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Randy Fine: Repeal Florida Statute 215.4725 Now And Protect The First Amendment.

In 2016, the State of Florida passed a law that forbids the State from doing business with any company that boycotts or supports a boycott of Israel.

The bill contained a provision that allowed companies whose contracts with the State with a value under $1 million dollars would be exempt.

In 2018, Brevard County Representative Randy Fine sponsored a bill removing the $1 million dollar limit thus banning the State from doing business with any company or person who boycotted Israel or supported such a boycott.

The original bill requires the State to maintain a list of companies that boycott Israel (or support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement) and have companies certify that they are not taking part in any such boycott before the state signs contract with the company.

About the same time, the State of Arkansas was doing something similar in passing a similar law called “Act 710 that required the State not contract with companies that boycott Israel or support a boycott of Israel.
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“Professionalism” In Schools.

Editor’s Note: We apologize for the above graphic. This is the second time in the last few months where our graphics guy said “you want a graphic for what? Are you nuts?” There is just no good graphic image that we could come up with other than this.

Marc Schack is a paraeducator at Shady Grove Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

We had not heard of the term “paraeducator” before, but according to Wikipedia:

Paraprofessional educators generally assist teachers in the classroom, supervise students outside of the classroom, or provide administrative support for teaching.[2] Job duties range from filling teaching positions to supplementing regular classroom curriculum with additional enrichment activities for students. Other positions include classroom aides, special education aides, school library technical assistants, and tutors.

(We suppose the term “teacher’s aide” was not technical or important enough sounding.)

After a virtual lesson on Zoom had “ended,” Schack……well, we’ll let the BethesdaBeat take up the narrative:
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“Equality” In The COVID Stimulus Bill Is Non-Existent.

In our post concerning “Animal Farm” and the unequal treatment of regular vs. Federal workers the other day, in the comments a reader left a link to an article by the New York Post concerning more disparities in the bill.

Here are some of the highlights from the bill as described in the article:

Section 1005 of the bill offers “socially disadvantaged” farm owners total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of thousands of no-strings dollars per farmer. But white men needn’t apply. The bill’s definition of “socially disadvantaged,” drawn from elsewhere in federal law, limits aid to racial groups who faced historic discrimination.

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Welcome Back MR. Potato Head.

You may have read last week that Hasbo decided to end “Mr. Potato Head” and instead just go with “Potato Head.”

The outcry from people shook the foundation of the toy world – especially as Hasbro was still making Mrs. Potato Head. (Furthermore, think about the children of the couple …. the tator tots.)

Hasbro has changed its mind and Mr. Potato Head will remain.

It hard to imagine whose half baked idea it was to end Mr. Potato Head in the first place. No matter what, the mashing together of toys and woke-ness is never a good thing. Whoever approved it should be stuffed and fried.



Things That Cannot Be Unseen.

We didn’t come up with this, but once we saw it, we cannot “un-see” it.

Yikes.



Meteor Streaks Across The Canadian Sky.

The videos above are shots of the a meteor that crossed Calgary. The footage was captured by various doorbell phones and other devices.

We have to say that we would have been simultaneously awed and freaked out by this event.

From CTV News:

CALGARY — Early rising Albertans with an eye to the sky got a treat Monday morning.

A massive, but short-lived fireball streaked across the sky at 6:24 am.

Seconds later what lit up the sky was lighting up social media as people started reviewing their security cameras and dashcams and posting the video they caught.

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“Animal Farm” Contained In COVID Relief Bill.

As you may be aware, on Friday night / Saturday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a COVID stimulus bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package early Saturday — the sixth COVID bill passed since the pandemic began a year ago.

The vote around 2 a.m. ET was 219-212.

Two Democrats voted against their party’s plan: U.S. Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. Both lawmakers also opposed a $3 trillion bill last May that ultimately failed.

Golden issued a statement defending his decision.

“During challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities,” Golden said, according to The Associated Press. “This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending.”

Republicans contend that the bill is essentially a “wish list” for Democrats:
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California Proposes To Fine Stores For Having Different Sections For Boys And Girls.

California Assembly Members Evan Low and Cristina Garcia have fixed all the myriad issues in the golden state of California and are proposing a bill that would require stores to only have unisex areas for children – no “boys” or “girls” sections.

They are serious about this as well. For stores with over 500 employees, the fine for not complying would be $1000 a day.

Last week, Assembly Members Evan Low (D–Cupertino) and Cristina Garcia (D–Los Angeles) introduced a bill that would require retailers to offer their toys and childcare products in a gender-neutral format.

Brick-and-mortar shops would have to display the majority of their products and clothing aimed at children in one undivided, unisex area on the sales floor. They’d also be barred from putting up signage that would indicate whether a product was intended for a boy or girl.
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