Trump NY State Co-chair Almost Apologizes

Taking after his idol, Trump’s New York State Co-chair, Carl Paladino issued an almost apology for his earlier racist remarks about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

So what got him into hot water in the first place? Well he answered a questionnaire about what he hoped to see in 2017 provided by Artvoice, a weekly publication from western New York. His responses included:

Paladino said his main desire for the New Year was that President Obama would die after contracting “mad cow disease after being caught having relations” with a “Herford” [sic]. He also wrote that he wanted Michelle Obama to go away and “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

Now we’ll get back to the apology in a moment but he also stated:

In a previous interview with the Buffalo News, Paladino did not claim his answers were a mistake. He stood by the comments and said they had “nothing to do with race.” Paladino also told the News that he made the remarks “just for” Rod Watson, one of the paper’s black editors.

“Tough luck if you don’t like my answer,” Paladino said to the paper.

Yeah well, that’s very nice. But now on to the apology:

In a press release, Paladino apologized to the “minority community” for his remarks, which appeared in a feature that was published in the Western New York weekly Artvoice on Dec. 23. Paladino blamed the comments on an “emotional” reaction to President Obama’s handling of the situation in Syria and accidentally hitting the wrong button in his email.

“I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize,” began Paladino, who has been a member of the school board in Buffalo, N.Y., since 2013.

“Those survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad president for whom the mainstream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy,” Paladino said. “I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people who are totally responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and I made a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings.”

So let’s get back to that apology. Did you notice anything unusual about the target audience? He aimed it at the “minority community”. Why not all of us? Do you think I wasn’t a little bit pissed off? Don’t you owe an apology to the “majority community” who were also offended? Or don’t you think that we were offended? Just about how President-elect Donald Trump would handle the situation, aina?

You may have also noticed that his is on the Buffalo School Board. By a 6-2 vote he has been asked to resign or risk being kicked off of the board.

Paladino didn’t attend the meeting. He says he won’t resign.

This guy should never be elected or appointed to another public office…ever.

And When Congress Finally Does Something…they prove Incompetent!

Congress was all full speed ahead damn the torpedoes in passing their Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, that would allow Americans who suffered a loss on 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia. Despite the stern warnings from the White House and President Obama’s veto…they went ahead and for the first time in Pres. Obama’s Presidency, overrode his veto.

But then buyer’s remorse set in:

U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad.

A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first during Obama’s eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately.

“I do think it is worth further discussing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, acknowledging that there could be “potential consequences” of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress might have to “fix” the legislation to protect U.S. troops in particular.

And of course whose at fault here? As quoted above:

…they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately.

Out of the 535 members of the House and Senate…there aren’t any policy wonks that know what all this entails? Who know what the risks and benefits might be? How can you pass legislation when you don’t know the ramifications?

So after 7+ years of basically doing nothing and working the fewest days this year in nearly 60 years…when they finally get off their posteriors…they pass a heinous bill and within 24 hours regret it.

And all of us suckers are pretty much going to send them all back to Washington in November.

Obama administration: schools must allow transgender bathrooms

This is a good step forward for transgendered students.

Public schools must allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, the Obama administration announced Friday, escalating the pressure on the contentious public debate over transgender rights.

The civil rights offices of the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a joint letter to school districts asserting that limiting transgender students to facilities consistent with their birth sex or to single-stall facilities not required for other students violates the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, known as Title IX. Failure to comply with the directive would jeopardize districts’ federal funding under the law.

Education Secretary John B. King said Friday that the directive was issued in response to requests for guidance from school officials around the country.

“This was an attempt to provide clarity,” said King, who was en route to Wisconsin where he was scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Milwaukee Area Technical College on Friday evening.

“Fundamentally, the Department of Education is a civil rights agency,” King said. “We want to ensure that all of our students — whoever they are, wherever they come from — get an opportunity for a great education, free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”

I expect this action by the federal Department of Education will be met with fierce opposition from conservative bigots who can’t accept or understand anyone who doesn’t fit into their narrow understanding of what it means to be a person.

President Obama burns Ted Cruz on his proposal “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods”

In response to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s suggestion that police “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” in the wake of the Belgian terror attacks President Barack Obama absolutely eviscerated Cruz while criticizing Cruz’s suggestion.

“As far as the notion of having surveillance of neighborhoods where Muslims are present, I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which, by the way, the father of Sen. Cruz escaped for America, the land of the free,” he said.

Here’s video of President Obama’s remarks, which are absolutely worth watching.