THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MAN WHO KILLED THREE PEOPLE LAST NIGHT IN THORNTON And I hope they catch him and not kill him (although that wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen I guess) because I want to know why people do things like this. Is he mentally ill? Is he a wanna be terrorist? WHAT IS THE REASON??? Find out more about this scumbag here. ***UPDATE: He's been caught! Maybe now I will get to know the reasons.
WANT TO KNOW HOW IMMIGRATION REALLY WORKS? I've got Christine Swenson, who is an immigration attorney, on today at 3. She is going to walk us through the process of legal immigration and help us understand what, if anything, can be done by people here illegally to get legal status. I think many people will be surprised by what they hear.
CONGRATS TO THE HOUSTON ASTROS! They won Game 7 with authority and are now the new World Series champs! This is the best Feel Good story of the year. With the team wearing their Houston Strong patches since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, it was tough to not root for them. It got even more feel good when Astros player Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend right after. Awwwwww.
DONNA BRAZILE IS A VICTIM, Y'ALL, JUST ASK HER! Former DNC Chair and Former CNN commentator Donna Brazile has a new book out about the election. First things first, SHE WAS SHOCKED THAT HILLARY RIGGED THE PRIMARY!! SHOCKED. Mmmm-hmmm. Politico has an excerpt and in it's brief paragraphs, Brazile throws the Clintons, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Obama under the bus, all the while expressing her SHOCK and HORROR about the mismanagement of the DNC and corruption of the Clinton team. HOW COULD I NOT KNOW she repeatedly wails in a fit of self pity. Sorry Donna, the answer is you did. We all know that and you all know that. Donna Brazile is no political neophyte after running the (failed) campaign of Al Gore and it's almost insulting for her to play the role of duped newbie now. I might actually read this book if I can stop rolling my eyes long enough.
THIS NEW YORK TERRORIST DEMONSTRATES WHY ASSIMILATION MUST BE REQUIRED FOR IMMIGRANTS I'm not saying that you must give up all your customs or food or that to be an American. But when you read about how isolated this guy and his family seemed to be, it's not that hard to understand why he made the jump from immigrant to ISIS terrorist. We need, no we MUST, help immigrants learn the language and become Americans. Teach them about our culture before they decide to learn about ISIS instead.
WHY HAS THE VEGAS SHOOTING DISAPPEARED? And it largely has. Compare the ongoing coverage (or lack thereof) with the obsessive non stop coverage of that missing Malaysian airplane. We still don't have a clue what that guy's motives were. We don't know anything about him. The timeline has changed. The security guard disappeared and then reappeared for a fluff interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show. The hard drive of the shooter's laptop is gone. WTF people??? Why is this story gone from the news?
GLOBAL TEMPERATURES ARE DECLINING And I'm sure the return to temperatures we saw before a two year El Nino took over will freak out those who told us the pause was over and we're going to burn up now. I'm also sure that lower temperatures are surely proof of global warming. Amiright???
THE URANIUM ONE DEAL ISN'T GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON As TheHill.com is now reporting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission allowed the sale of uranium mined in the US to other nations. This in spite of repeated assurances before the Uranium One deal got approval that the uranium mined here would stay here. And the way the NRC let it happen is dubious and seems to be designed to hide the fact such sales were taking place. It's dense, but it doesn't look good. Why hide something from Congress if it's perfectly legal? Here is the long and short of it:
“No uranium produced at either facility may be exported,” the NRC declared in a November 2010 press release that announced that ARMZ, a subsidiary of the Russian-owned Rosatom, had been approved to take ownership of the Uranium One mining firm and its American assets.
A year later, the nuclear regulator repeated the assurance in a letter to Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican in whose state Uranium One operated mines.“Neither Uranium One Inc. nor AMRZ holds a specific NRC export license. In order to export uranium from the United States, Uranium One Inc. or ARMZ would need to apply for an obtain a specific NRC license authorizing the exports of uranium for use in reactor fuel,” then-NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko wrote Barrasso.
But what ACTUALLY happened is a bit different:
Yet NRC memos reviewed by The Hill shows that it did approve the shipment of yellowcake uranium — the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons — from the Russian-owned mines in the United States to Canada in 2012 through a third party. Later, the Obama administration approved some of that uranium going all the way to Europe, government documents show.
What? Why? I'd like to know.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING IN MY CART TO SEE THE PRICE? You've all probably seen those online products with no price or a "Add to Cart for Pricing" button. Why is that? Likely because it's a really, really good deal. When an online retailer wants to see something below the manufacturer's retail price, they hide it. Which is why I always add stuff to my cart when I see this!
WHAT'S IN THE GOP TAX REFORM PLAN? It's going to be hard to demonize this as "tax breaks for the rich" although I know that's what is coming. If you own extremely valuable property, you won't love this (and I'm wondering how this would hit large family farms) and if you love you state income tax deduction you won't love it. However the tax rates drop considerably on middle class and lower income people who pay taxes, it will put some on the lowest tax rate back on the tax roles. Read a complete overview here.
THE AMERICAN DREAM IS BACK, BABY! At least according to a new Pew survey. It seems the "New Normal" of the last few years is not normal at all. When asked just three years ago if the American Dream was still attainable, six in ten Americans said no. Now, that number has flipped. Now 82% say they are living their American dream or on their way to getting it. That's so incredible and excellent news!
NOW ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S WORDS ARE SEXIST. I GIVE UP. The motto of the VA was taken from President Abraham Lincoln. The motto, "“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” has been in place since 1959 but now some organization is asking VA to change this "sexist" motto to "better support women". Shut up. Just. Shut. Up. Find actual ways to help women and just shut up.
A RESTAURANT BANS CHILDREN AND MOMS AND DADS ARE ALL KINDS OF MAD But I say if a restaurateur wants to alienate his or her customer base in search of a different, less loud customer base, go for it. I'd go to a child free restaurant, and I have kids. Is this the worst thing ever or just sound business?
RACIST CRIMES BASED ON RELIGION ARE UP THIS YEAR DRAMATICALLY. AGAINST JEWS. Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in the US. Maybe the libs are right about us becoming Nazi Germany. Of course they are the ones who are trying to get everyone to boycott Israel and stuff. Now we know that hate crimes based on religion are up. Way, way, up.
SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM BUT IT WILL COST YOU SIX DAYS OFF One Japanese firm is responding to (legitimate) complaints that smokers get more time off because of their frequent smoke breaks by giving non smokers SIX extra days off. SIX. I think this is brilliant.