Monday, March 30, 2020
A few things that tick me off...
Accusing Governor Cuomo of hoarding and overstating New York's needs without evidence. Claiming repeatedly House Democrats have done nothing despite the fact they passed over 400 bills sitting on McConnell's desk awaiting senate committee review. Claiming Obama left our military "without bullets". Obama left over 100 judge vacancies when everyone knows it was the grim reaper who blocked Obama's nominations (including a supreme court nominee) in the senate. Tweeting stuff that any other user would get suspended for saying just 1/10th of what he said. On his various appearances on Fox he defended Russia reminding us they worked with us to defeat Germany without mentioning what happened after. He repeatedly said China is paying huge tariffs bringing in an ungodly amount of money when he knows perfectly well American consumers bear those costs on the products we buy. These plus dozens more. I'm not going to waste my time any further in listing them all.
I've run out of patience. Trump's clown act no longer amuses me. The economy sucks. Our national debt is staggering (almost impossible to recover from). Trust in government and each other has gone out the window. All in just after three short years. Whether Trump gets reelected or not this country will never be the same as it was before 2017. That's a fact. End of discussion.. period. No sense in anyone trying to convince me otherwise. I've already exhausted any kind of reasonableness I once had given all the crap this guy has put this country through.
Anyone leaving a comment who disagrees, don't expect my response be a muted one. You've been warned.
Most of the grocery products available online I estimate cost about 5% more then other products I could find in the store myself. In addition shopper club card discounts don't apply. Currently workers get 5%. The company another 5%. Booking fee's cost another 1%. This means I'm paying about 16% more for the service already. Now you guys want a $5 hazard duty pay per order plus 5% more. That means my total costs would then be at least 21% (because no shoppers club discounts) plus the additional $5.
Screwing The Pooch
That kind of business model isn't sustainable. Not now or ever. Even when this pandemic ends. One out of work Uber driver said he's making $20 an hour. He doesn't want any part of this walk out. I'm sure plenty of others who don't qualify for unemployment need the work if you guys don't. At a time when you could make more money then ever before, while business is great, you guys decide to pull this crap. I've already waited 6 days for my order. Who knows how much longer because of this walk out.
Put it this way. I'm not going to forget this. Neither will the 10,000's of other customers I suspect. You guys very well might have killed the company you work for. Not exactly an Einsteinian move. Hopefully the store I order deliveries from will find an alternate company whose workers are more appreciative. Perhaps even the company itself will be able to find alternate workers more willing to work. For the sake of this company being able to survive I hope this is the case.
So as I mentioned if these people who chose to walkout weren't willing to appreciate what they had going, folks like this guy are thankful this job is here for them. Hats off and best wishes and health to all those workers who remain on the job at this most critical time. My wife and I sincerely appreciate this service.
I also want to give a shout out to my step-daughter who had a Covid-19 patient on a ventilator. This patient is not expected to make it. Doctors and RN's who are at far greater risk have never given one second's thought to walk out when supplies are short. We all need to thank them for their dedication during some of the worst times they ever experienced in their careers. I admire each one of them and wish them all to stay well not just physically but even more so mentally.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
People watch because Americans are dying and they’re looking for answers you malignant narcissist.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 29, 2020
Imagine doing a televised address on the unprecedented number of Americans contracting a lethal virus and your takeaway being “Bachelor finale” ratings.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 29, 2020
People are dying. Hospitals can't get vital equipment. And all you care about is your ratings. You're a monster.— Jerry (@js_edit) March 29, 2020
...alone attracted 6.2 million viewers for the president’s briefing — an astounding number for a 6 p.m. cable broadcast, more akin to the viewership for a popular prime-time sitcom...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
People also watch The Masked Singer that doesn't mean we want the hosts to be president.— Darryl Silver (@silveraa) March 29, 2020
It’s the Coronavirus task force, not the Trump show.— Proud American (@jmichealt1963) March 29, 2020
Seriously, what is wrong with you.— dawnymock (@dawnymock) March 29, 2020
It is horrible that when hundreds of Americans are dying, we have a president who sees the coronavirus crisis as a branding exercise and a public relations opportunity and an opportunity to insanely boast about his ratings.https://t.co/mpEqhUbHgB— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 29, 2020
These people on his twitter feed said it for me.
Chuck Todd: “Do you think there is blood on the president’s hands considering the slow response?”— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 29, 2020
Biden: “I think that’s a little too harsh” pic.twitter.com/T0olK7Ctcu
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
About the virus itself.
Florida has seen 25% increase in infections over the last 24 hours. The average Temperature in Florida this time of year ranges from 70 degrees upward. So it seems to me we shouldn't be holding out hope Covid 19 is going to simply disappear in warmer weather. If it doesn't we're stuck with 2 choices. (a) Restart the economy even with the risk. (b) Stay hunkered down till the economy collapses. Neither is a good choice.
So here's a thought. Nature never has shown a preference towards humans nor animals when calamities strike. In the case of some diseases in the past it has wiped out almost entire civilizations and species of animals. We saw this when Europeans first arrived to this continent. Some jungle tribes when explorers and missionaries arrived. What remained was only the heartiest whose immune systems could fight off the diseases. What emerged was only those who could no longer be afflicted. It seems nature is continually evolving by eliminating the weaker species no matter the cost to any particular one. I fear such might be the case here. Like I said nature plays no favorites.
Irrationality seems to be the order of the day. Fear will do that. If there's one thing worse then what a disease can do to society it is what damage we are capable of doing unto one another. We tend to accuse and finger point then act out against one another as if somehow someone else rather then the disease is to blame for our woes. This virus wants to stay alive. So do we. The will to survive can make both deadly as the other. It's inherit it all things from plants to animals, and everything else that ever existed. What determines each species being able to survive along the trail of evolution is how each is able organize against the other who threatens their own existence. I'm sad to report this Earth can get along perfectly fine without any particular species including humans. Hell in the entire universe we cannot find another like us. So it seems we're not so special after all.
We've been given brains no other species has (including this disease). This places us at a great advantage over any threat that comes our way if we use our brains wisely and not give in to our negative inclinations becoming our own worst enemy. This disease just could be part of evolution in-so-much as the foolish will be eliminated through their own reckless acts during this epidemic. For you religious folks, you could say it's God's way of separating the wheat from the chaff. I prefer to think of it as another step along the ever continuing path of evolution. The way it's always been no matter how unpleasant.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
There are some uncanny parallels. Hopefully we can learn from mistakes made in the past.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Here's how we're handling this.
Since there is a line outside the store, a few days ago we ordered home delivery through their website. It was delivered several hours later. The delivery person stacked the bags on our porch before ringing the bell then positioning herself several feet away.
The website itself mostly list what items are available (subject to the 1 item limits). Even then some of the items were scrubbed from our list as they became unavailable. Next time we'll leave a notation that substitutions are OK with our online order. See how that goes.
This was paid for by our credit card number they already had via our shoppers club card we always use.
While doing things this way it cost us more then ten percent of what it otherwise would going into the store. We felt it was worth it. Shoppers club discounts and coupons are not available on items you order this way. Plus they don't always list the lowest priced products even if some may still be available in-store.
I'm not sure all stores have the number of workers they need to do this. Here's something to consider. A lot of people are out of work right now. Perhaps they could take on some temporary help for people who could really use a job right now. Keep in mind the extra fees already cover the cost for personnel (including their tip money) to do this.
If this thing is gonna last for months it wouldn't be a bad idea for lots more stores to do this. It also wouldn't require triple handling. In other words a shipment comes in. Then it gets taken out to the floor for restocking the shelves, Shoppers then have to go to a checkout. Instead all three of these people could be putting an order together in back as it comes in (at least in part). This also would reduce the exposure to the store and products by a large number of people coming in.
This isn't a new concept.
What's old could be new again.
In the 50's the "grocery boy" would sometimes deliver groceries. The milkman, bread man, vegetable truck, dry cleaner/diaper man and dozens of others would come around. Maybe we should start rethinking this again. It certainly would reduce traffic on the road for one thing. It also would free up time for those workers who hold multiple jobs. This could put people with low education back to work again. It would most certainly benefit oldsters, the sick or the disabled too frail to shop or able to drive safely for themselves. Think about it before you poo poo the idea.
I called the store. They said they couldn't help me because it is an outside contractor. I asked for a number to call. She gave me one but said good luck there are substantial phone wait times. Boy she wasn't kidding. The number I called said there is a 75 minute wait time on call-park.
Look I'm not too fussy about when. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHEN IT WILL ACTUALLY BE DELIVERED!
This is nuts.
Every time I click there's yet another BS wait time. So unless you're lucky at gambling I'm not recommending grocery home delivery at this time. Looks like too many jumped on the bandwagon. I can't help believe this will only get worse in the days ahead.
A shift manager at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., asks why a company that earned $5.3 billion last year can’t guarantee paid sick leave for all of its workers. https://t.co/5AWIY3UORc pic.twitter.com/k9AIxnXTMe— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) March 22, 2020
Whether it's a large or small employer I don't feel it's their responsibility to pay people too sick to come to work. I would like to see it factored into government unemployment benefits. If not perhaps private insurance could offer sick benefit plans. OR perhaps both private and government plans could be made available as an option for workers to sign up for at low cost. If workers don't want to sign up and pay for these it would be at their own risks for not doing so.
As I see it, right now neither the government nor one's employer should be burdened with this responsibility. It should be on the workers themselves These insurance plans (whether government, employer sponsored or private) should be made available as soon as possible so we don't find ourselves in this same situation again.
As for this person in the video.. he would have had the option to take advantage of a low cost plan such as this or face the consequences for not doing so. It's all about taking personal responsibility.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
.@JBPritzker, Governor of Illinois, and a very small group of certain other Governors, together with Fake News @CNN & Concast (MSDNC), shouldn’t be blaming the Federal Government for their own shortcomings. We are there to back you up should you fail, and always will be!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2020
March 22, 2020
(LVCI: I heard some masks now cost states $1.25 instead of the usual 80 cents)
The president re-tweeted almost 60 other person's tweets today. If he had this much time to waste it would have been better spent to pick up the phone and addressed these complaints. I don't care how many tweets or criticisms he makes he can't bullshit his way out of this one. He needs to stop acting like some troll on the internet sitting in mom's basement.
If he has a problem with the governors, the networks or newspapers he's only one phone call away from them. Every time he opens his mouth or tweets the markets drop a few more points. As I write this DJ Futures stand at -913.21 (-4.55%). NASDAQ 100 Futures -4.04% and the S&P 500 Futures -4.34%. Keep talking and who knows how low they will go by Monday morning.
Vice President Pence shows us how a president should act. He's never been prone to outbursts or insults.
.@vp @Mike_Pence just said to me as he left the briefing room, “Sorry for your loss” in apparent reference to the death of our @NBCNews colleague Larry Edgeworth who tested positive . On behalf of NBC and Larry’s family, I said thank you in return.— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) March 21, 2020
Trump, please just go away and play golf somewhere.
Pence has this.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
(Starts at 16:08 Minutes)
‘I must stay healthy. I’ve got so much more to do before I die.’ — Listen to Jane Goodall’s powerful message about fighting the coronavirus pandemic pic.twitter.com/dDHG9WQmBR— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 21, 2020
Karma is the word that comes across my mind.
Look I'm not saying everybody should go vegan, but neither should we stuff our faces with every living creature we come across. All the while making them suffer more then they need to unnecessarily. Perhaps there is a price to paid for doing so.
NEW from me: I talked to rural hospital CEOs around the country, and the picture is dire.— Lauren Weber (@LaurenWeberHP) March 21, 2020
Right when Americans most need them, droves of rural hospitals are weeks from closing their doors as the coronavirus prep saps their cash. @NPR @KHNews https://t.co/okhBenWnlS
UPDATE: Spoke to hospital exec.— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) March 20, 2020
They have lost $39M in a month.
Some in their group have 1-2 months before they will close doors.
We shouldn’t get to the point of hospital shutdowns to compel fed govt to secure the medical & fiscal solvency of this nation.
Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski asks for release from prison during coronavirus outbreak, argues his immunity is compromised due to having one lung https://t.co/xLscu3NaEA— Emily Opilo (@emilyopilo) March 20, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
HE NEEDS TO SHUT THE HELL UP
Let these others handle these daily briefings. If he did there wouldn't be these unnecessary confrontations Trump always manages to create. He's an unnecessary third wheel compared to all the others in the room who are far better spoken and more knowledgeable, He insulted reporters. He insulted the previous Obama administration calling it an old broken system. Not one of these others at any of the briefings have said such things.
I'm certain all of us would have a more favorable view of this administration sans Trump's constant attacks. He should just go to Florida, play golf and shut his pie hole. We'd all be better off (including him).
See the difference how the question was handled?
The briefing ended shortly after 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Here's one sample...
@LauraBenanti sending you this from @WeAreOneRPA theatre! These boys qualified in small group musical for State, which is now cancelled. Thank you for providing this awesome opportunity for our students to show their hard work 💙💚 #SunshineSongs pic.twitter.com/FHBLhx7JAT— Kate Torcom (@TorcomKate) March 15, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Look I understand this isn't all his fault, but still it is a fact.
In my opinion the world will greatly change from what it was once before after this pandemic. In the 50's and 60's we were flying high. Jobs and salaries were good. Slowly over time the gap between the middle class and the wealthy steadily increased. I find it hard to believe with all that's happened globally it won't worsen. Here's a couple of thoughts..
I've always believed it is better policy to create an economy where wealth trickles up not down. In other words if the main wealth were in the hands of consumers they would create greater demand for products. Thus creating more jobs to produce things. At the same time generating greater profits for corporations thus growth of the GDP. Instead it appears companies are going to get the lion's share of bailout while the average smuck will end up taking it on the chin.
It seems to me the best way to get the economy back on it's feet (companies) long term is by doing what capitalism does best... responding to demand. Not the other way around. In essence handing out government welfare checks (taxpayers money) to big corporations in the hopes some of it will trickle down. It never does so effectively because it's only a short term solution. For one thing people pay most of the taxes. Meaning more revenue then the government would ordinarily get from many of the corporations that pay little to no taxes at all.
In other words I see this as another form of the redistribution of wealth.. but not in a good way.
Today, @realdonaldtrump said: “I’ve always known this is a pandemic. I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic ... I’ve always viewed it as serious.”— John Heilemann (@jheil) March 17, 2020
Really??? Let’s roll the tape. pic.twitter.com/NpUTzGiokW
Looks like they all finally got the memo.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Reluctantly, the pilot gives in and all six are loaded. However, even with full power the little plane can't handle the load and down it goes and crashes in the middle of nowhere. A few moments later, climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asks Mick, "Any idea where we are?"
"I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year," says Mick.
Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they take them to a police station. Mick: "What if one explodes before we get there?" Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two"!
Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on a Friday this year" Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're having sex with your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday. "Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them because I wasn't even at home yesterday"!
Paddy says to Mick - I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different.
3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant. 2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant. Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant.
Mick asks - So what are you going to do this year?
Paddy replies, - This time I'll take her with me
An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her Father cursed her heavily. 'Where have ye been all this time, child? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?'
The girl, crying, replied, 'Sniff, sniff... Dad... I became a prostitute.'
'Ye what!? Get out a here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this Catholic family.'
'OK, Dad.. As ye wish. I only came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion, plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club ... (takes a breath) .... And an invitation for ye all to spend New Year's Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera.'
'What was it ye said ye had become?' says Dad.
Girl, crying again, 'A prostitute, Daddy! Sniff, sniff.'
'Oh! My Goodness! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant! Come here and give yer old Dad a hug!
Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'
Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'
'Just water,' says the priest.
The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'
The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!'
Sunday, March 15, 2020
US airports swamped as coronavirus screening stalls returns from Europe
This is unacceptable. The reactionary, poorly planned travel ban has left thousands of travelers at ORD forced into even greater health risk. @realdonaldtrump and @CBP: no one has time for your incompetence. Fully staff our airport right now, and stop putting Americans in danger. https://t.co/gswIaHwelx— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) March 15, 2020
this is the scene from JFK, Dulles, O'Hare & DFW airports right now. pic.twitter.com/7xj8TfxrL8— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) March 15, 2020
You mean to tell me this administration couldn't anticipate what would happen before declaring all flights from Europe would be cancelled within 24 hours (except for returning American passengers).
Part of the problem is returning passengers are required to fill multiple pages asking a rather lengthily list of questions (hope you brought your own pens).
Even a simpleton like myself would have thought to line up a large number of workers before invoking a travel ban. Piss poor planning if you ask me.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Using tote bags instead of plastic could help spread the Coronavirus
This article is also against the use of paper bags. Kinda makes me wonder who is behind this attack piece. Well if these "tote bags" are a source so would all the shoppers clothes and shoes as well. Should we all strip down and get naked so we can get sprayed before entering the store? Perhaps require shoppers to buy paper bunny suits?
If it ever came down to this I'd insist they just throw my groceries loose into another cart to take to my van. There I'll repack it into boxes I can carry inside my house. Who knows maybe we won't even be allowed inside. Makes me wonder just how paranoid all this is going to get.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
I just found out I now have a $375 deductible. I've had this plan for 7 years and this is the first year it carried a deductible Meaning I have to pay full price before their crappy tier 3 kicks in. Last year this plan came out ahead by $361.35. Apparently that's not good enough.
So in other words this plan which will cost me $381 this year will now cost me $756 before they even kick in a nickel. I only need one prescription for my emergency inhaler which I keep on hand if I need it. Last year I still at 20 doses left when it expired.
Damned If You Do. Damned If You Don't
Yeah I know what could happen if I dropped it, but it still doesn't diminish the fact this company net profited almost $2,000 off me over the last 6 years for the 6 inhalers I largely paid for myself To top it off they are owned by the pharmacy I go to. In other words they paid themselves. This while I assumed the larger retail cost then they paid wholesale (even without the prior deductibles). So in other words on this particular inhaler they made money coming and going and are looking to make another $375 on top of that. What a racket!
Medicare and my Medigap insurance plan paid a hellva lot of money for my other prescriptions to this pharmacy. And I do mean a hellva lot of money. With the money their pulling in on me alone they could give me a dozen free inhalers a year and still have several thousands of dollars left over. Trust me I'm not exaggerating. I kept track of the figures which proves it.
Before we even consider Medicare-For-All we need to reign in all the costs. Pharmacies, insurance companies, drug manufactures and providers all have a good thing going. Unless we get these costs under control first Medicare-For-All will be impossible to afford. So let's start there. Piece by piece getting these costs under control. If we do there may be no need for Medicare-For-All in the end. Every politician should be campaigning on containment costs before they even dare speak of any other kind of reforms. Now there's something I think we all could support.
Couple Quick Facts
In 2017 U.S. healthcare spending was $3.5 trillion. Another couple of billion each year is spent by taxpayers for drug research with almost half of it benefiting drug manufacturers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Nancy Pelosi just said, “I don’t know if we can be ready this week.” In other words, it’s off to vacation for the Do Nothing Democrats. That’s been the story with them for 1 1/2 years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2020
Trump spent the weekend golfing as the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. hit 22 — and yes, there’s a tweet for that pic.twitter.com/1Ij44ZyQ6Q— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 10, 2020
Ronald Reagan exploded the deficit via tax cuts. he also realized his mistake, and subsequently RAISED taxes six times, though never high enough to repair the damage. also, Reagan is churning in his urn right now at the thought of what his beloved Republican party has become— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 10, 2020
Sunday, March 8, 2020
If your interested watching the entire Tommy Zito performance THE VIDEO CAN BE FOUND HERE along with dozens of his other past appearances.
If you're not familiar with Tommy 'Rocking The Valley' posted his bio. IT CAN BE FOUND HERE
HERE IS A LIST OF HIS UPCOMING APPEARANCES
Saturday, March 7, 2020
After watching the video I can understand now the importance of restaurant inspections. Especially when it come to the food preparation area. How food must be refrigerated and stored in the proper order inside the cooler.
For a number of years I've been following Margaret Fabrizio. She an elderly retired educator from Stanford University Despite her age Margaret travels every year for about a month to a single country. On March 03, 2020 she sent this video back from Nairobi, Kenya of...
After seeing how some people live in the world it makes me wonder why there aren't more pandemics. I also count my blessing I was born here rather then these other places. I feel for them since it was through no fault of their own
If there's a lesson to be learned from the Coronavirus, for better or worse, we're all connected one way or another with each other. Such is our fate.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Obama relented and dropped the idea.
(May be gone but not forgotten)
The point is.. rather then personalize either Biden or Sanders try to stay focused on the issues they espouse. Which of the two has always stood for what they are now saying? One thing I can assure you, if either Trump or Biden manages to get elected you can kiss Social Security goodbye as we now know it.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
|You never know what you're going to find|
Like it says above, A Blog About Anything & Everything
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
In my younger days I had only a few places to go to get the information I seek. It was either go to the library or if lucky enough to look for whatever I was seeking up in the encyclopedias we had at home. Or if really lazy just call the reference desk at the library and wait for an answer. With today's smartphones, personal computers or with these "virtual assistants" (SIRI) there is no excuse for some of these folks being so ridiculously misinformed as some of these comments indicate.
I realize I should be more patient but it makes me wonder if society is becoming intellectually lazy or just those who are prone to leave comments.
One practice I’ve used in no-hand shake situations is to put my hand over my heart and smile/nod at whomever I am greeting. (Shout out to our local NY14 faith communities for teaching me this!)— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 3, 2020
What’s your favorite handshake greeting alternative? https://t.co/xY1rXBjFZ0
It seems conservatives everywhere (including Trump's tweets) are concerned Bernie Sanders is getting a raw deal by the democratic party. Could it be they are trying to sow chaos within their opposing party? Why? Are that troubled by having to run against Joe Biden?
Will former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh be headed to 'Camp Cupcake' or 'Club Fed'? Here's a run down on what prison will likely look like for the city's former top exec https://t.co/TaE2ZnD7B0— Emily Opilo (@emilyopilo) February 27, 2020
The other day in one of my comments I used the expression, "the whole 9 yards". This caused me to wonder where the expression came from. Well here it is...
Consider this my gift to the world:— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) March 3, 2020
Here are the daily/Sunday circulations of the largest newspapers in the United States — information that is surprisingly difficult to find online!
These are all the papers with daily circulation of at least 75,000: pic.twitter.com/G0WbQiIYTP
‘If you want to surround yourself with people that only think like you do, we are in deep trouble’ — Country singer Garth Brooks called for civility amid political division during this talk pic.twitter.com/WTWWMNfGyu— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 4, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Immigration Enforcement At Courthouses
A resource for attorneys
No ICE Arrests In Courthouses Without Judicial Warrants, N.Y. Court Directive Says
The directive requires ICE agents to show a federal judicial warrant or order to a New York judge or court attorney before the arrest.
Does ICE Have Unlimited Authority To Make Courthouse Arrests?
The Chilling Effect of ICE Courthouse Arrests
Where I Stand
Some argue states and local governments should respect federal laws without question. Would these same people support the federal government enforcing it's marijuana laws by raiding and shutting down every dispensary various states now approve of? If the DEA can take a reasonable approach why can't ICE at least attempt to be more cooperative?
Then there's those hard asses who stubbornly argue, WELL, IT'S THE LAW. Anyone familiar with the storyline in Les Misérables? In it Jean Valjean is relentless pursued throughout his entire life for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his hungry family. No matter how well a father, businessman or citizen he became there was no forgiveness to be found. in the eyes of THE LAW he was a criminal period! Had Valijean been imprisoned no one he came in contact with would ever benefited by it. Nor any safer because of it. Laws need to be tempered against the harshness they may impose not only on the person themself but on others who are intertwined with their lives.
I've argued throughout my life we can't have people pouring across the border endlessly. Especially if they are coming here looking for a free ride. If everybody did our boat would sink. BUT still there are those others. People who've managed to make something of themselves and kept their nose clean (like Jean Valjean). The DREAM ACT was one such program which took into consideration such things. I've seen various stories and videos where rather being a burden were just the opposite. Let us consider each person's story carefully before we throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Supreme Court agrees to hear case of religion vs. gay rights over foster care
The court agreed to hear an appeal arguing that excluding the Catholic agency from the city's program violated the First Amendment and its protection for the "free exercise" of religion."
My husband & I have been raising kids for 27 years. Our eldest came to us when he was almost 3. His mom OD’d & his dad went to jail. There was no one to take care of this little boy, so we did. When you discriminate against LGBTQ couples, you deprive kids like mine of good homes. pic.twitter.com/n7d8VRAwnB— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) February 27, 2020
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Is it any wonder why Americans have become addicted into interpreting everything that happens has something to do with politics. We're being indoctrinated and becoming infused to the point where it's almost become an inescapable mental disease. I, for one, will try very hard to escape what's become a fixation in this country. Starting here and now this blog will no longer promote such, It's not healthy. I now realize how much politics had occupied my mind. I urge my readers to self reflect as well. This needs to change. That is why my last post focused on Freddie Mercury and Queen as this post will now do as well. Free yourself for the next hour and a half and see if you feel better after it's done then you would fixated on the Coronavirus or all the other bullshit relentlessly coming across on the airwaves every damn minute of the day.