Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Lawmakers are demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Education after a key government special education website went down.

Source: Senators Want Answers On IDEA Website Outage – Disability Scoop

Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Even before Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, despite protests from disability rights and education advocates, the link leading to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mysteriously crashed.  This begs the question, was the crash of this vital link, just a coincidence?  Or, was it a subtle message to the disability community that our needs are going to be giving no priority under the Trump administration?  Unfortunately, I suspect the latter option may be the answer.

One of the main reasons that such stiff opposition met the appointment of Betsy DeVos was that many people are concerned that her knowledge of disability issues, and other matters about public education, were sorely lacking.  When she was questioned during her confirmation hearings about the IDEA, she just drew a blank stare and tried to avoid the question.

It was very apparent to anyone who saw the confirmation hearing that Betsy DeVos was clueless about what the IDEA was, or its significance to people with disabilities.  When she was pressed on the question of the IDEA, Betsy DeVos tried to divert the questionnaire by saying, “these matters are best left to the States.”  This answer was ridiculous!

Anyone who knows anything about the IDEA knows that it was a federal mandate passed in 1974 that guarantees people with disabilities, an equal chance at an equal education.  To me personally, it was one of the primary reasons that I was able to attend college back in Pennsylvania in the late 70s.  She should’ve known that, especially since she is the person who will be in charge of educating this country’s children, even those with disabilities.

Betsy DeVos is nothing more than just another one of Donald Trump’s unqualified members of his cabinet.  She joins the ranks of quite a few others, in this respect.

 

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Kelcy Warren is not Will Rogers, Despite What His Friends Say

The bittersweet ballad of Kelcy Warren.

Source: The billionaire CEO behind the Dakota Access Pipeline would rather be talking about country music

Kelcy Warren Is Not Will Rogers, Despite What His Friends Say

Kelcy WarrenKelcy Warren, founder, and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), builder of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline is not Will Rogers, despite what his friend say.

He is just another wealthy billionaire with too much money and influence.  What he is trying to do to the Standing Rock Sioux is unconscionable and uncaring.  He represents everything that is wrong about the relationship between whites and Native Americans.

Kelcy Warren has used his power and influence to get his way, far too often. He has spent billions of dollars in campaign contributions to some of the lowest of the low, including Rick Perry and present governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.  In fact, he contributed $750,000 to Abbott’s campaign for governor of Texas, and the game nearly $6 million to PACS supporting Rick Perry’s run for president.  Kelcy Warren apparently thinks it’s okay to throw way more money than many small countries just to get his way.  He is the capitalist I hate.

Kelcy Warren displays a split personality or else maybe it would be better called, two-faced.  He denies digging up the bones of ancestors of The Standing Rock Sioux, even though he has done just exactly that.  At some points, he almost seems apologetic to the Standing Rock Sioux, while at the same time continuing to keep on digging the pipeline.

Kelcy Warren has even equated the tribe and its supporters as “terrorists,” even though it’s his people that have attacked these people mercilessly with dogs, tear gas, and clubs.  Even though none of the opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline has resorted to any violence, other than to raise their hands in self-defense, Kelcy Warren has used his political connections to cause bodily harm to many of these people.

His friends, whether bought or just friends, likes as if he Kelcy Warren has almost some type of “folk hero” just because he writes country music and listen to it.  To depict Kelcy Warren as though he was akin to Will Rogers is a great insult to a great American.  Kelcy Warren is nothing more than just another rich bully tried to have his way and make money, at the expense of Mother Nature.

 

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Ban on Muslim Immigration Will Make Americans Less Safe

Ban on Muslim Immigration Will Make Americans Less Safe

On the CBS morning news, former Deputy Director of the CIA, Michael Morrell, says that Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim Immigration to the United States will put Americans in more danger from terrorists than they were before.  He makes some very valid points in this interview.

Mr. Morrell says that none of the terrorist attacks committed on US soil since 9/11, and including the attack on the World Trade Center, would have been addressed by a ban on Muslim Immigration.  He says that none of these attacks would have been stopped if this ban on Muslim Immigration had been in effect at that time.

He says that the ban on Muslim Immigration will be the perfect recruitment tool for Isis, and plays into their hands because it plays perfectly into their narrative about the United States.  Mr. Morrell says that this ban on Muslim Immigration will make Americans less safe than before because it will further inflame radical Islamic extremists and give them some credibility.

Mr. Morrell also says that this ban on Muslim Immigration will not address a serious problem that already exists;  85% of terrorist attacks on Muslim US soil were committed by American citizens.  He says that of nearly 100 people indicted for terrorism by the federal government, 85% were American citizens.  Mr. Morel says that this ban on Muslim Immigration would have no effect on that, and does not address this crucial issue.

During this interview, Mr. Morrell also addresses the appointment of Steve Bannon, White House advisor to Donald Trump, to the National Security Council, something which Mr. Morel considers to be unprecedented. It would stop the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from taking part in security briefings. He points out that this move would bring politics into a situation where it should not exist.

From a personal standpoint, the last thing I want is a white nationalist (a.k.a. white supremacist) be part of the security briefing. This change of protocol puts someone into a power position that should not even be part of the White House staff. Needless to say, Bannon will probably insert the same racist point of view against Muslims into these security briefings, that he did as editor-in-chief of Breitbart.

Bannon’s appointment to such an important position would be at the cost of the participation of the military because he would end the Joint Chiefs of Staff from having input into a situation where military expertise is crucial.  There is no way, members of the Trump administration should have this type of power that is unchecked by the military.

Since it is well-known that Steve Bannon has a racist point of view towards Muslims, he will most certainly tell President Trump that a ban on Muslim Immigration is a good idea, despite the fact that it has just the opposite effect that Donald Trump thinks it will.  Somewhere down the road, I would not be at all surprised if we were to find out that Steve Bannon was one of the chief proponents of the ban on Muslim Immigration to the United States.

At this crucial time, the last person that Trump needs to listen to is a white supremacist who has made no excuses for the fact that he hates Muslims.

 

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The Ridiculous Idea That Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

The idea that Mexico will pay for the wall on the Mexican border is one of the most ridiculous ideas that I have heard in quite a while.

The Ridiculous Idea That Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

The idea that Mexico will pay for the wall on the Mexican border is one of the ridiculous ideas that I have heard in quite a while. Donald Trump thinks he can force the Mexican people to pay for a wall along the Mexican border. That just goes to show how delusional the new POTUS is. He claims that this will solve the current immigration problem; something which I question is a real issue.

The reason I ask whether or not immigration is a problem is because of the way this country was created, and the way that we have always been taught that America was the “great melting pot.” The United States is made up of immigrants. Most people in this country had their origins in foreign countries. If it weren’t for immigration, we would not exist as a nation. I don’t look at it any differently for Mexican immigrants. They contribute their fair share of work and accomplishments, just like everyone else who is a member of our society.

Donald Trump seems to think that Mexican immigrants are taking away jobs from American workers. From my viewpoint, this is ridiculous and falsehood. Mexican immigrants are just like immigrants from everywhere else. They just want to come here to have a better life, just like my great-grandfather did when he came here from Denmark.

Mexican immigrants, at least from my viewpoint, seems to be doing the jobs that most American workers think they are “too good” to do. These people are the ones who do the farm labor, janitorial work, housekeeping, and childcare for people who work during the day. These types of menial jobs are not very sought after by most American workers.

Trump is just stirring up more trouble and inflaming whatever racist followers that he panders to. After all, he got elected to office because of the appeal to many people’s sense of racism and fear of Mexican immigrants. During his campaign, Trump angrily called Mexican immigrants killers and rapists. This tirade showed his racist feelings against Mexicans and pandered to the lowest common denominator that many people have racism.

The Mexican border won’t be any more secure with a wall built between the United States and Mexico. Also, the idea that Mexico will pay for a wall along the border with the United States is preposterous. What does Donald Trump think he can do to force them to pay? Is he delusional enough to think that he can just send an invoice to the Mexican government and that would just pay up?

 

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Senator Jeff Sessions Unfit to Be US Attorney General

One of the most controversial nominations made my President-elect Donald Trump is the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States.

Senator Jeff Sessions Unfit to Be US Attorney General

One of the most controversial nominations made by President-elect Donald Trump is his nomination of Jeff Sessions to be US Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has nothing in his record that shows him as having what it takes to be head of the Justice Department of the United States.  To the contrary, there are a number of reasons why Jeff Sessions has shown himself to be unfit to be head of the Department of Justice.

The US Attorney General is supposed to be unbiased and able to make their decisions about a variety of matters including enforcing civil rights laws.  Senator Sessions has consistently been opposed to voting rights laws.  Last year, he voted to gut sections of the Civil Rights Law of 1965 that dealt primarily with voting rights.

If he were to become US Attorney General, could he be counted on to enforce laws dealing with voting discrimination?  I sincerely doubt it!  His voting record shows him to be consistently against voting rights for people of color.

Another controversial position taken by Senator Sessions are allegations that he has used racial slurs in the past, and some people consider him to be a racist.  His alleged support of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists has caused him to be imposed by the NAACP.  They recently staged a sit-in at his office in protest, where several of them were arrested.  Jeff Sessions Is also opposed by the U.S. Senate Black Caucus.  Since many of the cases handled by the US Attorney General are cases of racial discrimination, Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted to be unbiased, as he is supposed to be.

He has also classified the NAACP as being “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”  Can someone with this type of antiquated mentality which smacks of McCarthyism really be trusted to cancel make sure that every American citizen is granted the justice they deserve?

 

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Jeff Sessions Voting Record shows Him Unfit to be US Attorney General

Jeff sessions voting record clearly shows that he is unfit to be US Attorney General.

Jeff Sessions Voting Record Shows Him Unfit to be US Attorney General

Jeff Sessions voting record clearly shows that he is unfit to be US Attorney General. It demonstrates that he cannot be unbiased enough to make the necessary decisions that will face him. Donald Trump should never have designated him as the US Attorney General nominee. As head of the Department of Justice, the various positions he has taken over the years shows he will be incapable of being fair and unbiased; something that is crucial for a good US Attorney General.

A few examples of Jeff Sessions voting record that could prevent him from being unbiased are his stance on marijuana, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. These are crucial issues that he will probably face if we are unlucky enough to have him as US Attorney General.

Jeff Sessions is against marijuana and thinks it’s dangerous, even though several states have legalized it. Advocates for marijuana legalization are afraid that Jeff Sessions will use his position as US Attorney General to go after and prosecute people involved in the marijuana industry, even though it may be illegal. This stance could bring about another controversial “states rights” issue. A “states rights” issue is one where a state maintains it has the to legislate a particular state instead of the federal government.

When it comes to women’s rights, Jeff Sessions is very much against abortion rights and has said that he doesn’t think that grouping a woman’s genitals are what he considers to be sexual assault. Apparently, he shares the opinions of Donald Trump, the person who chose him to be the US Attorney General nominee.

Since sexual assault is becoming an increasingly serious subject, is this the stance we want to see from a person who is going to be the head of the Justice Departme and nt? I think not!

Jeff Sessions voting record on LGBTQ rights are equally offensive to anyone who considers himself to be a civil libertarian, as I do. He is very anti-gay marriage and voted against ending the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy about gay and lesbian soldiers. Since many issues are constantly arising that involve gay rights, Jeff Sessions, if he becomes US Attorney General probably will not be one who is capable of making the necessary unbiased decisions when it comes to ensuring the rights of members of the LGBTQ community.

These are just three areas that show Jeff Sessions to be unfit as the US Attorney General nominee, let alone US Attorney General if he is confirmed.

 

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Voter Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

Voters Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

 

These people are a perfect example of the voter stupidity that got Donald Trump elected president of the United States. Of course, in my lifetime I’ve had the unfortunate experience of watching voter stupidity getting many unqualified and unsuitable people elected to public office.

When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, I saw many examples of voter stupidity. The part of Pennsylvania I come from is Northwestern Pennsylvania, and many of the electorates were dairy farmers. An example of the voter stupidity that I saw was among these people. Every election, they just trudged into the polling place and cast a straight Republican ticket. If you ask them why they were Republican, they would just tell you “well, my father was a Republican, and before him, my grandfather was a Republican. If it is good enough for them, it’s good enough for me”.

As I grew older, this type of thinking struck me as being illogical. The reason why I say this is because, for example, when there was a bill before the Assembly or the Senate in Harrisburg that would raise the price supports on milk, something which would benefit these same farmers, that bill was usually voted down by Republican legislators. In other words, farmers voted for the very people who were causing them to barely get by and stay some of the poorest people in Pennsylvania. By voting Republican, they were hurting themselves but refused to recognize that even when you pointed it out to them.

The people in this video are the type of people who remind me of lemmings, the little animals that occasionally throw themselves en mass off of the cliffs of Siberia into the cold ocean to die. They just follow each other mindlessly and without question. After watching this video, I just had this picture in my mind about these people following each other over a cliff. That’s voter stupidity in a nutshell.

The optimist in me wants to believe that these people are anomalies and not an accurate representation of the average American citizen. However, after what happened on November 8, 2016, I wonder if my optimism is justified. I hope so!

 

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The Alt-Right: Who Are They?

On the political scene, there seems to be what is conceived as a “new group” that has arisen to take part in the political process in the United States.

The Alt-Right: Who Are They?

altright On the political scene, there seems to be a “new group” that has arisen to take part in the political process in the United States. They are the Alternative Right, also known as the “Alt-Right.” In actuality, these people have been around for a long time, although they preferred to be mostly unseen.

Members of the Alt-Right movement believe that the conservative movement in this country doesn’t go far enough to maintain “traditional values,” or to further the conservative agenda in the most efficient way. Many members of the normal conservative movement in the United States are afraid of members of the Alt-Right. They not only think that this movement is far too radical in its position, but discredits the entire conservative movement because many members of the Alt-Right movement believe that it’s okay to further its agenda by any means necessary. Often, these means include violence against those who disagree with their position, including other members of the conservative movement. They are often viewed as “loose cannons” to regular conservatives.

the-alt-right-is-not-racistThe Alt-Right espouses a belief system that is considered to be offensive by most people, mostly because of its nature. The Alt-Right is made up of white supremacists, or as they now seem to prefer to be known as “white nationalist.” This term is three just another buzzword for racist.  The ranks include such groups as, The Aryan Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, and skinheads.

Formerly, the Alt-Right preferred to remain in the shadows because of their activities, and that they were cowards about bringing their offensive belief system out into the public eye. Also, even within this movement, they were never confident about their numbers. Often, members of a movement of this type only feel empowered when they know that there are others who will defend their belief system. The only feels strength in numbers because they are too cowardly to stand alone.

However, with the election of Donald Trump, the members of the Alt-Right hand seemingly come out of the woodwork, mostly because a primary candidate has used their brand of hate speech in a presidential election. These members of the Alt-Right, or as I prefer to call them, bigots have felt free to come out and preach their hateful doctrine of racism because of a major political candidate, Donald Trump has encapsulated in his rhetoric something that they relate to; racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, Xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. These bigoted positions were mainstays of the entire Trump campaign.

Steve BannonEven though he doesn’t acknowledge it, Donald Trump has given these people a type of power they haven’t had in recent years. Not only does he refuse to acknowledge that he has given them free license to come out into the open, but he refuses to distance himself from them. He has even brought a prominent member of the Alt-Right into his cabinet as his chief of staff, the former editor of Breitbart, Steve Bannon.

Breitbart News seems to be the primary outlet for members of the Alt-Right to express themselves and spread their message of hatred and racism. This message is the main reason that the appointment of Steve Bannon to a position where he will have the ear of the president is controversial but dangerous. The Alt-Right also has a propensity for using the Internet for spreading its ugly word, particularly through the use of trolling and spreading hateful “memes.”

President-elect Donald Trump, if he is half as smart as he thinks, will put as much distance between himself and the Alt-Right as he can. So far, he hasn’t done that or even indicated that he has any intention of doing so.

 

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Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities

The man who says he has given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance.

Source: Donald Trump’s War on People With Disabilities

Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities.

Why am I not surprised that Donald Trump has a fucked up attitude about people with disabilities especially as he openly mocked a reporter from the New York Times, who has a disability.  When it comes to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), his attitude is equally fucked up.  Donald Trump, who touts himself as such a great businessman, apparently doesn’t appreciate the billions of dollars that are generated by a business by just taking a few simple steps to make sure of equal access for people with disabilities.

Studies have shown that when a company caters to the needs of disabled people by following a few simple steps, set forth by the ADA, it is good business for a couple of reasons. First, people with disabilities are willing to spend money just like other people.  This puts more money and profits into the coffers of businesses who comply with the ADA.  Following the ADA also creates a great Stopreputation of business because it gives them more of a “human” face.  Whenever a corporation enhances their reputation by at least seeming to care about members of the community, it’s alway makes them look good in the public eye.  A positive image is always good business because most people look at companies as cold-blooded, non-caring entities that are only interested in making money.

Donald Trump has been sued several times for violating the ADA by not complying with it.  Most notably, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.  The Taj Mahal has been shown to be an access nightmare, with many violations.  Other businesses, owned by Donald Trump, have also been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.

Donald Trump always likes to showcase his supposed great business acumen and skill.  To hear him tell it, one would think that his business sense is the biggest thing since sliced bread.  Since he has shown himself to be nothing more than a windbag, we should not be surprised that he is anything more than another big problem for people with disabilities.

 

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Cards Against Humanity creators troll scared, little Donald Trump with a billboard in Detroit

Source: Cards Against Humanity creators troll scared, little Donald Trump with a billboard in Detroit

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