Thursday, January 6, 2022

Senator Lankford Says Bad Policies in Biden's Build Back Broke Will Add to Debt

Hurts Childcare Options, Give tax breaks to the wealthy


Connie Turner

Thank God for men like you who are looking out for the American people sir.


Hey Congress! How about you pass a bill that limits the number of items you can put in any bill, period. That way we all "might" know what's in it before you vote on it. (Insert Lobbyists crying here).

zac verser

God bless you Senator Lankford. Praying for your success in saving our state and country.

Chris Bridges

He knows what’s coming….

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Shocking content in this bill.. Shame on the Supporters ..

Monday, November 29, 2021

The World Has Gone Insane VIDEO by Charles Long

I’m proud and fortunate to call Charles a friend. He’s one of a kind, warm, thoughtful and a loving human that the world would be less insane if there were more men like him. be

The production is from Charles Long a retired opera singer, conductor and author of Adventures in the Scream Trade: Scenes from an Operatic Life.

The music is from the musical Jekyll & Hyde. The compliment for the editing should go to Final Cut Pro and Apple for making such awesome software. 

Read an interview with Charles, and be amazed at his many talents.

Charles Long performed with some of America’s and the world’s most famous opera companies and sang alongside opera’s greatest stars. No­w retired, Long recounts many of those experiences in this baldly honest memoir. Sparing no one, especially himself, from his acerbic observations, he sheds light onto a world many of us admire but have only rarely encountered in such intimate detail. In the process he illustrates why the word “opera,” which means “works” in Latin, truly denotes a labor of love for so many who have given their all to the art.

Monday, November 22, 2021

58 Years Ago Today I Saw the Assassination of President John F Kennedy

Reposted from an earlier article. I was a very very young lady when I saw the assassination of a President. be
John Fitzgerald "JackKennedy  (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. 
We heard the shot, it sounded like a car backfiring and then Jackie started trying to climb out the back of the car. She was wearing a bright pink pillbox hat and suit and from our vantage point we could see all of the confusion with the secret service trying to push her down and the car speeding away. Jackie was doing her best to climb out of the car over the trunk.
I didn't know anything to speak of about politics. I was a cynic about the process of politics, having been involved in a campaign for Governor Huey Long of Louisiana. That's a story for another day.
My unvarnished reaction:
I turned away from the window and headed back to my office with all the staff yelling the President has been shot. My comment was, these people will do anything to get elected. Even fake a shooting.
I wasn't devastated at the news, at the time I wasn't too concerned with politics. 
The person I was dating who later became my husband had been invited to the big whohah party for President Kennedy and Governor Connelly. When the announcement came that the President was dead my first thought wasn't about how it would affect a nation. It was I would not be going to a party and wouldn't get to wear a new black ribbon knit dress with the matching coat trimmed in black mink. I had my hair in a French twist and thought I was going to be the hottie of the evening.
As the weekend progressed and every television station counted and recounted the event, it began to sink in on how the nation and the direction of domestic and foreign policy would be effected. Like many others I stayed glued to the news and watched every aspect of the assassination, the swearing in of President Lyndon Johnson and the funeral. 
The city was like the Twilight Zone, no cars on the streets, stores and restaurants empty. It was this way for the entire week-end.
When my 20 year old grandson Gavin was about 9-10 I took him to the Texas Book Depository which is now a museum and was explaining to him how his Nana had actually seen the assassination of President Kennedy. He said President Kennedy is the only President that was assassinated wasn't he? I said no President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth when he was at the theater.. He asked me Did you see that one to? No that was one way before my time.. He still hasn't lived that comment down.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Tech Innovators deserve a level playing field by Barbara Espinosa

Arizona has become a hub for tech innovators. Many think of California's Silicon Valley or New York City as home to many of these companies. But, especially after the pandemic, and as more people work from areas outside the standard office environment, we are seeing areas such as Nebraska’s Silicon Prairie, Colorado’s Silicon Mountain, Arizona’s Silicon Desert grow and thrive as incubators for tomorrow’s technology.

Our Silicon Desert is home to many small to medium-sized tech start-ups and Fortune 100 companies alike. We need to make sure these companies have the tools and ability to thrive and flourish. We have attempted to do this at the state level, with Arizona House Bill 2005, which would have allowed different payment methods on Android and iOS that bypass the Apple App Store's 30 percent transaction fee. Sadly, this bill did not pass-most likely due to the extreme lobbying methods deployed by the tech giants.  We have also seen court challenges, but their results have been middling at best, and did not do an adequate job of protecting these important innovators against the monopolistic tendencies of “Big Tech.”

Now the ball is in the court of the U.S. Congress. In August, the Open App Markets Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). A companion bill was later introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and David Cicilline (D-RI). This important piece of legislation supported by both sides of the aisle in both houses would promote a fair app environment and allow developers to innovate while providing consumer choice. 

Developers in Arizona face detrimental constraints and practices put in place by the large tech companies, like the 30 percent transaction fee on purchases made through in-app payments as well as unfair self-preferencing methods. These strong-arm tactics diminish developers’ capability to bring innovative products to the market. This severely limits choices for consumers in the short and long run.

The Open App Markets Act will provide the much-needed legislative fix to this problem, which is not going away, but actually increasing in its severity. It is a step in the right direction to hold large tech corporations accountable for suppressing competing developers in the U.S. and worldwide. This bill takes square aim at the anti-competitive tactics and seek to provide a level the playing field by blocking app stores from funneling all in-app payment systems to themselves, prohibiting developer-suffocating self-preferencing schemes, and removing obstacles to developers’ direct communication with their consumers.

Simply put, this is good legislation that seeks to find a solution to monopolistic app practices. I am happy to see that it is gaining the support of both parties in both houses. Our state's tech innovators and developers are a growing part of Arizona’s economy, and we will reap the benefits for years to come if they are allowed to succeed. It is my sincerest hope that entire Arizona Congressional delegation, especially Representative Andy Biggs, will come out to support, and even co-sponsor this crucial legislation. Arizona's Silicon Desert’s future is at stake. ###

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Canada’s Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity

 Floating Around: Canada’s Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity.

10: Only in America… Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fundraising event.
9: Only in America… Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they had a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans, 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!
8: Only in America… Could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the former head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
7: Only in America… Can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
6: Only in America… Would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.
5: Only in America… Could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”
4: Only in America… Could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
3: Only in America… Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up, when the return on equity invested in a major U.S Oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
2: Only in America… Could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, borrow an additional 1 Million Dollars per minute, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $210,000 PER SECOND, $12.6 Million PER MINUTE, carry a debt of over $28 TRILLION, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.
1: Only in America… Could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Stolen from Arizona Republican Briefs

Sunday, July 25, 2021

FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump's address at Turning Point Action Rally in Phoenix, AZ | Newsmax