Tuesday Open Thread

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

–Gautama Buddha

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    Doth no one step forward to proclaim Trump stinks?  Well, he does!  Stay upwind, America!

  2. Davie says:

    Pointed commentary from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times:

    So let’s review: We will turn the world upside down to track down the last Islamic State fighter in Syria — deploying B-52s, cruise missiles, F-15s, F-22s, F-35s and U2s. We will ask our best young men and women to make the ultimate sacrifice to kill or capture every last terrorist. And how many Americans has the Islamic State killed in the Middle East? I forget. Is it 15 or 20? And our president never stops telling us that when it comes to the Islamic State, defeat is not an option, mercy is not on the menu and that he is so tough he even has a defense secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog.”

    But when fighting the N.R.A. — the National Rifle Association, which more than any other group has prevented the imposition of common-sense gun-control laws — victory is not an option, moderation is not on the menu and the president and the G.O.P. have no mad dogs, only pussy cats.

    And they will not ask themselves to make even the smallest sacrifice — one that might risk their seats in Congress — to stand up for legislation that might make it just a little harder for an American to stockpile an arsenal like Paddock did, including 42 guns, some of them assault rifles — 23 in his hotel room and 19 at his home — as well as several thousand rounds of ammunition and “electronic devices.” Just another deer hunter, I guess.

    Since we cannot expect shameless Republicans to change their hearts nor their agenda, we must continue to do everything we can with each election to change who represents us at every level of government should they call themselves Republican.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home

    WASHINGTON — For lunch on April 26, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined with top executives from Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest coal-burning electric utilities, at Equinox, a white-tablecloth favorite of Washington power brokers.

    That evening, it was on to BLT Prime, a steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, for a meal with the board of directors of Alliance Resource Partners, a coal-mining giant whose chief executive donated nearly $2 million to help elect President Trump.

    Before those two agenda items, Mr. Pruitt met privately with top executivesand lobbyists from General Motors to talk about their request to block an Obama administration move to curb emissions that contribute to climate change.

    It was just a typical day since taking office in February, Mr. Trump’s E.P.A. chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates.


    Shall we file this under #SwampRat?

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Well, this is one list our #NeverTrump #100percentTrump potted plant won't find himself on.  Du warst ein guter Soldat Fluffy. Sie können leben, um einen anderen Tag zu sehen.  Let the purging commence.  

    Pence’s chief of staff floats ‘purge’ of anti-Trump Republicans to wealthy donors

    “Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him,” Ayers said, according to an audio recording obtained by POLITICO.

  5. mamajama55 says:

    Something positive amidst the horror:

    Young dad saves 30 people.

    He has a gofundme page for his injuries. Because, as I saw on a meme today, the NRA stands up for the "right" of shooterws to own 40 guns, but not for the right of his victims to obtain medical care.

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