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After all these past few weeks of the ongoing (ad nauseum) US govt shutdown (because of  the US president’s obsession with building a wall along the US-Mexico border), the best solution to end this shutdown and spare the US federal workers from undeserved suffering because of with held salaries as a result of this———— since all these US politicians STILL GET PAID THEIR USUAL SALARIES in spite of this govt shutdown, their salaries SHOULD  ALSO GET FROZEN AS WELL  until they  finally get to an agreement regarding the border wall.   Better yet, donate their own salaries to the border wall funding.

I can guarantee you all that  US govt shutdown hubris  will end abruptly because it’s their own pockets which will get hurt.

So much for getting elected to serve the people, It’s just as a means to serve Number 1—themselves.

Just saying!

 

Josie

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Yesterday, the news came out that George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st United States President had died(cause unknown by the public) at age 94.

Sir, you had given dignity and honor to the Office of the Presidency by doing your job as the  President of the People. You took a political job as a calling to serve the people and not use as a means to enrich yourself nor to pursue your personal interests. You were humble when told of your extensive and impressive public service credentials which everyone knows. One would never accuse you of being a braggart nor have an ego the size of the universe. And why should you? Your self-esteem and level of happiness/contentment was intact during your lifetime.

You can hold your head high as you travel up to the heavens to meet your wife Barbara who’s already waiting for you at the pearly gates “under a thousand  points of light” as you usually quote.

Rest in peace!

 

Josie

There’s a saying that in life, things happen in 3’s. In the USA, from all of last week, 3 hate crimes came out one after the other which I felt was too much already.

The first was in Kentucky where 2 black  people were gunned down in a store.

The second was in Florida where a deranged man had attempted to kill off 14 Democratic Party critics of the current US administration with man-made pipe bombs.

The third was in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania wherein 11 elderly Jewish parishioners were gunned down in a synagogue by an anti-Semite.

In all 3 episodes, they were all fueled by tons of hate speech which became aggravated and intensified with the upcoming US mid-term elections for the purpose of pandering to a certain minority electorate so as to achieve the purpose of election and the fulfillment of both personal and political agendas.

For change to happen, it has to start at the top of US leadership sans hypocrisy,denial ,arrogance and defiance.  Tamp down the harsh and nasty rhetoric! We are more civilized than that! Some lives have already been lost!

If such reforms do happen, these lost souls would not die in vain.

Karma’s a bitch. Take note to those who can initiate the change.

God help us all!

 

Josie

After the Valentine’s Day massacre at the Parkland High School( aka Mary Stoneman Douglas High School) in  Parkland,Florida(one of the safest U.S. cities), one would think that apathy and indifference would come up again with regards to possible gun control/regulation.

Well, in light of the recent #MeToo movement, it was refreshing and uplifting to see the students and residents holding rallies calling out for gun control, challenging the US politicians especially the Republican Party from the White House to Congress to stop hiding behind the coattails of the NRA(National Rifle Association) who has been giving out political donations to them. Hopefully, such rallies would continue and not only in Parkland but everywhere else until they’re heard and  definite change comes.

The Fire & Fury at Parkland is a starting point. Its about time. Too many shootings already.

What will invoke change this time? A decisive vote in the polls or a bullet into the head of the son/daughter  of a politician?

People’s lives matter. Guns don’t die. People do.

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day celebrating love but with the tragedy at Parkland High, it became a day of hate and a sad anniversary to everyone affected.

My prayers to the victims and their families.

 

Josie

The people of the US State of Alabama had spoken in  last night’s special state senatorial elections. They voted for a decent,respectable man in the likes of Doug Jones even if he’s a Democrat instead of Roy Moore, a highly unsuitable Republican who has extreme radical views as well as being accused of molesting teen-aged women when he was still in his 30’s.

The choice of a good and decent person to represent the values ,beliefs and attitudes of the State of Alabama at the US Senate in Washington,DC was imperative and still reflective in this situation..

Alabama has set an example to the rest of the USA and to the world to emulate.

I have never lived in Alabama but if I do or ever did, it would make me proud for what happened last night.

Sweet home,Alabama,indeed!

 

Josie

 

 

For all of US President Donald Trump trying to tweet away every alibi,explanation and statements regarding his crisis management of the US colony Puerto Rico which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, all I can say is that this will be part of an awful page of his political legacy if he doesn’t  use all of his so-called expert business management skills to pull this out very successfully.

Yes, Puerto Rico poses as a geographical challenge for all but this will be no different for the US state of Hawaii if it happened there as well. And to top it all, Hawaii is at least a good 3 hour flight away from the US state of California. Just a food for thought.

Being the political pessimist that I am, I wonder as to why the slow response to helping out the US citizens who live in the US colony ? Is it because Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the US general election but only in the primaries, therefore he doesn’t get any political advantage unlike Texas and Florida(both US states also ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma respectively and received prompt government  crisis management response)?

Whether he likes it or not, he will be forever connected to Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico so if he wants to make this part of his political legacy great, the time to act assertively and convincingly is now.

The Puerto Ricans aren’t  looking for perfection. Just  to start rebuilding their lives. They’re trying to help themselves but the government can give a helping hand.

Government is there to serve the people.

Actions speak louder than words!!!!

Josie

Today(June 14), being Flag Day, I thought that giving reference to the flag (irregardless of from what country one belongs to) is the priority task for today.
However, due to fate, it wasn’t meant to be. Neither giving much prominence that today is also the birthday of US President Donald Trump.

What happened today was the shooting of 1 US Republican Congressman (Rep. Steve Scalisse) by a gunman, known to be a supporter of US Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 US Presidential election. This all happened in a baseball field in Alexandra,Virginia,USA where both members of Congress were practicing baseball in preparation for a charity game tomorrow evening.

The gunman died from gunshot wounds inflicted by the US Majority Whip’s security staff( who were luckily present ). Rep. Scalisse was stable and will undergo hip surgery because he was shot at the hip. Later on, it was reported that he now got out of surgery and is in critical condition at the time of printing this blog.

The gunman through his social media trail, had voiced anti-Trump rhetoric and now the FBI is involved because it’s politically motivated.

I was afraid that because of the rising political rhetoric in the US, that something will just tip over.
Is today’s shooting the wake-up call to finally rein in all those hateful rhetoric which only incite violent feelings from mentally and emotionally disturbed individuals?
Is today’s shooting also the wake-up call to enforce gun regulation since it now affects the US lawmakers amidst a long history of mass shootouts in the US especially during former US President Obama’s term?

Time will only tell whether real changes will finally come or today’s events will just be forgotten in due time.

Just saying!

Josie