Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA : The Two-Way : NPR

Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA : The Two-Way : NPR





Sounds great! Until you read the details.   And realize it's just one more of his attempts to water down the EPA's effectiveness; to ignore the science. 

Ronny Jackson Accused Of Drinking On Duty, Improper Prescriptions, Senator Says : The Two-Way : NPR

Ronny Jackson Accused Of Drinking On Duty, Improper Prescriptions, Senator Says : The Two-Way : NPR



Trump said that if he were Jackson, "I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country? I really don't think personally he should do it, but it's totally his — I would stand behind him — totally his decision."


Let's just look at one sentence here: "To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country?"

"A bunch of politicians": that would be the members of Congress charged with the duty of reviewing the qualifications of political appointees and then voting on them. 

"To be abused": that would be the process of asking questions, necessary questions, before deciding if the nominee is qualified to hold that office. [which they haven't really been doing quite well lately, seeming ready to rubber-stamp all but the most egregious cases of the unqualified nominee].

"That aren't thinking nicely about our country": apparently the president thinks that wanting the very best person for the job means not thinking nicely about the country. As opposed, one presumes, to his penchant for either choosing the person least qualified to run an agency, or, in many cases, choosing the person who has spent much of their prior career publicly deriding, complaining about, or actually calling for the elimination of that agency.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Waffle House Shooting Underscores How Gun Laws Vary From State To State : NPR

Waffle House Shooting Underscores How Gun Laws Vary From State To State : NPR:



 "Would he have been just as likely to kill someone in Illinois?" Harris asked. "I'd say yeah, just as probable. Because I think if he really wanted them he could have gotten the guns."


So why should we even try to keep him from getting guns, if he's just going to get them anyways.  Why even bother trying to keep guns out of the hands of someone the FBI deemed it necessary to take guns from, it would just be a fuss and a bother and he'd just get them somehow anyways.   Sure, it might be harder for him to do it,  and maybe it would have given someone else a chance to figure out what he was doing and try and stop him, and if the laws were tougher and more uniformly enforced, maybe his dad wouldn't have given him back his guns, so maybe those 4 people would still be alive, but that would still be just too much fuss and bother, and it's only 4 lives after all, and my right to have all the guns I want is more important. 
So go away and stop asking us to take positive action, because we don't want to. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo



More on Scott Pruitt: the man who never saw a public dollar he didn't want to spend.

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Naked Gunman Kills 4 In Waffle House Shooting, Remains At Large : The Two-Way : NPR

Naked Gunman Kills 4 In Waffle House Shooting, Remains At Large : The Two-Way : NPR



"Reinking was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House in July, 2017. He was subsequently released, Aaron said. Reinking's state firearm authorization was also revoked at the request of the FBI, and seized by Tazewell authorities in Illinois. Four of the guns seized were given to Reinking's father who, Aaron said, admitted to giving them back to his son."
Will the father be charged with the same crimes as the son will be? If not, why not.   He definitely aided and abetted.

And then there's this:

When the shooting momentarily stopped, a Waffle House customer took advantage of the moment. James Shaw Jr. told reporters "At that time I made up my mind ... that he was going to have to work to kill me. When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door." Shaw then wrestled the gun away, and threw it behind the counter - prompting the gunman to leave."
So, apparently it doesn't take a good guy with a gun: a good guy with a swivel door got the job done.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Audit shows NRA spending surged $100 million amidst pro-Trump push in 2016

Audit shows NRA spending surged $100 million amidst pro-Trump push in 2016

Lobbying Spending Database-Planned Parenthood , 2017 | OpenSecrets

Lobbying Spending Database-Planned Parenthood , 2017 | OpenSecrets

Lobbying Spending Database - National Rifle Assn, 2017 | OpenSecrets

Lobbying Spending Database - National Rifle Assn, 2017 | OpenSecrets

Tariffs On Canadian Newsprint Choke Already Troubled American Papers : NPR

Tariffs On Canadian Newsprint Choke Already Troubled American Papers : NPR



Why do we choose to use tariffs, instead of supporting our businesses the way other countries do?

Tariffs just seem to end up hurting everyone.

Medicare's Observation Status Makes Inpatients Into Outpatients : Shots - Health News : NPR

Medicare's Observation Status Makes Inpatients Into Outpatients : Shots - Health News : NPR:



A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., have proposed bills multiple times that would simply require Medicare to count all the time patients spend in a hospital toward its requirements for nursing care.

The House version attracted 162 co-sponsors from both parties, but neither bill has gotten a hearing on Capitol Hill or been close to a vote.

Friday, April 20, 2018

BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space

BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space

Sound effects from the BBC

http://www.openculture.com/2018/04/download-an-archive-of-16000-sound-effects-from-the-bbc.html

Kris Kobach, Face of Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel, Is Held in Contempt by Judge - The New York Times

Kris Kobach, Face of Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel, Is Held in Contempt by Judge - The New York Times





Oh, the stupid. It burns!  The man who served as vice chairman of Trump's "Presidential Commission on Voter Fraud"; found to have failed to comply with a judge's order regarding voters rights in his state.   Yup.  He was not telling people that they were registered to vote, after a judge told him he had to. 

Once again: the only "voter fraud" running rampant in the US are the actions of those trying to disenfranchise millions of voters.  And they keep trying and trying and trying.  And judges keep telling them what they're doing is wrong, it's illegal, it's unconstitutional,and they just go back to their holes and think of another way.  It's like playing whack-a-mole.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Payday Lenders Convening At A Trump Resort Are Met By Protesters : NPR

Payday Lenders Convening At A Trump Resort Are Met By Protesters : NPR:



The industry's efforts have paid off. After being appointed last year, the CFPB's interim director, Mick Mulvaney, dropped a lawsuit against a payday lender. He has been criticized for taking more than $60,000 in campaign donations from payday lenders while he was in Congress.

In a Senate hearing last week, he said he's reevaluating rules for the payday industry developed by his predecessor, former CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Mulvaney wouldn't speculate on what the final rules will look like. But he told senators that he questioned whether the federal agency he runs has the authority to pass any regulations of the industry.


Oh, and it's just a coincidence, they say, that they're meeting at a Trump facility.  Just a coincidence.

Senate Votes To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Fair Auto Lending For Minorities : The Two-Way : NPR

Senate Votes To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Fair Auto Lending For Minorities : The Two-Way : NPR:



The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would roll back policies designed to protect minority car buyers from discriminatory loan terms. Republicans passed the bill by a narrow margin, and it now moves on to the House.

The policy was issued in 2013 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Congress is using a new interpretation of the Congressional Review Act to change it. This unprecedented tactic could reverse thousands of regulations that Congress dislikes.

In the auto loan marketplace, pricing isn't transparent, so it's easy for dealers to take advantage of unwitting consumers.

"African-Americans and Hispanics in particular — have systematically been charged a higher markup on auto loans than White borrowers," a study found.




Bit by bit, they serve their corporate interests, as they get rid of the few small gains made during the previous admin.