Remember when national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, had a shred of credibility left? Looks like, instead of him imposing discipline on the Trump team, the Trump style has turned McMaster into one of them…
Even though he suggested it was all nothing to worry about, he ALSO claimed that he knew nothing about Jared Kushner’s efforts to set up a secure backchannel communication with Russia using their facilities — a communication channel specifically designed to prevent US intelligence agents from being able to monitor it: “it’s not something that I’ve in any way been involved with or that I have any knowledge of.”
Got that? He doesn’t know ANYTHING about it — but he can assure you it’s NOTHING to worry about. Thanks, H.R. Great work keeping the country safe and free.
Washington Post: Trump adviser: ‘I would not be concerned’ about a Russia back channel, irrespective of Kushner
I have come to the conclusion that one cannot back Trump unless he or she is both mentally and morally deficient.
A cynical smart person would be able to see how much he lies, how often he breaks promises, and would have investigated his business and other dealings — that’s just smart self-interest. Having done so, they would realize that his ‘business acumen’ is largely PR puffery — had he merely invested all the millions he was given and loaned by his father in index stocks, it’s estimated he would be considerably wealthier. His supposed business acumen lags the market.
A person of lesser intellect and insight but with a sense of common decency might fall for his promises and lies — but would not be able to ignore his bigotry, his cruelty to the weak and different, or his toxic vulgarity.
We’ve been confronted with some very ugly realities about the performance of police of the decidedly difficult and dangerous tasks we’ve set for them.
Individual humans will err, of course. But it appears that these problems are SYSTEMIC — and systemic problems need to be taken up by society as a whole, going beyond mutual blame games and scapegoating, and looking for new solutions that actually work.
Because it’s clear that we are moving farther away from the goals we have, as a society, set for ourselves.
Any thought that appears independently without corroborating observations, corollary conclusions, or peripheral considerations should be suspect, seems to me. If it just ‘pops into your head’ it may well have been put there to achieve someone else’s ends.
I came to the conclusion back in my wild and wooly twenties that sorcery, marketing and politics were all part of the same game.
Michigan prison officials actually claim they are not responsible for rape, murder, or violence against child prisoners mixed with the adult prisoner population. The courts don’t seem to see it their way, including a $100 million judgment against the state for allowing prison staff to sexually assault and harass hundreds of female prisoners…
Inmates under 18 were forced to engage in sex acts with adult prisoners and staff, according to the lawsuit, with some abuse “open and obvious.” The Corrections Department disputes the allegations, and state attorneys have argued that employees shouldn’t be held liable.
But after more than a year of litigation, the inmates have some important victories.
Associated Press via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison
A coalition opposed to allowing non-heterosexuals to marry is protesting that they and their fellow bigots are feeling excluded from civil society for what others see as their hateful, narrow-minded views. But those others say it’s about time, that bigots should be shunned and their bigotry publicly shamed.
From the Christian Science Monitor: