The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 5, 2017

For Today… February 5, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. Rain today and a little bit of snow earlier.

I am thinking… about the huddle for the Women’s March that I’m facilitating on Thursday.

I am thankful… for Judge James L. Robart who blocked the implementation of Trump’s ban on immigrants.

Not sure if people are aware that Judge Robart is a Bush appointee and a mainstream Republican — I mention this lest people think this was a partisan move instead of one based on Constitutional law.

One of my favorite things… not fighting nausea. Kind of wishing I wasn’t doing that right now.

I am wearing… jammies. Once I was able to drag myself out of bed this afternoon, clothes were my Cougars shirt and jeans.

I am creating… plans for the huddle and visual aids.

I am watching… NCIS reruns.

I am hoping… to get my Records Management and Accounting done by Wednesday so I don’t have to think about it on Thursday afternoon.

I am learning… about Notes Payable in Accounting.

In my kitchen… steak last night. Spaghetti and meatballs tonight.

Shared Quote…

HP conjecture.

A moment from my day… The best Super Bowl commercial.

**UPDATE** The 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial was here but I took it down when I realized it was a gigantic ad for Trump’s wall.

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7 Quick Takes: Plz Iz Can It Be Caturday Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Astronaut Twin Study. This is pretty fascinating. It’s talking about the study done on astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly and it might help NASA figure out how to work against the negative effects of space on astronauts as we prepare to eventually send humans to Mars.

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J.K. Rowling pwning trolls. I found this positively delightful.

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Betsy DeVos. I wrote a post on why you should ask your senators to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Go read it. Also, pray hard for the vote which has apparently been scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. Her being confirmed would be a bloody nightmare for the nation’s children for many reasons.

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I love my senator. It’s nice having a senator who gets stuff done…

My senator being awesome.

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Catholic Women’s Resistance. Trump’s executive order on Friday spurred my dear friend Kassie to create the group Catholic Women’s Resistance. It’s mostly a Facebook and Twitter thing and I’m throwing it out there for those women who might be interested.

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Fascism. By the way, this is what fascism looks like, per the Holocaust Museum. Familiar?

The definition of fascism.

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*sighs* Apparently, P45’s administration won’t send anyone to talk to CNN because they won’t ‘promote’ P45’s agenda. Because apparently the media exists solely to report on whatever he wants them to report, right?

*rolls eyes* The administration needs to grow the eff up.

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School Levies and Betsy DeVos

Last weekend, I received a ballot in the mail. This was a bit strange as there was no upcoming local or state election so I was interested to see what it was. Apparently, Mount Vernon schools are needing a levy to fund them and the ballot (from the county auditor’s office) was just me marking “yes” or “no”. If the levy were to pass, property taxes would go up a certain amount per person per $1000 of property value. This could be a fairly substantial tax increase for my parents (who own the house I live in) and so I was discussing it with my mom when she shared some wisdom:

Always vote “yes” on a school levy because a funding schools helps to keep an educated populace.

We all saw what an uneducated populace did last November in electing Donald Trump so I did vote “yes” on both measures!

The school levy came to mind on Tuesday when Betsy DeVos, Trump’s horrid nominee for Secretary of Education, passed committee. I have never really gotten involved with administration nominees for Cabinet posts but DeVos and some others are so completely inappropriate for their jobs that I have had no choice but to call all the senators and advocate for them not to be confirmed! DeVos is probably the worst one with Senator Jeff Sessions being a close second.

So why is DeVos so unspeakably bad that I’ve spent hours annoying various senators other than my own?

[+] She doesn’t have an education degree. That should be the bare minimum qualification for the post. You wouldn’t want a doctor who majored in fine arts and never attended medical school, would you?

[+] She has never taught in a classroom setting. Again, this should be a minimum requirement. How can she make good decisions in her post if she lacks the experience to make them???

[+] She does not understand how higher education works and how higher education funding works. I’ll let Senator Elizabeth Warren tackle this one!

[+] She does not know anything about special education or the laws governing it. This probably the most important issue to me because of Daniel. Every teacher in every education program takes a class on special education and every teacher knows the terms IDEA, 504 Plan, and IEP. DeVos does not. As to why this is such a big deal, kids who are at private schools and who are homeschooled are eligible to receive services like occupational therapy and speech therapy through their local school district free of charge! Wouldn’t it be good to have a Secretary of Education who knows this???

Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire took her to task on this one!

[+] She has worked tirelessly to take public schools apart through voucher programs and trying to move education toward the private school and for-profit education model. I’m not saying that private schools, charter schools, or choosing to homeschool your kids are a bad thing — I have friends who were homeschooled and who have chosen to homeschool their kids. I also have friends who were homeschooled, were unprepared for college as a result, and are choosing to send their kids to public schools because they recognize that they do not have the ability to teach them.

Given that the Secretary of Education is effectively the superintendent of the nation’s education system and the lion’s share of the education system is comprised of public schools, shouldn’t they at least have an interest in saving them instead of defunding them? DeVos has never set foot in a public school building and that is quite disconcerting for those of us who depend on public education for their kids.

[+] She was nominated because her family is the largest donor of soft money to the Republican Party. Comments she made in 1997 are very telling:

“My family is the biggest contributor of soft money to the Republican National Committee,” she wrote in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. “I have decided to stop taking offense,” she wrote, “at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.”

“People like us,” she added archly, “must surely be stopped.” (Source)

There were a couple of her financial recipients on the committee that passed on her nomination to the Senate at large. I find the idea of her buying this position to be horrifying and a sign that she doesn’t care about the education of the children of this nation — she only cares about getting political favors because she can buy them.

So please, I beg you, CALL YOUR SENATORS and tell them to oppose her confirmation. If you cannot get through to their Washington office, call their state offices. If you can’t get through by phone (a distinct possibility because a lot of people are calling in to try and get their senators to vote a certain way), fax them. Failing that, use the email form on their Senate website (http://[senator’s last name].senate.gov). Just please don’t let this unqualified woman be let loose on the nation’s schools!!!

For Fur’s Sake…

I’ve had to share this information on a large number of Facebook posts this weekend so I’ll post it here too in the name of making sure the *CORRECT* information gets out and not the dumb@$$ alternate facts that the GOP and others are spreading.

WE HAVE AN INSANE STRICT VETTING PROCESS FOR REFUGEES.

Source #1: Someone who actually practices immigration law (and this one of *MANY* lawyers who have spoken out and shared this information)

Source #2: The freaking State Department document OUTLINING it.

Seriously, I cannot believe that I’m having to share this information yet again!!!!!!!!!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 29, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cold, rainy, and windy with temps in the 40’s. Definitely a day to stay in!

I am thinking… about the complete fustercluck created by the Trump administration with T-Rump’s executive order on Friday. Added on and potentially worse is the fact that Trump shook up the National Security Council, removing people who actually *KNOW* something about national security and instead naming his white supremacist advisor to it. #SoAshamedofThePresident #TraitorInChief

I am thankful… for Federal Judge Ann Donnelly who issued the emergency stay preventing some of the people affected from being deported. I am also profoundly thankful for all the lawyers who rushed to airports around the country to help out those affected, working pro-bono.

One of my favorite things… having a governor who goes down and protests with the people at Sea-Tac.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a navy blue fitted tee, my black paisley skirt, my black cardigan, black tights, and my black flats. After church, I traded my skirt and tights for jeans and my cardigan for a navy fleece.

I am creating… documents for my MS Word Skills Assessment.

I am watching… reruns of “The Big Bang Theory”.

I am hoping… T-Rump’s executive order can be thrown out completely on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. I’d also like Steve Bannon taken off the National Security Council but that might be a bit too much to hope for this week.

I am learning… about reversing entries in accounting.

In my kitchen… Mom made garlic parmesan chicken for Sunday dinner.

In the school room… Daniel has tomorrow off for a teacher in-service day.

Post Script… here is the GoFundMe site for the mosque in Texas that burned down right after T-Rump issued the executive order.

Shared Quote…

Worth thinking about.

A moment from my day…

Maybe I've been a bit too political this weekend.

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So Ashamed at Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Let the record show that I, an American citizen, am ashamed of the president of my country and of those citizens in my country that support the executive order banning refugees and green card holders from seven Muslim countries.

I would like to express my pride in all the thousands of people protesting at airports and my thanks to US District Judge Ann Donnelly who issued an emergency stay to prevent the deportation of all those stuck at US airports.

Donald Trump, you may be the president of the USA but you do not represent me nor do you represent what I believe. I will fight like hell against every deplorable decision you make and I will not rest until you and your horrible advisors are gone from the White House.

7 Quick Takes: Rogue Twitter Accounts, Grumpy Kids, and Accounting Tests

7 Quick Takes

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Twitter gone rogue. Since Trump’s gagging of government agencies and departments, rogue Twitter accounts have popped up. The list is here.

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Nostalgia… *sighs* I remember when someone quoted the following on Rachel Maddow’s show in 2008:

Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists, and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.

I counted 4 groups into which I fit. How many of these do y’all fit?

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Update on the kidlet. Daniel got over stomach bug #1 from last week only to get hit with another stomach bug yesterday. Thankfully, this one just affects his lower G-I vs. him projectile vomiting like he was last week. I’m really hoping for the sake of my sanity that he can go back to school tomorrow — he was grumpy today! I am also hoping that this is the last bug he gets from school for a while.

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Political Tip. The White House Comment Line is currently closed but there is an alternative. I figure that my tax dollars are paying T-Rump’s salary so he should be listening to what I have to say. 😀

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March for Life. The March for Life is this weekend and I want to tell any marchers that read this blog that I am proud of y’all and to keep doing what you are doing!

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A message from the Netherlands. I thought this was pretty awesome:

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School update. I just got my test results from my first Accounting test for the quarter and did OK but not as well as I wanted to do. (Translation: I only got a 95 on it instead of the 98’s I was scoring last quarter.) Our tests are online this quarter vs. being taken on paper in class (this quarter is shorter than Fall Quarter was and we also lose days because of Monday holidays) and in order to test how well we know the subject matter, our instructor asks us questions that can be a little bit tricky. One question might be asked 2-3 different ways and I lost most of my points on those.

The good news: now that I know the format of the tests, I’ll probably do better on the next one.

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