Monday, January 04, 2016
Donald Trump's latest ad supposedly shows migrants running over the U.S. border. But......
PolitiFact found this:
...PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent. (It can also be seen posted by a YouTube user here.)
The RepubblicaTV video is time-stamped May 1, 2014. According to the description posted by the network (and using Google Translate) the video was released by the Interior Ministry in Madrid, showing an "onslaught of hundreds of migrants to the wall that separates the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco. About 800 tried to cross the border on May 1st. Those who failed to escape the control of the Civil Guard were hanging on the barriers for six hours before being rejected."
Incredible! If you can't find an honest piece of evidence to support your lies about immigrants, borrow some video from somewhere else in the world. This is absolutely disgusting.
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Today's NYTimes editorial is correct in saying:
...It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism....
...Worse, politicians abet would-be killers by creating gun markets for them, and voters allow those politicians to keep their jobs. It is past time to stop talking about halting the spread of firearms, and instead to reduce their number drastically — eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.
It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation....
If these elected officials refuse to listen to the American people, we must vote their asses out of offices. We cannot allow this to continue.
Why are some politicians allowing an organization to dictate legislation on guns? Is it just so that they get their 100% rating from them?
Here is a link to the members of the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/ and the Senate: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ Let your them know you'll be holding them accountable in the next election.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
From this morning's Columbus Dispatch:
....Results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, for Ohio show that 38 percent of fourth-graders are proficient in reading and 45 percent in math.
In eighth grade, 36 percent of students scored proficient in reading and 35 percent in math.
While higher than the national average, Ohio’s results were lower than the state’s 2013 NAEP scores. Ohio scores have shown no gain in more than a decade....
Teachers and students are spending less time involved in instruction and learning, while more time is used in test preparation and testing. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that testing has taken over a large part of the school year and that cuts down on reading and math time. On top of that, students and teachers have become anxious about testing days, and performance has been damaged. There is just too much emphasis on testing.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
How to stop a protest at a Planned Parenthood center in one easy step-------
Mary Numair took down Planned Parenthood protesters in quite an unusual, but awesome way.
According to BuzzFeed News, the 29-year-old Oregon copywriter and Planned Parenthood supporter noticed protesters outside a local clinic in Portland. After trying to approach them multiple times, she opted for a more creative route.
On Oct. 25, Numair arrived at the protest with a sign that read, "Dear P.P., Thanks for helping me with my yeast infections." In a tweet, she said she broke up the protest by chanting the words "yeast infections."
Way to go!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
How would John Kasich help veterans? Vouchers!!! CNN had Kasich's response. (Vouchers which seem to be his solution for everything, including schools.)
Vouchers would be a bad idea. Vouchers would not cover all of the various conditions that veterans might have. Many of our veterans suffer from PTSD and most doctors don't have experience in dealing with it.
Kasich also suggested bringing in businesses to help solve problems. This is just another ploy to get his wealthy friends involved. When a business takes over an agency, profit $$$$$$ is their only motivation.
There are better ways to care for our veterans------
1. Stop having unnecessary wars!
2. Fully fund health care for veterans (Republican cuts to the program have destabilized the veteran health care programs.).
Kasich has suggested he wants more boots on the ground in those ongoing wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Kasich's idea is part of the Republican strategy of unending, continuous war, and it would only make veteran health care worse.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Gov. John Kasich isn't in Ohio. Kasich is spending his time out of the state promoting his candidacy for President. Unfortunately, Kasich's talking points are based on fables, lies, and exaggerations.
> There is no 'Ohio miracle' in this state. People are still unemployed and underemployed. Kasich's JobsOhio brought some jobs in, but many of them are low paying ones. Bringing in more Walmarts doesn't lift citizens out of poverty! Many of those companies that have received money and/or tax credits from JobsOhio (aka 'RobsOhio), have not kept their promises about job creation. Kasich's cronies are laughing while they are making money from our tax dollars.
> The charter school scandals just keep growing. While Kasich and Republicans promise to put in reforms and regulations, nothing has been done. If Kasich and the Republicans continue to get big money campaign donations from charter operators, they won't stop the money train. Ohio's charter schools have failed our children and taxpayers. With the latest scandal of David Hansen's numbers manipulation of charter school results, Ohioans continue to lose trust in the Kasich administration. Below you will find just a few of the articles about how John Kasich is ruining public education in Ohio.
via Dispatch - north side charter school closes,
via Dispatch- from 2014- 17 charter school failures,
via Plunderbund - charter school owner's bonus check,
via Diane Ravitch - low performing charter school
via Cleveland - F grades from ECOT
via Innovation Ohio - Kasich's cuts to traditional schools
via Washington Post - "...Ohio’s $1 billion charter school system was the butt of jokes at a conference for reporters on school choice in Denver..."
> Women's health in Ohio has come under attack from Kasich and the Republicans. Health clinics that provide gynecological exams have closed and women's lives are in danger. Planned Parenthood clinics have closed across the state because Republicans just want to get into the private lives of women and their decisions.
> Kasich's attacks on teachers and educators have been disrespectful and awful. Why does Kasich hate teachers so much? Is he jealous of their education, and influence, or is he just trying to control a profession made up primarily of women. Kasich's comments about banning teacher lounges shows you that he has no idea what teachers do.
I could go on and on, but time won't allow. I suggest you visit Plunderbund to find out all the truth about John Kasich.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
I'm old enough to remember the war in Vietnam. I can recall many young people that returned from war injured or dead. Being in a war is something I personally have never experienced, but I know relatives and friends that suffered through the physical and mental scars of war.
Republican candidate, Donald Trump, thinks he knows what it was like in a war.
Laura Clawson writes about it at DailyKos:
Donald J. Trump, who received draft deferments through much of the Vietnam War, told the author of a forthcoming biography that he nevertheless “always felt that I was in the military” because of his education at a military-themed boarding school. Mr. Trump said that his experience at the New York Military Academy, an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior, gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”Hey, he wore a uniform and did marching drills—it's just like having been in Vietnam...
If someone minimizes your war experience, they'd have no qualms about sending your sons and daughters to war. Don't trust anyone that has plans to put 'boots on the ground' in a war. It appears that every Republican candidate, especially those that received deferments, are ready, willing, and able to start a war with your son or daughter in battle.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ohio's Republicans are disrespectful to women. Women can make decisions about their own bodies, but not according to Ohio's Neanderthal Republicans, especially John Becker.
Ohio state Rep. John Becker has made a career attempting to pronounce what others may or may not do with their reproductive organs. Throughout he tenure in the state legislature, nothing has been top of the mind for John Becker quite like what people should and should not be doing with their genitalia.....
....Now Becker is peddling a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly to ban abortions in cases where the fetus is determined to have Down syndrome....
It puts one in mind of the old George Carlin joke about how much conservatives care about the unborn, “but once you’re born…”
Yes, ladies, John Becker wants to prevent you from having an abortion if there is something wrong with the fetus. Will women need to call John Becker from the gynecologist's office to get permission for an abortion?
You can see John Becker's contact information here: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/john-becker
or http://www.beckergop.com/ or John@BeckerGOP.com or
Monday, August 17, 2015
• Some right wingers might be wetting their pants with this news from Forbes:
For the first time in more than 50 years of surveys, the CDC on Wednesday reported that more than 90% of Americans — 90.8% of us, to be specific — have health insurance.....
....Being insured even appears to cut down on your risk of death.....
Thank you, President Obama, for protecting the lives of Americans!
Friday, July 31, 2015
Ohio's charter schools are running many ads on local radio and TV stations. I've heard numerous ads for Performance Academy and they even got local radio personalities to visit in order to endorse their schools. These charter schools exist on our tax dollars. Shouldn't those tax dollars be used to educate their students and pay for teachers? Why are they spending thousands of dollars advertising?
Here are some results from the Ohio Department of Education:
Performance Academy Eastland
At another Performance Academy, the grades are similar:
Columbus Performance Academy
You can check out the grades from schools all across Ohio here.
An article from the Dayton Daily News (2012) shows that the only people profiting from charters are the people that own them!
Unfortunately, Ohio's Republican controlled legislature refuses to reform the charter school disasters because charter owners continue to fund their campaigns. It is time for tax payers to stop this charter school mess and put funds back into traditional public schools operated by taxpayers, not corporations/private owners.