Draconian budget proposals aimed at the poor

 

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump’s proposal to cut federal spending by more than $3.6 trillion over the next decade — including deep reductions for programs that help the poor — faced harsh criticism in Congress on Tuesday, where even many Republicans said the White House had gone too far.

While some fiscally conservative lawmakers, particularly in the House, found a lot to praise in Trump’s plan to balance the budget within 10 years, most Republicans flatly rejected the White House proposal. The divide sets up a clash between House conservatives and a growing number of Senate Republicans who would rather work with Democrats on a spending deal than entertain Trump’s deep cuts.

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Turkish president’s security guards go thug on protesters

NYtimes.com:

WASHINGTON — Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces and several armed individuals, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here on Tuesday night in what the police characterized as “a brutal attack.”

Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, the Metropolitan Police chief, Peter Newsham, said at a news conference on Wednesday. Two Secret Service agents were also assaulted in the melee, according to a federal law enforcement official.

The State Department condemned the attack as an assault on free speech and warned Turkey that the action would not be tolerated. “We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

A group of Republican lawmakers went a step further, calling the episode an “affront to the United States” and calling for Turkey to apologize.

Photos and videos posted on social media by witnesses showed a chaotic scene of flying fists, feet and police batons — all in the middle of rush hour traffic along stately Embassy Row. The video showed two men bleeding from the head and men in dark suits punching and kicking protesters, some lying on the ground.

 

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When does Trump go?

Trump has lied so much to the American people that I have lost track.  It is time for the Republicans to do the right thing and being impeachment proceedings.

Perhaps Mitch McConnell will step down since he clearly has a conflict of interest, since his wife is part of Trump’s cabinet.

There seems to be no honesty, no integrity, and no accountability.  I am very worried about the nation.

What is it they say about “birds of a feather?”

Dailyprogress.com:

The Charlottesville man who made headlines with his attempts to oust a city councilor will perform 50 hours of community service after being convicted of misdemeanor assault.

Blogger Jason Kessler was in Charlottesville General District court on Monday for a sentencing hearing after having pleaded guilty in April to misdemeanor assault.

The charge stemmed from a January incident on the Downtown Mall, where Kessler was hawking his petition to have Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy removed from office over allegations that he misused his office. James Justin Taylor, of Crozet, has told reporters that when he approached Kessler and insulted the petition, Kessler responded by punching him in the face.

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Starbucks Store Manager Earns a Degree after 25-year Delay

news.Starbucks.com:

By Steve Stolder / Starbucks Newsroom

Every summer for 15 years, Raymond Smith has delivered what he calls “The Professor’s Perspective” to incoming Indiana University Bloomington students and their parents. He estimates 12,000 people have heard him give his talk about the perils of freshman year and the challenges that confront those who don’t make it through the fraught first months on campus.

The 64-year-old professor of literary studies draws on academic research, telling the hundreds who attend each lecture about a crucial time-to-degree variable – the less time you take, the more likely you are to graduate. And he reads “A Letter to Laura,” an unsent note he’d composed in the early 1990s, shortly after he came to Indiana. Addressed to his niece, the letter offers reminiscences from his own undergrad days, as well as four or five tested tips for surviving what he calls “the hottest of the flaming hoops that students jump through.”

“About once every other year, some parent in the question-and-answer period will ask, ‘What ever happened to Laura?’” Smith recalled. “And I’ll say, ‘Well, she really wasn’t in a position to take my advice.’”

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Open Thread……………………………May, 2017

This might just be a great year for irises.  I admit to a particular love of the iris.  It’s low maintenance, unlike the rose.  Individual iris rhizomes are expensive.  Not all make it once planted in the fall.  They just don’t plant right.  But if an iris “takes” you are truly rewarded in the spring

Daffodils are long gone. Violet have pretty much had it.  My one healthy azalea looks pretty good.  The other two are circling the drain.  The Kousa dogwood is getting ready to spring to glory.  A few Jobes’ tree spikes seem to make an old tree young again.

Kentucky Judge refuses to hear adoption cases involving gay parents

Washingtonpost.com:

Two years after a Kentucky county clerk stirred national attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a family court judge in the same state announced he will no longer hear adoption cases involving gay parents, calling his stance on the issue “a matter of conscience.”

Judge W. Mitchell Nance, who sits in Barren and Metcalfe counties in Kentucky, issued an order Thursday saying he believes that allowing a “practicing homosexual” to adopt would “under no circumstance” promote the best interest of the child, he wrote in the order obtained by The Washington Post.

The judge disqualified himself from any adoption cases involving gay couples, citing judicial ethics codes requiring that judges recuse themselves whenever they have a “personal bias or prejudice” concerning a case. Nance’s “conscientious objection” to the concept of gay parents adopting children constitutes such a bias, he argued.

The announcement garnered support from some conservative groups, while also spurring intense criticism from some lawyers and judicial ethics experts who viewed the blanket statement as discriminatory, and a sign that Nance is not fit to fulfill his duties as a judge. Kentucky state law permits gay couples to adopt children, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that all states must allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Nance is free to believe what he wants.  However, he has to do his job according to the laws of both Kentucky and the United States of America.  If he cannot, then he needs to step down.  You can’t cherry-pick the law.   The problem with just recusing himself is that other people have to pick up the slack.

What other biases does he have that might preclude fairness on the bench?  Do his colleagues agree to trade off cases so everyone has the same work load?  Is this a new equal pay for equal work question?

Interesting things to follow regarding this case.

 

Alt-DOT-Universe

Washingtonpost.com:

Among the tens of thousands of people who took part in the National Rifle Association convention here, women were an obvious minority.

The thing that seemed to unite them was an overwhelming enthusiasm for President Trump.

“Look at what he’s putting his family through for us,” said Anne Jansen, an artist selling jewelry handcrafted out of bullet casings and shotgun shells.

“It’s for us. Right? He’s doing nothing but things for us. . . . To the resistance, it’s like, follow him. Take a chance. Follow him. He’s your leader. Are you an idiot?”

Jansen had never voted for president before supporting Trump in November. At 53, the self-proclaimed bohemian from Quincy, Ill., had only cast a ballot once before in her life, when she wrote in Mickey Mouse for president.

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An Oscar for Kris Nohe

Kris Nohe caught some flak on The Sheriff of Nottingham blog for her humorous video of Corey Stewart.   Actually, the fray Mrs. Nohe joined was a ****storm  with a boatload of derision and criticism.  Kris is not a woman who is going to stand down when she knows she is right.

She figured the Sheriff felt a little left out so she made him his very own video.

It looks like there is a new sheriff in town.

Kris, you go girl!  You rule!

 

Denial can be a savagely dangerous

Neil deGrasse Tyson says that this video might just be the most important thing he has ever said.  That’s quite a statement considering his long, illustrious career as an American astrophysicist.

Often people aren’t comfortable with science and new ideas.  Some folks are still denying many components of evolution.  Parents are still attempting to dictate what is taught in science class across the nation.

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Capt. George Harris: Song of the South?? Faux-Patriotism for the South

Guest opinion from our friend, Capt. George Harris:

A couple of days ago I picked up a copy of The Prince William Times and found a front page article about PWC’s “Mini-Trump”, Corey Stewart.  I found it most interesting that Stewart, a carpetbagger from Minnesota, ranted on about “our Virginia heritage”.  The worst kind of carpetbagging.  And he wraps himself in a flag that he declares is the flag of the Confederacy.  Another attempt at faux-patriotism  for the South.  This is the first flag of the Confederacy and there were two others.  This is the “Stars and Bars” that served as the national flag of the Confederacy.

This flag (below) was the Battle Flag of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia-it was NEVER the national flag of the Confederacy.  However, it was incorporated into two subsequent Confederate national flags.  It’s continued use by white racists only serves to fan the flames of racism that that continue to burn more than 150 years after the end of a war that nearly destroyed the “perfect union” our founders so desperately sought when they signed the Declaration of Independence long ago on a hot, muggy day in Philadelphia.

I have seen the Facebook video mentioned in the article. Stewart is pulling out all the stops to show that he is a “True son of the South” when he is anything but.  He is so bad that even Trump fired him.  When are the citizens of Prince William County going to wake up and fire him?  And hopefully the citizens of the Commonwealth will see through this carpetbagger and not elect him to our state’s highest office.

George S. Harris

Captain, US. Navy (Retired)

Manassas, VA

 

Bill O’Reilly: Big buck rewards for wrong-doing

 

New York Times:

Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox News with a payout of up to $25 million, the equivalent of one year of his salary, two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.

For 21st Century Fox, the network’s parent company, payouts related to sexual harassment allegations at Fox News now total more than $85 million. The vast majority of that — up to $65 million in exit packages — is being paid to the men who were ousted from the network because of the harassment allegations.

Mr. O’Reilly, 67, was forced out of the network on Wednesday following the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that unearthed more women with complaints about his behavior.

His ouster was a stunning departure for 21st Century Fox, which long stood by Mr. O’Reilly even as allegations and settlements started to add up. Mr. O’Reilly, who started at Fox News in 1996, was considered the network’s top asset. His nightly program, “The O’Reilly Factor,’’ generated high ratings and pulled in hundreds of millions in advertising revenues.

But pressure mounted on the company to take action after a New York Times investigation found that Mr. O’Reilly and the company had reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million, the majority paid by him.

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New Clerk of the Court: Jacquelin Smith

inside nova.com:

Jackie Smith has won the special election in the race for clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court.

Smith, a Democrat, was squaring off with Del. Jackson Miller, R-50th District, for the chance to serve the remainder of the late Michele McQuigg’s eight-year term as clerk.

With 100 percent of the vote in and more than 25,000 votes counted in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, Smith won the election by more than 2,000 votes.

Percentage of precincts reporting: 100 percent.

Congratulations to democratic candidate, Jacquelin Smith.  Just looking at the election returns at the State Board of Elections website, she made some pretty great strides in some fairly consistent Republican precincts.  Could it be that the times they are a’changing?

Voter turn out was extremely low, yet she beat her opponent, Delegate Jackson Miller handily, securing over 50% of the votes.

I expect some Republicans will say they voted for the Democrat just to keep Jackson in the House of Delegates.  I say bull-doodle to that notion.  Clerk of the Court would be a nice gig for Jackson.  He would only have to run for office every 8 years and he would be able to build up some sweet VRS time and have a cushy retirement check eventually.

I do believe that the Clerk of the Court position would be free of politics.  I believe Ms. Smith will see to it that happens.

 

“You Lie!” –The chickens return home….


Washingtonpost.com:

The original moment came during President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress in 2009 as he was talking about health-care reform.

“There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false,” he said at the time. “The reforms — the reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

“You lie!” someone yelled.

That someone was South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson — and now, eight years later, an indignant crowd at a town hall has returned the sentiment.

The Republican was speaking about Obamacare on Monday in Graniteville, near Augusta, when the crowd started chanting: “You lie! You lie! You lie!”

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Supervisor Lawson denies gender pay inequality

Thanks to the Prince William Muckraker blog for bringing this matter to light. First of all, what would it have cost the county to recognize Gender Pay Inequality Day? Absolutely nothing.

Nice speech, Ms. Lawson, nice speech.  Gag!  I am embarrassed for the supervisor.  I graduated from college when there was darn little open to me other than education.  Shame on you then, Ms. Lawson, for not trying to improve the pay for the educators in Prince William County.  Your voting record points to trying to keep education labeled one of those low paying jobs.

Ms. Lawson’s logic is flawed and defies most statistical information.  Women make less, on average, than men do.  There are a multitude of reasons why.  In fact, many reasons go back to the fact that yes, women get pregnant.  That’s the reason that until the 70’s, women were pretty much relegated to the steno pool.  Companies didn’t want to invest in their training because women got married and had babies.  We have come a long way since those “Mad Men” days but there is still a ways to go.

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