Weekend Quick Takes

US Senator Member At All White Yacht Club

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) this week admitted that he has belonged to a ‘whites only’ yacht club for years.  When asked about it by a reporter, Whitehouse responded that “…they are still working on that and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet.”

The muted response from the Democratic leadership in the Senate has been deafening in it’s silence.

VP Harris Visits Her Area Of Responsibility (100 Days Later)

Vice President Kamala Harris went to visit the southern border. While largely symbolic, the visit came months after being put in charge of the situation at the border (the Biden Administration does not call it a ‘crisis’). On the flip side, even if it is symbolic, it is certainly odd that Harris had never visited the area for which she was responsible.

It could be because she does not think that we should have borders at all.  When asked during a debate when she was running for President two years ago if illegal immigrants should be deported if they had not committed a crime other than illegal entry, Harris said “No, they should not be deported” and should be allowed to stay…..even if they came into the country illegally.

Trump’s Continued War On Republicans

Former President Trump is campaigning this weekend in Ohio against former NFL player and current Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez.

This continues Trump’s campaigns against fellow Republicans who crossed him, in Gonzalez’ case by voting for the 2nd articles of impeachment. Trump has yet to campaign against any Democrats, showing that his priority, concern and focus is personal revenge and not political principle or helping his party.

Some things just don’t change.

News Of The Weird: Sidney Powell (Enough Said)

Sidney Powell was one of the more colorful figures in former President Trump’s lawsuits about the election. Powell was part of the Trump’s legal team and, among other things, filed a lawsuit in Michigan alleging voting irregularities in Edison County…but obviously did not check a map before filing because there is no Edison County in Michigan.

Powell is also being sued by Dominion Voting Systems.  Powell had repeatedly claimed that vote counting machines, using software from Dominion, had electronically changed votes cast for Trump to votes for Biden. Dominion is suing Powell for defamation. That case is going before a judge today for a preliminary hearing.

Powell’s defense?  In a motion filed by her legal team in March, Powell and her attorneys argued that the case should be dismissed in part because “no reasonable person” should have believed that her election statements about votes being changed electronically were “truly statements of fact”.

New Zealand Announces Transgender Olympian

New Zealand just announced their upcoming Olympic team and, for the first time will have a transgender athlete. In this particular case, a member of the women’s weightlifting team will be transgender.

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The Very Predictable Results Of Being Soft On Crime

he ‘Defund the Police’ movement has resulted in cuts to police budgets and a reduction in the number of police on the streets in several large US cities. Supporters argue they just want to move money to social services, so that problems with crime are addressed by social workers rather than police. So how is that working out? 

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Reparations For Slavery?

A handful of members of Congress, led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), have introduced and are pressing for a vote on a bill that would pay reparations to black Americans for slavery.

That raises the question:  should we also require reparations from Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harbor? No?  Then you see how ridiculous that whole topic is.

On a broader scale, the very thought is so ridiculous that imposing mass punishment on a population for a crime or crimes committed by certain people is specifically prohibited by the Geneva Convention. Even agreed upon international law thinks the question is so obvious that it is outlawed across the globe.

Can We Still Compromise?

The current political environment in the United States is highly partisan, and bitterly so. Social media and gerrymandering to make safe Congressional districts for each party, has given rise to increasingly divided political parties, and an environment where politicians on both sides refuse to compromise at all. These days, even the smallest hint of compromise is attacked and it’s all or nothing.

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Those Who Don’t Learn From History…

When President Biden created a senior position in the State Dept. for John Kerry, former Secretary of State under President Obama, it was an indication that Biden’s foreign policy might look a lot like President Obama’s.  In the Middle East, that is concerning and recent comments from Sec. of State Blinken show we have not learned from history.

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Politics 2024: You Heard It Here First

For politicians, it seems like it is never too soon to start talking about the next election and even though the last presidential race was only a few months ago, ambitious politicians are already laying plans for the next one. So, why not be ridiculously early in handicapping some of the figures that could play a role in 2024? Just remember, you heard it here first.

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