What if it was Purposeful?

I know it may be fanciful in the eyes of the RIGHT to suggest that politicians are careful about what they say, especially in new conferences. But what IF John  Kerry threw out that bait about Syria giving up its chemical weapons on purpose?

What if the state department was poised to deny the validity of the offer?

What if this was don’t to offer Putin cover making It look like it was HIS idea instead of an offer from the US to avoid bombing – which if it came from the US Putin and agreed he’d look weak?

What if this was done in exchange for progress on stopping Iran from developing a nuclear bomb? Is this the reason for the new President coming forward?

What if Russia’s main interest in the Syrian conflict was to maintain their military base in Tartus, Syria and they agreed to pressure both Assad and Iran to compromise in order to maintain that position?

What if everything that’s happening in the public eye is driven by back room negotiations and planning?

If you find this harder to believe than John Kerry tossing out some ad lib’d answer in one of the most serious press conferences he’s ever been involved in, you my friend are a damned fool.

A Good Legislative Idea

I got this message from my Assemblyman Roger Dickinson. I am happy to see someone with a heart and who understands grace working for the people.

I wrote a message to Governor Brown in support of this effort  here because everyone deserves to make a living.

AB  218 Increasing Fairness in Government Hiring and Reducing  Recidivism

AB 218 would prohibit requesting criminal background  information on the initial employment application for local and state  government employees, with the goal of reducing unnecessary barriers to  employment for the one in four adult Californians who have an arrest or  conviction record.

Studies have shown that stable employment significantly  lowers recidivism and promotes public safety. Not only will employing people  with a conviction history increase public safety in our communities, but it is  cost-effective. Reducing the prison population and increasing tax revenue from  newly-employed individuals will help to fuel a strong economic recovery.

AB 218 would remove any inquiry into a conviction history on  an initial job application and delay any background check until the employer  has determined that the applicant’s qualifications meet the job requirements.  An employer would still be permitted to ask about criminal history after the  initial job application. With this bill, the state and our cities and counties  will take an important step toward allowing people with a conviction history to  compete fairly for employment without compromising safety and security on the  job. This policy will open doors for qualified workers who have turned their  lives around.

Update 10/14/13:

It passed! Thank you Assemblyman Dickerson and Governor Jerry Brown