The Man Is A D/Bag!

Excuse the language but the Whitaker is lower than pond scum

In Saner Thought

While my better half is looking the other way……

We had the AG of the United States, a person who works for the people of the US, testifying before the House.

First let me say…the man was a condescending twat…he treated the people the represent the people of this country with utter contempt….a smug a.hole that was doing nothing to answer question accurately…his only concern was to brown nose his way with Trump for another job…..

This cue ball d/bag should have NEVER been allowed anywhere neqr a government job….for he cares little about the nation only what he can squeeze of the government…..a dick!

That is what I saw with this smug wanker……

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker appeared before the House Judiciary Committee Friday for a hearing that was as contentious as expected. Democrats repeatedly grilled him about the Robert Mueller investigation, and Whitaker insisted he has not…

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Palestinian battling cancer is denied exit from Gaza for treatment

The medical care Ahlam Abu Musa needs isn’t available through Gaza’s debilitated health system, but the Israeli army has denied all four of her exit requests.

By Amjad Yaghi

Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing.

Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing.

Ahlam Abu Musa was diagnosed with bone cancer last May. The 20-year-old from Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, has since tried to obtain an exit permit to receive treatment at Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests.

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Ahlam sought care in hospital after hospital, but Gaza’s health system is dealing with severe shortages in supplies, and the lines of patients awaiting treatment at government-funded hospitals is especially long.

By the time a doctor could finally examine Ahlam, he misdiagnosed her condition. She was first told the pain she felt was a result of a broken foot. When the pain grew worse, Ahlam went to see another doctor, who discovered a cancerous tumor in her left foot.

According to Dr. Jamal Abu Hilal, the orthopedist treating Ahlam, the cancer is spreading rapidly, and it needs to be monitored carefully. Dr. Abu Hilal is refusing to operate on Ahlam, however, because the medical equipment required to conduct the surgery is not available in Gaza, he said.

Ahlam and her mother then began making arrangements to have her receive treatment outside Gaza. The mother and daughter first submitted a permit request to leave the strip through the Erez Crossing in late July, both were denied. They tried again in October through the Palestinian General Authority for Civil Affairs, but their request was denied again based on security concerns. Their third attempt, in December, was also denied.

Shortly after, Ahlam’s family managed to secure donations to cover the costs of the surgery at a hospital in Jordan, and the procedure was scheduled for late January. When they applied for an exit permit the fourth time, their request was denied yet again.

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Ahlam’s mother, Wahida, is the family’s sole provider. Her father has been unemployed for years, and suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. “We’re not affiliated with any political party to be denied a permit based on security reasons,” said Wahida. “I don’t know what we did to be punished this way.”

Ahlam says the pain has gotten so intense, she can’t sleep at night. “I can’t build a future for myself in this condition. I’ve been stuck at home since May,” she said. “All I want is to have the surgery so that the pain can go away. Why are my mother and I being denied a permit? We don’t pose any danger to Israel.”

Palestinians in Gaza can leave the strip in one of two ways: through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, or through the Erez Crossing with Israel. While Rafah is the primary exit point for Gazans seeking to travel abroad, Erez is the only crossing Palestinians can take to travel to Israel and the West Bank.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in 2006, Israel has allowed Palestinians to cross through Erez only based on “specific Israeli-defined categories,” according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied territories.

Patients in Gaza are referred to hospitals in East Jerusalem when they require treatments that aren’t available in most of the occupied territories, due to Israel’s restrictions on goods, including medicine and medical equipment, as well as fuel for electricity. According to OCHA, most referrals are for cancer treatment.

Based on data collected by Gisha, an Israeli rights group that focuses on freedom of movement in and out of Gaza, in 2018, a total of 103,325 Palestinians were allowed to exit Gaza through the Erez Crossing, of which 30,174 were patients and their companions. The resulting average of exits per month last year was higher than in 2017, but lower than the monthly averages for 2015 and 2016.

The Israeli military administration that oversees the occupation of the Palestinian territories (COGAT) did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication. Should one be received, it will be added here.

Amjad Yaghi is a journalist from Gaza.

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Ethnic Studies Could Become a High School Requirement in California

By Marielena Castellanos

Participants in the Chicano Movement march in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

An effort to engage students of color in the state’s high schools is underway with a newly proposed state bill to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement across the state.

Assemblymember Jose Medina from Riverside, who is a former high school teacher, along with five other state representatives including San Diego Assembly Member Shirley Weber introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 331 at the state Capitol at the end of last month.

If approved, the bill would require high school students to take an ethnic studies course beginning in the 2023-24 school year. The curriculum would be developed by the Instructional Quality Commission and would be modified or revised by the State Board of Education.

“Knowledge of our history plays a critical role in shaping who we become. When I was growing up, the history of those who look like me was not represented in the classroom. As a former Ethnic Studies teacher, I saw firsthand how much more engaged my students were when they saw themselves reflected in the coursework,” said Assembly Member Medina.

A similar bill, also introduced by Medina, was almost passed last year, but was vetoed by then Governor Jerry Brown.

Governor Brown said some school districts already required ethnic studies and that he was reluctant to implement another requirement in fear of overburdening high school students, as his reasons for opposing the bill.

The Mercury News reported last August that a pilot program was passed instead, allowing a small number of school districts to choose to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement. The schools will apply for the program this year and are expected to report their findings in 2024.

Governor Brown did approve legislation back in 2016 to develop an ethnic studies curriculum for high schools in the state, but it is not a requirement.

Last year, students of color made over half of the state’s 6.2 million population enrolled in public schools. More than two million of those students speak a language other than English in their homes.

“At a time when the national climate drives divisiveness and fear of otherness, Ethnic Studies can play a critical role in increasing awareness and understanding,” Assemblymember Medina also said. He added, “California is one of the most diverse states in the country and we should celebrate that diversity by teaching a curriculum that is inclusive of all of our cultures and backgrounds.”

A recent review of research on ethnic studies programs and curricula commissioned by the National Education Association (NEA) stated ethnic studies grew from a desire to counterbalance both inaccuracies and the predominance of Euro-American perspectives that underlie mainstream curricula and also as a means to engage students of color.

The NEA’s research also found two studies that showed that lessons teaching about racism and successful challenges to it, improve racial attitudes among white children, allowing them to see how racism affects everybody and offering them a vision for addressing it.

Studies have also shown students enrolled in ethnic studies courses do better at school. One study showed attendance increased and grade point averages improved for students within the San Francisco Unified School District who took ethnic studies courses.

The San Diego Unified School District, the second largest in the state, began exploring ways to include ethnic studies courses in its classrooms back in 2015.

“I think that once it becomes a required policy, districts will take it more seriously. The reason why implementing ethnic studies in public schools has been a long and difficult battle is because it challenges the status quo. Ethnic Studies in order to be implemented with fidelity and to be successful is to be part of the main curriculum and not just an elective,” said Guillermo Gomez, a teacher with the San Diego Unified School District, who has been involved with efforts to implement ethnic studies courses in San Diego’s classrooms.

Baja Tourism Booms in 2018

By Mario A. Cortez

Bahia de Los Ángeles, Baja California (Photo / Gonzalo González)

Despite the negative rhetoric regarding Mexicans coming from the White House and news of violence south of the border, the Secretary of Tourism of Baja California reports 2018 as one of its best years on record for the state’s hospitality industry.

“We saw much success this year with 27 million visitors to our state, who brought in an economic input of $6 billion,” highlighted Baja Tourism Secretariat Oscar Escobedo.

According to statistics published by the State, 84 percent of visitors to Baja came from the neighboring U.S. state of California. This relationship lead to a large portion of the 79 million recorded international entries into Baja California being of a recreational nature.

“Geographically, we are divided by a border, but we function as a whole region,” Escobedo emphasized. “Our cultures are intrinsically connected not just through our economies, culture education, and , of course, tourism, but also through blood, as we have family on both sides of the border.”

Of all foreign entries into Baja, 10 percent of these were reported to be for events such a concerts and cultural festivals or to spectate sports such as Club Tijuana soccer matches or Águilas de Mexicali baseball games.

There has also been a surge in the medical tourism niche, which brings international visitors to Baja in search of highly specialized professionals or services at a much lower cost compared to those in the United States. With sights set on capturing a larger part of this market, initiatives promoting the development of patient recovery centers and hotel rooms designed for people requiring care are being worked on.

Escobedo ended his brief conversation with La Prensa San Diego by focusing on the large number of destinations and activities Baja offers.

“We have over 600 cultural events every year. We have the Baja 100 off-road race, the famous Ensenada Carnival, there is sport fishing, cycling, we have Valle of Guadalupe, we have Corazon de Tierra — one of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants — and Javier Placencia — Mexico’s best chef. There are hiking routes through the sierras and the Hanson Lagoon which is beautiful,” he shared.

Exclusive: U.S. in direct contact with Venezuelan military, urging defections – source

Deja vu all over again as US interferes in South American government – who can tell whether this leader wannabe will be democratic or just a new dictator who will oppress rural people and enrich the few? The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.

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