Trump Will Not Sign Current Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown


Trump has until the 21st to sign the CR, and it would seem as though he is backed into a corner. But this egomaniac has already proven he is not the typical politician. You never know what type of audible he may call, I doubt he won’t sign the CR but you never know.

Its On Broadway

President Trump has decided that he needs to save face and get something for his Wall in a spending bill that will keep the government open. As he told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, he is willing to own shutting down the govt.

After threatening shutdown, and then backing down from that threat, Trump is now back to threatening again. He met with House Republicans around noon today and made it clear that he wants $5 billion in funding for The Wall. House Republicans will oblige Trump, but the likelihood of a spending bill passing, including $5B for a wall is low.

Even if Republicans attempt to just add money for Border Security, and not the wall; Democrats have already said they will not vote for that.

I believe Dems will take a compromise of funding more Border Security (not money to build the wall), which would be significantly less than the $5B Trump wants. This way both Democrats and Trump can claim some kind of victory.

Some have floated the idea that congress could just send the spending bill aka CR as is, without funding for the Wall to the president. If Trump vetoes the bill, congress could override the president’s veto with a 2/3rd vote in each chamber to pass the spending bill.

Yes, congress could override the veto. The House passed the CR with 361 votes and the Senate passed it unanimously, but that would be asking Republicans in this congress to really stand-up to Trump. I just can’t see that happening as these Republicans still fear Trump and his core supporters.

Trump seems to love chaos, he has handled this poorly and this cannot be part of the strategy for the “Art of the Deal”

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!



Dana Loesch, “Crying white mothers are ratings gold…”

Full disclosure, I have had a number of conversations with Dana Loesch via Twitter. And we have had a number of conversations about taxes, civil liberties, national debt, and guns.
I like Dana and respect her knowledge on a number of topics, especially guns. She knows gun laws and statistics like the back of her hand, and many times when I have a question about a state’s gun laws, or the difference between guns, she is my go-to resources. Going into the town hall I knew it would be a tough environment for her, as emotions would be riding high. After watching the town hall (twice) I thought she did as about as good as anyone could have done.
I know many of my Liberal/Progressive friends will look at me funny for that last statement, but when I say she did a good job, I mean she stayed composed and worked to answer the questions of the students/parents/teachers. She didn’t lash out at anyone and she even defended students like Emma Gonzalez who in recent days was criticized by Conservatives/Guns Rights Activists.
And then today happened…
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference Dana said the following,
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it,”
“Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back (of the room).”
“And notice I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?”
“Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?”
I understand what Dana is trying to say here but this made me cringe. As I stated earlier the night before Dana remained composed, and IMO we need more of that in these conversations as we have too many people talking AT each other instead of TO each other. Instead the image of Dana from this point on will be the following…

Dana will be called unhinged, and one of the most important points made during the town hall Wednesday will be missed. Dana brought up the point that only 38 states are providing less than 80% of felony convictions to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). This is critical as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) uses data from the NCIC to approve background checks for gun purchases.

It will not matter how many laws you put in place for gun control, if the background checks system doesn’t have all the information it needs to do the job it supposed to do.

Dana is right that no one talks about the flaws with NICS, the day after the town hall no one wrote about it or spoke about it. But she also added to the distraction with her CPAC speech.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTH Sammy Sosa!

When Sammy Sosa left baseball in 2007 he was a brown-skin kat from the Dominican Republic who hit 609 homers during his career.

And now Sosa is doing interviews and his skin severely bleached and it’s not a good look at all.

Sosa has stated the following,

“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” Sosa said on Univision’s “Primer Impacto” program. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily.

“What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”

Ummmm, yeah Sosa, MJ never looked as bad as you do right now. I don’t know what Sammy can do to help himself but at this point you know you losing when Rachel Dolezal is blacker than you!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit – Washington Post

Conor McGregor RELAX with all the “Boy” stuff

I’m cool with Conor McGregor and all of shit talking to sell this Mayweather vs McGregor fight, but he needs to RELAX with referring to Floyd Mayweather Jr as a “Boy”.

Plain and Simple!

Of course Conor being Conor he’s not gonna allow anyone to tell him what to do used the “Dance for me boy…” again during the 2nd event in Toronto.

SMH…

There’s no discussion, and let me be clear, I am not calling McGregor a racist or anything. It’s just not a good look for a White man to refer to a Black man as a boy. Everything else is open season if he wants to talk about Mayweather’s tax problems, serving time, and even his ability to read. Whatever you need to hype this fight for August 26th, just stay away from “Dance for me boy, dance…”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Bystanders Wake Up and Recognize #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile

When I 1st heard Jesse Williams acceptance speech for BET’s Humanitarian award. I couldn’t help but focus on the following….

And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down. – Jesse Williams

Every time there’s a video released of police brutality or a shooting, there is always someone that needs an explanation of why this is a problem. Over the past year or 2, I have found myself trying to be understanding and taking the time to explain, but after watching Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being gunned down… I just can’t do it anymore

If you can’t see there is something seriously wrong with what is going down in America after watching these latest videos; then that is on you!

And if you answer to all of this is just comply with the police… As Mr Williams said, “SIT DOWN!”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Heroin vs Crack Epidemic

The Senate passed a bill today to help the growing epidemic of heroin and painkiller abuse. Sponsored by New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will focus on the following:

  • Establish grant programs to help state and local governments improve education and treatment for drug abuse
  • Encourage medical providers to reduce unnecessary prescriptions
  • Commit resources to help veterans deal with addiction
  • Give local law enforcement and mental health officials tools to lower the death rate from overdoses
  • Provide states with incentives to make naloxone, which can counteract overdoses, more widely available by offering liability protections to officials who distribute it

This is much-needed, but I can’t help to think how drastically different the thinking is now versus the 80s and 90s when Crack-Cocaine destroyed inner cities. Instead of treatment the focus was on fighting the crack epidemic with force which included harsher penalties.

Unlike the crack epidemic, heroin addiction is being treated with compassion.

What would have the 80s and 90s been in the inner cities if the approach to the crack epidemic was treatment along with law enforcement?

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

30th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster

Hard to believe that it has been 30-years since the tragedy of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

I can recall the excitement I had watching the launch with my classmates and then 73 seconds into the launch that excitement turned into despair.

Rest in Peace Michael J Smith, Francis R Scobee, Ronald E McNair, Ellison S Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A Resnik.

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Those 7 souls will forever live amongst the stars

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!