Mike discusses the Trump Administration’s program to rip children from their mothers and its defending the practice as sanctioned by the Bible. Warning: Language.
Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Roy Eidelson explores the mechanics of the politics of hate. A snippet:
Today’s elites know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That’s why so many one-percenters highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share. If this ploy works, it divides groups that might otherwise form a more united and more potent resistance. When such coalitions fail to materialize, the winners are the defenders of extreme inequality who’ve long ago forsaken the common good.
Read the whole thing. It’s worth your while.
You will recall that the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers for being critical of Donald Trump. Ann Telnaes comments:
I did worry that editorial cartooning would be the next target of a president so enamored of visuals. That didn’t happen. In retrospect, I’m fairly certain it’s because Trump doesn’t read; he gets all his news from the television (Fox News) and uses Twitter as his megaphone. And I’m guessing his staff doesn’t cut out cartoons and tape them to the White House refrigerator so he will see them as he goes for his regular two scoops of ice cream. But with the firing of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers, we now see that suppressing a free press can be accomplished without an authoritarian president’s orders. Michael Cohen isn’t the only “fixer” Trump has at his disposal.
Follow the link for the rest.
Practice politeness in a festive manner.
The shooting was an isolated incident, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.
“We believe it was accidental, but we’re still investigating,” she said, noting that they are looking into how the gun came to be at the festival.
Really, they’re wondering how the gun got there? No doubt it purchased a ticket and walked in through the front gate.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Darcia Narvaez marvels at the cruelty of the Trump Administration choice to rip children from their families at the border and explains from a human developmental perspective why the act is so pernicious. A snippet:
Is it ignorance or malice? We don’t know, but the justifications sound both ignorant and malicious.
*Colleen Kraft, head of the American Association of Pediatrics.
Seal your friendships with politeness.
Wray was also manipulating* a Smith & Wesson handgun he had just purchased when the firearm accidentally fired and struck Davenport in the face, Richmond said.
The story goes on to say that authorities are not considering charges at this time, I reckon because the gun somehow mysteriously fired itself. Bad gun! Bad!
*Methinks they misplet “masturbating.”
Writing at The Roanoke Times, Rich Brager, who describes himself as an atheist, admits his befuddlement. An excerpt:
But since I have lived here and subscribed to The Roanoke Times, I have noticed a seemingly inordinate number of letters to the editor from Christians worrying about numerous issues about how our country isn’t Christian enough and how our country will sink into the depths of Hell (ok, my words, maybe a little dramatic) if we don’t follow Christian doctrine more closely. I’m not sure which Christian doctrine we are to follow because it seems to vary depending on which Christian to whom you are talking. There are the WWJD folks who want to treat everyone nicely no matter what their beliefs, and then there are the more fundamentalist types who say “my way or the highway” and then all Christians in between. It can get a little confusing to say the least, especially for an atheist.
Trudy Rubin is not impressed by Donald Trump’s belief that he can solve international issues with glad-handing a flattery. A snippet:
The only leaders Trump appears unwilling to flatter are our longtime democratic allies – notably Canada, France, Germany, and Britain – whom he treated so shabbily at the G-7 summit in Quebec earlier this month. Who needs allies when Trump is so certain he can win over adversaries by bonding with strongmen?
Any progress with North Korea will require a big dose of realism and a determination to “distrust but verify.” Unlikely, so long as Trump keeps fooling himself and his base.
Follow the link to read why she said that.
Exercise courtesy whilst employing your motorized conveyance.
The Westminster (Colorado–ed.) Police Department responded around 3 p.m. local time to reports of a shooting, it said in a press release late Thursday. Officers discovered two adults and two children suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a business complex.
All of the victims were taken to a hospital, but a young boy died as a result of his injuries.
After several hours, police said they had located and arrested the accused shooter, who they identified as 23-year-old Jeremy Webster. Police said he was a stranger to the victims.
“It appears as if this incident stemmed from a road rage,” the news release said.
I have removed the “Support Accessible Computing/Sonar Linux OS” item from the sidebar over there on the right——————->.
I understand that the founder of the project left it some while ago. Also, I recently heard Larry Bushey from the Going Linux podcast, who was involved in the Sonar project in its early days, express concerns that the project may be in limbo.
As an aside, I have listened to every episode of Going Linux and recommend it highly for persons interested in learning about free and open-source Linux-based operating systems and software.