Commuting with Julie – Race in America

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Sad to say, but racism still exists in American.  It would be great if it didn’t, but it does.  We need to work to eliminate it.  Also, if you don’t think it’s a big deal – you might be part of the problem.

NYTimes: House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

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I know a lot of people who won’t believe even this report that confirms that there was nothing illegal being done.  Also, the report confirms that help could not arrive in time – and, even includes a finding that President Obama cleared help to be sent, but none was.  In other words, we’ve wasted time and money trying to pin the blame on two people instead of blaming the whole system that allowed all of this.  I’d like to point out that I can’t remember any of my friends getting all worked up over any other Embassy attacks that have happened, but the same ones have their panties in a bunch over this one.  You have to wonder why.  The truth is that we are not doing enough to protect our people when they serve our country overseas, but because of rhetoric and politics, we won’t fix what’s wrong.  I haven’t had time to read the full report, but I plan on doing so.

I’m attaching a link to the NY Times article, as well as a link to the actual report.

The House Report

House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

Commuting with Julie – Gun Debate

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This video has been modified because I had less than 60 seconds of “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson and some brief commentary regarding it.  For whatever reason, my little viewed videos keep getting flagged by YouTube for having copyright material.  I find this interesting because 1) There’s a lot of copyright material on YouTube that includes the full song, while mine contains a lot less and 2) Why is my little account being viewed? (I suspect someone is reporting my videos because they don’t like me and not some vast conspiracy with YouTube.)  Anyway…Here are my thoughts on how to debate me, as well as some information on Hawaii’s new gun law.  Enjoy!

Commuting with Julie – Go, Dems, Go!

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The Republicans are calling it a stunt.  They want to go on vacation, but the Democrats are tired of our children dying because the wrong person was able to purchase a weapon.  Most Americans agree with the Democrats, but Speaker Ryan and the rest of the GOP love being able to scare their base with “Obama is coming for your guns” talk.  The gun manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.  When is enough enough?


Common Core and the GOP

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I’m going to admit that I do not know a lot about Common Core. What I do know is that it sets educational standards and no one seems to like it much. This reminds me of another attempt to set educational standards: No Child Left Behind.

We do need standards in education. While the right continues to scream about teachers’ unions and blame them for the decline of education, the left screams that we’re not spending enough money. The truth is probably in the middle left.

But, here’s the think: Common Core had bipartisan support when it was passed and now the GOP is turning against it in a big way. They’re accusing President Obama of illegally using Federal funds to make States follow the guidelines. Wait, how is that illegal? And, why can’t the GOP ever just come up with an idea without it being an attack on the President?

I’m beginning to think that they didn’t get enough hugs when they were children.