Closing Thought–16Mar20

The response to the virus has been an interesting story in itself…..but I think there are some extreme decisions that are a violation of some basic rights……take Champaign, Illinois…….

Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen has issued an executive order declaring an emergency in the city. 

City officials said the emergency is related to the COVID-19, which is anticipated to cause an impact on the health of community members. Champaign Municipal Code allows the mayor to declare an emergency for a limited time. 

Included in the executive order are ordinances that would give the city extraordinary powers to the Mayor. 

  • Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act
  • Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
  • Ban sale of any alcohol
  • Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
  • Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle
  • Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
  • Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same
  • Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

“The executive order allows the city to be flexible to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community. None of the options will necessarily will be implemented but are available in order to protect the welfare and safety of our community if needed,” Jeff Hamilton the City of Champaign’s Communications Manger told WAND-TV. 

(wandtv.com)

Someone explain how the confiscation of private property will help this response to a pandemic….

Any thoughts on your side?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–02Mar20

Who was Emmet Till?

He was a black teenager tortured and lynched in Mississippi in 1955……and finally the US government has voted to make lynching a hate crime after 65 years and 200 attempts to make it a hate crime…..

Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law, the AP reports. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens of similar efforts were defeated. The measure was approved 410 to 4 on Wednesday. The Senate unanimously passed virtually identical legislation last year, although that bill wasn’t named for Till. President Trump is expected to sign the bill, which designates lynching as a federal hate crime punishable by up to life in prison, a fine, or both. One of the four who voted no, Republican Ted Yoho, tells CNN he did so because the bill represents “overreach” by the federal government, interfering with state’s rights.

The other “no” votes came from Republicans Louie Gohmert and Thomas Massie and independent Justin Amash. Rush, a Democrat whose Chicago district includes Till’s former home, said the bill will belatedly achieve justice for Till and more than 4,000 other lynching victims, most of them African Americans. Till, who was black, was brutally tortured and killed in 1955 after a white woman accused him of grabbing her and whistling at her in a Mississippi grocery store. The killing shocked the country and stoked the civil rights movement. Congress has failed to pass anti-lynching legislation nearly 200 times, starting with a bill introduced in 1900 by North Carolina Rep. George Henry White, the only black member of Congress at the time. “This justice is long overdue,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, who along with Cory Booker and Tim Scott co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill.

All I can say it is about goddamn time!

This news in conjunction with the news that Minnesota voted down the law that allowed slavery as a punishment.

My take on the news…..https://lobotero.com/2020/02/24/closing-thought-24feb20/

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Closing Thought–24Feb20

Minnesota is in the news for the last couple of years….they have an outspoken Congresswoman in Rep. Omar and they have a candidate of president on the Dem side. Amy Klobuchar…..but there is another issue from Minnesota that caught my eye……that of slavery.

When slavery was abolished over a century ago, America was ready to leave that harrowing part of its history behind for good.

But in Minnesota — and multiple other states slavery is technically still a part of their constitution. Lawmakers introduced an amendment on Thursday which would remove a clause from Minnesota’s constitution that allows slavery to be used as a punishment for crimes.
 
The bill of rights in the 1857 Minnesota Constitution states that: “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state otherwise than as punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted.”
 
Minnesota Rep. John Lesch is the chief author of the amendment, which will receive a hearing in the house judiciary committee on Tuesday.
 
Just another of those FYI posts that IST is becoming famous for writing…..
 
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More Important Than The Trial

Closing Thought–21Jan20

The country is laser focused on the Senate impeachment trial but there are events that should be more important…why?

The trial will be a silly exercise in the absurd.

One of the “Rights” we have is the right to vote for who we like or better yet as a citizen I have the right to vote without worry…..

Back in the old Jim Crow days in the South Blacks had to pay a “poll tax” to vote….or they we not allowed to exercise a right……but thankfully those days are gone…..not so FAST!

Florida’s state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of denying convicted felons the right to vote if they do not pay fines and fees associated with their incarceration, a decision that was immediately assailed by rights activists as an unconstitutional and immoral poll tax.

In a statement condemning the ruling (pdf), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Florida, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said the ruling “does not—indeed, cannot—alter what the U.S. Constitution requires.”

“A federal court has already held that the state cannot deny people the right to vote because of their inability to pay financial obligations,” the groups said in their statement. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/16/its-2020-and-floridas-supreme-court-just-ruled-favor-poll-tax

This is sick!

Trying to eliminate people from voting……

This will probably go to the US Supreme Court…as it should,,,,but I have NO confidence that this will be struck down by a mostly conservative court.

If not then this idea will spread throughout the South especially…..and the areas the the GOP has successfully purged voters from the rolls.

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“lego ergo scribo”

Pro-Choice And The Dems

The Christmas countdown has begun!

Okay before we go through exercise let me state that this is only an observation into the issue of abortion….I am not advocating for one side or the other….this is only my thoughts on the whole issue of abortion from Roe v Wade to today.

My personal opinion in a full disclosure I believe that a woman has a right to her body and government should have NO say in this decision.

The Dems since the beginning have a history of dropping the ball on many issues and abortion is one of them…..

America’s pro-life movement is surging, and not just because of conservative activists—at least according to a detailed New York Times piece about the abortion rights movement’s fragmentation along political, financial, and cultural lines. “It’s really, really complicated and somewhat controversial where the pro-choice movement lost,” says a Rutgers University professor versed in abortion history. With Midwestern and Southern states passing 58 abortion restrictions over six months in 2019, many pointed to years of steady work by conservatives to win state legislatures, pressure judges, and, as the Guardian noted in June, gerrymander districts to win state legislatures. But interviews with over 50 people on the pro-choice side tell another story.

They say national pro-choice leaders had become overly confident, relying too much on President Obama’s abortion protections and assuming Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood was riven by internal discord and apparently didn’t realize the funding problems faced by independent clinics, which perform some 60% of America’s abortions. By one account, pro-choice leaders in swanky New York and California zip codes had lost touch with red-state America. Now Democratic Party presidential candidates are pushing back with ardent pro-choice stands, but polling shows America is still only moderately pro-choice. “I hope they continue doing what they are doing,” says one active conservative. “We’ll run the table in 2020.” Click for the full Times piece

Dems always drop the ball matters not on the issue….they have done so with civil rights, voting rights, etc etc……they get a win and then they are satisfied and move on and leave their win vulnerable to attack from the Right….

They, the Dems, dropped the ball in yesteryear and they are still dropping it as I type.

This issue could be the “sleeper” issue of 2020……

Forget impeachment. Forget Medicare for all, global warming, and income inequality. The sleeper issue of the 2020 campaign is none of those. It is abortion — and it could tip the balance in three swing states to favor President Donald Trump.

Abortion may not be on everybody’s “hot issue” list, but it remains so for the people who head the Catholic Church in the US. And while US Catholic bishops don’t sway a huge percentage of Catholic voters, they just might influence the Catholic voters who count.

An estimated 51 million adult Catholics live in the US, about one-fifth of them in the midwest. When the bishops talk, a key group of swing voters listens: White Catholic voters helped deliver Trump victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. He won these three crucial swing states by a total of fewer than 80,000 votes.

The Sleeper Issue That Could Swing the 2020 Election

I wish I could say something nice about the Dems but they leave a bunch to be desired….as the Dems of today illustrate….they are bought and sold in the political slave markets of DC.

Democrats are great with big ideas but they SUCK at the art of politics.

Enough said?

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Closing Thought–23Dec19

I have seen, heard and rad some blatant ignorant crap, especially in the last 3 years, but this one is one of the crappiest of the lot.

I seems that in a ploy to gain a few votes from the these “progressive” Jews our president is wanting to make a religion a nation.

President Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday that will classify Judaism as a nationality, a move that will add teeth to federal efforts to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on race, color, or national origin but not, notes CNN, religion; those who violate that can lose out on federal funding from the Department of Education. The order will reportedly make use of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which covers “targeting of the state of Israel.” The New York Times reports that’s what the State Department uses, but it’s a definition that has been knocked by some as “too open-ended and sweeping.”

The AP predicts free-speech advocates will be no fans of the order, though an unnamed official says that it wasn’t the intention and the goal is not to clamp down on the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement known as BDS, which uses a boycott on the purchase of Israeli goods or the investment in Israeli companies as a means of supporting Palestine’s desire for statehood. But the head of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights frames the order as another step in an effort to “to silence Palestinian rights activism” by, as the Times puts it, “equating opposition to Israeli treatment of Palestinians with anti-Semitism.”

What bullsh*t!

Where does it stop?

What happened to the American right of free speech?

For those mental midgets out there…..criticism of the state of Israel is NOT anti-Semitic!  This criticisms are about a fascist state and not a religion…there is a difference that even a garden slug could tell the difference if they weren’t in Congress.

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Closing Thought–06Dec19

I read someplace that there had been 300+ shootings in this country with multiple causalities……and this week we can add 3 more to the tally….

First it was the shooter at the Pearl Harbor Memorial…..

Officials will beef up security for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a US sailor killed two civilians, wounded another, and then turned the gun on himself at the storied military base, the AP reports. The National Park Service, which is hosting the event with the Navy, would not give specifics on the heightened security measures, Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesman Jay Blount said. Across the harbor at the naval shipyard, a sailor on Wednesday shot three civilians working for the shipyard on the base, killing two, before taking his own life.

The gunman was 22-year-old G. Romero, according to a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that had not been made public. Romero’s job was to stand watch and provide security for the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for maintenance. He used his service rifle to shoot the victims, then killed himself with his service pistol, the official said. Navy officials said they didn’t know the motive for the shooting. It wasn’t known if the sailor and victims knew each other. Jamie Hiranaka, the president of the union representing the three workers, said they were all quality assurance inspectors whose job was to check welding and other work completed by shipyard workers.

Then there was an attack on a UPS truck…a highjack……

Four people were shot dead after a robbery and truck hijacking came to a bloody end at an intersection in Miramar, south Florida. FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro says the two robbery suspects, a UPS driver, and a person in a nearby vehicle were killed in a shootout at the end of a 20-mile chase, CNN reports. The incident began with the armed robbery of a jewelry store in Coral Gables, around 5 miles west of Miami. A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald that the two suspects posed as postal workers to gain access to the store. The source says a female employee in the store was injured when a bullet that a robber fired into the floor ricocheted and hit her in the forehead.

The third attack was in Pensacola but this time the attacker was a foreign national…..a Saudi…..

It’s the second fatal shooting at a US naval facility this week: Authorities say a gunman opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, Friday morning. The Pensacola News Journal reports that the shooter is dead, along with three victims. The newspaper reports at least seven other people were being treated at a local hospital. That includes two deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, one of whom was shot in the knee and the other in the arm. The shooting comes just two days after a sailor killed two civilians and himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office killed the Pensacola gunman, reports WEAR. The shooting reportedly began in a classroom before 7am. The naval base is a sprawling one that employs 16,000 military personnel and 7,400 civilians, reports the AP, which describes it as “one of the Navy’s most historic and storied bases.” It’s the home of the Blue Angels squadron and the first training stop for those becoming Navy pilots or flight officers, per the Washington Post.

Not to worry…just a typical week in the US…..not to worry…it will be repeated again……and soon.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”