Things needing improvement in U.S. education.
A couple of weeks ago, two headlines grabbed my attention:
A Majority of Republicans Think College Is Bad for America – The Week, 10 July 2017
Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions – Republicans Increasingly Say Colleges Have Negative Impact on U.S. – Pew Research Center, 10 July 2017
The headlines, I believe, say much about why our nation is in chaos today. 58% of Republicans now say that colleges “are having a negative effect on the way things are going in the country,” while just 36% think colleges positively affect the country, Pew reported. The other 6% presumably are scratching their heads asking “what’s college?” A short two years ago, 54% of Republicans thought that colleges had a positive effect, while 37% said they had a negative effect. Two short years … what changed?
I think we all know the answer to that question and it can…
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Some needed legislation.
It looks like enough US Congress representatives are concerned enough about the republican President Donald Trump’s possibly conniving for a way to fire the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, in order to stop cold the Trump-Russian Inquiry, to where they are taking steps to prevent this. Not only are they taking procedural initiatives to block the president from making any appointments while the US Congress is in recess, Senator Lindsey Graham announced yesterday (7/27/17) that he plans to introduce legislation to prevent the president from arbitrarily firing the FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller.
Here is the rest of the story…
On July 27, 2017, Jessica Estepa of USA Today penned the following report, “Sen. Lindsey Graham to introduce bill to protect special counsels… such as Robert Mueller.”
“Sen. Lindsey Graham said he plans to introduce legislation that would prevent the firing of a special counsel without judicial review.”
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If we’re not frightened we should be. What’s happening to Freedom of the Press?
While I very much enjoyed writing my “good people” post for this morning, a quick glance at the news shows me that I must now go back down the rabbit hole. Sigh.
Yesterday Donald Trump was a very busy man. He gave the most disgusting speech ever to be given at a Boy Scout Jamboree (see previous post) and then moved on to a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio where he was equally obnoxious (is he capable of being otherwise?). Not surprisingly, he spent most of the hour-long speech tooting his own rusty, off-key horn, but there were a few things to note. I was appalled and somewhat angered to read that he “appeared before a crowd of adoring supporters”. Adoring supporters??? These are NOT my fellow countrymen!
A few of the “highlights” from his speech:
- “It’s much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we’re…
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Meet poet Sylvester L. Anderson from Chicago, IL, and get his FREE e-book on Smashwords.
The weight of the world
Slides off my wings
I am not a carrier pigeon
So I carry not a heavy soul
Nor a heavy heart
Even when I am grounded
My faith is always in flight
(Sylvester L. Anderson – The Sevens)
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois with my brother (Mr. Imagination) and my sister (The brain), I was always the dreamer. We were raised by my mom and surrounded by uncles, aunts and my grandparents. The first poem I ever wrote was a mother’s day poem to my mom back in the third grade. I have always loved to write, whether it was stringing some rhymes together, short little stories and even my thoughts in an eight grade autograph book I used as a journal.
Growing up I was extremely shy. At home and around close friends I was completely myself, the guy…
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Good news for a change.
Today’s good person, believe it or not, is a real estate developer. I never thought … well, never mind … suffice it to say that there are good and bad people in every walk of life.
The first time the Pollination Project came onto my radar a few months ago, I rejected it after a quick glance, seeing the words “seed grants”, and thinking that what they did was give away money to buy seeds. That in itself is a noble thing, of course, but I did not feel it provided enough material for an entire post. The Pollination Project and its founder, Ariel Nessel, however, are persistent and they once more became a blip on the radar this week, when I decided to give them a bit more than a cursory glance. I am so glad I did! This organization actually has very little to do with plant…
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By now, July 25, 2017, we have learned that the US Senate had a vote of 51 to 50 which allows debate for the repeal of Obamacare/ ACA/ Affordable Care Act. Senators will be making several attempts to repeal healthcare that is one- sixth of the US economy. Some amendments will require 60 votes and some 50 where Vice President Mike Pence would be required to cast the tie breaking vote.
I was very disappointed and let down when Senator John McCain came onto the Senate floor, to make clear that while he didn’t support the current bill, he agreed that they should at least begin debate on the health legislation. And he did this after flying across the country due to his absence because of his recent surgery and a brain cancer diagnosis. Still, he delivered a sobering rebuke to GOP leaders about their resistance to work on a healthcare…
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