The Tale Of Dr. Seuss

Dr, Seuss is making news in more ways than we could have imagined…..

There are lessons in life that the Dr. teaches….

In 1984, Dr. Seuss won an award for his contribution to children’s literature.

In his years as a cartoonist and children’s writer, Theodor Seuss Geisel created some of the world’s most famous books and illustrations, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, and The Lorax.

As lifehackers, we can learn a lot from the legendary Dr. Seuss. He was, after all, one of the pioneers of clever storytelling that didn’t insult the intelligence of children. For example, consider How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—an early criticism of commercialization—from 1957.

We can study Dr. Seuss’s successful children’s books to become more productive, feel more motivated, and live a rich life. But the “Father of Children’s Books” also has plenty to teach us about the importance of reading, believing in yourself, and doing the work.

Let’s look at some things Dr. Seuss used to say, and see what we can learn from each one of them.

Lots of positivity there…..but then there is the flip side of it, the negativity…..

Tuesday is the 117th birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, but the celebration this year comes with controversy. The business that controls the Seuss name says six books will no longer be published or sold because they portray people “in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” reports the AP. Two well-known titles are in the mix, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo, along with McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. Details:

  • Background: In recent years, Seuss books have come under criticism for their portrayal of non-white characters. A 2019 study, for example, found that Seuss books have 45 human characters of color—out of more than 2,240 human characters in total—and 43 “of them have Orientalist depictions and two align with the theme of anti-Blackness,” per USA Today. The AP notes related criticism over Geisel’s depiction of Black, Asian, and other characters in his earlier advertising and World War II propaganda illustrations.
  • Anger: At Fox News, Liz Peek wonders in an op-ed whether the new backlash against Seuss will be a “tipping point” in the culture wars. “Cancel culture has become so mindless and all-encompassing that the average American will soon say…Enough!” she writes. “Dr. Seuss could bring us to that point.” Sen. Ted Cruz even wrote some Seuss-like verse about all this, as noted by Twitchy.
  • Biden shift: March 2 is “Read Across America Day,” which is traditionally associated with Seuss. President Biden’s proclamation for the day left out Seuss’ name, a pivot from presidents Obama and Trump. And the NEA also has been shifting its focus on the day from Seuss to emphasize diverse children’s titles.
  • One district: Last month, Virginia’s Loudon County school district courted controversy when headlines suggested it was banning all Seuss books, notes CNN. But the district says is it not banning them, only de-emphasizing them. “Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” explains the district in a statement.
  • More on the study: The 2019 study noted that in If I Ran the Zoo, for example, the “three (and only three) Asian characters who are not wearing conical hats are carrying a White male on their heads.” The latter “is not only on top of, and being carried by, these Asian characters, but he is also holding a gun, illustrating dominance. The text beneath the Asian characters describes them as ‘helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant’ from ‘countries no one can spell.'”
  • Rationale: In explaining its decision to stop publishing the six new books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises says it “listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles.”

I am not a big fan of censorship….I mean my mother never told me what I could read or not….so I do not think any government has that right.

The decision should be made by parents….not government.

Then there is the GOP….who never misses a chance to want money from some silly cause….

Republicans aren’t happy about the “cancellation” of certain Dr. Seuss books over racist imagery—and they’re using the issue to raise money. “‘Cancel Culture is TOXIC!’ / Patriots proudly declare,” reads a rhyme on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s fundraising page. “‘Free Speech must be defended.’ / Dems retort: ‘Too bad! Don’t care!’ / If you’re tired of nonsense: / Join us. Take a stand. / Condemn the Far Left for / Their radical plan. / We won’t be able to speak or think freely, / By the time the Dems are through. / Chip in $25 now and / We’ll send ‘Cat in the Hat’ right to you.” As Axios points out, The Cat in the Hat is not actually one of the six books that Dr. Seuss Enterprises will no longer be publishing. This is just the latest example of the right using “cancel culture” as a rallying cry, Axios notes.

Other examples of fundraising calls issued by the NRCC recently include, “The Liberal mob wants to cancel the Fourth of July” and “The Radical Left wants to cancel Christmas for good.” Meanwhile, as the books’ cancellation drove demand for them way up, eBay announced Thursday it was sweeping its marketplace to delist all copies for sale, the Wall Street Journal reports. Other major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, had also pulled the books, though third-party sellers were still offering them on Amazon (for extravagant prices). One seller whose listing was pulled tells the Journal she was told by eBay that the bok violated its “offensive material policy.” Libraries oppose censorship, and the director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tells CNN it will be up to individual libraries to decide whether to pull the books. Two big ones have so far announced the books will stay on shelves, CBS News reports: New York and Denver.

As usual the GOP will take a faux issue and try and drive the dialog to help avoid the fact they have NO principles left…all they have is fake issues that do NOTHING to move this forward or to “make it great again” (to use another worthless slogan)

What a worthless pack of Americans!


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The Saturday News Update

The weekend once again….and all the news that did not make the news cycle for the past week….

The most important story that did not make into the silliness that is the MSM is about dogs…..important to me since my best friend is a canine……it seems some flea collars are killing dogs…..

Hundreds of pet deaths and thousands of injuries to pets and humans have been linked to one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the US, according to documents from the EPA. However, there has been no warning about the Seresto collar made by Bayer and sold by Elanco, reports the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The group received the documents from the Center for Biological Diversity, an EPA watchdog. They include 75,000 incident reports related to the top-selling flea and tick collar on Amazon from their introduction in 2012 to June 2020, including almost 1,000 involving injury to humans, from skin rashes to neurological issues. One boy who slept with his collar-wearing dog was hospitalized for seizures and vomiting, according to the report. It also describes tens of thousands of injuries to pets and at least 1,698 pet deaths.

The EPA’s silence “strikes me as bordering on criminal,” says Center for Biological Diversity senior scientist Nathan Donley. “You don’t even see these kinds of numbers with many agricultural chemicals,” he adds, noting the actual number of incidents likely exceeds those reported. The Senesto collar slowly releases imidacloprid and flumethrin, two pesticides “found eligible for continued registration” by the EPA. “No pesticide is completely without harm, but EPA ensures that there are measures on the product label that reduce risk,” a rep says, adding that some pets and humans “are more sensitive than others and may experience adverse symptoms.” An Elanco rep says “an adverse event report does not necessarily mean the product caused the problem.” Customs and Border Protection warned about issues tied to counterfeit versions of the collar in May, per PennLive.

Here in the Deep South fleas are a constant fight…..I use the 3 month pill and it works really well.

“Poo Power!  Power To The Poo!

Looks like there is a possibility that the UK will get some power from waste…..

Thousands of homes could soon be heated by human waste in a first-of-its-kind “poo-power” system.

Thames Water plans to use excess heat recovered from the sewage treatment process to warm more than 2,000 new homes in Kingston, southwest London as part of a regeneration plan.

Rather than returning all of the final treated warm water directly to a river, about one-third will be captured and sent to a new energy centre at the company’s Hogsmill site, where it will help heat water connected to Kingston’s Cambridge Road housing estate.

If successful, up to seven gigawatt hours of low-carbon heat per year could be supplied by a sealed network of pipes to the district heating system at the estate when it is eventually regenerated.

This is far from a sh*tty idea!

An excellent idea for low income regions to help the poor get nutritious food……

Townhouses were once intended for a 7-acre plot in southeast Atlanta. But the project fell through, and the area needs food more anyway. One-third of the Browns Mill neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line, and the nearest grocery store is a half-hour away by bus. For Atlanta overall, one-fourth of residents live in food deserts, per CNN. So instead of townhouses, the land is occupied now by 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants in what is the nation’s largest free food forest. It’s a project of the city of Atlanta, the Conservation Fund, and Trees Atlanta, funded by a grant from the US Forest Service. The mission has several aspects. “We host lots of students for field trips, and for a lot of them, it’s their first time at a garden or farm or forest,” said Michael McCord, an arborist and expert edible landscaper who helps manage the forest. “So here they get to experience everything urban agriculture and urban forestry all in one day. It’s really special.”

The idea has been around for decades, per Modern Farmer, but city planners recently have been incorporating edible public spaces in their designs. The project is one of 70 free food forests in the US. Laws had to change to allow it; growing food on Atlanta’s residential lots was illegal until 2014. The city has set a goal of having healthy food available within a half-mile of 85% of its population by next year. Atlanta owns the plot, and the parks department manages it with more than 1,000 volunteers pitching in. The volunteers harvest and distribute any food not grown in plots. Members of the community have priority at harvest time. “Every time I go there’s a community there who respects and appreciates the fresh healthy foods,” said a councilwoman who helped get the project going. “There’s a mentality there that people know to only take what they need.” In addition to food, McCord said, “we’re raising awareness about sustainability and agriculture.”

A damn good idea!

Should be more projects like this around the country….we have one ‘community garden’ in my town it helps seniors and low income people get the nutrition they need.

Finally, this shows just how ignorant people can be and still be elected…..this idiot is in Arizona…..

Rep. Joseph Chaplik, a first-term Republican legislator from Scottsdale, said his House Bill 2770 would give businesses the choice of whether to enforce the mandates that many communities already adopted.

Chaplik, however, argued that the mandates are an overreaction and that society has managed to survive other viral outbreaks without masks.

For example, he cited HIV “that was going to wipe our global destruction of human bodies with AIDS.”


“We heard about that in the ’80s,” Chaplik said. “Yet no masks were required.”


Maybe I can help this moron out about Covid and AIDS….my advice to this dullard….learn to read!

Here is my promise to help this “person” out…..

Medical consensus is that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through exchange of bodily fluids, usually through sexual transmission or through the sharing of infected needles. It is not spread by air or water, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Sad to say it appears stupid is running deep here in the Good Old US of A.

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“I’m Still In Jail!” “It’s Not Fair!”

Closing Thought–05Mar21

WE all have heard of the insurrection that occurred on 06 January….and law enforcement has arrest hundreds for their part in the breach of the police line around the Capitol.

The last offender that has not been released from incarceration was in court and made a terrible impression on the judge…..

A man charged with breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol exploded in anger during a hearing Thursday, forcing a recess. Richard Barnett, 60, was photographed at a desk in Pelosi’s offce during the riot, a stun gun on his belt. The Arkansas man is also charged with stealing Pelosi’s mail, the New York Times reports. Barnett, who wants to be released on bond, was appearing on video in Federal District Court in Washington. He began yelling as the judge set his next court date in May.

“They’re dragging this out!” Barnett shouted. “They’re letting everybody else out!” He yelled at his lawyers, as well as the judge, that it wasn’t fair and that he didn’t want to stay behind bars for “another month.” Judge Christopher Cooper called a recess for Barnett to cool down, then told him he’d consider a new request to be released on bond, once his lawyers filed it. Barnett has pleaded not guilty, per the Democrat Gazette.

Read more……

He is the last of the arrested insurrectionists still in jail….that is a crime…all of them should be still in jail.

I say screw him…let him rot in jail maybe he will learn how to think.

On another story…the famous QAnon shaman is begging for leniency….


Because he stop a muffin theft.

Yep a muffin thief.

The notorious “QAnon Shaman” has insisted his actions during the Capitol riot were not an attack on the United States—and that he can prove it because he stopped other rioters from stealing muffins.

Jacob Chansley, who became arguably the most infamous Capitol rioter due to his furry and be-horned costume, has given a bizarre interview to CBS News in his latest attempt to beg for mercy.

How silly is this defense?

My grandfather use to say…”If you gonna be stupid you need to be tough”…..

Morons each and everyone!

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Are Conservative Principles Dead?

To answer my question….I think they are very dead and sadly they did not die a noble death.

For years I have pointed to the GOP 1956 platform as something that was issues that ALL Americans could support….

The Devolution of the GOP, From Eisenhower to Donald Trump

But let us look deeper into the party platform…


Those were the good old days for the GOP……

If you watched the CPAC 2021 then you heard nothing about principles….onlyn hat the election was stolen and Dems hate the country and Trump is the second coming of a savior…..where were those conservatives principles?


What are those conservatives principles of which I speak?

So sad that Repubs NO longer embrace the principles that made the GOP a great party.

Principles that they, the GOP, seldom followed after they embraced them vigorously.

All the GOP has left is a deep hatred of any Liberal…gone are the days of noble principles.

But let’s look at those now defunct principles one at a time……

Strong Families–without a good education or a good paying job the family cannot be strong and BS about abortion or which bathroom one should use does nothing to make a family strong.

Principled Innovated Leadership–The GOP has had NO innovations since 1956

Limited Government–This is nothing but a tagline these days…the GOP has expanded spending for decades….especially with war.

Honest Compassion–All Compassion left the party in 1980 with the election of Reagan.

Freedom–Subjective at best and is nothing but a campaign slogan or some theatrics from Ted Cruz.

Quality Education–Education has been in decline since the 1990s…so this principle no longer applies.

Rugged Individualism–This principle died with Trump….and the importance of social media.  These days it all about “me”… concern for the country or its people….as long as they get what they want then screw everyone else.

Personal Responsibility–No longer important in the days of social media that controls all for the party.

Opportunity For All–as long as one is white….minorities continue you to suffer….so the compassion thing comes into light again.

Conservative principles are dead….and looks like will be gone forever.  All they have left is political games that smack of reality TV.

More thoughts on the death of true conservatism….

As a student of political philosophy I have been telling people that conservatism is no longer active or relevant….especially in the 21st century.

Any thoughts?

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How To Strengthen Social Security

For years we have been bombarded by the narrative the the Social Security system is broke and will eventually fail….this has been a Repub narrative for as long as I can remember….and yet SS goes on and on….

But if you want to sure up the system then maybe eliminating the cut-off point for paying into it….and everyone regardless pays into it.

Those are the simple ones…but those are unacceptable to politicians because the wealthy do not want to buy into the system.

Here is yet another way to help strengthen the system….

What does the minimum wage have to do with Social Security? On the surface, they might seem like unrelated issues. After all, the minimum wage is for workers and Social Security is for people who’ve stopped working due to old age or disability. But in fact, the two are closely linked—and raising the minimum wage to a $15/hour living wage would strengthen Social Security.

Social Security is extremely popular, effective, and efficient, but it has one major flaw—benefits are too low. Raising the minimum wage would be a big step towards fixing this problem. That’s because the more money workers pay into Social Security, the greater their future benefits. In other words, raising the minimum wage doesn’t just increase workers’ current compensation. It also increases their future compensation: Social Security.

In practice, this means that a $15 minimum wage will increase the future Social Security benefits of low-income workers by up to $5100 a year. That translates to millions of seniors and people with disabilities who won’t have to cut their medications in half in order to afford groceries.

Raising the minimum wage would also bolster the Social Security trust funds. When workers earn more, they contribute more into Social Security. A $15 minimum wage would generate over $130 billion for our Social Security system by 2035. But the same Republicans who endlessly demand cuts to Social Security so it doesn’t go “bankrupt” (which is impossible) refuse to support a living wage.

The benefits to Social Security are just one of many reasons why we need to update the minimum wage to $15. It will make millions of workers and their families more economically secure. It will pump billions of dollars into communities across the country. And it will save money on means-tested assistance programs.

One final thought……

If you are one of the struggling families during this pandemic…..these are the Reps that voted against you getting help…..remember their names in 2022 and send them packing…..

Let us not forget the two cowards in the Democratic Party that voted against the bill…..The two Democrats who sided with the GOP were Rep. Jared Golden, who represents Maine’s 2nd District, and Rep. Kurt Shrader, who represents Oregon’s 5th District.

Please keep these names handy and vote their worthless asses out of Congress….they do not deserve you respect or support because they do either for you.

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Our Failing Infrastructure

Different president–Same problems—Little solutions…..

Once again the biggest problem in the US in search of a solution is our failing infrastructure….every president likes to thumping their chest like a crazed primate about infrastructure and then the sound of crickets once they get elected.

I have written about the problems in the past…..

And yes Uncle Joe has a plan for this problem……this from his website….his plan includes…..

Biden will make far-reaching investments in:

  • Infrastructure: Create millions of good, union jobs rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure – from roads and bridges to green spaces and water systems to electricity grids and universal broadband – to lay a new foundation for sustainable growth, compete in the global economy, withstand the impacts of climate change, and improve public health, including access to clean air and clean water.
  • Auto Industry: Create 1 million new jobs in the American auto industry, domestic auto supply chains, and auto infrastructure, from parts to materials to electric vehicle charging stations, positioning American auto workers and manufacturers to win the 21st century; and invest in U.S. auto workers to ensure their jobs are good jobs with a choice to join a union.
  • Transit: Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options through flexible federal investments with strong labor protections that create good, union jobs and meet the needs of these cities – ranging from light rail networks to improving existing transit and bus lines to installing infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Power Sector: Move ambitiously to generate clean, American-made electricity to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. This will enable us to meet the existential threat of climate change while creating millions of jobs with a choice to join a union.
  • Buildings: Upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over 4 years, creating at least 1 million good-paying jobs with a choice to join a union; and also spur the building retrofit and efficient-appliance manufacturing supply chain by funding direct cash rebates and low-cost financing to upgrade and electrify home appliances and install more efficient windows, which will cut residential energy bills.
  • Housing: Spur the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units.
  • Innovation: Drive dramatic cost reductions in critical clean energy technologies, including battery storage, negative emissions technologies, the next generation of building materials, renewable hydrogen, and advanced nuclear – and rapidly commercialize them, ensuring that those new technologies are made in America.
  • Agriculture and Conservation: Create jobs in climate-smart agriculture, resilience, and conservation, including 250,000 jobs plugging abandoned oil and natural gas wells and reclaiming abandoned coal, hardrock, and uranium mines – providing good work with a choice to join or continue membership in a union in hard hit communities, including rural communities, reducing leakage of toxics, and preventing local environmental damage.
  • Environmental Justice: Ensure that environmental justice is a key consideration in where, how, and with whom we build – creating good, union, middle-class jobs in communities left behind, righting wrongs in communities that bear the brunt of pollution, and lifting up the best ideas from across our great nation – rural, urban, and tribal.

All impressive plans….very aggressive and much needed…..

The latest findings by the American Society of Civil Engineers paints a dire picture of our infrastructure….

America’s infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit, and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports. Its overall grade: a mediocre C-, a slight improvement from its D+ grade in 2017, reports the AP. In its “Infrastructure Report Card” released Wednesday, the group called for “big and bold” relief, estimating it would cost $5.9 trillion over the next decade to bring roads, bridges, and airports to a safe and sustainable level. That’s about $2.6 trillion more than what government and the private sector already spend. More:

  • Of the 17 categories making up the overall grade, 11 were in the D range that indicated a “significant deterioration” with a “strong risk of failure.” Four areas got Cs: bridges, which dropped from a C+ to a C in 2021, energy, drinking water, and solid waste. Just two areas—ports and rail—scored higher, with a B- and B, respectively.
  • Though they scored a C, NPR reports bridges are a major area of concern, with the report noting that 42% of the country’s 617,000 bridges are more than 50 years old, and 7% of all bridges are rated “structurally deficient,” meaning they’re in bad shape.
  • According to the report card, the nation is only paying about half of what it needs to lift overall US infrastructure to an acceptable “B” level. Left unaddressed, America’s overdue infrastructure bill by 2039 will cost the average American household $3,300 a year, or $63 a week, the group said.
  • President Biden’s administration and lawmakers in recent weeks have begun laying the groundwork for a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure of $2 trillion or more, to be unveiled after Congress approves legislation on COVID-19 relief.
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been meeting with lawmakers about the effort, has said the aim would be to rejuvenate the post-coronavirus pandemic economy and boost crumbling roads and bridges while encouraging alternative forms of transportation to cars, as well as create thousands of green jobs by making environmentally friendly retrofits and public works improvements. “This report card is a warning and a call to action,” Buttigieg told the AP.

All this near disastrous findings and what does the Biden admin do?

Do they upgrade the bridges or electric grid or support public transportation?  NO!

The decide to give Texas (of all places) a new toll road……Buttigieg announced on Tuesday the first low-cost federal transportation loan in the Biden administration, up to $448 million to Texas for toll-road projects in Austin to ease congestion, touting bike-friendly features such as a planned 10-foot-wide paved sidewalk for cyclists and pedestrians with access to trails.

I will be watching and reading to see just how important this is to the new admin.

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Closing Thought–04Mar21

The GOP lost in the last election….they lost the Senate, The House and the Presidency… instead of looking for a vision for the future they do what they have been doing for decades….they look to the past and the suppression of the vote.

The big push by state GOP bigots is to find ways to keep people from voting and even to let a governor overturn the legal vote…..

Across the nation, supporters of former President Trump are working to pass state legislation changing laws to limit access to voting and give them more control over election outcomes. With a rallying cry about the presidential election having been stolen from Trump, and basing their plans on the premise that large turnouts benefit Democrats, state legislators are seeking major changes to help Republicans win the presidency next time, the New York Times reports. The efforts could help Republicans, who’ve won the popular presidential vote only once in the past eight elections, gain control of government despite being a minority party. “The typical response by a losing party in a functioning democracy is that they alter their platform to make it more appealing,” said a University of Wisconsin expert. “Here the response is to try to keep people from voting. It’s dangerously antidemocratic.” The national GOP showed its support last week by forming a panel to look at state election laws, which Republicans have done in various states.

Some efforts seem illogical. Republicans won the presidential and Senate races in Iowa, which reported record turnout and essentially no election fraud last fall. But GOP legislators have voted to shorten early voting by nine days, close polling places an hour earlier, and make absentee voting rules more restrictive. They also moved to take county auditors’ authority away to made decisions about local voting. “Most of us in my caucus and the Republican caucus believe the election was stolen,” a GOP state senator said. Nebraska Republicans want to change to a winner-take-all system for its electoral votes because President Biden was awarded one vote last time. But New Hampshire Republicans want to adopt Nebraska’s current system because Democrats have been winning presidential elections there. A bill in Arizona is more direct, per NBC: The Legislature would have the power to revoke the secretary of state’s certification of electoral results “by majority vote at any time before the presidential inauguration.”

Time for true Americans, not the numb skulls that support bigotry and hatred, to stand up and demand that ALL votes and voters MUST participate….

If this nation is to survivor then ALL Americans need to participate and ALL Americans  should have their right to vote to be guaranteed.

Can HR1……stop all this theft?

The House passed HR1. The bill: -Enacts automatic voter registration -Ends partisan and racial gerrymandering -Institutes public financing of elections -Expands early voting -Prevents voter purges -Exposes dark money -Counters Citizens United

Get behind this bill anyway you can…..we need to end all this suppression and oppression of the American people.


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Our 51st State Or is it the 52nd State?

I recently wrote about the attempt to get the District of Columbia the representation that deserve….

DC is the only part of this great country that does not have representation in Congress…there are about 700,000 people in the District that has NO representation…that is more than the whole state of Wyoming.

Now there is an attempt to make Puerto Rico a state as well…..yet another region that is part of the US and they have NO representation….

Two Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday announced they will be introducing legislation to make Puerto Rico a state. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Rep. Darren Soto of Florida say the bill has around 50 co-sponsors, CBS News reports. It would set up a process for the US territory to become the 51st state if the majority of its citizens vote for that outcome in a referendum, the Hill reports. Axios reports the outline it offers is similar to that undertaken by Alaska and Hawaii when they became states. Republicans will likely not be in favor: “After they change the filibuster, they’re going to admit the District [of Columbia] as a state,” Mitch McConnell said last September. “They’re going to admit Puerto Rico as a state. That’s four new Democratic senators in perpetuity.” Those working for statehood in Puerto Rico push back on that, noting the island often votes for conservative leaders.

Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Pierluisi and Jenniffer González-Colón, the island’s resident commissioner and nonvoting member in the US House, back the legislation. Supporters of the bill say the federal government treats Puerto Rico, which does not have full voting representation in Congress and whose citizens cannot vote for president, unfairly, and that this inequity was laid bare during Hurricane Maria in 2017, when it became clear Puerto Rico lacked necessary resources and is not provided with adequate funding. Yet 47% of Puerto Rican citizens opposed statehood in a November referendum, with some preferring independence and others worrying Puerto Rico will lose its identity. “You cannot compare statehood for DC and statehood for Puerto Rico,” Rep. Nydia Velázquez, who is Puerto Rican, has said. “DC is not a colony, Puerto Rico is a colony.”

This is a tenuous issue…..but in my mind that should be up to the people of Puerto Rico to decide their future….

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A Jobs Guarantee Resolution

Jobs and income stability should be priority one.

With the backing of civil rights organizations, labor unions, and economic experts, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Thursday morning unveiled a jobs guarantee resolution demanding that “meaningful, dignified work” at a livable wage be made an enforceable legal right in the United States.

Presenting her resolution as an effort to build on the work of generations of civil rights leaders who have connected the cause of racial justice with the fight for full employment, Pressley said in a statement Thursday that “it’s long past time to pursue bold, intentional policies that affirm equity and recognize the dignity and humanity of all people”—an objective that requires sweeping legislative action, not mere tinkering by the Federal Reserve.

According to a summary (pdf) released by Pressley’s office, the resolution calls for a permanent jobs program that would be administered by the Department of Labor in partnership with the Treasury Secretary.

“The Secretary of Labor would direct Treasury funds to local Employment Offices to manage job guarantee projects and match job seekers to projects, as well as cover any related capital and administrative costs,” the summary states.

Jobs created under the new federal program, according to Pressley’s office, would be geared toward:

  • Ensuring the delivery of high-quality, professional care to children, seniors, and others in need of long-term support in family based, informal, and formal settings;
  • Augmenting the staffing of public education and early childhood learning, including Head Start and preschool;
  • Strengthening public afterschool programs, libraries, and recreational programs to provide lifelong learning and enrichment for people of all ages;
  • Implementing community infrastructure and improvement projects that revitalize neighborhoods and increase accessibility…;
  • Expanding emergency preparedness, and relief and recovery from natural and community disasters, including public health, natural disasters, and environmental emergencies;
  • Producing works of public art and documentation of American history akin to the WPA’s Federal Arts Project;
  • Implementing environmental conservation, remediation, and sustainability initiatives and increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and our housing stock to address climate change;
  • Rehabilitating and retrofitting our existing affordable housing stock to ensure safe, affordable, accessible, quality homes, and supporting the development of new affordable housing and social housing to address the nation’s housing crisis; and
  • Other projects that address public needs and can be implemented quickly.

This is a good plan….it needs to be more than a resolution….this should be immediate policy.

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The “Cancel Culture”

This is a post from my op-ed blog…..more propaganda from the weird Right…..while the country divides more and more and these toads try to make the divide even wider…..

Gulf South Free Press

I term that has gained prominence with the election of Trump….a vague turn of a phrase…..but the Hell does it mean?

The 2020 Republican National Convention kicked off with an evening of programming that seemed deeply fixated on one of the odder ideas to snowball its way into the zeitgeist: cancel culture.

Within the turbulent past several years, the idea that a person can be “canceled” — in other words, culturally blocked from having a prominent public platform or career — has become a polarizing topic of debate. The rise of “cancel culture” and the idea of canceling someone coincides with a familiar pattern: A celebrity or other public figure does or says something offensive. A public backlash, often fueled by politically progressive social media, ensues. Then come the calls to cancel the person — that is, to effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts…

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