hey mom can we go skating today? No, Trump built the rink

woolman-ice-rink-central-park-new-york Hey mom can we go skating  today in Central Park?  At the Woolman ice-rink?

No?  Why?  Because Trump built the rink.

A group of liberal moms at an elite New York City school torpedoed an annual ice-skating party.

Why?  Because Donald Trump rebuilt the  rink in the 1980s.

The picture below shows Trump in 1986 when the Woolman ice-rink in New York Central Park  opened under budget and ahead of schedule.

trump-woolman-rink-1986The Dalton School said that the  ice-skating event was shelved due to low participation.

reported anti-Trump sentiment is said to be the real reason the ice-skating caper was cancelled.  When The New York Post asked the school’s parent association president about the allegation, she refused to comment:

Dalton’s PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Trump repaired the ice-rink:  Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink’s repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city, according to Bloomberg.
When Trump finally took over fixing the Woolman rink in Central Park,  he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:

Firenze Sage:    This is almost as stupid as boycotting a hospital wing the Koch brothers donated. Liberals are mindless  — but, oh so principled.



not freezed out, Education DeVos spells freedom of educaton for blacks & Hispanics

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grandparents alienated/ estranged from grandkids, Aptos CA resources

grandparents-bulliedGrandparents are bullied?  Some relationships between grandchildren and grandparents  become alienated and estranged  for a variety of  reasons.

Come to the meetings  of the Invisible/ Alienated Grandparent Support Group. Next meeting:

Feb. 13, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA   10707 Soquel Drive.    Call Pat Hanson 831 601-9195. More info below.     www.invisiblechildren.com

Whereas grandparents   frequently  stabilize, give hope,  and show grandchildren the way they have lived —  sometimes  those relationships break down.

Now there’s resources.

In the Santa Cruz CA area, the Alienated Grandparents Anonymous offers  a  support group.

The support group meets each month  — 2nd Mondays  — from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm   at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA.  Take the Freedom exit off highway #1 or take Soquel Drive and go all the way to the end, just past the CHP office.

Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 — 2016

For general  contact info@AGA-Fl.org

Pathansonphd@gmail.com   —

Pat Hanson is the  local person  in Santa Cruz County  to contact.   To contact Pat Hanson:   831 601-9195


P.O.Box 253  Aromas, CA 95004

Monerey Bay Forum

127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States (US)
Phone: 831 688 6002
Fax: 831 688 7717
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Yes, children, evil does exist in North Korea

North Korea

Yes children evil does exist. Yes, the North  Korean government is evil.  In North Korea citizens are warned:  criticism, irony, humor and   sarcasm  are “hostile actions”

People in North Korea  are told that ironic statements “will not be forgiven.”

One  outlawed phrase is ‘this is all America’s fault’ a jibe at the regime’s paranoid obsession blaming the USA for its own failings.

North Korea’s  dictator Kim Jong-un banned his people from using sarcasm  in their everyday conversations in a fresh crackdown on criticism of his leadership.

Mass meetings organized by government officials have been used to issue a chilling warnings   Ironic statements “will not be forgiven”.

Oppressed and starving workers have been told  that satire directed towards the regime  — or indirect criticism hidden behind humor –will be seen as “hostile actions”.

A source in the northern Jagang province near the Chinese border told Radio Free Asia: “One state security official personally organized a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements.  The main point of the lecture was ‘keep your mouths shut’.”

The same message was delivered in a meeting held in neighboring Yanggang province on August 28, a source there said.

The official leading the meeting warned those present against being “dragged into internal hostile behavior”.

 The source added: “This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.”

Another blacklisted expression is,  “A fool who cannot see the outside world”.

The phrase has been used widely by government workers in the capital Pyongyang who were surprised Kim Jong-un failed to appear at commemorations held in Russia and China to mark the end of the Second World War.

Expressions of public discontent with the brutal regime have become more common in the tightly controlled state this year.




Firenze Sage:  In North  Korea you live your  short life in a concentration camp. It is a hell “where youth and laughter go.”


Duh: Charter schools get no support by NAACP – Why? Unions over kids

Charter schools get no support by NAACP.  Why?  Because the NAACP supports the teacher unions and cares less about education choices available for young black children. Does that make sense? No.

charter schools

Black families want Charter Schools 

Public schools whose teachers are unionized  fail to teach children.  Publicly funded charter schools – with  no unions – succeed in teaching children.
Only 39 percent of students in New York state schools who were tested recently scored at the “proficient” level in math.
 In contrast,  100 percent of the students at the Crown Heights Success Academy scored at that level in math.

Blacks and Hispanics are 90 percent of the students in the Crown Heights Success Academy — a charter school funded by taxpayers.

More than 43,000 families are on waiting lists to get their children into charter schools.    charter school waiting lists

Teachers unions are opposed to any alternative to public education and contribute to politicians who place obstacles and restrictions on the expansion of charter schools.

The NAACP, at its 2016 national convention in Cincinnati, voted to support “a moratorium on the proliferation of privately managed charter schools.”  Remember Martin Luther King’s dream?

Martin Luther King's dream

Martin Luther King’s dream ….


NAACP opposes charter schools

NAACP opposes publicly funded charter schools

It’s easy to understand why the NAACP is against any alternative to public schools. Many of its members work in public education.

However, many of those people do want alternatives for themselves.

In Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, 25 percent of public-school teachers send their children to private schools. In Philadelphia, 44 percent of teachers send their children to private schools. The percentages are similar in several other cities: Cincinnati, 41 percent, Chicago, 39 percent and Rochester, New York, 38 percent.


This demonstrates the dishonesty, hypocrisy and arrogance of the elite. They effectively say, “One thing for thee and another for me.”



Firenze Sage:  You cannot serve two masters  — the teacher’s unions and  the children.


Can you read?

Cannot follow two masters

You cannot serve two masters


What price honor? Hilary charges $2,500 per question from children

What price honor?

what price?

what price honor?

questions from children

Hilary takes questions for $2,500 a question



Hillary charges $2,500 per question from children.  Children do not vote. How honorable is that?

 Maybe the media should pose as children with a stacks of 27 $100 bills in little their outstretched hands so they, too, can have an audience with the queen.

The New York Times revealed in the 21st paragraph of a Saturday story that it’s now been 23 days since Hillary Clinton last held a press conference.

One group that can do Q and A with Hilary are the children:  a group of nonvoters gets to quiz her, given they have a wad of cash to hand over:

For a donation of $2,700, the children (under 16) of donors at an event last month at the Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate of the hedge fund magnate Adam Sender could ask Mrs. Clinton a question. A family photo with Mrs. Clinton cost $10,000, according to attendees.

The Times didn’t report what questions the children were allowed to ask, but they were likely more than anything the media’s been allowed to ask lately.

Hilary takes questions from children

Another question for Hilary

Clinton’s campaign regularly had children ask her questions during the primary.



Firenze Sage:  This is part of Clinton’s never ending quest to provide succor to the children of the rich.

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German voodoo? Muslim assaults of German girls “fixed” with tattoos?

German voodoo?  Tattoos will  stop sexual assaults by migrants?

German voodoo

German voodoo:   temporary tattoos  on girls at swimming pools to protect against migrants


Among countless issues along the path to hell is that of rising sexual assault done by Muslim barbarians against German women and girls.

rapefugees not welcom

rapefugees not welcome

But not to worry.  Germany has devised an answer to nip this escalating problem in the bud: temporary tattoos.

temporary tattoo

temporary tattoos for girls at German pools

Yes, that’s right.  Temporary tattoos are being placed on the arms of young girls in public swimming pools

tattoos at pools

tattoos for girls at German pools

The tattoos are to to fend off would-be attackers.

The terrifying tattoo says: “No!”  The potentially life-saving message (/s) is bracketed by an image of angel wings.

The genius who came up with the tattoo idea is quick to point out something.   She doesn’t want her tattoo campaign to be associated in any way with migrants.  Why?  Because, you know, there have always been problems with sexual assaults in swimming pools across Germany.  Translation: I love dishonest moral equivalence and please, new citizens, don’t target me.

Whose idea was it to put tattoos on girls?



Firenze Sage:   Why no and not Nein?

Wait til Hillary sees this as a 2d amendment replacement.

a well regulated militia

right to bare arms on girls

right to bare arms!


Big Brother blither: Tax USA college kids who have kids, not the poor in other countries


Big Brother blither:

 Tax USA college kids who have kids, not the poor in other counties.   

Large families good?

Large families good? Ask them! 

Climate philosopher Travis Rieder curently  tours the USA.

 Rieder  tries to persuade university students not to have kids.

Reider and others promote their  ideas for restricting childbirth.  Via taxes.   They want tax penalties against people who decide to have a child.

tax penalty for having a child

tax penalty for having a child in rich USA,  Reider wants

This is whatTravis Rieder tells college kids:  Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children.

Or at least that college students will not have  too many.

He’s at James Madison University in southwest Virginia to talk about a “small-family ethic”.

Rieder questions  the assumptions of a society that sees having children as good, throws parties for expecting parents, and in which parents then pressure their kids to “give them grandchildren.”

Why question such assumptions? The prospect of climate catastrophe …

Rieder and his Georgetown collaborators have a proposal, and the first thing they stress is that it’s not like China’s abusive one-child policy.

These  Georgetown Big Brother  blither types  aim to persuade people to choose fewer children.

What they offer is  a strategy that boils down to carrots for the poor  and sticks for the rich.

only sticks for rich

sticks for the rich… 

carrots for the poor

carrots for the poor  …..  


Ethically, Rieder says poor nations get some slack because they’re still developing.   

Large families some parts of the world

Large families common in some parts of the world

And, poor nations get slack  …

adolescent families

adolescent families cut slack in poor countries

because he says that  their per capita emissions are a sliver of the developed world’s.

The USA ranks 11 or 12 in emissions per capita.


Firenze Sage:   This is reverse Margaret Sanger. Take the smart ones out of the baby business and put the uneducated poor in.

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Zikes! When to terminate a pregnancy you say?

Zikes! When OK you say to terminate a pregnancy?

pregnant with Zikes?

pregnant with Zikes?

What if bitten by Zikes  mosquito?

So you are sitting with your child and partner at the beach in Miami.

Miami beech

Miami beech area has water on two sides


And you have with you your can of bug spray.  Do you feel safe?

Some women are wearing long sleeves and covering up as much as possible.

But Zikes can be spread through sexual transmission.

sex can transmite Zikes

sex can transmite Zikes


Maybe that woman’s partner got a few mosquito bites.  It is not until the second trimester that genetic testing may be done.

So much happens during a  woman’s pregnancy. A lot of genetic testing is not done until around week 20 — when a woman is already showing and already “nesting”.

What to do when the genetic testing news is not good?

As of August 19, 2016 the spread of Zika virus by mosquitos may be more widespread than Miami officials had thought.  Tourism may take a hit if this is the case.  It was thought that the mosquitoes transmitting the virus were limited to one small community north of downtown Miami

Now, 10 of a total of 35 Zika cases reported to date in Miami have no connection to the designated zone in Wynwood.

One man sitting on the Miami beech with his child and wife says that he has his bug spray can to keep him safe.  Follow the Zika story at BrooklynMama.com

Will bug spray keep you safe from Zika?

Will bug spray keep you safe from Zika?





OK to kill – stop – prevent entrance to USA of immigrants who hate Jews & support sharia law?

OK to kill – stop – prevent entrance to USA of immigrants who hate Jews & support Muslum sharia laws?

Jews not welcome

Jews not welcome in middle east & Russia

OK to require that new immigrants by words and actions show they will abide by American federal, state and local laws which protect Jews and Christians, laws which protect women and children, and all the laws that protect freedom?

freedom for women

Freedom for women & protection of children

 Yes!  Let’s  discuss this here.  Share your comments.

Below is an article from the Wall Street Journal focused on the hatred Arabs exhibit towards Jews and how that hatred has resulted in decline in general  in many countries.


From the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 written by Bret Stephens:

“An Israeil  heavyweight judoka named Or Sasson defeated an Egyptian opponent named Islam El Shehaby Friday in a first-round match at the Rio Olympics. The Egyptian refused to shake his opponent’s extended hand, earning boos from the crowd. Mr. Sasson went on to win a bronze medal.

If you want the short answer for why the Arab world is sliding into the abyss, look no further than this little incident. It did itself in chiefly through its long-abiding and all-consuming hatred of Israel, and of Jews.

That’s not a point you will find in a long article about the Arab crackup by Scott Andersonin last weekend’s New York Times Magazine, where hatred of Israel is treated like sand in Arabia—a given of the landscape. Nor is it much mentioned in the wide literature about the legacy of colonialism in the Middle East, or the oil curse, governance gap, democracy deficit, youth bulge, sectarian divide, legitimacy crisis and every other explanation for Arab decline.

Yet the fact remains that over the past 70 years the Arab world got rid of its Jews, some 900,000 people, while holding on to its hatred of them. Over time the result proved fatal: a combination of lost human capital, ruinously expensive wars, misdirected ideological obsessions, and an intellectual life perverted by conspiracy theory and the perpetual search for scapegoats. The Arab world’s problems are a problem of the Arab mind, and the name for that problem is anti-Semitism.

As a historical phenomenon, this is not unique. In a 2005 essay in Commentary, historianPaul Johnson noted that wherever anti-Semitism took hold, social and political decline almost inevitably followed.

Spain expelled its Jews with the Alhambra Decree of 1492. The effect, Mr. Johnson noted, “was to deprive Spain (and its colonies) of a class already notable for the astute handling of finance.” In czarist Russia, anti-Semitic laws led to mass Jewish emigration as well as an “immense increase in administrative corruption produced by the system of restrictions.” Germany might well have won the race for an atomic bomb if Hitler hadn’t sent Albert Einstein, Leo Szilard, Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller into exile in the U.S.

These patterns were replicated in the Arab world. Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation of the state of Israel. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Lebanon in 1945. Nor is it accurate to blame Jerusalem for fueling anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated after Menachem Begin relinquished the Sinai to Anwar Sadat. Among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process.

In his essay, Mr. Johnson called anti-Semitism a “highly infectious” disease capable of becoming “endemic in certain localities and societies,” and “by no means confined to weak, feeble or commonplace intellects.” Anti-Semitism may be irrational, but its potency, he noted, lies in transforming a personal and instinctive irrationalism into a political and systematic one. For the Jew-hater, every crime has the same culprit and every problem has the same solution.

Anti-Semitism makes the world seem easy. In doing so, it condemns the anti-Semite to a permanent darkness.

Today there is no great university in the Arab world, no serious indigenous scientific base, a stunted literary culture. In 2015 the U.S. Patent Office reported 3,804 patents from Israel, as compared with 364 from Saudi Arabia, 56 from the United Arab Emirates, and 30 from Egypt. The mistreatment and expulsion of Jews has served as a template for the persecution and displacement of other religious minorities: Christians, Yazidis, the Baha’i.

Hatred of Israel and Jews has also deprived the Arab world of both the resources and the example of its neighbor. Israel quietly supplies water to Jordan, helping to ease the burden of Syrian refugees, and quietly provides surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Egypt to fight ISIS in the Sinai. But this is largely unknown among Arabs, for whom the only permissible image of Israel is an Israeli soldier in riot gear, abusing a Palestinian.

Successful nations make a point of trying to learn from their neighbors. The Arab world has been taught over generations only to hate theirs.

This may be starting to change. In the past five years the Arab world has been forced to face up to its own failings in ways it cannot easily blame on Israel. The change can be seen in the budding rapprochement between Jerusalem and Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which might yet yield tactical and strategic advantages on both sides, particularly against common enemies such as ISIS and Iran.

That’s not enough. So long as an Arab athlete can’t pay his Israeli opposite the courtesy of a handshake, the disease of the Arab mind and the misfortunes of its world will continue. For Israel, this is a pity. For the Arabs, it’s a calamity. The hater always suffers more than the object of his hatred.

Write bstephens@wsj.com.


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