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.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“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?

I Read I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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”

Closing Thought–28Oct19

Guns!

I thought that would get some attention!

Before I go any further let me state beyond any confusion…I am NOT an advocate of super restrictive gun laws. Got That?

We know by watching our favorite news station that gun violence seems to be on the rise….and of course when that happens the conversation turns to some sort of gun control…..and then the debate starts and the insults and the lies and then total break down of any constructive dialog is gone.

Does that sort of sum up the never ending gun conversation?

Did you know that gun deaths are rising across the the US except in the two states with restrictive gun laws……

U.S. gun deaths have have surged over the last several years, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs.

Since 1999, researchers from the University of Michigan found that the annual rate of people killed by firearms had remained relatively stable, hovering around 10.4 deaths per 100,000. But from 2015 to 2017, a new pattern emerged, and the rate began to skyrocket, ultimately increasing by around 14 percent over the previous 15 years.

Nearly one-fifth of all people living in the United States who died at the hands of a firearm since 1999 were killed over a three-year period.

The study reported that only two states, California and New York, and the District of Columbia saw firearm mortality rates decline across most demographic groups (such as race, sex and age) in recent years. This is notable considering these jurisdictions’ relatively strict gun laws.

https://www.newsweek.com/gun-deaths-united-states-firearms-1463911

If you actually read the article then you probably have an opinion….right or wrong…..

How about a history of gun rights in this country…..

To say the history of gun rights is contentious would be an understatement. It is a history that has become guided by political ideology and cultural attitudes more than by facts.

For more than a decade, I have researched, written, debated, and discussed the history of gun rights, and its legal ramifications. I am not anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment, associated with communism, or some other negative stereotype used by gun-rights advocates to “pigeon hole” anyone who does not wholly subscribe to the tenets of gun-rights theology.

https://www.americanheritage.com/history-gun-rights-america

There’s a lot going around about the Second Amendment.  Some on the left have been spreading a little rumor that it isn’t necessarily about protecting any right of the individual.  Some say it doesn’t hold water compared to the government’s ideas on ensuring public safety.

Let’s not forget that the Amendment, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” isn’t our only clue to determine what the founders thought of the right to bear arms. They’ve left behind plenty of writings which outline the purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

The Founding Fathers Explain The Second Amendment — This Says it ALL

One last thought…..

Many people find this obvious. It’s hard to imagine what else the Second Amendment could possibly be intended to do. James Madison wrote the Second Amendment in the aftermath of a bloody war for independence from a tyrannical empire. The first shots of that war were fired to resist disarmament. Can anyone truly believe that Madison wrote the Second Amendment with, say, hunting or target shooting in mind? It’s a preposterous notion.

But, let’s suppose that we’re not sure what “arms” the Second Amendment refers to. How might we figure out what the authors of our Constitution and Bill of Rights were thinking when they used the term “arms?” Were they thinking about “weapons of war,” or something else?

The Right to Bear Which Arms? – 2A Interpretation and the Federalist Papers

Thoughts?

You have mine…now what about yours?

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

STOP! Racism Is The Problem!

I keep waiting for someone….anyone….to start an actual conversation on race.

So far all we have is lip service.

Some great points have been made but a truly hard look at racism has never been spoken.

We should be honest….the United States is broken and has been for a very long time.

The coming ethnic storm has some scrambling to keep things the way they are today……

Almost three decades ago when Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. penned The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society (1991), the threat of American white extremism was, if not quite unimagined, profoundly underestimated. Instead, Schlesinger lays the blame for what he calls the “decomposition of America” on the rise of “tribalism,” with Afrocentrism, “multiculturalists” and “ethnocentric separatist,” who in Schlesinger’s view see “the western tradition [as] inherently racist, sexist, ‘classist,’ hegemonic; irredeemably repressive, irredeemably oppressive,” presenting a clear and present danger. In some ways, the book presages Samuel P. Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations (1996), another in a long tradition of apocalyptic treatises on the rising tide of color, although this time penned by cold war liberals who offer a more palatable version lacking the overtly racist demagoguery of previous scribes. Like Huntington, Schlesinger envisions that the threat to western, specifically American values and institutions comes from an imagined Brown Peril of teeming dark-skinned others not from those who have historically rejected them – i.e., white racial narcissists. As Sam Tanenhaus wrote in his 2017 review of the book in The Atlantic, “though its critique of the ‘politics of identity’ and the ‘tribal antagonisms’ it bred should have included a harder look at his own privileged tribe, its delusions as well as its prejudices and presumptions.”

America’s White Problem Revisited

Can we explain the reason for these extreme right wing views?

Some have tried.

New research from Belgium provides evidence that deficits in emotion understanding and emotion management are related to right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. The study has been published in the journal Emotion.

“I have a lifelong interest in political psychology and in political ideology in particular. The observation that left-wing and right-wing adherents tend to differ on so many psychological characteristics is amazing,” said study author Alain Van Hiel, a professor at the University of Ghent.

“Many scholars have investigated the cognitive basis of ideology in general, and right-wing ideological attitudes in particular. In the present study, we wanted to investigate if a similar relationship would exist for emotional abilities.”

https://www.psypost.org/2019/09/people-with-lower-emotional-intelligence-are-more-likely-to-hold-right-wing-views-study-finds-54369

I do not understand……people who pretend that the Constitution is all important set about violate the tenets set forth by our Founders…..or they violate the teachings of something they hold on to for dear life….Christianity.

America has a serious white-supremacy problem, which is helping fuel a rise in hate crimes, violence, and domestic terrorism, and it’s time for Congress to do something to combat this growing threat to our nation.

https://www.businessinsider.com/congress-white-supremacist-terrorism-violence-trump-opinion-2019-9

Divisions destroy unity.

Ignorance is NOT strength……Ignorance is slavery!

Learn Stuff!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Another Step To Equality

Closing Thought–24Sep19

Women have been fighting for true equality for a very long time…..they we close in the 70s with the ERA and have been trying to achieve their dream ever since.

Some states have got a little closer tom the goal……

Two women sued the city of Fort Collins, Colo., for the right to go topless. Now, six states in total will reap the benefits of their ban-busting efforts after a federal appeals court overturned the city’s prohibition on women sans shirts and the city opted not to appeal. KUTV reports that not only Colorado’s women are now able to bare their breasts, but also those in Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma, after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ban in Fort Collins. Because Fort Collins has no plans to challenge the appellate court ruling, which would bring the case to the Supreme Court, the nixing of the ban applies to all six states the appeals court has jurisdiction over. NBC News notes the court ruling was handed down in February, while Fort Collins just decided this month to back off the case.

The suit was originally brought by plaintiffs Brit Hoagland and Samantha Six, who say their complaint was in the name of gender equality. The women had even started a #FreeTheNipple social media campaign to bolster their stance. Not everyone—not even all women—is 100% behind the court’s decision. “I do think we deserve equal rights in everything,” one female Boulder resident says. “But I think if women do choose to do that, they might be asking for a little bit of trouble.” Hoagland and Six disagree. “Everybody should be able to be comfortable on a hot day, and if that means taking their shirt [off], so be it,” Hoagland tells KGUN 9. “No matter how you look [at it], you should have the same freedom [as] the person next to you.”

As a man I will refrain from giving my thoughts….but I would love to hear from others on this new turn…..

I say just get to work and finally ratify the ERA…..period!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”