Closing Thought–09Apr21

Arkansas is about to become one of this country’s ‘national embarrassments’

How so?

The state could ban health care for some of its citizens.

It’s been a difficult week for transgender people in Arkansas, and Lisa Stuart is finding it hard to stay hopeful.

Last week, the state’s Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, signed two anti-LGBTQ+ bills within 48 hours of each other: a proposal banning trans girls from playing women’s sports in school and another allowing doctors to turn away LGBTQ+ patients. The Arkansas legislature followed up the enactment of those laws on Monday by passing House Bill 1570, a bill that criminalizes gender-affirming care for transgender youth. It’s now one signature away from being the first law ever of its kind.

Stuart, who serves as president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, claimed the bills represent a “multipoint assault on the community,” in which lawmakers “come up with as many anti-trans bills as [they] can think of, throw them at the wall, and see what sticks.” When it comes to HB 1750, she admitted she is not optimistic about a veto.

HB 1570 is one of at least 21 bills introduced across the country this year seeking to limit the types of medical care that can be offered to trans youth. Under Arkansas’ version, doctors could face potential loss of licensure for offering gender-affirming care to minors under the age of 18. Sponsored by State Representative Robin Lundstrum (R-District 87), the bill text states that anyone who has received hormones or puberty blockers has the ability to bring a lawsuit against their former provider, while blocking insurance from being used for these treatments.

https://www.them.us/story/arkansas-anti-trans-medical-care-bill-governor-asa-hutchinson

Seriously?

Make it legal to withhold medical care because of some lame ass gender thing…..how f*cking pathetic!

Not very Christian now is it?

Does it surprise me?

NO!

Not from a state that gave us Huckabee, Cotton and Clinton…..

NOTHING about this should be permitted.

To withhold medical care when in need is a damnable situation…..and comes with civil rights overtones.

Arkansas is not a one off situation…..several Red States are attempting to find ways to withhold medical care from trans kids…..

But why is this?

It’s become a transgender cliché at this point, but Amanda Dennis, a 41-year-old mom from Northwest Arkansas, always knew her middle child, B, was different.

So when B, now age 8, gravitated toward femininity, Dennis didn’t discourage it. “We have never raised our children in a manner of, ‘You’re a boy, you must do this. You must play with this. You’re a girl, you must do this, play with this,’” she told Vox. “I’ve allowed my children to self-direct and experience the world and life through however they choose to do that.”

That presented some challenges for B in kindergarten and first grade, where she was teased for her femininity by the boys in her class. But then the pandemic hit, and suddenly B was going to remote school, which gave her a chance to breathe and the family an opportunity to help her experiment with her gender in a safe space.

Dennis recalls a moment early in the pandemic when a friend was taking socially distant family pictures in their front yard. “She kept referring to B as ‘she,’ ‘her,’ ‘sweetheart,’ this and that,” said Dennis. “After that was done, I sat down with B and said, ‘How did that make you feel?’ And she said, ‘It doesn’t bother me. I actually prefer that.’”

https://www.vox.com/22360030/trans-kids-health-care-arkansas-explained

Makes me think how moronic the GOP’s “compassionate conservatism” is nothing more than a useless silly slogan.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

All That Voter Suppression

The giant news these days is of course and trial that is boring as watching flies mate and the attempts by Red states to suppress voter rights.

And now we can add the death of the UK’s Prince Phillip for endless analysis and reporting.

I have once again given my thoughts on these attempts….https://lobotero.com/2021/03/30/voter-rights-and-suppression/

On cue the Dems are scrambling to try and end all these attempts to suppress…..with HR1 and S1……

Once again I provide links to these bills for those interested…..

The Dems are trying to make the exercise of one’s rights easier (as it should be)…..here are the two bills, one from the House and the other from the Senate….

Click to access BILLS-116hr1pcs.pdf

And from the Senate….

Click to access SIMPLE-SECTION-BY-SECTION_S.-1%20Final.pdf

The Dems should be applauded….right?

After all they are united in their opposition to all this voter suppression attempts by the states GOP…..

Not so fast…..

Democrats have publicly united around a legislative response to Republican efforts to roll back voting access in various states — a bill called the For the People Act.

Known as HR 1 in the House, where it passed in early March with only a single Democratic defection, and S 1 in the Senate, where it’s co-sponsored by every Democrat except West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, it’s a bill that Democrats and allied outside advocates argue is urgently necessary to save the country not only from voter suppression, but also from gerrymandering and the malign influences of big and dark money in politics.

“If our democracy doesn’t work, then we have no hope — no hope — of solving any of our other problems,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last month. “We will fight and fight and fight to get this done legislatively. Failure is not an option.”

Beneath this public unity, however, some in Democratic and electoral policy circles have misgivings about the bill, however well-intentioned it might be. Jessica Huseman recently wrote at the Daily Beast about a set of objections to one section of the bill from election administrators, who said, under cover of anonymity, that it contains various poorly written and confusing requirements that could be difficult or even impossible to implement. (Democratic aides say they’re working on addressing those concerns.)

https://www.vox.com/22346812/voting-rights-bill-hr1-for-the-people-act

Once again the Dems prove to me that they are a pack of spineless slugs…we need to get rid of the old farts that are costing Americans their rights and privileges.

Then there is the other voter suppression….gerrymandering.

More than half of the states in the U.S. are at “extreme risk” of congressional districts being drawn to unfairly favor one party, according to a new analysis of state redistricting processes by RepresentUs, a non-partisan advocacy group focused on election reform.

Why it matters: The states at risk of gerrymandering — a process the group says can produce “rigged maps” include battlegrounds like Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

The big picture: This year’s redistricting process is already more chaotic than usual. And the outcomes could boost one party’s political candidates for a decade.

  • “It’s really just open season in a way that it never has been,” RepresentUs CEO Josh Silver told Axios.
  • That’s due in large part to Supreme Court rulings since the last census that block partisan gerrymandering lawsuits from federal courts and ended requirements for some states to get their maps pre-cleared by the Justice Department.

https://www.axios.com/gerrymandering-states-partisan-redistricting-elections-3ead2a0a-3876-4e85-aaa1-f80efd76daad.html

Make NO mistake….voter suppression is real and no amount of attempting to justify the act will make it right.

They will succeed if we do not bring this affront to our right of vote to a halt.

We need younger representatives and there needs to be term limits so these slugs can go home and “spend time with their families”….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

OMG! It’s Gun Control (Again)

First Thought:  NO ONE IS COMING FOR YOUR F*CKING GUNS!

After all the mass shootings in the past month Pres. Biden is coming out with a stand on guns….he will soon issue his thoughts and actions….

President Biden has so far failed to deliver on the gun control promises he made as a candidate, but that could be set to change on Thursday. Sources tell Politico that Biden, who had promised to take action on his first day in office, plans to announce a series of new executive actions on guns. The sources say Biden will be joined at the White House event by members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland, survivors of gun violence, and members of groups that have been pushing for gun control. The actions Biden is expected to announce include a requirement for buyers of home-assembled “ghost guns” to undergo background checks.

Advocates say Biden might also announce new controls on concealed assault-style firearms and a ban on people convicted of domestic violence buying guns. A source tells the AP that Biden is also expected to nominate former federal agent David Chipman as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Thursday. Chipman, an adviser at gun control group Giffords, would be the first permanent ATF director since 2015. Chipman was an ATF agent for 25 years. CNN notes that Biden promised to take action on guns after the mass shooting in Colorado last month, saying, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future.”

I agree that it is beyond time for some commonsense action on guns…..citizens like those overweight in-bred morons in militias do NOT need an assault weapon so they can strut around attempting to intimidate people into their will.

So what did Joe decide was nthe actions to take?

Dealing with frustration that he hasn’t acted on gun violence issues since the recent mass shootings, President Biden announced a series of executive actions Thursday. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said in the Rose Garden, adding that “the idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation.” His proposals include measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands, including restrictions on weapons that can be assembled at home. Known as “ghost guns,” they don’t have serial numbers and so can be difficult to trace. He ordered the Justice Department to draft a regulation for a device that can essentially turn a pistol into a short-barreled rifle, the Washington Post reports. And Biden again called on the House to act on gun control legislation, per USA Today, including restoring the assault weapons ban.

Biden announced David Chipman as his choice for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is part of the Justice Department. Chipman could have a tough time clearing the Senate; he’s worked for gun control, and has been an adviser to an organization founded by former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011. The pressure on Biden stems partly from his campaign promise to act against gun violence in his first 100 days in office. That didn’t happen. He said last month that gun violence is among the “long-term problems” that he’ll get to after dealing with the pandemic, infrastructure, and voting rights, per the Washington Post. On Thursday, he passed some of that pressure on to lawmakers. “They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress,” he said, per CNBC. “But they’ve passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence.”

Glad to see someone doing something…..but what part of this solves the problem of assault weapons used to kill numerous people?

This is a band-aid for a sucking chest wound.

The ‘epidemic’ will continue!

Let me reiterate…..NO ONE IS COMING FOR YOUR GUNS!

Can you understand that simple statement?

I am sure we will revisit the whole gun debate once again and that there will be a wealth of bullsh*t spread.

It is difficult to have a commonsense debate on guns when commonsense plays no part in that debate.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Is The Era Of Reaganism Ending?

God I do hope so!

I have often stated that I was no fan of Reagan and his policies……to me he was the founder of what is happening in DC these days……he did not want the government to do anything for this country….instead he blamed it for all our ills.

Now look at the disruptive BS coming from the GOP these days…..Reagan was the father of this disruption.

Biden has said that the government needs to act to try and repair all the ills in this society……could this be a new stage of American government?

A common theme is emerging in coverage about President Biden from political observers on the left and right: His plans to dramatically expand the scope of the government—witness his $1.9 trillion COVID package and his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal—might just mark the definitive end of the Ronald Reagan era of small-government politics. But that’s assuming, of course, that Biden can get his infrastructure package and other measures through Congress. Examples:

  • Ronald Reagan famously declared that “government is not the solution to our problem” but the problem itself, notes David E. Sanger in an analysis at the New York Times. Biden’s “gamble” is “that the country is ready to dispense with one of the main tenets of the Reagan revolution, and show that for some tasks the government can jump-start the economy more efficiently than market forces.” The president is of the mind that the nation’s “political center of gravity” has been shifted by the pandemic and by a new focus on social and racial inequities.
  • In the New Yorker, Susan Glasser writes that the Biden administration is making a “real historical gamble.” Essentially, they are “advancing the proposition that the politics of the Reagan era—of endless tax cuts embraced by Republicans and of Democrats trying and failing to escape the label of big-government liberals—is finally over.” Lots of comparisons to FDR and LBJ are being tossed around, but Glasser says they should wait until we see what Biden actually gets passed.
  • Biden’s early moves suggest he is “eager and prepared to seize the opportunity to define the end of the Reagan era and shape the one to come,” writes Damon Linker at the Week. Linker thinks a comparison to FDR is more appropriate than to LBJ. The latter president expanded but mainly continued already existing policies. “What Biden is attempting now is something very different—a major leftward change of orientation from the preceding 40 years. That kind of swing hasn’t happened since 1933.”
  • All of this has conservative Matt Lewis pondering some big questions in the Daily Beast. “What if Biden turns out to be the liberal answer to Reagan?” he asks. Unlike Reagan, Biden’s party actually controls both houses of Congress, he notes. “What if Biden, who was often seen as a ‘transitional’ caretaker who was tolerable to get rid of Donald Trump, turns out to be a truly transformational president who brings about a new political consensus? Imagine the irony if Obama turns out to have been the John the Baptist to Joe Biden’s Jesus Christ.”

Yes the Reaganism of old is dead….even the GOP has abandoned most of his policies….the only thing that remains of Reaganism is the racist bigoted rhetoric.

It is beyond time for the government to do its part to uphold that social contract…..that social issue that so many have ignored for too long.

The US needs progress….without it we are a stagnant cesspool of political BS….it has begun and needs to be brought to a halt as quickly as possible.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”