Veterans Day gun salute at U of Virginia cancelled: gun violence concerns

 Oh spare me the violence of a 21 gun salute ….

The University of Virginia canceled the 21-gun salute portion of its annual Veterans Day ceremony – citing gun violence.

James Ryan, the university’s president, posted a statement on Facebook explaining that there were concerns about firing weapons on school property in light of recent school shootings.

He said there were two specific reasons.

“First, to minimize disruptions to classes, given that this event is located at the juncture of four primary academic buildings and is held at a time that classes are in session; and second, recognizing concerns related to firing weapons on the Grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation, especially on school and university campuses,” the president wrote.

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Firenze Sage:   Oh snowflakes,  remember that the honored dead died for you.      jaj48@aol.com 

Liz Warren schools us …. [she cracks down on school choice]

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging to crack down on school choice if elected, despite the fact that she sent her own son to an elite private school, publicly available records show.

The 2020 presidential candidate’s public education plan would ban for-profit charter schools — a proposal first backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and eliminate government incentives for opening new non-profit charter schools, even though Warren has praised charter schools in the past.

“To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we must resist efforts to divert public funds out of traditional public schools,” Warren stated in her plan.

Warren has pledged to reduce education options for families, but she chose to send her son Alexander to Kirby Hall, an elite private school near Austin. Tuition for Kirby Hall’s lower and middle schools — kindergarten through eighth grade — is $14,995 for the 2019-2020 school year. A year of high school costs $17,875.

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Firenze Sage  JAJ48@aol.com        If our “traditional schools”are strong why  are yours in a private wigwam?

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[Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren  sent her son to private school …]

new family values [LGBT sex-ed curriculum in Austin]

New  family values imposed in Austin, Texas:   Parents Outraged at Austin’s New Sex-Ed Curriculum That Trains Children to Become LGBT Activists

The Austin Independent School District (ISD) school board approved a radical new sex-education curriculum for grades 3-8 that encourages all kinds of sex at young ages, urges kids to join LGBT “pride” parades, and aims to redefine biological sex and erase the words “mom” and “dad” from children’s vocabulary.

More than 100 people testified against the new curriculum on Monday night, and testimony lasted until after midnight. Yet the school board unanimously approved the new curriculum.

“This vote by the Austin ISD Board sends a clear message: people of faith and traditional moral values are not welcome in Austin ISD,” David Walls, vice president of Texas Values and a parent in Austin ISD, said in a statement. “By passing this curriculum, Austin ISD has broken the sacred trust that parents put in their children’s schools. Austin ISD parents have no reason to entrust their children to a school district that weaponizes education to indoctrinate children into the LGBT political movement.”

In a document revealing the radical nature of the curriculum, Texas Values drew attention to materials for the Grades 3-5 curriculum that encourage children to abandon the terms “mother” and “father” or “mom” and “dad.”

“Use Gender Inclusive Language,” the curriculum advises teachers. “It is important to avoid terms which refer only to ‘male’ and ‘female’ identities when speaking with young children as this can limit their understanding of gender into binaries and can exclude children who may not identify within these identities. For example, when discussing family members or adults they may have in their life, try not to only use terms like ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. Try integrating words like, ‘parents’ or, ‘guardians’ to include children whose parents might not fit into ‘traditional’ concepts of family structures.”

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Firenze Sage    how fast can you say Charter School?

Annrae Angel or Ari Symons for Santa Cruz judge in 2020?

Annrae Angel says why she — not Ari  Symons — should get your vote for  Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge in 2020 elections.  Egregious conduct by  judge Symons running a red light    is the issue,  says Angel.

Attorney Annrae Angel  spoke  10/30/19 at the  monthly meeting of  Santa Cruz Repbulicans. 

Read  “the facts” of  the Symons case  as  gathered by the CA state    government Commission on Judicial Performance.    The Commission  meets  behind closed doors  and  allows  no questioning of “the facts”  before reaching their “conclusions”. Closed door proceedings without input raise multiple  red flags for me.

Should you,   as I do,  think this Commission has overstepped it bounds, tell them what you think. See the form which you can fill out complaining about a judge.    How to complain to the government entity which appears to target people wrongly?  Petition your government.

Ari Symons said that  she  ran the red light. Think  of the Simon game  many people have played.

Ari Symons clicked the Red and  played  the game straight.    ‘I did it!’ she told people immediately.   Symons   told co-workers  the truth.  She ran the red.

When someone says repeatedly that they did it, that they ran the red light and that the  moving vehicle  violation ticket is their –how can that be a viewed  by the  watch dog  government entity  as a  ‘cover up’ or considered  ‘egregious behavior’?

Rather, overall this appears to be  the Democrats  in Sacramento targeting an individual.   Perhaps it would be better if CA was not run by the Democrats?

Per the “facts” as stated  by the Commission, Ari Symons told  co-workers that  she  ran a red light   that morning.   Some time  later Symons  wrote  letters saying she was the one who ran the red light. Later, things got   muddled between spouse Michael and wife Ari. Not every spouse does what the other spouse wants, correct?  So says Symons concerning overall handling of the red ticket.       Ari Symons   made mistakes how the matter was handled.   Symons   has admitted her mistakes.

Aptos Psychologist:   These facts and the others listed by the Commission for Judicial Performance    don’t add up to “egregious conduct” by  Ari  Symons.

And,  the CA state  government should not get away with wrongful behavior.    Come on, government Commission for Judicial Performance   Do  better! Or disband, re-group,  and  re-fresh your standards.  Don’t target individuals.  Play the game straight.

This entity. the  Commission on Judicial Performance,  meets  in San Francisco Dec. 4-5, 2019 and Jan 29-30, 2020.  Phone:   415 557-1200  FAX 415 557-1266 Three members   of the Commission — Nishimura, Capozzi and Torres — can be replaced immediately as they have exceeded the number of years they can serve.

Tell our state  government   to add new members to the Commission on Judicial Performance  who will act honestly and with integrity.  Make sense?

written  10/31/19  by Cameron Jackson      jaj48@aol.com 

 

Project Pajamas — needs your help Sat., Oct 19, 2019 sorting & folding PJ’s for Santa Cruz kids

Can you help?  Project Pajamas,  started 10+ years  by Judge Ari Symons, needs your help.  Over the years,  over 10,000 PJs have been distributed throughout  Santa Cruz County.
Through Project Pajamas,  all kids needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County  receive a NEW pair of PJs the first night they are in emergency sheltering.   All sizes for girls and boys — infant to teenage  — are needed.

How  you can help:  

Drop off new  PJs from Oct 1-18, 2019 at:
  •   Santa Cruz County Bank locations (e.g., across  from Safeway in Aptos, CA ) or
  • at Twin Lakes Church (barrels are located  at entrance to  the church sanctuary). Robin is the admin contact person at TLC.
  Come SAT., OCT 19, 2019 9 am-11 am   to the Lobby of   Twin Lakes Church  in Aptos, CA.    Help other volunteers sort, fold and ready for distribution   of  PJ’s which have been  collected Fall 2019.  You can sign up to help  Project Pajamas at www.tlc.org/aok

Rotary Club Sunrise  and Twin Lakes Church (Robin is the admin  contact person)  have  been gathering PJs and publicizing. Many hands make light work.

Enjoy meeting other volunteers Sat. Oct. 19  and help bring comfort to kids needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County. 

Started by Judge Ari Symons, over 10,000 PJ’s have been distributed since the program started.  Wow!

Please help Project Pajamas to  continue its mission:   distributing brand new PJs to every child needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County.  These kids, infant to age 18,  need our love and support.

written by Cameron Jackson   JAJ48@aol.com

 

 

Don’t “illgal alien” me, at least in NY [$250 K fine]

People who sneak in the USA  or jump the fence.?  What do you call them?  Illegal aliens? Watch out!

You can get a $250 K fine in New York using term ‘illegal alien’  — which is the legal term. Oh my!

The federal government of the United States refers to those who are in the country illegally as “illegal aliens” — at least four times in the statute books.

Section 1252(c) of the “Aliens and Nationality” laws is titled: “Authorizing State and local law enforcement officials to arrest and detain certain illegal aliens.” The section authorizes state and local law enforcement officials “to arrest and detain an individual who— (1) is an alien illegally present in the United States; and (2) has previously been convicted of a felony in the United States and deported or left the United States after such conviction.”

But in OZ:The city of New York’s Commission on Human Rights has decided that illegal aliens need more protection from the law than American citizens. So they passed an ordinance that not only makes it illegal to threaten to call immigration authorities on a suspected illegal, but you could be fined $250,000 just for saying “illegal alien.”

This is not The Onion.

You can call an American anything you want — any vile, vulgar, obscenity in the book — and not be punished for it. This ordinance would seem to grant extraordinary protections to those in the United States illegally.

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Firenze Sage opines:   NY is trying to catch California as the wackiest state.

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Recall Santa Cruz City Councilmen Glover & Krohn? Remember Ross Encampment?

 

Recall  Santa Cruz City Councilmen  Glover & Krohn?  Remember the Ross encampment?    Remember the sight of hundreds of tents for many weeks located  at the  entrance to Santa Cruz?

Later, after they had to leave, remember the thousands of needles and tons of garbage that were  cleaned up?

Remember what thousands of drivers  saw week after week when  passing  by the  intersection of Highway #1 and Highway #9.

Remember.   Then consider  signing  the petition to remove both Krohn and Glover  from the Santa Cruz City Council.

For move information go to Santa Cruz United’s Research  list of articles and videos.

written by Cameron Jackson   jaj48@aol.com

 

Public Safety better or worse 2019 in Santa Cruz & Watsonville CA ?

Is public safety better or worse in Santa Cruz County in 2019?  The Democrats control awnings and signs  — but what about violent crime, needles and other health issues?

Is public safety better or worse  2019  in Santa Cruz County?

What’s the fall out from years and years of  Democrat Party policies on  Santa Cruz and Watsonville, CA?

Some current 2019  impressions:

  • Kids kill  other  kids in Watsonville, CA.   Take a look at crime statistics.   Because Watsonville gang members routinely  target younger  kids,  parents keep children  inside their homes. Kids are not allowed to ‘hang  out’ in  their front yards in Watsonville, CA. So parents tell me.
  • North County Santa Cruz CA  frequently  ignores South County Watsonville CA   issues.  Watsonville and Santa Cruz  are two  different worlds   joined by Highway 1.
  • Over 600 kids require  sheltering  on any given day  throughout Santa Cruz County. So says an employee of the Salvation Army shelter in Watsonville.
  • Psychotic adults hang  out  and talk in loud voices to themselves   at the  McDonalds Restaurant    on  Ocean  Street in Santa Cruz.  The Watsonvile McDonalds are much more family centered and much cleaner.
  • Two ‘more than typical’ Progressives city officials  face probable  recall by  8000+ Santa Cruz City voters.  The recall effort states that these two public officials  ignored  numerous   public safety issues  (needles,  human feces and violence) posed by the Ross St encampment.  And other issues.  Click the recall effort link for more information.
  • Mothers & the general  public  routinely watch   for needles and drug related debris  on  l Santa Cruz County  beaches.
  • ‘Free’  Santa Cruz beaches are  far dirtier than the CA County managed beaches which  you pay to enter.
  • Idle adults hang out in droves   near  the Santa Cruz  COSCO, close to the Ribele Family Shelter Building located  at Highway 1 and River St.  It does not ‘feel safe’ to drive near by.
  • Oh, my …… Oh my ….
  • There’s more control by city  government   of  ‘the little things’ — such as can a business have a sign  or an awning?  — than the ‘big picture’ i.e,  how can we work with the community to   reduce    violent crime and improve public safety?  
  • Opps!!!     Perhaps it’s time for a change from the Democrats and their   policies?

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Talk first before file complaint? So says Councilman Glover

So the other party did not come to Santa Cruz Councilman  Glover to discuss the  issue before filing a complaint?

Does this pass the sniff test?

From the Sentinel:

“For Glover, the substantiated complaint, as described by hired consultant Joe Rose, was that Glover violated the city’s Respectful Workplace Conduct Policy when addressing Meyers Feb. 1 about shared conference room scheduling. According to Rose’s report, the timing of Glover’s “needlessly and unjustifiably antagonistic” response to Meyers’ overstaying her allotted time in a city conference room was “humiliating and embarrassing” to Meyers because it occurred in the presence of “important community partners.”

Glover responded in his Facebook post to the public group SCCCP – Santa Cruz and Central Coast Politics, saying, “the substantiated complaint was “due to a communication issue combined with the mishandling of the conflict by the other party involved as they did not come to speak to me first before filing a complaint.”

To be fair, let’s look at the report filed by consultant Joe Rose.  Let the public read the report for themselves.

So who’s who in the Santa Cruz Sentinel article?    The paper wrongly printed  Santa Cruz Councilman Glover with Krohn’s face and  Councilman Krohn with Glover’s face.

Glover is Afro-American, not Caucasian  as portrayed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. .  Opps!   Pictures are worth a thousand words.

So here’s an example of “wrong news” by our local paper.

written by Cameron  Jackson    jaj48@aol.com

 

Amazon sells far too many dangerous products?

Time to hold  Amazon  responsible for dangerous products, e.g.,  Chinese made  motorcycle helmets which crack on  impact and magnetic toys  with no labels which children swallow? Eee-gads.

True story published in the Wall Street Journal:    A mom bought  a motorcycle  helmet on Amazon for her  son who died when  he collided with a car.   This motorcycle helmet was labeled safe according to  USA federal  standards.  Not safe,  the helmet  was   made in China and re-sold on Amazon  by a tiny outfit in California  When tested, these Chinese made  motorcycle   helmets crack on impact.   There’s about 4,000+ of these   helmets still in circulation.

Former Amazon employee Rachael Johnson Greer managed Amazon’s safety systems until 2015.  For a number of years the  safety section at Amazon consisted of three persons.    Greer now advises third-party Amazon sellers.

Rachael Greer estimates  that in 2017  roughly  80% of Amazon’s third-party sellers did not comply with federal, state or industry safety  labeling and the vast majority of issues were not having proper warnings and labels.

For the complete story, check out the Wall Street Journal article week of 8/25/2019.   Providing useful information concerning safety gives consumers choice and freedom.

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