Ilhan Omar schooled on her 9/11 quote "some people did something"

Ilhan Omar slammed on 9/11 anniversary by victim's son after 'some people did something' quote


Nicholas Haros Jr. wants Rep. Ilhan Omar and “the Squad” to know exactly who those "some people" are that perpetrated the "something" that took the life of his mom – and nearly 3,000 other people – 18 years ago.

The New Jersey resident, who lost his mother Frances in the 9/11 terror attacks, ripped the Minnesota congresswoman on Wednesday during a reading of victims’ names at Ground Zero after Omar's infamous remarks earlier in the year in which she described the most horrific attack to ever occur on the American homeland simply as “some people did something.”

“Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom,” said Haros Jr., who sported a shirt with Omar's words and was met with some applause from a crowd of families and relatives who had gathered for the ceremony. “Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?"

He continued: “On that day 19 Islamic terrorists, members of Al Qaeda, killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear?”

As Haros Jr. spoke, he was standing just steps away from the site of the former World Trade Center's south tower — where his 76-year-old mother, Frances, walked into work one pleasant Tuesday morning and never returned home.

“But as to whom? I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked,” Haros Jr. said, looking out to the crowd. “Our constitutional freedoms were attacked and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles was attacked."

He added: “That’s what some people did,” Haros Jr. concluded.
“Got that now? We are here today congresswoman to tell you and the Squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please.”

*clap clap clap clap*


Rambling Over Coffee: Waiting on Deliveries and Man, Their Customer Service Sucks

I am somewhat of an uninspired grump today.

Couple that with waiting for a delivery so although I can't help myself, I keep glancing out the window at the driveway watching for him.  (Our UPS person is a guy... I wasn't being sexist.  If it was a FedEx delivery I would have used the pronoun 'her'. Because our FedEx delivery person is a woman.)

So while I'm procrastinating pretty much everything else on my 'task' list today, sipping peppermint coffee and sitting in the office watching out the window for a delivery is a good time to come to Coffee Talking and just....  talk.


Since I mentioned the delivery I'll just chat about that a second because... everyone... this was something I ordered a MONTH AGO.  And it was a simple, easy, small order. From a large company. That has ZERO excuses to drag their feet for no good reason whatsoever.  As a matter of fact, it's a company that sells under 4+ different company names (I believe up to nine, maybe?) and out of one warehouse so they have tons of items and they are still selling this item online and taking orders.  They carry it ALL the time.  NO EXCUSE.  Except...  I've ordered from them for about 7 years now and they have gotten progressively worse with delivery and customer service and a lot of el-cheapo cost-cutting measures to save a penny, in the last oh, two years or so.

They actually are the same company I told you all about in a post a couple weeks ago when they sent me a dead Goal Zero Yeti 150 and then completely and utterly IGNORED ME when I emailed to let them know it was delivered dead straight out of the box (which they and I both knew it MIGHT and "Andrew" in customer service told me if it was dead when I received it, that they would refund my money).  But once I let them know this one (it was my 2nd order of the item) was dead as well, he completely and utterly ignored my emails.  Four of them. Yeah, kind of a dick move.  But the males in that particular company are like that.  They get the 'power' at age 12 and think they are better than females so.... yeah.


So my last two orders from them were pretty crappy.  And their sister company that I ordered something else from, I got a partial order.  I paid for it in full a month ago and they shipped part of it last week (3 weeks after the fact and only after an email asking where it was) but I'm still short two items and yes, that means I already paid for the items that they haven't shipped yet.  And... it's been a month.

So today I should get the other order. But the 2 missing items from the case I ordered last month?  We'll see.  Maybe just like their Goal Zero sales.  They ignore you and hope you go away?  (Check out that post to see that I managed to take it apart, and replace the battery and repair the Goal Zero Yeti 150 myself...  just because I wanted to see if I could.)

And she did.

That company must be bothering me more than I thought, because I really did not intend on chatting that much about it! 

Another delivery topic?
This weekend was my sons birthday.  He's a young, single guy now and lives in an apartment in another state.  I found 3 items for him on Amazon and had them shipped.  They divided it into 2 shipments and said they were being delivered today.  Monday.  Cool.  (His gift is one of these... t-shirt) as well as a couple items items he'll love for camping - including a solar power bank for his cellphone. 

(There was a longer post here but the items have been delivered AND this post got WAY longer than I was planning. So... shortened it to the quick version.)



Morning Coffee and the News: A woman fell off an 80 foot cliff in South Dakota - I said to myself "It's got to be at Palisades" - and it was

Source:  https://www.foxnews.com/us/minnesota-south-dakota-woman-cliff-fall-survive

Minnesota woman survives more than 80-foot fall down South Dakota cliff

"A Minnesota woman miraculously survived after falling more than 80 feet down a cliff in a South Dakota state park Monday.

The woman, only identified as being 28 years old, was visiting Palisades State Park, roughly 20 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, when she fell around 5:30 p.m., according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office."

I was sipping coffee and skimming headlines when I saw the one posted above.  I immediately said to myself it was at Palisades.  Clicking on the article... it was.  

Readers of Coffee Talking may remember my 'Girls Road Trip' with one of my daughters; camping across the state of South Dakota.  We started on the Eastern border and camped our way across the state, ending at the Western border.

Palisades was a great park and contrary to the news article... it's a really safe park.  If you are smart.  And although the news story didn't say why or how the 28 year old woman fell... I think most of us would assume "probably taking a selfie on the cliff edge".  Whether or not she was, I don't know.  But it's a beautiful park that offers mostly flat hiking trails and even prairie like areas, but also cliffs, rock bluffs, a bridge, wooded areas, waterside hikes... it had everything.

We absolutely loved it and even though we did do some climbing, it was always done in a safe manner and we weren't doing selfies.

It's just the coffee talking again.....


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Don't run around waving your hands in the air and screaming that SOMEONE should be taking care of you after a disaster... PREPARE to help yourself for at least the first 72 hours

Former FEMA Director: 'We've Got to Stop Looking at FEMA as 911'

Long said FEMA's emergency managers "bust their rear ends to serve other people." But he also said the criteria for what constitutes a major disaster needs to change, along with people's expectations about what FEMA can do:
"You know, if we want to get better and become more resilient and respond better, then we have to refocus the training upon how we ask citizens to be prepared, not just going out and having supplies for five to seven days, but be -- you know, teaching them how to become more financially resilient, teaching them that insurance is the first line of defense, not FEMA, teaching them tangible skills like CPR, that when they face active shooter events."

History of FEMA:

On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  From day one, FEMA has remained committed to protecting and serving the American people. That commitment to the people we serve and the belief in our survivor centric mission will never change.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

FEMA can trace its beginnings to the Congressional Act of 1803. This act, generally considered the first piece of disaster legislation, provided assistance to a New Hampshire town following an extensive fire.

In the century that followed, ad hoc legislation was passed more than 100 times in response to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.

By the 1930s, when the federal approach to disaster-related events became popular, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was given authority to make disaster loans for repair and reconstruction of certain public facilities following an earthquake, and later, other types of disasters.
  • In 1934, the Bureau of Public Roads was given authority to provide funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters.
  • The Flood Control Act of 1965, which gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater authority to implement flood control projects, was also passed.
  • This piecemeal approach to disaster assistance was problematic. Accordingly, it prompted legislation to require greater cooperation between federal agencies and authorized the President to coordinate these activities.
  • The 1960s and early 1970s brought massive disasters requiring major federal response and recovery operations by the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, established within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • These events served to focus attention on the issue of natural disasters and brought about increased legislation.
  • In 1968, the National Flood Insurance Act created the Federal Insurance Administration and made flood insurance available for the first time to homeowners.
  • The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 made the purchase of flood insurance mandatory for the protection of property located in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • In the year following, President Nixon passed into law the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, firmly establishing the process of Presidential disaster declarations.
  • However, emergency and disaster activities were still fragmented. When hazards associated with nuclear power plants and the transportation of hazardous substances were added to natural disasters, more than 100 federal agencies were involved in some aspect of disasters, hazards and emergencies.
  • Many parallel programs and policies existed at the state and local level, simplifying the complexity of federal disaster relief efforts.
  • The National Governor's Association sought to decrease the many agencies with which state and local governments were forced work. They asked President Carter to centralize federal emergency functions.

Direct from FEMA:

Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Have enough food, water and other necessities, including all medications, in sufficient quantity for each family member to last for at least 72 hours.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
Just as every home should have a smoke alarm, every home should have an emergency supply kit packed and ready at the start of hurricane season.

Preparing for the potential devastation of a hurricane isn't just the job of emergency management officials. It's also an individual responsibility, said Phil May, regional administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"You should be prepared to take care of yourself and members of your family for the first 72 hours - that's three days - following a disaster such as a hurricane," said May, who oversees operations for the eight Southeastern states that comprise FEMA Region IV.

"Packing an emergency preparedness kit helps ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family members at a time when basic public services may be disrupted," said May.

An emergency preparedness kit needs to include food and water for each member of your family for three days, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, spare batteries, first aid kit, can opener, local maps, moist towelettes, toilet paper, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
Other items to consider include sleeping bags or blankets, paper towels, books, puzzles and games for children and pet food for family pets.

A complete list of recommended items for an emergency kit can be found at Ready.gov, FEMA's emergency preparedness Web site.

The emergency supplies can be stored in an easy-to-carry plastic storage container or duffel bag, making them easy to grab and go when an emergency forces you to leave your home.

Putting together an emergency kit isn't a costly enterprise. Many of the items that need to go into the kit are likely already scattered throughout your home.

An emergency preparedness kit will make your stay away from home during an evacuation more comfortable, ensuring you have foods you like, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, entertainment and even treats during a stressful time.

More information on emergency preparedness, including how to put together a family communication plan, can be found at www.Ready.gov.



I've made it a point on this blog to try to keep up with my 'draft' files because frankly? I hate leaving things undone. To log in and see ANY files listed as 'draft' makes my heart race. I don't like tasks left undone. I don't like to-do lists with lines uncrossed. If I think of a task or 'something' that I should do and then try to put it off for another day or even 'later'.... I can't.

But this blog hasn't been getting my attention like it used to (although I'm trying hard to work on that!) so this morning I logged in and saw I had 3 files in the DRAFT file.

Apparently I read this in the news back in June and saved it so I could read more closely later and ponder over my morning coffee. Then I got busy and completely forgot about it. So, this morning, I am finally getting around to it.

And pondering the implications over morning coffee....


California’s Transgender Prison Policy Is a Disaster for Women


A new bill would put female inmates and female prison guards at risk of male violence.

Let’s suppose you care about the safety of women and girls. Where is the last place on earth you would lock up a predator? Might it be a women’s prison: a place where vulnerable women have no escape?

This is the bleak reality of a bill approved in the California senate by 29–7 last month (Senate Bill 132) that has been heard by the assembly’s public-safety committee and will soon appear before the appropriations committee: It would require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to house, search, and refer to inmates according to their preferred gender identity. No doctor’s certificate or chemical or surgical changes are needed. And what if the individual is a convicted sex offender, wife beater, or stalker? No matter, the person must still be treated according to his or her gender-identity preference.

At first glance, the rationale is understandable. The bill outlines how transgender women in prisons are “particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual harassment.” It cites a study noting that they are 13 times more likely than non-transgender inmates in the same prisons to be victims of sexual abuse. And it references official data collected by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics confirming that in a 2011–12 nationwide survey, nearly 40 percent of incarcerated transgender individuals reported experiencing sexual victimization while incarcerated. To be sure, life must be tough for sexual minorities in prison.

But what the bill and its supporters completely neglect to address is the vulnerability of women. The bill does not include any data, information, or even a single reference to the vulnerability of incarcerated females to violent assault from males. This is striking given that more than 90 percent of rape and sexual-assault victims are women and the overwhelming majority of rapes are committed by males. No one has yet demonstrated how transgender women pose less of a risk to women than the rest of the male population does. But, at any rate, the bill as drafted fails to set forth any way to stop a male — any male, including sex offenders — who identifies as female from getting access to vulnerable women.

Speaking at the California assembly hearing yesterday, Abigail Lunetta (a self-described “Democrat, feminist, and an advocate for women’s rights”) opposed the bill: “Right now, Richard Masbruch, a trans-identified male, is currently housed with female inmates in Corona, even though he is serving time for targeting, raping, and torturing women. Under no circumstances is this morally justifiable.”

Feminists in Struggle, a nationwide feminist organization, were also “strenuously opposed” to the bill. The door would be open for “sexual predators of various types, from voyeurs to rapists, to reinvent themselves as female by taking on female names and identities,” they explained. “Add to this reality that the majority of female prisoners have been molested, raped, sexually assaulted, trafficked, coerced or forced into pornography and/or prostitution, and the potential harm to incarcerated women and girls is greatly increased.”

The radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front also expressed “adamant opposition,” saying the bill would “put women prisoners and women prison guards and staff, at serious increased risk of male violence.” They labeled the bill a “stunning attack on incarcerated women and one of the most extreme examples of elevating men’s feelings over women’s physical and psychological safety.”

Note: These objections are largely coming from the left. So why won’t Democrats listen?

Other groups, such as the Transgender Law Center, are single-minded in their pursuit of “transgender equity.” They emphasize that the bill “will help ensure the safety and dignity of incarcerated transgender people within the criminal-justice system.” Similarly, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California ignores women’s concerns, stating that it is “proud to sponsor” the bill. In their pledge of support, the ACLU notes that efforts are already under way in other states, including Connecticut, which “became the first state in the nation to establish a legal right to be housed in a prison that matches the gender with which people identify.”

Indeed, since 2016, under the Obama administration, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons required that federal inmates’ gender identity be “given serious consideration” in housing decisions. This was challenged the same year when three female prisoners at the Carswell Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth filed a federal complaint saying that being housed with males who identify as females would put them at risk. The Trump administration has since rolled back the federal guidelines and suggested a case-by-case approach. But this is not enough to protect vulnerable girls and women.

Perhaps the Trump administration could learn a thing or two from the United Kingdom. Earlier this year, Britain became the first country in Europe to create a transgender prison wing. This is a compromise that could protect vulnerable transgender prisoners without sacrificing women’s safety. The change came after the U.K.’s Ministry of Justice confirmed the findings of a women’s-rights group, Fair Play for Women, that almost half of trans prisoners are sex offenders, compared with 19 percent of the prison population as a whole. “Prison governors and doctors say some sex criminals transition to get access to women,” the Times of London reported in May.

Unfortunately, in the U.K., the issue rose to national attention only after a child sex abuser by the name of Stephen Wood, who identified as female and called himself Karen White, was sent to a women’s prison with his male genitalia fully intact. While there, he sexually assaulted multiple female inmates. With California heading in this direction, we have to ask: How many more women will have to be harmed by these policies before U.S. legislators will care?

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