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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns
Thanks for the updates.
By Robert A. Vella
Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump. The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020. GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign. Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth. NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…
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Keep this with you during your week, four great points to be kept in mind………………. Brooke, Universal Life Coach theutopiauniverse.com
At times it doesn’t seem that long, and at other times it seems to have been longer. I’ve seen many changes in the blogging community since 2012. We’ve lost some bloggers to death. Others have blogs that are no longer active, and no reason has been given. I miss them.
Still yet, some bloggers and participants have had life-changes that have taken them from the internet. Family, children, grandchildren, change of jobs, family illness, etc. take priority. I miss them too.
Thanks to all followers and visitors. Some have been with me since 2012 and others are new. I appreciate all of you. If you are new or haven’t yet commented, feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section below. Read the rest of this entry
In a nutshell, the decision is based on the finding that while Eric Garner was wrong to resist arrest, Pantaleo was wrong to use a prohibitive chokehold on Garner.
The New York police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014 has been dismissed and will not receive his NYPD pension, Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday.
“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York police officer,” he said.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo was found guilty in a disciplinary trial earlier this month of using a chokehold on Garner, the New York man whose final words were, “I can’t breathe”.
The departmental administrative judge officially recommended Pantaleo be fired. O’Neill, an officer for 34 years, cited that recommendation repeatedly in his announcement on Monday, but he said it was still not an “easy decision.”
O’Neill said contributions Pantaleo has already made toward his pension will be returned to him.
The decision comes more than five years after police tried to arrest the 43-year-old who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes illegally on Staten Island. In video of the arrest, Pantaleo can be seen wrapping one arm around Garner’s shoulder and the other around his neck before jerking him back and pulling him to the ground.
The departmental disciplinary trial focused on whether Pantaleo used a department-banned chokehold in the arrest.
The city medical examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide in the days after his death, and the medical examiner testified that Pantaleo’s alleged chokehold caused an asthma attack and was “part of the lethal cascade of events.”
Pantaleo denied that he used the maneuver, but Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado ruled that a chokehold triggered a series of events that culminated with Garner’s death, according to the report, which CNN obtained from a source familiar with the matter.
“Here, (Pantaleo’s) use of a chokehold fell so far short of objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer,” Maldonado wrote. “Moreover, (Pantaleo’s) glaring dereliction of responsibility precipitated a tragic outcome.”
Despite the disciplinary trial, Pantaleo has avoided criminal charges in the death. A grand jury in New York declined to indict the officer in 2014, and the city of New York settled with Garner’s estate for $5.9 million in 2015. The Justice Department declined to bring federal civil rights charges last month.
Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps
Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
Another day, another race based mass killing, another fake message of support from the President.
This time it was El Paso, Texas. A young white man from Dallas, an admitted White Supremacist went to a Walmart at a mall. Using an AK-47 he went on a killing spree. When police confronted him he offered no resistance. The latest casualty count is 20 dead and 26 wounded, but the count is still fluctuating. In his manifesto retrieved from the 8Chan site preferred by violent White Supremacists, he wrote:
“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”
2 mass shootings, Trump fires Coats, Putin foe poisoned, Feds to cut interest rate, Earth Overshoot Day — The Secular Jurist
By Robert A. Vella What would be a Monday in America without more mass shootings? Trump fired the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and replaced him with a Mueller-hating sycophant. The physician who treated Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned political foe of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, suspects he was poisoned in jail. The decade-long period […]
Does anybody remember Clayton D. Lockett? No, of course not. Allow me to refresh your memory. Mr. Lockett was brutally murdered by our own federal government on April 29,2014 in a botched execution. Lockett was administered an untested mixture of drugs that had not previously been used for executions in the United States. Although the […]
Former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for a total of five hours Wednesday., July 24, 2019. The Committees intend to get a “much clearer narrative” of the Special Counsel’s two-year investigation before the American people about Trump’s conduct.
I plan on watching, and found where it is being live streamed online. The video is below and should be live when testimony begins. Please join me in watching and comment below. Based on Mueller’s history of sometimes being vague, and his press conference where he stated that if he came before Congress he would not go beyond what is written in his report, this should be interesting.
Mueller’s testimony is scheduled to be split before the two committees, with 3 hours before the Judiciary Committee and 2 hours before the Intelligence Committee. There will be a 30 minute break between the two hearings, and Mueller can request breaks. Read the rest of this entry
During the 2016 presidential campaign, we heard “Medicare for all” as the solution to insure all Americans. We are hearing it again now in 2019. Currently, Medicare is not 100 percent coverage at no cost to the insured. If politicians in D.C. can’t make it available without costs to those with Medicare now, how are they going to make it a reality to all Americans?
I am guilty of thinking that after paying into Medicare for more over 40 years, that once I reached 65, I would have healthcare insurance for free. I was mistaken.
Medicare has four (4) parts. The parts are explained in a handbook. As I write this, next to me is “The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook”. The subtitle is “Medicare and You, 2019.”
Medicare Part A is “premium free” and only covers hospital admissions, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and home health care. I found at this link that Medicare Part A has a $1,364 deductible for each benefit period. Benefit periods begin with admission to a hospital through the date of discharge. After 90 days of hospitalization, the insured is responsible for all hospital costs.
Medicare Part B covers doctor services. If an insured is admitted to a hospital without Medicare Part B, they are responsible for the cost of doctor services. There is a $185 deductible per year for Medicare Part B. After your deductible is met, Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of doctor services.
The current cost for Medicare Part B is $135.50 per month. That amount might be higher depending on annual income. Currently, most providers do not accept Medicare for vision and dental because what they pay for is limited. Read the rest of this entry
In 1983, I became aware of Christian Contemporary Music. One artist that I fell in love with is Bryan Duncan. Bryan considers himself a “misfit for church”. I can relate to that. Some of his music carries elements of Blues and Jazz that I really enjoy.
Bryan Duncan is a Dove Award and Grammy Award winning artist who has sold over a million records. Along with being lead singer in at least 2 bands and singing on compilations, he has also written two books and is a member of the Black Sheep Harley Davidson’s For Christ.
My heart is heavy for those on the metastatic breast cancer journey. When cooking, I like listening to music. This evening, it was Bryan Duncan’s “Joyride” CD. When I heard the song below, I thought of those on the journey, and the song became my prayer for them.
A Most Relevant and Uncomfortable Message: Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day Oration Of 1852 — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps
Friends of Padre Steve’s World, Yesterday President Trump delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in his “Salute to America.” For Trump the speech was as non-partisan. Although he talked about the “spirit of America” and detailed many military, scientific, and economic accomplishments, appealed to American Exceptionalism, and threw in a couple of comments about […]
In Illinois, there are two programs for disabled persons to provide them with help at home. One is DORS, and it’s for those under age 60. DORS is administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services and provides services to individuals with disabilities so they can remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible. DORS, personal assistants are selected, employed, and supervised by individual customers. That means the personal assistant (PA) gets to meet the client and see the premises before they agree to take the job and/or before the client agrees to hire them.
For those age 60 and over, there is the Community Care Program which is administered through the Illinois Department on Aging. Under the Community Care Program, home healthcare agencies (HHA) apply with the state government for approval. The agencies then hire “home makers” which for all intents and purposes perform the same work as personal assistants under the DORS program.
HHA’s train by having applicants watch 16 hours of videos. The agency I am assigned to includes in their recruitment material, “No previous experience required”. That speaks volumes, clearly indicating that clients, many of whom are in pain or feel lousy and need assistance, are expected to provide on-the-job training.
Before age 60, they seem to think that disabled persons are capable of interviewing and orientating persons who are going to be in their homes. The attitude I have experienced from HHA agencies and various personnel with the Illinois Department on Aging, is that once people live to see their 60th birthday, they are stereotyped as elderly patients whose minds have stopped functioning and who can be disregarded as long as they are patronized.
From March 19th through May 30th, I’ve had 3 or more hours each day, Monday through Friday, consumed by homemakers and/or the agency that assigned them. It turned out to be the most stressful and inconvenient thing I’ve ever experienced. Geez! Homemakers were expected to make my life easier. I should be enjoying evenings and weekends instead of being exhausted and at times, traumatized.
My experience with the Community Care Program lasted less than 3 months but seemed like a year and thus, the reason this post is longer than most posts that I write.
Mueller to testify, government secrecy, Supreme Court news, China-Canada tiff, NRATV, and ICE insight
By Robert A. Vella
He didn’t want to, but former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will comply with a subpoena to testify in public before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees next month. Whether or not Democrats will ask probing questions about his truncated prosecutorial decisions, as well as about his reluctance to investigate leads implicating President Trump in criminal behavior, will reveal how serious they really are about impeachment and their constitutional duty to check abuses of power by the executive branch. Government secrecy, a trademark of authoritarian regimes, is obviously increasing under Trump as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being undermined by administrative actions and policies on top of Monday’s egregious ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Addition of the contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census has run into a logistical obstacle which can now only be overcome by overt intervention by the Supreme…
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On June 7, 2019, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12 1/2 years for killing Justine Damond.
In April, Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and manslaughter. He was found not guilty second-degree murder.
ABC news reports
Speaking in court before the sentence was read, Noor said that he had felt “fear” as he pulled the trigger. But when he saw Ruszczyk Damond on the ground, “I knew in an instant that I was wrong.”
“I caused this tragedy and it is my burden,” he said. “I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot and that is a troubling reality for me. I will think about Ms. Ruszczyk and her family forever. The only thing I can do is try to live my life in a good way going forward.”
Justine had called 911 after hearing screams in the back of the building where she lived. She waited for the police and approached the police car when it arrived. She was unarmed. Noor shot Justine through the open driver’s side window, although he was sitting in the passenger’s seat and his partner did not see any threat. Justine was in her pajamas.
Fox News reports;
“The defendant fired his gun over the body of his partner,” Lofton told the court at sentencing. “He did that in a residential neighborhood. He did that without saying a word. He did that despite Ms. Rusczyzk not saying a word. He did that despite the fact that she had nothing in her hands but a cell phone.”
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It’s been a week since I published a post. My, time does fly. It’s not that I can’t think of anything to write. In fact, there are about 10 different posts I want to write. Several are results of trials. There is an award I need to accept, (thanks, Ilene), and I can’t leave politics out of what is on my mind.
Yesterday, I managed to catch-up on 5 days of blogs that I follow, but there are over 400 Word Press notifications of blog posts in my in-box. I might not be able to catch-up on those, but try to start fresh this week. Please forgive me if you’ve not seen me on your blog recently. Read the rest of this entry
This is bittersweet. It’s bittersweet because I know others who are at stages or points in the journey and I want so badly for them to be healed. By sharing this, I hope cancer patients reading it are filled with hope.
There are no words to express the appreciation for the support I receive. This has been some journey, and along the way have been friends who are consistent in contacting me. Some have busy lives, but they always find time to check-in with me. They have helped to keep me positive.
In addition to the above, much appreciation goes out to friends and relatives who took time to understand the type of cancer and treatment. Not all breast cancer is the same; it depends on the receptors on the cells. Everything we read about cancer on the internet and in advertisements does not apply to all types of cancers.
Cancer treatment is not a one size fits all.
On March 1, 2019, I had surgery due to breast cancer. Within weeks, I received the news of the pathology reports, but didn’t want to post about it until I got a printed copy. On April 29, 2019, I saw my oncologist and received a copy. I am now cancer free but not really because there is no cure for cancer known to man. My former oncologist repeatedly told me that there is no cure. Why then, should patients put themselves through treatments that at times makes them think they are better off dead?
The more my former oncologist told me there is no cure, the more I researched in effort to learn what I can do for self-help. I asked God to rebuke that oncologist’s pessimism. It’s not that what he said isn’t true, but he added no hope in the equation.
In December after spending 4 days in the hospital because of the negligence of my oncologist to treat me for a urinary tract infection, I changed oncologist. My new oncologist discovered that the former one staged me incorrectly. My former oncologist should have ordered a cancer marker test before assuming the cancer in my right breast traveled to my left side through my lymph system. I learned in December that he made that conclusion without ordering a cancer marker test. (The cancer marker test in January 2019 returned a low score, indicating no cancer cells in my blood stream.) The new oncologist took time to go over the first PET Scan taken in September 2018, and the second PET Scan taken in November 2018. He sent me through a battery of tests, all with very encouraging results. Read the rest of this entry