COLORADO CRACKDOWN Group wants to ban sales of cellphones to pre-teens

COLORADO CRACKDOWN Group wants to ban sales of cellphones to pre-teens

by Fox News A Colorado group is looking to curb the sales of cellphones to children under 13 years old and officials in the state have cleared the language for a proposed ballot measure.  (AP) A Colorado group is looking to curb the sales of cellphones to children under 13 years old and officials in the state have cleared the language for a proposed ballot measure. Parents Against Underage Smartphones, the backers of the move, would now need about 300,000 voter signatures for the legislation to make the 2018 ballot. The ban would require cellphone retailers to ask customers about the age of the primary user of a smartphone and submit monthly reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue on adhering to the requirement. Retailers who sell a phone for use by a pre-teen would get a warning for the first offense, but may face fines from $500 to $20,000 for continued violations, according to KDVR-TV. “Eventually kids are going to get phones and join the world, and I think we all know that, but little children, there’s just no good that comes from that,” Dr. Tim Farnum, who is leading the movement, told The Coloradoan on Saturday. Related: travel-ban-challengers-urge-us-top-court-to-reject-trump-appeal Farnum said he was inspired to make the push after watching his own kids struggle with the psychological effects of always having a device in hand. “They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were,” he said. Related: st-louis-judge-halts-removal-of-confederate-monument Democratic state Sen. John Kefalas said he understands the reasoning behind the proposed law. But he told the newspaper that it would overstep the government’s role....
To the World’s Greatest Dad!

To the World’s Greatest Dad!

On Father’s Day, 2017, I hereby proclaim my dad, Warner Joseph Workman Sr., as the “World’s Greatest Dad.” I have firmly staked my claim to the elementary school yard proclamation of having the “World’s Greatest Dad.”  I give not one inch to any other dad, past, present, or future.  The boyhood playground proclamation has been around since dads were first invented. Preteen boys weave a tapestry of dad abilities making even Superman envious. My dad is stronger, faster, smarter, more successful, more handsome, more athletic, invented fire, and has been into outer space. The list of achievements, both factual and fictional, knows no bounds to young men who view their dad as the single most important historical figure of mankind. My Dad will be 77 years old this December.  Twice retired, he still works a 40-hour week. I am proud to carry his name and even prouder to have given it to my first born son, born on his 50th birthday.  Bottom line– I love my Dad.  Insane, isn’t it? I pondered about what it takes to be the “World’s Greatest Dad.”  Beyond the superficial schoolyard boasts, what visible traits are required to win the coveted title of “WGD?” Man, at our core, expresses only conditional love, we love only when, and if certain conditions are met.  Agape love, or unconditional love, is not a natural human condition. For man, agape love is a learned trait, one that must be practiced to make perfect. There was never a time that I felt unloved by my Dad. Regardless of my actions or condition, the love of my Dad was consistent, persistent, and unwavering. He expressed this not...
Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

It is June 18th…Father’s Day. Millions of fathers will be celebrated for being “Dad.”  There will be picnics with ice-cream, foaming beer, and memories—  of those whose children are grown and are adults now themselves. These grown men, such as myself, will reflect on our lives. The first Fathers Day’s I remember, I went to the Five and Dime to get my father monogrammed handkerchiefs. As I got older, I graduated to wallets, handmade moccasins, ( a kit for a few bucks), and the last real handmade gift I made was a pipe holder. I’ll always have the memory of not knowing how to build something and asking my father to help. He wound up making it while I watched. As an adult, the handmade projects stopped. Then, I took him out to lunch and spent time with him. The last Father’s Day I had with him was June 2016. He was busy in the family room on the computer. We talked for a bit, and after a while, I left to go home. I gave my mom a kiss on the forehead as usual and went to my car. I sat there. Something came over me, and I decided to go back in and see him. I walked in the room, and he was still on the computer. I said…”Daddy” and he turned and asked me what I wanted. I asked him for a hug. It was the only hug I could ever remember during my entire life with him. Related: to-the-worlds-greatest-dad He got up and gave me a hug. I cried in his arms like a baby..a 58-year-old baby....

The Power of A Shower

I think that a nice hot shower is one thing I will never, ever take for granted. This morning, as the hot water covered me, I thought about the month and a half, when I washed and rinsed my hair, along with my one white summer linen sleeveless dress, my underclothes, and one of two pairs of socks every night, with only two bottles water, potable or not. I had a system. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29th, 2005, I had no earthly idea of what was going to happen in any of the next few moments of my life for the next month and a half. For quite a few of them, I thought that the last of them were about to be just that. This led me to being “in the moment,’’ a lot! That is a strange but welcome gift from Katrina. Another was my gratitude list. When surrounded by loss and trauma on every level, I first did a status check over and over again. It is a survival technique for me. What grew out of it was a gratitude list. This became something I actively worked on. It became part of my standard operating system, and hot showers were in the top five at all times. It still is. Sometimes during the day, while I was working during that month and a half after Katrina, if I needed to rinse off the extreme funk from life or death, I would just walk into the front bay of Gulfport, Mississippi. I learned to keep soap and a small towel in my backpack...
Trump’s Cuba Directive Explained

Trump’s Cuba Directive Explained

by USA Today World News Trump’s Cuba directive explained Melanie Eversley New presidential directives aim to bring in tougher policies toward Cuba. What will the new directives mean? President Trump unveiled the directives Friday at a speech in Miami. The Treasury and Commerce departments have 30 days to come up with a concrete plan. President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. (June 16) AP Possible changes: — Tighter enforcement of rules requiring Americans to produce proof of valid travel to Cuba (such as receipts) under allowed categories. Related: pyongyang-torture—warmbiers-injuries-renew-focus-on-infamous-camps — A reverting back to old policy of visits only being permitted with groups licensed by the Treasury Department. — Americans who travel under permitted categories, such as education, will be subject to an audit by the Treasury Department. — Commerce will be restricted with the business and commerce wing of Cuba’s military. — Will make it difficult for U.S. companies to expand their business in Cuba. Related: breaking-news–mistrial-declared-in-bill-cosby-sexual-assault-case-after-jury-in-deadlock Areas that will likely not be affected: — Unlimited family travel and money sent to individuals in Cuba. — Airbnb (lodging hosted by Cuban residents). — Ability for Americans to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban-made products, such as cigars, for personal use. — Embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open. Not clear — What would happen to companies that have already created or enlarged their presence in Cuba, such as Starwoods Hotels and...
For the First Time in Over Half a Century, I have Hope that Cuba Will be Free

For the First Time in Over Half a Century, I have Hope that Cuba Will be Free

My early childhood experiences were filled with happiness. I lived in a paradise, which I naively believed would last forever. Our family owned a large sugar cane plantation in Cuba. We were well-to-do and lived quite comfortably. The freedom I enjoyed romping in the farm with my brothers and cousins, gave me the impression that I lived in paradise. My first encounter with one of life’s unavoidable obstacles came when I was just seven years old. I was sitting in my father’s lap in his rocking chair next to Mom’s rocking chair. My mother was crying uncontrollably and I did not know why. My father held me by my shoulders and looked into my eyes and said, “I will have to go soon. You must now be the man of the house and take care of your sister and mother and brothers.” I had no idea what he was talking about. But then through the window behind us, I heard a vehicle approaching. That fateful day on April 19, 1961, I saw a military Jeep, with an army truck following close behind it, pull up in front of my house. A dozen militiamen scrambled out the back of the truck with rifles and machine guns in the ready and proceeded to surround our house. Related: unintended-the-consequences-of-liberalism-part-one The Lieutenant in the Jeep pulled out his revolver from his holster, walked to the front door, and knocked loudly, with the butt of his gun on our front door. “Paco, we wish to speak to you.” A friend in the police headquarters had previously warned my father that they were coming to arrest...