Weekly Randoms 6/26 - 7/2

- The fact that we as civilians have to be urged to contact our politicians, our elected officials that WORK FOR US, to stop them from taking advantage of us and pushing forth damaging legislation that'll ruin so many lives is a big reason why so many people want nothing to do with politics in the first place.

- Monday came two potentially damaging rulings from the Supreme Court that has already paid dividends for the Republicans that stole Gorsuch's seat: 1.) accepting parts of Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries, 6 nations that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack.  Banning refugees that have gone through extensive and exhausting refugees that have never been on record committing a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. and the ability to further wash away a separation of church and state by stating tax-payer funds can not be disallowed from going towards religious institutions for the funding of playgrounds.

- Well, not even 9 months in and it's officially official, my son is a climber. 

- This Thursday, Trump held a Trump fundraiser at Trump Towers for a Trump 2020 re-election..once again putting into question the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution that Trump seems to break on a daily basis of barring any political official from profiting off their office. 

- Also on Thursday, Trump tweeted personal attacks on morning MSNBC show hosts; slinging insults because of his hurt feelings from their criticisms of his administration. Senator Collins of Maine tweeted in response to Trump "please grow up" and we need to "show respect". Yea, good luck with that one. This man has been this way his whole life. A vindictive, thin-skinned, ego-maniac who surrounds himself with people who tell him how great he is because he lashes out at those who say otherwise. He's 71. We elected a man baby that has always behaved this way and never experienced any repercussions. If you stay with someone that's put their hands on you multiple times, you can't act surprised when they put their hands on you after the wedding rings are slid on. And then, reports came out the next day that White House officials called to threaten Joe Scarborough with the National Enquirer running disparaging stories about him if he didn't publicly apologize to the president for his criticisms of him. That the president, whose good friend owns the National Enquirer, would stop or run stories about people based on how they treat Trump a certain way is insane and blackmail.

- Trump's (latest) attacks should not lose focus of the bigger issue: the microcosm of his and his administrations contempt for women. This includes slashed funding to reproductive care to women overseas, the addition of drastic Planned Parenthood funding in the latest monstrous version of the Republicans' healthcare bill and even down to the intent on Republican colleagues continuously interrupting their female counterparts on camera.

-  Well, when continual fare increases are aimed towards funding a more than $2 billion dollar 1 subway station stop extension and a 2nd Avenue line before addressing century old, decrepit infrastructure, then this is going to be the result; power outages, daily delays, faulty lines, train rail jumpings, etc.

- You know how bad the 1997 Batman and Robin movie was? How unbelievably terrible? So bad that George Clooney's Batman and Robin are seen ice skating against Mr. Freeze's cronies in the opening scenes. Yikes.

- When you're out with your infant and don't have their teething toys nearby, your arm becomes a baby corn-on-the-cob.

- Italy has taken in more than a thousand migrants on Thursday, and more than 10,000 this past week alone. Because of this, they are now threatening to close their ports to migrants if the rest of the EU doesn't step up their efforts to help with the influx of immigrants. Where will these poor people go?!

- Another 243 estimated gun deaths this week, as per gunviolencerchive.org, while we celebrate the birthdate of 'Murica.

- Aid was cut this week for Life After Hate, an agency that tracks white radicalism, because it's not like there's been a massive uptick in violent domestic crimes in the last year or so or that violent domestic extremists make up 72% of all violent extremist, compared to 27% of radical Islamist violent extremist since he really started spewing his violent rhetoric...

- When driving, I make it a general point to actively avoid any cars with American flags on them.

- Monday came two potentially damaging rulings from the Supreme Court that has already paid dividends for the Republicans that stole Gorsuch's seat: 1.) accepting parts of Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries, 6 nations that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack.  Banning refugees that have gone through extensive and exhausting refugees that have never been on record committing a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. and the ability to further wash away a separation of church and state by stating tax-payer funds can not be disallowed from going towards religious institutions for the funding of playgrounds.

- Trump, who has flip-flopped on everything policy related his entire life to taxing the rich, to protecting Medicaid and Medicare, to protecting LGBTQ rights, to going after Wall Street, to Syria and Qatar, has stayed firm on his insistence to play nice with Russia and refusing to attend hearings, acknowledge any intelligence briefings or keep in place the already existing sanctions from the previous administration related to Russia's hacking of the U.S. election. Gee, I wonder why that is.

- Good riddens, hopefully soon, to Jeffrey Loria. Reports state that he is creeping closer to his sale of the Miami Marlins. He has for years pocketed revenue sharing profits from the rest of MLB, made it a regular business practice to sign multiple high priced free agents and then flip them for assets. Not to mention what he did by fleecing the city of Miami and the state of Florida by putting them on the hook for $2.4 billion of the stadium's finances by crying broke while raking in profits.

Miami Marlins Stadium - Courtesy of Cnn.com

Miami Marlins Stadium - Courtesy of Cnn.com

- "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently." 

- It was learned this week that Mitch McConnell and the other spineless Republicans were given the heads up on CIA intelligence of Russia's meddling into election as early as mid summer 2016, yet were either unconvinced of CIA intelligence or apathetic that it would effect their opponent and refused to stand with Obama about a public denouncement of it, as he requested. Treason!

- Beware of another Wall Street crash, as the cycle goes and Wall Street profits are again at all-time highs.

- The problem with our current White House, is that the president of our United States is such an amoral douche, such a monster, that he's single-handedly lowered the standard of conduct for a sitting president. He's such a loose cannon and man baby that people can't even say in public that a new attack from Trump is beneath him or that he's better than that, because people know that he's not. People know that there's decades upon decades of public records that prove that he's not. So instead people will say it's beneath the office of presidency. Then say he's just fighting back his critics, as if inciting violence, slinging childish, sexist insults in response to legitimate criticism is or has ever been presidential behavior. (Or that of any high ranking elected official, for that matter.) Coming from the same scumbag that sparked a racist birther movement against the previous sitting president that Obama handled, along with all his and his Republican colleagues' other bullshit attacks for his 8 years with the grace that Trump couldn't buy with all the Russian loans in the world.