END THE FILIBUSTER NOW!

WE MUST END THE FILIBUSTER ASAP! END THE SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE!
In 1805 the Senate filibuster was accidentally created by clerical error in the Senate Rulebook introduced by Vice-President Aaron Burr, resulting in the godawful 60-vote Senate filibuster suffered for the next 220 years – including today. It takes ONLY ONE Senator to block an up or down vote on any piece of legislation – even if it has majority support. If a single Senator doesn’t like a bill, he or she can stop it from even coming to a vote. You can only break a filibuster or a hold on a vote ONLY by a 60-vote majority. Mitch McConnell used the filibuster with unprecedented frequency when the Democrats were in the majority, when Obama was President. What was once a rarely used tool became the norm – a defacto rule, you needed 60 votes to pass anything.

The filibuster was used expertly by segregationists for years to block anti-lynching and civl rights legislation; legislation that had majority support at the time that would have passed YEARS before it did if not for the filibuster. That racist legacy is what motivated former Obama speechwriter David Litt to call the filibuster, “A monument to White Supremacy.” President Obama called for the elimination of the filibuster last year at Congressman John Lewis’ funeral.

Today we know the filibuster as Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs & Ham for three days on the floor of the Senate.




A CONVERSATION ABOUT PERCEIVED VALUE:

A CONVERSATION ABOUT PERCEIVED VALUE:

A customer asked a contractor friend of mine how much it would cost to do this project.

My friend gave him a proposal: $4500

The customer responded: That’s seems really high.

My friend asked: What do you think is a reasonable price for this job?

The customer answered: $2500 maximum

My friend responded: Ok, then I invite you to do it yourself.

The customer answered: I don’t know how to.

My friend responded: Alright, then how about for $2500 I’ll teach you how to. So besides saving you $2000, you’ll learn valuable skills that will benefit you in the future.

The customer answered: Sounds good! Let’s do it!

My friend responded: Great! To get started, you are going to need some tools. You will need a chop saw, table saw, cordless drill, bit set, router, skill saw, jig saw, tool belt, hammer, etc..

The customer answered: But I don’t have any of those tools and I can’t justify buying all of these for one job.

My friend responded: Ok. Well then for an additional $300 I can rent my tools to you to use for this project.

The customer answered: Okay. That’s fair.

My friend responded: Great! We will start the project on Monday.

The customer answered: I work Monday through Friday. I’m only available on the weekends.

My friend responded: If you want to learn from me then you will need to work when I work. This project will take 3 days so you will need to take 3 days off work.

The customer answered: That means I’m going to have to sacrifice my pay for 3 days or use my vacation time!

My friend responded: That’s true. Remember, when you do a job yourself you need to account for unproductive factors.

The customer answered: What do you mean by that?

My friend responded: Doing a job completely from start to finish includes time spent to plan the project, pick up materials, travel time, gas, set up time, clean up, and waste disposal amongst other things. That’s all in addition to the actual project itself. And speaking of materials, that’s where we will start on Monday so I need you to meet me at the lumberyard at 6:00am.

The customer answered: At 6am?!! My work day doesn’t usually start until 8am!

My friend responded: Well then you’re in luck! My plan is to start on the deck build by 8am. But to do so we have to start at 6am to get materials picked up, loaded and delivered to your job site.

The customer answered: You know, I’m realizing that a lot more goes in to a job than what a customer sees in the finished project. Your proposal of $4500 is very reasonable. I would like you to handle the project.

CONCLUSION:

When you pay for a job, especially a custom job, (whether it’s a physical project or digital project) you pay not only for the material and the work to be completed. You also pay for:

✔️ Knowledge
✔️ Experience
✔️ Custom Skills
✔️ Tools
✔️ Time to plan
✔️ Time to prepare
✔️ Professionalism
✔️ Work Ethic
✔️ Excellence
✔️ Discipline
✔️ Commitment
✔️ Integrity
✔️ Taxes
✔️ Licenses
✔️ Sacrifices
✔️ Liabilities
✔️ Insurance

If you request a proposal for custom work to be done, please don’t disrespect a service provider by trying to get them to lower their prices.

If their proposal exceeds your budget, there’s nothing wrong with getting other proposals.

Just remember.. you get what you pay for.

👉🏼 SERVICE PROVIDERS: Know your worth and be confident in it.

👉🏼 CONSUMERS: Recognize their worth and be respectful of it.

Sharing this to support all my friends, family and clients who are Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and Tradesman.

Conservatism is not a legitimate political opinion, but a sociopathy.

Thomas and Alito did not attend President Biden’s inauguration.


Uber-conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas both wrote and complained about being called racist and intolerable for exercising what they falsely believe is their “religious freedom” to discriminate against gays, transgenders and other persons they don’t approve of.

Conservatives believe they enjoy a constitutional degree of “religious liberty” to discriminate against people they don’t approve of. Nothing could be further from the truth and law.

Conservatism is not a legitimate political point of view. Conservatism is inherently racist AND violent. Conservatism is not an opinion, but a sociopathy. Conservatism can be summed up like this: “I’m okay and to hell with you buddy!”

Virtually every conservative is actually a sociopath to one degree or another.

Sociopaths oppose helping others using public money; sociopaths suffer no guilt denying public funds to people they don’t like. Sociopaths want to shrink down the size of the federal government small enough to drown it in a bathtub.

Sociopaths despise humanity they perceive as unlike themselves.

There’s not a right way to be a conservative, because ultimately, conservatives believe they do indeed possess a “God-given right” to discriminate against people based upon their race, creed, color, employment and societal status.

With court in flux, Thomas and Alito attack same-sex marriage ruling

(CNN)Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito on Monday used the case of a Kentucky clerk who refused to give gay couples marriage licenses to declare that religious liberty has been under siege since the Supreme Court in 2015 found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

In some respects, the objections of conservatives Thomas and Alito simply echoed their dissents five years ago in Obergefell v. Hodges. But timing is everything, and nothing is quite the same at the Supreme Court since the September 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The court is on the cusp of a more potent conservative majority with possible appointee Amy Coney Barrett.
It is not as easy to declare — as it was just a month ago — that the high court is unlikely to reverse the milestone decision that now seems woven into American life. Nearly 300,000 same-sex couples have married since the decision, according to a May report by the Williams Institute at UCLA.

Justices Thomas and Alito lash out at the decision that cleared way for same-sex marriage

With the passing of Ginsburg, and the 2018 retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, only three of the justices from that 5-4 majority are still on the bench: Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

While many court commentators have focused on the future of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide, Thomas’ statement, joined by Alito, offered a reminder that other precedent that inspires religious objections may also hang in the balance.

Obergefell, Thomas wrote, threatens “the religious liberty of the many Americans who believe that marriage is a sacred institution between one man and one woman.”

Gay rights advocates and Democratic leaders immediately attacked the justices for abandoning judicial restraint and threatening the future of same-sex marriage. And some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, set to take up Barrett’s nomination next week, may now be more inclined to put more attention on the nominee’s views related to LGBTQ rights.

Referring to the Senate GOP fast-tracking of the Barrett confirmation process, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared Monday in a Facebook post: “Make no mistake: This is what’s at stake with Republicans trying to force through this illegitimate process. People’s rights. Ending marriage equality. Stripping away LGBTQ+ rights. We are fighting to stop it.”
Barrett, currently a US appeals court judge based in Indiana, has a record of deep conservatism. She has also been vocal about her devout Catholicism, a subject of concern for some of her Democratic critics.

Joining Thomas and Alito in dissent from the 2015 Obergefell decision were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.
Barrett, a former law clerk to Scalia, said in the Rose Garden when President Donald Trump unveiled her nomination on September 26, “His judicial philosophy is mine too.”
Roberts has a mixed record on gay rights. The chief justice felt so strongly that the justices in the Obergefell majority had taken a wrong turn — involved themselves in a matter best left to legislators — that he read portions of his dissenting statement from the bench five years ago. It was Roberts first and only dissent from the bench — a dramatic step taken when justices want to call public attention to their positions.

In June, however, Roberts signed onto the majority’s decision expanding civil rights protection for gay and transgender workers under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

‘Court’s cavalier treatment of religion’

In their statement Monday, Thomas and Alito focused on the consequences of the ruling for religious believers, including clerk Kim Davis, a Christian who had refused to issue marriage licenses in 2015 based on her religious objections to same-sex unions. Her case made headlines as she was held in contempt of court and briefly jailed.

Thomas and Alito agreed with the Supreme Court majority that her appeal should not be heard. But they noted that the dissenting justices in Obergefell had predicted “assaults on the character of fairminded people” who have religious objections. Davis, they said, was a leading example.

“When she chose to follow her faith, and without any statutory protection of her religious beliefs, she was sued almost immediately for violating the constitutional rights of same-sex couples,” Thomas wrote. “Davis may have been one of the first victims of this Court’s cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision, but she will not be the last.”

Thomas asserted: “Due to Obergefell, those with sincerely held religious beliefs concerning marriage will find it increasingly difficult to participate in society without running afoul of Obergefell and its effect on other antidiscrimination laws.” He insisted the 2015 case “enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.”

Neither Roberts nor fellow conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined Thomas’ statement. The same-sex marriage views of the latter two, appointed by Trump in 2017 and 2018, respectively, are not known.

More than any of the current justices, Thomas has called for re-examination and reversal of precedents. Most notably, he has attacked the constitutional underpinnings of Roe v. Wade. None of the justices publicly dissented from taking up Davis’ case. Thomas wrote that her petition “implicates important questions about the scope of our decision in Obergefell, but it does not cleanly present them.”

James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project, said in a statement: “It is appalling that five years after the historic decision in Obergefell, two justices still consider same-sex couples less worthy of marriage than other couples.”

Esseks noted that the court is scheduled to take up a case one month from now, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, that centers on publicly funded foster care agencies that do not accept same-sex parents on religious grounds.

“When you do a job on behalf of the government — as an employee or a contractor — there is no license to discriminate or turn people away because they do not meet religious criteria,” Esseks said. “Our government could not function if everyone doing the government’s business got to pick their own rules.”

More than 90,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in next three weeks

More than 90,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in next three weeks, CDC forecast shows: Do you know why more than 90,000 Americans will die in the next three weeks?

BECAUSE ABOUT 40% OF AMERICANS REFUSE TO WEAR A MASK. THAT’S WHY AMERICA SUFFERS MORE COVID DEATHS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH.

Clearly, clearly ex-President Trump IS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COVID DEATHS, BECAUSE Trump refused to issue a national mask mandate back when he should have, in April, 2020.

But don’t tell Joe Biden that FACT – Joe Biden doesn’t want to prosecute Trump FOR ANYTHING SIMPLY BECAUSE BIDEN WANTS TO KEEP THE BIDEN NAME OUT OF TRUMP’S MOUTH.

We MUST PROSECUTE Donald Trump for all his crimes against the American people: LIVING OR DEAD!!!!!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html

The New Grim Reaper


These are the assholes who are delaying any passage of President Biden’s $2 trillion COVID relief package: Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.VA), Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (ARIZ.) and self-appointed Grim Reaper Mitch McConnell (KY.)

Since Mitch McConnell is no longer the Senate Majority leader, and there’s a 50-50 vote split in the Senate, Dem. Sen. Joe Manchin thinks he’s the “new Mitch McConnell,” acting as a swing vote for sale to the highest bidder in the Senate.

Democrats have majority control of the Senate despite the 50-50 tie, since VP Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote giving Democrats ultimate control of the Senate: BUTT! Manchin and Sinema OPPOSE Biden’s $2 trillion COVID relief package and Manchin and Sinema OPPOSE eliminating the godawful 60-vote filibuster rule in favor of a 51-vote simple majority rule.
I cannot express enough how much I abhor these two conservatives POSING AND EXISTING as Democrats. Manchin and Sinema must be primaried in their next election cycle – however, Manchin’s not up for re-election until 2024!!!!

Democrats need to immediately hold a simple majority vote to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster rule.

Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an IRON FIST because of the damn 60-vote filibuster rule in place for years. Because of the 60-vote requirement for a bill to pass, the Senate has become a graveyard for bills Mitch McConnell doesn’t like. McConnell converted the Senate from a governing body that passes bills to a GOP judge-making machine.

Manchin and Sinema, like Mitch McConnell HATE TO GIVE MONEY OR BENEFITS to the American people, period. These kind of politicians are why young people despise politics and despise old white people in Congress.

Manchin, Sinema, McConnell, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama ALL LIE to the American people their entire careers: they tell you America never has enough money for individuals, but always enough money FOR WHAT THEY WANT.

That paradigm has never changed. These crooks tell you our government must operate on a balanced budget like a household budget, but the exact opposite is true. The wealthy and special interests enjoy trillions in fiat money but they make damn sure the American people does not benefit from fiat money.

Our Founding Fathers gave Congress a constitutional right to create currency WITHOUT, WITHOUT, WITHOUT borrowing money from ANYONE! especially not a “Federal Reserve.”

Our Congress can produce as much money as We The People want without adding a single penny to the national debt. Republicans borrow money from the Federal Reserve to give away trillions of our money to the wealthy one per cent. Republicans never complain about deficit spending UNTIL a Democrat is in the Oval Office.

If you ask any Congressperson how much money does our government have? They will NOT ANSWER the question and will quickly change the subject. Every President and Congress treat our fiat government AS IF it is their own personal cash cow – only to benefit themselves.

Until Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer holds a simple majority vote to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster rule, Republicans will STILL CONTROL THE COMMITTEES. But how are Democrats going to reach even a 51-vote majority with the likes of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema?

Congress is a garbage dump and we need to take out the trash.

We live in an era of hate, ignorance, greed and faux patriotism.

Americans still toil under the old Master-slave relationship.

NASA Conducts Hot Fire Test of Massive SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission

NASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series. The test plan called for the rocket’s four RS-25 engines to fire for a little more tha

Source: NASA Conducts Hot Fire Test of Massive SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission