Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kushner Blames Assistant

Scapegoating in the White House is apparently contagious.

New headline:

Kushner blames his assistant for hitting the "send" button too soon.

Hmm. There's a problem or two with that scenario.

Kushner's comment makes no sense - at all - because...

1) you would not be filling out a form via email, therefore no "send" button.

2) If you're filling out a security clearance form online (I doubt seriously it would be done that way), then you would have a "submit" button, not a send button.

3) If you're literally filling out a form on your computer, it would probably be saved as a pdf file and then emailed as an attachment, or printed out and faxed.

Even if we give Kushner the benefit of the doubt by saying he is confused about the "send" or "submit" button, we still have the fact that he did not amend or correct the form.


References

Kushner Blames Assistant

Scapegoating


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scapegoating


When I was a freshman in high school, I had the opportunity to take Psychology 101, which rocked my world. Finally, I was able to make sense out of the behavior of more than a few people that simply boggled my mind.

The lack of accountability, morals, truth, and simple kindness, was a lack that actually troubled me in my day to day high school existence. I simply did not understand it.

As is the case with most perplexing thoughts, education shed light on the situation.

Today, I'm no longer bothered by the "lack" of the common people, because it is a given, but I am bothered by this "lack" in our President and his administration, which is literally in our faces every single day - and it is NOT acceptable.

I expect better.

We deserve better.


Surely I am not the only one who is tired of the constant scapegoating exhibited daily by any and everyone associated with the Trump administration.

Matter of fact, scapegoating may be one of the few things that these people are really good at.

Sooner or later though, each of them will be held accountable for what they say / said, and what they do / did.


The free press will see to it.

As Frank Lockwood from the Democrat-Gazette queried Sarah Huckaby Sanders:

 “At what point is the president going to put Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton in the rear-view mirror?” he asked. “He won the election.” Washingtonpost.com/


Indeed. The next time you want to point the finger, look in the mirror and look at your watch.

Live in the present, and plan for a better future - PLEASE.



If you're not familiar with the practice of scapegoating, here are a few definitions:
















Friday, June 16, 2017

The Disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris

The disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris during hearings in recent days reminds us that we are not as civilized a society as some would like to believe. This type of disrespect, especially to someone with such an impressive background, simply wreaks of prejudice and entitlement. If that were not the case, then you would see white male senators and congressmen disrespecting each other. What we see, are male members disrespecting their female counterparts - their equals - and it's time for this to end.

There is no human being alive that is not equal to any other human being by divine right.

If you are of the Judaeo-Christian system, remember that in Acts 10.34, the writer said that God is no respecter of persons.

Just so we're clear, that means that males are not superior, and neither are white people.


Acts 10:34-43 King James Version (KJV) 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
Then again in Galatians...

Galatians 3:28King James Version (KJV)28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Religiously speaking, you Bible thumpers, evangelicals, and conservative rule makers who are trying to legislate your religion to all, are actually disrespecting your Lord every time you disrespect women and minorities. Your sin is much worse than the sins you get all worked up over.

Take the log out of your own eye. Or continue in your insane prejudices...


You shall reap what you sow. 

Hallelujah!

STOP with the insanity already. 



You do what you do because of your personal prejudices, 
NOT because of your devotion to God or Jesus, or country. 
OWN it.



During Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s 25-year career in law enforcement, she has established herself as a formidable presence in the courtroom, on the campaign trail and ultimately in government.


hearing
Sen. Harris at a recent hearing.


The following excerpts are from The Washington Post.


Here's what happened:
At that moment, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cut in and appealed to the committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
“The witness should be allowed to answer the question,” McCain said.
“Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing,” Burr said, pointing to McCain. “Senator Harris, let him answer.”
Sessions then went on to describe the principle, at length.
Before Harris got her “yes or no” answer, Burr cut her off and said her time had expired.
That was the second instance of the disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris.
Here are some of the comments from the first hearing and notice that Sen. McCain is involved - again. Once again, McCain has lost my respect. The Maverick has lost his kick. 
You can read the whole article at the Washington Post, see link at the end of this post.
Here's what happened:
Harris continued interrogating the deputy attorney general, again pressing him to give a “yes or no” answer. 
Then Burr interjected.
“Will the senator suspend?” Burr interjected. “The chair is going to exercise its right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.” 
As with Sessions, Harris never got her answer before time expired.

Is this simply another case of the disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris?

Or is it dangerously close to obstructing justice by not allowing the proper questioning of witnesses by a member of the Senate intelligence committee?




As if this lack of respect for women as equals isn't bad enough (see article discussing how female supreme court justices speak less than their male counterparts, and yet are interrupted three times as much, by their male counterparts.), we now have the propaganda Trumpeteers whining that Sen. Harris was "hysterical." 

Give me a break!

The Washington Post article continues... 
Harris’s treatment has not gone unnoticed. 
The admonishments from men have in fact elevated Harris’s profile, prompting comparisons of her and fellow female Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who was censured during Sessions’s confirmation hearing earlier this year and inspired the rallying cry, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

CNN's Vega on Sen. Harris. Raise your hand...

Sen. Warren supports Sen. Harris on Twitter.


References:

Bible passages https://www.biblegateway.com/

Washington Post Article

Live Science Supreme Court Justice Females article
Excerpt:In other instances, male justices interrupted female justices to "mansplain," the researchers wrote. That is, the men either unnecessarily explained something to a female justice or explained to a third party what a woman was "trying to say," the study said.

Urban Dictionary - Trumpeteers



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beck and Call

No doubt we all run into little mistakes every day. It always seems that when I've had a particularly stressful or even a slightly trying day, that some mistakes stand out more than others.

I don't get particularly annoyed by them, but I do wonder why we tend to just accept certain sayings without ever attempting to discover any logic behind them.

For instance, all my life I have heard the phrase "beck and call." Being an avid reader, I have known exactly how to spell the "beck and." However, when I was younger, I did prefer to say beckoned, which was the past tense of beck, which is also correctly worded. But, the popular phrase, used correctly today, is typically beck and call.

While browsing beck and call, I came across a wonderful image aptly portraying the meaning of the phrase, which also happens to be an album cover, for a great group known as Paul Cook & the Chronicles. Click on the cover to hear some of their music. They're good!


 Paul Cook Chronicles

beckon call

This is a fine example of what linguists call “popular etymology.” People don’t understand the origins of a word or expression and make one up based on what seems logical to them. “Beck” is just an old shortened version of “beckon.”

If you are at people’s beck and call it means they can summon you whenever they want: either by gesture (beck) or speech (call).

https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/19/beckon-call/

...And then there's the word beck.

beck

beck1     /bɛk/     noun

1. a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
2. at someone's beck and call, ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim

Word Origin: short for becnen to beckon

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/beck


... And finally, the word beckon, which is actually related to the word beacon.

beck·on (as found on Google)
bekən/   verb
  1. make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow.

    "Miranda beckoned to Adam"

    synonyms:gesturesignalwavegesticulatemotion
    "the guard beckoned to Benny"
    • attract the attention of or summon someone by making a gesture with the hand, arm, or head.

      "he beckoned Christopher over"
    • seem to be appealing or inviting.

      "the going is tough, and soft options beckon"

      synonyms:enticeinvitetemptcoaxlurecharmattractdrawcall
      "the countryside beckons you"

      (Links go back to Google.)



Sunday, May 28, 2017

HoeflerText font alert

Have you seen it?

The HoeflerText font alert is a scam that is associated with a Facebook ad that I clicked on today. I never trust ads because they are so easy for hackers to mess with. Unfortunately, one cannot tell if the actual person that placed the ad is the "bad guy," or if their site was hacked and they actually have no knowledge of it.

On Chrome, it looks like this:

Hoefler Text font not found alert on Chrome


Warning: Regardless of who is at fault...

Do NOT install the font. 




Be smart online.

Whenever you have a pop-up or alert, always open a new browser tab and enter words from the alert into a search engine (I prefer Google), and find out what is really going on BEFORE you download anything.

Do NOT click OK on such pop-ups. 

X out of them.

Close that window.

If that doesn't work, try the ESC button in the top left corner of your keyboard.

If all else fails, reboot your computer. Pressing the windows key should bring up access to your power options.

Be safe.

This alert states that your version of Chrome or Firefox does not have the HoeflerText font installed and then prompts you to download a fake "Chrome Font Pack" or "Mozilla Font Pack" in order to install the HoeflerText font and see the page properly. The names of the downloads that have been distributed by this attack include Chrome_Font.exe, Mozilla_Font_v7.87.zip, and Chrome_Font_v7.87.zip. The downloaded file, though, is actually a malware installer that will install malware.

Get the full story plus instructions on virus removal at
BleepingComputer.com


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Alexa by Invitation Only

Alexa, a virtual personal assistant marketed by Amazon, is proudly announcing some new features with Echo Look.

I think the new features are brilliant!

Yes. Brilliant, but also a little bit creepy.


See for yourself...


"Alexa, take a video." 





Alexa, you are brilliant.

Yes, brilliant. Especially if your toddler is dancing, or you want to see how you look in a 360 video - and who doesn't?
Sew a Cover

Hopefully, the security features are such that no one can ever take control of the camera.

Easy fix - cover it up when you aren't using it... like you would cover a bird cage at night time.

Then, of course, you will have the added inconvenience of removing the cover before you can use it, but it's a small price to pay for privacy.

Would I buy one? 


If my girls were still young children?

Absolutely! 


If I were dressing to kill every day of the week?


 Absolutely! 


Who am I kidding? 


If I were dressing to kill one day a month!

Absolutely!



Alexa also has some quite useful features that are helpful. Home automation and answering questions such as "What's the weather?" and "How long is my morning commute?" make her an appealing little gadget to add to our arsenal of technology goodies.


Alexa by Invitation Only.

If you want one, you need to request an invitation from Amazon.






Learn more about Alexa at Tom's Guide.


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Witch

My love of cultural anthropology and my studies of world religions have enriched and enlightened my life. I am always seeking new information about other cultures because not only is it educational, but it also brings into sharper focus how much we have in common with each other, not only across cultural and national boundaries, but even throughout time. This is particularly true with traditions and holidays.

Imagine my delight to learn of the Easter Witch!

In Sweden and Finland, Easter traditions are similar to Halloween traditions in the U.S.

They combine the use of colored Easter eggs and candy, and the children dress up, mostly as little witches. They go door to door, offering their willow twigs, and in return for treats of candy, they offer a little blessing which they recite.

Virvon, Varvon! (These words indicate the Witch is waving their willow switch!)
Tuoreeks, Terveeks (Fresh, Healthy -)
Tulevaks, Vuodeks! (- Forthcoming Year!)
Vitsa sulle! (Twig for you!)
Palkka mulle? (Reward for me?)

Read more about it at An Arctic Rainbow of Colour.

There is also a more sinister tale of superstitions surrounding the Easter Witch.

Read more about that at The Bitten Apple.

Jezebel.com has also provided us with some history surrounding the Easter Witch.

In the mid-19th century, children began to disguise themselves as witches on Maundy Thursday wearing headscarves, painting red circles on their cheeks, and carrying copper kettles. Then, Petrulis writes, they would go from house-to-house delivering handmade good-luck tokens, usually a sprig of pussy willows, in exchange for candy....

Read the full article Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Easter Witches.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Protecting Americans

We need to get serious about protecting Americans!

Congress is supposed to serve Americans, NOT the other way around. They should receive absolutely NO benefit that is not available to every other American.

If you want to be called a Public Servant, then do your job!


Congress includes both the House and the Senate

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress
and their families

Sign the Petition @ Change.org.


public servant

a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service.

public servant. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 19, 2017 from Dictionary.comwebsite http://www.dictionary.com/browse/public-servant



  • Health care funding should come out of the defense budget since it is the widest spread threat to our well-being.
  • Health care should not be a luxury allowed to only a few, but rather a right provided to all Americans.
  • End healthcare subsidies for members of Congress, or provide this service for ALL


Thursday, February 09, 2017

She Persisted


"She persisted."

What a profound statement that so aptly describes how hard women have worked over the centuries to make life better for themselves and their daughters.

What most people do not realize is that when you have made life easier for the women, of all colors and beliefs, then you have made life better for their children, which makes life better for everyone - and that should be our goal as a nation, and as a planet.



Women Read Coretta Scott King's Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions... 
Republicans tried to silence Elizabeth Warren from reading this statement criticizing Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions. Instead, #shepersisted.

Coretta Scott King's Letter




If video does not load, you click on the link below to view:
Women Read Coretta Scott King's Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions

The above is from www.facebook.com/NowThisHer.

Remember to always be persistent.

#ShePersisted #BePersistant

Lunar Eclipse Visibility

The Snow Moon, aka the full moon of February 10-11, 2017, also brings us a penumbral lunar eclipse and the New Year Comet. The comet only appears to us earthlings every 5 years. It's a grand celestial event, even though most of us will not be able to view it.

Art PrintsOn Friday (Feb. 10), just 10 minutes after the full moon peaks, so will a penumbral lunar eclipse. The moon will spend more than 4 hours coasting through Earth's outer shadow, called the penumbra, and it will appear darker than normal.  Space.com/35627-february-full-moon.html

Interesting that this Snow Moon coincides with the winter storm now blasting the north-eastern United States.


When to see it

While lunar eclipse visibility will be at 100% for Europe and Africa, those in portions of the Americas will be able to view it only as the moon rises in the eastern sky.

The moon will first enter Earth's shadow at 5:32 p.m. EST (2232 GMT), and its moonlight will slowly but surely grow dimmer for a little over 2 hours. After the eclipse peaks at 7:43 p.m. EST (0034 GMT on Feb. 11), the bright glow of the full moon will take about another 2 hours to return to normal. The moon will be completely outside of the penumbral shadow by 9:55 p.m. EST (0255 GMT on Feb. 11).



lunar eclipse time map


USA Today - Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon...

Charleston, SC time will be 5:56pm.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Muslim countries not on POTUS ban list

From Rosalind S. Helderman at the Washington Post, simplified information - what you need to know about President Trump's executive order banning travelers from specific countries with predominantly Muslim populations.
Trump banning Muslims from entering the US

More specifically, we are taking a look at Muslim countries NOT on the POTUS ban list

The executive order he signed Friday bans all entry for the next 90 days by travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.

Wait, what? Why 90 Days?

According to Trump (see image), "...until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump has two luxury towers in Turkey, and earned $6 million there (reported in May, 2016)... Turkey is NOT on the list, yet Americans have been issued a travel warning from the State Department regarding Turkey's anti-American rhetoric.

Wait, what?

Then there's Saudi Arabia, where Trump is attempting to build a hotel. Saudi Arabia in NOT on the list. "The executive order makes no mention of Saudi Arabia, home of 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks."

Wait, what?

Trump resort construction is underway in Indonesia. Indonesia is NOT on the list. "Excluded as well is Indonesia, the world’s largest majority-Muslim nation...."

Wait, what?

"To be blunt.... From what we could tell from his campaign and his actions since he became president, what seems to be first and foremost on his mind is his own self-interest and an obsession with his brand.”

Ah, now it makes sense.

Read the full article:

  Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions


Monday, January 23, 2017

Liberals are Happy People

There's a Facebook post written by Senator Chris McDaniel (R-MS) whining about the Women's March and declaring that liberals are unhappy, among other things.

Then there's a great rebuttal.

Happy Marchers in Montana
First, here is my comment on the article...

I take issue with the statement that liberals are not happy. As a liberal, I can say that I am very happy in my personal life. My sadness only comes from the heart-wrenching lives that so many people are living in America.

Likewise, some of the happiest people I know are liberals, although a touch of sadness does seem to manifest when in the presence of conservatives like Sen. McDaniel.

Sometimes it's not even sadness, but amazement at how they manage to justify their hatefulness and lack of compassion.

  • Liberals love everyone; 
  • liberals want equal rights for everyone; 
  • liberals respect human rights. 


How can we not be happy?


Conclusion: Liberals are happy people in their personal lives. They are not happy at the suffering that exists among their brothers and sisters.

Understand the difference. 


Great rebuttal by Dave Naples, Pundit, Blowhard, and Rabble-Rouser.

You can read the article and the great rebuttal here.





The first action: The Postcards

#changetheworld #womensmovement #equalrights

THE RESISTANCE

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.

I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.

I listened as they said he wasn't born here.

I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.

I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.

I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.

I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.

I listened. 
I watched.
I paid attention.

Now, I'm being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To "Get over it."
To accept this...
I will not.

I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.

I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.

I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.

I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.

I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.

Them. The people who voted for him.

I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.

They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.

Do not call for my tolerance. I've tolerated all I can.
Now it's their turn to tolerate ridicule.

Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump's fault, just as much as they thought it was Obama's.

I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give."

Author unknown.

#TheResistance

The above was copied from the Facebook group:
REAL Liberals Against Trump.




The first action: The Postcards

#changetheworld #womensmovement #equalrights


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Why Women March

Today has been an active day on social media, with many people asking why the women were marching. I guess they have forgotten all the things that our new President said and did during his campaign, not to mention his behavior before that.

Apparently they haven't paid attention to a couple of people he has nominated for key cabinet positions, who clearly are not qualified, especially the Department of Education.

But those are the obvious reasons.


I decided to find out some of the reasons, in their own words, that people participated in the Women's March yesterday.

Fortunately, Twitter makes it easy.

Why Women March


For kids with special needs, who deserve an education that will allow them to reach their full potential. #vote no to DeVos #WhyIMarched

To send a message to congress and DJT.  We will not accept  fascism, sexism or racism. We are awake,watching and involved #WhyIMarched

My vagina
My choice!
#WhyIMarched

I marched for women's bodies, POC, freedom of religion, immigrants, lgbtqia?, the environment, and liberty & justice for all. #WhyIMarched

For my daughter and grand-daughters, and with my daughter to protect and guard women's and human rights  #WhyIMarched

Unsure what's worse, reading a post calling my faith into question because I marched or seeing my dad "like" it. Both are #WhyIMarched

I marched yesterday to support my LGBTQ friends and family #WhyIMarched

#whyImarched to support human rights & equality, no matter a person's race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or legal status

I've seen better cabinets at IKEA ! #WhyIMarched

#WhyIMarched because birth control profoundly lowers the abortion rate. If GOP was truly prolife, they'd support it. They just hate women.

@realDonaldTrump really did drain the swamp. He drained it of all decency. Which is #whyIMarched today. #WomansMarch

Fear is no excuse to sink backward into darkness. #WhyIMarched #WomensMarchOnWashington

These are a few reasons why women marched and will continue to band together for the good of this country, and the world. 

We are not done. 


Join us...  10 Actions for the First 100 Days.




Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump is Our President

Even though the majority of voters cast their vote for Hillary Clinton, our laws are such that Donald Trump won the election.

Donald Trump is our president.

It's true. There is no need to go around saying "he's not my president."

That statement is a lie. Technically, legally, and literally speaking - Trump is our president.


I felt this same frustration when people said that Obama was not their president.

It's a childish rant. It means nothing.

What we need to do now is change the way things are done so that this never happens again.

One person should equal one vote.

This garbage about a state having more power is not logical. Within a state, the people are still divided between the candidates, so how can a state decide an election?

It's time to use our critical thinking skills and have a true election where every voter's ballot counts.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Trump Cabinet - least educated cabinet

The Trump cabinet is going to be the least educated cabinet in recent history.

Shaun King wrote an excellent article regarding the lack of education and the stark difference between what black people expect and what rich white people expect to achieve, especially in regards to White House appointments.

The article was written last month.

I am shocked - finding it hard to believe that the citizenry of this country are okay with random rich people being appointed to our highest offices.

While I am not concerned about the education and intellectual prowess of all cabinet members, those who serve in Education and Energy (just to name a few) need to be well educated and capable of learning even more - in order to serve this country well.

Is this not even slightly disturbing to most Americans?
Obama’s current Secretary of Education, John King Jr., has a B.A. from Harvard, a master’s degree and doctorate from Columbia, and a law degree from Yale on top of it all. He is one of the most educated people to ever hold the position of Secretary of Education. That makes sense right? 
The incoming Secretary of Education is Betsy DeVos. She has a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College. That’s it. She’s also white and a billionaire. The standards are clearly different. Not a single black man in America would ever be under the impression that he could be Secretary of Education with a B.A. from Calvin College.
Then for the Department of Energy:
Trump just appointed Rick Perry — who failed his college chemistry course and had a transcript riddled with C’s & D’s. The former governor of Texas struggled his way into earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M. He doesn’t have any graduate degrees. He is famous for saying that if he became president, he would disband the Department of Energy, but he couldn’t even remember the name of the department.

Secretary of the Treasury:
The current Secretary of the Treasury is Jack Lew. Lew has a B.A. from Harvard and a law degree from Georgetown. Trump nominated Steven Mnuchin. He doesn’t have a graduate degree of any kind.

 Read the full article at NY Daily News.

Read about all of the appointees and nominees (education not listed) here.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Free Press

So many times we get frustrated by the tales of the so-called press as they offer up their propaganda, especially during times of political unrest such as what we experienced in 2016.

The current sentiment of most journalists is that it's all about telling the best story, even when it's fiction simply disguised as truth. The goal is to gain the most public attention for yourself, or the network / organization you represent.

Here's hoping that with the current (and upcoming) struggles some of the press are encountering with Trump's presidency, that the press will swing the pendulum the other way and bring back honor, respect, and truth to the forefront of professional journalism.

There is always hope.

We must maintain a free press, even though we often need to research further in order to get to the truth.



A free press can, of course, be good or bad,
but, most certainly without freedom, 
the press will never be anything but bad. 
~ Albert Camus

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Dusting Off My Dreams

Dusting off some old goals and dreams
To get a new perspective for 2017.
It's a chore.

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