The headlines proclaim “Adviser reassigned after disagreeing with Trump”, but that isn’t quite the case here. He did more than disagree with him.
Deare reportedly knocked the Trump administration’s handling of Latin American policies during a speech at The Wilson Center Thursday in Washington. He also criticized overall White House dysfunction, Politico reported based on a source.
It sounds more like he slammed the administrations policies in public. That goes a lot further than disagreeing with the president.
It is the job of any adviser to point out opposing opinions to the president and even advocate for them in private. That disagreement should always remain private during the term of the president. Public disclosure of dissent from the presidents advisers can take place after the administration has had its run.
Intelligence officials feared the national security adviser had misled the vice president after saying he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
I’m reading this article and laughing at the thought of some of my friends realizing that they are on the same side as the Koch brothers.
Giving the devil his due, this is a brilliant move by Putin if he is looking to make the exiting Obama administration look small all while endearing himself to the incoming Trump administration. My hope is that President Trump recognizes this and uses it to his own advantage.
“We won’t create problems for American diplomats,” Putin said in a statement released by his press service Friday afternoon, adding that Russia retained the right to punish U.S. diplomats in the future. He said he would “plan further steps for restoring the Russian-American relationship based on the policies enacted by the administration of President Donald Trump.”
Why, oh, why didn’t President Obama see this coming? Whatever proof our intelligence agencies have that it was the Russians behind the DNC network intrusion is of such a technical nature that it is easily dismissed by anyone not incredibly technically sophisticated who is the least bit inclined to dismiss it.
There are all kinds of ways one can look at the election. You can look at it as if the majority of Americans supported Hillary Clinton (which she did, by 2.8 million votes) or you can look at it as though Donald Trump won broader geographic support across the country (which he did, to the tune of 30 states to 21 states and the District of Columbia).
But why is this important? It’s important because of a thing called a mandate. In other words which side won enough support to be able to say this is the way the country wants to be lead. So here is what the Democrats are going to say about a mandate.
Republicans have the right to govern but they don’t have a mandate for their policies. If we don’t start to make that point, each and every day, then we will wake up in a few months and find out Republicans have taken the country in a new direction.
I fully agree with Mr. Ferguson on that statement. Democrats have to take away any notion that President-elect Trump has a mandate. They have to stress that point over and over because it really doesn’t matter how many votes one has or how broad of support one has a mandate comes from naming it and claiming it. If the Republicans can convince you of their mandate then they have it. If the Democrats succeed in dissuading you from that notion then the Republicans lose it.
As my friend, Dan, is fond of pointing out government is an illusion in the minds of the governed. My suggestion is that you keep an eye on all office holders and let them know when they are overstepping their bounds.
Okay, I can go along with this strategy during the election campaign. In fact, this was probably the best strategy to follow. However, now that the election is over it isn’t in our nations best interest to continue this campaign.
While the messaging has evolved, the motive has becoming strikingly apparent: It’s an unrepentant effort to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump and absolve Clinton of the lion’s share of electoral liability.
I grabbed a sample ballot for Gwinnett county this morning and looked it over. I was disappointed in the fact that over half of the incumbents are running unopposed. What particularly disappointed me is that out of the twelve county offices that are on the ballot only three have more than one candidate. The district attorney, the sheriff, the superior court clerk, the tax commissioner, district 1 county commissioner and all three school board positions are running unopposed.
This isn’t right. Gwinnett County has nearly 900,000 residents. Surely there are people out there who could run against those running unopposed. The day after the election I’m going to start looking for those people for two years out. I would love for you to help me on this.
For now, just don’t vote in the races where there is only one option.
And while we are talking about elections, there are four proposed amendments to the Georgia constitution on the ballot. While I won’t give recommendations for individual candidates this time around I would like to comment and make recommendations on these amendments.
On Amendment 1.
Provide greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement.
This bill allows for the state to take over schools that are failing for three or more years from local school boards. It creates an “opportunity” school district that the schools will be pulled into. Once the schools are back on a sound academic footing they are released back to the local school board.
Who could oppose this idea. Right? There is heavy opposition to it and I can sort of understand this. No one wants control of education taken away from the local community however it can become necessary and this amendment is necessary to allow this to happen when it needs to.
I endorse a “Yes” vote to Amendment 1.
On Amendment 2.
Authorize Penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services.
The authorizing of penalties for sexual exploitation I’m all for but the assessments on adult entertainment I have trouble with. This sounds more like a porn tax to me. Let the legislature revisit it and tighten things up a bit so we are just penalizing crime and not legal vices.
My recommendation is to vote “No” on Amendment 2 for now.
On Amendment 3.
Reforms and reestablishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers.
This piece of shit amendment was pushed through the legislature by a former judge who had to resign because the current Judicial Qualifications Commission did its job and investigated his fondling of women, particularly lawyers who had to deal with him and clerks who worked under him. He resigned and promptly ran for the state legislature and now wants to put the JQC under the control of Georgia politicians.
Don’t just vote “no”, vote “HELL, NO!” on Amendment 3.
On Amendment 4.
Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety.
Seriously, I don’t know a thing more about this than what the ballot reads. I’ve heard one news report about it around six months ago. On the face of it, who can argue with it? The thing is, I don’t know how the money is being spent now. Is this excise tax being spent solely at the discretion of the county commission? I don’t think this is something that we need to put in our constitution regardless of how well-meaning it looks.
Vote “No” on Amendment 4.
And we are also having a vote on a special local option sales tax (SPLOST) for transportation, recreation and other infrastructure. This one isn’t focused enough. Gwinnett has a wonderful park system now and we have plenty of senior service facilities. What we need is more ways to get from one park facility to another, not just more roads. We need more public transit, walking paths, and bike paths. Give me a place to walk or ride my bike to my destinations. Give me a transit center close to my home that will take me into Atlanta. Give me a reason to get out of my car for a change. This SPLOST isn’t going to do that. It will be spent on asphalt.
Vote “No” on the special election.
Silver wrote on his website, FiveThirtyEight, that Johnson had a 2% or 3% chance of winning the Land of Enchantment. If that were to happen, and Trump and Clinton were to split on key swing states, neither of the candidates could reach the necessary 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency.
Robert Morin, a dedicated librarian, evidently loved his Alma Mater and employer so much that he gave them everything he owned on his death. It all went to fund scholarships and the needs of the library. Right?
But let me just reiterate this. A librarian donated $4 million to his alma mater. $100,000 is being given to the library. $1 million is being used to buy A SCOREBOARD.
I’m sure they will mount this scoreboard so that it can be viewed from the library.
Hat tip to Dan.
Reince Priebus tells Hillary Clinton in a tweet that she needs to smile more. He’s rightfully chastised for the remark but not for the reason he should have been. Evidently telling a woman to smile is misogynistic. No, it was condescending but not misogynistic.
However, condescending doesn’t seem to be bad enough so Noor Al-Sibai makes up some supposedly world known rule to support her claim of misogyny.
When men tell us to smile, they are telling us to soften, to be pleasant, to make ourselves a little less threatening. Basically, they are telling us to give up our power to make them more comfortable —
This is bullshit! Women get their power from a scowling facial expression? No! Their power comes from their assertiveness, wisdom and knowledge. Nikki Haley is a powerful woman who smiles. Angela Merkel is a powerful woman who mostly smiles. Power does not come from any expression, it comes from inside. If a woman loses her power by smiling she never really had it to begin with.
“No one saw Trump winning the nomination, at least early on,” Scott said. “And I believe the same type of unusual, real anomalies and the forces that are coming against our country are present now in this election, the general election.”
~Republican Congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia
Source: Can Gary Johnson win? – Rare
I just want to make sure I can find this link when I have about an hour to play.
If you’ve got a spare Raspberry Pi laying around, turn it into a DIY Sonos setup with Pi MusicBox.
Happy Birthday, United States of America. You don’t look bad for being 240 years old. Okay, you are a little crochety but your heart seems to still be in the right place. You are a country founded on the idea that government is there to serve the people and not the other way around.
For the most part you’ve lived up to that idea. Oh, you had the rocky start of not really understanding that the idea of all men are created equal as being ALL men but you worked that out, eventually. You also had trouble understanding that the term “men” when used in an all encompassing manner is gender neutral. You’ve figured that out too.
And while there are still those trying their best to use you to shut out contrary opinions you still are pretty much siding with intellectual freedom, including freedom of religion.
Now if we could just get you to understand that economic freedom needs to be a part of the mixture.