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Thursday News: “Are You Not Alarmed?”; “The most ominous Inauguration Day in modern history”; President Obama’s Last Press Conference


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 19.

  • Quizzical

    I think we are going to be OK as long as we go solar, convert to EV’s, and plant millions of trees — none of which requires Donald Trump’s leadership. The EVs are taking off:

  • Video: What You Missed From The HuffPost DNC Debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWocc2tWOaU

  • At least ONE person’s excited about Trump’s inauguration. Sure, it’s a frothing-at-the-mouth madman, but still…


  • True Blue

    Regarding the “incoming” authoritarian and administration, I guess “deficits do matter” –

    intellectual curiosity, information, inhibition, insight, inspiration, inclusivity, institutional knowledge, intelligence, and interest in democracy, transparency, ethics. . .

    • But no deficit of incompetence, incoherence, ineptitude, indecency, inanity, insanity, etc.

  • Video: Samantha Bee “Honors” Kellyanne Conway


  • The DeVos family [HEARTS] Ed Gillespie. That is NOT a good thing.


  • FYI, I’ve confirmed that Arlington County Board member James Lander has drawn a (Democratic) challenger, Maura McMahon. For more on her, see Integration is key to low-income students’ success and Arlington County Council PTA (she is the group’s Secretary). She is also a member of a group called Coalition of Arlingtonians for Responsible Development. I also hear that she’s an advocate on the demographic balance issue, which I wrote about recently. Should be interesting…

  • From Sen. Tim Kaine on the nominations of Nikki Haley to be Ambassador to the United Nations, Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education after participating in the three nominees’ confirmation hearings this week.

    “I will support the nomination of Governor Haley to be Ambassador to the UN. While Governor Haley made some factually inaccurate statements about the Iran nuclear deal during her testimony, she demonstrated a commitment to ensuring Iran’s strict compliance with the deal and also expressed her support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. I’m pleased that Governor Haley acknowledged that a free press is both a human right and an American value and that she agreed that the United States should lead by example in respecting the role of journalists in a democratic society. I believe her background as a Governor will position her well to express American values at the UN and contribute to necessary reforms of the organization.

    “I will oppose the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rep. Price has championed policies that would hurt the health of Virginians. He advocates turning Medicaid into a block grant program, voted against critical programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, supported Medicare changes that would shift costs to seniors, endorsed defunding Planned Parenthood, and called for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. At his confirmation hearing, Rep. Price reiterated his desire to push policies that would raise health care costs, limit access to care, and increase patient anxiety. These policies would do serious harm to our health care system and violate President-elect Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

    “During Mrs. DeVos’s confirmation hearing, I asked her whether she shared my conviction that all K-12 schools receiving taxpayer funding should adhere to the same accountability standards and protections for kids with disabilities. Her reluctance to answer my questions and her suggestion that each state could decide which schools would comply with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act were disturbing. I am also concerned that the HELP Committee has not yet had the chance to review Mrs. Devos’s ethics disclosures. I look forward to receiving this paperwork in the coming days and hope that Mrs. DeVos can answer questions about this material in a second round of questioning before the Committee. I plan to wait until her ethics paperwork is received to make a final decision on her nomination.”

  • Video: Corey Stewart’s nasty, ugly TV ad…including use of the degrading word “illegals.” God, this guy is evil.


  • The top-rated comment on Charles Blow’s “Are You Not Alarmed?” really nails it about Trump.

    A prospective president of the United States couldn’t convincingly name a book that he’d read. He had the rhetorical flair and the vocabulary of a second-grader and demonstrated complete ignorance of global politics, all of which put him on an intellectual par with Sarah Palin. Did that not set off any alarms?

    The man who would have the nuclear codes showed the emotional stability of a disturbed adolescent bully who mocked the handicapped, engaged in juvenile all-night tweet-wars and referred to his critics as “enemies.” Did no alarm bells ring?

    A fair number of Americans voted for a clueless crotch-grabbing narcissistic billionaire who insulted the grieving parents of a dead soldier, stiffed contractors and had to pay $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit. Were the alarms bells not deafening?

    What is the proper punishment for a nation that turns a deaf ear to common sense and compassion, and has lost its power to detect a malignant fraud? Who do ordinary Americans turn to when the government is packed with racists, billionaires, saber-rattling warmongers and incompetent fools, all infused with evangelical zeal and drooling at the idea of tearing down everything decent that this nation has built over the last century?

    We’re about to find out. And while only a minority of voters put this man into office, all of us will pay the price for their mistake. So hail to the chief, and may God help us all.