Weekly Randoms 6/12 - 6/18

- My grandfather let the dog outside. Then forgot he let the dog out. Only for the lil guy to bark his head off for 5 minutes until somebody else notices he's not in the house. Or, known otherwise in my household as on the hour.

- The story of the Smith family in New Jersey winning a lotto jackpot of $429 million and using it to fund a charity within their local community is f'n beautiful. Just amazing. So unbelievably selfless it's amazing. We should all aspire to make life decisions as giving as the Smith family is.

- Instead of blanket-determining that politics is off-limits within our social media or family circles, maybe we should be analyzing why they're so off limits. Why they're so polarized. Why we can't have a simple political conversation without all turning into lunatics.

- And speaking of lunatics, there was an estimated 304 more gun deaths this week, as per gunviolencearchive.org. You think fires shot at political officials this past week in Alexandria, Virginia will bring about any change? Yea, good luck with that.

- The instinctual response for a baby to roll as soon as there is even an attempt to change their diaper has caused me to lose more hair than any other life experience I've ever been through. And I've seen some stuff.

- The fact that there is now reported evidence that Russia had tampered with 39 state elections and voter individual editing and deleting data and voter worker software Is about as surprising as the fact that the panel during Comey's testimony didn't insist or even question the truthfulness of Trump's bullying or implying of him to drop the investigation into his own campaign.

- Philando Castile's family saw no justice after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter in Castile's deadly shooting during a routine traffic stop for a broken taillight last year. Philando was shot 7 times and killed while reaching for his wallet, at the officer's request, after disclosing to the officer that he did have a licensed firearm on him. We've all seen this movie before. SMDH.

- The news that Vice President Pence and Trump's own lawyer, Mark Kasowitz, among other cabinet officials, obtaining their own lawyers reads to me the equivalent of roaches scattering when the lights come on.

- Nevada governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed a state bill that would've expanded their Medicaid coverage to include all residents, a would-be first of its kind. Though the decision was disappointing for those championing a single-payer healthcare plan nationally, Sandoval was one of the few Republican's to embrace the Affordable Healthcare Act and there is some promise to get something similarly done in the near future. A Medicaid-for-all state law would go a long way to exploring on a federal level.

- It's 2017. You should not be able to call yourself a family-oriented establishment without having changing tables in the men's restrooms. Inexcusable.

- Nearly 200 Democrat politicians have brought forth a lawsuit against Trump, as has The District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, claiming he has violated the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution that prevents any standing president from directly profiting from their presidency by a foreign nation. Before thinking 'well, who cares, what's the big deal, anyways?', the point of the clause is an attempt to ensure that the president does not become financial compromised by foreign powers. And the fact that Trump hosts foreign leaders at his own Mar-A-Lago in Florida or at his own hotel UP THE BLOCK FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, it would seem they could have a good case.

- Very tragic what's happening in Venezuela. The government corruption on grand levels has led to mass amounts of poverty and starvation among their people, causing protest and rage from the masses. Government has shut down news and media to the public, while protestors have been regularly killed by police. 

Just a small glimpse into the massive amounts of public displeasure with their government and President Maduro - Courtesy of BBC.com

Just a small glimpse into the massive amounts of public displeasure with their government and President Maduro - Courtesy of BBC.com

- It's taken 2 years to bring forth criminal charges against Flint, Michigan, 5 in total and 2 cabinet-level officials? Unf'nbelievable. Send. Them. All. To. Jail. Destined to every drink the same poisonous water they gave to the people of their city. The fact that Governor Snyder has reportedly been publicly told he won't be charged, though being the head decision maker of all this mess in Flint since 2015, is criminal in and of itself.

- Is it really that outlandish to believe that Trump is poking the bear of all allies and rivals alike to instigate a war or attack that he can then parlay into further curbing of this country's Constitutional rights and divert attention and scrutiny away from his perpetual criminality and incompetence?

- Also this week, Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos has pushed to abolish rules negotiated by the Obama Administration that would go after colleges that were found to have acted fraudulently and those that didn't see a percentage of their graduates gain employment by not going after loan debts from their college's students.  No surprise seeing that Devos and her buddies stand to continue to make millions by collecting mass amounts of student loan debt from their collection agencies. Criminal.

- Anytime my son will want to talk back or say something smart in the future, I'll just casually remind him that I made him a New York Jets fan.

- Is it really that outlandish to believe that Trump is poking the bear of all allies and rivals alike to instigate a war or attack that he can then parlay into further curbing of this country's Constitutional rights and divert attention and scrutiny away from his perpetual criminality and incompetence?