick to a common subject or subjects that he uses in every speech he makes whether domestic or international.

In Poland his speech had the usual diatribes…the last election, degrading Obama, Russian thing and self-grandiose….but if you would like the BIG lines from his speech in Poland….I can help……

About an hour after his press conference Thursday morning with Polish President Andrzej Duda, President Trump headed over to Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, where what the New York Times calls a “pro-Duda crowd” showed off their Polish and American flags and confronted reporters with cries of “fake news” (one of the themes in the earlier presser). “Poland will prevail,” Trump assured his audience, referring to his host nation’s long history of strife, occupation, and invasion. “Poland will always prevail.” Other notable Trump quotes, per the Times, CBS News, the Washington Post, the BBC, and ABC News:

  • More praise for Poland: “The triumph of the Polish spirit over centuries of hardship gives us all hope in which good conquers evil and peace achieves victory over war.”
  • On the future of the Western world: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? … I declare today for the world to hear the West will never, ever be broken, our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.”
  • On cutting through government red tape: “On both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger, one firmly within our control … the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.”
  • On Russia: “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.”

Onto the G20 Meeting and his much publicized meeting with Putin….what will he say?

RealClearPolitics has a live-stream of it here:

Turn The Page!

Military Spouses: Lead Us Out Of The Quagmire!

I am an unashamed antiwar supporter.  I have written about this over the life of IST….I have asked question of why we allow all these wars to continue……and after 11 years I still have not gotten any good answers….for that matter I have very little antiwar supporters visiting and commenting……

I have offered up several scenarios that I think could revive the antiwar movement….but most of my ideas are pretty radical and would put a strain on society……

This is a piece written for the Future of Freedom Foundation, a pro-Libertarian think tank ….but that aside this is a good piece and makes some very good points.

For the life of me, I just can’t figure out why the American people do not rise up en masse against the forever wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan in which the United States has been embroiled for more than 15 years. After all, by now everyone must surely realize, despite the superficial rhetoric to the contrary, that U.S. soldiers are not over there killing and dying to defend our country or protect our freedoms here at home.  Continue Reading………

Source: Military Spouses: Lead Us Out of the Quagmire! – The Future of Freedom Foundation

This needs to be read and thought about….we need to end this cycle of war after war….after……..the cycle continues.

The Vote That Had No Chance

For months I have writing that the Congress needs to get off their butts and do something about the AUMF….that we have enough wars already and need to start voting on the use of military force.

Congresspeople like Gabbard and Sanders and few others have tried in the past but have come up short….then this session Rep. Lee offered up the proposal yet again……and it has a chance…..don’t that beat all?

No one was more surprised than Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday when her language revoking the administration’s war authority was unexpectedly backed by Republicans and added to a must-pass defense spending bill.

Lee for years has attempted to shutter the law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but this week’s backing reflects shifting politics and unusual bipartisan support.

Source: Surprise war vote points to shift in GOP | TheHill

In the past it has been few Dems that offered up the bill…..but this time even the GOP got in on the deal…..

If successful then Congress will take back its power……..

The war in Afghanistan — the longest sustained military conflict in American history — could soon come to an end. So could any number of “humanitarian interventions,” “kinetic military actions,” “surgical strikes,” or any other euphemisms for war that the U.S. has relied upon for the past 16 years. And it could happen because one congresswoman who saw through the fog of fear and rage in the days after the 9/11 attacks — and presciently warned of the dangers of handing a blank check to the executive branch to wage war against an amorphous stateless enemy — was able to convince her colleagues that it was well past time for Congress to do its job with regard to sending our service men and women into battle.

Source: Is Congress finally going to take back its power to declare war?

I may have found a new respect for Congress and restored my faith in the Repubs.

It is about time for Congress has relinquished its duties for far too long… get to work.

Did Health Care Find A Fix?

Well Obamacare has been in the news a lot since January….House has it version of the “repeal/replace” thing….as does the Senate….neither of which has been found to be anything resembling good.

The “Mouth of the Senate”, Ted Cruz, may have hit upon a fix for the stand-off…..that’s right is said the Tea Party darling, Ted Cruz, may have hit upon a solution to the problem…..

Ted Cruz could be the one to push an ObamaCare repeal and replacement through the House and Senate, the Hill reports. A GOP aide says the Congressional Budget Office is looking at two versions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act—one of which contains an amendment by Cruz that is getting support from moderate and conservative Republicans in the House and Senate. The Cruz amendment would allow insurance providers to sell any kind of policies they wanted—as long as they also sold at least one policy that complies with ACA requirements. Those requirements include covering maternity care and mental healthcare and not charging sick people more for insurance.

Under the Cruz amendment, Americans without health risks could buy cheaper, non-comprehensive plans, while Americans with health problems could buy the more expensive, ACA-compliant plans, the New York Times reports. Government subsidies for those ACA-compliant plans would be available to people making less than $42,000 or so per year. Conservative Republicans like the plan because “it gives everybody some options,” while moderates like that it semi-preserves protections for pre-existing conditions. But experts warn such segmenting leads to expensive and volatile insurance markets. Meanwhile, as his amendment is being considered, Cruz was nearly shouted down during a Fourth of July speech by protesters upset with his healthcare efforts, the Texas Tribune reports.

What are the chances that this person has found the key to a possible compromise?

The CBO scoring may be the answer to my question.

To Kill A President

Disclaimer:  Please this post is in NO way about the present president….I know how some supporters are quick to jump the gun (no pun intended)…….

Let’s start our day with a little history.

After the recent shooting that involved a Congressman I got to thinking about assassination of the president…..we all know about the assassination of Lincoln by Booth and the death of JFK and the attempt on Reagan’s life even some can remember the shooting of radical presidential politician, George Wallace……there have been many plots to get rid of a president……

So as a public service I thought I would give my readers a little more info on the attempts to kill a president…..

Anyone can change the course of history. You can start a movement, run for office, or if you’re too insane for that kind of thing, buy a cheap gun and try to kill the President.

Now killing the President requires a lot of planning, but when you’re crazy, planning involves casting imaginary spells and talking to ghosts. All of which makes it even stranger that some of the craziest assassination plots ever hatched by some of the craziest people came so close to succeeding.

For instance…

Source: The 6 Most Utterly Insane Attempts to Kill a US President

There you have today’s mini course on presidential assassination…..