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Abstinence Only Education Does Not Work

Like any subject, one needs all of the information before making any decisions. Sex is no different.

Our kids are going to have sex eventually. It’ a part of growing up and a part of life. For most, if not all students in America, sex education is part of their classroom experience.

Unfortunately, some adults still believe that the only sex education our students should receive is abstinence only. The problem is that abstinence only programs do not work in reducing teenage pregnancies or the rate of transmission of sexual transmitted diseases.

Very recently, the orange one in Washington D.C. has announced that he will be financially promoting abstinence among programs in the nation’s schools.

Not only is that dangerous, but it is a joke considering his own past.

While it’s true that not being sexually active prevents unwanted pregnancy and STDs, it is to my mind unrealistic to teach our young people that sex is bad. What is bad or wrong makes it all the more tempting and fuels rebellion.

Some might say that sex education encourages promiscuity, but I don’t agree. These are the same people who say that sex should wait until marriage. It’s 2018, to ask a teenager to wait until marriage to become sexually active feels like an antiquated idea that is straight out of 1958.

In the end, our kids will be having sex eventually. We just have to make sure that they have all of the information so that a decision that could potentially be life changing is based on facts and not myth or rumor is made.

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RIP Barbara Bush

Earlier this week, Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush passed away. She was 92.

Known for her pearls, her premature white hair and her down to earth demeanor, Mrs. Bush was both a product of her era and a woman standing on her own two feet.

Though she was the wife and mother of two Republican Presidents, she not only saw the humanity in others, but was also bipartisan enough to cut through the Washington b*llsh*t. She advocating for both literacy and for AIDS patients in an era when AIDS carried a stigma of economic and social isolation.

Multiple tributes have poured out over the last two days, but my favorite is from one of her granddaughters, Jenna Bush Hager.

To have your grandparents around as your growing up creates an experience that has no rivals. But have your grandparents around when your an adult is an experience that is be cherished.

RIP Barbara Bush. May her memory be a blessing to everyone who knew her and loved her.

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Thoughts On Last Night’s James Comey Interview

Last night, after months of speculation, James Comey sat down to tell his side of the story in regards to the 2016 Presidential election and the current commander-in-chief.

Bear in mind, that I have not yet read the book, so this post is strictly based on the interview

Mr. Comey appears to me as a straight arrow. Unlike others in government, he does not yield to partisan politics. He does what he thinks is right for the country, even if it means influencing voters close to a Presidential election and possibly changing the outcome of history.

I have to admit at this point, that I am of the belief that had the email scandal not derailed Hillary Clinton’s campaign, she would be in the White House instead of Donald Trump. But I also have to admire Mr. Comey for his candor and his ability to focus on the American people instead of swaying to those in power.

Some naysayers could easily say that he is a disgruntled former employee who is still bitter about being fired and is using a public forum to air dirty laundry.

But as I see, Mr. Comey is still doing his job, looking out for the voting public.  If only more politicians and high level government employees were willing to put politics aside and do what is right for the voters, this country would be in a much better place.

 

 

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Thoughts On Last Night’s Syria Strike

Last night it was announced that US, UK and France successfully hit its targets in Syria. The airstrike was in response to the chemical attack on the citizens of Douma last weekend.

While the airstrike does it’s job in sending a message to the Syrian regime, there is a component missing that is ignored at least by the current administration: the Syrian refugees who are being prevented from entering the United States. So far this year, only 11 Syrian refugees have been allowed to enter the country.

Since you know who took office last year, the parallels to Nazi Germany have been spoken of frequently.

In May of 1930, the St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Havana. Most of the passengers were Jews, looking for sanctuary from the destruction and prejudice they were experiencing in Europe.

To make a long story short, the ship was stuck in limbo. Only a handful of the passengers were allowed to disembark in Cuba. America refused to open her doors to those who were still on board. As a result, the ship has to return to Europe. While some of the allied countries took a few passengers, the rest were sent back to Germany. 254 of the passengers were killed in the Holocaust.

While I cannot disagree that we need to protect our borders, we need to open our country up to those who are suffering the most. Military strikes send a message, but so does opening the door and welcoming a people who have lost nearly everything.

But then again, this administration, like the one that turned away the St. Louis seems not to care.

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Thoughts On Yom Hashoah 2018

Today is Yom Hashoah.

Today we say never again. Today we remember the millions of people, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who were murdered by the Nazis and the collaborators simply for being who they were.

The problem is that while we say never again, ethnic genocide is still happening across the world.

The Rohingya Muslims are a minority from Myanmar. Since last summer, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaped to Bangladesh. They were the lucky ones. Countless others were murdered for no other reason that being born a Rohingya Muslim.

It’s no secret that the war in Syria is responsible for the deaths of many innocent people. The gas attack last week in Douma left around 100 dead. The survivors, mostly women and children, scrambled to the local hospital to remove the chemicals from their bodies.

It’s 2018. I would have hoped that by now, we would have learned our lesson. We would have stood up to dictators and despots before they killed their own people. We would have stopped ethnic cleansing before it began.

I guess that our lesson has yet to be learned.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-YOU CAN’T STOP HIS TWEETS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

There used to be a dignity and a proud sense of self associated with the office of the President Of The United States.

Then Donald Trump became President. That same dignity and proud sense of self quickly went down the drain.

Randy Rainbow’s new video is entitled “YOU CAN’T STOP HIS TWEETS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”.

A satire of the song “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from the musical Hairspray, the video highlights how his use of twitter is beyond out of control. Social media is well and good, but he needs to do the job the American people hired him to do.

BTW, here is the original song, just in case your curious.

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Book Review

Illegal immigration is a hot button topic in America these days. The problem, as I see it, is that while we argue over the big picture, we forget the nuances and the individuals (whose stories often differ) who came to America, albeit illegally, looking for a better life for themselves and their families.

Sara Saedi is one of these individuals. Born in Tehran, Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Sara came to America as a toddler with her family. She was raised as a normal American kid, but there was one thing that separated her from her peers: she was an illegal immigrant.

In her new memoir, Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, Sara writes about living a dual life. She was an ordinary American kid doing the things that any ordinary American kid does. But she was also an illegal immigrant whose status was secretive and sometimes questionable at best.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it because the author writes in such a manner that the memoir is enticing. Her writing is down to earth and normal. I found myself thinking in some sections that she sounded like a normal young girl, regardless of her immigration status. But, ultimately, what kept me reading was the idea that when it comes to immigration, especially those who come here by bypassing the legal modes of immigration. While border safety and the safety of everyday Americans is of utmost importance, we  must also take a hard look at our immigration policies and determine if we are going against American tradition by keeping out people who simply want a piece of the American dream.

I absolutely recommend it.

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Germany, 1933 Here We Come

America is supposed to be land of the free, home of the brave. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are one of the corners of our country, both culturally and legally.

One of the news items that has not been on the front page (but should be) is that the Department of Homeland Security is compiling a list of journalists and so-called “media influencers”.

While it is unknown what will be done to the individuals and organizations whose names appear on the list, the thought that this is happening in the United States of America in 2018 sends a chill down my spine.

Suppression of the free press is not something that happens in the United States. Suppression of the free press happens in countries like Iran and North Korea.

If this is not a sign that you know who and his minions are shredding the standards of American democracy to meet their own needs, I don’t know what is.

I only know that we still have the right to vote and we should all be using that right come the fall. If we don’t, the democracy that is the United States of America may soon be no more.

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It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America Book Review

Traditionally, a President is supposed to be responsible, mature, speak with intelligence and integrity, and represent everything that America stands for.

In his short time as President, Donald Trump has done exactly the opposite.

In David Cay Johnston’s new book, It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, the author breaks down how Trump and his administration are ruining the lives of Americans, instead of fulfilling the promises made on the campaign trail.

He writes about wide-ranging issue such as climate change, the supposed wall that Mexico is supposed to pay for to keep out illegal immigrants, and removing the self-serving lobbyists that Trump promised to get rid of on his way to the Presidency.

After following Trump as a businessman for three decades, the author speaks with gravitas and a level of authority that frankly should scare the sh*t out of every American.

I recommend it.

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(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump Book Review

It’s easy to become complacent in a democracy, especially when one feels like persecution based on race, religion or family origin is a thing of the past.

In 2016, most Americans were woken up rather harshly from their complacency when Donald Trump won the Presidential election.

In Jonathan Weisman’s new book, (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, the author details how antisemitism, which has always been part of American culture, but has become more prevalent and vocal in the past few years. He explores how alt-right groups and white power groups, which has previously been pushed to the sidelines, have been given free rein to spew their hatred to the masses. Mr. Weisman ends the book, waking American Jews up from our complacency and proposes that we work together with other disenfranchised Americans to stop the hate and prejudice from taking over.

This book, if nothing else, is a wake up call.  While the author is speaking to his coreligionists, he is also speaking to anyone who is part of a group who is hated and/or disenfranchised.  We need to stand up together. Prejudice in America is not mere a topic that our parents and grandparents spoke of. It is alive and well and if we don’t do something about it, we will never live up to the ideals that makes America great.

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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