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Really? - 2.22.17 - Diversity Is 'Anti-Trump'?; DeVos Shows Compassion; States Rights (Cynically); Is Gay Marriage Threatened?

Teachers at Westminster High School displayed posters that celebrated diversity. Featuring women of color they expressed sentiments such as - We the People: "Are greater than fear", "Protect each other", and "Defend dignity". Noble stuff, you would imagine. However, the school bans political posters in classrooms unless they are part of the curriculum and present 'both ...

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Milo Yiannopoulos Discovers the Conservative Swamp Does Have a Bottom.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a smug, self-satisfied bomb-thrower. His anti-social antics got him banned from Twitter. He enjoys smearing feminists and - despite being gay himself - the gay lifestyle. His stick-in-the-eye nihilism appeals to Trump voters and others entertained by lowest common denominator diatribes couched as "anti-PC" rants. There is no evidence he ...

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Republicans: The Pygmy Party in Putin's Thrall.

Donald Trump's early days as President have not been good. His one major initiative - the Muslim ban - was iced by the judiciary - and now he has withdrawn it. His National Security Adviser caressed the Russians, lied to the FBI, and resigned. His putative replacement looked at the job ...

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Trump's Epic Whine and Lie Fest. A Press Conference from the Madhouse.

Donald Trump held a press conference today. It was bizarre - the ramblings of a man struggling with paranoia, megalomania, and delusion. He denied the obvious while adding a gratuitous slam, "I'm not ranting and raving, I'm just telling you you're dishonest people." He boasted of unprecedented accomplishments  - and yet he ...

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Really? - 2.15.17 - Trump's 107th Victory Lap; Evangelical Paranoia; and Some Other Stuff

People are worried that Donald Trump is mentally unstable. He certainly has an obsessional disorder. During a joint press conference with Bibi Netanyahu, an Israeli journalist asked Trump about the sharp rise in anti-Semitism in America. He answered “Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the ...

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Teachers at Westminster High School displayed posters that celebrated diversity. Featuring women of color they expressed sentiments such as – We the People: “Are greater than fear”, “Protect each other”, and “Defend dignity”. Noble stuff, you would imagine.

However, the school bans political posters in classrooms unless they are part of the curriculum and present ‘both sides’. School administrators declared the posters to be anti-Trump, thus illicit. And demanded they be torn down. Which raises the question, would pro-segregation posters be considered pro-Trump and thus allowed under the ‘both sides’ doctrine?

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Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Secretary, came to the office burdened by ignorance, lack of preparation and a love for unproductive, for-profit schools – all the time clad in the armor of a Christian soldier dedicated to the establishment of God’s kingdom on Earth. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover she argued against the administration’s callous decision to throw the transgendered under the bus.

Background: Donald Trump scrapped Obama’s directive protecting the rights of transgender students to use the bathroom aligned with their gender. DeVos argued for the right. Jeff Sessions – noted anti-LBGTer – came down on the bigots’ side. DeVos had to give way.

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The administration justified their roll-back of transgender rights by saying that sort of thing should be left up to the states. Conservatives also believe that abortion rights and gay marriage should be decided at the state level. However, they believe guns rights and drug policy should be decided at a national level. The ‘States Rights’ argument is specious, cynical and hypocritical. QED.

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Momentum is as crucial in politics as it is in sports. Common wisdom had it that conservatives were losing the social value wars. But while Trump may be lagging in the polls, he is the President. And Republicans are dominant in Congress and the states. And they are still fighting hard to restrict abortion rights. Should they make headway, especially if Neil Gorsuch gives them a friendly Supreme Court, they may attack gay marriage with renewed vigor – and God knows where that might end.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Discovers the Conservative Swamp Does Have a Bottom.

February 21, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos is a smug, self-satisfied bomb-thrower. His anti-social antics got him banned from Twitter. He enjoys smearing feminists and – despite being gay himself – the gay lifestyle. His stick-in-the-eye nihilism appeals to Trump voters and others entertained by lowest common denominator diatribes couched as “anti-PC” rants. There is no evidence he supports a particular philosophy […]

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Republicans: The Pygmy Party in Putin’s Thrall.

February 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s early days as President have not been good. His one major initiative – the Muslim ban – was iced by the judiciary – and now he has withdrawn it. His National Security Adviser caressed the Russians, lied to the FBI, and resigned. His putative replacement looked at the job and said ‘not with a […]

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Trump’s Epic Whine and Lie Fest. A Press Conference from the Madhouse.

February 16, 2017

Donald Trump held a press conference today. It was bizarre – the ramblings of a man struggling with paranoia, megalomania, and delusion. He denied the obvious while adding a gratuitous slam, “I’m not ranting and raving, I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.” He boasted of unprecedented accomplishments  – and yet he has done nothing. He […]

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Really? – 2.15.17 – Trump’s 107th Victory Lap; Evangelical Paranoia; and Some Other Stuff

February 15, 2017

People are worried that Donald Trump is mentally unstable. He certainly has an obsessional disorder. During a joint press conference with Bibi Netanyahu, an Israeli journalist asked Trump about the sharp rise in anti-Semitism in America. He answered “Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had. […]

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‘The Flynn Thing – What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?

February 14, 2017

Is Flynn’s resignation a sign of a widening debacle or a limited event with no significance beyond its own? House Republicans would like to think the latter. Certainly, they are doing their best to limit the damage – by doing what they do best, i.e. nothing. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced that […]

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Really? 2.9.17 – Kellyanne’s Unethical Ivanka Ad; A Disheartened Gorsuch; A Clueless Trump

February 9, 2017

Ivanka Trump‘s fashion line was dropped by Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom’s and several websites. It has been relegated to the general racks at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. Dad said that’s ‘unfair’. And today Kellyanne Conway demanded of Fox News viewers that they buy Ivanka’s stuff. The Trump administration’s message is clearly “Don’t buy American”. Update: Sean Spicer reveals that […]

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Really? – 2.8.17 – A Lyrical Trump Takedown; Trump vs. the Judges; & More

February 8, 2017

Donald Trump is out-of-control, destructive, counterproductive and incompetent. Congressional Republicans don’t care. But the judiciary is still taking its responsibilities seriously. And Trump doesn’t like it. He tweeted that judges are putting the country in peril. That if something happens it’ll be on the judges’ heads. That ‘people’ are pouring in. It is the usual asinine rantings of […]

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Really? – 2.7.17 – Education Takes a Beating. And Trump keeps Lying – Plus More

February 7, 2017

Al Franken said of Betsy DeVos – “During her hearing, Ms. DeVos proved beyond a shadow of a doubt not only that her ideology is fundamentally incompatible with the mission of the Department of Education, but that she is fundamentally incompetent to be its leader.” Election winners get to pick their nominees. They will choose […]

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