Monday, April 15, 2024

What It Says About Us.

[Editorial]
Have we lowered our standards by that much where we have no problem voting for a crook.

When President Nixon was caught breaking in to the Watergate business building in the 1970 he left office in disgrace! Both Democrats and Republicans were behind the impeachment.

The Republicans went after President Clinton for having sex with a White House aid, the Republicans held multiple hearings. Now it has become acceptable for a president to say “Grab them by their pu**y!”

John Edwards lost the election because of an extra-marital affair.

Now it has become acceptable to hop from bed to bed, to cheat on your taxes, to falsify business records, to take classified documents to do who knows what with them?

We now have a candidate who you cannot trust to tell the truth, he lies, cheat,s and uses vulgar language and half of the country find it acceptable. It has even become a badge of honor with Trump supporters.
What the polls say about Trump's hush money trial
About half of Americans think he's guilty. That likely won't matter in November.
ABC News
By Irena Li via logo
April 14, 2024


Jury selection begins Monday in Donald Trump's New York hush money case, the first of the former president's four criminal trials. The charges are related to an alleged cover-up of a $130,000 hush money payment made to adult film actor Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But the polls suggest that a guilty verdict would be unlikely to have a big influence come November.

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In the months since, public opinion of the case has largely held steady, with around half of Americans believing that the former president is guilty of the charges. According to the latest YouGov/Economist poll, 48 percent of adults agreed that Trump falsified business records — though opinions were, unsurprisingly, split along partisan lines. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats believed Trump was guilty, but just 35 percent of independents and 14 percent of Republicans did.
I cannot believe that half of this country’s voters would vote for a crook just because he is “Our crook.”
And among Republicans, just 9 percent said a conviction in the Manhattan trial would make them less likely to support Trump, while 34 percent said it'd make them more likely to support his presidential bid. This isn't particularly surprising — Trump supporters have shown that they'll stick with him no matter what, and most skeptics who might be willing to turn on Trump have probably already done so.
I cannot believe that Christians back a candidate that is the least Christian in any candidate, who uses vulgar language, who tosses away trophy wives when he tires of them and his children are from three different wives. But these so called Christians back him because he is anti-LGBTQ and stokes their feelings of persecution.

In Yahoo News’ comment…
I have no doubt he did it. That’s what powerful people do. I just don’t care. I didn’t care when Clinton was decorating Monica’s dress. And I don’t care that the Donald was cheating with a third rate adult film star!

I'm amazed at how many people don't care about the law....while also preaching how much they love the Constitution.

If they could arrest Trump for putting the toilet paper on the wrong way they would
Trump voters are more of cult than a voting block. They worship the ground he walks upon. They idolize whatever he touches even though it turns to dust afterward.

Just look at his failures...
  •     Trump Taj Mahal casino resort in Atlantic City, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1991.
  •     Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1992.
  •     Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004.
  •     Trump Entertainment Resorts, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009.
  •     Trump’s three golf courses reported $63.6 million in losses between 2010 and 2018.
  •     Trump Airlines (Trump Shuttle) - Defaulted on $1 million monthly loan payments and surrendered ownership to creditors in 1992.
  •     Trump Beverages (Trump Ice, Trump Fire, Trump Power, Trump American Pale Ale) - Most never made it to market, trademarks were abandoned.
  •     Trump Mortgage - Closed down within 1.5 years due to poor timing and hiring.
  •     Trump University - Notorious for fraud lawsuits.
  •     Trump Magazine - Went out of business.
  •     Trump: The Game - Board game venture with Milton Bradley that failed to meet sales expectations.
And now you can add Truth Social to that list.

I cannot believe that Republicans still to this day believe that nothing out of the ordinary happened on January 6th while the whole world sat and watched the violence of that day. And they find nothing wrong with their candidate’s criminal trial.

Sadly this says a lot the state of our country. Hopefully our country will come to its senses in November.

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“I” Is For… Inclusion.

[Editorial]

We cannot leave them behind. There is C in LGBTQ+ and we should make sure they are not left behind.

I remember when we were trying to pass the Connecticut gender inclusive non-discrimination bill. Jerimarie who was the Executive Director of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coaltion was insistent that the bill must include everyone! No exceptions.

PA11-55 AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION reads in part:
(21) "Gender identity or expression" means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.
Notice:
First, that nowhere does it say anything about healthcare providers, you do not need a doctor’s letter or any medical intervention.
Second, that nowhere does it say you had to transition, nor anything changing you documents.
Third, that nowhere does it even say anything that you even have to be trans to be protected.

So what does that all mean? Well it protects a cis-gender person who is mistaken for being trans. And it also amazingly protects a cis-gender person from being discriminated by trans people because of their gender identity.

And that leads me to the topic I want to talk about… the forgotten crossdresser.

The law protects them.

What would happen if you are in a senior living center and they want to crossdress, how would the long term care facility (LTC) deal with them? I’m always writing about LGBTQ people in a nursing homes, I never really mention crossdressers but I include them under the “T” however the question is will the LTC facilities include them.

Under Connecticut law they have to… but do they know that? Or will they have a conniption if a resident only crossdresses occasionally.

I just wanted to say, I have your back. Under my watch I will defend your rights.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Say Bye, Bye To The Libraies.

Say goodbye to the libraries, the Republicans have created fear with the librarians!
If Louisiana librarians join the American Library Association they could be arrested and spend two years in jail.
April 02, 2024


EveryLibrary strongly opposes Louisiana House Bill 777.

This legislation undermines the fundamental American principles of free association and the right to assemble and violates the constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen. It aims to prohibit public officials and employees from using public funds in any dealings with the American Library Association (ALA), thereby restricting opportunities for professional development and access to a vital network of resources and support. Additionally, it proposes severe punitive measures, including fines and imprisonment, for those seeking to engage with or benefit from the ALA's offerings, which are disproportionate and a violation of our fundamental freedoms.

Legislating against a membership organization based on viewpoint is unconstitutional and unacceptable. It violates the principle of free association, a cherished and protected right in our democracy. Penalizing individuals for joining or participating in the activities of a professional organization like the ALA, which enhances the professional growth of librarians and improves the services libraries provide to the public, goes against the values of free thought, inquiry, and the collective improvement of our society.
The Republicans want to keep us stupid!
Acadina Advocate
BY CLAIRE TAYLOR 
April 10, 2024


Public librarians who request reimbursement for taking continuing education classes through the American Library Association could face harsher penalties than someone who commits aggravated assault under a bill proposed by state Rep. Kellee Dickerson, a Republican from Denham Springs.

House bill 777 would prohibit public officials or employees from spending public funds with the ALA, whether it be for continuing education or attending conferences sponsored or conducted, in whole or in part, by the ALA or its successor.

Library employees who even request reimbursement for ALA expenses are considered in violation under the proposed bill.

The ALA, which provides much of the training for librarians, has been under attack by conservatives who say the nonprofit group's policies support exposing children to porn and whose president is a self-described Marxist. The State Library of Louisiana as well as some local library boards, including the Lafayette Public Library board, have severed ties with the ALA.

[…]

The penalty as proposed can be harsher than someone convicted of aggravated assault, which is defined by state statute as assault committed with a dangerous weapon. Someone convicted of aggravated assault, the law states, shall be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to six months (no mention of hard labor) or both.
To the right-wing conservatives anything that’s not MAGA approved is Marxist.

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So lets fly north to the Nutmeg state…

(b) Each local or regional board of education shall provide a reason if such board removes or restricts access to any library material belonging to the collection of a school library or media center. No board shall remove or restrict access to library material for any of the following:
(1) Partisan approval or disapproval of any library material by the board;
(2) An author's race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or political or religious views;
(3) Personal discomfort, morality or political or religious views of a member or members of the board;
(4) An author's points of view concerning current events, whether international, national or local;
(5) The race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or political or religious views of a protagonist or other characters or as otherwise represented in the library material; or
(6) The content of the library material is related to sexual health and addresses physical, mental, emotional or social dimensions of human sexuality, including, but not limited to, puberty, sex and relationships.
Notice #2. You cannot ban books for protected classes! That means if a book is on Black history you cannot ban just because the book is about Black people, the same goes for the other protected classes.

It is interesting to read some of the ones opposed to the bill. One person wrote…
School boards must not have the right to remove or curate age-inappropriate material from school libraries taken away from them. The boards are elected by the voters in the communities in which they
serve, and they are our representatives. Our schools should not house materials that would be illegal to broadcast on network television, and we cannot remove the will of the people -- through school boards – to be replaced by the will of the librarians.

This is an overt effort to remove parents and boards from the process and to supplant them with the whims and preferences of unelected school staff.

This bill literally codifies the right of school staff and librarians to promote their own personal political, philosophical, or sexual views over those of the community and families they serve.

Replacing the will of the people and the ability of families to make decisions for their children with the will of the state is -- quite simply -- Marxism in its purest form.

Please do not allow Rep. Rosario's Marxist bill to move forward and supplant the good will of the parents of Connecticut with The State.
It is interesting that many of these same parents are for “Parental Rights” but are willing to step in and tell other parents what their children can read!

I Know What They Will Find… Or Should Find.

Bias speech is growing by leaps and bounds, but what can be done about?
CT News Junkie
by Hudson Kamphausen
April 11, 2024


[…]

Studying The Effects Of Hate Speech

The chamber also voted to create a task force to study the effects of hate speech on kids, and to analyze which programs throughout the state are doing the best job of preventing and mitigating the damage that bullying and hate speech can cause. 

Senate Bill 337 would create a task force to study the factors behind hate speech and bullying, and the effects on children. The task force would also analyze programs throughout the state that are successful at mitigating hateful rhetoric and its effects. 

Maher said that since 2016 there has been an increase in hateful and unkind behavior, and that the legislature wants to know why it is happening, and what effects it is having.

“We know that in our districts across the state, children are dealing with issues of racism and anti-semitism and homophobia, and we must look at what are the reasons that this is happening, what is the effect on children, and what are the programs that exist currently in communities that are successful,” she said. 

Using that information to better address hate speech and its effects on youth, and possibly growing the most effective programs at combating that rhetoric, is something the legislature could do. 
 The Hartford Courant wrote...
 Seeking to stem an increasing problem, the state Senate voted Wednesday to study the impact of hate speech and bullying on children.

Lawmakers voted 35-0 to create a task force to examine the issue, which they say has become an increasing problem in schools and beyond.

“We heard during the public hearing how this kind of hate speech and anti-caring for other people has effects on children that last well into their adulthood,” said Sen. Ceci Maher, co-chairwoman of the children’s committee. “The purpose of this bill is to look into what are the effects of hate speech on children and then to look beyond that and see what are the programs around the state that are working to ameliorate the effects. And then to stop hate speech. I believe that children being affected by hate speech is not good for children, not good for their families and for society and has a long-term impact.”
 Hate speech, Maher said, has been increasing since 2016.

“People being unkind, saying whatever comes into their mind, not thinking about the other person,” Maher said. “We must look at the reasons why this is happening.”

Senate Bill 327 requires the Connecticut group to study all impacts, including physical, mental and educational.

Kate Dias, the president of the state’s largest teachers’ union, said in written testimony earlier this year that teachers “witness hate speech at local board of education meetings, on playgrounds and Little League fields, and increasingly in school communities.”
Okay, I’ll tell you what they will find… an elephant in the room, the question is what will and can they do about it?

The elephant… Politicians!

They are the ones who are stirring up the animosity against everyone, they are the ones who have given the green light bias crimes. They are the ones who encouraged this type of behavior and the children are following their parents footsteps.
 
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In disclosure: I sit on the governor's Hate Crime Advisory Council.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday 9: She'd Rather Be with Me

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…


Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this week's song we learn that this particular girl would rather be spending time with her lover. Instead of answering these 9 questions, what would you rather be doing?
Why answering the 9 questions at 3AM Friday morning what else would I be doing. It is pouring and highs winds making sleep fretful.

2) Lead singer Howard Kaylan was a very good student. First he won a Bank of America Fine Arts Award, then he was the valedictorian of his graduating class, and was awarded a scholarship to UCLA. Tell us about something that distinguished your high school career.
The Science Club… we built a Tesla Coil and we made it into the New York Times in ‘67.

3) Howard Kaylan formed this week's group, The Turtles, with Mark Volman. They met while performing in their high school choir and continued working together for 55 years. Are you still in touch with old friends from high school?
On Facebook.

4) First Daughter Tricia Nixon was a big Turtles fan and brought them to the White House to perform for a private party. They almost didn't go. When the engraved invitation came, tied with ribbon, the boys thought it was an elaborate practical joke. Have you ever successfully pulled off a practical joke?
I don’t believe in practical jokes.

5) The Turtles' bass player was Chip Douglas. He left the band in 1967 to produce The Monkees. It's Chip that Davy Jones refers to at the beginning of "Daydream Believer" ("What number is this Chip?" "7A!"). What's your favorite Monkees song?
Of course Daydream Believer

6) The Turtles broke up in 1970. Pressure from their record label to do more and do it cheaper was just too much of a hassle. But Howard and Mark continued to work together, renaming themselves Flo and Eddie. They sang backup on records by Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper and Bruce Springsteen and on children's TV shows like The Care Bears. Backup work provided less money but more fun. Given the choice, would you rather do a job that paid well that you didn't enjoy, or a job you liked that earned you a smaller paycheck?
How about both? With my engineering degree I became the department manager and when I retired I become a social worker.

7) In 1967, when this song was popular, the RMS Queen Mary was retired after 31 years of service. Now docked in Long Beach, the ship has been refurbished with state-of-the-art wifi, satellite hookups, and projection screens and is a popular choice for conventions and annual business meetings. When were you most recently on a boat or ship?
Good question… and I can show the 2019 crossing.
We made plans to meet for for a nice leisurely day in Orient Point on November day but Mother Nature had other ideas. I made the reservations for the New London - Orient Point ferry and the weather started to turn for the worst! When we docketed at Orient Point they announce that they would be stopping if the weather got worst. We had a quick but good lunch and zipped back to the ferry and I was the last one on the ferry. When we cleared Plum Island and got to the open stretch of water things got interesting! As you can see in the video things got rocking and rolling, I’m always fascinated by the color green people can turn. I thought it would be very interesting if I got something to eat and sat down besides them, but I had a big lunch.

8) Also in 1967, Elvis married Priscilla. You don't need last names to know who we're talking about, do you? Can you think of another couple with whom the world is on a first-name basis?
Harry & Meghan, I just saw something about them having another spat with his brother the king.

9) Random question: If your phone were to ring right now, who do you think would be calling?
It would be trouble! It is a quarter to 4 in the morning!

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