U.S. a laughing stock…again
According too the former U.S ethics chief, the U.S. is “close to being a laughing stock.” I think he means “sill is.” Walter Shaub said,“Misuse of position is really the heart of the ethics program, and the internationally accepted definition of corruption is abuse of entrusted power.” Apparently Donald Trump fits this profile perfectly, something Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller agrees with. Shaub has been at odds with T-rump and recently resigned six months before the end of his term. Shaub claims, “It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making.” How long will the international community give us?
Censored White House hearings
No cameras allowed once again at the White House Press briefing by Sean Spicer. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29. Legislation was introduced recently by Conn. Rep. Jim Himes that would require the White House to hold at least two video news conferences a week. Poor baby Spicer felt abused by the media, but made no mention of the numerous gaffes he has made. Maybe that’s why he resigned; an angry departure, which caught even senior West Wing staffers by surprise. Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaces Spicer, with Donald Trump naming Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
Vice President Pence lies like a…Trump
Like President, like Vice President when it comes to the spewing of lies and misinformation. Speaking at the recent National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., talking about the failed Senate healthcare bill, Mike Pence listed Ohio as having 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on Medicaid waiting lists. Pence also flaunted block grants as a positive feature of the GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), plus stating “The bill actually rolls back restrictions on waivers, giving states the ability to stabilize your insurance markets. In fact, both are false and/or misleading. The speech was filled with nothing but disinformation.
John McCain has brain cancer
John McCain, the Republican Sen. from Arizona has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I have disagreed with McCain lots of times, especially on his vacillation on immigration, but I wish the senior Senator from my state the best in his recovery. The outlook isn’t good with Mayo Clinic saying doctors diagnosed a tumor called a glioblastoma and the prognosis for this kind of cancer is generally poor. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) survived less than 15 months. WP says “McCain’s absence would also deprive the Senate of its moral conscience on many key issues.” McCain was given the name of “maverick” in the Senate, which I respect.
Saudi girl flaunts mini-skirt
A Saudi young woman has been arrested in Riyadh for wearing a mini-skirt in public, which, according to the authorities, flagrantly violates the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. Even in Saudi Arabia, we might expect some progress in womens’ human rights, especially for half the population. The woman is filmed walking around the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative tribes and families are from, so it is obvious she has a point to make. Don’t know if she got her wish but the Saudi police did arrest her due to the strict gender segregation rules and other restrictions on women. By the way, the woman had the body for a mini-skirt.
Obamacare just won”t go away
The Senate can’t repeal Obamacare because its programs are popular with the American public. Purely and simply this is a vicious vendetta against Barack Obama by Sen. head, Mitch McConnell, with a bunch of his brainless minions and other misguided Republicans supporting him. If we didn’t have level headed Republicans in the Senate like Susan Collin from Maine and Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, the Senate simpleton would have taken away the healthcare of over 30 million people. There are many in government and the private sector who say this would be devastating to the economy. Meaning, McConnell cares more about revenge than he does about his country