Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty Must Resign—Now

There is no room for this behavior.  None.

Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty must resign at once for actions that can, in no way, be condoned.  The Washington Post reports in detailed account how Esty did not act when she found out her chief of staff threatened to murder a woman who worked in the office.  To make matters even more bizarre Esty also wrote the man a letter of recommendation!

In every step of the process this congresswoman failed her staff.  As a former staff member to an elected official I can state most clearly that it is the duty of the top person to make sure the work environment is safe and and free of threats.  Therefore for Esty, in any manner, shape, or form seek to protect an alleged abuser is nothing short of a career-ending move.

This news of Esty is completely unacceptable.

The Democratic leadership must–at once–yank the chain and demand her resignation.

Golf Before International Crisis In Trump World

The headline in the Palm Beach Post asks the question.

Trump in Palm Beach: Will president golf today amid Syrian crisis?

Well, we have our answer.

Ledge King of USA Today reports that “Trump’s motorcade turned in to Trump International Golf Club at 8:57 a.m.”

President Johnson: “I Shall Not Seek, And I Will Not Accept…”

On March 31, 1968, Lyndon Johnson stunned everyone by announcing that he would not run for a second term as President. Johnson had gone on television at nine o’clock that evening to address the nation on the war in Vietnam. It was not going well. In the past three years, the United States had dropped more tons of bombs on Vietnam than were dropped by all the belligerents combined in the Second World War. Twenty thousand Americans had died there, four thousand in the previous two months, following a surprise attack, known as the Tet Offensive, by North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces. Enemy losses were much higher, but that only made the war seem more horrific and out of control.  

The New Hampshire primary, held on March 12, 1968, made those people think again. It wasn’t because McCarthy did especially well. Johnson’s name was not on the Democratic ballot, but he won easily as a write-in candidate, with forty-nine per cent of the Democratic vote. McCarthy got forty-two per cent, despite the fact that his name was the only name on the ballot, and even though he had five thousand New Hampshire students and two thousand out-of-state volunteers canvassing the state for him. McCarthy received about twenty-two thousand Democratic votes, roughly three votes for every campaign worker.

In national politics, twenty-two thousand was not an intimidating number of votes—twenty-two thousand people would not even fill half of Yankee Stadium—and New Hampshire was not a state that Democrats needed to carry. In the previous five Presidential elections, it had voted Republican four times. (The exception was the Johnson landslide in 1964.) The winner of the Republican primary, Richard Nixon, got eighty-four thousand votes, thirty thousand more than Johnson and McCarthy combined. But blood was in the water, and four days later, on March 16th, Robert F. Kennedy, the junior senator from New York, declared his candidacy.

If Kennedy hadn’t entered the race, Johnson could have fended off McCarthy. In 1968, the primaries played a minor role in the delegate-selection process. Thirty-six states did not even hold them. The parties controlled the process. The man who eventually won the Democratic nomination, Hubert Humphrey, Johnson’s Vice-President, did not enter a single primary.

The message of New Hampshire, therefore, was not that McCarthy was the answer to the nation’s troubles. It was that Johnson was the face of what many voters wanted to get away from. New Hampshire did not make McCarthy seem electable so much as it made Johnson seem beatable. That was the message that Kennedy had been waiting to hear, and he wasted little time jumping into the race. He was accused, rightly, of opportunism.

Fox News “Dismiss Facts And Empirical Reality”

Retired Army lieutenant colonel, commentator, and author Ralph Peters isn’t just closing the door on his career at Fox News Channel. He’s slamming it right off the hinges.
In a blistering goodbye email, Peters who commented on military affairs, called Fox “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.” He described President Trump as being “terrified” of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.
“Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer,” wrote Peters on Tuesday to his Fox colleagues, in an email first obtained by BuzzFeed News. “That oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox is assaulting our constitutional order and rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”
He added: “When prime-time hosts — who have never served our country in any capacity — dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest attacks on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller — all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of ‘deep-state’ machinations — I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”

Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain

A Grand read!

Grant’s and Twain’s parallel lives are presented while showing how their intersection at the end of Grant’s life led to the creation of an American classic.  Two thumbs up.

Laura Ingraham’s Advertisers Slip-Sliding Away

There is much to smile about as young people continue to show what can be done with spunk and spine.  And social media.

We can now add Expedia and Nestle to the list of brands pulling their advertising from Laura Ingraham‘s Faux News show. Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg tweeted a list of 13 of Ingraham’s advertisers Wednesday night asking his followers to reach out to the companies. They did.

Wow–how they did and then some!


The reaction stems from comments on her show Monday night, where Ingraham included a clip of Hogg from the March for Our Lives in which he said, “to those voters that supported the NRA that allowed the continued slaughter of our children and our future, I say, get your resumes ready.” To that, Ingraham sarcastically added, “Oooh… who wrote that line?” Then, Wednesday morning, she tweeted a DailyWire story about how Hogg had been “rejected by four colleges to which he applied.”

I need to mention here how many of those who watch Faux News never even attempted to attend college.  Or would have been accepted had they tried.

Following an online backlash and the loss of advertisers, Ingraham apologized Thursday morning for the tweet.   But I agree with Hogg in not being impressed with Ingraham’s apology. #ShutUpAndBeObjective,” he tweeted Thursday afternoon.

But Hogg should know better than to think Faux News has any sense of objectivity.  Hogg added he will not accept her apology until she denounces “the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight” describing it as “mudslinging at children.”

Love spunk and spine.

Imagine if Republican members of congress found it and stood up to the NRA?

Who Is–And Who Is Not–Comfortable With American Culture

These types of polls always intrigue me due to how they usually break down.   The education factor is always key.

And the continuing divide over a changing American culture shows why the wars continue to rage. In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 54 percent of Americans said that they are comfortable with American society becoming more diverse and tolerant of different lifestyles, gender roles, languages and other experiences, while 25 percent said that the changes make them uneasy.

But the geographic, generational and — yes — partisan differences over the changing culture also show us some of the broad outlines of the two party coalitions.

Here’s a closer look at who’s comfortable and who’s uneasy with a changing culture.

Most comfortable

  • Clinton voters: 80 percent
  • Liberals: 80 percent
  • Prefer a Democratic Congress in November: 77 percent
  • Democrats: 74 percent
  • Whites with a college degree: 64 percent
  • Millennials: 64 percent
  • Urban dwellers: 62 percent

Most uneasy

  • Prefer a Republican Congress in November: 45 percent
  • Trump voters: 44 percent
  • Republicans: 43 percent
  • Conservatives: 43 percent
  • Rural dwellers: 35 percent
  • Whites without a college degree: 32 percent

Baby Boomers and older: 31 percent

White House More Inept Than Previously Known

Words fail me.

An obscure White House office is struggling to place qualified people in key posts across government, documents and interviews show. At the same time, some of the office’s staffers have spotty records themselves. Among its leaders: a college dropout with arrests for drunken driving and a lance corporal in the Marine Corps reserves with arrests for assault and disorderly conduct.

The Presidential Personnel Office has struggled to keep pace with its enormous responsibilities, with only about 30 employees on hand, The Washington Post found. Six senior officials over age 35 went elsewhere in government just months after their arrival, documents and interviews show. Since the inauguration, most staffers in the office have been in their 20s, some with little professional experience apart from their work on Trump’s campaign, The Post found.