Category: politics

Re: Trump breaks silence on Roseanne Barr scandal

What he didn’t say is just as notable. He didn’t say anything critical of Roseanne Barr’s racist and conspiratorial tweets — the comments that got her fired on Tuesday.Instead, he tweeted this on Wednesday: “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

Wow. President Trump is one of the most vain, self centered people I know of. I dunno… maybe there is some media bias or maybe POTUS45 is just a horrible human?

Re: Trump is winning his effort to demonize Mueller 

But in terms of the Russia investigation, he’s embarked pretty clearly on an effort to make everything Mueller does out to be about politics rather than justice, and in doing so, he’s winning the argument.

This is annoying the tee total hell out of me! He’s engaging in an active campaign of misinformation is it looks to be an effective strategy!! Uuuughhh

What is wrong with our country that this simple tactic is so effective? They just don’t care. They just bold face lie and it doesn’t even matter.

Re: Man opens fire inside Oklahoma restaurant before ‘armed citizen’ shoots, kills him, police say 

A man “opened fire” Thursday in an Oklahoma restaurant, leaving at least four people injured, before he was fatally shot by a bystander, police said.

If this happened as much as 2nd amendment types think it happens, we’d hear a lot more about it. But to quote Shannon Watts from Twitter:

Bad guy gets a gun – shoots three at Lake Hefner restaurant – and the calls it a victory.

In other high income countries, bad guys don’t get guns. People don’t get shot at restaurants. And armed strangers don’t have to risk their lives in the line of fire.

Re: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy

“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”

Ugh… I love my Titans man but this reallllllly makes me want to stop watching football. It seems most of the fans are mouth breathing troglodytes who don’t really understand the first amendment.

Source: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy

Re: ‘Loner’ student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school

Two school officers engaged the shooter, including school district police officer John Barnes, who was in critical condition after a gunshot wound to his elbow that almost caused him to bleed out, hospital officials said.

If two, armed school officers can’t deter or stop people from doing this, then why do we think that arming the math teacher is going to do any better?

I’m trying to challenge the conservative dogma that guns make us safer. I need to fact check this but I bet Texas probably has one of the highest per capita of gun ownership and concealed carry in the country. Does Texas have a low crime rate, especially violent crime rate compared to the rest of the country? I bet not. My conservative friends are going to argue but schools are ‘gun free zones’. /sigh

I agree that passing more gun laws will have almost zero short term affect (effect?) on gun crime and it would take certain types of laws to make a difference anyway, long term. It seems like the ‘more laws don’t matter’ types are arguing against the idea of laws themselves. If laws against guns don’t matter, do laws against murder and rape and theft matter?

Source: ‘Loner’ student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school | Reuters

Re: An Aggrieved Trump Wants Better Press, and He Blames Leaks for Not Getting It

And in the Oval Office, there is President Trump, who is prone to erupt about his communications team as ineffective and leak-ridden, complaining he has the biggest team and yet he gets “the worst press.”


I think this says a lot about Blabber Mouth Don. All he has to do to get good press is hire the best and biggest team… as opposed to not being a horrible human being.

But in recent months, Mr. Trump, who has never been convinced that his aides have his best interests at heart, has felt increasingly aggrieved. He blames his staff for not delivering better headlines on key initiatives, like tax cuts or a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea. And he sees leaks as a cause of the distractions that have helped deprive him of those headlines, according to interviews with several current and former White House officials, all who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to describe internal discussions.


Source: An Aggrieved Trump Wants Better Press, and He Blames Leaks for Not Getting It – The New York Times

Re: Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit

Antitransit types’ favorite refrain goes a little something like this: “Trains and buses never pay for themselves.” Like a Hank Williams tune, it never gets old because it’s sort of true. In 2015, the Hamilton Project looked at the profitability (or lack thereof) of transit agencies across the country. New York City loses about a dollar for every ride it serves, making it among the most efficient. Seattle, which has about the same population as Nashville but greater density, loses about $4 per ride.

Source: Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit | WIRED

I really think this is an argument that liberals should try harder to win. So what if public transit doesn’t pay for itself? It’s not supposed to because we’re providing a service; this isn’t a business with shareholders.

Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Diverges From Campaign Promise

Ronny Gal, a securities analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, said the president’s speech was “very, very positive to pharma,” and he added, “We have not seen anything about that speech which should concern investors” in the pharmaceutical industry.

I believe there’s something to be said here about where the President’s loyalty lies. Is he a friend of big business, who will make sure not to interfere with big business or is he looking out for consumers?

Pretty obvious to me, he’ll be an ally of big business and while trying to sell us on the idea that he’s looking out for the consumer.

Source: Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Diverges From Campaign Promise – The New York Times

I’m a veteran and I support the NFL players right to knee during the anthem

Hard for me to understand people like this…

I’m a Titans fan and proud American (though a bit less so since we have people who actually elected the idiot in chief in our country) and veteran. I respect the principles the flag and anthem represent so I support the players right to knee during the anthem.

As far as protests go, kneeling is a pretty tame one. They’re not burning flags or wiping their ass with the flag or pissing on it or anything else. They’re quietly and peacefully kneeling.

The difference between George Washington and Robert E Lee

Trump is awful. To listen to him draw a moral equivalence between Nazis and counter protesters protesting against Nazis and to realize this man is the President of our country and was freely elected there on purpose by people who think like him just feels like a huge punch in the gut. He wants to hyper analyze and focus on the specifics actions in the park instead of looking at the overall broader context of what’s happening.


Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? He was a slave owner too, right?

The hosts on this podcast I listen to in the mornings were making this point but I think it’s important enough to repeat here. The difference between George Washington/Thomas Jefferson and Robert E Lee is that the former made it their purpose to build and lay the foundation of our country. Robert E Lee wasn’t just a slave owner. He made it his career and purpose to try to tear our country asunder who’s outcome would have been to institutionalize slavery for longer.