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Friday, April 13, 2018


Headlines for Friday, April 13, 2018

Listen to my recorded segment on Loud & Clear Radio here; see the full set of headlines, including many that we don't have time for on the air, below.

Boxer wears ‘America 1st’ shorts in bout with Mexican, finishes second 
Nothing like a little schadenfreude. And kudos to the headline writer, because finishing “second” in a boxing match is commonly called “losing”.

Kids don't know about the Holocaust because schools are pre-occupied with social justice
What on actual earth does this even mean? There are museums and days and history books and many movies dedicated to the awful insane Holocaust and this generation of kids paying more attention to inclusivity and equity does not negate that. On top of all that, the headline is not even true. Although 2/3 don’t recognize the specific name "Auschwitz", 78% recognize the Holocaust, which is way higher than the percentage of Americans who accept evolution (62%). Basically, this is just an author justifying her loathing for social justice and the fact that millennials are paying more attention to it than she wants them to.

Russia’s nefarious meddling is nothing like democracy assistance 
True. Because the former, still not actually proven to have anything to do with the Russian government, cost a hundred thousand dollars. BILLIONS have been spent on the latter, like the "democracy assistance" in Ukraine which ended in a fascist-led coup, or the "democracy assistance" in Syria which basically started and certainly has prolonged a war which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Also of note, even if everything Russia is accused of were true, the most significant of aspect of the "meddling" was the release of Podesta and DNC emails, so if they were "nefarious", it was because of the people who wrote them and who did the things described in the emails, not because of the people who released them!

3 things Donald Trump did wrong in his taunting Russia tweet
Threatening a nuclear country? Planning to commit a(nother) war crime? Not waiting for actual proof there even WAS a chemical attack, much less who did it? Not one of the three! No, CNN is only concerned with the impropriety of announcing an impending attack on Twitter, or announcing it in advance at all. They're completely down with the attack itself.

Trey Gowdy: James Comey book is 'beneath the dignity' of the FBI
Wait...what FBI dignity?? The dignity of the institution that tried to get MLK to kill himself, before they went ahead and did it?

Students demand university president purchase a Prius to help the environment
Were this true, it might be ridiculous. In fact, however, it was one demand among many aimed at making the campus greener and reducing carbon emissions.

With $1 billion fine, tough year for Wells Fargo gets even worse
WOW with a $97 billion gross profit in 2017 alone how will they survive?? But don’t worry...according to CNN, “At his own recommendation, CEO Sloan isn't receiving a cash bonus, according to filings late Wednesday” but he’s “getting a 36% raise” to the tune of “$17.4 million” for his total compensation.

Trump Calls Comey ‘Untruthful Slime Ball’ as Book Details Released
Straight out of the mouth of Donald Soprano, don of the Soprano oops I mean Trump crime family. But what do expect in a country where even respectable news anchors talk about “taking out” America’s “enemies”? Just one more step in the Mafiazation of America. Interestingly, and I'm not proud of this, Comey agrees with me: ABC: Comey compares Trump to mob boss

The Vindication of Dennis Kucinich: When he ran for president, he was ridiculed and dismissed. It turns out he was the future of American politics
Subhead: He “personifies the current populist moment in American politics — where traditional left-right divisions are becoming obsolete.”
The Washington Post fails to mention that it was they and the rest of the establishment who "ridiculed and dismissed" Kucinich.
Here's Kucinich from a 2004 Presidential debate: “I’m the voice for getting out of Iraq,” Kucinich recited earnestly. “For universal single-payer health care. For getting out of NAFTA and the WTO. For having our children go to college tuition-free.” He spoke in favor of same-sex marriage. But then this (from the Washington Post article): “But Kucinich didn’t just anticipate where the left was headed. He previewed elements of where the right was going, too.” Why? Because of Trump’s “working-class populism”! That was a charade! And the biggest "populist" part of Trump's platform was an (alleged) opposition to NAFTA, which is a left-wing position. There is nothing "right-wing" about Dennis Kucinich.
Here's a reminder from the 2007 debate in which he was ridiculed…by Obama on a subject still very relevant today: Obama “[Iran is] in the process of developing [nuclear weapons], and I don't think that's disputed by any experts”. Kucinich interrupts to say “it is disputed”.  In another debate he said “for the past few years I've been saying that there's no evidence that Iran had a nuclear weapons program.” The Post forgot to remind readers of that aspect of Kucinich's program.

Why Not Mike Pence? 
Basically this article is a plea to evangelicals to not oppose impeachment, but to embrace it, because Pence is just as evil and will do exactly the same bad things as Trump, but he's more "moral".

Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof'
Not until the 10th paragraph do we read about this "proof": "He did not give the source of his information but said: "We have proof that last week chemical weapons, at least chlorine, were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.""

Trump’s Tax Cuts Didn’t Benefit American Workers, Just Made Rich Companies Richer
Shocked, shocked I tell you!
“only 4.3 percent of workers will receive a one-time bonuses or wage increase tied to the business tax cuts, while businesses received nine times more in cuts than what they passed on to their workers. And companies spent 37 times as much on stock buybacks than they did on bonuses and increased wages for workers.”

Senators Urge Secretary of State Pick to Avoid Trump’s ‘Worst Instincts’
Does he have any instincts that don't qualify?

Do millennials really not know how to cook? With technology, they don’t really have to. 
Subhead: "Like the fact that nearly 60 percent of them don’t know how to make salad dressing"
As a friend put it, why not criticize people for not making their own mayonnaise? Or ketchup? Why on earth would you want to make your own salad dressing?

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