Thursday, August 31, 2017

TODAY'S WORLD




Worldwide happenings have been overlooked by us and the media as a result of the Harvey disaster in Texas. This hurricane has been called a 1 in a 1000 year storm and the environmentalists have lost no time in blaming climate warming.

However, 117 years ago a greater hurricane disaster in terms of human lives hit almost the same area of Texas. On September 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people... A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, which was then situated at less than 9 feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. That hurricane remains the worst weather-related disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life.

As to material and economic damages it is hard to compare because we are comparing 1900 dollars with today’s, but suffice to say Galveston never recovered as the most important city on the Texas coast.

According to Wikipedia “The dead bodies were so numerous that burying all of them was impossible. The dead were initially weighted down on barges and dumped at sea, but when the gulf currents washed many of the bodies back onto the beach, a new solution was needed. Funeral pyres were set up on the beaches, or wherever dead bodies were found, and burned day and night for several weeks after the storm. The authorities passed out free whiskey to sustain the distraught men conscripted for the gruesome work of collecting and burning the dead”.

Fortunately in 2017 we have the capability of rescuing people that did not exist even a decade ago and the loss of life in storms such as Katrina, Hugo, and Charlie etc. can be avoided.

While this is going on we have not paid attention to the escalating tensions with Russia marked by Trump’s Thursday order for Moscow to close its consulate general in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City. These closures must be complete by Saturday.

Concurrently we have attacked facilities in Syria, and are increasing our military involvement in Afghanistan and in South Korea conducting with Japan and South Korea air force’s live ammunition exercises.

Trump’s pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has not gone unnoticed as well as his latest anti-transgender orders for the armed forces. Both subjects for the next blog.


Some feel that all this is Trump"s attempt to turn attention away from the investigation into any collaboration with the Russians in  order to influence the election. There is a possibility that if it can be proven that POTUS lied or has attempted to obstruct an investigation that there will be a repeat of Nixon's Presidency.

POYPOURRI

If I have the free time late this afternoon I  will write a post on this and that  about recent happenings. There has been much going on world wide especially related to North Korea, and the Middle East.  Nationally the Harvey disaster has turned attention away from the Trump/Russia alleged collaboration, as well as the Confederate monuments and the 1st Amendment. 

Once again I can use today's political, cartoons to illustrate some of the problems.






Monday, August 28, 2017

TOO LATE

No time for a blog today (Monday) hads an appointment with  the "Waterboarder" (tooth cleaner) and tomorrow a doc.s appointment. The price of middle age. Ther2e were two interesting OP_EDs i n today's  Times ;"Who's Afraid of Antifa".by Todd Gitlin; and "Fascism, American Style" b y Krugman.  If I have time I will try to get link. Meantime today's political cartoons are worth a 1000 words:



Saturday, August 26, 2017

THE CONSTITUTION AND THE ACLU



The ACLU has defended in court the 1st Amendment rights of anyone the far left or the Alt-Right to assemble and publicly deliver their message. The grey area is when that message is to encourage violence; to persons or property; likewise assembly

for intimidation or outright violence such as happened in Charlottesville cannot be permitted or condoned.



 I often do find fault with the ACLU’s positions or actions. However. It is along with such organizations as the SPLC an important bulwark against the attacks on our society by such as the KKK , Oath Keepers, American Patriots, etc.
Today I received this email from the ACLU:

Truth be told, I don't even know where to start.
Last night, Donald Trump cowardly used our nation's focus on the devastating hurricane in Texas to deflect attention away from two controversial decisions. First, his pardoning of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And second, his decision to sign a directive barring enlistment of transgender individuals in the military and cutting off essential medical care for trans servicemembers.

What that means is that last night – in the middle of a national crisis that requires the full attention of our president – he decided to issue a formal presidential endorsement of racism and launch a stunningly cruel attack on patriotic trans people.

It makes me sick to my stomach, Harold.

Make no mistake: Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for deliberately violating federal court orders, after violating the constitutional rights of people of color in his community. Trump's pardon condones racial profiling and a sheriff who defied the rule of law.

And Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military is discriminatory, unconstitutional, and downright immoral. It's not based in fact or opposition from the military. It's based on bigotry and hate. Pure and simple.

You can bet Trump will be seeing us in court very soon.

From here I only know one truth: we have to get up and fight – day in and day out, and morning, noon, and night.
As the ACLU works to enforce the federal court orders we won against Arpaio in a separate civil rights case, and to challenge the transgender military ban in the courts as soon as Monday, we need you out there on the streets and phones to make sure your elected representatives do more than simply tweet their condemnation.

Congress has the authority to directly challenge Trump's assaults on our liberties and his support of racist individuals like Arpaio and other white supremacists. And they have the power to pass legislation, which has already been introduced, to undo the trans military ban.

It is time for them to exercise that authority, on these issues and more – such as President Trump's pending decision to revoke DACA, a program that ensures young, undocumented immigrants are safe from deportation. Congress should move quickly to pass legislation that provides Dreamers with the same protections as DACA, regardless of what Trump does.

We know from experience that the most powerful thing we can do in a moment like this is stand together and raise our voices.
There are going to be darker, more challenging days ahead for our country. But I believe we can overcome if we have the courage to do the hard work necessary to organize our local communities, put pressure on our elected officials, and to show solidarity with those communities that Trump is targeting.

When we stand together, nothing is impossible. Keep fighting.

In solidarity, Anthony D. Romero, ACLU <executive_director@aclu.org