Weekly Randoms 5/22 - 5/28

- Falling back to sleep for a nap is always dangerous. I don't give a damn how many alarms you set.

- Another day, another heart-wrenching attack. This time in Great Britain at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert. 22 determined dead, including several children, and over 50 injured. This new reality of familiar chaos is not fun. Rest In Peace to all the fallen souls.

- This week, Monday started by learning Mike Flynn is expected not to cooperate with the Senate investigation and plead the fifth amendment throughout the process. That, and Trump asked the Director of National Intelligence and the chief of the National Security Agency back in March to publicly refute any investigation between his campaign and Russia. On Tuesday, former CIA John Brennan confirmed Trump's campaign involvement with Russians was 'well-founded', began to raise serious suspicion as far back as August 2016 and even held meetings with senior members of Congress to state that there was evidence that Russia was working to elect Trump president. By Wednesday, it was public knowledge that Trump had announced to the Philippines' dictator Rodrigo Duterte the location of two of our nuclear submarines heading towards North Korea. Thursday brought the revelation that Trump's son-in-law and Senior Advisor is now the focus of the FBI's current criminal investigation into Trump's campaign. For Friday it was revealed that it was Trumps's advisor Kushner, with Flynn, that reached out to Russia's ambassador to have 'back channels' directly between Trump's transition team and Russia's Kremlin, as to shield from monitoring.

- I thoroughly enjoy watching those that are purposely discourteous of others become visibly annoyed when they're socially pressured into being decent people. 

- A Supreme Court ruling recently found that North Carolina used racial discrimination to gerrymander at least 2 of their districts and demand they be redrawn. This also came after the state was found to be racially discriminatory in regards to voting laws. This is a direct result of the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling to roll back the 1965 Voting Rights Act that states no longer need to be protected from themselves from being covertly racist and discriminatory when it comes to voting. With minorities everywhere going 'no shit' what the hell did you expect to happen!

- This month concluded with the highest civilian deaths in Syria at the hands of U.S. drone strikes ever, at 225. Civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. drone strikes are nothing new for our military, unfortunately; yet having a soulless monster in office has only meant even more carelessness in carrying out these strikes when going after militant groups.

- Watching my grandfather wake up from a sleep to a ringing phone of his bed mate's across the room and air-answer it saying 'hello' was by far the funniest moment of this long week. 

- An estimated 276 gun deaths this week, as per gunviolencearchive.org. 276. Each week I tally up the numbers hoping to record less than the previous week, and each week I'm sadly disappointed. The body counts just keep rising...

- So. Much. Elmo. Little man is going to need to learn to like another cartoon or programming to at least mix it up. I can't take much more of this Mr. Noodle guy dropping lobbed passes. It's absurd. 

- Let us not forget that this president has embraced dictators from all over the globe; Russia's Vladimir Putin, the Philippine's Rodrigo Duterte, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egypt's Abdel-Fattah-Al-Sisi and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. 

- Trump's tweets again on Sunday demanding punishment towards leakers of information linked to his administration is an attack on those fracturing his fragile ego and public persona, not about national security, as he claims. To know how much horseshit that claim really is, one only needs to remember that he himself has already released classified intel to Russian officials and Philippine's dictator Duterte within the first 5 months of this presidency.