Thursday, May 26, 2016

Obama: World Leaders Are "Rattled" by Donald Trump | Mother Jones

Obama: World Leaders Are "Rattled" by Donald Trump | Mother Jones

President Barack Obama on Thursday said that world leaders are "rattled" by the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency and for "good reason."

"They are paying very close attention to this election," Obama told reporters during a press conference in Japan at the end of the first day of the G7 summit. "I think it's fair to say they are surprised by the Republican nominee. They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements."

The president went on to suggest the real estate magnate was more concerned with generating controversy on social media than American safety and foreign policy.

"A lot of the proposals that he's made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous," he added.


New Documents Reveal That Racist Right-Wing Hero Chris Kyle Was A Gigantic FRAUD ‹ Winning Democrats

New Documents Reveal That Racist Right-Wing Hero Chris Kyle Was A Gigantic FRAUD ‹ Winning Democrats

Two members of the SEAL community said that while Kyle’s actions under fire were commendable, he tarnished his accomplishments through misrepresentation.

“It takes away from the legitimate heroism he showed,” said a retired SEAL who was deployed to Iraq when Kyle was also deployed there.

Despite his lies, nearly 7,000 people attended Kyle’s funeral at Cowboys Stadium. According to one former SEAL, “Everybody went on a pilgrimage to his funeral at Cowboys Stadium, knowing full well his claims weren’t true.”

It’s always tragic when someone who has served his or her country dies — but it is even more tragic when it is revealed that they were dishonorable to the point that nothing they have accomplished in their career means anything anymore, and at this point we are left to wonder how much of Chris Kyle’s tale is true.


Over One Million Texas Children Are Living in Poverty

Over One Million Texas Children Are Living in Poverty

This week, the Center for Public Policy Priorities released its annual “State of Texas Children” report, detailing how children are faring in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, the report’s snapshot of child welfare in Texas is not a pretty picture.

One of the report’s key findings was that 1.7 million children, or one-fourth of Texas kids, are currently living in poverty. That’s the same rate as two years ago. The racial disparities among kids living in poverty are stark. 1.1 million of the children living in poverty are Latino, 277,000 are black, 241,000 are white, and 31,000 are Asian. In fact, the poverty rate for Latino children in Texas is three times the rate for white children.

The report found similar racial and ethnic disparities around health and education. 38% of black children in Texas face food insecurity, a rate that is nearly twice that of white children. The state also still has one of the highest percentages of children without health insurance in the country (11%) and the rate of Latino children who are uninsured is over twice the rate of white children who are uninsured.

The only thing that's changed, since this appeared in April, is an overwhelming concern that one of the million might use a bathroom at school, prompting a generous payout to sue the federal government over bathroom rules.

The myth lives on.

Why Trump Might Win | RealClearPolitics

Why Trump Might Win | RealClearPolitics

Polls this far before an election don’t tell us much. But in this case they do raise a serious question.

Since he clinched the Republican nomination two weeks ago, Trump has been the object of even more unfavorable press than he was before – about his treatment of women, his propensity to lie, his bizarre policy proposals.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Baylor not commenting on reports of President Kenneth Starr’s firing - The Washington Post

Baylor not commenting on reports of President Kenneth Starr’s firing - The Washington Post

On Starr’s watch, the school is accused of failing to respond to rapes or sexual assaults reported by at least six women students from 2009-2016. Although the problem of sexual assault at the university goes beyond the football team, at least eight former Baylor football players have been accused of violence against women over the last eight years and Coach Art Briles and Athletic Director Ian McCaw have received increasing criticism. The regents, according to Brown, believe Starr bears more responsibility in the matter than Briles.

The reported move comes as the board is preparing to examine and address the findings of a law firm hired to review how the school handled the rape and assault allegations.

In late March, Jasmin Hernandez filed a lawsuit against the board, Briles and McCaw, claiming school officials ignored her attempts to report and seek justice after being raped by then-football player Tevin Elliot in 2012.


Karma:  Is it the bitch you think?

Make no mistake. If they'll treat those who are down like this, people who actually need government assistance (unearned entitlements) like they do, well you better watch out buddy because you're next. It's the politics of brutality, objectification, intimidation, and power. It's what Republican self-proclaimed "Christian" conservatives call government. And in a real sense, you brought it on yourself. Every time you jumped on the welfare queen bandwagon riding smug satisfaction that someone was doing something about "rampant" SNAP abuse, you moved your momma and her Social Security closer to the center of their sites. Sucking up to the economic bullies of this nation by voting for their guy works as well as joining with the playground bully laughing at the nerd who just got sand kicked in his face.

The Joe Biden One

From the CBS series Notes to self.