The cable news obsession with the highly questionable (I’m trying to be polite) memo from Devin Nunes’ staffers is sucking up the oxygen, and nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, and water vapor from the air…or at least from the airwaves. So, how about some news that isn’t Dumb Memo related?
As if one weren’t too many, there’s a fellow being styled as the “next David Duke.” The Huffington Post has an interesting article about this bit of algae mass in stagnant water. It seems the “White Ethno-State” is as phony as the leader. In a related publication the New York Daily News offers a good piece on the NFL and the players’ protests, speaking of the origins of the flag ceremonies:
However, that’s not the case anymore. In 2015, two senators released a report that found that the Department of Defense spent $6.8 million on “paid patriotism” between 2012 and 2015. The money, which was spread out amongst 50 pro teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and others, was for teams to do flag presentations, honor military members and reenlistment ceremonies.
Which begs the question: How can black players who protested the flag be unpatriotic if the faux patriotism that we see before every NFL game had a price tag?
Be careful of slipping on ICE. PBS reports: “Federal immigration authorities formalized a policy Wednesday to send deportation agents to federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests, dismissing complaints from judges and advocacy groups that it instills fear among crime victims, witnesses and family members.” The official guidelines are here (pdf). Gee, what could possibly go wrong? Oh, how about a person showing up at a traffic court? The man’s crime, in case anyone’s interested, is that his DACA status expired although he is still eligible for an extension. He has no other criminal record. Or how about detaining an immigrant (with green card) while he and his wife were in court as part of an interview to establish their official status as a married couple. Or, the Polish immigrant doctor arrested on January 16, 2018 by ICE for having two misdemeanor offenses on his record as a teen; he was released on bond yesterday. Then there are the two detainees in Florida who have died in custody. At least there’s one federal judge who isn’t amused.
America alone means China First: at least in terms of amassing trade deals, “From deals with blocs including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to bilaterals with tiny countries like Maldives, China’s FTAs already cover 21 countries. That compares with the 20 countries covered by U.S. agreements. More than a dozen additional pacts are being negotiated or studied, according to the Ministry of Commerce. ” (FTA = Free Trade Agreement)
Jobs Jobs Jobs: Harley Davidson is cutting production (read: layoffs) as a result of declining sales. Wal-Mart is planning on store closures and other layoffs, “in the thousands.” Sears is laying off 220 from its corporate offices. Whirlpool confirms it is planning layoffs. Pandora is laying off 5% of its workforce. Kimberly Clark is paying for its layoffs with its shiny new tax cuts.
Closer to home: The Nevada Independent reviews some important state races. (Highly recommended reading) Reno city officials are having a tough time explaining how they handled an ex-employee’s sexual assault complaint. Rep. Jacky Rosen announces her introduction of a bill to assist homeless veterans.