Friday, March 27, 2015
FRIDAY MARCH 27
Just a scatter of potpourri. March Madness which refers to the men’s NCAA basketball tournament has now reached its round of eight. Next weekend will be the semifinals and on Monday night in prime time the Championship game.
That Monday night is also the Council’s Agenda Fixing Session. It would have been a tough choice between an unbelievable circus and what could be a great game, but since the semiprofessional Kentucky team seems to be a cinch and that game can be ‘taped” it is obvious where my priority is.
It is to be expected and hoped for that council President Rivers will present a resolution calling for an in depth investigation into the entire history of the North Ave. building from the time of the fire to the awarding the contract to Yates.
Unfortunately her motivation will not be as it should be to expose corruption but rather is for political revenge. Until this Council with the City Party’s support will admit that the past Administration showed no concept of fiscal responsibility, and in fact seems to have been guilty of irresponsible malpractices which must be exposed and dealt with.
Other happenings this week included the unimaginable murder of 150 humans by a suicidal pilot. The gas explosion last night in the East Village with the destruction of four buildings. The ISIS activity in Yemen and Libya. Obama’s irrational Mid East foreign policy of which I should take at least one blog to discuss.
As to the ISSIS situation; "Saudi Arabia began its military intervention in Yemen last night with a series of airstrikes initiated around 2 AM local time. Nine countries have said they are participating in the intervention, including five members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco, and Sudan. The United States is not participating in “direct military action,” according to a statement by the National Security Council, but is assisting with “logistical and intelligence support.” According to Saudi reports, the Kingdom has mobilized 100 fighter jets and 150,000 soldiers for the intervention, though there have been no reports of Saudi ground forces in Yemen yet." (Foreign Policy -3/25/15)
And then is this seeming innocuous legislation noted by American’s United which really is permission for bigotry related to sexual orientation and religious belief giving organizations and individual the right to discriminate which is counter to our Constitution.
“Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a bill that would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.”
\We must always be on our guard to prevent the dogmatic right from rewriting the 1st Amendment.