Herb Alpert Foundation Donates 10.1 million to LACC

Herb AlpertNowadays community colleges get a bum rap, but they are often the door for people carving out better lives for themselves. Whether it is going on to a four-year to complete a Bachelor’s Degree or getting a certificate in a certain industry to start a new occupation. Community colleges are often the link between poverty and becoming middle class. Not only do they help out in terms of educating the workforce but they supply opportunities that people may not get otherwise. Back in 2011, the Anthropology club raised enough funds to send the club to Africa. While most study abroad experiences focus more on European countries, the professor in attendance, Brian Bartelt felt it was important to give these students an experience they wouldn’t have anywhere else-visiting the African continent.

So when people run down the community college experience it is because they haven’t had one. Herb Alpert, who is a renowned trumpeter, also believes it will be beneficial in helping others in their careers.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Herb is quoted as saying: “LACC is a gem of an institution,” Alpert said regarding the donation. “The biggest motivation was helping kids who don’t have the financial energy to go to a major college. At LACC, they’ve nurtured thousands of dedicated students every year. My brother went there. My ex-partner [record producer] Lou Adler went there. I’ve visited the school. It’s alive. It’s kickin’.

What Herb may not know and maybe surprised to find out is, by going to LACC, those kids better their chances of going to UCLA. This is taken from the LACC Ralph Bunche Scholars College program page: UCLA

 

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Yep, that is me with the “necklace” around my neck and in the purple shirt

All students who are part of the LACC Scholars Program are automatically part of the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program. Scholars who complete six honors classes in the Scholars Program are given priority admission to UCLA. 79% of  Scholars were admitted to UCLA in 2011 as opposed to 30 % non-honors students accepted at UCLA. So while many think like Herb Alpert “Maybe we can help open the door to students who are financially challenged,” he said, “and don’t have an opportunity to go to a UCLA.” The truth is by supporting LACC, you may have just sent someone to UCLA.  [Note: The author is a recipient of UCLA Transfer Alliance Program they have at LACC and as it is noted, was able to get into UCLA in 2012 and graduate in 2015. It does work!] 

This sizable donation not only will allow more students to attend LACC tuition-free, but it will be the largest donation given to a community college in the history of Southern California,” he [Robert Schwartz] said. “And it’s the second-largest gift in the history of the state.” (ibid). There is always a budget shortfall when it comes to community colleges but this will help an additional 75 people get a music degree.  The free tuition will start in 2017. Hopefully, this is will motivate other people to give to their community colleges as well.

Community colleges are where people go to change their lives. Give to community colleges.

Horoscopes for August 18-24, 2016

The following horoscopes are only for fun and you shouldn’t base any real life decisions on them. Just read them and have fun:

Aries: Work will be filled with tension this week. You will be tempted to tell them to ram it! Don’t, you will still need them for a reference.

Taurus:  Your Taurus will need to go in for repairs. Don’t accept the first guy’s offer, they are full of bull. Leave it with the third guy, he is not trying to rip you off.

Gemini:  Things are identical to last week. Except this week, you will break up with your cheating boyfriend.

 

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Cancer:  The reason you are so crabby this week is because you lent your friend, your Taurus and they wrecked it, Aries is driving you crazy at work and Gemini won’t shut up about her boyfriend. Take a break from all of them and you will be fine.

 

Leo:  Things are roaring at a nice clip for you.  Work is going well. You and your girlfriend are talking marriage and you beat you nephew on Call of Duty, granted it is the first Call of Duty, but it still counts!

Virgo:  You will be starting a virginal time of your life. New house, new job, new significant other.

 

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Libra:  Your life is on an even keel. Which means it is super boring. There is nothing new or exciting happening to you. You get up most mornings and wish someone would shoot you already. But don’t worry, it is so far downhill, it cannot get any worse either.

 

Scorpio:  You might have to bring your stinger out this week.  Leo and Virgo are bragging about how great their lives are, Libra is depressing with his life story and no one cares that your Gemini girlfriend just broke up with you! Cheating! Ha! She was the one that was cheating!

Stephen AmellSagittarius:  This whole week you will keep watching episodes of Arrow. You will also sign up for archery classes and get a green suit. Stephen Amell will take out a restraining order on you.

 

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Capricorn:  Stephen Amell will ask you out, but you tell him, no, you already have someone. Besides, you see him enough from your kid watching Arrow 24/7. He finds out you are friends with that Sagittarius nutjob who is stalking him. Don’t worry you will never hear from him again. In the meantime, work is going really well for you.

 

Aquarius:  Since you are always thirsty for water, you have broken down and ordered Sparkletts. The Sparklettt’s guy is really hot, sort of reminds you of Stephen Amell. He asks you out. You agree. Just don’t tell him about your Sagittarius and Capricorn buddies because it really is Amell from his time off from Arrow and if you tell him, you will never see him again.

Pisces:  Things are fishy for you right now. Your friends are not talking to you right now because you think Aquaman is way better than Green Arrow. Your fish, Arthur Curry, died and SeaWorld called, they said they hired someone else.

 

Why Trump Supporters Should Want a House Vote (and You Should Too)

donald-trumpWith all the rampant election malfeasance going on this election cycle, there is no way that come election day we can be assured that the election was carried off fairly and honestly. And even if there is election fraud on that day, it will not be investigated if either Hillary or Trump walk away with the needed 270 electoral votes. We know there was election fraud under Obama but it was never dealt with and he was never held accountable.The same will be true if either side wins this election. I don’t know  about you but I am tired of not having my vote count.

However, if there was not a clear winner and it had to go to the House to decide the election, there would be an investigation of all the practices during election day. The votes would be counted again to make sure they were accurate. And after all was said and done the House would decide who the President would be. Now, this benefits Trump most of all.  How? Because if the House declares Trump the winner after a thorough investigation,  then that removes the stain that he somehow “stole” the election. You want to shoot up his respectability factor, then have the House declare him the winner and you will see it instantly rise.

When Bush was investigated in 2000 for the votes in Florida, it was a long process. There was not just one count of the ballots but multiple counts and when the House couldn’t decide the Supreme Court did. But in the end, when he was declared the winner, his supporters had a badge of honor to carry with them because not only did he win the election fairly, the Supreme Court said he did! He had an air of credibility he probably wouldn’t have had, had he not had to survive a House vote. And while his detractors may not have liked his policies following his election there is not too much they could say about him “rigging” the election or otherwise “stealing” it because the Supreme Court settled that. And Bush was a lot more liked by his party going in than Trump is.

This would also be Trumps first seal of governmental approval. You can yell about the establishment all you want, it is the establishment you have to work with when you are the President. So if he walks in with the 270, the establishment will be, “That’s nice, they voted for you, we didn’t.” and would continue to make anything he tries to push through an uphill battle. However, if the House is the one who has to decide then they are going to be more reluctant to shoot down someone they voted in.  Of course, that is not to say he would have an easy go of it, just an easier go of it.

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As for Hillary, a house vote wouldn’t change anything for her. Given the FBI let her off with the email scandal, people will just think she was able use her influence to win the House vote. So whether Hillary wins by the 270 or a house vote, people will assume the fix was in. She has nothing to gain from a house vote, but she has nothing to lose from it either. Whereas, with Trump he is far more to gain from a house vote than from  just getting the 270.

Finally the real winners in all of this is you and me-the American voter. The FEC has been mute when it has come to making sure this election has been handled in a fair and honest way. Trump should have been charged with slander and charged some serious fines when he made those charges about Ted’s father. He wasn’t. The FEC should have come after the DNC when they gave Hillary delegates that were truly Bernie Sanders and charged them with fraud. They didn’t. Therefore, the only way to have a legitimate election at this point in time is have enough people voting for other candidates so the big two do not walk away clear winners. At that point, the house will have to review the election and make a choice. Of course, if you don’t mind a corrupt election, keep on keeping on. But if you want a clean election, at this point, there is only one way to do it and that is to force a house vote.

In the end, it benefits everyone. It benefits the voter because they know now with a lot more certainty that it was a clean election. It benefits the candidates because they are given a seal of approval as America’s rightful president. It will grow the republic because  the minority voice will have more power than it did before. People might think, “Well what if my candidate is the winner and it goes to a house vote and they vote in someone else?” That can’t happen, it will go only go to a house vote if there is NO clear winner. So your candidate has just as much an equal chance of being voted President as the next guy in that case. Since the FEC doesn’t want to do its job, a house vote is the only way to make sure we the people are actually represented in the voting booth.

Lastly, if you are Trump supporter think about this. People all over America are voting in different candidates, not just the big two, so much that there is no clear winner and at the end of it, he comes out on top. Not only did he beat Hillary, he beat ALL OF THEM!!! So if there is like 8 candidates in the running-he just beat them all! Think of the field day you could have with that! Not only that, you could brag not only did your candidate win but you just helped to grow the voting pool. Because now more people will be willing to vote third parties, get more involved and maybe run for office themselves. You are a frickin’ patriot! It is a beautiful thing, pat yourself on the back, you just saved America!

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Shooting in Texas, 3 Injured, 1 Dead

This past Saturday morning there was a shooting in Texas that left one woman dead and three others injured. The shooting took place in Austin. Texas has been having a considerable amount of trouble when it comes to shootings. It was only earlier this month, on the 7th, when five police officers were killed. According to Reuters, the gunman seems to be in his twenties and it is reported that the injuries of the other three shot are not life threatening.

While police were busy trying to get an angle on this case, another shooting took place at a parking garage. Initially, police thought it might be the same shooter or at least related somehow. They have come to the conclusion since that is not related and they are looking for two different gunmen.

From everything we can tell at this point through the initial investigation, these are two unrelated incidents,” Manley told reporters.

The suspect who opened fire in the parking garage was transported to a hospital for injuries he suffered when bystanders subdued him, Manley said. There were no reports of anyone being struck by bullets in that incident.

Police are still looking for the gunman in the initial case and anyone with any information should contact the Austin Police Department.

We’re Sorry, Senator Cruz

Dear Senator Cruz,

Ted cruz at RNCAs America watched your speech at the Republican National Convention, many of us were appalled by the reception you received. It is true, principled men must often stand alone and you have shown yourself to be a principled man. Please realize though you are not truly alone. You have plenty of true blue American citizens who are willing to defend your honor and register their votes with you whether or not you are on the ballot come November.

Heidi CruzWe want you to know Senator Cruz that we do not agree with the tactics that Trump and his cohorts have displayed against you. We apologize that you father was made out to be some crazed killer involved with JFK assassination. We apologize that Heidi was nearly attacked following your convention speech. We are sorry that you were booed for stating that one should vote their conscience up and down the Republican ticket. If one does not vote their conscience, one should not be voting. We apologize that prior to your candidacy, people were asking you to run for the Presidency, only to turn on you once you did. We apologize that a corrupt man has been treated than a good man. That a liberal Democrat rose to the highest rank in the Republican Party. While you were defending our rights, he was busy making deals with the Clintons.

While many deluded Republicans are gunning for you, do not worry. We are your Stripling Warriors. The Stripling Warriors are found in the Book of Mormon. The Stripling Warriors were the youth of a group of people called the Anti-Nephi-Lehi. After accepting the Gospel, they made a covenant with God never to go to war again. They had previously been a warlike people and in order to prove their devotion to the Gospel they declared they would turn from their warlike ways. No sooner had they made this decision did they start getting attacked. They Anti-Nephi-Lehis buried their weapons in order to make sure they did not break their covenant. When the attacks progressed the sons of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi came forward. They made no such vow. So they went in and defended their people at the encouragement of their mothers. None of them died. (Alma 57) People are saying you broke your vow, though you did not. But us Stripling Warriors made no such vow and we will fight and defend not only for your integrity but stand in defense for our covenant with God. We know a vow to God takes precedence to all other earthly oaths.

In closing, please accept our apology,  Senator Cruz. We support you, we love you and come November we will not stay at home, we will vote our conscience. God bless you and please don’t give up on us, we haven’t given up on you.

 

Why Plagiarism Matters

Since the news of the Melania’s speech involving plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s campaign speech broke there have been a lot of people on the right trying to justify it and say it is okay. This is infuriating because it says that our principles are not steadfast or true and are only use to convict the Left of their wrongdoing but not our own people. That makes us hypocrites and immoral. So I am going to go over some of the excuses I have heard and tell you why plagiarism is more important than you think.

  1. Well Hillary and Obama do it too.

I am sorry did we all go back to elementary school and no one tell me? When I was a little girl and I did something wrong and got caught, I was never let off the hook simply because I said, “Well, so and so did it too!” The response I often got back from my mother was, “Well I am not so and so’s mother! I am your mother and in this house we do not do that! And if I was so and so’s mother, they would be in trouble too!” This excuse is very childish and illogical. As if because someone else does something wrong, we should be allowed to get away with it as well.

If you are going to go with that argument you have to start to support the following:

  1. abortion 2. gay marriage 3. gun confiscation 4. no school choice including homeschooling.  5. mandatory vaccinations 6. euthanasia 7. amnesty for illegals 8. no or limited military spending and resources. 9. larger government 10) no religious liberty.

If you don’t support these things and obviously you don’t if you call yourself conservative then you cannot sit there and say “Well the Left does it, so it is okay.” Since when do we measure ourselves by the Left’s standard and since when has anything the Left has done been okay with us?  We must also remember if the roles had been reversed and Michelle had stolen Melania’s speech, we would be having a field day and not excusing Michelle for her duplicity. It can’t be okay for us but not for them, that is not morals that is hypocrisy.

Why it is not okay for conservatives:

In this section, I will give you the Biblical basis for why a particular argument is wrong, while the initial section will deal with it in a more “secularized” way.  In this case, it flies in the face of the first commandment, “Have no other god before me.” God gave us Exodus 20, so we may know what is appropriate for us and what is not. The commandments have no caveats, there are no “unless it pertains to the following then I am completely okay with it.” When you start justifying your behavior based upon what your neighbor does, you are lifting that neighbor up over the authority of God and we call that idolatry. While we may live in the world and have to follow the laws of man, our first allegiance is always to God and if man’s rules conflict with God’s, we must adhere to God’s first and foremost.

2. It is just words, it is no big deal

As a writer, this angers me to no end. It is because I am a writer I know how much words matter. Words shape who we are. If you ask people to define themselves, the first word that pops out of their mouths is the word people have told them they are. So if someone says they are dumb, it is because they have been told they are dumb their entire lives. If someone says they are smart, it is because they have been told that as well. The very fact that I started this paragraph with “as a writer” proves my point. I have been told I am a writer all my life so that is how I see myself. It is true, we can accept those words about ourselves or not. But it doesn’t change the fact that words impact who we are. We either accept them and go on with our lives or we reject them and try to create a better life. Words matter.

Why it is not okay for conservatives

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

What was God? THE WORD!!! If that doesn’t matter to you then throw His book away. Throw away the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, throw away the Book of Mormon and every other divine work. Because they are all just words! If words don’t matter why do we care about the Communist Manifesto, they are just words. If they are just words, why do we care if the Koran is being taught to our children?

Our whole first amendment of our constitution deals with your capacity to use words. 1) Freedom of religion-written word of God 2) Freedom of speech-the ability to speak to the government freely and without reprecussions 3) Freedom of press-freedom to write to a large group of people without punishment. 4) Freedom of assembly-free to express ideas and thoughts in groups. 5) Freedom to redress the government-how do most people redress the government? By letter or in these days email. More written words. Words are so important, the very first thing we did as a nation was protect them.

Our Father in heaven cared about words so much that he was the Word. Our Founding Fathers cared about words so much, they protected them at all cost. We should do the same

3. Speechwriters do this kind of stuff all the time. 

Then speechwriters should know better. This is not the same as using common idioms or analogies. This is not the same as writing a speech and using the phrase “knowledge is power.” When you use someone else’s words, verbatim, without giving them credit that is plagiarism. Speechwriters know, or should know, that plagiarism is against the law and as such they should take special care. Someone told me, “Well they watch hours of campaign speeches, some of it is bound to get stuck in their head.” That is why we have this thing called plagiarism checkers, so you can check to see if you accidentally copied someone’s else’s work. Also, if you are matching someone’s exact words, the chances are you copying them. There is no getting around that, someone deliberately copied that text…period.

Why it is not okay for conservatives

Plagiarism involves the act of theft. Again we read in Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal. So whether speechwriters do it all the time is immaterial. We are to uphold the commandment thou shall not steal. Just because it was not tangible, it is no less theft. The theft of one’s ideas is why we have copyright, patent, and trademark laws. If you do not think protecting ideas is important then you haven’t read 1984. If you don’t think protecting ideas is important, then wait until your ideas become “illegal.” If you don’t think protecting ideas are important, then you don’t understand the very concept of America. America was and is an idea. An idea that had never been tried before in human history. Theft is never okay. Theft of ideas is diabolical.

Conclusion

The final analysis is this, you cannot hold one side accountable for their actions and not hold your side accountable as well. If we are to have a moral, upright and civilized society, we need to be a society of law and order. If I break the law, whether it is trespass or murder, then I should pay the price for my actions, as long as the punishment fits the crime. No one should be executed for trespass and no one should get community service for murder.

The Right has shown itself not to be the party of law and order. And whether you are stealing someone’s work or booing a candidate for saying you should vote your principles, we have become a nation of hedonistic animals who no longer care for truth, justice, and the American way as we used to hear on Superman (no plagiarizing here), we only care if our side wins and at any cost.