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Investigative Reporting Is So Important!

Some people would agree because they have been told this repeatedly, but do they –or anyone– really understand why? When you dive into a subject and get your hands dirty you are looking at ever aspect of the subject and pointing out the awesome as well as the skeletons. There is none of that skim on the top shit. No tip of the iceberg but diving deeper to see the whole thing. The entire story.

In this time of alternative facts and bullshit, investigative reporting is so very important. It helps weed out the frauds among us and puts a spotlight on them in a way that makes us all (hopefully) say we’re not going to put up with this shit.

And in one case it has kept the Pittsburg Community Schools from allowing a new hire for the position as principal for the Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas.

If you haven’t already heard the story, the staff of the PHS Booster Redux, who always writes articles on new hires to the school, started looking into their newly hired principal Dr. Amy Robertson. What they found out was that Robertson did not in fact hold the masters and doctorate degrees she claimed she did as it turned out that they were from a known diploma mill called Corllins University. Robertson claimed that the school was accredited when she attended even going as far as to claim she sometimes went to the campus in Stockton California.

The students found out that Corllins was never accredited, had no known address much less one in Stockton, and the BBB didn’t have them as accredited either.

After the article was published, the Kansas City Star stepped up and asked Robertson about her degrees where she said all three of her degrees “have been authenticated by the U.S. government.” She declined to comment directly on students’ questions about her credentials, “because their concerns are not based on facts,” she said.

The article was published on Friday March 31, 2017 in the school newspaper and Robertson resigned on Tuesday April 4, 2017.

How in the HELL did all the adults behind hiring this woman missed all these very important, very easily discovered facts?? The Booster Redux article, a team of six students — five juniors and one senior — revealed these facts and the students (and probably parents) were amazed that they could easily see the discrepancies while the authority figures in charge of such things had yet to pick up on them.

Once Robertson resigned the students and their story were thrust into local, state and national news, with professional journalists nationwide applauding the students for asking tough questions and prompting change in their administration. The superintendent personally met with them to thank them for their hard and persistent work. Yes, thank you Gina Mathew, Maddie Baden, Kali Poenitske, Connor Balthazor, and Patrick Sullivan. Sadly there is no staff listing for the paper.

Read more and detailed information on these amazing students over at The Washington Post.

On a personal note, a school that has a Dragon as the mascot is destined to produce brilliant and wonderful students. Go Dragons!

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Until next time, please do not be afraid to ask the tough questions, question authority and look into things for yourself. I have supported research of information for years but many Facebook News Feed proves that the practice is a skill that many do not have.

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10 Little Questions T Supporters Can’t Answer.

In the spirit of the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump administration, I thought I’d list 10 questions I think his supporters lack the cojones to answer truthfully.

1. Will you admit that when he got you all to chant “Lock her up!” by saying he was going to prosecute Clinton (even though immediately after the election he said he’s not going to), said he was going to make Mexico pay for the wall that he clearly has no way to make them pay for, and claimed the jobs reports he now tries to take credit for were “fake” or “phony” — he was blatantly lying to all of you?

2. How many Russian ties to his administration and campaign, and people caught lying about meetings with Russian officials, would it take before you at least entertain the idea that these might not simply be a bunch of “coincidences”?

3. If Russia didn’t help him get “elected” by launching a cyber attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, then why did Trump frequently cite the information that was stolen to attack her before the election? Are you saying Trump brought up this information multiple times every day during interviews and campaign rallies for no reason at all?

4. Does it not concern you that he claims millions of people voted illegally, yet he’s not doing anything about it and has yet to provide any evidence that this took place? If what Trump says is true, that millions of people voted illegally, are you okay with the President of the United States completely ignoring what would be one of the biggest scandals in our nation’s history?

5. Since the Senate Intelligence Committee, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, practically every member of Congress, the FBI, CIA, NSA, and even British intelligence have all said that there’s absolutely no evidence that President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped — yet Trump continues to insist, without proof, that it happened — doesn’t that prove he’s either legitimately insane or continuing to lie because he’s too immature to simply admit that he was wrong?

6. Speaking of his wiretapping conspiracy, considering he insists the New York Times is “FAKE NEWS!,” then why did he cite their article as his “source” that led to his Twitter meltdown on March 4th? Considering he has a history of being more than willing to use sources he often says push “FAKE NEWS” whenever they happen report on something that benefits him, doesn’t that kind of prove that he uses “FAKE NEWS,” not to expose news that’s legitimately fake, but to attack information he doesn’t want people believing? Otherwise, why would he find a report from the NYT credible enough to accuse Barack Obama of one of the most serious crimes in our political history if he thinks that newspaper is “FAKE”?

7. If you want to support Trump that’s one thing, but is it really too much to ask of you all to require him to provide evidence for many of the outrageous things he says for which he never provides any proof? If he’s as honest as he claims he is, and you all think he is, then there should be mounds of evidence to prove everything he says is true. So why don’t you all at least demand to see it — or are you all afraid to ask him for proof because you’re afraid he won’t be able to provide any?

8. If Donald Trump has nothing to hide in his tax returns, then why won’t he release them? Regardless of whether or not you think they’re important, if he has nothing to hide, then why not release them and silence critics who claim he does? Not only that, if he has nothing to hide, then why did he claim being audited prevented him from releasing his taxes even though the IRS said that does not prevent him from being able to make these documents public? Do you find it’s common for people with nothing to hide to refuse to show something to prove their “innocence” — then lie about why they won’t show that proof?

9. Can you cite a single instance where Donald Trump genuinely admitted he was wrong about something?

10. Be honest, had he not been caught on video bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy,” but Billy Bush or someone who was there that day came out and said he made these statements, do you think Trump would have admitted he made those comments or would he have accused them of being liars and the media of pushing “FAKE NEWS”? And if you don’t think he would have confessed to saying such things without the video evidence, aren’t you admitting that he’s someone who’ll lie and slander people who tell the truth about him just as long as he feels he can get away with doing so?

I’m sure there will be a few Trump supporters who try to answer these questions, but their answers are going to be so incredibly ridiculous (likely pivoting to a talking point they’ve been fed) that they’re not actually going to qualify as serious. I hope I’m proven wrong.

These are some fabulous questions for supporters to be asked and I am in fact quite curious as to what anyone can come up with. If they even have the gumption to do so, which many do not. Many are all talk and no action, which makes for a pretty boring debate, Thanks to   who wrote the original article with these questions.

Until Next time, never get into a battle of wits, knowledge or intelligence with unarmed people. It’s just mean!

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Speech, speech, speech

THE STORY

Last night, President Trump held his first solo performance in front of Congress. It was basically a State of the Union, but you can’t ‘officially’ call it that for a brand new prez.

SO HOW WAS IT?

Presidential. Trump said he knows the country hasn’t exactly been doing trust falls lately, and called for “unity and strength.” VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) even wore matching outfits. Some Dem lady lawmakers did too in a nod to women’s rights.

WHAT DID HE SAY?

Trump called out the rise in racial and anti-Semitic hate crimes, saying the US should condemn “hate and evil” in all its forms. Then he pulled out his notes on how he thinks he’s doing so far. Bringing jobs back to the US? Check. Nominated a Supreme Court Justice? Check. Cracked down on border security? Check. But he still has a pretty long to-do list…

Health care…as in Trump still wants Congress to repeal Obamacare – and replace it with a law that lets people ‘buy their own plans instead of ones the US gov wants them to have.’ Oh, and Americans with pre-existing conditions (think: asthma, diabetes) should still have access to insurance.

Immigration…as in Trump says he wants to achieve immigration reform by working with both sides of the aisle. He also thinks the US has been letting in too many “lower-skilled” immigrants. Instead, he’d like to roll out the welcome mat for people who can support themselves financially.

Economy…as in Trump’s focused on creating jobs, jobs, and more jobs. He plans on making it harder for companies to take their business overseas, and promises ‘Murica won’t be taken for a ride by trade deals. Trump also won’t be taken for a ride on a Harley Davidson, thx.

Education…as in Trump says it’s the “civil rights issue of our time.” He wants Congress to pass a bill that’ll make it easier for kids – especially minorities – to have more choices (think: public, private, religious, charter) when it comes to where they go to school.

Military spending…as in Trump wants to go on one of the largest defense spending sprees in US history. He supports NATO, but would like the US’s foreign friends to pick up more financial slack. Everyone reached for the Kleenex when Trump intro’d the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed earlier this year in a raid in Yemen. Cue the standing ovation.

WHO WAS AT HOME WITH THE CODES?

Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin had a cozy night in with Secret Service and the nuclear codes. This is meant to comfort you.

WHAT DID THE OTHER SIDE SAY?

Former Gov Steve Beshear (D-KY) gave the Dems’ response from a wax museum. He called out Trump for pledging to protect the American people – but instead cutting financial regulations and repealing Obamacare. Beshear also thinks Trump needs to remember that just because people disagree with him sometimes, it doesn’t make them the enemy.

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The first weeks of the Trump administration were a little rocky. Last night, Trump tried to change the tone and smooth things over. But a lot of this vision requires Congress to write some checks. Get ready for budget battles.

Trump called out the rise in racial and anti-Semitic hate crimes, saying the US should condemn “hate and evil” in all its forms.

IN ALL ITS FORMS.

IN ALL ITS FORMS.

Immigration…as in Trump says he wants to achieve immigration reform by working with both sides of the aisle. He also thinks the US has been letting in too many “lower-skilled” immigrants. Instead, he’d like to roll out the welcome mat for people who can support themselves financially.

If we don’t have any “lower-skilled” people working in America, who are going to do all the jobs you don’t want to. Maid service? Bus boy? Waitress? Errand person? Cashier? Front desk? You do know that they are coming here BECAUSE THEY CANNOT SUPPORT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY. To them America is the land of dreams still. Poor souls.

I think Trump would have been better saying the speech that was running all over Facebook yesterday:

President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress later today has been leaked. Here it is: “REMARKS BY PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you for that applause, which was the longest, loudest and most enthusiastic applause any president has ever received from Congress — period. It is probably the most applause that anybody has ever received anywhere.
As you know, I won the largest electoral college victory in history, even though 11 million illegal immigrants in this country voted illegally for my opponent — some of them twice. Even some of the dead people who voted for Hillary now regret their vote and say they should have voted for me. One of them is seated in the gallery tonight with Melania, and more and more people are recognizing him lately. Ladies and gentlemen, please recognize Frederick Douglass.
My fellow Americans, I inherited a mess. I heard this statistic: Ninety percent of Americans were starving. School bathrooms were jammed with transgender students. Ceiling tiles were falling from tunnels and killing people. Almost everybody in Chicago had been murdered. We had been attacked by terrorists 78 times and the media didn’t report it. Each month, millions of jobs were shipped overseas, where American workers were murdered and tortured by ISIS.
But now that we have eliminated all sources of information other than me, we are making America great again. I agreed to pay Boeing only one dollar for the new Air Force One. Lockheed-Martin is paying me $600 million to let them build the F-35. Carrier is now employing millions of people at its plant in Indiana. My cabinet nominees were all confirmed unanimously, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was just offered membership in Mensa.
The FBI, under new director Steve Bannon, has completed its review and determined that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by Russia but by some guy in his bedroom who weighs 400 pounds. The FBI also said that the disruptions that occurred in American cities the day after my inauguration, followed by actions at airports after my travel ban, were because of frustration with Delta’s reservation system.
Internationally, ISIS has been defeated, Mexico has paid for the wall in advance, China has abolished its currency, and Australia has apologized for treating us so badly. Our military action in Yemen was a huge success. The incident in Sweden is finally under control.
Here at home, crime has stopped, and there are no more drugs. Calm has returned to Bowling Green. Thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered when I issued my travel ban. We have replaced Obamacare with something much better that costs nothing. Vanity Fair has given the Trump Grill in Trump Tower 5 stars, and a major retailer has been rebranded “Nordstrom by Ivanka Trump.” My support is 98 percent in a Rasmussen poll.
My budget has a huge tax cut and the largest military expansion and infrastructure spending program in history. It also protects Medicare and Social Security, eliminates the federal debt and buys every American a pony. I have eliminated dangerous leaks by abolishing the CIA and saved costs by having Russia maintain our nuclear arsenal. I deregulated the environment and left it to the states to set spelling rules.
The State of the Union is great. If anybody says otherwise, consider the source.

At least the American people would have believed this one. And it skips the part where he uses the widow he created to take credit for a standing ovation. Veterans all across the country are livid. And I really cannot blame them. why-not-invite

Now I can’t tell you for sure Bernie said that. But it still needs to be said! I cannot for the life of me understand why the widow would go to this. Unless it was to see the man responsible for her husband’s death. Maybe slap him around a bit. Or hex him.

Which reminds me…how did that ‘all witches hexing trump’ thing go?? Anyone know?? Can anyone tell if he’s been properly hexed? Isn’t doing that sort of against wicca code? Do what you will but harm none? Isn’t it got to do with karma? How many questions can a person put in a paragraph before it’s annoying?

Probably as bad as reading a book of questions but no answers. Not even a teacher’s edition.

And because the WTF isn’t even going to stop any time soon (I suppose everyone ought to get used to the WTF feeling as I have a sad feeling that this is going to be a permanent state we’ll be in), I bring you day 40 and 41 of What The Fuck Just Happened Today:

Day 41: Tumultuous. 03/01/2017 Updated: 03/01/2017 03:06:13 PM PST

1/ Trump defended his tumultuous presidency and asked Congress to put aside its “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans in his first speech. Trump reiterated a host of familiar themes from his campaign and called for unity to address a litany of issues that he says are plaguing the country. “The time for small thinking is over,” Trump said. “The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and those dreams into action.” (New York Times)

UPDATE:

Sanders tells supporters after Trump’s speech to “continue the fight” and publicly push back against the administration. “Keep showing up. Keep calling Congress and continue the fight. The Republicans are now on the defensive and we’ve got to continue to push them back,” Sanders said. (The Hill)

Trump seeks to parlay post-speech boost into action on contentious agenda. Pence said the reception Trump received gave him “great confidence that the agenda that the president articulated last night is the right agenda for America, it’s resonating with the American people.” (Washington Post)

Trump’s softer tone masks hard road ahead with few details on how he’d turn them into reality. (Bloomberg)

Speech marks a shift in tone. Trump’s pitched his agenda to voters and Congress with language that was much more presidential and traditional in tone, even as he made no major policy changes. (Wall Street Journal)

The 5 main takeaways from Trump’s speech. (New York Times)

6 things we learned from Trump’s address to Congress. (CNN)

Key moments from Trump’s speech: Condeming the recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries; celebrating his own accomplishments; announcing a “historic tax reform”; repeating the line “radical Islamic terrorism”; outlining what he said would be a “better healthcare system”; and referring to illegal immigration as “American carnage.” (Politico)

Fact checking Trump’s first address to Congress. (New York Times)

The full text of Trump’s speech to Congress. (CNN)

The Democratic response to Trump’s address by Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, annotated by NPR journalists. (NPR)

2/ DeVos backpedals on remarks about historically black colleges due to a fierce backlash after she called historically black colleges and universities “real pioneers” of school choice backlash. In a series of tweets, DeVos acknowledged that the schools were not created simply to give African-American students more choices, but because black students across the country were not allowed into segregated white schools. (New York Times)

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3/ New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list. The decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider Iraq’s inclusion given its key role in fighting the Islamic State group. (Associated Press)

UPDATE:

Trump called on the Department of Homeland Security to “create an office to serve American victims” of crimes committed by immigrant. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) would provide “a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.” He made no explanation as to why the targets of crime perpetrated by immigrants should receive the support of a new federal government agency that apparently excludes the victims of crime committed by U.S. citizens. (CNBC)

  • Trump delays signing new travel ban order. The delay was due to a busy news cycle, and Trump wanted the new execeutive order to get it’s own “moment.” Signing the executive order today, as originally planned, would have undercut the favorable coverage of Trump’s speech. (CNN)
  • Trump seesaws on legal status for undocumented immigrants. (New York Times)

4/ Republican governors divided on Obamacare replacement. States that expanded Medicaid coverage fear they’‘ll be left holding the bag if the federal government doesn’t provide enough money to pay for the entitlement they expanded under the Affordable Care Act. (Washington Post)

  • House Republicans announce only Republicans are allowed to see the new health care plan. Paul Ryan had previous boasted that they were “not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people’s front door.” Oh well… (New York Magazine)

5/ Police chiefs object to Trump’s efforts to involve them in immigrant deportations. A letter from more than 60 law enforcement heads asks to soften push to include police in round-ups, saying it makes their communities less safe. (The Guardian)

6/ Generals may launch new ISIS raids without Trump’s approval. The White House is considering delegating more authority to the Pentagon to greenlight anti-terrorist operations after Trump took heat for a raid in Yemen that killed a SEAL. (The Daily Beast)

7/ Pelosi to Democrats: Treat Trump voters like a friend whose boyfriend is a jerk Pelosi is confident a good portion of Trump’s voters will eventually turn on him – and Democrats just have to wait it out. (CNN)

8/ The State of Trump’s State Department. Anxiety and listless days as a foreign-policy bureaucracy confronts the possibility of radical change. (The Atlantic)

9/ “You People” are doing an amazing job, Trump told HBCU presidents during meeting. Trump repeated the complimentary refrain three times. A White House adviser called the characterization of the meeting false, and said it was “ridiculous spin.” (BuzzFeed News)

10/ White House: Conway acted “without nefarious motive” in Ivanka Trump plug. A letter from the White House to the Office of Government Ethics says a White House lawyer met with Conway to review federal rules prohibiting endorsements by government employees. The letter makes no mention of plans for disciplinary action. (CNN Money)

11/ Rubio asked to leave Tampa office over disruption from weekly protests. The owner of the build notified Rubio on February 1st that they will not be renewing the lease because the rallies have become too disruptive to the other tenants. (Tampa Bay Times)

12/ Sen. Lindsey Graham he wants all presidential candidates to be required by law to release their tax returns, starting in 2020. The proposal would include Donald Trump if the president seeks reelection. (Politico)

13/ Senate approves Trump’s nominee, Ryan Zinke, for the Department of the Interior. The Republican congressman promised to review Obama-era actions limiting oil and gas drilling in Alaska and said he rejected President Donald Trump’s past comment that climate change is a “hoax.” (CNN)

poll/ Trump’s speech was a hit with viewers in two early polls. A CBS News/YouGov poll found 76% of viewers approved of the speech and 82% found it “presidential.” A CNN/ORC poll found 70% felt more optimistic. (Politico)

Day 40: Split. Choice.

02/28/2017 Updated: 02/28/2017 08:20:26 PM PST 1/ Betsy DeVos press release celebrates Jim Crow education system as a pioneer of “school choice”, saying the legal segregation of historically black colleges and universities gave black students “more options.” Trump met with the leaders of a number of HBCUs yesterday. DeVos commemorated the meeting in a press release today. (Slate)

  • DeVos slammed for calling black colleges “pioneers” of school choice. DeVos’ statement painting African Americans’ efforts to create higher education options for themselves in a segregated society as a “choice” earned her criticism from Democratic members of Congress and others. (Talking Points Memo)

2/ House leaders are split on whether a Russian inquiry is needed. The top Republican and Democrat on the Intelligence Committee gave sharply conflicting views of their investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election, raising questions about whether they will be able to work together. Republican Devin Nunes said that there was no evidence anyone from the Trump campaign had communicated with the government in Moscow. Democrat Adam Schiff said that it was too early to rule out the ties, because the panel had not yet been provided with any evidence collected by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. (New York Times)

UPDATE:

FBI once planned to pay former British spy who authored controversial Trump dossier to continue his work. While Trump has derided the dossier as “fake news” compiled by his political opponents, the FBI’s arrangement with the spy shows that bureau investigators considered him credible and found his line of inquiry to be worthy of pursuit. (Washington Post)

  • GOP intelligence chairman David Nunes: “There’s no evidence of anything” regarding Russia-Trump campaign contacts. Nunes said the House Intelligence Committee won’t subpoena Trump’s tax returns and decries “McCarthyism” and “witch hunts” based on reports that Americans may have connections to the Russian regime. (Salon)
  • George W. Bush said ‘‘we all need answers’’ on the extent of contact between Trump’s team and the Russian government. He didn’t rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation. (Boston Globe)

3/ Trump goes to Congress to make a sale. Trump is under pressure to show that his White House can be effective in delivering on the sweeping changes he has promised by working with allies on Capitol Hill. Trump’s aides are promising an “optimistic” speech designed to rally Americans toward a hopeful future. Trump will address Congress shortly after 9 p.m EST tonight. (CNN)

  • A guide for Trump’s first speech to Congress. Instead of reflecting on the state of the U.S., like a State of the Union address, the first joint session speech is typically used to outline a new president’s goals for his administration. Trump will do exactly that — and try to downplay the chaos that has plagued his first 40 days in office. (Politico)
  • Trump prepares to address a divided audience: The Republican Congress. On health care, tax reform and federal spending, GOP lawmakers hold differences of opinion within their own party that are obstructing passage of ambitious Republican policies, and so far Trump has shown little desire to openly referee those disputes. (Washington Post)

4/ Sessions vows to get tough on crime, saying a recent spike in violence in some cities is “driving this sense that we’re in danger.” He’s pledged to commit more federal energy to fighting crime even though crime rates remain far below their 1970s and 1980s levels. Trump is expected to emphasize that the rise in violence in some cities was not “a one-time blip” but rather “the beginning of a trend” during his address to a joint session of Congress tonight. (New York Times)

  • Sessions tells the Justice Department to ease up on police probes into alleged civil rights abuses by local police departments. The attorney general says it’s undermined police and led to an increase in violent crime in some cities. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Sessions pushes tougher line on marijuana even though a growing number of states are moving to legalize or decriminalize pot. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said. (Politico)

5/ Trump envisions a compromise bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US where those who aren’t serious or violent criminals could stay in the US legally, hold a job and pay taxes, without having to worry about being deported. A path to citizenship for those in the country illegally would not be part of Trump’s vision for this deal, with the possible exception of “Dreamers” – those brought into the US illegally as children. (CNN)

6/ Trump gave himself an A grade for his presidency, but only a C for communicating. how. great. he. has. been. in a “Fox and Friends” interview today. He also blamed Obama for organizing opposition against him, called the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi “incompetent,” and criticized his own press secretary for how he has handled leaks. He has called “Fox and Friends” one of his favorite shows. (New York Times)

  • Trump gave himself a “C or C+” grade for communicating with the public: Needs improvement. He offered high marks for his accomplishments, but he gave himself a “C” for messaging, conceding that he has not been able to properly explain what he’s done. (Washington Post)

7/ Trump says Obama is helping organize protests against his presidency. Trump has been dismissing the protests against his presidency and demonstrations at congressional town hall meetings across the country as concocted by his political enemies. “I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it,” Trump said. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. It will probably continue.” (Washington Post)

8/ Trump begins E.P.A. rollback with executive order on clean water rules. The order, which will have almost no immediate legal effect and could take longer than a single presidential term to dismantle, directs E.P.A. chief Scott Pruitt to rewrite the 2015 rule known as the Waters of the United States. The rule gives the federal government broad authority to limit pollution in major bodies of water as well as in streams and wetlands that drain into them.

Trump is also expected to sign a similar order instructing Pruitt to begin the process of withdrawing and revising Obama’s 2015 climate-change regulation, aimed at curbing emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. In his former job as attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt led or took part in 14 lawsuits intended to block the E.P.A.’s major regulations, including the clean water and climate rules that he is now charged with dismantling. (New York Times)

  • Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era water rule. Trump will instruct the E.P.A. and Army Corps of Engineers to “review and reconsider” a 2015 rule known as the Waters of the United States rule. The move that could ultimately make it easier for agricultural and development interests to drain wetlands and small streams. (Washington Post)

9/ Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump budget is “dead on arrival.” Trump’s proposing $54 billion in cuts to fund an equivalent boost in defense spending, but lacks key details stoking bipartisan concern. (The Hill)

  • E.P.A. braces for a possibly “devastating” 25% budget cut. There is widespread concern within the E.P.A. that the changes will dramatically alter the function of an agency that was created under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970, and will weaken the agency to the point where it can only do its most basic functions. (CNN)
  • Trump proposes cutting the State Department budget by 37%. The plan would cut aid given by U.S. Agency for International Development. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Pentagon budget next year sounds huge at first, but… it comes with a significant cut in foreign aid, including programs that military officials say contribute to global stability and are seen as important in helping avoid future conflicts. (New York Times)
  • Trump says “revved up economy” will pay for budget proposals. The extra $54 billion dollars he has proposed spending on the U.S. military will be offset by a stronger economy as well as cuts in other areas, he said. (Reuters)

10/ Trump urges insurers to work together to “save Americans from Obamacare.” Trump met with major health insurers in the midst of political divisions over how to dismantle and replace Obama’s signature health-care law and intensifying public pressure to preserve the policy. He criticized the Affordable Care Act for creating minimal health coverage requirements that restricted the types of plans insurers could sell. (Washington Post)

  • Schumer predicts health-care law “will not be repealed.” Schumer pointed to widespread disagreement among Republicans about how to go about undoing key parts of the law, as well as intense pressure from constituents urging them not to rush ahead with their effort. (Washington Post)

11/ Trump’s silence on deadly Olathe shooting is disquieting. Nearly a week has passed since two India-born engineers were singled out and shot at an Olathe bar, presumably because they were immigrants, darker in skin tone and possibly viewed by the shooter as unwanted foreigners. (Kansas City Star)

UPDATE:

White House condemns Kansas attack, calling it “racially motivated.” The comments are the most direct the White House has made on the incident. (CNN)

12/ New NSC chief pushed Trump to moderate his language on terrorism, urging him to stop using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” The phrase, however, will be in Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress tonight — even though McMaster reviewed drafts and his staff pressed the president’s speechwriter not to use it. (Politico)

13/ Trump signed off on checking White House staffers’ phones to make certain they weren’t communicating with reporters by text message or through encrypted apps. The decision sent a signal across the administration that Trump is furious at leaks from inside the White House. (CNN)

14/ Trump appears to blame generals for SEAL’s death in Yemen raid. Trump highlighted that the controversial raid in Yemen that left one Navy SEAL dead had been a success, and in the works before he took office. He said “they lost” the SEAL — apparently in reference to the generals who planned the mission. (The Hill)

poll/ Trump is delivering on his campaign promises. 56% of registered voters say that Trump is staying true to his 2016 campaign message. 65% say Trump has accomplished what was expected of him — or more. Overall, half of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 45% disapprove. (Politico)

Has your brain turned to jelly like the IOA’s must be in order to allow such a deplorable person in the White House? Have you figured out what IOA means? I’m sure I mentioned it before in a past post. Did you expect another question? Ha. I’ve got to stop that.

Until next time, it’s quite healthy to have a hobby you enjoy. So if you haven’t found one yet, you might want to take some time to find one. Even if it’s small and online or you can only give a few minutes a day to it. We are all going to need something to get us through these next few moments.

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I well, I just don’t know WTF

1/ The New York Times, CNN and Politico were prohibited from attending a White House briefing by Trump’s press secretary. Spicer allowed reporters from only a handpicked group of news organizations: Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended. “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.” (New York Times)

2/ Trump to CPAC: “Now you finally have a president, finally.” In a wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump blasted the media for its coverage of his administration and promised that the Republican Party would “be the party of the American worker.” Trump said that in a matter of days, he would have “brand new action” to keep the country safe, a reference to a second attempt at an executive order to restrict travel into the country from several majority-Muslim nations. At one point the crowd started chanting “lock her up” after Trump derided Hillary Clinton for describing some of Trump’s supporters as “deplorables.” (Washington Post)

3/ Republican lawmakers expect that their Obamacare replacement will result in fewer Americans covered by health insurance. The new plan would do away with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans have health coverage or pay a fine, and replace it with rules that let people choose not to buy insurance, instead paying higher premiums or penalties if they need it later. The result would be fewer people covered. (Bloomberg)

4/ Trump turned to manufacturing executives to help him develop measures to bring jobs back to the United States, giving powerful business leaders a potentially influential hand in shaping his still-evolving economic policies. Trump has yet to outline specific proposals for overhauling the tax and regulatory systems, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure or reshaping the work force, all of which would be essential to accomplishing his ambitious employment goals. (New York Times)

5/ Justice Department will use private prisons again, reversing an Obama-era directive to stop using the facilities, which officials had then deemed less safe and less effective than those run by the government. (Washington Post)

6/ Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over legalized recreational-use marijuana. Sean Spicer told reporters that the administration had no plans to continue the permissive approach of the Obama administration and that it viewed recreational marijuana use as a flagrant violation of federal law. (Los Angeles Times)

7/ Caitlyn Jenner to Trump: “Call Me” — your transgender restroom letter is a “disaster.” In a video the transgender icon harshly called out Trump for withdrawing the federal government’s legal guidance on allowing transgender youths to use the restrooms of their choice in schools. (NBC News)

8/ Trump denounces FBI over leaks and demands an investigation. Trump assailed the FBI as a dangerously porous agency, charging that leaks of classified information from within its ranks were putting the country at risk. (New York Times)

9/ Mexican officials tell US: We don’t agree. John Kelly and Rex Tillerson were in Mexico to try to smooth the relationship and address some of the differences that have emerged between the United States and its neighbor. Mexico ain’t having it. (CNN)

10/ He yelled “get out of my country,” and then shot 2 men from India, killing one. A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kansas bar Wednesday night. He reportedly told two local Garmin engineers from India to “get out of my country.” Authorities would not classify the shooting as a hate crime, but federal law enforcement officials are investigating with local police to determine if it was “bias motivated.” (Washington Post)

11/ At the request of Kushner and Ivanka, language critical of a global climate deal was struck from an executive order that Trump plans to sign soon. The issue is aimed at rolling back Obama climate agenda. (Wall Street Journal)

12/ Under fire, GOP congressman calls for Trump tax returns, but stopped short of saying Congress should subpoena those returns. (CNN)

13/ Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid. The police chief accused Homeland Security officials of lying about the scope of the raids conducted jointly between his department and federal agents this month aimed at apprehending MS-13 gang members. (Los Angeles Times)

14/ White House confirms conversation with FBI about Trump and Russia. Reince Priebus, FBI director James Comey, and deputy director Andrew McCabe had a conversation which appears to violate justice department rules. (The Guardian)

15/ Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” None of the proposed legislation has yet been passed into law, and several bills have already been shelved in committee. Critics doubt whether many of the laws would pass Constitutional muster. (Washington Post)

poll/ Support for Obamacare hits an all-time high. 54% of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 43% disapprove. That’s up from an even split (48%-47%) in a Pew survey from December. (CNN)

I honestly just can’t even understand how the American people haven’t stormed the White House, grab Trump by his fake hair and drag his fake tanned overly entitled ass on to the White House lawn and beat him while screaming “YOU’RE FIRED!” over and over again.

It honestly baffles me how it seems like just about every intelligent human in America is just sitting back with a mimosa and pretending like it’s business as usual.

Now I KNOW that’s not what’s happening, but I cannot be the only person who feels like this is what’s happening. I keep reading how just about every good thing Obama was able to get through is being removed and replaced with shit. UTTER SHIT. And I am hoping that the American populace isn’t going to be completely silent about it. Or get a bigger megaphone.

To switch gears and rant direction. Well, what I’m about to talk about next isn’t really a rant. It’s more of a ‘time to wake up and stop being so stupid’.

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I know it’s almost social suicide to talk about feminism, but you know what? I’m not a social person whatsoever. And the biggest problem with feminism is that there are people, both men and women, who think that “feminism,” because of the name, is about raising women above men. The “fem” part makes them imagine it must be all about women achieving domination.
There are men (and a few women) who erroneously believe that as a result of advances in women’s rights, “the pendulum swung the other way too far.” Because when you’re part of a gender (and/or race) that has had an institutionalized upper hand for so long, when others begin to get the same rights you have it can appear as though you’re being oppressed (if you have the mentality of a child, that is).
To the above note, some have co-opted the term “egalitarian.” They make it sound good, but what they mean is that they think feminists have all the power and men are oppressed and need their rights back. It’s bullshit.
In reality, feminism is about leveling the playing field. It’s not only about women. It’s about each gender stepping up to their inherent potential for the greatest good. This isn’t to deny biological differences or the cultural issues they raise, but to address them squarely.
Like every other movement that has existed in the history of forever, feminism has a radical subset that gives it a bad name. And, of course, those who hate the idea of feminism will hold up radicals as the norm. Part of the problem is that it’s extremists who garner attention; so some come to believe they are representative.
Because of a campaign of vitriol against feminism, and that it’s so easy to hurl anonymous abuse on the internet, it’s difficult for people to publicly identify as feminist without backlash (like what happened to Emma Watson). What’s more, there are women proclaiming they “don’t need feminism” because they’ve been misled by an unfortunately effective smear campaign against the movement.*

I’ve not really thought about feminism. I’ve had to deal with the male thought process that they can do whatever they so wish around and or to me. I’ve never EVER liked the feeling that comes when someone else believes that because they have a penis (or even just someone who thinks) they are better than you and can say and do what they want. I’ve met way too many people who do this. I have been made to feel like just because I think the latest fashion is horrendous and don’t choose to follow the fashion pack that I’m a lesser person.

Now that I’m not in high school I can see what bullshit that is.

I recently read a old blog entry from James Fell titled “She Doesn’t Owe You Shit” and quite frankly it still holds true. Of course by old in this case I mean eight months ago (May 2016) so  not a lot in this realm has changed much. Sadly. Oh so sadly.

I know that like all of a certain group, no matter what that group is not all of the people in a group are the same. Just because a few people act a certain way, obviously doesn’t mean that they ALL act in that certain way. I know this. I’m a rather intelligent woman. At least most of the time, sometimes I think my brain found a way to go on vacation without me. So spare the #notallmen or #alllivesmatter crap. No shit. You don’t say. I’ve spent over 30 years on this planet and I’ll be damned if I ever heard that before. [/sarcasm-in case you just couldn’t tell]

Another great entry from James is one titled “Feminism and The Men Who Refuse To Understand“(*) Because I am sorry, all you so called ‘good guys’ still just don’t grasp the reality of life as a woman. There are a plethora of movies and songs that try and bring it to light, but they’re just entertainment right?

Madonna’s 2001 song “What It Feels Like For a Girl“. The movie “What Women Want” which of COURSE is a comedy.

I just wish the good guys would wake the fuck up and actually start helping out instead of just turning the other cheek. There is a time for that, and this is not the time.

Until next time, don’t make hasty assumptions. Sometimes you need to listen and not say anything to understand the depth of what’s going on. Sometimes you just need a sharp slap in the face to wake the hell up. Instead of being offended, maybe you should look around.

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So um, there was this thing…and this other thing…

And it’s called a brain fart. It’s not that I forgot per see, it’s just that I’d remember at 2 am or so and wasn’t getting out of bed to say hi.

That and I really haven’t had much to say. Been trying to ignore the joke that IOA put in the White House and am constantly wondering how and WHY the bloody hell this is going on as long as it’s been (North America period is going to get nuked with the way the tangerine idiot is going!) and how the hell there isn’t a louder uproar from either side of the aisle.

So last thing I wrote about was going back to the US and then returning to Mexico. And the next day, hubby tripped going out the gate, got his shoelace tangled in the wheel of the luggage and long story short, two closed fractured elbows, small fractures in his left wrist (he’s a lefty as well so yay), and multiple bruises. But the good news is not only do we have medical insurance here in Mexico, but in the end a doctor’s visit, 8 x-rays, two wrist braces, two prescriptions only cost us $250 USD. AND we were in at 5 pm,  walking to Little Cesar’s at 6:20 pm- SAME DAY. Of course things are still going to be a little tight until the insurance refunds us but we all know if we were in the US you would have to add a few zeros to the end amount as well as some hours to the time everything took.

A few things have happened around the world in case you’ve missed any of it, one of the big things is that Jane Roe of the Roe v Wade fame died over the weekend at age 69. Norma McCorvey died of heart failure. Back in the ’70s, McCorvey was 22 and pregnant for the third time. She wanted an abortion but was living in Texas, where it was illegal unless the mom’s life was at risk. Cue the lawsuit that led to the big-name Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. After that, McCorvey spent years as an abortion-rights activist. Then in the ’90s, she did a 180. She became a born-again Christian and started speaking out against abortion. In the mid 2000s, she even asked the Supremes to overturn her own case. They said no. Started off well but ended horribly. And of course now those idiot Republicans are trying to get it thrown out…again.

I have discovered a couple of good and in my little world important web-sites you should definitely check out more than once. The perfectly named What The Fuck Just Happened Today? Follows the so called president day to day in all the shit debacle he’s causing and gives you a run down of the major fuck ups going on, as well as backs it up with real facts, not those alternative facts Republicans are trying to shove down our throats. Then for those of you who are trying to keep things straight when it comes to the Immigration disaster Tangerine Tyrant created, there is the Daily Skimm’s No Excuses: Immigration page.

Because the smart are going to talk, talk, talk, talk, talk
Republicans are going to baulk, baulk, baulk, baulk, baulk
The intelligent are just going to shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
We’ll shake if off.
The trump admin is going to lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
His supporters are going to cry, cry, cry, cry, cry
But the world is going to sigh, sigh, sigh, sigh, sigh,
and they’ll shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off. Shake it off….

Until next time, is there a preventive measure to keep earworms out? Like Heart Guard that keeps heartworms out of pets???

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I am so very proud of women everywhere.

It makes me incredibly proud that we are standing up for each other and showing the world that no, we did not in fact elect Drumph into OUR White House. He only got there with deceit and corruption.

There were more women marching in DC on Saturday then there was PEOPLE at the event on Friday! EVERY WHERE had women and their supporters in the streets, PEACEFULLY saying to all who took notice “NO! You are NOT going to take my own body from me or decide what I am going to do with it. MY body, MY rules.” And of course other things.

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London – Classy as always! ❤ (Link could also be a potential spoiler for Doctor Who fans!)

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The Ladies in London went Old School for the Protest.

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Also in London

Thousands marched through the British capital Saturday in what was billed as a women’s march, but was ostensibly an anti-Trump rally.

Marchers walked about 2 miles from the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square, within eyesight of Big Ben. The event ran for more than three hours and the size of the crowds easily dwarfed political rallies in the lead-up to last summer’s Brexit vote here.

As in other cities around the world, protesters carried signs criticizing America’s 45th president. Many signs read “We Shall Overcomb,” referring to the U.S. president’s signature hair-style. “Trump Special Relationship? Just Say No,” read others, referring to the historically close diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Many in this cosmopolitan, multicultural city — which voted heavily against the U.K. leaving the European Union — were already upset by Trump’s election in November. The president’s “America first” inaugural speech only fueled alarm here.

A British software engineer named David said he watched the speech with officemates yesterday in stunned silence.

“It was a harrowing, chilling experience,” David said, as he stood in front of London’s National Gallery overlooking the rally in Trafalgar Square. “The sense of nationalism and protectionism was there and there was quite a sinister undercurrent.”

David, who did not offer his last name, said he was disturbed by the insularity of the Trump’s address, elements of which reminded him of the positions espoused by the political far-right here in the U.K.

“There is a movement in Britain called ‘Britain first,’ ” he said, “which is a terrifying, horrible right-wing group.”

The march in London was among a number of anti-Trump rallies across Western Europe on Saturday, including cities such as Berlin, Paris, Belfast and Copenhagen.

Video from London.

Los Angeles – The City of Angels indeed!

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Los Angeles

“I’ve never seen so many people standing in one place in Los Angeles in my life, and that includes sold-out Dodger Stadium,” NPR’s Ina Jaffe tells Michel Martin on Weekend All Things Considered.

As the demonstrators marched from one rally in Pershing Square to another rally outside City Hall, Ina says a single street could not contain all of them. Instead, marchers had to proceed down three parallel streets.

Supporters there brought up LGBTQ rights, religious freedom and women’s rights, Ina reports — including one marcher who held up a sign with a picture of Carrie Fisher, which read: “A woman’s place is in the resistance.”

Largest protest in US History – Because well behaved women RARELY make history!

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San Francisco lit up the streets!

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Pretty sure I don’t have to tell you that our Northern Neighbors are awesome.

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Athens Greece

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Barcelona Spain

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Belgrade Serbia. Sign says “Women’s March Against Fascism”

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Berlin Germany

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Ten of thousands participated in the Boston Women’s March, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Marty Walsh (bottom right) -Meredith Nierman/WGBH

“It is shoulder to shoulder” in Boston Common, WBUR’s Deborah Becker tells Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday. She describes the rally there as a “sea of pink,” referring to the pink knit caps that have become distinctive of the Women’s March on Washington.

The caps have come to be known as “pussyhats,” in reference to a tape in which Trump bragged about assaulting women by grabbing their genitals.

Deborah reports that the message of the Boston protesters is one of solidarity with the primary march in Washington. They bear signs not only protesting Trump, but supporting a range of issues — from climate science to women’s access to abortion and birth control.

Both Massachusetts senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, addressed the rally in Boston.

“I’m here to fight back!” Warren told the crowd. “We are in marches to say we are fighting back. That’s who we are.”

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Chicago, Illinois

In what the Chicago Tribune is reporting to be the largest crowd outside of Washington, Chicagoans gathered at Grant Park on Saturday morning with plans for a rally, followed by a march. In the end, the march portion of the event was cancelled by the organizers when they determined there were too many people to march safely.

“Our march route is flooded. There is no safe way to march. We are just going to sing and dance and make our voices heard here,” march co-chairwoman Ann Scholhmer told the crowd, according to the Tribune.

If participants were disappointed, they didn’t show it. Organizer Liz Radford told the crowd, “We called, and you came. We have flooded the march route. We have flooded Chicago.”

Chicago Women could not be stopped!

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Denver, Colorado

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Park City, Utah

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Dolores Huerta in Park City, Utah

The Sundance film festival is underway in the city, but women, men and children still stepped away to trudge down Main Street in the blustery snow. Many of the filmmakers and movie-lovers in Park City for the annual event came to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and to defend women’s rights.

They chanted slogans such as “Love Not Hate, Make America Great” and “We live in Trumpled Times.” Then they rallied as the snow flurried around them, with comedian Chelsea Handler and actress Maria Bello among the speakers.

Longtime activist Dolores Huerta, who’s the subject of a documentary that premiered at the festival, led the crowd in chanting, “Si se puede, Yes, we can.”

Jessica Williams, who stars in one of the feature films premiering at the festival, told the crowd that her ancestors fought for her to be where she is — to “stand in the snow in front of a bunch of white people in Uggs.”

“I grew up thinking (the) civil rights movement already happened,” said Williams. “This election is a wake up call. The silver lining is, we are here … in literally 21 degrees supporting each other.”

And all the way from Baltimore, the Lethal Ladies of Bliss step team, featured in a new documentary premiering Saturday, roused the crowd with foot-stomping chants of resistance.

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Mexico City, Mexico

The march in Mexico City began at the U.S. Embassy and proceeded to the Angel of Independence monument. But, as NPR’s Carrie Kahn reports, the march was so large, the crowd of demonstrators stretched from one landmark to the other.

Carrie says the march comprised a mix of Americans and Mexicans, who appeared to be protesting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as much as President Trump.

Peña Nieto has dismal approval ratings in his own country; a recent poll showed only 12 percent of Mexicans approve of the job he’s doing.

The chants — shouted in both Spanish and English — focused not only on the two leaders, but women’s rights and gender equality, as well.

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New Delhi, India

Indian women in New Delhi participate in a nationwide “I Will Go Out” march to raise questions about safe access for women and marginalized communities in public spaces across India. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

While some protests are principally marching to express solidarity with the demonstrators in the U.S., others are directly raising issues of misogyny on a more local level.

In New Delhi, protesters carried signs reading “I will go out,” to protest sexual harassment in public spaces.

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New York, New York

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Thousands of participants converge on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and Second Avenue during the women’s march in New York City. -NY Daily News via Getty Images

 

For a march fueled in part by dissatisfaction with President Trump, it seems only natural that the protesters finished their procession nearby Trump Tower on Saturday.

WNYC reporter Sarah Hayley Barrett tweeted that marchers shut down whole stretches of Madison Avenue, as they spilled off the planned route and took alternate paths to Trump Tower.

Shumita Basu, a producer with WNYC, noted that in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, where many of the protesters converged, the march was a “sea of pink hats, signs.”

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Paris, France

 

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Seattle, Washington

 

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More from Seattle- my hometown.

From coast to coast and around the world, more than 1 million people gathered Saturday in support of women’s rights. What you need to know.

 

 

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Sioux Falls, S.D.

In Sioux Falls, the women’s march has focused partly on American Indian rights, reports Kealey Bultena of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Chants of “Native lives matter” rippled throughout the march.

“We want to protect Mother Earth, first of all, for the future generations and also we have our human rights as women,” marcher Julia Brown Wolf told Kealey. Brown Wolf had traveled from the Crow Creek Indian Reservation for the demonstration. “You know, we have to think in seven generations ahead.”

Kealey reports Brown Wolf marched with her granddaughters. “She does not want them to face discrimination for being a woman or a Native American,” Kealey says.

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Sydney, Australia

Demonstrators gathered in the city’s Hyde Park carrying signs with slogans like “Bridges not walls,” and “A woman’s place is in the revolution.”

As protester Stef Vogt told The Sydney Morning Herald, “We want to send a sign to the women in the U.S. that we’re all in this together.”

But participants also say this isn’t just about Trump.

“Women’s rights are not about women,” musician Amanda Palmer told a the marchers. “They’re about everyone. My son and husband are feminists.”

Raleigh, N.C.

“There’s been a steady stream of marchers” in the streets of downtown Raleigh, reports Jess Clark of member station WUNC. “It spans the spectrum — protesters represent diverse issues, diverse backgrounds.”

She notes that she has seen men in baseball caps, women in hijabs and several people in those distinctive pink caps.

“The massive crowd has taken over the downtown area, shutting down several streets in the process,” The Associated Press reports from Raleigh.

The news service notes marches and rallies are taking place in cities across the state, including Charlotte and Asheville.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Buenos Aires, American expats and locals held signs and wrote messages across their bodies as they gathered for a rally in support of the women’s march.

Local organizers echoed the guiding principle behind the march in Washington, D.C. — that “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.”

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There were even “marchers” in Antarctica. Linda Zunas, a reseacher in a remote corner of the continent called Paradise Bay, told The Independent that she organized a group of 30 people with banners reading “Penguins for peace” and “love from seven continents.”

There were some badass signs being shown around the world. And someone decided there were at LEAST 89 badass ones in DC alone!

Thank you Teresa Shook!

And after all that, there wasn’t a SINGLE arrest arrest at the protest in DC.

To check out how many people attended and where, check out the Wiki Page. For more pictures and videos, check out the Sister’s March page on the Women’s March page.

And in other news.

I thought this was something that really needed to be shared. Feel free to copy and paste and share! In fact, please do!

“If you are puzzled by the bizarre ‘press conference’ put on by the White House press secretary this evening (angrily claiming that Trump’s inauguration had the largest audience in history, accusing them of faking photos and lying about attendance), let me help explain it. This spectacle served three purposes:

“1. Establishing a norm with the press: they will be told things that are obviously wrong and they will have no opportunity to ask questions. That way, they will be grateful if they get anything more at any press conference. This is the PR equivalent of “negging,” the odious pick-up practice of a particular kind of horrible man (e.g., Donald Trump).

“2. Increasing the separation between Trump’s base (1/3 of the population) from everybody else (the remaining 2/3). By being told something that is obviously wrong—that there is no evidence for and all evidence against, that anybody with eyes can see is wrong—they are forced to pick whether they are going to believe Trump or their lying eyes. The gamble here—likely to pay off—is that they will believe Trump. This means that they will regard media outlets that report the truth as “fake news” (because otherwise they’d be forced to confront their cognitive dissonance.)

“3. Creating a sense of uncertainty about whether facts are knowable, among a certain chunk of the population (which is a taking a page from the Kremlin, for whom this is their preferred disinformation tactic). A third of the population will say ‘clearly the White House is lying,’ a third will say ‘if Trump says it, it must be true,’ and the remaining third will say ‘gosh, I guess this is unknowable.’ The idea isn’t to convince these people of untrue things, it’s to fatigue them, so that they will stay out of the political process entirely, regarding the truth as just too difficult to determine.

This is laying important groundwork for the months ahead. If Trump’s White House is willing to lie about something as obviously, unquestionably fake as this, just imagine what else they’ll lie about. In particular, things that the public cannot possibly verify the truth of. It’s gonna get real bad.”

Until next time, let’s hope that yesterday’s momentum for women’s rights just keep rolling forward down this high and long hill. Keep having a strong and loud voice; fight for your, your wife’s, your sister’s, your daughter’s, your nieces’, your mother’s, your aunt’s, your girlfriend’s, grand-daughter’s rights!

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No, I didn’t forget….

Honestly. I did not forget yesterday to post something. I was gone all day long and then some. I took a little trip to Teotihuacan with the hubby, a friend and his group yesterday which started at 8 am and didn’t end until 2 am. It was suppose to end at around 9 pm. But yeah, that just didn’t happen. And no it’s not as exciting as you are probably thinking!

In fact, it included the hot sun, lots of walking, restraint from buying everything I saw, leg cramps, a raging migraine and car sickness. Also included was laughing, jokes, learning and snark. See? Not as wild as you were hoping.

It all started with our friend who will take groups of people to see the archaeological sites around Mexico. We already tagged along on another trip to a smaller less known site so going to Teotihuacan was of course a no brainer. For those of you who do not know, and don’t feel bad there are a lot of people who are not familiar with this and many other sites, Teotihuacan is a big tourist and local attraction. It’s huge and hard to explain so if you are curious, here are a couple of links you can peruse to learn some interesting things about it.

Another thing that unless you live in Mexico you are not going to know is that the price of gas rose on the first all over the country. I know you probably are sitting there going “Yeah, so?” The regulation of gas and the prices works quite a bit differently here in Mexico then it does where you are. Google it if you want the details. The thing is, the prices didn’t just raise a little bit, they were raised quite a bit and understandably people here were upset. So upset that groups started creating blockades around the gas stations and even on the roads. Some even took over the gas stations themselves and were distributing free gas to others (again, hit up Google as I KNOW you are clueless).

I have no problem with these protests at all. And the fact that they are being done with no guns and peaceful (in most cases) is just awesome. The problem came when it was time to go home (about 5:30) and we discovered that every place we tried to get on the main highway was blockaded. Our friend has a few connections and just really knows how to talk with people so he’s jumping off and on the bus talking to people trying to find either an unblocked entrance or a leader of any of the groups we encountered to see if he could get them to let us through.

There is about 25 of use counting our friend and the driver and we were having no luck at all. This is about the time my brain thought to add to the fun by giving me a sharp headache that slowly grew into a mini migraine (ha, who the fuck am I kidding?). Then to add to the fun, we kept having to back up–in a large charter bus. I tend to sit either in the front or as close to it as I can possibly get because I sometimes have a nasty habit of getting car sick. Going backwards A LOT did NOT help that nasty habit at all.

We finally just pull over after being blocked for the fifth time (as in they pulled the semi truck right in front of us before we could go any further) and our friend went to find out some information or something. By this time I can’t keep my eyes open, which of course makes me feel sicker and a lot of us now have to use the bathroom –it’s about 8 pm by this time and so many of us get off the bus, myself included.

We’re not within any place that has public bathrooms as we’re in a small town and many things are closed up for the night. I’m sitting on a large concrete block with my head in my hands as I was stupid enough to not bring any pain relievers. One of the ladies saw me and asked what was wrong. Thankfully she apparently is a walking pharmacy (with all the normal restrictions of course) and hands me a couple of Advil, which despite the fact I shouldn’t take them (stomach reasons other than car sick) I really don’t care and I take them. Our friend comes back and informs us he managed to talk a bakery owner into opening up and allowing us to use the restroom.

I guess the entire bus had to go by this time so we all gratefully followed him to the bakery. I was one of the first in as everyone did in fact notice that I wasn’t doing very well. I went back to the bus after I was done, and let me tell you the last thing you want to smell when you’re sick to your stomach is a bakery full of goods you’d normally find mouth watering. It’s just me and hubby back at the bus and I just start crying cause I’m tired, I’m sick  and I have a fireworks display going off in my head and the sounds around us are just NOT helping what-so-ever.

After soaking half the hubby’s shirt he got me some water and I crawled back onto the bus and reclined the seat to see if I couldn’t at least get some quiet rest. My head does start feeling better and our friend has come back saying the group is headed for another destination because they want to back up the blockade there that is being threatened by armed guards or something (keep in mind only half of my mind is working about now) but we have a limited window to get the heck out of there. Let’s say it did not take long for that bus to fill back up and we were once again off.

We did manage to get on the main highway, but there’s a blockade on it as well. Which takes about an hour or so to clear. After that we were pretty home free. But seeing as we were north of Mexico City and we were heading to the other side (that would be south) we still had an hour or two before we even got back into our home city. Even after we did, we had to go back to the school to get our car and then we managed to get home a bit before 3am.

Needless to say, I slept all damn day and I am not ashamed to admit it. So tomorrow I’ll do the post I wanted to do yesterday and you can count this one as the one for today.

Until next time, get plenty of sleep and always keep your head when things go sideways as later it’s going to be one hell of a story to tell!

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Welcome to January 1, 2017

I’ve made no reservations to do anything or to stop doing anything this year outside of this blog and trying to stay alive. I’m rather sure that the latter goes without saying, but seeing as I’m an American woman I felt it probably needs to be said. Sadly. I’ll be going back up to the States shortly for a very brief visit and quite frankly I am more scared of going up there then I have ever been here in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

2016 was a rough year to be honest. Mainly emotionally. It started off well I think, or so bad I have blocked it from memory. We lost quite a few celebrities this year. And a few tech products as well. We all had our own losses in our personal and business lives and have at some point gone to bed with tears in our eyes and a heavy heart.

2017 is a new year so a new beginning. Not quite sure what that is really suppose to mean for most people. Obviously we’re starting a whole new year, and some people may start a whole new way of life, or outlook, or how they feel about things. Or maybe even a new chapter. Sadly to have a beginning at all means something comes to an end.

For some irrational reason I am glad 2016 is over. Like the end of the year is going to stop what has been going on from continuing (wouldn’t that be lovely?). That creature America has elected to ruin run the country will soon be taking office. Wars of all types are still being fought, people are still hungry, homeless and desperate. A new year will of course bring good things, but we cannot go joyously into the year without remembering what we are bringing with us. I am not glad however that I will spend the next three months forgetting that it’s 2017 and have to fix the mistake.

It’s really hard to think pleasant thoughts with the taste of 2016 still stuck in my throat. Hell, it was hard to know what I did with my passport when I noticed it wasn’t where I have always kept it for over a year and a half now. Doesn’t help matters that we are moving later this month and somehow it got packed in a box that thankfully is not taped up. -_- First crisis of the year thankfully diverted. That would have been one hell of a crisis!!

Yes, we will be starting this year soon in a different house. As much as I really like the house we’re moving into it makes me really sad to be moving from the one we’re currently in. But for only two small furry reasons–and if I’m completely honest with myself it’s really like five. The biggest complaint I truly have about Mexico is how animals are treated. To them it is weird to share your home with an animal. So there are a LOT of strays to be found. In our complex alone there are five I know about. And I have named them all and have come in contact with petted and fed each of them.

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This is Kao K’o-Kung or KoKo. As you can see, he’s a Siamese. Possibly not one of those purebreds, but that certainly doesn’t matter! He’s quite sweet and quite curious. Had to be handed to me once by the guys who delivered our new bed as he had to check out the back of the truck. He talks, but not too loud and not in that demanding way like his namesake. He’s the darker and slightly smaller of the two Siamese.

 

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Meet Yum-Yum. This darling little boy (I think it’s a he) will bitch you out loudly if you happen to be late with the cat chow. If KoKo isn’t there when you walk out and Yum-Yum is, KoKo will be there shortly! If you are familiar at all with a certain series by Lilian Jackson Braun you should recognize where the names come from. Yes, I have waited a long time to be able to name two Siamese after those delightful cats!

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This is Orange Ball or OB for short. I think it’s a she but she’s a little bit shy and makes you wait for her to come to you. She’s soft as you’d imagine her to be and she likes to talk. I think she’s the youngest in the complex as she certainly is the smallest.

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This is Little Black. He’s the cat that started it all. He would sit outside our door and meow “Hello!” until I opened the door and sat outside with him. He is quite shy and like OB you need to wait for him to come to you. He is the reason I started feeding the outdoor cats. He reminded me strongly of my Memnoch who died in 2013 and who I so terribly miss. I think he’s the neighbor’s cat as I see him over there quite a lot and he still comes to the door every now and again, but probably because of KoKo and Yum-Yum not as much as he used to.

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I *THINK* this is the eldest of them all. He certainly is the one with the most mileage visually. He’s also the only one I can confirm the sex of. He isn’t the biggest fan of KoKo or Yum-Yum and for the most part they leave each other alone, but every once in a while you can hear them growling at each other. I see him most with OB and for the longest time I though he was a momma cat because of OB. He doesn’t allow you to pet him for long, and he’s the only one who has made use of the cardboard box hide-aways I made when we first moved in.

These are the only things I will miss once we move. It’s funny how the very thing hubby says made him fall in love with me is the biggest thing that now annoys him. My unending compassion for creatures that are not human. Not a big fan of many humans, but I have a lot of trouble ignoring an abandoned animal. Might have to do with the unresolved issue I have with feeling like I’ve been abandoned many times in my life. Who the fuck knows right? I like taking care of things that seems to appreciate my attention and is more than willing to supply some of that attention right back.

The house we are in now is okay but it is just WAY too big for just me and hubby. We have a master, a guest room and then a cat room just for cat toys and litter boxes. There is a living room where we have our desks, the projector and Xbox One. Next to that is basically an unused area that has a lot of cat toys and the indoor garden which we were told when we moved it that a gardener would take care of but that person hasn’t been seen since we moved in and naturally the garden is pretty dead. There is a dining room that the cats use for their dishes and where my lion table is currently sitting. Then there’s the kitchen which for the size of the house the area is a bit small. Each room has it’s own bathroom, the guest room having the only bathtub that was SUPPOSE to be a jetted tub but of course it’s all window dressing–meaning it doesn’t work you can’t even turn the knob and none of the switches in the room do anything for it. We only get hot water in the kitchen and that one guest bathroom, except for lately where there is no hot water in any of the showers. But we do get hot water in the bath tub. I’m not one to take a lot of baths.

A LOT of the switches do nothing. There are missing light bulbs in areas even my 6’3″ tall hubby can’t reach so they’ve been left as is. When we have a problem we have to figure it out ourselves with help from friends. Last time something major happened in the house we had to pay for it to be fixed then threaten not to pay rent until we were reimbursed, which of course ended up being the amount taken off that months rent. And the icing to the cake was the fact there is someone living underneath us in our three story condo that we weren’t told at all about. Even the realtor had no idea the guy was down there. And his girlfriend cannot part worth shit and so we have to park elsewhere and the last time we did we lost our passenger side mirror as we hit a tree we had no idea was that close to the drive due to the fact we don’t normally park there. Of course now that we have to park there we know the tree is that damn close.

So yes, getting out of this condo is going to be really good. The new place is smaller, but still three bedroom. The master is an obvious master and is large, which is good as our king sized bed set is large. It also has some furniture already in it, which is also good as almost all of our stuff is in storage units in the States.

I could keep going but I have honestly run out of steam. I hate complaining and to me it always feels like it’s all I do any more. Perhaps I should complain less this coming year.

Until next time enjoy the holiday while it lasts, try to remember this is a new year and steel yourself for all that is to come.

Featured image is by Artist Chris Barker who freely allows the image to be shared. The image, which contains a collection celebrities who have died in 2016, and has become an emblem of the year. Barker has asked that in lieu of payment, donations be made to the Jo Cox memorial fund.

 

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We lost a great person yesterday. And my heart remains broken.

I was going to take a page out of Wil Wheaton’s book next month and force myself to do a daily post all through January and perhaps see if I keep it going from there. Of course I was going to start on January 1, 2017 shortly after watching the first episode of the fourth season of Sherlock from the BBC. Of course the obvious is things have changed.

Carrie Fisher, the world’s most beloved royal not born to royalty, a person who gave us the best lines for both foes and loved ones, a woman who wasn’t ashamed of telling the world she had bi-polar and worked very hard to make all mental illness stigmas disappear died early Tuesday morning despite the support of an entire galaxy for her to get better. I am sure you have heard about it by now, the Internet once again exploded (is anyone by chance keeping track of the number of times it has in fact exploded?) with the news on every. Single. Social. Media.

Like many, MANY people of my age and older, Star Wars; Episodes 4, 5 and 6 had quite the impact on our lives. The first movie came out the same year I was born, and I didn’t even see any of them until I was in 7th or 8th year of school. I was living with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins at that time and my uncle rented a VHS player (back when those could be rented) and all three Star Wars movies for the weekend.

I don’t remember the date at all. What I do remember is claiming my favorite arm chair, a large bowl of popcorn and settling in. My younger cousins weren’t really into watching anything that wasn’t cartoon so they went off to play in their room or watch their own movie, I have absolutely no idea what they were doing.

I’m not going to tell you that the moment the opening crawl began I was snagged. To be perfectly honest, it probably wasn’t until the end if not the next movie that got me locked in. I do remember thinking Luke was sort of cute, and it may have been that thought alone that pushed me into the next movie.

What I absolutely remember while watching the movies is that the chair developed a heart beat. I could feel it in my back as if I was sitting on someone’s lap and could feel their heart. I remember that very clearly. I have never had that happen before and I do not believe I’ve had it since. I watched all three movies at least twice that weekend.

I do not what exactly about these movies I adored so damn much. It could very well may have been because I developed a crush on Luke Skywalker. No matter what it was, I eventually fell for the whole universe. Carrie’s Leia as well as all of the others. Although if truth be told, R2D2 was until very recently my most favorite of all–now of course I can add BB8 and K-S2O, C-3PO comes in a close last and only because he really is a bit annoying at some points.

When I heard that Carrie was taken to the hospital because of a heart attack, my own heart leapt to my throat and all I could think was “Don’t you fucking DARE 2016!” As if the year itself had any doing upon what has been happening during it, but we all of course need to point the finger at something or someone. Even at the very mention of a possibility I wanted to cry. Of course I felt a bit better when news spread that she was in stable condition although still in ICU. I suppose that made Tuesday that much more painful.

I could barely get the words out of my mouth as I read them from my screen. I held my breath as I searched through news sites and trying, hoping to find that what I was reading was another in a long line of hoaxes. Even though I think I was reading the news on a reliable source, anyone can make a mistake thinking a story is true, and one like this is certainly considered news breaking and sources are still interested in breaking any news first.

As always, those who are still living will continue to live and continue to hurt but we’ll also continue to remember and miss all those we have lost, not just in 2016 which may or may in fact not be a year where so many things and people died than any other, but throughout our entire lives.

And on that, I have collected quite a few stories, articles, tweets, pictures, videos, etc. on this and it’s taken quite a while to do so. In fact an entire day. I haven’t even hit Facebook yet! But I do see that I have 90 Notifications for it.

Below you will find the documents I created for each of the articles I found, complete with pictures and where allowed, videos as well as the original urls. First part is the title of the article followed by what network it was on (CNN, Hollywood Reporter, NPR, etc.). Feel free to check them out, download them, share them, maybe even read them. Just remember her and not JUST for Princess/General Leia Organa.

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ETA (12-29-16): Adding new documents from new materials found. This is probably going to happen a lot I am afraid.

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ETA (7:57pm Central Time US December 28, 2016): Carrie Fisher’s mom Debbie Reynolds just died as well  so hearts are going out to the family even more now. Must be horrible for Billie having her mother and grandmother die so close together.

“Debbie Reynolds died after she was rushed to the hospital Wednesday, as reported by the Associated Press. She was 84.

Reynolds was hospitalized after suffering what TMZ and the Los Angeles Times said was a medical emergency.

Reynolds lost her daughter, Carrie Fisher, on Tuesday. Fisher died at a Los Angeles hospital days after suffering a heart attack on a plane last week. She was 60.

TMZ was the first to report the news, saying Reynolds was at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills planning her daughter’s funeral and may have suffered a stroke. The outlet reported Reynolds has been distraught since Fisher’s health declined last Friday.

The Los Angeles Times also reported Reynolds was rushed to the hospital, adding that she complained of breathing problems.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed they responded to a call for medical assistance from a house on Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills (because the LAFD’s station was closer) shortly after 1 p.m. local time. LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told USA TODAY that an “adult female” in “fair to serious condition” was transported to Cedars Sinai Hospital, the closest to the address.

Because of a federal privacy law, emergency services can’t identify patients.

Reynolds had been giving periodic updates on Fisher while her daughter lay in the hospital, first telling fans Fisher was “stable” and on Tuesday confirming her death with a touching note.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother,” she wrote on Facebook.

The Oscar-nominated actress is grandmother to Fisher’s only child, daughter Billie Lourd, 24.

Copyright 2016 KING”

http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/report-debbie-reynolds-rushed-to-hospital/379894226

Apparently, she missed her daughter way too much. I hope Todd (Carrie’s little brother) doesn’t follow suit and that Billie has all the support close to her as we all feel the pain.

Until next time, hold those you love close, if you can’t hold them close, tell them how much you love them, if you cannot do that then show them. There is always a way to tell someone you love them, but only if they are listening.

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War against Women.

For the first time in my life, I am afraid to live in the United States. I am afraid that as a woman I won’t be able to walk down the street without my husband there to protect me, drive without my husband’s okay or even choose what I do with my own body. A body I own, no one else.

If you think I’m being dramatic, then you are more in likely a man. Or you’ve been hidden in the house with no outside contact by a man.

In my oh so humble and bias (because I am in fact a biological woman–not that biology has everything to do with it) opinion abortion is no one’s business. Not the town’s, not the city’s, not the state’s and especially not the country’s. The ONLY law on it should be this: No person of any rank, of any office, of any sex may involve themselves in an abortion without permission from the body in which the fetus is in. There will be no additional restrictions placed on any clinic or hospital that ops to do abortions. No man will have a final say in the abortion process, even if he is believed to be the father. It will be illegal for anyone to stand outside any clinic or hospital to harass any woman who has chosen to get an abortion. No woman will be shamed for the choices they deem right for their own body. Federal funding will be available for any clinic or hospital in need of the funding and cannot be revoked for any type of procedure that the clinic/hospital performs. No employer has the right to decide for it’s employees what type of healthcare is right for them. This includes what types of contraceptives or vitamins an employee chooses to use. Once a woman has chosen to have a procedure done she then does not need to do anything else, but set up a time and date with her doctor of choice. Should she change her mind, she will not be penalized for doing so in any way. No cancellation fees, no hoops, no regrets. Support will be freely given to a woman if she so desires to have it and it will be given in support of any decision she makes about her own body. No one has any right to order or restrict any care that a woman or man is entitled to. The woman may choose what will happen to any part of her body that is removed; if she desires she will have all her options explained to her to her contentment and understanding. No religion shall be forced upon another, nor shall the religious views and beliefs of one be forced on another. Whether it be the nurse, doctor, assistant, receptionist, or anesthesiologist, the only religion that matters is that of the person getting a procedure alone. Clinics and hospitals will not be treated as a secondary church in of itself.

Of course I’m not an attorney or law writer so the lingo is probably on the low side (meaning any idiot can understand it) but something as close as that works. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my body, if I am allowed to remove a cancerous mass (believe it or not, most women do not want kids) or what types of birth control I am allowed to take. If you make birth control affordable and easy to acquire, the rate of abortions go down. I’m told this is a proven fact. And using common sense alone I know this is true. But there are studies out there that actually support that.

What prompted me actually writing about this is this article, which I highly recommend you read:

Pro-Choice Leaders Warn That the Election Could Take Women Back to the 1950s

Yes, I made the link large so you can see it and perhaps it’ll slap you in the face. Going back to the 1950s is not a win in a woman’s book. Just ask your grandmothers about that time and what it was like compared to now for women. Some of you may already know because your grandmothers are always saying how amazing it is that women today have such freedoms and what type of shenanigans they would have gotten into if they had the same freedoms growing up. Some of those I rather not have running around in my imagination, but thank you grandma for the insight. This is important. Many don’t think it is, but they tend not to have a uterus or they hold to their religious beliefs. That is perfectly fine. The whole point of religious freedom is that a certain religion or any religion is not forced upon you by another. I will not sit here and tell you your religion does not matter because for you it does. Just like I hope you will not sit there and tell me only your religion matters because for me, it really doesn’t.

Until America is done with it’s war on women, I won’t be coming home to stay. I may never live in the States again, and for a citizen, that is horrific and sad.

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