John Oliver covers the police brutality against the protesters, the system that created it, and how they seem to always get away with it.
KARLAN: “Imagine living in a part of Texas that’s prone to devastating flooding. What would you think if your governor asked for a meeting w/POTUS to discuss getting disaster aid that Congress has provided for [and POTUS] said, ‘I would like you to do us a favor?'”
First here’s the crazy clip that has everyone talking:
You know things are bad when even Fucking Frank Luntz recognizes that the GOP ship of state has fully capsized.
Of course later in his show Tucker Carlson recants, pretending he was just trying to trigger libs for the lulz, or the standard GOP bullshit you hear when their masks drop & people actually notice.
Russia is fully nationalist / imperialist and their leadership has become deeply entwined with the more fundamentalist wings of the Russian Orthodox church, so what’s not for our christian zealot wing of politics to love about Putin? They LIKE what he’s doing, and the GOP right never met a strong man dictator that they didn’t secretly or openly like.
My hat’s off to Chairman Schiff for all of the great work but also for this impassioned close.
Throughout the hearings Rep. Schiff has kept a steady hand on the tiller, calmly steering the hearings onward to conclusion in the face of GOP stunts, shrill attacks, readouts of one conspiracy theory after another. The GOP did everything in their power to make this constitutional process appear illegitimate, but the only ones who might have fallen for that are the gullible rubes so besotted by Russian and GOP kool-aid that they are beyond all hope. My hat’s off to Chairman Schiff for all of the great work but also for this impassioned close.
New From Colbert:
It’s well past the time that we should have been back to our moon. Make no mistake: This is an existential task for the human race. NASA’s new partnership with Maxar and their propulsion system explained.
From Glen Branch at NCSE:
Five measures under consideration in these four states in 2019—Arizona’s House Bill 2002, Maine’s House Paper 433, South Dakota’s House Concurrent Resolution 1002 (PDF) and House Bill 1113 (PDF), and Virginia’s House Joint Resolution 684—would have required or urged the adoption of a code of ethics for public school teachers, purportedly to prevent them from engaging in “political or ideological indoctrination.”
If these anti-indoctrination measures sound like a solution in search of a problem, it’s because they are. Despite a handful of ballyhooed counterexamples, it’s rare for teachers to engage in indoctrination. They are trained, after all, to educate. And even with regard to socially controversial issues, surveys indicate that, for good or for ill, teachers tend to teach in accordance with the mores of their communities.
Unsurprisingly, the backers of these anti-indoctrination measures rarely offered any evidence that there is a problem. The sponsor of the Arizona bill, for example, claimed that he introduced it after he was “inundated” by complaints about teachers from parents. But a public records request from the Arizona Republic revealed that he received just a single e-mail from a parent—after, not before, he introduced his bill.
And there are already policies and procedures in place to govern teacher conduct in the classroom anyhow. The Arizona bill, for example, would have forbidden public school teachers from expressing a view on pending legislation while on the time clock. But that’s something that is already forbidden by Arizona law, and two Arizona teachers were (controversially) disciplined for violating the law in 2018.
I find this commercial both inspirational and true – if you have a problem with Nike’s latest inspirational advertisement maybe the problem isn’t the commercial but rather your preconceptions or bias against people in it. If inspirational commercials fill you with anger, maybe it’s time you confront the fears and biases you were taught that create your anger, your knee jerk responses, that innate willingness to discount primary truths in favor of false bias.
This commercial isn’t divisive: but you can choose to make it so and many will walk that path paved in bile stones.
Sarah Sanders continues with her “I know you are but what am I” press strategy that resonates so well with Trump’s stalwarts.
Sarah Sanders presents the official White House policy: The media is the enemy of the people — Amber Phillips, The Washington Post
When President Trump derides the media as the enemy of the people — as he’s doing more frequently — he’s not just spouting off his momentary frustration. He’s stating official White House policy.
The White House just made that abundantly clear. Four times in two days, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was offered the opportunity by reporters to clarify whether the president really thinks journalists are the enemy of Americans, or that it’s wrong for people to harass journalists doing their job. It wouldn’t be the first time an official White House statement contradicted something the president said or tweeted.
But four times in two days, Sanders refused to say that the media is not the enemy of the people or to condemn people who heckled a CNN reporter Tuesday in Tampa, to the point where he feared someone was going to get hurt.
Instead, the White House press secretary ticked off a list of sometimes-inaccurate and sometimes-unrelated grievances about how these hyperpartisan times have affected her life and the president’s life, and why they blame journalists for that.
Demonstrating once more that the GOP only cares about power.
Republicans in the state have denied that they sought partisan gain when they drew new legislative boundaries in 2011. But a federal lawsuit, which argues the maps are unconstitutional, has unearthed records showing Republicans intent on drawing boundaries that would help their party.
The emails, disclosed in a filing on Monday, boast of concentrating “Dem garbage” into four of the five southeast Michigan districts that Democrats now control, and of packing African-Americans into a metropolitan Detroit House district. One email likened a fingerlike extension they created in one Democratic district map to an obscene gesture toward its congressman, Representative Sander M. Levin.
“Perfect. It’s giving the finger to Sandy Levin,” the author of the message wrote. “I love it.”