On Saturday, May 13th, President Joe Biden spoke to the graduating class at Howard University, a historically Black university in Washington, D.C. In his speech about “excellence, leadership, and truth and service,” Biden singled out white supremacy “as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland.”
Thank you, Dr. Heather, as always, for a concise yet illuminating summary of current events. Rarely ever cheery news but had to laugh at your closing quote of tonight's letter:
"Well, unfortunately, we can’t track down the informant,” Comer said. “We’re hopeful that the informant is still there. The whistleblower knows the informant. The whistleblower is very credible.”
Very fine, credible people indeed.
It will be a special day on earth when the whole kit and kaboodle of the frump fiasco is finito, done and dusted, over and bloody done with.
Decades of wasted time, running backwards and screwing everything up... finito. Hallelujah. A world wide holiday. Let’s call it “the Welcome Sanity day””
Forgive my going off topic briefly, my fellow HCRites.
Late on Mother's Day evening, former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina left this earthly realm. She was a major figure in SoCal politics for forty years.
She was in many ways, Rosa Parks, Betsy Ross and everyone's cantankerous yet loving abuela rolled into one.
Los Angeles County is the largest county in America, comprising approximately 10 million souls. The County Board of Supes is still comprised of a mere five Supervisors, so you can imagine their power.
In 1991, she became the first Latina and only the second woman to win election thereto, and served for 23 years.
She was a raucously passionate fighter for the under-served, the underrepresented and for good government from nuts to bolts. She was also a great cook, and a master quilter.
She was a true pioneer, and will long be remembered.
Vaya con Dios, Gloria
"consequences for the country if Trump wins again. How will American life change? Who will benefit? Who will suffer?"
And also, who HAS benefited and who HAS suffered already due to four decades of "Reaganomic" policies? Since we seem to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's high time for a thorough and lucid performance inventory.
There can be no doubt that billionaires are raking it in, but how much has the quality of life improved and/or decayed for most of the rest of us, due to tax cuts, deregulation, reduced voting rights and legalized de facto bribery? Not to mention increasingly haywire climate events with more on the horizon. It all very much smacks of "bait and switch" to me, and the "Republican" faithful are being had.
" Groypers " ? Good heavens, these conservative / ultra - conservative groups pop up like mushrooms in a fresh manure pile after a flash flood.
Noelle Dunphy. Without having read the cited complaint, something tells me that this has tremendous potential. Thank you, HCR, for bringing us the real news.
Busy as always Heather. Very newsy and informative post for 5/15/2023. Love the last quote of Rep. Comer with a call out for his committee's lost informant. An excellent metaphor for the GOP, groping for substance but finding none.
Inflation is down. Most measures of crime are down. The number of migrants crossing the southern border is down. And the price of eggs is down. What are the Republicans going to run on? Oh. One more thing. The informant is lost -- if he or she ever existed in the first place.
As I read the news daily, including HCR's letters, I keep getting the image in my head of the Republican Party spinning round and round in a toilet or circling a drain. It's funny to see the individual heads bobbing up and down, their arms flailing as they try to swim against the current.
Headline hog and unofficial party leader Mitch McConnell has been eerily quiet of late. Is that all due to the fall he took? hmmmm.
Good for Joe Biden for pointing out the real terrorist threat to the nation.
When neoNazi Christian Nationalists speak of a "return to 20th century Catholicism" they mean a Vatican aligned with Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. Authoritarian bedfellows.
Opus Dei Knight of Malta Leonard Leo, has crafted a Supreme Court dominated by racist right wing religious extremists to repurpose our democratic republic as a clerical fascist state. (They just happen to be Catholics.) More in the service of his plutocrat paymasters than true to either the Gospels or Pope Francis.
I would look for a money trail between Leo affiliated shell corporations and Gossar and Fuentes. The trail may lead through Ginni Thomas.
Today's newsletter was hammer blows of evil. For me, this 'Representative George Santos (R-NY) has pleaded guilty to charges of theft in Brazil, but insists he is not guilty of the federal charges against him for financial crimes. He says he will not resign from Congress.' is the most rage inducing because there seems nothing in place to be able to force him out, to prevent the Lump from running for the office of President of the United States, to prevent the expulsion of Thomas, the list goes on. It is as though the deck is stacked against life, liberty, and pursuit of health, a life of dignity for all, let alone happiness. Here is an article in The Atlantic about the darkness of America. I have to say, we feel so much safer no longer living there. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/05/poverty-in-america-book-matthew-desmond-interview/674058/
All of this shows why last night's episode of "Succession" which was a "preview" of next year's election in allegory, was so terrifying, since it cut so close to the bone.
In referring to the trumps, giulianis, and others of the true swamp ilk, I have often paraphrased Michelle Obama’s great line, “When they go low, flush.” That’s what we do when we vote…..in addition to all else that we can do in the meantime.
What a dizzying array of currents and cross currents! No wonder that gaslighting and conspiracy theories consume so much of our best human energies...
But the number that grabbed me this morning was our nation's trillion dollar credit card debt. What movement do we need (Paid Lives Matter?) to convince grownups -- especially those who have a duty to act like grownups, such as declared presidential candidates -- that it's NOT OK to make a joke of defaulting on the national debt? It's not a laughing matter. Let people read the books they choose to read and love the people they choose to love (thank goodness for healthy love and kindness). But for heaven's sake, politicians, let the United States pay its bills! This is not an occasion that should involve bullying, hostage-taking, or any other form of "negotiation." This is NOT about making a deal. We have a duty to act like grown-ups. My heart-felt two cents.
Another “What a news day!” So much that is anti-Democracy, like Rudy Giuliani. And Santos. Repubs. White Christian Nationalism and Holocaust deniers connected to violence. It feels like a time warp. Yet, there are many who work for Democracy. I would have liked to be in the stands at Howard University, listening to President Biden’s speech to the graduation class. He spoke about “excellence, leadership, and truth and service,” singled out white supremacy “as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland.” President Biden calling for all of us to stand against political extremism and protect the rights and freedoms of choice for women and transgender children to be free. We must work to add more Democrats to our government in the coming elections. But good news in the marketplace: we can once again afford eggs.
I don't think James Comer would know anything about credibility if it bit him in the ass!