Don’t like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats

Source: The New Republic
by Diane Ravitch

“Of all the corrupt, unqualified, and extremist characters Donald Trump has tapped to lead his administration, none has generated the tsunami of liberal outrage whipped up by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And with all due respect to Jeff Sessions, there’s good reason for the backlash: The billionaire Amway heiress from Michigan, who long ago made ‘school choice’ her passion project, is the first education secretary in history to be hostile to the very idea of public education. Prodded by grassroots activists and what’s left of teachers’ unions, Democrats went all out to defeat DeVos. … Listening to their cries of outrage, one might imagine that Democrats were America’s undisputed champions of public education. But the resistance to DeVos obscured an inconvenient truth: Democrats have been promoting a conservative ‘school reform’ agenda for the past three decades.” (05/23/17)

NJ: Restaurant employee fired for anti-police note on receipt

Source: Aol News

“The owner of a restaurant in New Jersey is apologizing after an employee called police officers ‘pigs’ on their receipt. The receipt, which came from Romanelli’s Garden Cafe in Galloway Township, included the words ‘cops,’ ‘pigs’ and ‘puercos’ ( which is ‘swine’ in Spanish). It was soon shared on social media. Romanelli’s owner, Drew Huggard, expressed his support of police in a statement on Facebook.” (05/23/17)

The Bob Zadek Show, 05/21/17

Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Ted [Hadzi-Antich] joined the show to clear the air for us Californians, and to give an overview of the EPA’s regulatory overreach nationwide.” [various formats] (05/21/17)

The impeachment delusion

Source: The American Spectator
by William Murchison

“Donald Trump has been president since January 20. That makes his regime — which does have the aura of a regime — four months old. Roman emperors occasionally wore out that fast. Nero had three successors before things settled down for a while under Vespasian. Americans, by contrast, are more patient; they prefer waiting to see how things work out. Talk about leveraging Trump from power at this early hour looks a little previous, as my Southern forbears were given to saying. It looks all the more so on account of the fragile assertions that constitute the case for impeachment.” (05/23/17)

Study: One small drink a day increases breast-cancer risk

Source: USA Today

“Drinking even one small alcoholic beverage a day can increase a person’s breast cancer risk, according to a new report. Consuming 10 grams of alcohol a day or about the size of a small glass of wine or beer, can increase breast cancer risk by 5% in premenopausal women and 9% in postmenopausal women, according to the report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund. Alcohol is a known carcinogen, said Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR. It can damage DNA, allowing cancer cells to develop, and increases circulating estrogen, which can increase risk for certain cancers. The outcome that just a small amount of alcohol increases breast cancer risk was ‘surprising,’ said the study’s lead author Anne McTiernan.” (05/23/17)

The Trump administration’s Iran policy is dangerous and flawed

Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was a huge success. The Saudis wisely pandered to the new president’s foibles, rolling out the red carpet for a lavish celebration. Even Trump’s speech on Islam, a potential minefield, was generally well-received by his hosts. Yet while Trump’s speech — and his strong criticism of Iran — may have been pleasing to his Gulf States’ hosts, it should worry Americans.” (05/23/17)

How the threat of Apocalypse justifies American empire

Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“As any casual visitor to a multiplex or a megachurch will attest, the American imagination is in the grip of apocalyptic fantasy. We continually rediscover that the end is nigh, be it in the popcult fables of a zombie apocalypse or the Revelation porn of the Left Behind novels. In The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War and Our Calls to Greatness, Betsy Hartmann traces our apocalypse obsession back to the Puritans. Her argument is pointed: America’s centuries-long courtship with world-ending calamity is crucial to the distinctively American brand of warmaking. By continually seeing ourselves on the brink of catastrophe, we rationalize catastrophic military interventions, one after another. This compulsion to cast ourselves as the chief actors in the drama of history’s end stems, in Hartmann’s view, from our Protestant culture, which created a self-ratifying sense of our national chosenness.”” (05/23/17)

Medals from 2016 Rio Olympic Games are defective and show rusting, chipping

Source: USA Today

“Olympic medals for more than 130 winners from the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer are rusting or chipping, according to officials. ‘We’re seeing problems with the covering on between 6 or 7% of the medals, and it seems to do with the difference in temperatures,’ Rio Games communications officer Mario Andrada told reporters. He added that the decaying was ‘completely normal’ after nine months, since only 1.34% of the medals are actually gold, and 30% of the sterling silver came from recycled silver. ‘The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,’ Andrada said. The International Olympic Committee and Rio organizers are planning a system to replace the medals for those who are unsatisfied with the defective medals, Andrada said.” (05/23/17)

The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 62

Source: The LAVA Flow

“It looks like the US is going to be more involved in Syria under Trump. I am not at war. What’s in the News with stories on government indoctrination centers, government ignoring the Constitution, closing asset forfeiture loopholes, political correctness police with teeth, and secession in the US. And, a Muh Roads segment on counties in Oregon shutting down government services.” [various formats] (05/23/17)

Fewer regulations in Washington, DC is a good starting place for reform

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“Throughout the first quarter of 2017, bureaucrats in Washington, DC issued fewer new regulations on how banks and financial institutions must do business, according to a quarterly analysis of the effects of federal government rulemaking published by Continuity, a business firm specializing in automating compliance management for financial institutions. … Although slowing down the rulemaking process is a good start, if lawmakers want to truly unchain the U.S. economic machine, they should reduce the raw number of regulations, in addition to making fewer new rules, in order to reduce government’s role in the business planning process.” (05/23/17)