Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”

Protests For Mail-In Voting

Last week, a group estimated at just over a hundred people gathered to protest for mail-in voting, suggesting that during the pandemic that in-person voting was too dangerous.

So If I am following, a hundred people all got together in person to say that in person voting is dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed?

Immigration Highlighted At DNC

At this past week’s Democratic National Convention, one of the highlighted segments was regarding immigration and, specifically, the case of Alejandra Juarez.

The funny thing about her case, which wasn’t highlighted of course, was that she tried to sneak across the border originally in 1998 and was deported by the Clinton Administration. She sneaked into the country again, contrary to the requirements of her deportation order, and was caught  during a traffic stop in 2013 and turned over to the Federal government due to the earlier order. The Obama Administration held her and began deportation processing and the case has dragged on until 2018, when she was deported in accordance with the charges filed when she was taken into custody in 2013.

Crazy Quote Of The Week

This one goes to the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  DNR Secretary Preston Cole is telling employees to wear face masks, even when they are at home and even if they are alone.  Really!

In a department email, Cole reminded employees that WI Gov. Evers has mandated masks indoors, unless you are at home. But Cole went even further, saying  “Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff” so that DNR staff can set an example for others.

You can’t make this stuff up.

 

Monday Quick Takes

Rich California Governor Late On Taxes

California Gov. Gavin Newsom owns two homes in CA, assessed at over $6 million. According to public records, earlier this year he received a ‘cash out refinance’ from Union Bank on one of the homes where he pocketed $2.695 million.

During the pandemic, Newsom has repeatedly urged CA citizens to do whatever is necessary to ‘meet this moment’ and sacrifice so help get through the crisis.

Newsom apparently did not include himself in that suggestion. He has not yet paid his property taxes this year for one mansion and paid them late on the other mansion. While the low income residents of the state struggle to make ends meet, Newsom can’t seem to get around to paying his taxes.

Rutgers Chair of English Dept. Says Good Grammar Is Racist

Rutgers University’s Chair of the English Dept. said that using proper grammar promoted racism. Yes, indeed.

Speaking in the terms of academia, she said that her Department would change their approach to one that “challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar…so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage.” In other words, if you don’t use proper grammar then they won’t teach it to you or care.

So, either Rutgers thinks minorities are not smart enough to learn proper grammar, or all that money Mom and Dad encouraged me to use on education was for nothing.

See, Mom and Dad. I told you my grades didn’t matter.

 

 

Quotes From The Weekend

On how she would address the destruction of property and monuments:

“People will do what they do.”

–Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who goes by the nickname “AOC’ on the recent spike in crime in New York:
“People need to feed their child”….maybe need to “shoplift some bread.”

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“I think we’re missing the point. We need police reform, we need prison reform. … My concern is turning this into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.

What the country really needs is “good cops out there policing the bad cops.”

Pointing out that while the US is a divided country, people don’t want to turn on sports and hear a bunch of arguments…”sports used to be a place where fans could go get away from reality.”

–Charles Barkley, former NBA star and TV commentator

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“Don’t overlook things that need to be fixed. But don’t overlook blessings either. Don’t think that everything is terrible. I promise you that if you visited some other countries it would make you thankful for what we have. It’s not all good. But it’s not all bad either.”

–Tony Dungy, first black head coach to win a Super Bowl

(sharing a little late, as he posted this on Twitter on July 4)