the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 5/29 ~~ the House

beaseedforchangestickersGREENThe Senate stands adjourned until the following dates and times to convene for pro forma session only with no business being conducted:


Tuesday, May 26 at 4:00pm (committee reporting day between 2:00 – 4:00pm); and

Thursday, May 28 at 8:30am.

When the Senate adjourns on May 28th it will stand adjourned until 4:00pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. Roll call votes are possible after 6:00pm during Sunday’s session.


 House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of May 29, 2015

10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:50 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:25 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
10:01:49 A.M. APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 5(a) of H. Res. 273, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings stands approved.
10:02:29 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Massie to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:03:14 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 5(b) of H. Res. 273. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on June 1, 2015.


Thai Style Fried Sundried Beef Jerky, Neau Dad Deaw

Originally posted on The High Heel Gourmet:

Thai style fried sun-dried beef jerky – Neau Dad Deaw by The High Heel Gourmet 12

I shouldn’t have posted the Kaeng Pa, or Jungle Curry, recipe without this beef jerky to accompany it with. They go great together. In fact, they not only go good together as two different dishes, but also, Neau Dad Deaw or Neau Khem can be added into Kaeng Pa as a source of protein, too.

What’s this sundried beef jerky, actually? It’s beef that is cut in thick strips, marinated in sauce and dried in the strong Southeast Asian sun in the midday for a couple hours. That’s why they call it Dad Deaw, which means single sun, or one-time sun. The beef will feel dry to the touch on the outside but soft and tender on the inside. It’s partially dehydrated marinated beef strips.

If you’ve ever been at a Thai restaurant that serves this dish, which most do, it might be listed as Neua Dad Deo, Neur…

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The “Broken Windows” Theory and Community Supervision:

WethePeople                                           Public Safety is Sometimes a Matter of Appearance

By Joyce McGinnis, Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs (CSOSA Newslink, August 2003)

As CSOSA prepares to unveil its second Strategic Plan, which is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget, we should pause to remember the literature and statistics that support what we do. Our supervision practices are rooted in the rich soil of criminal justice scholarship.

One of the most influential theories in recent criminal justice literature is that of “broken windows.” This theory, originally introduced in 1969, has been the subject of heated debate in all areas of law enforcement. In an article in the Atlantic Monthly, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling discussed a study of foot-patrol policing in Newark, New Jersey. Interestingly, although the presence or absence of officers on foot patrol did not influence crime rates in the city’s neighborhoods, citizens perceived they were safer—and that crime was lower—if they saw a cop on the beat. Wilson and Kelling argued that the perception of safety was in fact the result of the police officers performing an important function. Foot-patrol officers maintained a “surface” order in their neighborhoods. They silenced boisterous teenagers, moved loiterers along, and noted unusual activity. They provided a visible law enforcement presence. Because residents felt that presence, they were more likely to enforce the neighborhood’s “rules” themselves.

The authors also discussed an experiment performed with an abandoned car. If the car was placed on a street in the Bronx, it was stripped of all useful parts and destroyed within hours. In quieter, more affluent Palo Alto, California, the car was not ransacked unless it appeared to be damaged. After the study’s authors smashed one window with a sledgehammer, passersby viewed the car as “disposable” and soon joined in the destructive fun.

Wilson and Kelling summarized their views as follows:

Untended property becomes fair game for people out for fun or plunder and even for people who ordinarily would not dream of doing such things and who probably consider themselves law-abiding…We suggest that “untended” behavior also leads to the breakdown of community controls. A stable neighborhood … can change, in a few years or even a few months, to an inhospitable and frightening jungle.

This theory had a significant impact on all aspects of law enforcement that touch the community. The “community policing” and “restorative justice” movements can be traced to this theory. Community involvement, partnership with law enforcement officers, and the idea that offenders should make amends with the community are all linked to the idea that visible involvement brings visible results. If people appear to care, then potential criminals will believe that they do care—and will respect their rights and their property.

By the close of the 1990s, public policymakers began to examine the applicability of the “broken windows” model to community supervision. A group of practitioners and policymakers convened as the Reinventing Probation Council in 1998. Their report, “Transforming Probation Through Leadership: The ‘Broken Windows’ Model” appeared in August 1999. Both the report and subsequent commentary on it have influenced CSOSA’s approach to community supervision.

The “broken windows” model of probation maintains that the primary “product” of community supervision is not services delivered to those under supervision, but public safety for the entire community. The authors argued that public confidence in community supervision had eroded significantly, and that to rebuild it, administrators and policymakers must adopt an approach that redefines the “customer” of community supervision to encompass all citizens—offenders, victims, and ordinary individuals. To that end, the authors articulated seven principles through which community supervision can be “reinvented”:

  1. Place public safety first;
  2. Supervise probationers in the neighborhood, not the office;
  3. Rationally allocate resources;
  4. Provide for strong enforcement of probation conditions and a quick response to violations;
  5. Develop partners in the community;
  6. Establish performance-based initiatives; and
  7. Cultivate strong leadership.

CSOSA has incorporated these principles into its program model. Our approach to community supervision is grounded in the idea that public safety is our most important outcome. Moreover, our Community Supervision Officers work in the community to maintain a visible law enforcement presence and contribute to public order.

While the “broken windows” model is a compelling statement of the public’s stake in effective community supervision, it does not address the significant needs and deficits that impede offenders’ desire to change. The offenders under CSOSA’s supervision must overcome significant functional deficits, poor work histories, and overwhelming drug addiction to establish a viable, crime-free lifestyle. A comprehensive community corrections system that ignores these needs and focuses solely on enforcement does little to increase public safety or public confidence.

Faye Taxman of the University of Maryland and James Byrne of the University of Massachusetts articulated this deficiency in a 2001 article, “Fixing ‘Broken Windows’ Probation.” Taxman and Byrne argued that treatment is an essential component of a successful, truly comprehensive community corrections strategy. They wrote:

Our review of the research … reveals that it is offender improvement in the areas of employment, substance abuse, personal and family problems that is directly related to recidivism reduction. At its core, offender change in these areas is precisely what probation officers should focus on during supervision.

In developing its supervision model, CSOSA recognized that the principles articulated in the “broken windows” model need not be viewed as conflicting with the provision of treatment and other support programming. On the contrary, the external control exercised through close supervision, meaningful sanctions, and surveillance drug testing can complement the offender’s participation in support programs. If the principles of “broken windows” are aimed at establishing a system of external accountability—the offender is watched and is punished when non-compliance is detected—treatment and other programming are intended to establish a system of internal accountability. Through success in treatment, education, job training, and other experiences, the offender learns that change is possible and desirable. He or she develops the desire to behave differently.

CSOSA’s supervision model adapts an influential theory to the realities of our population. It is a unique blend of accountability to the community and opportunity for the individual. Our success will therefore benefit both the public we serve and the offenders we supervise.


Again, there are so many problems with the bw law … Ask yourself, has the bw law lead to systematic population control civil unrest and civil rights abuses or  an established system of internal accountability, job training or education to gain access an alternative lifestyle.  If you listen to the people who experience the “brokenwindows” law, the practice seems to only occur in white communities and in some instances the model is a great path toward jail time that does not meet the charges rendered. It’s no shock that unemployment among men&women of colour is high then include an arrest that could be because you couldn’t pay for a ticket or a misdemeanor changes your life forever. The solutions seem easy … stop treating people of colour as if they need controlling offer equal education jobs and strive for income equality for all, #blacklivesmatter ~Nativegrl77

@POTUS Answered Questions on Climate Change


See the recap of the @POTUS Q&A here.

President Barack Obama participates in a Twitter Q&A at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, President Obama jumped on Twitter to answer a few of your questions about climate change — along with other topics, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and whether J.R. Smith can lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship over the Golden State Warriors.

If you missed yesterday’s Q&A with @POTUS, check out the recap here.


Tell Us: What’s Your Stake in Clean Water?

One in three Americans get their drinking water from areas that don’t have clear pollution protection.

But this week, after hundreds of meetings and reviewing more than 1 million comments from Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are taking steps to fix the problem. Together, they’re releasing a Clean Water Rule that strengthens and expands protections for bodies of water that more than a third of Americans rely on for their drinking water.

Throughout the week, we’ve asked you to share with us why clean water is important to you — and here’s what you’ve told us:

“Clean water is important to me because my family — myself, [my] partner, and [my] two children — are all vegan. As we eat a plant-based diet, we appreciate the fact that water is there to grow the foods that humans need to survive.”

— Eleanor T. from Livermore, CA

“Healthy clean water sources provide for healthy communities. I shared once before that healthy water sources are influenced by environmental challenges. While too much water is a flood in one part of the nation, too little water is a drought in another. In some areas environmental impact has to do with the wrong chemicals in water sources, and in other areas environmental impact is through natural sources and what is added to the water as water travels down stream.”

— Carol G. from Newport Beach, CA

“One word… health!”

— Mike G. from Celina, TN

If you haven’t yet, tell us why you think clean water is important, and join the conversation online using #CleanWaterRules on your social media channels.


Connecting Generations to Engage on July 13

Yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will be held on July 13.

The conference aims to embrace the transformative demographic shift occurring in the United States to recognize the possibilities of aging.


Reasons We Need the Clean Water Rule

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army finalized a Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands we rely on for our health, our economy, and our way of life. Find out exactly why this rule is so important.


Memorial Day 2015: Honoring Our Soldiers Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

On Memorial Day, President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia to pay solemn tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.




“The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful. When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that’s a recipe for more devastating floods… And that’s why we are seeking to work with Congress to make sure that we are focused on resilience and the steps we can take to fortify our infrastructure in these communities.”

a Summer Drink that does so much more thank quench your thrist

Best Juice & Smoothie Recipe for High Blood Pressure

Here is the most potent blood pressure lowering juice & smoothie recipe:

Always include the peel of the carrot, cucumber, tomato and beet for extra nutrition.

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 oz.
  •  maybe add some honey ~Nativegrl77

Clean Bandit – Show Me Love feat. Elisabeth Troy