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Picture Vs Policy: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Does the picture represent the man?


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So quick we are to judge. Who needs facts or details? One blip ,one bump and your career in over.   When my children were growing up, I would tell them its not what your say, its what you do.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was young when he took a picture in Blackface standing next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume.   Both pictures are offensive to this blackman.     As difficult as its seems, there are people who are  racially tone deaf, even in 2019.   Usually individuals who live in mono,environments ( Megan Kelly comes to mind )  because these individuals have limited contact with people outside their communities, they are often shocked when they are called insensitive or racist, because they work with people of color.

There is a difference between working and socializing and this is where I struggle with the Governor, who graduated from a predominately black high school.   He reportedly has strong personal ties with blacks in Virginia.  So the picture is not only a shock to the black citizens of the state, but a surprise to his black friends.

As a flawed human being I try not to rush to judgement.  Throughout my life as a flawed human being, I have made some poor decisions in my youth and as an adult.  When he took the picture nearly 35 years ago, he wasn’t thinking about the impact that picture might have on his personal and professional career.

The Picture ,was published February 1, 2019 on the website  Big League Politics   . Big League Politics was founded by former Breitbart News Employees and is considered a far right wing conservative website.

Is the picture a representation of who is Governor Northam is? 

In Virginia’s 2017 Gubernatorial election, Ralph Northam received an estimated 87% of the black vote, 67% of the Latino Vote and 61% of the women’s vote.  He was supported by many groups notably  the Latino Victory Fund and Planned Parenthood and support by many black political organizations,  most are now asking the Governor to resign.

His Positions:

The Governor supports a $15.00 minimum wage and is against a state constitutional amendment enshrining right to work legislation. That would allow employees in unionized workplaces are banned from negotiating contracts which require all members who benefit from the union contract to contribute to the costs of union representation. 

Northam “has called for phasing out the grocery tax on low-income people and ending business taxes in struggling rural areas.

The Governor as a record of supporting Abortion rights, ( Planned Parenthood supported him in his election campaign)  He is against a bill called the Repeal Act that would allow third trimester abortions to be performed if a single physician determines that there is any physical or mental health risk to the mother. Currently, Virginia law only allows third-trimester abortions to be performed in the state if three physicians determine that continued pregnancy would be “substantially and irremediably” harmful to a woman’s health.  This bill is supported by many Republicans and may be a topic in the 2020 Presidential Campaign.  

Northam has proposed making it free for students to pursue a community college education or apprenticeship in a high-demand field (such as cyber security and early childhood education under the condition that they commit to a year of paid public service. He opposes public funding for private schools. (wiki)

In February 2017, Northam cast a tie-breaking vote in the state Senate against a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia

In Washington Post, Article Titled  “Anger and sadness as African Americans in Virginia consider Northam’s fate”

In conversations at churches, salons and coffee shops, African Americans disagreed about whether Northam must resign, but all voiced a sense of betrayal. In public office, Northam worked to expand Medicaid, the health program that serves the poor, and he helped to restore voting rights for felons, a policy that helps many black men. Many in the black community saw him as an ally, and as one of the good guys.

It’s a real slap in the face. You pretend to be my friend, and you’re really not,” said Thomas Parham Jr., as he arrived for worship Sunday at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town Alexandria. It’s one thing, he said, to encounter a racist public official. It’s almost worse when it’s someone perceived to be an ally. “I’d rather know where you stand.”

The Democratic Party Image

What is disconcerting about this controversy. is the Democratic tidal wave against this Governor.  Not based on his record, or actions or public statements but a silly misguided picture taken when he was in medical school.

Governor Northam is no Steve King the Congressman from Iowa. Who, for more than thirteen years has on record said:

 “Mixing culture will not lead to higher quality of life but a lower one.

 He wanted to make English the official language of Iowa.

He sued Iowa for posting voting information on an official website in Spanish, Laotian, Bosnian and Vietnamese.

King suggested shocking (via electricity) immigrants who climbed the wall.its successful in containing livestock

One the house floor, he said Profiling was an important component of law enforcement.

Suggested paying for the border wall with federal dollars coming from welfare, food stamps and Planned Parenthood

January 2019:  Steve King was stripped from all committee assignments after bipartisan condemnation of his remarks on white supremacy (A theme of his for the last 10 years)

From my chair in the balcony, the Democrats want to demonstrate they unlike ,the GOP they walk the talk.   I am reminded of Minnesota Senator Al Frankel who admitted and apologized to sexual misconduct when he was a citizen in 2006, his apology was accepted.  However when other anonymous woman came forward. he denied the accusations.  Members of his party demanded he resign without a full hearing.

In his resignation speech he made comparisons to Republican politicians, saying he was “aware of the irony” that President Trump remained in office despite the comments Trump made in the Access Hollywood tape released a month before his election, and that the Republican Party supported Roy Moore‘s Senate campaign despite the many allegations of harassment and molestation against Moore (wiki)

 

Self Inflected Wound

Governor Northam may have been flying solo (without council) when the news broke Friday Afternoon.  A good publicist would have advised and prepared him before appearing on camera.  However, as bad as Friday was, Saturday was a tsunami of bad press.

On Friday, he was almost there.  He apologized for the pictures and went on to say  “I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work”.  Someone, from his office might have spoken to the press, touting his record, his reputation with the black community and the suspicious timing of the picture,

Over night, they may have linked release of the picture to the date of his comment regarding his position on the Repeal Act  and reminded the press of his reputation. 

But that didn’t happen!  Flying solo, taking a page out of Donald Trumps playbook.  He said, that may not be me?  and like the 45th President of the United States, he was unable to stop himself.  He admitted, “Blackfacing” in the past AS Michael Jackson.  A talent contest that he WON, after practicing the moon walk!

The “State” of Virginia 

Should the Governor resign, the Democratic Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax would become the Governor.

Sunday, February 3,   Patrick Howley of the conservative website  Big League Politics . reported Vanessa Tyson, a professor of politics at Scripps College, said she was sexually assaulted in 2004 by a campaign staffer who was now up for a “VERY BIG promotion” in Democratic politics. Howley, who was also the first to obtain the Northam yearbook photo, noted that Fairfax was a campaign staffer for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 and that he was now poised to become governor of Virginia. 

It is reported, she brought her 2004 story to the Washington Post and another media outlet.  Both outlets investigated the story and found no corroboration and did not publish the story.

In the State of Virginia, if the Lieutenant Governor is ineligible, it would fall to the Attorney General, Mark Herring a Democrat. If he for any reason can’t serve,it would fall   to the Speaker of the House of Delegates would be next in line to take the role. The Virginia House is currently controlled by Republicans and Speaker Kirk Cox would be the interim governor.

Slow Down The Train……

The Democratic Party and the citizens on Virginia, should slow the train down. Dont solely judge the Governor on this picture.   Judge is life from there forward. What has he said?  What has he done?   Then look hard at the coincident via Big League Politics before rushing to judgement.

Wouldn’t you want someone to judge you on your complete body of work rather than one picture or a single incident.?

CityFella

 

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Traveling during the Shutdown (Suggestions)


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Its not business as usual at the nations airports. Including Sacramento International.  Some 51,000 TSA officers, along with air traffic controllers, are among 420,000 federal workers required to work through the shutdown, but without pay.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the U.S. the weekend in response to staff shortages as effects of the three week partial federal government shutdown begin to expand.

This morning, TSA experienced a national rate of 5.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.3 percent rate one year ago.    Most importantly security standard remained uncompromised at our nation’s airports, Michael Bilello, a TSA spokesman, tweeted on Saturday Morning.

It is likely the unscheduled absences will increase as the shutdown continues.

 

Suggestions

Arrive Earlier than normal

If you normally use TSA precheck, do not expect them to be open As these are the first casualties of the government shutdown.

If your traveling to a large metro area with three or more airports.  You waiting time may be less at a smaller airports.

Chicago’s midway, may be a better choice than O’hare.  Oakland or San Jose may be a better choice than San Francisco International.   Burbank, Long Beach, and Orange Country may be a better choice than LAX.

 

(Watch for Updates)

CityFella

 

 

 

 

 

merry STUPID christmas (self inflected wounds)


 

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Its 2018, another year filled with stupid adults who shouldn’t leave their homes without professional supervision.

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Despite all the warnings, every year shoppers fill the cars with gifts and return to the mall to shop.  Once their shopping is completed they return to an empty car with a broken window.   At an Sacramento area mall yesterday.  The victim thought the security camera would protect their belongings.  His wife, wants the mall to replace the items since the crime happen on their property.   Many of the victims will not take responsibility for their stupidly. These crimes will happen in all the best neighborhoods, shopping malls, hotels, parking garages and airports this weekend. With Common Sense missing in action.

Stupid on Parade 

Why brave the crowds at the malls, when people make it so easy for thieves to simply break a window. Everyone at their (the thieves) home will be genuinely surprised at Christmas.

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They broke into my car?  I was just gone a minute!  Yes, I left my purse on the front seat, but I locked the door.  I’m not totally stupid! 

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I think we packed everything, my Camera his meds.  Were so excited we haven’t seen our children in months.   Everything is packed and on the porch so we’ll be ready in the morning.

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I left my car running, I always do  I was just running into the store for some cigs.  Someone just took my car!!!   Its Fucking Christmas, who does that? 

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“This is Ridiculous” (all these people)

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We missed out flight. It wasn’t my fault, NOT ONE PERSON would let our family go ahead of them! 

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We told the hotel,we would arrive at 8:07 where are they?

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Do you mind, if I go in front of you?

I only have two items…….

My family are on their way and I have no food at home….

I have a fear of crowds……

My elderly parents are in the car…………

I just can’t wait in this crazy ass long line….

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There is room over there, to the right, My RIGHT DAMMIT!!!  

This is Crazy, all these people!  

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Be smart this Christmas

CityFella

Gay Couple Had to give up their plane seats to a Straight Couple


This Gay Couple Had to Give Up Their Plane Seats to a Straight Couple
By: Bobby Schuessler/Gay Star News

Last weekend, the founder and CEO of The Abbey David Cooley, and his partner were told to move seats on an Alaska Airlines flight in order to make room for a straight couple,

The well-known gay businessman took to Facebook to discuss the incident. A flight attendant approached them and told his partner he’d have to move to the main cabin from their premium seats because a straight couple wanted to sit together—even though Cooley explained that they were a couple. Humiliated, they chose to exit the plane altogether.
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In a statement to Gay Star News, a representative from Alaska Airlines acknowledged the incident. They are investigating the situation.

               

 Alaska Airlines released a statement on this matter. 

“This unfortunate incident was caused by a seating error, compounded by a full flight and a crew seeking an on-time departure and nothing more than that. It’s our policy to keep all families seated together whenever possible; that didn’t happen here and we are deeply sorry for the situation. We’ve reached out to Mr. Cooley to offer our sincere apologies for what happened and we are seeking to make it right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. All of us at Alaska value inclusion for our guests and each other.”

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Alaska Airlines. We are an airline for everyone and reflect these values through our work with dozens of nonprofit LGBTQ organizations, Pride Parades along the West Coast and a perfect score in the HRC’s Equality Index. We’ll keep building on this commitment, with our employee-led LGBTQ business resource group

When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class…We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and each other.”

$49 to Denver or Las Vegas “Frontier Airlines Returns to Sacramento International”


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Killer Diller Low Airfares are coming to Sacramentio

After a five year absence Frontier Airlines is returning to Sacramento International August 1.   With four week daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas beginning August 12th.

When Frontier left Sacramento, they were a discount Airline, similar to Southwest.

What is returning is a different airline an “Ultra Discount Carrier”  their fares are almost much lower than Southwest. The trade off is. Everything thing else is extra and they can add up quickly. Bring any backpack or carry on is $30. If you don’t prepay there could be a five to ten dollar surcharge. In fact you may find surcharges on anything isn’t paid for in advance.

Learning Curve

Most people aren’t prepared for Spirit or Frontier. That’s why they along with Allegiant have the most customers complaints of nearly all the  other Airlines. Prepare yourself for non reclining hard seats. With small tray tables. If you over 5 10 Its gonna be tight. If you are a wide body. It could be complete agony as the seats are smaller. Frontier is bare bones. Its gonna be crowded and uncomfortable. However if you pack light and prepare yourself for angry co passengers. The low, low, low fares might be worth it.  I know someone who flys Frontier exclusively.  She understands the culture and takes advantage of the airlines super low prices.      

This was my expericece in 2016 Click the Link Below for the full story.

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/05/04/11-day-3300-mile-super-road-trip/

Frontier is based in Denver, from Denver you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

$49.00 to Denver or Las Vegas?  Sacramento says hello!

CityFella

 

Early Morning Flight out of Sacramento International Airport? Plan Ahead!


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For years, flying out of Sacramento International was simple.  There was no reason to show up a couple of hours ahead.   The traffic WAS minimal.   Well that was so 2016.

For years, there were few non stops east of Denver.  Today there are non stops to Charlotte, Orlando,  Newark and Houston.    Southwest plans non stops to New Orleans and Alaska just announced a flight between Sac and Kona Hawaii, this winter.   The result is more traffic .   .

More than a million travelers flew in and out of Sacramento in  May.  Air Canada returned to SMF with flights to Vancouver. Frontier returns in August .

If you have a flight that depart before 6:45am leave early,.  With only two northbound lanes on I-5 the traffic backup begin about 4:30am.  Sometimes beyond the 99 split. over three miles from the airport.

Once in the airport, parking and shuttle are very efficient.  However, if you are traveling through terminal A, (which is currently under constructuion) again plan ahead.   The Terminal was constructed before 9/11 and the early morning security lines are the longest in the airport with lines often backing up over the bridge that connects the terminal with the parking garage.

A fix is on the way, and should be completed by next year.  The airport has advised early morning travelers on United, American, Delta to arrive two hours ahead.

Travelers with flights  departing between 8am and 6pm should not have any delays, with security waits average less than 20 minutes*

Sacramento International Airport remains one of the easiest airport to travel in and out .

The current bottle neck is an easy fix by simply increasing the number of lanes entering the airport from one to two.

*as of this date

CityFella

UK airport launches hotel room with runway views, butler service and spa treatments – and you can stay for FREE


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By: Julie Delahave/Uk Mirror

When it comes to airport stays, most people immediately think of budget hotels with the bare essentials for getting a good night’s sleep pre-flight.

However, a new luxury hotel room opening up at London Heathrow has seriously upped the stakes with a host of glamorous offerings. We’re talking direct views of the runway, personal butler service, spa treatments and a host of delectable dining.

The best part? Passengers who stay overnight won’t have to pay a penny.

The project is a joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Onefinestay who teamed up to turn part of London Heathrow Clubhouse into a Manhattan-inspired loft.

The clubhouse is usually reserved for Upper Class and Delta One customers – but for this offer, anyone travelling with Virgin Atlantic can bid to stay in the loft.

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The room will be on offer to passengers flying between the 26th February to the 4th March – and with all of the current delays thanks to the weather, it could make for a stress-free experience as you wait for your flight.

The double room offers wall-to-wall views of the airport’s bustling runway and control tower, but has all the comforts you need to still get a great night’s sleep.

Not to mention that guests will also be treated to a host of A-lister worthy extras including a delicious afternoon tea, a 3-course meal and cocktails, and even an aromatherapy treatment just before bed.

Sounds like total bliss? You can book your stay on the Onefinestay website here – but you’ll need to be flying with Virgin Atlantic. You may want to act quickly too, as places are very limited!

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What you’ll get during your stay

· A welcome from your personal butler

· Afternoon tea before being treated to a relaxing spa treatment

· A pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, followed by a 3-course meal in the brasserie with wine pairings

· Access to the cinema room and rooftop terrace

· Tailored de Mamiel, aromatherapy treatment before bed

· Breakfast in bed from the Clubhouse’s extensive menu and a selection of newspapers

· Refreshing shower and steam session, followed by an invigorating spa treatment including a haircut, shave or facial

· A five minute walk to board your Virgin Atlantic flight

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Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President for Customer at Virgin Atlantic said: ” We always want flying with Virgin Atlantic to be extra special, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with onefinestay to offer this rare opportunity to stay in our London Heathrow Clubhouse.

“An area of our Clubhouse will be transformed into a luxury Manhattan loft, and will offer several lucky customers the best possible start to their trip.

“When staying in the Clubhouse guests will be able to enjoy all the fantastic amenities available to our Upper Class customers including use of our spa, brassiere, cocktail bar and view from our rooftop terrace. It’ll be an unforgettable start to their holiday.”

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Meanwhile, Javier Cedillo-Espin, CEO of onefinestay, added: “onefinestay is renowned in the hospitality industry for its high-touch service and dedication to its customers so it made perfect sense to partner with a brand with a likeminded vision.

“We guarantee individual experiences and what can be more individual than starting your holiday early by enjoying a night of luxury before your flight where onefinestay will make you feel at home.”

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