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Thoughts On The Brett Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Accusations

Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination to SCOTUS has been controversial to say the least.

The latest controversy is the accusation of the sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who was a high school classmate of Judge Kavanaugh. Ms. Ford has accused the judge of forcing himself on her when they were teenagers in the early 80’s.

Naysayers could argue that if the accusations are true, they are the act of a boy who was drunk, young and foolish. The judge is a 53-year-old married man with young daughters, hopefully time and experience has matured him.

However, sexual assault is still sexual assault, regardless of how long ago it was. Unlike other positions in the government, the appointment to the Supreme Court is for life. As a citizen, I need to know that if he is confirmed, he will do what is right for the country and not act in a partisan nature.

As a woman, I need to ask the men on the Senate Judiciary Committee the following question: how would you react if a woman you loved was sexually assaulted. What if it was your mother, your sister, your daughter, your wife, etc? Would you be so blase or or would you take a hard look at your conscious before making a decision?

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Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House Book Review

I think that it’s pretty safe to say that this current Presidential administration breaks any and all political precedents that have been accepted as the norm for many years.

In her new book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, journalist April Ryan writes about how unlike other Presidential administrations, chaos, misinformation and the revolving door of staff is the new normal as a White House reporter.

Journalists and reporters are not supposed to be the news, their job is to report the news to the public. But with this administration, the spotlight has been turned on said journalists and reporters. Ms. Ryan provides her reader with a first person perspective of how difficult it is to be a journalist whose job it is to cover politics.

I’ve been reading a lot of books over the past years or so about the current state of American politics. But for some reason, this book was not as good as some of the other books about American politics. It was a bit dry, especially toward the end of the book.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

 

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Thoughts On Election Results Of The New York State Democratic Gubernatorial Race

Yesterday was primary day for the Democratic party in New York State.

The results surprised no one. Andrew Cuomo, who is in his second term as the Governor of the state of New York, won the primary against activist/actress Cynthia Nixon.

From my perspective, Mr. Cuomo was the best person for the job. Despite the hiccups that have come out of his administration, it was his experience that won me over. While Ms. Nixon fought well, I feel like her lack of political experience and her celebrity got in the way. After having nearly two years of you know who in office, I think I speak for many when I say that I would prefer someone in office who is not a newbie.

However, that does not mean that Mr. Cuomo is off the hook. The fact that Ms. Nixon got as far as she did speaks to the fact that there are many voters in this state who want a true progressive in Albany, instead of one who plays mere lip service to the ideals of the progressive movement. It also speaks to the list of political scandals that are attached to his name and leadership.

While we will have to wait until November to find out if Mr. Cuomo is elected to a third term, I have a feeling that he will be elected to a third term.

 

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In the Country We Love: My Family Book Review

The question of immigration has existed since the founding of the United States in the late 1800’s. These days, it has become an issue that is dividing the country. But underneath the issue are thousands, if not millions of individual stories that need to be heard and seen. Diane Guerrero‘s story is one of them.

Best known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, Ms. Guerrero is the American born daughter of Colombian immigrants who were deported back to the country of their birth when their daughter was a teenager. Her life story is detailed in the new memoir In the Country We Love: My Family. Born in the mid 1980’s to Colombian immigrants who cam to America on a visa and tried to gain citizenship up until the time that they were deported, Ms. Guerrero understood from a very young age about her parents immigration status. After her parents were deported, she survived as best she could, but the loss of her parents took a toll on her that took years to deal with. It was only with professional help and revisiting her love of performing that put the spark back in her life.

This book is amazing and a must read, regardless of where the readers stands on the immigration debate. Not only is is easy to read, but it puts the humanity and a face on a subject is often hard to humanize.

I recommend it.

 

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Bloodline Book Review

When it comes to Star Wars, it’s easy to get sucked into the world. Especially the narratives and characters that are not covered in the films.

In 2016, Claudia Gray published Bloodline, filling in the timeline in between The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens.

It’s been decades since the old Empire was defeated. The dream of a true intergalactic democracy has dissolved into partisan infighting among the leaders of The New Republic. With decades of political experience under her belt, Leia Ogana has become a respected senator.

Leia hopes that peace and co-existence will return to the galaxy, but hope turns to dread, especially when forces within and without are threatening to destroy The New Republic. Will Leia’s hopes turn into reality or will her instincts and her family history return the galaxy into the war zone that it once was?

I really liked this book. I enjoyed it not only because it is well written, but it fits into the previously established timeline between the original trilogy and the newer movies. It’s nice to read a fanfiction that feels unique to the writer while not disregarding the original characters and narratives that the fans are loyal to.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On The NY Times Op Ed

It’s not exactly a secret that with you know who in the White House, this country is in chaos.

Yesterday, there was an op-ed printed in the NY Times. The writer, whose identity is unknown to the public, claims to be part of the resistance.

In the article, the writer makes the following statement:

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

While I admire this person for being bold enough to speak the truth, I have to wonder if the NY Times was the best paper to publish this piece. The Times and their editorial staff are among the list of media and journalistic outlets whom you know who has labelled as “the enemy of the people”.  It’s like the writer and the newspaper is preaching to the choir and not to those who silently disagree with you know who, but still openly support him.

My other concern is that there are enough voters in this country who honestly believe that most of the mainstream press is indeed lying and will likely not believe what the writer is saying.

Only time will tell if this op-ed is the one to bring you know who down or if it takes more than this article. Either way, if it opens a few eyes and a few minds that is all I ask for.

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Brett Kavanaugh Should NOT Be Confirmed For The Supreme Court

Despite his Presidential shortcomings, you know who is not as dumb as he sometimes appears to be. He knows enough to know that if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as the next Supreme Court Judge, his legacy will be cemented for decades, if not generations to come, regardless of how long he is in office.

Brett Kavanaugh should NOT be confirmed for the Supreme Court. Below are the reasons why:

  1. Judge Kavanaugh would potentially gut the ACA and Roe V. Wade, in addition to cutting back on the hard-won Civil Rights that citizens of color have been fighting for for generations.
  2. Judge Kavanaugh could nullify any charges that are brought against you know who, if he is indicted while still in office.
  3. Judge Kavanaugh is another white hetero Christian male. Just what this country needs in a position of political power.
  4. Judge Kavanaugh believes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional. Millions of Americans would be defrauded out of their hard-earned money by financial institutions if  this important branch of government is rendered toothless.
  5. Judge Kavanaugh turned his back on one of the fathers of the victims of the Parkland shooting who went up to introduce himself after the hearing.
  6. There are thousands upon thousands of pages missing from Judge Kavanaugh’s record. How is the committee supposed to prepare for the hearing and then make a decision if they do not have all of the facts in front of them?

Only time will tell if Brett Kavanaugh ascends to the highest court in the land. My hope (faint as it is) is that he will not be confirmed But, considering the state of American politics these days, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was confirmed.

P.S. Am I the only one who finds it hypocritical that while Republicans were adamant about not confirming Merrick Garland until the 2016 election, but they are rushing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh before the 2018 Midterms Elections?

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Thoughts On The Colin Kaepernick Nike Ad

Despite her ideals, America is an imperfect country. While we tend to hope that we that in 2018, discrimination and racism is a thing of the past, the truth is that it is alive and well in America.

Colin Kaepernick is trying to use his celebrity to help this country reach it’s ideals. His game day protests have garnered him fame and infamy outside of the world of professional football.

Today it was announced that he would be the face of a new Nike campaign.  The slogan reads as follows:

“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

You know who does not get it and will never get it. He will never understand what it is to be a person of color in America. Unlike you know who, Mr. Kaepernick not only stands for something, but he is also willing to put it all on the line for what he believes in.

Politics aside, I would rather stand with someone who risks it all for what they believe in rather than stand with someone who gives lip service and doesn’t give a sh*t about anyone or anything except themselves.

 

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When Women Win: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics Book Review

To have a voice in politics is the right and privilege of every American citizen. But, the reality is that many Americans have had to fight and continue to fight to have a voice in politics.

EMILY’s List is a resource for pro-democratic women who are seeking to better our country by running for political office. Started in 1985 by Ellen R. Malcolm, the advocacy group continues to fight for the rights that American women have had for nearly 100 years.

Ms. Malcolm has co-authored a book with Craig Unger about her experiences of being a women in American politics in the 2016 book, When Women Win: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics.

When EMILY’s List was started in 1985, there was an obvious lack of women who were either in elected office or running for elected office. The book details not only how Ms. Malcolm not only started EMILY’s List and built up momentum for women in political office, but how the organization has been able to keep up the momentum for thirty years.

This book is amazing.it is not just the history of women in politics in modern America, but it is also an inspiration/blueprint for any American woman who sees higher office as an opportunity to make America a better place.

I recommend it.

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