Monthly Archives: February 2020

Opinion: Teachers aren’t losers. They’re lifesavers

Editor’s note: President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., addressed his father’s campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night, instructing young conservatives “to keep up that fight, bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.”

His remarks prompted many responses by teachers on social media.

Kristin Karnitz is not a teacher (she is a customer service account manager and mother from De Pere, Wisconsin). But, counting many educators in her family, she penned an op-ed in defense of the profession, an edited version of which appears below.

During President Trump’s rally Monday night in El Paso, Donald Trump Jr. took to the podium. I caught a clip of his speech that made my heart stop momentarily, then pound with the rage of a boxer hitting a punching bag.


“Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth,” he said.

Loser teachers.

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Inspection- Can We EVER Get Away From Toss the Poo Politics?

 Here it comes! DUCK! (Or at least… moose… over!) Arriving on your digital doorstep early; next week’s edition.

by Ken Carman

 I get it. Since the ghosts of LBJ, Lee Atwater and Karl Rove have turned LBJ’s little child meets atom bomb politics into politics via little else but framing: another word for personal insult, our national discourse has become as empty as the graves of those turned into red mist when directly hit by the airplanes on 9/11. I Inspectionalso understand that Karl Rove is still alive, if one can call it that. But one must ask: where is this getting us?
 The answer, in part, currently occupies the White House.
 Cheap political points aside; like I just made, I must ask are we better off, overall, due to framing politics? Read more

Why Trump Must Be Criminally Investigated for His Use of the Pardon Power

The power of the president to grant pardons as stated in the Constitution is unconditional, as President Donald Trump has observed. But as he prepares to bestow that favor on Roger Stone and perhaps other felons who have protected him, someone should advise him that a corrupt pardon is nevertheless a crime that can be prosecuted, if not overturned.

So Bill Clinton learned soon after he pardoned Marc Rich on the last day of his presidency, Jan. 20, 2001. Public anger exploded within days after Clinton granted a conditional reprieve to the infamous “fugitive financier,” who had skipped to a Swiss chateau, evading trial on charges of tax evasion, sanctions violations and conspiracy. Among those most infuriated by Clinton’s surprise decision were the federal prosecutors who spent years chasing Rich.

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Russia Is Interfering on Trump’s Behalf Again, and He’s Enraged That Congress Now Knows It

There’s a bit more clarity now to the story of the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee that may or may not have contributed to acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire’s departure from the Trump administration. According to The New York Times, the mysterious briefing that Republicans and impeached president Donald Trump so objected to was about Russia interfering in this election, the 2020 one.

Five people familiar with the matter told the Times that the Feb. 13 briefing included a warning to lawmakers that Russia was interfering to get Trump reelected, a “disclosure that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him,” as opposed to using it to try to secure the election and prevent Russia from mucking about in it again. The Times reports that the next day, Trump “berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place” and the fact that Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee chairman, was present to hear it was “a particular irritant.

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