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April 7, 2020

The CC copy. Enjoy

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 12:25

Yesterday I posted a video of my two cats at my desk.   However I was forgetting my set up doesn’t do the CC.  So I sent it to my YouTube channel and here is the copy with CC.  Hugs

April 6, 2020

Republicans do not want democracy , they demand power.

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:37

April 5, 2020

Despite warnings, churchgoers explain why they’re still going to services

Filed under: Children, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 12:19

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/04/04/ohio-church-service-covid-19-pandemic-tuchman-pkg-ac360-vpx.cnn

Rare Pence selfie

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Funny Stuff, Memes, News, Political, Religion — Scottie @ 06:59

April 3, 2020

Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:29

The problem is this is a sort of martial law.    The president & administration has decided to just not follow the laws of the country and international treaty for no good reason.   The virus is here people, the genie is out of the bottle.  Ignoring the law to carry out a racist program is not legal and has no legitimate purpose.  The bigger question to consider is if they get away with this, what civil laws will they just ignore next?   If you think we can not lose our democracy look what just happened in Hungry, and what has been happening in Egypt.    Their government used pretexts to invoke new laws and powers and kept doing it until the leader because the sole law themself.  This is what tRump has been pushing for the last 3+ years and it looks like he is going to get it.  This administration ignores any requirements they don’t like such as archiving mail, not mixing political campaigning and government functions, not responding to any requests for information even when ordered to do so by the courts.    Hell tRump owes states for all his rallies costs because he refuses to pay anyone thinking he is above the need to pay for what he takes.    All hail the Dear Leader.    Hugs

The administration gave the Border Patrol unchallengeable authority over migrants seeking asylum by invoking a little-known power given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. public health agency, to ban the entry of people or things that might spread “infectious disease” in the U.S. The CDC on March 20 barred entry of people without proper documentation, on the logic that they could be unexamined carriers of the disease and out of concern about the effects if the novel coronavirus swept through Customs and Border Protection holding facilities.

U.S. immigration law requires the government to allow people expressing a “well-founded” fear of persecution or torture to be allowed to pursue legal status in the United States. The law also requires the government to grant status to anyone who shows they likely face persecution if returned to their homeland.

“The Trump administration’s new rule and CDC order do not trump U.S. laws passed by Congress and U.S. legal obligations under refugee and human rights treaties,” Eleanor Acer, of the legal advocacy group Human Rights First, told ProPublica. “But the Trump administration is wielding them as the ultimate tool to shut the border to people seeking refuge.”

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration hastily put in place a policy, which the internal guidance calls Operation Capio, to push the overwhelming majority of unauthorized migrants into Mexico within hours of their apprehension in the U.S.

Over 7,000 people have been expelled to Mexico under the order, according to sources briefed by Customs and Border Protection officials.

The guidance, shared with ProPublica by a source within the Border Patrol, instructs agents that any migrant caught entering without documentation must be processed for “expulsion,” citing the CDC order. When possible, migrants are to be driven to the nearest official border crossing and “expelled” into Mexico or Canada. (The Mexican government has agreed to allow the U.S. to push back not only Mexican migrants, but also those from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador; the four countries account for about 85% of all unauthorized border crossings.)

Under the Refugee Convention, which the U.S. signed onto in 1968, countries are barred from sending someone back to a country in which they could be persecuted based on their identity (specifically, their race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a “particular social group”).

The Trump administration has taken several steps to restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum, a form of legal status that allows someone to eventually become a permanent U.S. resident. Until now, however, it has acknowledged that U.S. and international law prevents the U.S. from sending people back to a place where they will be harmed. And it has still allowed people who claim a fear of persecution to seek a less permanent form of legal status in the U.S. (In the last two weeks of February, 2,915 people were screened for humanitarian protection, according to the most recent statistics provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.)

The Border Patrol guidance provided to ProPublica shows that the U.S. is acting as if that obligation no longer applies.

“He Would Be Better Off in Heaven”: Grandmother Confesses to Drowning Child

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:05

What more is there to write.  When you live thinking it is going to be better after you are dead, you seek death.   The Christian religion is both a death cult in several ways, but also selling practitioner a ticket to an invisible place that can not be verified with no need to show delivery of the product.   Hugs

“He Would Be Better Off in Heaven”: Grandmother Confesses to Drowning Child

Now the boy’s grandmother, 56-year-old Helen Martin, has confessed to deliberately drowning the boy in his bath while her husband was out running errands.

Court documents revealed how the tragedy played out, beginning with the reason behind the crime:

She believed that she had been so depressed recently that she thought he would be better off in heaven than to be with her.

Accordingly, she drew the child’s bath, climbed in the tub with him, and held his head under the water. Then she got out of the bath and changed into dry clothing, placing her wet clothes in the laundry hamper.

Her husband says she then called him to tell him of the child’s drowning, but she reported to police that she had no memory of making that call.

It’s not clear how much of this tragedy can be laid at the feet of organized religion. There’s nothing to indicate that the family is particularly religious, and it’s true that severe mental illness can cause anyone — religious or not — to reach illogical conclusions.

But in most cases, those conclusions don’t result in violence. The overwhelming majority of mentally ill people pose no risk to anybody else. It’s the reason why cases like this appear in the news; they are unusual and therefore sensational.

In this case, the choice Martin made requires an unswerving belief in an afterlife. That belief is the only way to set up a scenario in which a child’s death can be a better outcome than his continuing life. It might be deeply comforting in a situation where loss is unavoidable, like a terminal illness or a tragic accident. But it also creates a ghoulish logic in which a child’s death becomes justifiable, even something to be celebrated.

April 2, 2020

Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/despite-calls-global-ceasefire-trump-threatens-war-iran-amid-covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country “pay a very heavy price” for any “attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.”

The threat comes on the heels of the Trump administration crippling Iran’s access to crucial medial supplies as it battles over 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ramping up a sanctions regime on Iran that leading economists said was “feeding the coronavirus epidemic” and progressive organizations and Democrats said must be eased in light of the deadly disease.

“Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix,” Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, said on Twitter in response to Trump’s tweet.

Miles detailed “a series of escalations” the White House has taken with Iran since Trump took office, including his 2018 formal departure from the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s impossible to say with certainty right now what is happening on the ground that’s leading to this latest talk of war, but one thing is clear, we did not have to be here,” said Miles. “The President chose to put us on this path and he continues to own the consequences of his actions.”

Other observers drew attention to the legal language Trump used in the tweet—”Upon information and belief.”

“The United States is threatening wars now based on the standard lawyers use when making allegations they can’t necessarily prove,” said MSNBC analyst Matthew Miller.

There is more information at the link above.   Hugs

They won’t admit they were wrong

March 31, 2020

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

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The first of the two bills the Republican governor signed targets a transgender person’s ability to request a birth certificate change.

Under the new law, transgender individuals will no longer be able to change their listed sex on their official birth certificates and the certificate can only be amended within a single year of its initial filing. After that year has expired, the only grounds on which the certificate could be changed would be “fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact.”

Little’s approval of the bill comes almost exactly two years after U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that a similar Idaho ban was unconstitutional. Dale said in March 2018 that a law banning transgender people from making birth certificate changes was in direct violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and ordered the ban to be scrapped. Dale also warned the state against future restrictions that would run into the same legal problem.

Legal experts say that the newly approved bill will likely face similar legal challenges. An analysis of the bill conducted by the Idaho attorney general’s office determined that the bill could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.

The second transgender-related bill Little signed Monday bans transgender woman and girls from participating in women’s sports sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The law states that a female transgender student will not be allowed to join a women’s sports team.

Opponents to the bill, meanwhile, say that the bill is discriminatory against transgender girls and women who want to participate in sports, that it will require transgender females to undergo invasive or humiliating tests to prove their gender, and that such restrictions could turn prospective athletes away from sports altogether.

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the county, said that the bill marks Idaho as the first state in 2020 to target transgender people in such a direct way.

“We are living in an unprecedented global health crisis, with confirmed cases of Covid-19 increasing on a daily basis in Idaho, across the United States and around the world, but Governor Brad Little and the Idaho legislature have decided to prioritize the demonization of transgender people,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement.

“This is unacceptable, and a gross misuse of taxpayer funds and trust. Idaho is leading the way in anti-transgender discrimination, and at a time when life is hard enough for everyone, Idaho’s elected leaders will be remembered for working to make their transgender residents’ lives even harder,” he added. “Shame on Governor Little and the legislators who championed these heinous pieces of legislation.”

March 30, 2020

The best time to resist is before it gets to you

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Hate, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:23

March 28, 2020

Uninsured Teen With COVID-19 Symptoms Dies After Being Denied Care

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:06

Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:05

https://gizmodo.com/teen-who-died-of-covid-19-was-denied-treatment-because-1842520539

A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who became the first teen believed to have died from complications with covid-19 in the U.S. was denied treatment at an urgent care clinic because he didn’t have health insurance, according to R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California. Roughly 27.5 million Americans—8.5 percent of the population—don’t have health insurance based on the latest government figures.

“He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him,” Parris said in a video posted to YouTube. The staff at the urgent care facility told the teen to try the emergency room at Antelope Valley (AV) Hospital, a public hospital in the area, according to the mayor.

“En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest, when he got to AV hospital they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours,” Parris said. “But by the time he got there, it was too late.”

“He had been sick for a few days, he had no previous health conditions. On the Friday before he died, he was healthy, he was socializing with his friends,” the mayor explained.

People are already dying in New York emergency rooms waiting for ICU beds, according to the New York Times. President Donald Trump has denied that there’s a ventilator shortage, a dangerous lie. Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News last night that he doesn’t like hearing “complaints” from governors and that states don’t actually need more ventilators, contradicting overwhelming evidence that hospitals across the U.S. will need thousands more ventilators in the coming weeks.

“I think that a lot of things are being said that are more [than needed],” Trump said of the medical equipment being asked for by governors. “I don’t think certain things will materialize. A lot of equipment’s being asked for that I don’t think they’ll need.”

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

March 25, 2020

Mormons Irresponsibly Gathered in Utah Airport to Greet Returning Missionaries

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:56

Mormons Irresponsibly Gathered in Utah Airport to Greet Returning Missionaries

Last night, 1,600 Mormon missionaries returned to Salt Lake City from their posts in South Korea and the Philippines in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

That’s good. That’s smart. They shouldn’t be there even when there’s not a pandemic but that’s another story. The plan is for those missionaries to self-quarantine for the next two weeks.

And yet when they arrived home, all social distancing warnings went right out the window. Their families greeted them at the airport without any awareness of how that’s precisely what the virus wants.

For what it’s worth, airport officials said they worked with the LDS Church to limit family members to “two per missionary” and they were told to wait in their cars. The Mormons just ignored those rules.

So those missionaries came home due to the outbreak, only to put themselves in more danger. Heavenly Father doesn’t offer immunity to COVID-19.

More at the link above, including tweets from authorities.   Hugs

34 People Connected with One Arkansas Church Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:25

This did not need to happen.   They new this was a serious health crisis yet so many believe their religion is a prevent the disease card.  It is not!   This is what you get when you deny science.  Now that it is too late he is telling people to follow the medical experts advice and social instructions.  Would have been nice if he had said that before 34 people including children got sick.   Hugs

34 People Connected with One Arkansas Church Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The First Assemblies of God Church in Greers Ferry, Arkansas says that 34 people connected with the ministry have tested positive for COVID-19.

All of them were in the building during a “recent children’s event,” though it’s not clear how recently that event took place. There is a post online, however, noting a children’s event at the church on March 6.

31 infected people are members or staffers.

Two are visiting evangelists.

One is a child.

Several others are awaiting their own test results.

Pastor Mark Palenske and his wife are among the infected.

March 24, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Distancing

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:28

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

Editorial Cartoon Bigfoot social distance coronavirus

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump fake news social distancing Fauci intelligence agency coronavirus

(cartoon by Matt Bors)

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Maury working from home distractions coronavirus

Editorial Cartoon U.S. work from home school March and April madness toilet paper

March 22, 2020

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Ken Catalino Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

John Deering Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Coronavirus first responders local officials fake news slow response

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Spring Break 2020 coronavirus beach ball

Clay Jones Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Matt Davies Comic Strip for March 22, 2020

 

March 23, 2020

Conservative Writer: The Upside to COVID-19? It Shut Down Drag Queen Story Hours

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Family, Gender, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 11:13

Conservative Writer: The Upside to COVID-19? It Shut Down Drag Queen Story Hours

… There are silver linings to some of this limbo, one being that the LGBTQ community has to slow down its offenses against our sensibilities.

… famous drag queens are lamenting the lack of people coming to their shows because of quarantine.

Hey, at least kids all over the country can be safe from drag queen story hour for a month…

…… All the viral videos of them sexualizing kids as young as nine-months-old are proof that maybe from certain perspectives, quarantine might be good.

Imagine how miserable you have to be to take joy in the cancellation of a children’s story time. Those events aren’t sexual, by the way. Conservatives, much like pastors and televangelists, just can’t imagine people who don’t fit gender stereotypes without thinking of sex. Everything is sexual to them. Even reading to kids.

More at the link above.   Hugs

March 22, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Don’t forget the most vulnerable

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 22, 2020

(cartoon by Bob Englehart)

Political cartoon

Political Cartoon U.S. Coronavirus White House presidency 2020 election voting

Political Cartoon U.S. Mitch McConnell Amy McGrath Kentucky senate race ads danger

 

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for March 22, 2020

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March 20, 2020

GOP Lawmaker Opposed Pandemic Relief Bill Because It Was Too Gay-Friendly

Bigotry makes evangelical Christians happy even when it kills.  Especially when it hurts or kills those they hate.   Hugs

GOP Lawmaker Opposed Pandemic Relief Bill Because It Was Too Gay-Friendly

Proving yet again that homophobes too often fail to keep their focus on the important bits, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has publicly declared that he refused to support the bill because — however much it might help control the spread of the potentially deadly virus — it includes people he doesn’t like (read: LGBTQ couples) in its definition of “families.”

The version of the bill first introduced on March 11 provided a framework of definitions outlining who was eligible for paid leave. The bill specified that a person was entitled to leave if caring for a “biological, foster, or adopted child, a stepchild, a child of a domestic partner.”

It’s worth noting that these definitions were excised from the final version of the bill.

Still, Biggs is willing to stand proudly behind his decision to vote against employer tax credits, strengthened food safety provisions, access to unemployment insurance, and diagnostic testing for the uninsured. In a radio program hosted by the Family Research Council (a designated hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center), Biggs explained his objection:

The irony here is that, because the language defining these terms was excised — presumably to appease people like Biggs who wanted to exclude families they disapproved from accessing assistance — the definition of “committed relationship” is a lot more amorphous than the law’s creators originally intended.

Either Biggs is unaware of the differences between the original version of the bill and the one he actually voted against, or he’s being disingenuous about the difference because he wants to stir up anti-LGBTQ sentiment in his audience.

There is more at the link above including the definition he was objecting to that included legally married same sex couples as familys.   The thing is by demanding changes he made the families covered by the bill much broader than intended, hurting his own cause.  Hugs

 

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March 18, 2020

Hard work

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Education, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:38
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