Spongebobs Bubble Bowl "Sweet Victory" instead of Maroon5 at 2019 Halftime show
We need the world to realize how much Stephen Hillenburg has been a huge part of our childhoods by bringing spongebob to life and creating such fun and long-lasting memories that all of us can look back on. Especially the "Bubble Bowl." We have to agree that at least once in our lives we have played that scene on youtube and watched it over and over again because of the pure awesomeness and joy it brings us, am i right? It is only fair that we, Goofy Goobers, Jellyfishers, Anchovies, Hash Slinging Slashers, and Bubble Blowing Babies alike, come together in this time of morn and show our gratitude to Hillenburg by achieving the impossible... by allowing David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick to perform "Sweet Victory" at the 2019 Halftime show in memory of Hillenburg instead of Maroon5. If you truly love what he has done for this world and our childhoods, then you'll sign this petition. Thank you, and God bless
Tell Congress and Trump to stop Sinclair Broadcast Group from purchasing Tribune Media!!!
ONE-SIDED PROPAGANDA IS COMING TO YOUR LOCAL NEWS STATION!!! THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO OUR DEMOCRACY! You’re local news station is about to be acquired by one large media corporation who has already used their power to force your local news anchors to read corporate written scripts called “must runs”. This $4 billion dollar deal will allow Sinclair Broadcast Group, which already owns 191 stations, to purchase Tribune Media’s 42 stations. With this purchase Sinclair, with 230-plus TV stations, would have too much national power and will prevent different points of view in local markets. Sinclair's post-merger reach of 72% reach of U.S. homes is well above the cap that Congress imposed in order to protect viewpoint diversity and localism. A federal mandate prohibits the reach of a single local broadcaster of beyond 39% of U.S. TV homes. But Sinclair is receiving special treatment that will inevitably allow them to control what news and information they want you to see and hear about. Don’t believe us? Check out the video. Sinclair Broadcast Group Must Runs
Call on CNN to keep its word and drop “illegal immigrant”
Less than 48 hours after promising to reissue its editorial guidelines prohibiting the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,” CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper used the term in reference to undocumented immigrants in the September 16th Republican debate. In addition, the network has refused to confirm its promise to drop the inaccurate language. According to the Huffington Post, CNN has used the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” a total of 1,634 times, out of 1,995 times in the past year. CNN pledged to finally drop this language if our original petition was taken down - with the network’s refusal to publicly affirm this promise and its use on the network’s high-profile debate tonight, we are re-opening our campaign. We call on CNN to publicly confirm that it will no longer use the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” in reference to undocumented immigrants. The content of our speech leads to actions - the rising racist and xenophobic debate around immigrants has been followed by attacks on immigrants in recent weeks, and the term “illegal” is also factually flawed. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Many other leading media outlets, including the Associated Press and ABC, have already adjusted their editorial guidelines to prohibit the use of “illegal” when referring to undocumented immigrants. As an influential media outlet, we call on CNN to do the same. Tell CNN: Keeping your word matters as much as #WordsMatter.
Reunite A Couple Separated By Broken Immigration System
I. The Story Our nation's oppressive immigration system currently separates my lover, and I. Ivan came to the U.S. legally as a child with his family and grew up here in Louisiana. Our relationship dates back to when we were in high school. In 2012, Ivan, 17 at the time, departed back to Mexico to go to college for engineering. After a few years, he tried to return to the U.S. legally on many occasions; however, he was denied a visa every time. After exhausting his legal options, Ivan decided to cross the border. Consequently, he was caught, deported, and barred for only five years (with an option for a waiver). So he and I decided to make the best of the situation. After talking to lawyers to move forward, we learned the deportation secretly triggered another, far worse penalty called, The Permanent Bar. The bar states that he cannot legally return for ten years with no option for a waiver because he is being punished for unlawful presence he accrued as a minor growing up here in the states. His childhood upbringing in the U.S. was out of his control, and it is asinine for him to be banished ten years for it after committing one misdemeanor offense (setting foot on some dirt). The law does state no period in which an alien is under 18 years of age shall be taken into account for unlawful presence; however, the U.S does it anyway to apply this particular bar. The lawyers have stated not even marriage (the best option) would ensure an immediate return with The Permanent Bar involved. It is unjust, unorthodox, and inhumane. II. What We Hope to Gain: One thing we hope to gain from this petition is sensible, humane immigration reform from Congress to eliminate and rethink these draconian immigration bars. Americans should not have to be forced into exile or have to endure separation from their parents, children, spouses, and friends for so many years to decades. Such a punishment would be fitting for a violent offender or drug trafficker, but not for immigrants of good moral character. Congress should provide a reasonable solution to deported immigrants for humanitarian purposes so that millions of Americans are not grieving over the absence of their loved ones for a decade. III. The Stakes We are just 22 years old. If nothing is done to help, we will be at least 32 years old by the time he can legally return. I love Ivan unconditionally. He has many friends and family here in Louisiana that miss him. He deserves to be a U.S. citizen, and we deserve to be together in the nation we both know as our home where we can live happily, build a future, get married, and carry out our long-term goals together. Life is too short and untimely to be torn apart from loved ones.That is why I urge our elected officials to fix the draconian one size fits all immigration laws, so he and others can return to be with loved ones. Signing and sharing this petition would be greatly appreciated as it may eventually change our lives. #LetIvanComeHome #LoveAlwaysWins
No Notoriety for Mass Shooters
Mass shootings in the United States continue to capture a lot of attention by the media. The continued reporting of the shooters’ names and images are inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Research has found a contagion effect whereby the excessive emphasis on the perpetrators can inspire copycat attacks and can cause them to be more lethal as shooters try to outdo one another. We call upon the media to responsibly report on these stories by limiting the use of the names and photos of the perpetrators in their coverage in accordance with the No Notoriety (www.nonotoriety.com) campaign. Research (e.g., Schildkraut & McHale, 2018) shows that viewers still will follow these cases if this information is limited. Please support this call for responsible reporting in the coverage of mass shootings in the United States.
STOP HOA ABUSE - SUPPORT HOA REFORM
http://www.willistown-knoll.org/index.php?title=The_HOA_Gravy_Train A homeowner association (abbreviated HOA) is a private self governed association often formed by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling homes in a residential subdivision. Today Homeowner Associations represent a $90 billion a year “unregulated” industry. This is a lot of money, and thanks to greed and a lust for power, it attracts some unscrupulous people. If you’re thinking of purchasing a home in a community with a Homeowners Association there’s a lot to consider before you do. I’m not saying all HOAs are bad, but buying a home in an HOA community is much more than amenities, manicured lawns, and annual dues. Homeowners Associations are legal entities that are usually (almost always) incorporated. By incorporating these communities, the developers are able to create “LEGAL - PRIVATE GOVERNMENTS that DICTATE LIFESTYLES by writing deed restrictions. It’s also where a handful of fellow home owners (with no experience required) serve as the Association Board Of Directors and get to act as Accuser, Prosecutor, Judge and Jury. The governing documents of a Homeowner Associations are the Declarations of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), By Laws, and Articles of Incorporation. All of the documents are LEGALLY binding for both - the individual members - and the Homeowners Association. Unfortunately for the homeowner, the contract is usually (almost always) written by and FOR developers, making it - IN FAVOR OF THE HOA. In addition, governing documents are NOT subject to state or federal review, and provide very little (if any) protection for property owners. These contracts do not allow for any of the usual negotiation - you either take it or leave it. And you should know the Association rules may change from year to year - depending on which neighbors happen to be serving on the Association Board. By purchasing a home in an HOA community, you are assumed to have agreed to the contract whether or not the seller made full disclosure of its contents and implications. Further, because of these negative implications, sellers of HOA property will try to withhold as much information as they can possibly get away with. The fact is - that just the act of filing deed restrictions at city hall - LEGALLY CONSTITUTES - FULL - PUBLIC - DISCLOSURE. And, it’s important to note that state laws governing HOAs are heavily skewed in favor of real estate industry stakeholders, land developers and home builders, bulk investors, HOA management firms, and HOA attorneys. All work diligently to influence the legislature to severely limit the private property rights of homeowners. As mentioned above, the CC&Rs will grant a handful of your neighbors, referred to collectively as the Board of Directors, powers beyond those of local, state, and federal governments. It will also shield them from any personal liability, and thus eliminate any incentive to exercise that power in a reasonable and rational manner. And best of all, no experience is required for any seat on the board. In Kentucky, governance within a Homeowners Association is organized under weak or nonexistent corporate laws. All too often, HOA Board members abuse their positions, some of their violations consist of discrimination through selective enforcement, abuse of the legal system, and erosion of property and privacy rights. More disturbingly, some board members commit IMMORAL, INDECENT and CRIMINAL ACTS, acts that have absolutely nothing to do with enforcing or upholding the CC&R, all while hiding behind the corporate veil of the HOA. To make matters worse, in Kentucky, Homeowner Associations are classified as a "private entity" versus a "public entity". This classification means that no matter how many HOA complaints the Kentucky Attorney General receives pertaining to HOA abuse, the OAG considers an HOA complaint a "civil matter" and refuse to protect the homeowner. This loophole leaves the homeowner with the decision to either be victimized by their HOA or spend thousands of dollars out of pocket to legally defend themselves. Further, the attorneys get paid - whether he or she wins or loses a case - so it’s not uncommon for an association attorney to take on a patently frivolous or clearly unwinnable case in order to rack up substantial fees. For the attorneys, it's all about making money, for corrupt board members, it's about bullying and placing a financial burden on the homeowner, a tactic the HOA uses to cause harm to the homeowner. The articles / publications, videos, broadcasts and analysis posted in this petition help explain the truth about this industry. The article, "HOA Gravy Train" (at the top of the page) explains it in very simple terms, how it all started and how it became a cash cow. Below, are just a few of the reforms we need in Kentucky: Attorney General oversight of homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations. Expand the Attorney General’s powers to bring action against an HOA or board member for alleged misappropriation of funds, fraud or criminal acts against the Association or members. Powers to permit the court to order restitution, removal of a board member or other remedies, including payment of the AG’s office costs. Administrative oversight of real estate licensing boards and agencies. New laws mandating better buyer disclosure standards. Require background checks on those who run HOAs. Currently, there’s little vetting of those serving on HOA boards or the property managers who run the day-to-day operations. A board President or Treasurer, for example, could have a felony record, might be in arrears on his or her own financial matters or might even have a history of judgments or bankruptcy. Enacting better laws requiring open records and open board meetings. Enact a grievance procedure where homeowner disputes can be resolved amicably without resorting to litigation. Over nine hundred supporters have signed this petition and many have included their own personal HOA experiences. We’re close to reaching our goal of 1000 signatures, so please keep sharing this petition and keep writing and calling your state representatives. Your signature of support is very much appreciated! Donna Cooper Old Taylor Place Goshen Kentucky https://www.hopb.co/blog/ https://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/business-filings/Pages/Laws.aspx https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftsearch/ https://www.hopb.co/kentucky/ https://www.house.gov/ http://www.nmhomeowners.us/pdf/HOA%20involvement.pdf https://independentamericancommunities.com/2016/08/07/homeowners-association-residents-interests-often-clash-with-trade-group-cai/comment-page-1/#comment-4427 TELL YOUR HOA STORY: http://fromthehoatrenches.com/ http://www.ccfj.net/courtdecAZremovaldir.html
Fire McDonald managers on 2200 N Kings Highway Myrtle Beach, SC
The injustice done to a homeless man at this McDonald’s location in Myrtle Beach. The video is trending on social media and throughout the news. The police was called on a homeless man whom the management claims was asking for money outside their establishment (parking lot). Yossi Gallo, the person who recorded the incident inside the McDonalds, was the person who brought the homeless man (Mr. James Davis) from outside and paid for a meal for himself and for Mr. Davis. Gallo in the video stated that he brought Mr. Davis from across the street. Gallo and Mr. Davis were asked to leave the premises and were banned from that McDonald’s location. Gallo asked to have his money refunded, but the officer said that she was not a “civil court” and that he would need to contact McDonald’s corporate office. The officer stated that there had been complaints about Mr. Davis asking for money. We of course would like to see the calls of complaints that were made. But anyway, there are thousands of homeless people in America. Instead of publicly humiliating Mr. Davis and not let him enjoy a warm meal which he probably hadn’t had in who knows how long, they should’ve done what Yossi Gallo did, help a brother in the time of need. I’m glad Yossi stood up for this man and we cannot let this injustice go by. We all have hearts and we know what’s right and what’s wrong. We definitely know that this McDonald’s location was wrong for what they did. That the management and the Myrtle Beach police officer did a cruel, horrible thing to someone who couldn’t defend himself. Thanks Yossi for standing up! We need the management to be fired and on top of that, the management as well as the Myrtle Beach police officer needs to publicly apologize to Mr. James Davis. #JusticeforJamesDavis
All Network News Should Return To Puerto Rico
Weeks after Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico, things are NOT better. People are starving, homeless, and now are even drinking water from poisoned sources, out of desperation! http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/puerto-rico-superfund-water/index.html Unfortunately, many Americans' attention has been diverted elsewhere. It is time for network news to send their anchors back down to Puerto Rico, and broadcast their evening news, from there. We appreciate that the news hasn't stopped reporting on Puerto Rico, but this humanitarian crisis, involving our fellow Americans, deserves more focus. And more focus might finally bring action!
Abolish the sale of assault rifles
This IS the time and place. My name is Parker and I am 17 years old. My brother, Carson (15 yrs) and I want to speak out, and hope that we are heard. We hope that people hear us, and support us with this petition. We hope that it will end up on President Trump's desk. We hope and pray that he will listen and that he will pass a law. PASS A LAW TO BAN THE SALE OF ASSAULT RIFLES. CLEAR AND SIMPLE. These are the words that we want President Trump to hear. Do not complicate matters by talking about better mental health care. That will take years. Pass a law. Save lives. If you make a choice not to pass a law, you are knowingly allowing shooters to kill in mass numbers. You are willingly, and knowingly, not saving lives. If you outlaw assault rifles, and a school shooting still takes place where lives are lost, as least you can say you tried, you did SOMETHING. Mass shootings caused by assault rifles have become commonplace. Do something about it. Pass a law. Period. It's very simple, and politicians make it unnecessarily complicated. Just pass a law. Stop talking about it. TAKE ACTION. Assault rifles are not appropriate for hunting, nor necessary to protect one's family and property. When writing the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution, our Founding Fathers did not foresee children being killed in their schools as a result of "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms". We all know, they wouldn't want this - this tragedy. Carson and I attend San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, my teacher told us that she was now going to lock the door at all times because she didn't think there would be enough time to run up to the shooter to stop him in time. We would already be dead. WE WOULD ALREADY BE DEAD. Gone. Forever. Everyday, I walk onto my school campus praying that I will come home safe at the end of the day. Praying that I will live long enough to get married, have children, and die happy and healthy. A hole is dug and scraped out of my stomach when I see "School Shooting" on the TV as I'm eating breakfast. Feeding my mind with tragedy and thinking of all those kids who will never get married, who will never have kids, who will never die happy and healthy. Because they're already dead. I want to scream. I want to scream until my lungs give out and my fingers tremble. I want to scream every second of every day until something is done. I am begging you. PLEASE TAKE ACTION. We are speaking up so that we can feel safe, our friends can feel safe, and our little brother, Robby (11 yrs) and our little sister, Maddie (9 yrs) can feel safe. Plain and simple - PASS A LAW. SAVE THE LIVES OF THE CHILDREN THAT WILL BE KILLED IN THE FUTURE. YOU HAVE THE POWER. We wish we did. Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures...will you help us?
Dog meat served during Olympics. We urge The United States to Boycott Olympics
Pyeongchang South Korea Restaurants will continue serving dog meat during the 2018 Olympics. They refuse to stop even at the request of their own Government. We request The Olympic Committee, United States & Olympic Athletes Boycott The Olympics Until this is Resolved