December 23, 2018

Is Beto O’Rourke the next Barack Obama, who was the next Bill Clinton, who was the next Jimmy Carter? “The fantastical mythology of a satisfactory “third way” between the corporate class and the rest of us posits that the Democratic party’s insurance industry backers can be enriched and healthcare policy can still be humane; its Wall Street sponsors can eviscerate industries and workers can still earn enough to survive; and its fossil fuel donors can keep pumping out carbon and the ecosystem can still sustain human life.”

Members of Congress will continue to be paid, despite federal government shutdown. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that’s unfair. “It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision. Have some integrity.”

Stock markets tumble, Nasdaq down almost 22% from peak in August. “Wall Street’s widely accepted definition of a bear market is a drop of at least 20% from a recent peak.”

African boy brought to the U.S. to have facial tumor removed dies on the table. “… Matadi Sela Petit, 8, died after suffering a rare genetic reaction to anesthesia during surgery.”

GoFundMe page for border wall hits $13 million. “In just four days, the military veteran’s crowdsourced campaign for construction of the border wall has raked in more than $13 million in donations from nearly 215,000 people, with donations surging after his Thursday-night appearance on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham.”   Only about $4.99 billion to go!

FBI agent who accidentally shot a Denver bar patron pleads guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault, is sentenced to a fine and probation. “(Victim Tim) Reddington’s attorney said the bullet hit one of his client’s main arteries and he could have bled to death had witnesses not stepped in to create a makeshift tourniquet with a belt.”   In contrast, my brother, who was in his fifties, was assaulted and knocked to the pavement. He ATTEMPTED to draw a pistol, to deter the assailant from continuing the attack, but he accidentally dropped it, having never tried drawing it from on his back before, and the pistol was kicked away from him. He never pointed the gun at anyone, nor was it fired. He then called the police. He accepted a plea deal on the advice of his lawyer and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Woman accused of tasing and tying up her ex-husband, then fatally shooting her 14 year-old daughter when she called the police. “According to the police report, the 911 operator could hear a woman saying, ‘You called 911’ and then heard something about ‘blow your head off’ followed ‘by what sounded like zip-ties being secured’ and then a loud sound, followed by screaming, according to the report.”   There must be some mistake – only men do stuff like this!


December 23, 2018

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