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  1. Foraker

    Global Warming

    This article is one of the most disturbing insights into global warming that I've read. Climate change is here, not sometime in the distant future. Glacier National Park will be glacier-free in less than 12 years! Wow. https://www.afp.com/en/news/3954/antarctica-ice-loss-increases-six-fold-1979-study-doc-1c86mu3
  2. Foraker

    Toxic Masculinity

    The ad does show both behavior that might be objectionable and men stepping in to address it -- so it's clearly not calling all men bad. If you're offended, are you saying that you (a) disagree with the premise that behavior that most people object to, such as bulllying and catcalling, are not offensive, or (b) do you simply dislike anyone telling you what to do (even if you agree that it's the right thing to do)? I suspect the "outrage" is more of the latter. (And those people must not be going to church services where the priest/minister lectures the faithful about needing to do better by their fellow man.)
  3. Foraker

    Toxic Masculinity

    Several others have chimed in that the mother here was in the wrong, but I would caution that we may not know what the kid told his mother. I can attest to my kids saying things about a coach, only to find that when I check in with the coach and other kids and parents it was my kid who completely misunderstood (or mis-remembered or outright lied) what he'd been told. So the mother's error may have been simply not checking other sources to verify what her kid had told her. (Or maybe she didn't actually listen to what her kid said.)
  4. Foraker

    The Trump Presidency

    Wow. Did he declare bankruptcy AGAIN?!? https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2019/01/15/varsity-blues-turns-20-james-van-der-beek-best-football-movies-ever
  5. I think the Democrats should introduce a bill in the House that includes $5B for a wall and a tax increase on short-term capital gains to pay for it. Let the tax increase automatically expire once the $5B is raised. That should satisfy both the don't-increase-the-deficit Republicans and the we-gotta-have-a-wall Republicans. If the President says he's going to veto it, then the Democrats can turn around with the message that they gave him what he wanted and he just says no -- he's a hostage-taker not a negotiator. Then it will be up to Republicans to decide whether to stay in bed with the President on this or sit down and negotiate with the Democrats.
  6. Foraker

    The Republican Party

    There's one thing that we can all agree on!
  7. Foraker

    Health Care

    Huh. I thought Republicans said that we had the best healthcare in the world and the Canadian healthcare system didn't work... https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/425222-rand-paul-to-have-surgery-in-canada https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rand-paul-health-insurance-gulag_us_59531a35e4b02734df2e5dde
  8. Nothing seems to last long there. That space is pretty small. At least the tower across the street will bring more people to that end of Playhouse Square.
  9. OK, so Trump storms out of the room. Congress, which is the branch of government with the power of the purse anyway, needs to get in a room and work something out that can override a Presidential veto. Funding bills must originate in the House, and as Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi allowed bills to fund the government to come to the floor for a vote, and they passed. And the House passed bills that previously passed in the last Congress, when Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate. She didn't change the funding priorities to favor Democratic Party positions. (Which to some would signal fairness and an attempt to resolve the crisis, and to others would no doubt signal weakness.) Funding for the DHS remains the only sticking point, and the Democrats have offered (and passed a bill to carry it out) to fund that department at its current level to allow for another 3 weeks of negotiations (and that time is rapidly evaporating). But McConnel refuses to negotiate. Or even allow any funding bills to come to the floor of the Senate for debate, discussion, and votes. Which is particularly ridiculous when that means refusing to vote on bills that previously passed in both the House and last year's Republican-controlled Senate. The Senate is an essential party to the final decision and the Republican Party has refused to stay in the room -- who do you negotiate with?
  10. Chuck & Nancy should go back to the President with a promise to give him $5B for the wall. Then write the bill to fund the wall that includes features that cover every point in this: https://democrats.org/about/party-platform/ Let him say "No."
  11. Should make a good impression when the All-Star Game comes to town!
  12. This is a little dated, but Cleveland Heights and the Cleveland Heights CDC, FutureHeights, are working with East Cleveland and other partners on a study (and hopefully future investment) in the Noble Road neighborhood between Mayfield Road and Euclid Ave. http://heightsobserver.org/read/2018/10/23/noble-road-study-kicks-off-oct-29 There is currently a survey being done to ask visitors and residents for their input and it looks like there will be a community meeting at the Cleveland Heights Community Center at 7pm on January 17. http://www.futureheights.org/noble-planning-study-online-survey-is-now-live/
  13. This is a little dated, but Cleveland Heights and the Cleveland Heights CDC, FutureHeights, are working with East Cleveland and other partners on a study (and hopefully future investment) in the Noble Road neighborhood between Mayfield Road and Euclid Ave. http://heightsobserver.org/read/2018/10/23/noble-road-study-kicks-off-oct-29 There is currently a survey being done to ask visitors and residents for their input and it looks like there will be a community meeting at the Cleveland Heights Community Center at 7pm on January 17. http://www.futureheights.org/noble-planning-study-online-survey-is-now-live/
  14. Not really. What is the need for food stamps? Is it being met? What is being done to reduce the need? What is the cost of not meeting or reducing that need? What is the need for more border fencing? What is being done to reduce that need? What is the cost of not meeting or reducing that need? Those are the questions that put the cost and benefits into context. And let's remember the deficit might be relevant as well. DHS requested $47.5B for FY19. $5B for the wall would be 10% of the DHS budget -- is that the right way to spend the public's money? We already have some sort of barrier on about 650 miles of the border. How much will it cost to buy the land for the remainder? How much will it actually cost to build the wall -- is $5B enough? How much illegal traffic across the border will be stopped by the wall? What percentage of the illegal immigrants in the US crossed illegally (vs. overstayed legal visas)? What other technology could we use to patrol the border for illegal crossings, what would it cost, and what would work best? How could we prevent US citizens from employing un-vetted immigrants? These are all questions that we should be asking and holding hearings on. Very very few people (practically no one) want immigrants to be able to come here without some sort of vetting. The questions being raised concern cost and efficiency. We should all share those concerns.
  15. Foraker

    The Trump Presidency

    Not to mention that the grounds for impeachment are not limited to collusion or obstruction of justice, but also include potential violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. That should be relevant to the law-and-order party.
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