Monday, April 16, 2018

Remember the Barbara Bush Foundation

At a time when most Republicans want to make it harder to achieve higher education, it if refreshing to remember the Barbara Bush Foundation.

“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”  Mrs. Barbara Bush

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush

Love this photo of the Obamas with Barbara Bush.

Three great humans being fabulous.

Former first lady Barbara Bush said that she did not understand how women could vote for Donald Trump

Neither did I. I also do not understand how women, and men for that matter, continue to support him in spite of his lying, his lack of character, and his obvious inability to lead this nation in a manner that is honorable, just, and admirable.

As I take a look at some of my favorite quotes of Barbara Bush, I am reminded that character is so much more important than political affiliation.

Blessings to you, Barbara Bush, a woman of unsurpassed dignity and elegance.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Leave Amazon Alone

The argument that Trump makes against Amazon is ridiculous.

"In 2012, Amazon began collecting and paying state taxes in California. Since April 2017, Amazon has collected sales taxes in all states that levy one.

Additionally, in its latest annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon said it paid $957 million in income taxes in 2017."

Continue reading the main story at The NY Times.

If this is truly about government contracts and paying taxes, then what about Boeing?

"Boeing has managed to avoid paying even a dime of state income taxes nationwide on $35 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Nationwide, Boeing reported $96 million in net state income tax rebates over the 2003-2012 period." 

Reference: Largest state tax subsidy in history... 

As for Amazon taking advantage of the Post Office, that is partially true, due to the fact that the Postal Service has offered their services at bulk pricing (to everyone) in order to attract more business. 

This Trump tirade over Amazon has nothing to do with taxes. 

Here are a few reasons why Trump is attacking Amazon.

By the way, remember when Trump said he (Trump) avoided paying taxes because he was smart?

Mr. President, leave Amazon alone. 

Amazon enables home bound people, as well as people without adequate transportation,  to shop and have their purchases delivered to their doorstep. It's a win - win situation.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Cutting Ties With the NRA

Amazement continues to wash over me almost daily as more corporations take a humane, moral, and common sense stance on gun control in America by cutting ties with the NRA.

Just to make things clear, the 2nd Amendment includes the words "well regulated" militia. No matter how one defines "well regulated," remember that when those words were written, the government was not as capable (pertaining to weapons) as they are today. There is literally no logical method by which individuals could successfully fight the government.  Below is a photo offering a little proof of their superiority, taken in 1994. As for those who say they are aware of this fact, but at least they will go out in a flame of glory - you are part of the problem. Grow up. Stop letting the NRA put the fear of tyranny in you. 

cutting ties with the NRA
Be careful what you fear, because people tend to attract their worst fears. Why? Because they spend so much time thinking about it, and it elicits a powerful emotional response. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Words of Paul from Philippians 4.8, NIV Bible)

Even though congress cannot seem to muster up the courage to go against the NRA's wishes, we can at least have hope for a safer future as we witness true change in the corporate world.

DELTA, for one example, has stopped offering discounts to members of the NRA. The state of Georgia is lucky to have Delta, as it is the largest private employer in Georgia.

However, some lawmakers seem to cherish their NRA money, more than they do their constituents,

Georgia lawmakers have ended tax breaks for DELTA, because in Georgia, guns are more important than jobs and life itself. apparently.

Here's a list of companies that have made their own rules pertaining to selling assault weapons and to raising the age limit for purchasing guns.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods (Field & Stream)
  • Kroger
  • Walmart
  • LL Bean

REI does not sell guns, but they have cut ties with Vista, a vendor that supports the NRA. 

After also hearing from members, Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Canadian outdoors equipment retailer akin to REI, said it would also stop ordering products from Vista, which in addition to firearms makes a range of products among its roughly 50 brands.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Political Opportunists

Two school shootings in Kentucky in two days.

After the massacre in Las Vegas, Kentucky's Governor, Matt Bevin, posted on Twitter, labeling those concerned about strengthening and enforcing our gun laws as "political opportunists."

Today, Gov. Bevin and the state of Kentucky are dealing with back to back school shootings that occurred Monday and Tuesday.

One can only hope that Governor Bevin does some deep soul searching. It is unconscionable to me, that he can call those of us who are alarmed, disheartened, and heartbroken over school shootings as "political opportunists."

Our stance on tightening the gun laws has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with protecting our children.

Our state and local governments need to understand this. After all, isn't that one of the functions of government, to protect our citizens?

Image from Sonoma County, California, website.

To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs...You can't regulate evil...

Excuse me, Gov. Bevin, but regulating evil is exactly the purpose of creating and enforcing laws. We may not be able to eradicate evil, but we can certainly attempt to minimize the effects of evil doers. 

(CNN) Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Sixteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, authorities said. Four others sustained various injuries.

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