Trump Embarrasses Himself and the US on the International Stage

I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.  And what he did is an incredible offer; he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people.  I think that’s an incredible offer. –President Donald Trump

And with that statement President Donald Trump chose Vladamir Putin over the United States Intelligence apparatus.

In response to Trump’s Helsinki moment, a former Trump National Security Council official said the following,

Dude. This is a total [effing] disgrace. The President has lost his mind.

Stunned Republicans lawmakers and allies are backing US intelligence, but have been “gentle” in their criticism of the president.

SMH, can you imagine if this was 2011 and President Obama showed the same kind of love to Putin?!?!

As always….

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

With Trump Pulling the US out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Where Does that Leave North Korea?

With President Donald Trump announcing today (Tuesday May 7th) that the United States will pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), this move reaches beyond Iran.

I never read Trump’s book ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal’ so I don’t know if this is his idea of deal making 101. If it is then we may be in BIG trouble!

Trump has not only possibly pushed Iran back on a path of a nuclear weapons program, but he may have also killed any type of deal that could have been made with North Korea before negotiations have even started.

Instead of trying to fix whatever “flaws” there was with the Iran Deal, Trump has decided that re-instituting US sanctions was the way to bring Iran back to the negotiation table. But if you are Iran, why would you come back to negotiate any deal if it can be ripped up?

And if you are Kim Jong Un why would you agree to any deal from Trump?

Or, if you are Kim Jong Un, do you now believe you have the advantage/leverage?

Trump is desperate to leave his mark on the presidency of the United States. The Iran Deal was called historic (not by Republicans but still), and now he has taken that apart. With North Korea and Kim Jong Un Trump may believe he can make history in making a deal, but in his thirst for making history will Trump make a deal for the sake of making a deal? And will Kim Jong Un use that to his advantage?

As always….

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

Source: Washington Post

The Surya Bonaly ‘Backflip’ #WinterOlympics #IceSkating #BlackHistoryMonth

Who remembers Surya Bonaly hitting her ‘Backflip’ during her performance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics???

Yoooo, that is crazy!

I recall Bonaly and thinking she’s not American but proud to see another Black figure skater after Debie Thomas.  Unlike Thomas and other skaters during that time Bonaly was very athletic from a gymnastic background. She had a combination of speed and power, but she did not fit the typical mold of the “Ice Princess” skater, and it hurt her scores at times. This all came to a head in 1994 at the Ladies World Championship.

For the judges Bonaly was just a jumper and the judges from the ISU went with the Ice Princess. Bonaly in defiance, refused to stand on the podium for 2nd place and even took off the medal during the ceremony.

That moment basically set the stage for the 1998 Olympics. The odds were already against Bonaly as she was recovering from an Achilles injury going into 98 Olympics, but she wanted to leave her mark as she was closing out her ice-skating career.

In her final performance, Bonaly struggled thru her short program and a slow start to her free skate put any chance for a medal out of reach.

“That was my last Olympics, and pretty much my last competition ever,”

“I wanted to leave a trademark.”

“I wanted to do something to please the crowd, not the judges,”

“The judges are not pleased no matter what I do, and I knew I couldn’t go forward anyway, because everybody was skating so good.”

Props to Bonaly, for standing up for herself and for being a damn good figure skater that deserves more props for what she accomplished in the world of figure skating.

If you get a chance, checkout the ESPN short ‘Rebel On Ice’

As always….

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

Is the Senate Republican Health-Care Bill Dead?

Late Monday evening Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kansas) tweeted their opposition to the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA).

“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it,”

“This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.” – Moran

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the republican senate started the process of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare knowing they could only afford to lose 2 votes to pass any legislation. With Lee and Moran announcing their opposition to the BCRA the number of republicans that have publicly opposed the legislation now stands at 4, including Senators Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Susan Collins (Maine).

As much as Republicans hate the idea, they should work with Democrats on legislation that can shore up the health exchanges, lower premiums and lower deductibles within the framework of Obamacare.

Of course that’s easier said than done since republicans have built their base on a repeal and replace rhetoric that never had their constituents in mind.

Meanwhile, what’s next for the Trump White House?

Right now their only accomplishment is helping the ratings for MSNBC shows ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

 

 

As always….

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

Credit – Vice News & Washington Post

Talking Points Tuesdays – Rep Todd Akin needs to take a seat!!

For the record i am a Pro-Choice Catholic and I respect Todd Akin’s Pro-Life stance.

But this latest BS….

SMH, As much as I like politics there is no real reason why I should even know who Rep Todd Akin (R-MO)!

Unfortuantely for him not only do I now know who he is but so do many other folks who don’t really follow politics.  Akin went national when a local interview went viral, in that interview Akin introduced  many folks to the term “Legitimate Rape”… 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” – Todd Akin

Wait… WHAT????

This reckless statement took a life of its own where even hardcore Republicans had to distance themselves from Akin and his comment.  While there were some Conservatives like Dana Loesch who tried to defend Akin for the most part common sense Republicans see there is no defending Akin’s mentality.  Republicans like S.E. Cupp stood up to say the following:

“I don’t fault Akin for his disdain for abortion. But disdain alone cannot be the foundation of policy. And we shouldn’t empower people who prove so unarguably to be so unserious and incurious that they will say just about anything to back up their disdain.” – S.E. Cupp

I can appreciate how S.E. Cupp took the responsible approach and didn’t try to simple defend a fellow Republican.  Too many times since 2008  I have seen Republicans (and Democrats) blindly support their party while throwing common sense out the window.  In my opinion this type of behavior is dangerous and is the real threat to the United States.

Todd Akin’s way of thinking is out there, and he needs to take a seat.  There is no way he should be given the power to cast votes in the United States Senate, no one that believes the female body can shut its reproductive system down in case of rape should be allowed to be a deciding vote on ANY issue in Congress.

It’s time to move on Akin, do what’s right for the Republican party and step down!

To be honest as a Liberal I should be rooting for Akin to stay in the race, there is more of a chance that someone else could step in and actually beat Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

As always….

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

Talking Points Tuesdays – President Obama failure on Gun Control….

In 2008 candidate Barack Obama talked about re-instituting the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons; 4 years later we have a witnessed tragic shootings that have left a member of the United States House of Representatives (Gabrielle Giffords) recovering from being shot in the head and senseless murder/injury of innocent people trying to watch the latest Dark Knight movie (Dark Knight Rises).   While it is true that you cannot say for sure that these shooting could have been prevented with stricter gun control laws, what can be said is that the weapons used in the attacks would have been banned (AR-15 and extended magazine clip).  Of course having a ban of such weapons doesn’t guarantee no violence but it’s a start.  The last thing we should want to do is make it any easier for NUTBAGS like James Holmes to be able to purchase firearms and ammunition.

And as much as I will defend President Obama on some of his policies, I CANNOT DEFEND HIM ON THIS!

The NRA and nutbags within the GOP would have you believe that President Obama wants to take away your guns.  Well that is simply not true as President Obama has not done anything when it comes to gun control.  What’s sad is that Obama had the perfect opportunity to take up the fight of gun control when Representative Giffords was shot in the head; she survived along while 6 others died that day including a 9-year-old girl.  He had the sympathy of the nation but nothing was done….

There is no indication even if the president won re-election that he will pursue the federal assault weapons ban. Jake Tapper of ABC News reported that the White House has suggested that the president does not have the appetite to pursue stricter gun control laws.

“The president’s views on this are, as he has stated and as he spelled out in the op-ed that was published in an Arizona newspaper, which is that he believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons…” – WH Press Secretary Jay Carney (reported by Jake Tapper)

Basically the president is saying, he has to SHOW that he is not planning to take people’s guns away as he can’t afford to lose any possible votes to Mitt Romney.

Sorry Barack, but if you have no appetite now when will you have one?

Hopefully we will not see another tragedy like Aurora, but then again didn’t we say that after the shooting in Arizona????

In case you forgot below here are some of the regulations included in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban:

Assault weapon (semi-automatic) refers primarily (but not exclusively) to firearms that possess the cosmetics of an assault rifle (which are fully-automatic). Semi-automatic firearms, when fired, automatically extract the spent cartridge casing and load the next cartridge into the chamber, ready to fire again; they do not fire automatically like a machine gun, rather, only 1 round is fired with each trigger pull.

In the former U.S. law, the legal term assault weapon included certain specific semi-automatic firearm models by name (e.g., Colt AR-15TEC-9, non select-fire AK-47s produced by three manufacturers, and Uzis) and other semi-automatic firearms because they possess a minimum set of cosmetic features from the following list of features:

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
  • Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
  • Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
  • Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
  • Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
  • A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm
Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
  • Folding or telescoping stock
  • Pistol grip
  • Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Detachable magazine

The earlier term assault rifle refers to rifles that are capable of fully automatic fire. By that definition the ban did not cover “assault rifles” at all. Instead, it created a new definition of “assault weapon,” a term that was broad enough to encompass all three categories of firearm (rifle, pistol and shotgun) capable of semi-automatic fire and having a combination of features as listed above, but did not include fully automatic firearms of any type.

As always….

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

Talking Points Tuesdays – “Learn how to be an American…”

John H Sununu

So Romney surrogate John H Sununu decided he would give President Barack Obama a little advice today,

“Learn how to be an American…”

Of course Sununu tried to cleanup his remark about the President later on in the day,

“What I thought I said, but I guess I didn’t say, is that the President has to learn the American formula for creating business. “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize.” 

Ok Mr Sununu, “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize…”?  Ummm, Sununu made the comments but he doesn’t recall if he gave details.  That’s hilarious, but it is also typical of Republicans when it comes to Barack Obama.  From Glenn Beck to Donald Trump, Sununu has joined the exclusive club of NUTBAGS!!!

The funny thing is, you could say President Obama is more American than the man saying he needs to “Learn how to be an American”.

Fun Fact For Ya…. John H Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba!  Would it be wrong for the Obama Campaign to say Sununu is secretly a Communist since he was born in Cuba?

As always….

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