On April 6, 2018 Attorney General Sessions here announced implementation of a zero tolerance policy concerning handling of people crossing the US Southwest Border illegally. This implementation includes treating illegals as criminals instead of simply detaining them for subsequent deportation out of the country. One consequence of this policy is US policy is to separate children from those charged with a crime and imprisoned. Thus, the policy has resulted in numerous children being separated from their parents for placement with a sponsor. A sponsor can be a family member alreadyRead More
By the government’s definition of a strong economy, they mean a certain part of the population is doing fairly well financially. But what about that other part of the population that is not doing so well financially. An article here discussing the concept of struggling in a “strong economy”.
The US Supreme Court issued a ruling that a Colorado Baker cannot be forced by the government to make a wedding cake for a same sex marriage when the baker determines it is against his/her religious beliefs/liberty to do so. Note that this ruling may not be generalized to all bakers involving same sex marriage. Each situation would have to stand on its own merits and factors involved in the particular parties. However, hopefully, this ruling will encourage same sex couples to seek services of bakers and others who don’tRead More
Roseanne Barr reportedly tweeted: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” VJ reportedly is a reference to Valerie Jarrett, a former government official under then President Obama. The tweet suggests that Ms. Jarrett was/is a Muslim or at least a Muslim sympathizer as also what some say/said about former President Obama. The reference to planet of the apes speaks to the fact that racist over the years have claimed that Blacks are apes. I will not take issue with the Muslim reference as it is not necessarilyRead More
According to a CNN article a jury in Florida awarded a family $4.00 for the 2014 death of Gregory Hill due to a shooting by a police officer. The lawyer of Mr. Hill’s family says that proves “Black Lives Don’t Matter”. According to the article: In deciding damages in the case, the jury awarded Bryant $1 for funeral expenses, and $1 for each child’s “loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and … mental pain and suffering,” verdict forms show. Hill’s children are 7, 10 and 13. The plaintiff’s lawRead More
Weighing the risks and benefits of aspirin therapy
Conservative Christian attorneys gain influence under Trump
Below are the poverty level data analysis for Texarkana Arkansas/Texas based on information as reported by the US Census available at factfinder.census.gov as of May 10, 2018. One should be mindful that statistics are estimates and do not purport to be precise. Statistics give one an idea of what is probably going on based on available data. They are useful to identify areas of strength and weakness, areas to be celebrated and warning that areas need attention. The poverty guidelines for the analyzed years are provided below. Year 2018 isRead More
The Equal Justice Initiative is an organization “committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.” This includes establishment of a museum and memorial dedicated to preserving and communicating the history of lynching of Blacks in America.
I am educated but not an educator. The measurement standards and methods used with respect to the education needs of our children, regardless of race and socio-economic status, seem to be in a state of confusion and/or ineffectiveness. The following analysis of the below listed data table was initially written in 2016. It is therefore based on the 2010-2016 report card data for the Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD). Click the following links for report card data as published by the Arkansas Department of Education: 2010-2013 data, 2012-2015 data, 2013-2016Read More