Well, shame on you. 🙂
A stay-at-home mom and former White House staffer writes that voices matter in the battle to keep boys and men out of your daughter’s restroom.
Presidents need to hear from the people when they’ve done something wrong, but also when they’ve done something right. So last week, I called the White House comment line to relay my gratitude.
Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness—that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear.
It also shows respect for the right of self-governance. An issue like bathroom policy is best determined at the local level, by the people closest to it—not by bureaucrats in Washington. The new guidance from the administration is both good policy and good governance.
But the fight is far from over…
Also, on Monday NPR ran an interview with former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory about the future of this issue.
Photo: Pete Souza / The White House
Nary a whimper.
It does remind me a bit of a blog I wrote in 2013, but it was about restaurants.
|The Fischer family supports The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes|
Special Forces Warrant Officer Shawn Thomas’ funeral was at Fort Bragg.
Like most Americans, I never knew Shawn and first learned of his tragic death from TV news reports. He was recently killed in Africa, serving our country in the War on Terror.
This video was taped and posted on FACEBOOK by Lisa West Williams, a passenger on a plane halted on the tarmac by its pilot in an unrehearsed tribute to the grief of the widow unfolding just outside. Perhaps the most moving part of it is the sound of the passengers sobbing quietly at the sight of this dignified young widow’s grief.
The video of his widow Tara and their youngest daughter meeting his flag-draped coffin on the airport tarmac has been viewed by over 9 million patriots in just a matter of days.
I hope you will be one of us.
More importantly, I hope you’ll dig deep today and make an immediate generous, tax deductible donation to help this hero’s family cope with the financial casualties of his loss.
This family’s sacrifice is truly heroic – and heartbreaking.
Another Special Forces hero who gave his all in the never-ending War on Terror. Another grieving Army widow, 4 children left fatherless, another hole in another stricken mother and father’s lives and in their hearts. A loss that can never be filled.
But you and I can make sure that his death and his family’s grief is not in vain.
Help me show them that the American people will not stand idly by and watch their lives and futures be imperiled… We will stand by them not just today but for the rest of their lives.
In less than 20 days, Shawn Thomas’ wife must make her next mortgage payment on their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina just outside Shawn’s posting at Fort Bragg.
With your help, I hope that she will be able to write a check and pay off Shawn Thomas’s $137,560 mortgage in full.
With your help, she and Warrant Officer Shawn Thomas’ four children should never have to worry whether they will have a roof over their heads.
Award-winning actor Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump”) once said, “The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is one of America’s best-kept secrets.”
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has provided tens of millions of dollars in emergency financial aid and services to combat wounded veterans and their kin over the last decade.
This family has a special place in my heart. I served in the Army from 1943 to 1977, commanded U.S. Forces in Korea and have been honored with the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. But I am most proud of my service as one of the first Army parachutists during WWII, what later became the Green Berets. If you want to check out my credentials, feel free to click here.
The only reason I bring this up is so you’ll know, I say what I mean and I mean what I say.
I have served on the Board of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes for almost its entire existence. I just got off the phone with their President David Walker.
I promise you this – every net penny you give to this emergency project will go to help the Thomas family pay off their mortgage and rebuild their lives. Every penny. You have the word of a proud U.S. veteran.
But don’t just sit there and watch, take action right away. Click here to make a fully tax-deductible emergency gift today to help this Green Beret’s family. If you are able to contribute $100 to this special project, I’ll send you an autographed copy of my autobiography entitled “Hazardous Duty.”
Our military servicemen and women are there for us every day. Every single day.
When they fall in harm’s way, we must be there for them. Always and forever. But especially TODAY.
Major General John Singlaub
U.S. Army, Retired.
PS – You and I and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes cannot do this alone. Raising the $137,560 needed to pay off the mortgage for this fallen Special Hero’s family will require tens of thousands of patriotic Americans to step forward today.
Once you have chipped in, please forward my email to EVERY patriotic American you know. For someone like you, I bet that’s every person in your contact list.
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It’s all anyone is talking about today.
“Let’s be honest, the greatest Oscars fiasco in history couldn’t have happened to a bunch of smugger, more deserving people.
“For what it proved is that the very same people who’ve spent the past year screaming that Donald Trump’s an ill-prepared ignoramus who never gets his facts right are in fact no better themselves.”
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!
This week’s no-no explores a topic we haven’t done in awhile.
When I was a young boy we’d often visit my aunt and uncle’s house in Milwaukee. My Grandpa Fischer was living with them and I recall he’d insist (not every week) on certain Fridays that he wanted pizza. It had to have tuna fish on it. You know. The kind from a can.
I’m guessing that if this was Family Feud and 100 people were surveyed with “Name something you’d put on a pizza” and a contestant said “tuna fish,” your TV screen would undoubtedly show…
I suppose we could stop right now, but that wouldn’t be a true Kevin Fischer Culinary no-no, would it? We must simmer the no-no until it comes to a boil.
If by chance you’ve been paying attention to the news you might be able to discern this week’s head-shaker.
Remember, it’s related to…
Eating it. Not wearing it.
We’ve traveled around the globe in our hunt for culinary taboos, but never to…
A sparsely-populated North Atlantic island, Iceland is famous for its hot springs, geysers and active volcanoes.
Johannesson won Iceland’s presidential election that month on his 48th birthday.
He campaigned for the largely ceremonial post by pledging to restore Icelanders’ faith in their system of government after years of public dissatisfaction with politicians brought on by the country’s banking collapse in 2010. He did not campaign on what you’re about to read.
The subject of pizza can be rather passionate, stoking great debates.
And oh, yes. Toppings.
On February 16 the aforementioned president appeared at a high school in in the town of Akureyri in North Iceland. At the end of his visit he took questions from students about various personal things, including which team he rooted for in the English premiere league (it was Manchester United). He was then asked for his opinion about a particular topping on pizza.
The president rather candidly replied that he was fundamentally opposed to putting pineapple on top of a pizza.
STOP RIGHT THERE!
The president proceeded to go one step further, announcing that he would pass a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping if he only had the power to pass laws on his own.
Time for damage control.
made a feeble attempt to clean up his mess.
When you’ve dug a deep hole you stop digging, Mr. President!
“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”
Here’s one raging headline that appeared in Iceland:
Pineapple-pizza-gate: President backtracks “I can’t dictate pizza toppings!” Then encourages people to put fish on their pizza
News outlets and social media went anchovy crazy. But not all of it was negative.
“A true hero,” wrote metalmaniac9999 on Reddit. “Pineapple on pizza is a crime against gastronomy.”
“People who put pineapple on pizza should face the firing squad immediately. No trial, no blindfold,” wrote Heiminator.
I’ve never had pineapple on a pizza. Doubt I ever will head down that pizza path. But banning it, even if someone could?
No sir. If folks want to ruin their pizza and a tasty fruit, that should be their misguided choice.
So Kev, where’s the no-no?
I think it’s boiling, so let’s get to it.
When the Huffington Post caught word of whathad said they contacted Steve Green, the publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine, for comment.
Green said, “Being against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus.”
Wrong, Wrong. Wrong. I’m not for pineapple on pizza (Hawaiians aren’t either from what I’ve heard). No way. But…
And then Green pulled a Johannesson.
Green ALSO told the Huffington Post, “There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”
“There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”
I could go on and on and on.
But we’re done.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
See that headline above at the far left?
Many changes at the daily newspaper were announced in today’s edition by editor George Stanley. He admits there will be less content and calls the actions by the paper “unsettling.”
In typical Stanley fashion he colors all the cuts he’s making by spinning how great their paper really is, and also shows a bit of hutzpah by requesting that current subscribers ( a dwindling number) consider taking out a gift subscription.
A few lines from his column:
Where do we need to focus more of our resources and attention?
Let me know what you value most, including coverage you wish we provided but don’t.
Please help us make sound choices about what to devote more attention to in the future.
Wow. That’s so easy.
How about some balance?
1) A fallen tree crushes a car outside a residence in Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles last weekend. Hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled in the Los Angeles area and at one point more than 60,000 city power customers were without electricity. Photo:
2) An abandoned Kia sedan is seen stuck in heavy mud in Lone Pine Canyon Road near Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif., last weekend. Photo:
3) Inspectors examine a sinkhole in Studio City, north of Los Angeles, last weekend. Two vehicles fell into the 20-foot sinkhole on Friday night and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her car but was found standing on her overturned vehicle. Photo:
4) New York Times reporter, Glen Thrush works in the Brady Briefing Room after being excluded from a press gaggle by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Image
5) Activists stage a New Orleans-style funeral procession in Washington Square Park on Feb. 18, 2017, to mourn the death of the U.S. presidency. Photo:
6) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, his wife Karen and their daughter Charlotte, right, walk through the former crematories during a visit to the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau near Munich, southern Germany, Feb. 19, 2017, one day after he attended the Munich Security Conference. Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP
7) A policeman stands next to the body of a bodyboarder killed by a shark, covered by a white cloth next to his bodyboard on a beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Photo: Getty Images
8) An injured woman comforts a child at a hospital, after jets believed to belong to the Russian or Syrian Air Forces pounded the Barzeh and Qaboun neighborhoods in the northeast corner of Damascus, Syria on Feb. 20. Airstrikes in the Syrian capital left at least seven people dead last Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces. The side-by-side Barzeh, Qaboun, and Tishreen neighborhoods form one of the last two footholds of the Syrian opposition inside the Damascus city limits. Photo:
9) An artist’s depiction shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, on one of seven newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground based telescopes have discovered according to NASA.Photo: NASA/ Reuters
10) Bao Bao, the beloved 3-year-old panda at the National Zoo in Washington, enjoys a final morning in her bamboo-filled habitat before her one-way flight to China to join a panda breeding program, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
11) A dog wearing sunglasses is pictured in the street prior the Gucci show during the Women’s Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion week.Photo: Getty Images
12)Is this 14-week-old polar bear at the zoo Hellabrunn in the southern German city of Munich winking, dancing, or both? Photo: Getty Images
13) My favorite picture of the year so far! A street vendor offers doughnuts in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The last Thursday of the Carnival is traditionally called in Poland Fat Thursday, the day on which people eat cakes, preferably doughnuts. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
14) Emma Watson arrives in London for the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” on February 23, 2017. She plays Belle in the Disney film, and wore a floor-length, caped blue gown as she posed for pictures. Photo: James Shaw/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock
15) Acrobats perform in transparent balls suspended from the rafters during the opening night show of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in New York City February 23, 2017. Photograph: Julie Jacobson/AP
16) A Hindu man dressed as Lord Shiva holds a lit candle in his mouth as he takes part in a religious procession ahead of the Maha Shivratri Festival in Jalandhar, India on Feb. 22. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to worship Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. Photo:
17) Participants wearing costumes and masks take part in the first day of the traditional carnival parade in Mohacs, Hungary. Photo:EPA