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March 31, 2020

Spam folder

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 13:15

This morning Randy told me a comment he left disappeared.   I went looking and there was nothing in trash.  Then I looked into the spam and I found a bunch of recent comments.   The spam folder automatically deletes after a few days so I don’t know how many were lost.  I don’t know why these comments went to spam.    If you don’t hear back from a comment in a reasonable time let me know.   I normally try to answer every comment in a short time frame.  I do go to bed early in the evening so any late comments will get answered in the morning.   Other than that if you don’t get a reply from me then I did not see the comment.   Again sorry for all the lost comments.    Hugs

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills


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.”

Does prayer not work, or are you praying to the wrong god?

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Prayers, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 09:37

Trump Is Shipping $100 Million In Medical Equipment Out Of The Country

Filed under: Drugs, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:48

As hospitals around America struggle to secure enough medical equipment to keep their doctors and nurses safe, Donald Trump said on Monday that the United States is shipping $100 million of “surgical and medical and hospital things” out of the country.

“We’re also sending things that we don’t need to other parts,” Trump said during his daily coronavirus informercial-slash-rally. “We’re going to be sending approximately $100 million worth of things, of surgical and medical and hospital things to Italy.”

There is no question that the outbreak in Italy has been devastating. With each passing day, thousands more people contract the coronavirus and hundreds die.

But we’re now seeing the same trends develop in the United States as well, with America having the most coronavirus infections in the world and the number of deaths approaching 3,000 as of this writing.

All of this comes two years after Trump disbanded the White House pandemic team and just weeks after he publicly called the virus a Democratic hoax.

Now, in the midst of what appears to be a deadly shortage of medical equipment in the United States, Trump announces he’s shipping $100 million in supplies out of the country – more than a month after he sent 18 tons of PPE to China.

I wonder what he got for it, tRump doesn’t do anything unless it benefits him.  Hugs

4 Boston Hospitals Report Significant Numbers Of Employees Have The Coronavirus

Filed under: Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:38

This is what scares me.   Ron works in an ICU and they have Covid-19 patients.   With the PPE situation as it is it is very hard for the staff to stay safe.   Hugs

Hey Joe, ready for Medicare For All yet?

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:24

Tribe That Drew Trump’s Fire Over Casino Plan Loses Its Reservation Status

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 08:16

The Dear Leader’s money streams must not be interfered with.  tRump will use all the levers of government to crush those who anger the king tRump.   This is again criminal and scary.  We have to deal with tRump and McConnell.    They are turning the country into a one party rule for ever like China.   The corporate Democrats don’t see this as a huge problem as they are paid by the same big donors as the republicans but the Democrats are paid to lose.   Otherwise why run a candidate with as many problems as Biden?   Hugs

The U.S. Interior Department is rescinding the reservation status of a Native American tribe whose plan to build a casino on its Massachusetts land was attacked by President Donald Trump last year.

The planned gaming operation would have competed for business with nearby Rhode Island casinos with strong ties to Trump, who once owned, then bankrupted, casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs informed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday that its 321-acre Cape Cod reservation will be “disestablished” and its land taken out of federal trust, according to Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. Land in trust to the federal government effectively grants a tribe special legal status and autonomy. The Mashpee Wampanoag, however, will still be officially recognized by the federal government as a Native American tribe, according to a spokesman for the Interior Department.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs “informed me that the Secretary of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished and that our land be taken out of trust,” Cromwell said in a statement Friday. The crushing news came as the tribe “desperately” struggled with the “devastating pandemic” as the nation tallied a record 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), who represents the district including the tribal land, called the action “one of the most cruel and nonsensical acts I have seen since coming to Congress.” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “should be ashamed,” Keating said in a statement. “In a time of national health and economic emergency, the secretary of the Interior should be reaching out to help all Native American tribes,” he added.

Trump last year attacked the proposed federal Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, which sought to protect members’ “tribal homeland.” Trump blasted it as a “special interest casino bill” and used the name of a Native American hero as a slur against bill supporter Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), slamming her yet again as “Pocahontas.”

The bill was later passed by the House, but failed to get through the Senate.

The tribe’s proposed casino would have been competition for two casinos in Rhode Island owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings, whose president, George Papanier, was once a finance executive at the Trump Plaza casino hotel in Atlantic City, The Washington Post reported.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Committee, is a lobbyist for Twin River casinos, Keating noted. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, is the White House strategic communications director.

Trump attacked Native American casinos in the past as unfair competition when his operations in Atlantic City were still functioning, at one point calling them the “biggest scandal ever.”

He insisted at a congressional hearing in 1993 that tribal owners “don’t look like Indians to me ” and claimed: “I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations” to gambling. (Check out the video up top.)

More at the link above.  Read how vengeful and bigoted tRump is.  Read how he holds a grudge and thinks only of money, his money, and how he can get more money.   Hugs

Disgusting and upsetting but it is the Republican way

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:43

That’s It!

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:41

I just want a grown adult back in the White House representing this country

Filed under: Cartoons, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:39

Republican hacks not understanding how serious this is

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:37

People are dying, tRump loves his TV ratings

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:31

Impeached Trump fiddles. #vainglorious

Where are the ‘best people’ he hired

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:30

Where are the ‘best people’ he hired?

Republicans do not believe in social safety nets

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

We need a robust social safety net.

Republicans do not believe in social safety nets.

We need to get rid of Republicans.

The ‘death panels’ were all a GOP projection

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:26
“ A Criminally Corrupt Political Party! Phroyd
The ‘death panels’ were all a GOP projection. *no one is surprised*phroyd:

A Criminally Corrupt Political Party!


The ‘death panels’ were all a GOP projection. *no one is surprised*

(via ourprairiedog)

What happened after WWII with Russia

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:25

So communists were our partners? What happened after WWII with Russia?

Trump is a puppet for Putin.

Raise the minimum wage.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:22

Raise the minimum wage. End of story.

An Outdoor Church Service Backfired When People Got Out of Their Cars to Worship

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Prayers, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 07:21

An Outdoor Church Service Backfired When People Got Out of Their Cars to Worship

Christian Hate-Pastor Greg Locke, who runs Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, is one of those leaders who has no understanding of the virus, but insists he’s going to keep his church open because that’s what’s best for his community. He acts like attempts to prevent gatherings amounts to anti-Christian persecution.

This past weekend, he said he would still be having a service… outdoors. Everyone would just drive up and he’d preach from a distance. See?! Problem solved! Stop worrying. He actually told a reporter that would allow the church to “be in compliance… somewhat.” He went on to say the goal was to allow everyone to stay in their cars — quarantined — while still hearing the biblical message.

Except if you look at the video from Sunday’s service, it’s clear that people weren’t just sitting in their cars. They got out and got close to each other, which is exactly what public health officials are urging people to avoid!

Locke is too dumb to realize that being close outside is no different from being close inside. He put everyone at risk of catching the virus because he’s cosplaying as a Christian martyr.

More at the link above.   Hugs

The World Over, Stubborn Believers Don’t Care About Their Survival — or Yours

Filed under: Criminal, Health, News, Political, Prayers, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:12

The World Over, Stubborn Believers Don’t Care About Their Survival — or Yours

As we wrote a week ago, Spell even organized 26 buses to transport willing Christians from all over the Baton Rouge area to his open-air service last weekend. Little if any social distancing took place at the event (to say nothing of the packed coaches). That’s in part because the pastor literally told the congregants that he and the Holy Ghost will heal them if they get COVID-19.

And yesterday? Persuaded neither by the urgings of public-health authorities, nor by the demands of common sense, Spell held another mass gathering. About 500 people attended.

Pastor Spell doesn’t seem to appreciate reality, but the Governor does.

People who violate the ban are being selfish and “grossly irresponsible,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. They “take the time and attention of first responders and make it much more likely that this disease will continue to spread.”

By the way, Edwards estimates that in New Orleans, hospitals are likely to exhaust their stock of ventilators by this Friday. All beds are projected to be taken within a week after that.

It’s doubtful that Baton Rouge will fare much better — and with people like Spell as superspreaders-by-proxy, the city may do a whole lot worse.

And abroad? The Guardian, under the headline “Churchgoers All Over the World Ignore Social-Distancing Advice,” reminds us that religious people in various countries are wearing their selfishness like a badge.

More at the link above.   I just don’t feel up to quoting the information included.   Please go give it a read to see just how out of reality these people are.   One neighbor asked what happens when these people leave the church and go to grocery stores and other places.   How many people are they putting at risk?   This is displaying god’s love for their fellow man?  Hugs



Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump is nuts, the best people say so

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Drugs, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:12

(story here) .. (cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Signe Wilkinson)

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

Political Cartoon U.S. gov Dan Patrick economic stimulus plan elderly death rate rises coronavirus

Editorial Cartoon U.S. COVID-19 401K grandma deaths economy




Political Cartoon U.S. stimulus bill coronavirus relief trickles

Political Cartoon U.S. Coronavirus DOH Quincy E.H. ventilators states bidding


Editorial Cartoon U.S. lungs essential must remain open coronavirus

Political Cartoon U.S. people take comfort Cuomo leadership Trump fails

Political Cartoon U.S. debriefing coronavirus cases deaths Trump rages over TV ratings

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 31, 2020

Chris Britt Comic Strip for March 30, 2020

Matt Davies Comic Strip for March 30, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Coronavirus COVID-19 Stay Home Order homeless housing vulnerable

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