Only in the United States…

By Perly Viasmensky
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are bodies of local government in the District of Columbia, in the United States.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wid e range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic,
parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash
collection. Candidates can accept campaign donations up to $25 per person.
Each Commissioner is nominated and elected by the registered voters who reside in the same Single Member District as the candidate. In order to hold the office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, an individual must be a registered voter (or must be able to register to vote within two years) in the district. In order to be put on the public ballot, they must receive 25 signatures from registered voters in their district.
When I read on Judicial Watch that the newly elected public official in Washington, D.C. is a man who has been in prison for 26 years and is presently incarcerated in the District of Columbia Jail, I thought that it was a joke, but it is nothing but the truth.
Joel Caston was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder for ambushing and killing a man. Now, Joel Caston is a commissioner on
D.C.’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
Caston will be issued a laptop or tablet, an electronic mail account, and a workspace in the prison where he can dedicate eight hours a day to his duties as commissioner.
No wonder Washington, D.C. is considered “the swamp.” Only in the United States, my friends, only in the United States!
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Kamala Harris’ photo-op trip to the border Finally.                                                                                                                     Kamala Harris visited what she calls the Southern border… the City of El Paso.                                                                                             When Kamala Harris said, with big fanfare, she was going to visit the border and that Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, was to accompany her on the already delayed trip, we naively thought that she was really going to visit places where the real crisis is.
We thought she was actually going to visit the worst-hit areas, where hundreds of thousands illegal aliens cross on a daily basis and are
right now, at McAllen, Rio Grande, even Fort Bliss, which has hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children. No, she went to El Paso….
Did anyone ever think of giving this woman a map of the State of Texas? Apparently, she never visited Texas either, just as she hasn’t
visited Europe.
The Rio Grande Valley is 594 miles away from El Paso, but Fort Bliss is just 10 miles away from El Paso.
According to Mr. Mayorkas, they were able to meet with Customs and Border protection personnel, and the Vice President was able to meet with community members to understand what they have been learning from the migrants who fled the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador,
Apparently, for her, this was a social trip. She was supposed to visit the heart of the problem where the real crisis is, the crisis created
by her administration.
Harris didn’t make any efforts to speak to the real Texans whose homes have been invaded and destroyed by gangs and cartel members coming across the border.
Her trip to Guatemala and Mexico was a total disaster and this supposed trip to the “border” was a real mockery and an insult to the
citizens of Texas.
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Athlete representing America, turns her back on flag
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Denise Berry, an American track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw, will be representing the United States at the Olympics in Tokyo this session.
Very recently during a ceremony where three candidates were chosen to participate in the Olympics, Gwen was the third place.
At the time when the national anthem started playing, she turned her back to the flag and made a fist.
Gwen has made a name for herself not just as a standout athlete, but as an activist. A tag on her T-shirt reads: “My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports.”
How is this woman to represent the United States internationally when she doesn’t respect the flag and national anthem of her own country?
If her mission is bigger than sports, she should stay home taking care of her mission.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at

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