Like a bachelor before a date, the Obama administration rushed around during the transition hiding dirty laundry for the incoming administration. And now, almost 100 days in, the Trump team is still working to find and undo a handful of underreported bureaucratic messes left behind. The Obama administration was on cruise control before the election because almost everyone in the president’s circle was sure that Hillary Clinton would win. However, as reality set in, the president and his team rushed through a series of regulatory measures, leaving behind a a few dirty socks for the Trump administration to pick up. In fact,
This is why the president should be forbidden from implementing policy immediately after the election has been certified. The waiting until January 21st is stupid, a date likely chosen prior to modern certification technology and modes of transportation in order to accommodate notification of the masses of the results. The Democrats are totally dishonorable, and will always choose to subvert and undermine the incoming president when that person is a Republican.
"As millions of people in TX and LA are preparing for the hurricane,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), leader of the Senate Democrats, proclaimed in a series of Friday night tweets, “The President is using the cover of the storm to pardon a man who violated a court’s order to stop discriminating against Latinos and [to] ban courageous transgender men and women from serving our nation’s Armed Forces. The only reason to do these right now is to use the cover of Hurricane Harvey to avoid scrutiny. So sad, so weak.” And, so low-life for Schumer. There’s more. Just before Schumer’s righteous indignation,
That a major cable TV company would remove sportscaster "Robert Lee" from a game because of his name should tell us how absurd, and how dangerous, are these times. The ESPN sports network must think very little of its audience´s intelligence. The idea that anyone named Robert Lee would somehow be linked to Civil War Rebel Gen. Robert E. Lee and therefore upset viewers is insulting. It is also another step down a slippery slope that has led to the teaching of revisionist history ("Native" Americans good, white man bad, etc.) and the so-called moral equivalency of capitalism and communism. Now we also
In his rally speech in Phoenix last week, President Trump complained about what he called “the very dishonest media,” and routinely on Twitter calls “fake news.” In Phoenix, Trump conceded that there are “some very fair journalists.” But he said that, “for the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people, and they’re bad people. And I really think they don’t like our country.” He went on to call the reporters and editors and producers “sick people.” As is often the case with Trump, the rhetoric is so insulting and extreme that it’s hard to take the underlying point seriously. But, as
During the 1950s “Red Scare,” innocent Americans were smeared and sometimes blacklisted for being supposed Communists. Real subversives existed, including Alger Hiss, a traitor and Soviet spy whom liberals – to their misfortune – made into a poster boy of McCarthyism. But the actual number of Communists was tiny and utterly not commensurate with the fervent public witch hunt led by right-wingers. Today’s group hysteria comes from the left, as a fanatic political mob sees racists behind every door. Their paranoia is not harmless, as they use the racist bogeyman to intimidate political adversaries – and sometimes erstwhile friends – while
Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help. The dire situation prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to order another 1,000 National Guard members to Houston. Abbott said the state activated 3,000 National Guard and State Guard members as a result of the storm damage. He also said 500 vehicles and 14 aircraft had been put into service. The death toll from the storm is at five. The National Weather Service tweeted early Monday that
That Hillary Clinton´s White House hopes were stunted at least in part by an unfair news media is a conviction that continues to burn strong with her hardcore believers, even as the rest of us know that, like Santa, the Easter Bunny, and Chris Cillizza´s political insight, it isn´t real. Complaints about the media as it relates to Clinton resurfaced this week after a New York Times reporter defended his paper´s coverage in 2016. Critics bombarded New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush on Monday after he shared a news article on Twitter about the Secret Service running out of money
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather’s legacy is secure. The Las Vegas sportsbooks’ money is safe, too. Despite UFC star Conor McGregor’s never-ending string of guarantees he would knock out the undefeated legend in his first-ever professional boxing match, Mayweather predictably maintained his perfect record after scoring a 10th-round TKO in the massively hyped non-title, junior middleweight bout, in front of 14,623 fans at T-Mobile Arena. Returning to the ring for the first time in nearly two years, Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) surpassed Rocky Marciano’s revered 49-0 mark, and reportedly earned more than $200 million to fight the brash, and inexperienced,
Saturday evening brought milder weather to Cuero, a town about 75 miles from the storm-battered Gulf Coast of Texas. But there was little comfort for about 150 people who were evacuated from a collapsing hotel. Their emergency shelter at Cuero Intermediate School lacked adequate amounts of food and other supplies, the San Antonio Express-News reported. “All we’re hearing is bad stuff, and then we have to try to keep calm,” evacuee Brandi Patterson, 24, told the paper. “We’re scared we’re not going to have a home anymore. It’s terrifying.” Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas late Friday, was downgraded to a
The only hope for improved relations between President Trump and the Republican Congress might be for Trump to stop criticizing members of his own party, something that nobody expects to happen. "I don´t know that there is much more Trump can do right now to rehabilitate himself with the Senate beyond keeping his mouth shut for a while," said Rory Cooper, managing director of Purple Strategies and a former Republican aide on Capitol Hill. But some GOP strategists believe it´s unlikely Trump will ever back down from his combative approach to dealing with Republicans who don´t follow along, given Trump´s nature and
On Thursday, CNN´s John Blake published a story blaming "ordinary people" for making Charlottesville possible, and quoting a history professor who called such people "white supremacists by default." "We are a country with a few million passionate white supremacists — and tens of millions of white supremacists by default," Mark Naison, a political activist and history professor at Fordham University in New York City, told CNN. "You have to have millions of people who are willing to be bystanders, who push aside evidence of racism, Islamophobia, or sexism. You can´t have one without the other." Blake, the CNN reporter, paraphrased
About 20,000 vacationers are stuck at sea on cruise ships headed for Galveston Island, with some unable to come ashore until perhaps next week because of worsening weather conditions wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Four ships that had been set to dock over the weekend — three Carnival cruises and one Royal Caribbean boat — were turned away after the Port of Galveston closed about noon Friday with gale-force winds approaching. Peter Simons, interim director for the Port of Galveston, said officials are still trying to determine if it will be safe for ships to call on Galveston Sunday. One official said it
Hurricane Harvey could bring more than torrential rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges -- alligators could trek to unusual spots too, officials warn. As waters rise and weather conditions become more dangerous, alligators will seek shelter on higher ground, including in residential areas, experts said. Photos from Texas alligator rescue group Gator Squad show gators in driveways, on front steps and under cars. As Texans brace for Harvey, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office shared a post from Gator Squad. “As we learned last year, [alligators] certainly move around when it floods,” the post read. “Expect them to
House Speaker Paul Ryan is breaking with President Trump over the latter´s decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday. "The speaker does not agree with the decision," said spokesman Doug Andres. "Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon." Ryan becomes the highest-ranking GOP lawmaker to break with Trump over the decision to pardon Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to stop detaining Latinos on suspicion of being illegal immigrants.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Trump over his pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, arguing it “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.” “Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” McCain said in a statement. “The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”
A rally was held in New York by those who wish to see the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus from where it has stood since the 1800´s. The statue is currently under review by a special task force implemented by Mayor Bill de Blasio designed to remove ´symbols of hate´ in New York City. Friday night, demonstrators took to Columbus Circle where the statue is prominently displayed in a busy round-about at the base of Central Park, carrying signs that read: ´Columbus didn´t discover America he invaded it.´ Another sign called the statue ´A tribute to racism and
Intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home, according to a new study. Quizzing about 1,000 people on 400 typical behaviours, researchers at the University of Rochester in the US also found that extroverts are prone to telling dirty jokes, while those with agreeable personalities are more likely to sing in the shower. During the study, participants were asked if they performed each of the 400 behaviours, and how often. The results were then compared with their own personalities, with the aim being to identify signature behaviours for each of the main personality types.
In January of 2009, I stood waiting in Wilmington, Delaware, for a train carrying the first African American elected president of the United States. I was there to join him as vice president on the way to a historic Inauguration. It was a moment of extraordinary hope for our nation—but I couldn’t help thinking about a darker time years before at that very site. My mind’s eye drifted back to 1968. I could see the flames burning Wilmington, the violence erupting on the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the federal troops taking over my city. I was living history—and reliving
I was born in Mexico, grew up in Tijuana, and moved to Arizona when I was 14. I went to high school in a small town called Holbrook, then went to Phoenix to go to Arizona State University. By that time, roughly 2012, Joe Arpaio’s vicious anti-Latino tactics had already raised racial tensions in Maricopa County, where he was sheriff. At the time, Arpaio was infamous among my community for his “sweeps.” He would send police into restaurants, hotels or anywhere else he suspected undocumented people might be working and would arrest those who couldn’t produce IDs. People lived in fear
What on earth has happened to the moral and political sensibilities of Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Jeb Bush, etc.? All of those RINOs who are attacking President Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio are simpering, whining traitors to the party they allegedly represent. They should declare themselves Democrats and be done with the masquerade. Perhaps they should remind themselves of all the criminals and thugs that President Obama pardoned, or that President Clinton pardoned. Trump made it clear at his rally in Phoenix that he was going to pardon the beleaguered sheriff. The audience there was thrilled, as were the
"Two sides" didn´t produce the horrifying violence at Charlottesville. There were many sides. All were bad in varying degrees. The worst of the bad guys, of course, was the homicidal loser who drove a car into a crowd of people for the purpose of killing as many as he could. This is the guy who once assaulted his mother and was drummed out of the Army after four months. The next worst were the neo-Nazis. Yes, other groups are equally violent, equally racist, equally hateful and equally stupid. But neo-Nazis are in a special category because their predecessors — the ones that
This week former Speaker of the House California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said, “The Constitution does not say that a person can yell wolf in a crowded theater.” For the first time, she said something with which I find no fault. I scoured the Constitution and there’s not a word about crying wolf in it. On the other hand, it does give primacy to the right of free speech. Americans still believe strongly in that right. Americans agree freedom of speech is under assault but strongly insist that they are prepared to defend that freedom even at the cost of their lives
Despite the repeated warnings from Texas Governor Greg Abbott for people to consider evacuating the Houston area ahead of the anticipated flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner took to social media on August 25th and instructed residents NOT to evacuate. (Tweets)Two days later, August 27th, the residents of Houston are trapped, panicked and rescue efforts are ongoing.
Officials at the San Domenico School in California decided recently to remove the Catholic statues and icons in a move to be seen as more inclusive. The school is celebrating its 167th year. (Photo) Officials feared the statues of Jesus and Mary were alienating. MarinIJ reported: Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents. In an email to the school’s board of directors, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal of the
The pardon of Joe Arpaio was about justice. The government refused his God-given right to a trial by a jury of his peers over a criminal contempt of court charge. President Trump ended that railroading of an 85-year-old man whose only crime was upholding federal law. (Snip)In pardoning Arpaio, President Trump sent a message to those under investigation by two dozen Democratic lawyers -- the biggest boondoggle since Solyndra. The message of his pardon is: Donald Trump has your back. Nobody will be hung out to dry like Scooter Libby. (And Trump ought to pardon him too.) This is terrible news for the Swamp