PICK OUT THE TRANSGENDER PATRIOT IN THIS PHOTO
Kristin Beck, who spent two decades as a Navy SEAL, has a challenge for Donald Trump in the wake of his morning tweetstorm announcing a ban on transgender service members. From Business Insider:
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,” Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALSs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service.”
Beck is a bonafide American hero:
Beck is not just your average service member. Born Christopher Beck, she served for 20 years in the Navy with SEAL Teams 1, 5, and, eventually, the elite 6. She deployed 13 times over two decades, including stints in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She received the Bronze Star award for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.
“I was defending individual liberty,” she said. “I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.”
Beck’s missions in Afghanistan helped take out Osama bin Laden. What an embarrassment to this nation and a stabbing insult to patriots like Beck, who simply want to serve their country.
[Article first appeared in Daily Kos, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Reprinted with permission.]
A SIMPLE, PRACTICAL LITTER-ABATEMENT PLAN
Most thinking people are surely concerned with the trash along the roads of America. IT IS EVERYWHERE! I am especially concerned with litter in the part of Kentucky where I live. The question is, what can be done about it? Some would suggest heavier fines and stricter enforcement of existing laws. My view is that such laws are almost impossible to enforce and crate a great deal of hostility and resentment as well. I would hope, too, that we could enlist the chief offenders in any litter abatement program that we might devise. Any such program ought to be easy to administer, inexpensive, and involve most of the community.
Here is my suggestion:
Designate the first Tuesday of every month as “TRASH TWOesday” when everyone would be encouraged to pick up at least TWO Pieces of litter. It would be the one day each month when all of us would zero in on litter removal and would thus involve many in the community.
To make the day a bit more visible, lawn signs and bumper stickers could be printed announcing the day: “Today is Trash TWOesday, etc.” Schools, churches, and businesses would be enlisted to see that their property would be litter free on that day. Five interested people in your town or county would be given twenty dollars in one dollar bills to be passed out in TWO dollar token rewards to the first person or group of people seen picking up trash.
A bank might provide seldom-used $2 bills to make this even more interesting.
In addition, people picking up trash would give the TWO-finger sign to passing motorists and pedestrians to show they are part of the program. Friends, family, and paid workers would not be eligible. I’m sure some nice person would supply the money for the first several months, and I am optimistic enough to think that in a few months, there would be no more litter, and that because of widespread community involvement, even the litterers would see the error of their ways!
This simple, inexpensive plan could work for towns and counties all over the state–my state, your state–all over the United States!!!! Wouldn’t it be nice if our state became the most litter-free in America? How about if America became the most litter-free country in the whole world? I like that idea. Soon, people all over the world would be saying, “When you visit the United States, you never see any litter. It’s the cleanest country I’ve ever been to.” Now, that really would be nice!
Ernie Tucker is a long-time resident of Ashland, Kentucky. He is a retired History professor from the Ashland Community Technical College (ACTC). Ernie is a raconteur, collector, writer and notable character around the state of Kentucky.
Most folks like you and me don’t give much thought to “science” per se. After all, we’re not scientists and we are not inclined to contemplate the importance of science in our daily lives.
Because of our lackadaisical attitude toward science and how it affects our everyday lives, many of us (not including this writer) are unaware that the present administration is stripping various agencies of the federal government of its scientists.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DISMISSING SCIENTISTS
For example, a May 8, 2017 Associated Press article in the Los Angeles Times’ headline read “Trump’s EPA dismisses half of the scientists on its advisory board.” According to Science Magazine (2015), the EPA published “a controversial regulation aimed at improving protection for wetlands and small streams” in a “400-page technical tome assembled by agency researchers as the rule’s scientific foundation and justification.” In March, 2017, President Trump “signed an executive order aimed at gutting the rule.”
Although Peter Thiel, a biomedical research investor, is surprisingly one of Trump’s few supporters in Silicon Valley, he is an outspoken advocate for government-fostered science. He says, “Voters are tired of hearing conservative politicians say that government never works. They know the government wasn’t always this broken. The Manhattan Project, the Interstate Highway System, and the Apollo Program–whatever you think of these ventures, you cannot doubt the competence of the government that got them done. But we have fallen very far from that standard, and we cannot let free market ideology serve as an excuse for decline.”
The budget that Trump has sent to Congress “whacks 18 percent from N.I.H.’s [National Institute of Health] budget, and even more from the Department of Energy and the E.P.A.’s [Environmental Protection Agency] science programs.
According to the Editorial Board of the New York Times (March 17, 2017) a “$250 million annual grant program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ‘supporting coastal and marine management, research and education’ would be killed [in Trump’s budget], including programs that provide important resources to help coastal states prepare for the coming effects of climate change.”
The above paragraphs document my theory that the Trump administration is anti-science. It should come as no shock, especially in the last example, since President Trump admittedly does NOT subscribe to climate change.
RICK PERRY, SECRETARY OF ENERGY
And, keep in mind, he appointed former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head up the Department of Energy, which is rich with scientists and thrives on scientific knowledge and input. Perry, you’ll recall, when running for the presidency, although he botched remembering the name of the agency in debate (Oops!), was FOR abolishing the Department of Energy…which he now heads!
Science is literally the backbone of technological development and underscores all of the advancements we have made in all of the areas for which the Trump administration apparently has little respect.
The decline of first-rate science and mathematical training in our primary and secondary schools, coupled with the growing disenchantment for these subjects at the highest levels of our government is frightening.
That the current administration is gutting national agencies of scientists is calamitous!