Many are campaigning for a teacher to be reinstated after she was suspended for posting "provocative and sultry" selfies on Facebook. Lydia Ferguson, a teacher in the UK and a divorced mother of three, was escorted off the premises of Ousedale School in Buckinghamshire, England, after uploading the photos on social media. There was no nudity in her photos.
This story begs the question: when do employers go too far in trying to control a person's life outside of work. By all accounts, Ferguson was a well-liked and popular teacher. There were no complaints about her instruction or her appearance in school. Yet her employers chose to insert themselves into her private life by including her social media posts into her professional life.
I am not saying that employers don't have the right to examine an employees social media offerings. What I am saying is that a person's social media postings - short of illustrating a crime or a facet of the person's persona that would preclude their fidelity to their employment - should not be grounds for disciplinary action if their quality of work during work hours isn't affected.
This gets into the whole Iranian "morality police" thing. In Iran, women are routinely approached by authorities who insist they must dress differently or face punishment. The punishment is sometimes incarceration in the most harsh of prisons. These "morality police" even require Christian women to were veils in Catholic churches.
We, in the West, must show prudence when incorporating a person's private life into their professional life. Employers do not "own" their employees, and penalizing someone for a lifestyle choice that has no bearing on their quality of work is traveling a slippery slope.
George Ciccariello-Maher, who stunningly teaches college, lit up social media Sunday when he tweeted Sunday night about a first class airline passenger giving up his seat to a uniformed soldier: "Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul."
This is a perfect example of what I am calling a "Hate-Bigot." Perhaps I am coining a phrase, but the "tolerant Left" - especially the Progressives - have transformed from advocates for Utopia to totalitarian hate merchants who seek to cull anyone with an opposing view from society. The next step for this demographic, it can be argued, is an embrace of Adolf Hitler's "final solution."
This is another perfect example of how the self-centered arrogance of the Progressive movement - a gaggle of elitist know-it-alls who literally know nothing of belonging to a shared society - have executed a successful hostile takeover of the Democrat Party. Today, there are three types of Democrats: Progressives disingenuously masquerading as Democrats, opportunistic politicians who will do anything to attain and hold power, and the captive rank-and-file moderates who exist as hostages to the former.
The far-Left is simply a hate machine whose next step in genocidal. It is time for real Democrats to rise up and fight to take back their party from these hate-filled extremists.
On January 20, 2017, otherwise known as "day one" of the Trump Administration, Pres. Trump issued an Executive Order regarding Obamacare that was met with a great sigh of relief by the American public. After all, the order lifted the weight of Obamacare from our shoulders, right? Well, not so much.
The words sounded incredible to hear after 7 years of draconian interference into the private sector by an overreaching Federal Government. In Section 2 of his first Executive Order, it states:
"To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications."
The key words here are these: "To the maximum extent permitted by law." This means what sounded so grand; what allowed people to breathe that sigh of relief, was something that for the individual is hollow. The law is solid on the mandate and that means that people must continue to carry Obamacare approved health insurance of face huge fines come this April 15, 2017. It's still the law and HHS Sec. Tom Price has stated to Congress that he will uphold that law.
Unless Pres. Trump issues an order defying Obamacare - like Mr. Obama did with border enforcement and prosecution of illegal immigrants, nothing has changed. We have delivered Republicans everything they said they need to repeal this absurd law, and they have done nothing to provide us relief.
Republicans need to advance a bill with a singular purpose: repealing Obamacare in total. Then they will have kept their promise to the people - a 7 year promise. The repeal will certainly motivate Democrats to abandon obstruction because their asses will be on the political line then, too.
Frankly, I wonder why we need to replace anything. Repeal all the laws that prevent health insurance from being prtable over state lines and execute tort reform and watch health insurance prices plummet.
British Prime Minister Theresa May started the formal process that will divorce the United Kingdom from the European Union, overturning four decades of overreaching integration with its neighbors.
The European Union, once an effort to facilitate a common currency and unencumbered travel through the continent, now exists on the brink because the European Parliament insisted on morphing into a governing body that extended well beyond its chartered authority.
Today, the EU exists as a threat to the sovereignty of each individual European country; countries that have unique and cherished cultures and histories. Under the guise of multiculturalism and diversity, this completely ideological body has done great damage to the countries of Europe, including the facilitation of a refugee crisis that, in fact, is an ipso facto invasion of the continent from the Middle East and Africa.
It took great courage and resolve for the British people to protect its heritage and they should be congratulated, even as Progressives and Fabian Socialists in their country attempt to demonize them by stigmatizing them with completely unfounded labels.
Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Asst. Sec. of Defense under Barack Obama, has acknowledged that she and her colleagues scrambled to gather intelligence on the Trump team, including any ties to Russia, before Donald Trump took office. She also said the Obama team sought to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.
How is this story not bigger than Watergate? A presidential administration's defense department leading the charge to dig up political dirt on a presidential nominee from a major political party? At least Nixon used a dirty tricks team. Obama used the freaking Defense Department as the coordinating entity across his entire administration.
And now, Farkas (which conjures up images of "A Christmas Story") is acting as if they had a right to surveil a political foe...almost proud of the fact that she and her Progressive cohorts obliterated the law in doing so.
It is time for Atty. Gen. Sessions to start hammering these people. They need to be investigated, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and, if found guilty, made an example of with the harshest sentences law allows.
And that investigation and prosecution should include the highest offices involved, bar none.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions fired a broadside at so-called "sanctuary cities" Monday, saying local policies of noncooperation with immigration authorities are "dangerous" and will cost communities federal funding. He said federal law allows withholding of federal funding to sanctuary cities, and signaled that such measures will soon be taken.
This shines a light on one of the most irresponsible actions of our times: selective enforcement of the law. It is a double-edged sword and one that cuts both ways.
In order for the Federal Government to expect State, county and local law enforcement and governmental entities to execute and uphold the law, the Federal Government must do the same. Under Barack Obama we saw a blatant disregard of the law in a plethora of selective enforcement instances. From the non-enforcement of immigration laws to the Justice Department says that the Civil Rights Act doesn't apply to White people, the selective enforcement of the law set a precedent for State, County and local authorities.
If we are to be a nation of laws and not of men, as John Adams said we must be for all to be equal under the law, then our laws must be enforced and honored. It would go a long way if lawmakers would stop creating more "atta boy" legislation and started being good stewards of the law, that includes repealing laws that are out-dated and ridiculous.
The failure of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), to move the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a successful vote in the House is embarrassing. Whether or not there were overreaches and flaws in the legislation is almost irrelevant. With seven years to craft an acceptable piece of legislation that would have everyone sign on, there is no excuse - no excuse - for what the nation just witnessed.
First, unless you do your own taxes there are new forms that have to be filed to satisfy proof of health insurance coverage. If you go to Jackson-Hewitt or H&R Block, these extra forms are going to cost you, and not just a little bit.
Second, the requirement to have health insurance is still on the books and that means the fines are still on the books. Little has been done to quell the uneasiness of the people in the vague language of Donald Trump's executive order to the IRS not to exact penalties for non-compliance. So, may who do not have health insurance will necessarily pay the fines to stay on the right side of the law.
Congress needs to repeal Obamacare directly and make it retroactive to 2015, so that the American people are covered - legally - against this unconstitutional law. Argue about fixing things later, but the American people need relief from it now!
President Trump needs to have a prime time presidential address to the nation from the Oval Office telling the people that he is directing the Treasury Department (read: the IRS) to completely cease enforcement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) under penalties that would hold each employee accountable should they violate the order.
He then needs to tell the American people - directly - that they will not be penalized for not complying with the ACA, and that they will not be in violation of the law. If former Pres. Obama can selectively enforce laws - as he did incessantly during his tenure - then what id good for the goose...
These actions must - must - be taken otherwise the Middle Class will get rocked next month. After everything we delivered to the GOP they owe us at least this much.
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Britain's Newcastle University scientists have received a license from the UK's "fertility regulator" to create babies using DNA from three people. They claim they are doing so to prevent women from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children.
Aside from the fact that we should be chilled to the bone that a free country, such as the UK, has a governmental office titled "fertility regulator" - something that sound much more Communist China, the idea that scientists are playing God with human creation is frightening.
When do ethical lines for such procedures preclude such things? Yes, he idea is, perhaps, noble in that they want to prevent genetic defects, but many of the most evil events in world history started off couched in good intentions.
The stewards of science must start questioning their ethical lines. Just because the human race has the ability and/or knowledge to do things doesn't always mean we should travel the road to those destinations. Oppenheimer and Einstein struggled with whether or not they should lend their efforts to the completion of the nuclear weapon, and rightly so.
This, without doubt, is a slippery slope.
Variety magazine announced that it will honor Chelsea Clinton, daughter of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and impeached President Bill Clinton, at its Women in Power luncheon with a “Lifetime achievement award.” Chelsea accepting such an award at the tender age of 37 confirmed the “out-of-touch elite” narrative many have foisted on the elites in media and in Washington.
I have nothing against Chelsea Clinton. She is not responsible for her parents actions, ideology or legal transgressions. I would like to think that she is a good person, and maybe some of what she has accomplished is commendable. But at 37 a person's life hasn't even begun, really. So giving a 37 year old a "lifetime achievement" award is simply ridiculous.
Instead of the move being an honor, it is literally an embarrassment because it transparently displays a motive; that of the elites on the coasts trying to disingenuously pad her resume for what many see as an inevitable run for office.
By accepting this "award," Chelsea Clinton is telegraphing to the American people and the world that she is cut of the same cloth as her parents, two political opportunists who see nothing wrong in deceiving the people to gain power and wealth.
If Chelsea were bright - and at this point the jury hasn't even been seated to judge that yet, she would turn down the award citing the ridiculousness of it at her age. If she does that, she will have already been seen as more like her father - a shred political tactician - and less like her mother, a shrill, disliked twice-failed presidential candidate who disingenuously padded her resume from the beginning.
As the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare comes down to the wire, there is a good possibility that the effort - almost 8 years n the making - will fail. Pres. Trump says if it does he will move on to another agenda item.
This failure would be unconscionable and it would be attributed, in part, to one major point: Republicans, like Democrats and Progressives, are not listening to their constituents and, instead, navigating their votes by way of their person political ideology.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, in almost every congressional district and in every state, has protested Obamacare - and especially the mandate to purchase health insurance. Yet, for political reasons, Republicans have sought to replace this wholly unconstitutional law with another form of government intervention instead of simply repealing the law like constituents have demanded.
This, in part, stems from the inside-the-beltway mentality that there has to be a "comprehensive" effort to every issue. There does not. The goal of this election, in part, was to repeal Obamacare. That needs to be done if everything else about the Trump healthcare insurance initiative fails.
But Republicans are screwing the pooch on this moment in time; the opportunity, because they have lost their laser focus on the one thing We the People have demanded our elected representatives do: repeal Obamacare.
If the current effort fails, Republicans most immediately - immediately - repeal Obamacare in total. Then they can eliminate laws and regulations that prohibit the purchase of health insurance over state lines, which would create competition and reduce costs. Then they can then work on safety-net, politically-based, social programs in an effort to improve their electability, although I see no constitutional authority for government intervention into the private sector.
To wit, it was government intervention in laws and regulations that prohibited purchasing health insurance over state lines that caused this problem in the first place.