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January 24, 2020

Tyranny doesn’t stop on it’s own

January 21, 2020

Joe Biden Doubles Down On A Racist Myth About Black Parents

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 18:59

Not really a great way to pull in the POC vote we will need to win the 2020 election.   Please people wake up, Biden has passed his due date, he is not able to win and if we let the corporate media force him as our nominee we will lose badly to tRump.  Look I keep saying Biden is stuck in his prime age days.   The ideas of way back then were different.   He can not adapt to our reality today, to the things that what was thought to be real back then, is now known to be wrong.  He is frozen in the past and can not be in our present.   If he were to become president he would work like it was 1970’s to 1980’s.  That is horrible and would just bring in another Republican administration and stalemate of any attempt to move forward as a country.    Hugs

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-racist-myth-black-parents_n_5e2215a9c5b674e44b980327

The former vice president repeated a debunked trope about the racial achievement gap and blamed minority parents for the legacy of segregation.

In a long and often rambling interview with The New York Times published Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden responded to a question about the legacy of racism by blaming Black parents for the racial achievement gap.

In the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate, held in September, Biden had said that one way America could address the legacy of slavery and segregation was by bridging the “word gap” between white and Black children. “A kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background, will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there,” Biden said. He then recommended that Black parents play records at night to “make sure that kids hear words.”

Finally, he suggested that Black parents may not participate in their children’s schooling due to embarrassment about their own lack of education. Biden said he’d learned from his wife, a former school teacher, that poor parents “don’t show up because they’re embarrassed. They’re embarrassed the teacher’s going to say — and it’s hard to say, ‘Well, I can’t read.’”

While somewhat masked by his choppy delivery, Biden’s suggestion that Black parents are reluctant to participate in their children’s education and are responsible for the racial achievement gap has no basis in fact.

Biden’s comments on the “word gap” were bad, but his suggestion that Black parents are reluctant to participate in their children’s education was even worse. For decades, white politicians have blamed Black parents, rather than the legacy of racism, for disparities in achievement.

Studies have consistently found that Black parents are more likely than whites to value post-secondary education. Segregation, mass incarceration and poorly funded schools ― i.e. things that fall squarely under Biden’s responsibility as a politician ― play a larger role in exacerbating the racial achievement gap than parenting styles.

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

 

 

January 20, 2020

Donald Trump Jr. Threatens Republican Senators On Vote For Witnesses

Filed under: Criminal, Family, Fascism, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:11

Donald Trump Jr. Threatens Republican Senators On Vote For Witnesses

Trump Jr. claimed that he wanted to hear from all of the witnesses, but then threatened the moderate Republicans that if they don’t vote to have Joe and Hunter Biden testify, they don’t deserve to be in office.

Trump Jr.’s statement was a threat to moderate Republicans to either go along with bringing the circus to the Senate or pay the price.

The reality is that most Senate Republicans don’t want to call the Bidens to testify because they think that it would only help Joe Biden and hurt Donald Trump. The president’s son tried to intimidate his father’s jury into blocking all relevant witnesses and turning Trump’s impeachment trial into a sideshow.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Fooling the people

 

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January 18, 2020

Infantilizing an entire generation

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Family, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:04

January 16, 2020

A pleasant and wonderful surprise.

Filed under: Children, Family, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Things I like — Scottie @ 17:05

A couple days ago when texting with our son he asked if we would be home today and he would stop by.  Ron worked last night so he would catch a few hours sleep so he could also visit with James when he got here.  It was nice when the boy moved out making his own way in the world, but we do miss him.  He works so many shifts and crosses shifts to work any time they need him.   It is hard on him and hard to plan anything so our visits are fewer than we would like.   But it is expensive for young people these days and give the boy all the credit he is doing well for someone his age in today’s expensive world.   I am really proud of him and the way he has turned out, the man he has become.   After a few hours visiting he asked if he could take us out for lunch.   We agreed to go to lunch but told him we would pick up the tab.   We were his age once and know how hard it was for us then.   So we all went out to eat.   James took us to a pizza place we have never been to before and it was grand.  It was really nice with unusual decor and artisan menu.   It was a grand time and an older couple in the booth behind us with their grand child stopped to talk with us.   The woman said I looked very failure to her and wondered where we may have met.   I get this occasionally from my days working in the Surgical ICU at HealthPark Hospital.    I explained to her I had worked there in the 5th floor ICU, and sometimes helped out in other ICU units.  She started to smile broadly and laughed.  She had worked on the 6th floor.   She and I had left the hospital about the same time but she remembered me.   Seems I had gone up and helped them out a few times and she remembered that.   She had to come to the ICU a few times and remembered how ( in her words ) kind and nice I had been.  It is nice to be remembered.    James , Ron, and I all shared a bunch of appetizers and a large pizza.     We talked to him about him and his girlfriend would like to go to Busch Gardens with us as we often went to the theme parks when he lived with us.   We told him we would pick up the tickets as his birthday present.   He was excited and would work out a date with us.   He offered to drive, which I thought was wonderful as at our age a day walking around a theme park in the Florida heat is very tiring.   James was worried about me being able to do it and remarked we should look into a scooter for me.   Smarty pants I scolded him, but I was pleased he realized the difficulties and was thinking ahead.  James did react quickly when the bill came taking it from the server before I could reach it.   Ron tried to tell him we would be more than happy to get the bill, but James was firm, it was his wish and he wanted to do it.   As he had the bill in his hands we gave in.  I was in a lot of pain by the time we left, my back was wrecked and when I went to stand up I couldn’t get my legs to push me upright.   Ron helped me up.   I could see James was worried.   So we are home, Ron has gone to bed, both cats were waiting for us when we got home and Milo is sacked out on my desk.   I found the PBS video of the impeachment trail and have it set up to see what I missed.   Yes I know I just am addicted to knew but this is a historical event.  I will now look at the comments I love that came in while I was gone.   Be well everyone.   Hugs

Christian conservative churches

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Gender, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 08:02
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Christian conservatives, staring at Christian babies in cages robbed from their mothers, go to their Christian conservative churches with a smile.

January 14, 2020

Canadian CEO blasts Trump over downed plane in Iran: ‘I am livid’

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, News, Political, Twitter — Scottie @ 12:08

https://thehill.com/policy/international/477930-canadian-ceo-blasts-trump-over-downed-plane-in-iran-i-am-livid

 

“I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry,” he tweeted.

“A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region. US now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch. Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are a hundred like him, standing next in line,” he continued.

“The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)!” McCain tweeted.

No child should have to worry where her next meal will come from or whether she will have a place to sleep each night in the wealthiest nation on Earth.

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:58

January 13, 2020

Heart beat

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Gender, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:50

January 12, 2020

A new video from me about my marriage and Medicare For All.

Filed under: Bigotry, Drugs, Economics, Family, Greed, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Love, News, Political, Questions, Sex — Scottie @ 15:54

Hungary Says It Will Offer Free Fertility Treatments To Counter Population Decline

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Economics, Family, Fascism, Gender, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 06:36

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/795211211/hungary-says-it-will-offer-free-fertility-treatments-to-counter-population-decli

“If we want Hungarian children instead of immigrants and if the Hungarian economy can generate the necessary funding, then the only solution is to spend as much of the funds as possible on supporting families and raising children,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Orbán has also introduced other dramatic measures to encourage Hungarians to procreate. Last year, he said women who have four or more children will enjoy an income tax waiver for life, and that couples with three or more children are eligible to have certain loans forgiven.

During his wide-ranging remarks, Orban also said that bringing fertility clinics under state control would “make what happens to the fertilized eggs fully transparent during the entire process,” according to his office. He added that fertility treatment in Hungary won’t be run on a “market basis” anymore.

At a demographics conference last September, Hungary’s speaker of parliament, László Kövér, stressed that “having children is a public matter, not a private one.” In comments published by the Financial Times, he added that people who don’t have kids are “not normal” and “stand on the side of death.”

Actions have consequences

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:25
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I wonder how the families of the 176 people killed in the plane in Iran feel about their loved ones being collateral damage in order for Trump to “buy” an acquittal vote in his impeachment trial.

Conservative policies boil down to controlling women and empowering patriarchy

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Gender, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:23
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Conservative policies boil down to controlling women and empowering patriarchy.

Abortion? Minimum wage? Health care? Planned Parenthood? Guns? Background checks? Violence Against Women Act?

January 11, 2020

U.S. border officer uses Nuremberg defense to explain involvement in separating families

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 10:06

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/10/u-s-border-officer-uses-nuremberg-defense-to-explain-involvement-in-separating-families/

In a new “Frontline” documentary, a Border Patrol agent describes taking part in a pilot program to separate families nearly a year before the Trump administration officially unveiled the policy — saying that while he was unhappy about separating children from their parents, he and other agents were following orders.

Journalist Martin Smith interviews agent Wesley Farris in “Targeting El Paso” about the program Farris worked on in the summer of 2017 in El Paso, Texas. Agents were instructed to separate families as the administration tested the theory that doing so would deter people from trying to enter the U.S. at the border city.

“It was a young boy. I think he was about two. The world was upside down to that kid,” Farris says. “So when the contractor tried to take him away, he reached for me and he climbed up on me again, and he was holding on to me. So that that one got me a little bit.”

“I said at that one, ‘I’m not doing this anymore. I won’t do it,'” he tells Smith. “I went back to the supervisor and I told him, ‘Don’t assign me to do that anymore.'”

Farris “wanted to” take his complaint up the chain of command, he says, but the Border Patrol agents who were separating families were required to do as they were told.

“I mean, none of us were happy about it,” Farris says. “We were all told to do this.”

The Trump administration announced six months after the pilot program ended that it would begin separating families on a much larger scale, eventually separating more than 5,000 children from their parents or guardians at the border.

“It aligned with my experience, in the times where we applied a consequence to people who cross the border illegally, we got less of them crossing the border illegally,” Ronald Vitiello, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), tells “Frontline.” “And so when zero tolerance is discussed as a way forward, we knew that it was going to be a benefit to us.”

“Targeting El Paso” will premiere on PBS stations on Tuesday evening.

 

 

 

 

Wrong lesson

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:49

not a crime no matter how hard MAGA’s cry

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 09:38

January 10, 2020

Crime against humanity

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 07:20

January 7, 2020

Every good deed, Ron is angry at both me and Milo

Filed under: Animals, Family, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 18:52

So I have a sliced open first finger on my left hand and Ron is pissed.   I was holding Milo and handing him up to an upper shelf he likes to lay on.  He suddenly freaked out, started to struggle and clawed me deep on my left hand.   I let go of him and he hung by his front leg claws.   I quickly forgot my own pain and the blood running out of my hand and grasped my wonderful friend and got him off the shelf and on to the floor.  He thanked me by meowing and bumping my leg, he knew what I had done to help him.  He right now is next to me on my desk. Ron on the other hand is royally pissed off.  He insisted on treating the cut as an open wound ( which it is ) and as I am a diabetic it needs special treatment.  He salved it , bandaged it, and gave Milo the stink eye.  I kept telling him I was at fault and it would be OK but he wouldn’t stop until I let him mummify my finger.  I am not sure which is worse, Milo being so upset when it happened, or Ron being so angry now that it happened.      I guess I should love both of them that they  care so much.   Yes I know tomorrow that finger is going to hurt like hell, but what can a person do?    I promise I will live to fight another day.   Hugs

New Video Shows Border Patrol Account of Child’s Death Was Not True

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Education, Facts, Family, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 08:51

*** Warning, this video show the last hours of the boys life.  While it is not gruesome it does show his last moments.   Please be safe as this could trigger some people.  Hugs ***

 

Exclusive: New Video Shows Border Patrol Account of Child’s Death Was Not True

Video obtained by ProPublica shows the Border Patrol held a sick teen in a concrete cell without proper medical attention and did not discover his body until his cellmate alerted guards. The video doesn’t match the Border Patrol’s account of his death.

 

 

 

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