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Saturday News: Which Is the Worst Disaster, Harvey or Trump?; Pardon of Arpaio “explicit embrace of…racist policing practices”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 26.

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and longtime advocate for LGBT rights, issued this statement in response to President Trump’s transgender military ban:

    “The current President of the United States is a daily disappointment.
    “The Trump Administration regularly abuses the powers granted by the Constitution by supporting an agenda of hate, bigotry, and xenophobia. This ban on transgender individuals serving in the military is the latest in a long list of actions that hurt anyone who isn’t born a white, heterosexual man. In eight months, Mr. Trump and his administration have rolled back decades of progress on issues of equality, justice, civil rights, and countless other priorities.

    “Together with Representatives Kennedy and Jayapal, joined by dozens of our colleagues, I will send a letter next week that urges the president to reconsider his ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces. Mr. Trump has used hate, not facts, to justify this baseless, un-American ban. A study commissioned by the Department of Defense confirmed that medical costs for transgender servicemembers would be negligible. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said the Department of Defense should ‘measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force?’ Based on that standard, there is no rational basis to prevent transgender Americans from serving.

    “Instead of working to be a Commander-in-Chief who ensures America has the best qualified armed forces, Mr. Trump has chosen instead to attack a group of service members who have done nothing but be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect their country.”

  • Edward N Virginia

    To pose the question as you do ….

    shamefully ignorant and painfully ineffective if you were trying to empower a humane republic

    lets show you how ignorant and ineffective it is:

    a. which is more terrible Hurricane Katrina or the Holocaust?

    b. which is more horrible Virginia’s 1924 Eugenically Sterilization Act that herded poor and working class people adjudicated to be immoral or feeble minded into mass incarceration and coerced sterilization or Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act that criminalized inter-racial marriage

    c. which is more tragic the 9/11 attacks in the US of the Allied firestorm bombings in Germany

    d. which baby is more ‘beautiful’ …. this one or that one

    etc

  • This photo helps crystallize what Virginia Democrats are facing this year

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/voteforgunrightsgillespievogeladams.jpg

  • House Dems Statement on Death of Former Speaker Lacey Putney

    RICHMOND, Va. – House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring today issued the following joint statement on the death of former Speaker of the House Lacey E. Putney, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly:

    “We are profoundly saddened by the death of our former colleague, Lacey Putney. For more than half a century, Lacey served in the House of Delegates with diligence and independence. He always had an open door and warmly welcomed new legislators, including both of us, to the chamber. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

  • Hahaha, looks like the Dump Comstock folks are getting under the (thin) skin of VA GOP Chair John “Anti-Semitic Joke Dude” Whitbeck

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dumpcomstockwhitbeck.jpg