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Thoughts On the New Brett Kavanaugh Accusations: Where There is Smoke, There is Fire

When Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed last year, his confirmation was far from smooth.

This week, new sexual assault allegations have surfaced against Justice Kavanaugh. If that was not enough, there are some who are questioning if the FBI did a thorough investigation and are calling for his impeachment.

Where there is smoke, there is fire.

From my perspective, the fact that he was still confirmed in spite of the evidence speaks to the act that powerful men can still get away with sexual assault. Women are still there just to be sexual objects.

Where there is smoke, there is fire. I have a feeling that this will not be the last time that we will be hearing about the sexual misconduct of Justice Kavanaugh.

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Of Course, He Changes His Mind About Vaping

We all know that smoking kills.

With this in mind, the tobacco companies had to find a new revenue stream and new customers. Enter vaping and the more dangerous counterfeit vaping products. Especially those with flavors that are marketed to young people.

As of last week, six people died from vaping. In my mind, this is a health crisis that must be addressed by those in the corridor of power ASAP before more lives are lost.

On Friday, you know who tweeted the following:

“While I like the Vaping alternative to Cigarettes, we need to make sure this alternative is SAFE for ALL!” the President tweeted. “Let’s get counterfeits off the market, and keep young children from Vaping!”

In a move that is not a surprise to anyone, this comment is a complete 180 compared to a previous statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“It’ll take several weeks for us to put out the final guidance that will announce all the parameters around the enforcement policy, and then there will likely be about a 30-day delay to effective date, as is customary,” Azar said. But “at that point all flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavor would have to be removed from the market.”

Last week, a very wise talking head perfectly explained the reason for the chaos coming out of Washington. They stated that the chaos is because you know who will say one thing and then turn around and say another thing completely. How does Congress get anything done with a President who cannot make up his mind?

The fact is that we need a President who is a leader. We need someone who listens to the experts, reads the facts and makes a logical decision based on both. We need a President who does not think that they are always right. We need a President who sticks to their guns, but also understands that there are moments in which they will have to apologize for something they did or said. We need a President who is not in the back pocket of the lobbyists and the ultra wealthy corporations.

This current President is none of that. For this reason, he must be voted out of office next year.

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I Have No Sympathy For Felicity Huffman

College is supposed to be the great equalizer. It is also supposed to set us up for life, opening up professional opportunities that would not exist without that college degree.

However, there are two problems with college: the rapidly rising cost and the idea that for some parents, sending their children to a specific college is more about bragging rights than setting up their child for future success.

In the latest news regarding the college cheating scandal, actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty yesterday for her part in the scandal. She will be spending two weeks in jail, will have to pay a fine, complete community service and be under one year supervised release.

Honestly, I have no tears for this woman.

I am not a mother and I don’t agree with what she did, but I understand her motives. The job of a parent is to make their child’s life as easy as possible. However, there comes a point in which a parent must step back and let their child rise or fall on their own merit.

What bothers me about this case is that there are so many students who studied their behinds off to get into college and many parents who scrimped and saved for years to get their kids into these colleges. The fact that Ms. Huffman and others thought that they could buy their way into the college admissions process is a sad reminder that the money still gets one farther that hard work.

I hope that this case is a lesson to us all, especially those in the 1%. Money can only get you so far, but hard work will get you everywhere.

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Who is Going to Pay For the Wall? America!

Politicians are notorious for making campaign promises that are just that.

During the 2016 Presidential election, you know who made the following statement over and over again.

“Mexico will pay for the wall.”

The reality is that Mexico will not be paying for the wall. America will pay for the wall.

Last week, press reports stated that billions of dollars that were earmarked for various military projects will be used to pay for the wall.

So much for campaign promises. I guess he is a politician after all. Maybe now we have a chance of getting him out of office in 2020.

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Is It Me Or is You Know Who’s Feuds Getting Old?

A President, or any political leader for that matter, has, well, a lot on their plate. The last thing I hope any of them would need or want is unnecessary feuds.

You know is not surprisingly the exception to this rule.

His latest feud is with musician John Legend and his model/television personality/author wife, Chrissy Teigen. This latest feud is due Legend’s appearance on MSNBC during a referendum on criminal justice reform.

Is it me, or am I the only one who is getting tired of these feuds? When he was just another private businessman, he could have these ridiculous public feuds and no one gave a sh*t. But this man is no longer just another private businessman, he is President of the United States. He is responsible to this country and the voters, who like it or not, need him to lead this country.

P.S. I think he has much bigger fish to fry, especially one called Hurricane Dorian.

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Don’t F*ck With Mother Nature: Thoughts On Marianne Williamson, You Know Who, Hurricane Dorian and the Amazon Rain Forest Fire

We all know that climate change is real. The question that we have to ask ourselves is if we have the balls to save our planet or let her die a slow and painful death.

The Amazon rain forest is known as the “lungs of the Earth”. The lungs are on fire. As human beings, we forget that nature is not an unlimited resource. If we don’t change our ways and learn to respect Mother Nature, she will f*ck with us in the same way that we have f*cked with her.

Speaking of Mother Nature, Hurricane Dorian is making it’s way up the east coast of the United States. You know who’s response was not unexpected. Yes, it is true that Alabama was initially projected to be hit by Dorian, but that path is outdated. I wish for once (though I know that with this man, wishing does no good), that he would listen to the experts and just once, apologize when he has made a mistake.

And then, if that was not enough, 2020 Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson claimed on Twitter that the power of the mind could deter the hurricane from hitting land. After receiving a fair amount of criticism, the initial tweet was deleted and replaced. She then claimed she was mocked for comparing the content of her tweet to prayers. Prayers are one thing, but to claim that we can use our minds to force the hurricane out to sea is a little too out there. Especially for someone who wants to be President of the United States.

At the end of the day, we have to respect and appreciate Mother Earth. If we don’t, she will happily remind us that she has more power in her little finger than all human beings combined.

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Walmart is Stepping Up and Will No Longer Sell Ammo For Assault Style Weapons

It seems these days that mass shootings have become just another headline.

While some politicians (I’m still looking at you, Mitch McConnell) refuse to do anything, the decision makers at Walmart have made an important step in the right direction.

As of yesterday, Walmart will be drastically reducing the ammunition for assault style rifles that in the past, customers have been able to purchase freely.

If I am to be honest here, I would prefer if they stopped selling guns and ammunition all together. However, the fact that they will be reducing their ammunition sales is not to be overlooked.

I have nothing against guns or the Second Amendment. If someone wants to buy guns because they hunt as a hobby or let off steam by going to a gun range, that is their business. But what is my business (and the business of every American) is the fact that too many of our citizens have been killed by mass shootings.

Back in 1989, the late President Ronald Reagan (R-California) made a statement about guns which I believe still rings true today.

If only the current Republican party would heed his words.

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The Straight Pride Parade? Wow

It’s no secret that for most of American history (and human history), a minority has ruled the majority. This minority is the straight, White, Christian and (mostly) wealthy male minority. The rest of us have had to fight for our basic rights.

This weekend, a group of citizens decided to hold a parade in Boston. The name of the parade was the Straight Pride parade.

I suppose that the organizers see it as their version of the LGBTQ Pride parade. But this parade is nothing more than a statement of hate and reminding us who is still in charge.

We are thankfully living in an era in which those of us who have been disenfranchised have rights and opportunities that previous generations had only dreamed of. But those rights and opportunities only came about because of those previous generations who fought, marched and protested for their their rights.

I respect their right to march, but I highly disagree with the reason for the march. If we want to better this country, it’s time that we came together instead of dividing us based on superficial reasons.

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The Cycle of Mass Shootings Begins Again

For many of us, Labor Day is the lovely, but unwanted reminder that Fall is coming. It’s the last opportunity to go to the beach, to go to the ballpark and to barbecue. In short, it is the last hurrah of the summer.

But for the people of Texas, this Labor Day weekend is just another cycle of mass shootings. Over the past 48 hours, there were two mass shootings in Texas. In Midland, 7 people are dead. In Odessa, 5 people are dead and 21 are injured. Among the injured is a little girl under the age of two.

At this point in time, the motives of the shooters are not known.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I am becoming desensitized to this headline. It is becoming too commonplace, just another day in America and another mass shooting.

I don’t want to be desensitized. I want to be angry and frustrated that some of our politicians (I am looking at you, Mitch McConnell) continue to put their head in the sand or look the other way.

At some point, this madness has to stop. At some point, we must enact common sense gun legislation that protects innocent civilians while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Frankly, I don’t know when we will reach that point.

May the memories of those murdered be a blessing.

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I Wonder if the Boys Were Really Distracted

It’s that time of year again.

The backpacks are packed, as are the lunches. The school buses are gassed up and ready to go.

Along with the school buses, the backpacks and the lunches, the double standard is ready to start school.

Kate Darrow’s nine year old daughter attends Callahan Intermediate School in Florida. Upon wearing a tank top to school, the girl was told to cover up because the male students were “distracted” by her bare shoulders.

Pardon my french, but this is bullsh*t.

If she was fifteen or sixteen, that argument may have a shot in Hades of making sense. But she is nine, the school’s reasoning makes no sense. If that was not enough, I have to question how the school sees this young girl. Is she a sexual object who is there just to tempt her male classmates away from their studies or a fully fledged human being who has the right to a real education?

I understand that the school has a dress code. I have no issue with the dress code. But I do have an issue with the fact that the dress code applies one way to male students and another way to female students.

Perhaps next time, the school will think twice when they over-enforce the dress code for the girls, but let the boys slide.

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