Letters: Bypassing Electoral College should be decided by votes

Bypassing Electoral College
should be decided by votes

Many think the Electoral College should not overrule the popular vote.

It was designed to allow the states to select the president, not the popular vote. This allows smaller states a voice in the selection. Otherwise, three states would select the president.

Many states are passing laws to throw all their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Most, if not all, of these were laws passed by legislation and not by popular vote.

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How hypocritical is that to bypass a popular vote to praise the popular vote? This is not a smart move, but if it is not done by a popular vote it is also totally without ethics and should be reversed.

Howard Myers
EVP Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley
Santa Clara

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Attorney General Barr says Mueller found 10 cases of possible Trump obstruction

By Chris Strohm | Bloomberg

Attorney General William Barr said Special Counsel Robert Mueller recounted 10 episodes of potential obstruction by President Donald Trump, though Barr said there was evidence that Trump had “noncorrupt motives.”

Barr said he and his deputy disagreed with some of Mueller’s theories on obstruction. “The president took no action that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete the investigation,” the attorney general said at a news conference Thursday.

Barr disclosed that he let the president’s personal lawyer see the report in advance of its delivery to Congress at 11 a.m. with “limited redactions.” The White House didn’t request that additional material be withheld and there were no redactions based on executive privilege, Barr said.

“Game Over,” Trump tweeted immediately after Barr’s news conference.

The attorney general also said that Russians didn’t have the “knowing assistance” of any Americans in their interference in the 2016 campaign.

“The Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign — or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter,” Barr said.

Barr said leaders of several congressional committees will be given a version of the report with no reductions except those relating to grand jury information, he said. He also said he wouldn’t object to Mueller testifying before Congress, as lawmakers have sought.

Democrats blasted Barr’s decision to hold a briefing before the public could see Mueller’s findings, portraying it as an effort to spin the findings in Trump’s favor. Five House chairmen released a joint statement calling on Barr to cancel the news conference and “let the full report speak for itself.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the only way to restore public trust after Barr’s “regrettably partisan handling” …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


How to block websites and searches on your iPhone or your child’s

looking at phone iphone apple

You can block any websites on an iPhone to make sure your child can only access appropriate content while browsing the web.
You can configure your iPhone to block all adult sites, to filter for language, to restrict search terms, or you can limit it to a list of pre-approved websites.
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My son is five and a half, and he already has an iPad and a laptop. For the record, the latter was a hand-me-down, and my wife and I didn’t allow one bit of screen time until he was almost two, and we limited it sharply until he was well past three. But now we encourage periodic use of technology, because this is 2019 and technological prowess is a requisite for everyday life.

Fortunately we’re technologically savvy enough to have curated his various devices such that we know he is always safe when using anything that can access the web, a place no kid belongs with unfettered access.

If you want to set up your own iPhone so that it’s safe in the hands of a child or if it’s time for your son or daughter to get their own first iPhone, you too should restrict access to any sites (and searches) that you’d rather not end up in front of young eyes.

How to block websites on an iPhone

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Screen Time and tap the tab.

3. Tap the tab with the white circle and line inset into a red square reading “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”

4. If not already switched, tap the circle at the top right beside the words “Content & Privacy Restrictions” to switch it to the right (a green background will appear around the switch).

5. Tap “Content Restrictions.”

6. Under the “WEB CONTENT” header, …read more

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Today is National High Five Day — this photo from 1977 shows the first ever high five

High Five

National High Five Day is Thursday, April 18.
The first-ever high five appears to have happened in 1977, during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.
After a home run, Dodgers outfielder Dusty Baker high-fived his teammate, Glenn Burke.
Burke was openly gay among his teammates, and after he was traded to the Oakland Athletics and became an icon in the gay community, the high five became a defiant symbol of gay pride in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Thursday is National High Five Day, celebrating one of the most ubiquitous hand gestures in the world.

But while plenty of people have high-fived before, few know the high five’s surprising history.

There are various origin stories to the gesture, but the most widely accepted one pins the high five to a 1977 baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.

It was the last game of the season, and Dodgers outfielder Dusty Baker had just hit a home run — his 30th of the season. The accomplishment made the Dodgers the first team in Major League history to have four players hit 30 homers.

Baker’s rookie teammate Glenn Burke was waiting for him on deck, and as Baker crossed home plate, Burke triumphantly lifted his hands in the air.

“The way the legend goes … Glenn put his arm high in the air, and Dusty didn’t know what to do, so he slapped it,” Dodgers historian Mark Langill said in the ESPN documentary “The High Five.”

Although slapping hands as a type of handshake dates back to at least the 1920s, there was something different about the way Burke and Baker did it that instantly caught the public’s attention.

“It was such a moment. It was the energy of it, and it was just this explosion of emotion,” Dodgers reporter Lyle …read more

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