Author Archives: Jon Ponder

Chait: ‘Corruption, Not Russia, Is Trump’s Greatest Political Liability’

Read Jonathan Chait’s takedown of the Trump gang’s malfeasance at New York Magazine.

Right-Wing Media Giant Sinclair Orders Local News Anchors to Read Script Bashing Journalism

Check out this backgrounder on Sinclair from the Guardian: “This is Sinclair, ‘The Most Dangerous US Company You’ve Never Heard of.'”

Hard Times in VHS Country

From Ruben Bolling. For more see Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Truth about the Second Amendment

From Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law at Mic.com:

The founders would look at us today and be very puzzled. The idea that anybody could get a weapon of war, walk into a school and shoot it up, I think they would that was crazy.

What’s the exact wording of the Second Amendment? It’s very short. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” And we’ve been debating about what that means for centuries.

The founders thought that the Second Amendment was about protecting against tyranny. They really thought that these militias of citizen soldiers could stand up to a potentially tyrannical central government. But they thought, as they said, that they had to be well-regulated, they had to be following the laws.

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GOP Fl. Gov Rick Scott Asked What to Do to Prevent School Shootings – Answer: “Pray”

Time Magazine: “Scott who is strongly considering a Senate run to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, is like Rubio, a favorite among the NRA, who noted in 2014 that he had signed ‘more pro-gun bills into law — in one term — than any other Governor in Florida history.’ Nelson and Scott have contrasting ratings from the NRA: Nelson has an F and Scott has an A+.”

Trump Team Has Had Eight Secret Meetings with Putin and Top Russians

Rachel Maddow reviews what now makes at least eight times that Americans have learned about Donald Trump interacting with Russian officials from Russian media instead of the White House.

Wind Reveals Donald’s Bald Head

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
– Jane Austen

John Kelly Is the Second Biggest Bozo in Trump’s Klown Kar

Chart: Donald Is Not Responsible for Declining African-American Unemployment

Vox: “Trump is certainly right that black unemployment hit a historic low in December 2017, not only falling to its lowest level since the Great Recession but falling below 7 percent for the first time since the statistic began being recorded. Given that black unemployment hit a high point of around 16.7 percent in August 2011 as the country recovered from the Great Recession, the new number is ostensibly good news. But exactly how much progress the new 6.8 percent number reflects, and what role Trump played in getting it there, isn’t exactly what the president says.

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