Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beyond the Veil: First Spouses represent our Ideals and Ethics to the World.

So the First Lady accompanied President Obama to Saudi Arabia, in an Official Diplomatic Status, and didnt wear a "head scarf" while paying respects to the late King Abdullah. (Washington Post) This of course has been blown up on news and blogging sites and trending on Twitter and Facebook both for the last couple of days. There are some whom are stipulating that it is an affront to the people of Saudi Arabia and a schlep of others crying that it was a broad political statement made by Michelle Obama, if not ironic that both her prior two predecessors made the same decision in dress and took it three steps further:

Brian Harris via Vocal Progressives
http://vocalprogressives.blogspot.com/
"Freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression. It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely. Human rights require the rights of women. And human rights are empty promises without human liberty."
~ Laura Bush,
at World Economic Forum in Jordan in 2005

"Women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights."
~ Hillary Rodham Clinton
at U.N. Women's Conference in Beijing, 1995

One key thing to remember is, that while the First Spouse is not elected, they traditionally are still an Appointed Diplomat with certain historical duties, privileges, and challenges; they should represent to the World Stage the strongest, bravest, and sincerious, version of whom an American Person was, is, and will become, not in disrespect of another culture but in the most inclusive representation of our culture and ethics to the World.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Straight ticket voting.

I'll admit up front that I'm a yellow dog Libertarian. I vote straight ticket Libertarian in every election, and I vote for Democrats and Republicans in races in which no Libertarian is running. If you really believe in your own party and what it stands for, then the straight ticket button in the voting booth makes the process quicker for you and the people standing in line behind you.

Opponents of the straight ticket option want voters to research the individual candidates instead of just blindly voting the party line. If that is the goal, then party labels should be removed from the ballot altogether. A lot of people will still vote for their preferred party's candidates, but at least we can make them research ahead of time who their party actually nominated.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My response to Obama's SOTU

One great thing about being a second-term President is that one can say things with worrying about re-election. (One still might have to worry about criminal charges; there are places that George W. Bush can no longer travel to without fear of arrest.)

Obama was correct to end the embargo against Cuba. But he should have closed the base and prison at Guantanamo Bay six years ago. There is no reason to maintain a military base in a country that is not our ally nor a wartime enemy. The prison was built there to promote the legal fiction that the detainees are neither POW's nor criminal suspects. As commander in chief during wartime, (are we still at war? I've lost track.) he has the authority to order Marines and sailors to withdraw from a position.

Obama has proposed that the federal government should pay for community college and daycare. He knows that this won't happen when he is still president. These are meant to entice young people to volunteer their time for the Democratic Party. Young people should keep in mind that there is no guarantee that they will actually receive these perks in exchange for their efforts. Any benefit the government provides, the government can take away.

Arvin Vohra: presents the Libertarian Party response to the 2015 State of the Union.



For fair reference here is the full text of the Presidential Speech

Monday, January 19, 2015

Convincing FWCS to cut costs instead of bus rides.

At this evening's 6 pm LP meeting at the deli of Kroger of Coventry, I will be presenting my alternative school bus schedule plan for your helpful criticism and questions.

Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) is facing a $2.5 million shortfall in its Transportation budget and is dealing with it by cutting bus service to 4,000 to 6,000 former bus riders.  A No Transportation Zone (NTZ) of 1, 1.5 or 2 miles around elementary, middle and high schools will not get rides, even if they have morning babysitter outside the NTZ.

Parents who have to work at school start and stop times are wondering how they can stay employed and still get their kids to school.

I have figured out a solution.

Using the delivery patterns of city buses and airlines, I have devised a new pattern of pick-ups that is more efficient.  It should save money and give more kids rides. Now I have to convince the school administration and the board of trustees.

My Facebook page Save Bus Rides at FWCS will be back up tomorrow.
Please call me at 260 484-5946 to talk about it.

NOTE: edited for formatting, updated link, krmwjnr 20150121

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do as I say not as I do: FWPD City Code Violations?


You do know that technically those Police vehicles sitting on the grass for a photo op actually violate City Code right?

Source and Cite unknown
Municipal code also prohibits parking vehicles (including cars, trucks, trailers, campers, boats, RVs, etc.) on any portion of residential property other than in a driveway, street or alley. Violators can receive tickets of $100 per day, per violation.

The Irony of Discriminating Life: "!GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!" I would rather have cake please, with rainbow sprinkles inside!!

So the Annual Right To Life March was held this weekend; there will be another Political Banquet later in the year as well as an Election Survey and possibly a Debate Scenario - even for City Government races. Unfortunately, not most but some realize that this event (The Burgess Candidate) is a Political dog show more than it is a concerned public speaking out; while they still have a right to march and all the ability in the world to speak, this is not a religious act of any degree, but political, and historically bigoted.

The corporate structure of the event (while individual intention be noble) the collective act is both political incumbent show ponies benefit before we really know whom all the Primary contenders are going to be for election and so misleading to the general public, that the history of the "outrage" needs to be explored and exposed, in order to clean up our Civil Discourse in the public arena, and for once begin to have an honest vociferous conversation about ideas rather than rhetoric that divides and demonizes, I think we have all had enough of that kind of politics and bullshit.

I have discussed at length before, last year even, the moral, scientific, theological, and legal issues surrounding Abortion/Infanticide, but my main goal here is communication of a cleaned up historical record, so that way we can move forward in debating out the necessary resolutions to the idea of Abortion being a legal medical option that is rarely if ever used as originally intended by the Courts and not a spiritual anathema that is used to guilt and slander women in their most vulnerable moments.

Pro Life vs. Pro Choice, personally is the wrong statement or query. I think most of us can a agree that we are against the act every being necessary socially - as it is heinous; while at the same time, recognize that in some cases for medical (not just physical but also psychological), having the safe, medical procedure available to those whom need it, should have access to it, personally speaking, in a Hospital not a clinic - a fetus shouldnt be regarded with the same vitriol as a sprained ankle more treated like an appendix rupture, with care - before during and after the process if it is deemed necessary between a Patient and their Physician.

There is a major difference between which version of Pro Life you are trying to label someone with. Technically to be fully Pro Life you must be against Abortion, and the Death Penalty, and Contraception, and lets not even get started on the Prebondedforlife Coitial Activities conversation. This nation has never really been Pro Life, we have adapted that advocacy genre because the Religious Right (which is a political action) used it as a niche issue to elevate their cause and political strength thru the Churches because they were butt hurt over forced Racial Integration of our Schools and Society, the historical record is there, you just have to study it out and that is what I am presenting to you now as well as the prior analysis I have done below that.

Why I am bringing this all up is in concern not just for all the babies that we have lost, but all the ones that are born and we keep throwing away. The same vitriol that allows the above political actions with religious overtones to take hold in our Civil Society are the same that validate and promote the mendacity which permits people a Divine Authority to deny an inherit dignity to Gay and Lesbian and BiSexual and Transgender Youth and Young Adults to the pointe of bullying and suicide and attempts to abuse medical science in an effort to stabilize their crumbling World view.

More Info: Miracles and Mendacity explained by Randy Roberts Potts (grandson of Oral Roberts)

Religious Liberty Laws that are being considered to allow discrimination over public access to commercial endeavours, like Bakers, and Florists, are the same discriminatory Right To Refuse Service laws employed in the South and a few other places to deny a Black person the ability to sustain life or just enjoy a cold Root Beer on a hot summer day. Some will deny to their dying breath that the conversation on GLBT Civil Rights and Black Civil Rights are not the same, when if not in fact then at least in structure of the obstacles placed in the way of equal access, they are the same dog and pony show, just with the appearance of different rules and circumventing debates.


How that relates back to Abortion and the Right To Life Campaigns is three fold. Part of the inherited rhetoric of RTL is no sex outside of straight marriage, and no contraception, amongst others.

1. GLBT Marriage Equality challenges not just the less than a thousand year old Sacrament of Matrimony (Cannons 50-52, 4th Council of Lateran Basilica, 1215 AD) Marriage was not originally a Sacrament of the Church because it both prefigures and preordains the Church. Additionally the Ministers of the Sacrament is not the Priest or Clergy member but the People themselves getting married which forms the Covenant thru the act of sex, hence the phrase - consummate the marriage. There are several things required for a Covenant to be formed: tearing of the flesh, shedding of blood, and the mutual exchanging of privileges and rights - that is achieved during sex - the original Covenant bond - which also makes the Bible a Sex Manual in some peoples eyes, but I digress.

2. GLBT Marriage Equality also challenges the Religious Rights core Issue Statements; that if GLBT Persons are equal: then they can both choose to have sex, do so outside of or inside of marriage, and as a matter of necessity of health as well as courtesy to their partners have access to contraception unfettered, and "God forbid it", actually raise 'our' unwanted children or the children that they choose to conceive thru which ever means they choose to contract or facilitate.

3. GLBT Marriage Equality also means that Sexual Health and Education courses need to be all inclusive and actually educational rather than utilizing unproven, historically nonserviceable ideas, like Abstinence Only Education, as a political wedge issue.

If GLBT Persons are treated equally, under the Law, the Religious Right will loose more and more of its power base (as they are proven logically false, in their theological and rhetorical diatribes, people will naturally reevaluate the message of their leaders) over the minds and hearts of the People because they have become entrenched within the Church Theology as well as the historical Racial Political divide. The Religious Rights only hope for retaining influence is to create "a political decent with religious overtones" and that is what allowing both the Right To Life historical movement to go unchecked is allowing the Racially biased Religious Right to promote even more divisiveness by claiming an old deed with a new name, Religious Liberty Laws - which are neither Religious, Liberty, nor Legal!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Join us Monday, Jan 19: Libertarian Get Together

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING


19th of January, 2015 18:00-21:00 or 6-9p.m. 
Kroger Marketplace Village of Coventry
Liberty Mills Road at West Jefferson/US 24 and I69 @Exit 302. Food is available for individuals to purchase at their leisure from the food court until 7p.m. RSVP on our FACEBOOK Event Page Here pretty please and thank you.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

"The Interview" is Spot On Commentary and Excellent Comedy

"The Interview" is not mediocre. It is great. Crude, but great. I went with family, out of curiosity and to be a part of this growing story and was impressed from the first scene - don't arrive late because the first scene is laugh out loud hilarious as a sweet little Korean girl sings praises of Kim Jong Un and despicable detailed hatred of . . . you'll find out, to a mass rally. This is a good script with crisp, unique, believable characters, fast moving plot, great visuals and film artistry. Some of the bad words and gutter talk went on too long for me, but it was tolerable and not unusual in R-rated movies. There was sex, but, besides some breasts, out of the frame and funny. And Kim Jong Un should be flattered by his depiction - he comes off as more tough and dangerous than the images I've seen of him schlumping around like a big toddler. Besides Kim Jon Un, the CIA and the US's failed heavy handed diplomacy are lambasted, as well as the viewing public's appetite for trite sensationalism.  Cinema Center is the only theater in the Fort Wayne area playing it, through this Thursday, and maybe longer.  I hear the South Koreans are dropping DVDs on North Korea; if so, this could have a real effect. See showtimes at  .http://cinemacenter.org/movies/movies/now-showing.php

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Afghan War should have ended three years ago.

After 9/11, the US demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden. If the Taliban complied, then the matter could have ended there. The Taliban could have gone on being petty tyrants in the absolute worst part of the world, and the American could have gone on paying attention to celebrity gossip instead of world events.

We were under the impression that the purpose of the Afghan invasion was to capture or kill a particular mass murderer. The mission could have been called a success three years ago if that were the sole objective. But somehow our government got distracted.

We cannot use our military to build democracy in other people's countries anymore than we can renovate our neighbor's house with a shotgun. The good people of Afghanistan (and the bad people as well) have to decide for themselves that they want a modern country.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Compared to other Terrorists, North Korea -- not so bad.

I am Jeannette Jaquish, and this is my opinion, and my opinion only.
And possibly no one else's, but I'd like feedback.
I actually appreciate that in retaliation for Sony depicting the leader of a country we are not at war with, in a humiliating death scene in a crude comedy movie, that the North Korean hackers:
A. Have not killed anyone, and
B. Targeted the actual people who offended them, not their country or racial or religious group.
True, they have threatened to kill, and if they deliver, I'll change my opinion, and wish I had not posted this, but so far, this is a breath of fresh air for me, compared to all the other blanket-destruction-murder-of-innocents, acts of protest and revenge that I read about daily.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amnesty, torture, and the rule of law

Some people act as if US immigration laws were written on two stone tablets delivered to Washington DC by Moses himself. If you have any discussion with them about the rights of immigrants or farms suffering from labor shortages, and they'll fall back on the argument that "the law is the law."

But the highest law in the US is the Constitution. Article 2, Section 2 gives the President the power to pardon anyone he likes. He can release someone from federal prison, he can stop the FBI from arresting someone, and he can let people stay in this country.

Bad laws can be ignored altogether, even while they remain on the books. Men are still legally required to register for the draft at age 18, but not one man has been prosecuted for failing to register in 30 years. So I may have wasted a trip to the post office.

Laws should be enforced if they still have merit. Unfortunately, there are some very good laws that get overlooked by the government as well. This country has some laws against torture. Recently, it has been revealed that CIA employees and contractors have been violating those laws.

I really don't see how torture has any value as a interrogation technique. Ask a man a question, and he'll give you an answer. Torture him, and he'll give you a different answer. If you had any way of determining which answer was true, you wouldn't need to torture him in the first place. Maybe other regimes have better luck with the practice. But these countries are better at keeping secrets, and they aren't exactly the types of regimes that we should want to emulate. Torture leads to bad PR for America on the world stage. If we talk about boycotting Iran or Russia for human rights violations, they can make the same claims about us. We should seriously consider moving out of our glass house before throwing rocks.

If you really care about the rule of law in this country, then you should be more concerned about torture (a felony) than illegal immigration (a civil violation).

Diplomatic Relations with Cuba?

Great Scott!

We are going to normalize our diplomatic outreach with Cuba?

Its like President Obama is actually doing his job and being the Head of State or something but still everyone is up in arms because their pet causes got pissed on in the process.

At least Rush Limbaugh and Bill Clinton can finally smoke those Cuban cigars together legally.

Maybe soon we will embrace some of the other better qualities of Jeffersonian Leadership? It was the writer of the Declaration of Independence whom established a core principle of American Foreign Policy which guided us for over a hundred and fifty years, and which while limited, We The People are starting to embrace in the midst of endless Wars and nameless Enemies and landless States
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations
entangling alliances with none.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States,
4th March, 1801, Inaugural Address.

You can read the full context of that quote here BTW.

U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility 
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
The surprise announcement came at the end of 18 months of secret talks that produced a prisoner swap negotiated with the help of Pope Francis and concluded by a telephone call between Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro. The historic deal broke an enduring stalemate between two countries divided by just 90 miles of water but oceans of mistrust and hostility dating from the days of Theodore Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill and the nuclear brinkmanship of the Cuban missile crisis.

“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. The deal, he added, will “begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas” and move beyond a “rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born.” .......
by Peter Baker THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17th December 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ELEVENSIES OR NEW YEARS DAY BRUNCH

"We were told there'd be BACON!"
Vice Chair Jeannette and Tom Jaquish are hosting the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana's first  
ELEVENSIES!
NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH!

Join us for 2nd Breakfast anytime from 10am to 2pm, at their home, 1423 Louisedale Dr, Fort Wayne, 46808, north of the zoo, off Sherman.

All are invited!

There will be scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, hash browns, coffee, juice, milk and hot cocoa, and later, black eyed peas and ham, served FREE, but they won't be offended if you bring something like fancy creamer, syrup, ground coffee, juice or pastry. There will be NO speeches or fundraising. Just friendly conversation, games, music and activities for children and children at heart.

Please Reserve this event to your calendar via our Facebook Event Page
Questions? Call Jeannette at 260 484-5946 or email jeannettejaquish@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson

I can only think of two things that haven't already been said a million times over in various media outlets.

1) I propose that police action shootings that are suspected of being unjustified should be reviewed on the state or federal level. Local prosecutors do depend on local police to see to it that defendants appear in court. Prosecutors understandable give police the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes the benefit is too much. Even with internal investigations carried out in good faith, police departments should strive to avoid even the appearance of evil.

2) Rioters are like certain politicians in that they will use a good cause to justify horrible actions. I cannot condone theft or destruction of private property, whatever the motive. But if you want to loot and plunder and claim that your actions are respectable, perhaps you should wear a suit and tie while doing so.

 3) Yes, there is still racism in this country. While there is less of the overt kind involving white robes and cross in this century, there is still a lot of the subtle kind of prejudice out there.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ebola

A government response to a catastrophe can get complicated during an election year. No matter what the president does, someone is going to take him to task over it.

Ebola is a deadly contagious disease that causes victims to bleed to death from the inside. Most Westerners who have that disease will seek medical treatment and will be put in an isolation ward. Anyone who has that disease and refuses treatment should still be kept in quarantine. Yes, you just read that on a Libertarian blog. Nobody has a constitutional right to become a bio-weapon.

Ebola is so deadly that it is impossible for a victim to pretend that they don't have it. You can't tell if someone has AIDS without a blood test, but an Ebola patient will start out with severe flu-like symptoms and get worse from there. If you don't have symptoms, you don't have the disease, and there is no reason to keep you from going about your business.

While Americans getting infected with Ebola is newsworthy, the real disease crisis is happening in Africa. There are several factors that explain why Ebola infects more people in Africa than in the US or Europe.  First World countries have better healthcare and hygiene, while Africa has wildlife that carries Ebola without getting sick. Fruitbats, monkeys, and other critters that you won't find in the US carry the virus in their bodies. These animals are hunted and eaten by people who don't always cook their food properly.

Obama was correct not to impose a travel ban. To put things in perspective, more Americans have been allegedly killed by NFL players this decade than by Ebola. But nobody is pushing for a travel ban for professional athletes. It's irresponsible for politicians to exaggerate the risks, impose unnecessary quarantines, and scare the hell out of voters.

And if you are a voter, learn more about Ebola before panicking.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jeannette Jaquish for FWCS Board.

(Mrs. Jaquish asked that we post this on her behalf. Enjoy.)
Hello! 
I am Jeannette Jaquish, running for the Fort Wayne Community Schools at large board seat against Mark GiaQuinta and Anne Duff.

Please visit my website at www.VoteJaquishFWCS.com

I think the competition of charters and vouchers stimulate public schools to improve, and it saves the Dept. of Education money because charters and vouchers get $4,800 instead of the $6,500 that goes to public schools.  Many on the FWCS board constantly complain of the money lost to charters and vouchers and tax caps, ignoring that parents chose them, and that losing the funding also means not having to educate the children. I say stop whining, pull up your socks and compete to win them back.

I have many practical observations on nutritious meals, lost academic and career classes, cold dark morning walks to the bus stop, how to deal with hungry kids, standardized testing and more.
I also summarize a Harvard study that found how a New York City charter the Harlem Children's Zone greatly raised minority student scores. What they learned is now spreading to public schools.

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