And here is a list of the world's 16 most tourist-friendly countries with Austria and Spain topping the list.
You either win or lose and all the commentary and rationalization won't bring a Dem Congressman to the Georgian seat. After the unprecedented amount of over $20 million (coming from all over the country) and a year long special election, the Dem
Jon Ossoff lost to Repub
Karen Handel and now we have another Trump supported, anti-Planned Parenthood, Sarah Palin-Style conservative Congressperson in DC. This Dem loss is the 4th Republican victory in the last year of special elections. Though Trump's approval ratings are in the dumps, his supporters are coming out in droves to continue the republican stronghold in Congress. In mid August, we will witness two more special elections to fill former
Senator Jeff Sessions seat from Alabama and former
Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, both are Republicans and most likely both will remain Republican. We need to turn the tides in the next mid-term election of 2018 and gain a majority in the House so we can help rightsize our conservative leaning government which turns its back on Health Care, Women's Reproductive Rights, our Environment, the LGBT Community, Immigrants, Education, the Poor, the Middle Class, Middle America...But we can't succeed by repeating the voter turnout of the last midterm (2014). And now I'm going to point a finger at our younger sect of 18-24 year-olds whose voting precentage was a dismal 17% compared to 59% to people 65+. It's a fact that liberal minded people vote much less than conservative thinkers. We must reverse this trend if we hope to reverse our government.
The secret Health Care Bill has been revealed this week and t
he mystery has been unveiled that this new bill will:
Kick 20+ million people off their current insurance.
Raise the cost for millions more.
Cut funding to Medicaid affecting the elderly, disabled children, rural hospitals, opioid addicts and many more.
Defund Planned Parenthood.
Enhance the tax benefits for the wealthy.
They've name this the BCRA (
Better Care Reconciliation Act), which is similar to BRCA (the breast cancer mutation gene), though I'm sure all those older men who crafted this act behind closed doors are clueless about any breast health care. Under ObamaCare, women for the first time were covered to screen for BRCA, which now will be taken away.
Of course they plan to rush through the vote next week before accurate analysis can be provided to Senate Voters. There are 52 Republican Senators and they only need 51 YES votes. We need to stop this disaster from happening and the best way to do it is by calling these (possibly, on the fence) voters.
Lisa Murkowski, R, Alaska: 202-224-6665
Rob Portman, R, Ohio: 202-224-3353
Shelly Moore Capito, R, West Virginia 202-224-6472
Susan Collins, R, Maine 202-224-2523
Ron Johnson, R, Wisconsin 202-224-5323
Rand Paul, R, Kentucky 202-224-4343
(Thanks, Luke Allen for posting this info)
A Jury Notice summons arrived in my mail this week and I'm due in court mid-July. Though it's our civic responsibility, I'm hoping they reject me, though I've never been on a jury, I've heard it is all encompassing and a time drain. "A jury of our peers" was established to be fair and balanced, but last week 2 juries made headlines due to their verdict and non-verdict. Bill Cosby will need to repeat his trial after his hung jury (of two holdouts) and even with clear cut video showing the police officer shooting
Philando Castile pointblank 7 times as he was reaching for his wallet with a child in the back seat and his girlfriend begging to stop, the officer was acquitted. It holds truth all those times our moms told us...
"Life isn't fair".
Cooler air is wished upon Arizona and the SW where temps reached 120+ degrees this week. Even airplanes can't fly in such heat as warm air is heavier and requires a longer takeoff for planes. Whether you know the truth that our climate is affected by our environmental behavior or you think God is doing it, either way, it's a wake up call to treat our planet better. With 21st century knowledge, we know the presence of CO2 in our atmosphere, the melting of our permafrost & arctic ice caps and the adding of other pollutants to our environment has a negative affect and should be decreased. Unless of course you are Russia, who's been benefiting from the warmer temps as their Northern Sea route is now milder and easier to transport goods. Or you can be the Dutch who are profiting from teaching the world how to accept and adapt to climate change. They don't deny it or build barriers, they fully accept rising seas will flood coastal areas and have created Lakes, Garages, Parks and Plaza to handle the overflow of water. They encourage swimming lessons, boat purchases and concrete pavement removal as some of the other protections. Rotterdam is the model of this initiative as the mayor explains the details in this interesting article:
Several of the 114 detained Michigan Chaldeans (Iraqi Christians) have been given a reprieve but the ACLU has made a case that if the others are deported back to Iraq, they will be persecuted or killed based on their religion. Our nation is in need of immigration reform but we should also be mindful of human rights. Conservative thinker,
Bret Stephens wrote a surprising op-ed about this issue: