Thoughts for today, #480 …. “LGBTQ Americans …. removed from 2020 Census …. “!!


Kamala

~~April 1, 2017~~

AMERICAN 2020 CENSUS

LGBTQ Americans Won’t Be Counted in 2020 U.S. Census After All
by MARY EMILY O’HARA

LGBTQ advocacy groups are outraged after proposed questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity were quickly removed Tuesday, March 28, from a just-released draft of the 2020 U.S. Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau, which is part of the Department of Commerce, is required to issue a list of categories it plans to track three years before the survey is conducted.

Advocacy groups have been campaigning for years to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and were briefly elated when the 2020 Census draft was released. But hopes were dashed when the proposed addition suddenly disappeared, and a statement was issued by the Census bureau that called the LGBTQ inclusion a mistake.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-americans-won-t-be-counted-2020-u-s-census-n739911

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Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from California. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served as the 32nd Attorney General of California.

~Wikipedia~

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. “American Indians protest pipeline project …. #NoDAPL …. “!!


NAP14

~~August 24, 2016~~ 

SUCCESSFUL BLOCKADE 

2,500 Native Americans Successfully Block Oil Pipeline Construction

State of Emergency Declared

“This pipeline’s construction is being carried out without the Tribe’s free, prior and informed consent in direct contradiction to their clearly expressed wishes.”

BLine

Last week, a few dozen Native Americans showed up to protest the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile-long pipeline that would cross right through their sacred land. As word spread, however, the few dozen turned into more than 2,500 native Americans. Because of the large turnout, a brief victory ensued for the people after the developers of the four-state oil pipeline agreed to halt construction until after a federal hearing in the coming week.

In spite of both the company building the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, and the federal government applying pressure, the Native Americans from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have remained resilient.

On Tuesday, August 23, the government placed a restraining order on the protesters prohibiting them “from interfering with its (Energy Transfer Partners’) right to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline (the “Pipeline”) in accordance with all local, state, and federal approvals it has obtained.”

However, the protestors remained steadfast — and peaceful.

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“As we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding the Dakota Access pipeline must be peaceful,” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said in a statement to reporters on August 17.

“There is no place for threats, violence or criminal activity. That is simply not our way. So, the Tribe will do all it can to see that participants comply with the law and maintain the peace.

That was our position before the injunction, and that is our position now.”

“The pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites and our waters, and the people who will be affected must be heard,” Archambault told reporters. “Peaceful demonstration can be very powerful and effective.

But the power of peaceful demonstration is only diminished by those who would turn to violence or illegality. We cannot let that happen. The Tribe is committed to doing all it can to make sure that the demonstrations are conducted in the right way.”

In spite of the threat to the sacred land and the unscrupulous action of the state in taking that land on behalf of big oil, government officials maintain their justification.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

thefreethoughtproject.com

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~~GALLERY~~

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~~American Indians Protest Pipeline Project~~

~~Published on Aug 21, 2016~~

Indigenous activists from the Dakotas — and even other states and countries — are halting construction on this oil pipeline project.

BLine

We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. “The Jones Act of 1920 …. Time to End It”!!


JOnes

~~April 28, 2016~~

THE JONES LAW

I’ve learned about this law when I read the “War Against All Puerto Ricans” book written by Nelson A. Denis.

This book taught me a lot about the history of my country.

As I read it I wondered about the historical relationship with the United States and Hawaii. Then I learned about the other “territories” the USA possesses.

“There are a total of sixteen territories of the United States, five of which are inhabited: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, United States Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The 11 uninhabited territories administered by the Interior Department are Palmyra Atoll, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Wake Island, Midway Islands, and Navassa Island.”

A visitor left a comment on one of the posts related to the Jones Act.

This person guided me to the video included below.

The video explains the effects and the reason why this law continues to be in the books.

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The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (P.L. 66-261), also known as the Jones Act, is a United States federal statute that provides for the promotion and maintenance of the American merchant marine.

Among other purposes, the law regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. Section 27 of the Jones Act, deals with cabotage (i.e., coastal shipping) and requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

The Act was introduced by Senator Wesley Jones.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Marine_Act_of_1920

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~~GALLERY~~ 

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~~THE JONES ACT TRUTH~~

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The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act) is destroying Puerto Rico’s economy, not to mention Hawaii, Alaska and any mainland US small business trying to compete with the few Jones Act Corporations that have this industry in a complete monopoly.

People do not understand how much this archaic law hurts business outside of the shipping industry. These companies demand mainland business while fixing the rates of ocean freight.

The result is not only a monopoly on ocean freight, but a monopoly on freight moving across the entire United States.

This means a higher costs for everyone as well as a massive loss of jobs for anyone who tries to compete with these few corporations.

If you pay attention to anyone who supports the Jones Act of 1920, you will see that they are speaking on behalf of a special interest group for these government backed, largely tax payer funded corporations.

The only exception to this are a few union employees who feel (incorrectly) supported by this law due to the years of rhetoric that has been passed down by their bosses. There’s no doubt that a monopoly on a industry holds up the jobs of the few employees that benefit from it.”

GoldSwirl

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~The Jones Act Monopoly~

~Published on Apr 22, 2016~

The Jones Act of 1920 has allowed a few corporations to create a monopoly on shipping to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam.

This has also led to “red-tape” preventing assistance with several catastrophes.

GoldSwirl

~~RELATED~~ 

New York Times Agrees: No More Jones Act in Puerto Rico!

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Thoughts for today, #357 …. “Knowledge is Power …. “!!


ChangeM

~~March 15, 2016~~ 

NEITHER IS IT MY INTENTION 

… not one Facebook post, not one  Wordpress post, not one conversation …

It’s a very personal experience.

Yet you are obligated to do your own research.

You have the knowledge.

You have the power.

“Politics without principle”

“Commerce without morality”

HortyRex©

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The Seven Social Sins”

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.

From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”

~Frederick Lewis Donaldson~

http://www.goodreads.com

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Why does being legally married matter so much to the LGBT community?


Ask

~~February 10, 2015~~

I have been in a very committed relationship for 19 years now.

We both met while in college and when we were still very young and inexperienced. Life happened and we were separated for 24 years.

We reconnected in 1996 and have been together since. There was never any doubt about where we wanted to be once we reconnected.

It was where we wanted to be when life happened.

Life stops for no one.

Therefore we are not getting any younger. The wear and tear of our years are catching up and our bodies are telling us so. The things that concerned us when young have taken a back seat to the things that are concerning us now as senior citizens.

The issues concerning us now are not only physical.

They also have a legal background.

I never thought that this would be a reality in my lifetime.

Hence, the demand to have the same rights as heterosexual marriages.

HortyRex©

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DID YOU KNOW?

Let’s face it – most of us don’t get married because of the legal recognition and benefits of the institution. We get married because we love each other and want to express that love. But, like it or not, the federal government uses marital status to determine lots of benefits, rights and privileges that aren’t afforded to those who are prohibited from marrying the person they love. In fact, as of 2004, there were 1,138 such benefits, rights and privileges specifically defining or including marital status as a factor contained within the United States Code.

JenSant

(Jenn and Santos)

HRs

Category 1

Social Security and Related Programs, Housing, and Food Stamps

This category includes the major federal health and welfare programs, particularly those considered entitlements, such as Social Security retirement and disability benefits, food stamps, welfare, and Medicare and Medicaid. Most of these provisions are found in Title 42 of the United States Code, Public Health and Welfare; food stamp legislation is in Title 7, Agriculture.

Category 2

Veterans’ Benefits

Veterans’ benefits, which are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code, include pensions, indemnity compensation for service-connected deaths, medical care, nursing home care, right to burial in veterans’ cemeteries, educational assistance, and housing. Husbands or wives of veterans have many rights and privileges by virtue of the marital relationship.

Category 3

Taxes

While the distinction between married and unmarried status is pervasive in federal tax law, terms such as “husband,” “wife,” or “married” are not defined. However, marital status figures in federal tax law in provisions as basic as those giving married taxpayers the option to file joint or separate income tax returns. It is also seen in the related provisions prescribing different tax consequences, depending on whether a taxpayer is married filing jointly, married filing separately, unmarried but the head of a household, or unmarried and not the head of a household.

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Category 4

Federal Civilian and Military Service Benefits

This category includes statutory provisions dealing with current and retired federal officers and employees, members of the Armed Forces, elected officials, and judges, in which marital status is a factor. Typically these provisions address the various health, leave, retirement, survivor, and insurance benefits provided by the United States to those in federal service and their families.

Category 5

Employment Benefits and Related Statutory Provisions

Marital status comes into play in many different ways in federal laws relating to employment in the private sector. Most provisions appear in Title 29 of the United States Code, Labor. However, others are in Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining; Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters; and Title 45, Railroads. This category includes laws that address the rights of employees under employer-sponsored employee benefit plans; that provide for continuation of employer-sponsored health benefits after events like the death or divorce of the employee; and that give employees the right to unpaid leave in order to care for a seriously ill spouse. In addition, Congress has extended special benefits in connection with certain occupations, like mining and public safety.

Category 6

Immigration, Naturalization, and Aliens

This category includes federal statutory provisions governing the conditions under which non-citizens may enter and remain in the United States, be deported, or become citizens. Most are found in Title 8, Aliens and Nationality. The law gives special consideration to spouses of immigrant and non-immigrant aliens in a wide variety of circumstances. Under immigration law, aliens may receive special status by virtue of their employment, and that treatment may extend to their spouses. Also, spouses of aliens granted asylum can be given the same status if they accompany or join their spouses.

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Category 7

Indians

The indigenous peoples of the United States have long had a special legal relationship with the federal government through treaties and laws that are classified to Title 25, Indians. Various laws set out the rights to tribal property of “white” men marrying “Indian” women, or of “Indian” women marrying “white” men. The law also outlines the descent and distribution rights for Indians’ property. In addition, there are laws pertaining to health care eligibility for Indians and spouses and reimbursement of travel expenses of spouses and candidates seeking positions in the Indian Health Service.

Category 8

Trade, Commerce, and Intellectual Property

This category includes provisions concerning foreign or domestic business and commerce, in the following titles of the United States Code: Bankruptcy, Title 11; Banks and Banking, Title 12; Commerce and Trade, Title 15; Copyrights, Title 17; and Customs Duties, Title 19. This category also includes the National Housing Act (rights of mortgage borrowers); the Consumer Credit Protection Act (governs wage garnishment); and the Copyright Act (spousal copyright renewal and termination rights).

Category 9

Financial Disclosure and Conflict Of Interest

Federal law imposes obligations on members of Congress, employees or officers of the federal government, and members of the boards of directors of some government-related or government chartered entities, to prevent actual or apparent conflicts of interest. These individuals are required to disclose publicly certain gifts, interests, and transactions. Many of these requirements, which are found in 16 different titles of the United States Code, apply also to the individual’s spouse.

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Category 10

Crimes and Family Violence

This category includes laws that implicate marriage in connection with criminal justice or family violence. The nature of these provisions varies greatly. Some deal with spouses as victims of crimes, others with spouses as perpetrators. These laws are found primarily in Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, but some statutory provisions, dealing with crime prevention and family violence, are in Title 42, Public Health and Welfare.

Category 11

Loans, Guarantees, and Payments in Agriculture

Under many federal loan programs, a spouse’s income, business interests, or assets are taken into account for purposes of determining a person’s eligibility to participate in the program. In other instances, marital status is a factor in determining the amount of federal assistance to which a person is entitled or the repayment schedule. This category includes education loan programs, housing loan programs for veterans, and provisions governing agricultural price supports and loan programs that are affected by the spousal relationship.

Category 12

Federal Natural Resources and Related Statutory Provision

Federal law gives special rights to spouses in connection with a variety of transactions involving federal lands and other federal property. These transactions include purchase and sale of land by the federal government and lease by the government of water and mineral rights.

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Category 13

Miscellaneous Statutory Provisions

This category comprises federal statutory provisions that do not fit readily in any of the other 12 categories. Federal provisions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of marital status are included in this category. This category also includes various patriotic societies chartered in federal law, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Gold Star Wives of America.

This is why same-sex couples need your help.  

We need equal access to the law in order to protect our families, just like you!  

THIS IS WHAT WE FIGHT FOR … THIS IS WHAT WE DEMAND

NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS

BlackBor

“As it appears in …. “

http://dansa.usfreedomring.com/know-your-rights/

~~RELATED~~

http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/an-overview-of-federal-rights-and-protections-granted-to-married-couples

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As I gathered this information and trolled through the internet, I’ve learned quite a bit. There are so many benefits; much more than the ones I listed on my own.

Here’s my short list:

Social Security benefits

Inheritance tax

Power of attorney

Hospital visitation rights

Medical insurance benefits

Last will and testament

Combined tax returns

Car insurance

Money managing/Finances

Pension benefits

Deed mortgage/Secure loan

I listed eleven benefits … come to find out I had left 1,127 out!

BlackBor

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THIS IS ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES

~~Why the Freedom to Marry Matters~~

~~Published on Jul 9, 2013~~

Maureen Hennessey lived with the love of her life, Mary Beth McIntyre, from 1984 until Mary Beth’s death on May 18, 2013, at the age of 55. Together they raised three children in Philadelphia. While Mary Beth was suffering the physical and emotional pain of end stage cancer, she had the additional burden of worrying about how Maureen would manage financially after she was gone.

Because their marriage is not recognized in Pennsylvania, Maureen must pay a 15 percent inheritance tax on half of their shared property, including their home. And unless their marriage is recognized in Pennsylvania before Maureen turns 65, Maureen will not be eligible to receive Mary Beth’s Social Security benefits.

EqualR

We ALL are ONE!! 

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Senior citizens …. guess I’m one of them now!!


~~July 1, 2014~ 

~I GUESS I FALL IN THIS CATEGORY NOW~

Senior citizen is a common euphemism for an elderly person in both UK and US English, and it implies or means that the person is retired. This in turn usually implies or in fact means that the person is over the retirement age, which varies according to country. Synonyms include pensioner in UK English and retiree and senior in US English. Some dictionaries describe widespread usage of “senior citizen” for people over the age of 65.[5] “Senior citizen” is replacing the term old-age pensioner traditionally used in UK English.

Flo

(Remember I live here)

When defined in an official context, senior citizen is often used for legal or policy-related reasons in determining who is eligible for certain benefits available to the age group.

It is used in general usage instead of traditional terms such as old person, old-age pensioner, or elderly as a courtesy and to signify continuing relevance of and respect for this population group as “citizens” of society, of senior rank.

The term was apparently coined in 1938 during a political campaign. It has come into widespread use in recent decades in legislation, commerce, and common speech. Especially in less formal contexts, it is often abbreviated as “senior(s)”, which is also used as an adjective.

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In commerce, some businesses offer customers of a certain age a “senior discount“. The age at which these discounts are available vary between 55, 60 or 65, and other criteria may also apply.

Sometimes a special “senior discount card” or other proof of age needs to be obtained and produced to show entitlement.

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~~Age Qualifications~~

The age which qualifies for senior citizen status varies widely. In governmental contexts it is usually associated with an age at which pensions or medical benefits for the elderly become available. In commercial contexts, where it may serve as a marketing device to attract customers, the age is often significantly lower.

In the United States, the standard retirement age is currently 65 (gradually increasing to 67). In Canada, the OASP (Old Age Security Pension) is available at 65 (gradually increasing to 67, starting in the period 2023-2029), and the CPP (Canada Pension Plan) as early as age 60.

The AARP allows couples in which one spouse has reached the age of 50 to join, regardless of the age of the other spouse.

Speed

As we all know, technology is advancing at a very accelerated pace. The younger generation has developed a keen sense of using electronic devices and making up their own “language” … LMAO, LOL .. and the like. 

Here I present the language that we, as senior citizens have come up with.

Enjoy! 

Young

~~Senior Citizen Jokes~~

Some of the Best on the Net

~~Published on Dec 8, 2012~~

Retired

We ALL are ONE!! 

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