Will there ever come a day that I can read a news story and not want to throw something? I wonder. I had a greater plan for today, but as you may have noticed, my plans often go awry. Today, I slept too late to finish the post I started last night, so instead, I bring you more snarky snippets …
Donna Brazile has long been associated with the fight for liberal causes. And yet, this week Ms. Brazile joined none other than state television network, Fox ‘News’. Why? Brazile is far above the likes of Jeanine Pirro or Ann Coulter. I first saw Ms. Brazile on This Week with George Stephanopoulos many, many years ago, and she impressed me with her intelligence, knowledge, her ability to speak well on nearly any topic and the warmth she projected. So why would she align herself with a network known for its extremely right-leaning views, and outright conspiracy theories?
“I know I’m going to get criticized by my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News. My response is that, if we learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on Fox News.”
Hmmm … that almost makes sense. We do have to talk to each other, to try to understand those on the “other side” of the aisle. Perhaps this should be looked upon as an opportunity for Trump’s supporters to actually hear a reasoned voice, a logical opinion for a change. I simply have no respect for Fox at this point, and do not trust them or their motives. I will reserve judgment until we see the results. Will Fox allow Ms. Brazile to “still be me”? I have my doubts, but time will tell.
Score one for Planet Earth!
Thumbs up for Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia who ruled against the Trump administration and in favour of the environment. Judge Contreras concluded that the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when making decisions to auction off federal land in Wyoming to oil and gas drilling. The judge temporarily blocked drilling on roughly 300,000 acres of land in the state.
While the judge did not void the leases, what his decision does is to force the BLM to perform environmental impact studies on hundreds of projects currently under way in Wyoming.
The Interior Department began to take into account the climate impacts of federal oil, gas and coal leasing toward the end of President Obama’s second term, but Trump jettisoned those plans almost immediately after taking office.
No doubt Judge Contreras’ ruling will be appealed and will work its way up the judicial ladder, but it is a start … a step in the right direction.
Two peas in a pod …
Yesterday, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, visited Donald Trump in the White House. Bolsonaro had nothing but the highest praise for our Idiot-in-Chief:
“It gives me great pleasure to be here in the United States, to take part in this visit, after decades on end of anti-U.S. presidents in Brazil. We will certainly work toward the benefit of our two nations. Just as [Trump] wants to have a ‘great’ America, I…also want to make sure we have a great Brazil. We have a great deal in common. I have been highly criticized because of this but I will not, of course, deny what I do think. … I’m willing to open my heart up to him and do whatever is to the benefit of both the Brazilian and the Americans.”
Pity the poor people of Brazil! I cannot help but wonder if Bolsonaro’s election was bought and paid for by Putin, just as Trump’s was.
Since Bolsonaro took office, police in Rio de Janeiro have averaged more than three killings a day, and residents have accused the police of brutality, including waging unauthorized sniper campaigns and firing indiscriminately from a helicopter.
Bolsonaro’s embrace of fiery populist rhetoric has also frequently boiled over to galvanize supporters into acts of violence, specifically targeted at opposition supporters and the media. Sound familiar? During the Brazilian election last November, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism documented more than 140 cases of violence against reporters, mostly by Bolsonaro supporters. Sound familiar?
On Monday night, Bolsonaro appeared on Fox ‘News’, and said …
“The vast majority of potential immigrants do not have good intentions.”
“Brazil and the United States stand side-by-side in their efforts to ensure liberties in respect to traditional family lifestyle, respect to God, our creator against gender ideology or politically correct attitude and against fake news.”
Sound familiar? Pity the people of Brazil … and we of the United States.
And that, folks, is a wrap. Have a great rest of the day!