Short briefs of news of note this weekend… Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”
President Trump’s recent remarks following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he said he believed Putin more than his own intelligence staff when Putin said that did nothing to meddle in US elections, were roundly and rightfully criticized from people across the political spectrum. Few more astonishing remarks have been made in the history of US foreign policy. Yet President Trump was not done. Continue reading “Trump Thinks Russian Summit Was Not Bad Enough”
Following the annual NATO summit of leaders, President Trump flew to Helsinki to meet with Russian President / dictator Vladimir Putin. In the joint press conference that followed, there were some statements that were….well, quite amazing. Continue reading “Trump Travels Overseas and Says His Appointees Are Wrong”
Some interesting news items to start off the weekend in this version of ‘quick takes’, including a promise to sue the Supreme Court…
Quick takes on this week’s news of note….
On this day, July 7, in 1981 President Ronald Reagan nominated the first woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court of the United states. Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to be an Associate Justice and she will go on to serve for 25 years on the Court.
Hate Restaurant Reopens
The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA reopened yesterday after closing for two weeks in the wake of controversy over its refusal to serve people of certain political beliefs. The restaurant infamously refused to serve Sarah Sanders, Presidential Press Secretary, and forced her and her family to leave the establishment for the sole reason that she worked for the President.
But that was not enough for the hate-filled owner, who then followed Sanders and her family to another restaurant across the street and screamed and heckled them from the sidewalk.
The owner of the Red Hen said later that he felt so strongly because of the intolerant policies of the Trump Administration about gay and immigrant issues. He felt, apparently, that the best way to express his views on tolerance were to throw out customers because they disagreed with him and then stalk them once they left.
Intolerance Toward Children
In a video that has gone viral, a man was seen taking on a 16 year old and his friends in a San Antonio Whataburger restaurant.
The man did not like a pro-Trump hat that the 16 year old was wearing, so he walked over, launched a verbal tirade against the kid (to show his superior maturity, no doubt), picked up a drink cup and threw the drink at the 16 year old and then took the hat off his head and told him “This is going to go great in my f***ing fireplace, b**ch.”
San Antonio police have said that the man, 30 year old Kino Jimenez, has since been arrested and jailed. (Note: 30 years old is the reported chronological age, obviously not the age of maturity).
Cult Leader Executed
The leader of a cult in Japan whose followers released deadly gas in the Tokyo subway in 1995, was executed Friday. Shoko Asahara, was one of 13 people sentenced to death in connection with the attack. He was hanged Friday morning along with 6 people also involved in the attack.
Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult carried bags of sarin gas onto five crowded trains on three subway lines during the morning rush hour on March 20, 1995. The attack killed 13 and injured thousands.
The cult had also been linked to more than a dozen other deaths, including a smaller gas attack a year earlier for which Asahara was also later convicted.
Such a barbarous attack on innocents, young and old, is a perfect example of the need for a death penalty. The fact that it took more than 20 years after the attack to carry out the sentence is a sad course. A number of people were not even alive when the attack happened—so there has been a long time of suffering for those who knew the victims and wanted closure, and there is little deterrent effect when decades pass before you see the consequences for your actions.