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Supreme Court considers abortion mandate again

Source: Baptist Press

May 6, 2020

For the third consecutive day, the justices heard oral arguments by means of a telephone conference because of restrictions brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The religious freedom case was among 10 in which the high court postponed oral arguments from late March and April

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Wait for it! Watch and see if it isn't true. All these kids who are home-schooling right now are gonna graduate, have kids of their own, and then decide whether or not to home-school their children. They are gonna decide whether it was better for them to learn at home or not, and is it something they will prefer for their own kids to have. 

We are going to see a lot more attention placed on distance learning and the government is going to be scrambling to come up with ways to regulate home-schooling more!

 

Child’s Public School Apocalypse

Source: The American Conservative

May 6, 2020

Anyway, if you read Veronique Mintz’s essay, you’ll see that the conclusions she has drawn are completely unrealistic, and dodge the real social and pedagogical issues her dilemma raises. The best thing for her to do is to convince her parents to let her do “distance learning.” Yes, she will miss out on the “socialization” that occurs in a standard high school. This is a feature, not a bug! The socialization she’s now getting is teaching her anger and cynicism. The main problem is not the system; it’s society and culture. I wonder how many more Veronique Mintzes there are who, thanks to the lockdown, are now having the scales fall from their eyes about their schooling.

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Larson: Social Security Expansion is Needed to Help the Most Vulnerable

Source: U.S. Representative John B. Larson (D-CT, 1st)

May 4, 2020

“Social Security is our nation’s number one anti-poverty program and the number one lifeline for seniors. Seniors are the most vulnerable to this virus, and among them hits minorities disproportionally. This demands a 80+ years proven remedy embraced by Democratic and Republican Presidents: expanding Social Security! During a crisis Americans want certainty and clarity. Social Security provides that certainty, it has never missed payment. President Trump needs to channel what Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower understood. They recognized that it was essential to health of the nation to strengthen Social Security and took action. We must do the same today. A payroll tax cut may seem appealing but would actually weaken Social Security and greatly benefit corporations, while hurting those who need its benefits the most. We must act now and pass an emergency plan to expand Social Security and the needed relief it provides,” said Larson.

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LAMB AND DOYLE CALL FOR INCREASED FEDERAL INSPECTIONS OF SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

Source: U.S. Representative Connor Lamb (D-PA, 17th)

May 5, 2020

“The coronavirus is having a devastating impact on our senior community and their families,” said Lamb.  “Nowhere has that impact been felt more painfully than at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.  The current CMS inspection cycle of 9-15 months is inadequate to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.  We need to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect our seniors, including increasing the frequency and intensity of inspections.”

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Public Service Recognition Week (May 3-9, 2020)

Source: The Stuff Gazette

May 6, 2020

As we confront the pandemic, many public workers are on the frontlines facing unique and unprecedented risks. LIUNA thanks you for your courage and for putting the needs of others before your own. Every single American owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.

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KUSTOFF ANNOUNCES NEW COVID-19 ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS

Source: U.S. Representative David Kustoff (R-TN, 8th)

May 5, 2020

Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08) announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). This portal reopened today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the Coronavirus.

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Kuster, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Student Debt Relief to Essential Workers

Source: U.S. Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH, 2nd)

May 5, 2020

Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced legislation to provide $25,000 in either student loan debt relief or education benefits to essential workers and their family members. The Opportunities for Heroes Act recognizes the contributions made by a diverse set of workers, including firefighters and first responders, health care providers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and more, to help Americans through the COVID-19 health emergency.

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Dallas woman gets 7 days in jail for refusing to close her hair salon during stay-at-home orders

Source: CBS

May 5, 2020

"I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it's not someplace that I want to be," Luther responded, according to CBS Dallas Fort Worth. "But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they'd rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon."

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Ya'll might want to buy a body net to go with your face mask!

'Murder hornets' land in the US for the first time

Source: BBC

May 3, 2020

Even as the US remains under attack from the coronavirus outbreak, a new terror has arrived: "murder hornets".

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My Heart, Your Throne

Source: God Inspires Prayer

May 3, 2020

I want to thank You for "normal". I guess it's true that people tend to not appreciate things until they don't have them anymore. And, I am thankful, right now -- REAL thankful -- for "normal".

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Recently, on Facebook, Shonda Ponder (that's me) asked, "I'm confused. Why are farmers euthenizing the animals if there is a meat shortage?"

Someone sent us this article:

 

Op-ed: Don’t Blame Farmers Who Have to Euthanize Their Animals. Blame the Companies They Work For.

Source: Civil Eats

April 30, 2020

For decades, farmers and their advocates have warned us of the inherent weaknesses in our food system. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, those weaknesses are laid bare: Big Ag has built a food system house of cards that is collapsing on the farmers who feed us.

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The Reasons for Plagues

Source: God Inspires

May 2, 2020

The United States has recently entered into a time of petty persecutions for prayer. Schools have disallowed prayer, public events have omitted prayer out of fear of offending those who don't. Nativity sets in public places have been condemned. Bakers who choose to follow Christian guidelines have been sued. Is it surprising, then, that God would send a plague to visit us?

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May is Lupus Awareness Month

Source: The Stuff Gazette

May 2, 2020

 Lupus is a more pervasive and severe disease than many realize, as a number of its symptoms can be invisible. This May for Lupus Awareness Month, the Lupus Foundation of America is urging the public to join the nationwide effort to Make Lupus Visible, and raise awareness and funds for this brutal disease.

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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Source: The Stuff Gazette

May 1, 2020

Bladder cancer is the 10th most common cancer worldwide and the sixth most common cancer in the United States. May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, a time of year when the Urology Care Foundation, the world's leading nonprofit urological health foundation, raises awareness about bladder cancer and its prevalence around the globe, and encourages the public to make direct, positive and healthy changes in their lives to keep their bladders healthy.

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Being from Texas, (and proud of it) I was in agreement when I saw the meme on Facebook about Blue Bell:

"People are shocked Texas wants to open back up.
Let me try to explain it:

5 years ago, Blue Bell literally killed us with their contaminated ice cream and all we cared about was when we would get our next 1/2 gallon. 

It's what we do."

Well, today I came across this, from Blue Bell Creameries:

Blue Bell Creameries announces agreement with Department of Justice on 2015 recall

Source: Blue Bell Creameries

May 1, 2020

Today we are a new, different and better Blue Bell. Our agreement with the government involves events that took place five years ago before we shut down and revamped our production facilities and procedures. Since resuming production in the summer of 2015, we test our ice cream and deliver it to stores only after independent tests confirm it is safe.

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Trump Secures Electric Power System

Source: The Ponder News

May 1, 2020

In an effort to better protect the electric grid from attacks from foreign adversaries, President Trump has signed an Executive Order, "Securing the United States Bulk Power System," banning the purchase and installation of some equipment for power plants and the transmission system, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Presidential Message to the Class of 2020

Source: The White House

May 1, 2020

Over the past weeks and months, you, your classmates, teachers and administrators, and our Nation have experienced times of uncertainty and adversity.  Much like our country, you have risen to the challenge with remarkable poise and determination, demonstrating the character traits that define the American spirit—resiliency, responsibility, and a stalwart drive to succeed.

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Conservative Activists Return to Michigan's Capitol as Lawmakers Authorize Lawsuit Challenging Governor's Powers

Source: Time

April 30, 2020

Whitmer wanted lawmakers to extend her emergency declaration by 28 days. It expires late Thursday. But at the same time, she believes she has other powers to respond to the crisis and does not need a legislatively-approved extension except to ensure that health care workers would continue to have special legal protections. She has said the state of emergency will continue regardless.

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