update on “Equality Act” (see gone2far.org) Rules committee had hearings
today. Big business/ big money is pushing HR 5. Up hill fight money is
ruling the day. We must step up our opposition. We’ve got to find a way to
hold the Republicans in the House. Scalise is our best bet to whip up the
Republicans to stand in unity against this bill.
Phone: (202) 225-3015
Call him, tweet him to hold the Republicans together.
Make this a priority. Money is on their side.
Word is they are targeting Lamar Alexander, counting on Collins, and
We are targeting Alexander with phone calls.
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – Registration and Social Hour
Where: The La Crescenta Woman’s Club
4004 La Crescenta Avenue, La
Crescenta, CA 91214
$25 per person / $40 per couple
Catered Kebab Dinner & Desserts – Beer/Wine, Cash Bar: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
and Music by Sonny Sardo
Speaker program 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Bill Saracino: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Billings 626-823-4679
GBRA Meetings held Monthly on the 4th Wednesday – 6:30 PM Registration and Social Hour
So much going on and me spinning like a top. First and foremost, news from the LAUSD. The Los Angeles Unified School District is jumping the shark and going off the rails.
First, LAUSD is backing proposition EE in the election on June 4th. A yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the district to levy an annual parcel tax—a kind of property tax based on units of property rather than assessed value—for 12 years at the rate of $0.16 per square foot of building improvements to fund educational improvements, instruction, and programs. It started out as $0.16 per square foot of habitable space, but it moved to per square foot of improvements; that’s a lot of mission creep! They are doing this because, despite the claims of educational improvements, they have a huge problem funding their retirements programs. Not only have they made unsustainable promises they have (surprise!) mismanaged what they already had. We’re the suckers they want to pick up the shortfall. It was placed on the ballot now in the hopes that the traditionally low turnout in the off year election will enable them to slip it past a generally disinterested and distracted electorate.
Next, our educational commissars are at it again!
Sacramento — California has overhauled its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools, encouraging teachers to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to help LGBT teens navigate relationships and practice safe sex. LGBT advocates praised the new recommendations for giving such attention to a community that often is left out of sex education policies.
Yesterday President Trump gave a pretty good speech on immigration. The most interesting thing about this proposal is that he did not consult lawmakers about any of its provisions, rather law enforcement and immigration professionals. The result, though not as restrictive of immigration as I would have hoped, is clear and practical. Now, of course, it gets handed over to Congress to turn it into legislation sausage. That should keep them busy enough so that other things can be done while they squabble.
Meanwhile the Barr investigation of the Mueller investigation continues apace, and continues to provide lots of popcorn worthy entertainment. With the appointment of John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, the uncovering will pick up speed. The Dems, of course, are in terror for their lives, many of which, if justice is served, will spend their golden years in prison. I sure hope Barr, Durham and the gang have great Secret Service protection. We wouldn’t want any of them to hide the gun with which they committed suicide the day before they were due to testify, would we? I’m looking at you, Hillary.
There is even international fallout from this. It seems that Salvini in Italy has suddenly asked for the resignation of the Deputy Directors of six major Italian intelligence services. Rumor has it that Italy is about to give up the goods on former CIA director Brennan! I have no clue what that’s about, but it sounds like good news for the good guys.
The USS Abraham Lincoln has been ordered into Persian Gulf area along with an Air Force bomber group setting up the Big Stick to whack Iran when next it gets froggy. The interesting thing about this is that it warns Iran that it will get bopped not only when it deploys the Iranian Revolutionary Guard directly against Americans, but when any of their proxies jump on us or any of our allies. For some reason Iran thinks that it can continue to get away with literal murder, perhaps because President Trump is up to his alligator in Democrat anklebiters and will be too busy to deal with them.
Back in the good old days the Department of the Navy was not part of the Department of War, now known as the Department of Defense, it was directly under the authority of the President. The result was the President could and did use the Navy and Marine Corps as his personal Big Stick. Every once in a while some tin pot dictator somewhere would need to be reminded of who the Big Dog was and he would send the Navy and Marines on the odd punitive expedition to remind them. Looks like the President has had just about enough of Iran’s high jinx and is going to put the kabosh on them. Who knows but that the reason this is happening now has something to do with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard general that defected last month. Ya think?
Iran seems to have forgotten what the US is capable of when we get irritated despite the recent reminder just over a year ago in Syria. I posted on this last March over here. Of course Mad Dog Mattis is gone now, and much missed I’m sure, nevertheless I expect that the guys at the pointy end will know what to do. And will really enjoy doing it.
Remember the old men. They went and saw and did and bore what we can but little imagine. They lived long lives limned in glory born of boredom and terror. As that glory fades we pray a greater begins. Remember the old men.
The Progressive True Believers are pretty much by definition insane. At one point in time they were able to hold it together enough to pass themselves off as serious people with serious concerns deserving of a respectful hearing. Trump, bless his heart, has goaded them into full hair on fire disclosure of who they really are, and evidently he’s not done yet. Every day that goes by peels away another layer of the veneer of rationality, strips another mask off their collective madness.
It is such a great show.
Its not over yet. The Donks are running scared. Now that their man man Mueller has turned up a whole lot of imaginary Russian collusion they are in big trouble. They fired torpedoes from all tubes at Trump only to find that Trump was never where they aimed their torpedoes, the torpedoes have circled around and are pinging hard on them.
Now they are in a panic. They have nothing with which to spoof what’s coming at them, there’s no way to get out of the way and they’ve shot themselves dry. Oh, individuals, to be sure, can and probably will plea bargain, some will opt out in less pleasant ways. As a group they are doing everything they can to wiggle out of responsibility for what they did while hoping and praying that something else will come along to hinder justice long enough that it can be forgotten. But they are out of altitude, out of air speed and out of ideas.
Couldn’t happen to a nastier bunch of people. The only thing that can save them is if the Administration loses its nerve and backs off. I pray that will not happen.
I must say that it is good to see that at long last Lindsey Graham is doing us proud. The horror of the Kavanaugh hearings seems to have infused some caffeine into his blood. More, please.