*Pentagon Moves Forward: Transfers $1.5 Billion For 80 More Miles Of Border Wall:
On Friday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that the Pentagon has authorized an additional $1.5 billion to extend the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border 80 more miles. Shanahan stated, according to Stars and Stripes: “The Department of Defense is fully engaged in addressing the crisis on our southwest border, with more than 4,000 service members and 19 aircraft currently supporting the Department of Homeland Security. Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier. The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness.”
The additional $1.5 billion comes after the transfer of $1 billion for an additional 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Arizona and El Paso, Texas, that was made in March. “But the plan to divert Pentagon funding has sparked criticism from congressional Democrats, who accused Shanahan of not seeking approval to ‘reprogram’ the funds without congressional authority. Shanahan and other senior defense officials claimed in response they did not have to get permission from Congressdespite the objections from Democratic lawmakers.”
*HIGHER AND HIGHER AND HIGHER! – Federal Spending Sets Record Through April:
The federal government spent $2,573,708,000,000 in the first seven months of fiscal 2019 (October through April), setting an all-time record for real federal spending in the first seven months of a fiscal year, according to data published in the Monthly Treasury Statements.
Prior to this fiscal year, the most that the federal government had ever spent in the first seven months of a fiscal year was in fiscal 2011, when it spent $2,476,257,690,000 in constant April 2019 dollars (adjusted using the Bureau of Labor Statisticsinflation calculator).
*Australian School Renames Mother’s Day. Principal States, ‘We No Longer Subscribe To AAA Binary World’:
An Australian school renamed Mother’s Day, calling it “Acknowledgment Day” as the principal stated, “We no longer subscribe to a binary world.” As The Daily Mail writes of Brunswick East Primary School in Melbourne, “In previous years, the school has hosted a fundraising stall where children could buy Mother’s Day merchandise such as mugs, trinkets, candles and soaps.” But now the stall will be called the “appreciation stall” instead, where children can buy gifts for anyone.
Principal Janet Di Pilla wrote in the school newsletter: You will see further in this newsletter a fantastic poster for our first “Acknowledgment Day.” We will be holding 2 of these days each year; one to coincide with the “traditional” Mother’s Day and the other to coincide with the “traditional” Father’s Day. There has been a lot of discussion about the reason we celebrate these days and the naming of the celebration. I believe that days like this are important because we do need to stop and show gratitude for those around us. However, it is also very important that we make these occasions as inclusive as possible. I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognize that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world. I am sorry that in the past we have offended some members of our community and I hope that this acknowledgment goes some way to address any hurt which has occurred in the past.
*Yankees Fans Threaten Boycott After Ban of Kate Smith’s ‘God
Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” has been scrapped at Yankee Stadium, but Bronx Bomber fans are going to bat for her over allegations of racism. Smith’s niece, Suzy Andron, told The Post she is “honored” by the groundswell of support for the late singer among fans and media. “Most are solidly behind the positive notion that this is a misunderstanding by a few people who took two or three of her songs [out of 3,000 that she recorded] out of context and inflated a story that my Aunt Kathryn must have been a racist,” Andron said.
“Unfortunately, the Yankees bought into it.” She added: “Most reasonable people realize that it was a misunderstood, knee-jerk over-reaction which they hope will be corrected soon.” One superfan told the team he was “boycotting the Yankees until Kate Smith is back, otherwise I am kissing a half century of loyalty goodbye.”
*Anti-Vaxxers Targeting Pro-Vaccine Doctors With Fake Bad Reviews:
Doctors are being attacked online by anti-vaccine activists for recommending vaccines to patients, according to a report by the Boston Globe. The paper outlines the case of Dr. Monique Tello who found that she had been peppered with 100 negative reviews and derogatory comments on a number of physician ratings sites for speaking out in favor of vaccines. None of the people who posted reviews were her patients, and only after she threatened a lawsuit did the websites take down the reviews.
The move to discredit pro-vaccine doctors is gaining speed despite an increase in measles in places where the anti-vax movement is strongest, according to the Globe. None of the anti-vaccine websites would comment for the paper’s article.
*Joe Biden: U.S. Has ‘Obligation’ To Give Healthcare To ‘Undocumented’ Immigrants :
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in California last week that the United Stateshas an “obligation” to give healthcare to illegal aliens. “I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of healthcare, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” Biden said in Los Angeles. “That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”
Biden dismissed the notion that many illegal aliens come into the United States illegally through the southern border despite the fact that immigration arrests along the border are at a 12-year high. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained 109,144 migrants along the boundary with Mexico last month, a 6 percent increase from March, as monthly arrests reached their highest point since 2007,” The Washington Post reported. “Unauthorized border crossings have more than doubled in the past year, and they are on pace to exceed 1 million on an annual basis, as Guatemalan and Honduran families continue streaming north in record numbers with the expectation they will be quickly processed and released from custody.”
*Portland’s Plan to Address Homeless People Pooping in the Street is not a Hit with Neighbors:
One of the problems that cities up and down the west coast are having right now is with homeless people using the streets and sidewalks as a bathroom. Portland and San Francisco both employ special crews of street cleaners that remove the human waste on a daily basis. One proposed solution has been to set up more public bathrooms so the homeless have someplace else to go besides the sidewalk.
But an attempt at making that work in Portland isn’t proving popular with neighbors. About a week ago, the city rolled out a “hygiene facility” which is basically a trailer with a porta-potty and some lockers on it. When the trailer first arrived, there were few if any homeless people camped out nearby. In a matter of days, the trailer gradually became the center of a growing tent camp. Not surprisingly, residents of the area are complaining to the Portland City Council.
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Jay Grossman, L.A.’s Celebrity Dentist, Reveals New AirPlanePockets Invention, a Travel Essential
AirPlane Pockets, (http://www.airplanepockets.com) allows people to have a clean surface to eat and work on while organizing their personal belongings so that nothing is left behind. It is a travel essential that will retail at the price of $20.00. It is designed to give travelers convenient pockets that can easily clip onto the seat in front of them. The new patent comes from Jack Daniels and Dr. Jay Grossman, a talented celebrity dentist from Concierge Dentistry.
Daniels and Grossman have been friends for decades, and both fly often. One flight, Daniels observed a baby’s diaper being changed on a tray table, mentioned his concern about germs being spread on this uncleaned item, and Airplane Pockets was born. Grossman, a celebrity dentist and founder of the non-profit “Homeless Not Toothless,” came aboard so that he could help raise funds for his non-profit.
“No more shoving your belongings into the airplane seat back pocket in front of you where the last traveler may have placed his used tissues, gum, trash, and other unclean items,” explains Dr. Grossman, “relax and enjoy your flight knowing that you are using eco-friendly, clean, washable, and convenient, Airplane Pockets.”
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