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Ghouliani: Finally, a face we can trust! 8^¥

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This teens racist prom invite was a bad idea. But a free-speech expert says its his right.




A Florida school says that it will likely discipline a white high school student after a photo of him posing with a racist prom invitation drew wide attention on social media over the weekend.

The student, who officials confirm is 18-year-old Noah Crowley, was seen holding up a sign with a message asking another student to prom that said, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking U 4 prom?” in a student’s post on Snapchat. It was not immediately clear who posted the photograph to the social media service.

The story generated anger on social media and found traction on Google News after being covered by national media outlets such as the Huffington Post and the New York Daily News, drawing a surge of attention to Riverview High School, a public school of 2,600 students in Sarasota.

Tracey Beeker, a spokeswoman for the school district, said that the high school senior will “more than likely” face disciplinary measures.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/04/24/this-teens-racist-prom-invite-was-a-bad-idea-but-a-free-speech-expert-says-its-his-right/?utm_term=.5bf9fee2b60a


http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/Sarasota-student-family-apologize-for-racist-promposal-_167623809


The family of the 18-year-old Sarasota high school student under fire for the racist prom proposal he sent out on social media this weekend has publicly apologized for their son’s actions.

They also said that as a result of his actions, he will not attend Riverview High School’s prom or graduation ceremony.

Noah Crowley, 18, sent out the "promposal" on Sunday over Snapchat. It shows a picture of him holding a sign that states: "If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking U 4 prom."

The incident prompted the Sarasota County School District to address the community and reach out to the Sarasota chapter of the NAACP. The teen also issued an apology on Sunday.

His family followed up with this statement on Tuesday evening:

"While our son has apologized himself, on behalf of our family, we wish to also express our most sincere apologies for the terrible words used in his ‘promposal.’ We love our son dearly and know that he is a far better person than reflected in this reckless behavior. That said, as loving parents, we also feel compelled to share our own deep regret and serious concern about his actions.

gofundme for waffle house hero reaches $117,000 in one day

https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-waffle-house-hero

goal raised to $125K

Spanish Woman Looks More Like Trump Than The Donald Himself



They say everyone has a twin, and for Donald Trump that person may be a woman in rural Spain.

Dolores Leis Antelo has lived with her husband on a farm in Cabana de Bergantiños for 40 years. Although she doesn’t have a computer or a phone, Antelo has achieved viral fame since she was photographed by journalist Paula Vázquez.

Antelo posed with hoe in hand for an article about how farmers were adjusting to recent storms.

“Dolores was going to her farm to pick some cabbages,” Vasquez told the Spanish-language publication Faro de Vigo. “So I talked with her for a while, while a girlfriend was taking pictures of her, and I took the opportunity to take another photo with my cellphone.

Vasquez liked how the photo came out and posted it on Instagram, though she still didn’t notice Antelo’s resemblance to the leader of the free world.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dolores-antelo-donald-trump-lookalike_us_5adf8ed2e4b07be4d4c58c8c

dog won't let go of woman's shoe on subway

https://nypost.com/2018/04/24/pit-bull-attacks-woman-on-subway/



The video shows the pooch chomping down on a woman’s shoe for several seconds as straphangers yell at the animal’s handler.

“Get the dog off of her!” yells one woman.

“Call the police!” another man screams.

The train descends into chaos as riders try to get away from the dog. A man sitting next to the woman with her shoe in the dog’s mouth pulls hard on her leg to try to shake the beast off.

The dog finally releases near the end of the video and the animal’s handler tries to get it back into a crate while other riders continue to scream at him.

MTA officials, who didn’t know where and when the incident happened, called

Melania wriggles her fingers away as Trump tries to hold her hand

You can't attack the press constantly and not expect that they won't catch every little tidbit with their cameras.


Melania wriggles her fingers away as Trump tries to hold her hand during awkward photocall with French president and his wife



he reaches for her hand with his pinky. she wriggle her hand away.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5652377/Melania-wriggles-fingers-away-Trump-tries-hold-hand.html#v-509784351599607726



he reaches for her hand and says "thank you" when he finally gets it.

It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It wont get one.

The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy
It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It won’t get one.

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I don’t want to argue with Davidson’s prediction of a dramatic demise for the Trump presidency; Jim Newell and Jeet Heer have thoughtful responses noting that the path is trickier than Davidson suggests. I don’t know who’s right, and I don’t want to make an overly confident prediction only to be proven wrong in a couple months or years.

What I want to argue with, instead, is the broader intellectual tendency — a yearning, really — of which Davidson’s piece is a part. This yearning is for something, anything, to end the death loop that American democracy appears to be trapped in, for a big, dramatic blowup to fix the system’s ills. In the liberal imagination, that blowup typically takes the form of Trump’s removal from office, an event that sets us back to a path of normalcy and sane politics.

This yearning is understandable — but it is both dangerous and misplaced. Ending the Trump presidency will not fix, or even substantially ameliorate, most of the problems plaguing the American political system. They were mounting for years before he took office — indeed, they made him possible — and they will continue to plague us for years after he leaves.

What’s more, the desire for a dramatic explosion of the Trump presidency at times seems to blend into a desire for the dramatic blowup of the American political system altogether, a sense that we need some apocalyptic event that will wipe the slate clean and revitalize our democracy in one big revolutionary motion. It’s no accident that the rise of Trump has coincided with fearful but titillated worries about coups d’état, collapses into tyranny, and even a second American civil war or secession. These concerns are partially specific to Trump. But they reflect worries that transcend him too.


https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/23/17233952/trump-democracy-decay-decline-coup-war-collapse-impeachment

Golf Club Sorry for Calling Cops on Group of Black Members

http://www.newser.com/article/1893c1469ff343dbb8dcdc5a01d73157/golf-club-apologizes-for-calling-cops-on-black-women-members.html


A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course, the AP reports. "I felt we were discriminated against," one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. "It was a horrific experience." Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper. At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren't keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue. On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.

Despite that, the women skipped the third hole to avoid any other issues, she said. After the ninth hole, where it is customary to take a break before continuing on the next nine holes, three of the group decided to leave because they were so shaken up by the earlier treatment, the women told the paper. Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister; his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister; and several other white, male employees approached the remaining two women and said they took too long of a break and they needed to leave the course. The women argued they took an appropriate break, and that the men behind them were still on their beer break and not ready to tee off, as seen in a video Thompson gave the newspaper. The women were told that the police had been called, and so they waited. Northern York County Regional Police arrived, conducted interviews and left without charging anyone. The AP has more on the incident and the apology.


http://www.newser.com/story/258299/golf-club-sorry-for-calling-cops-on-black-women.html

Trumps lies corrode democracy



But aside from volume, Trump’s lies differed significantly from those of previous presidents. Some of his most frequent lies are bragging about his achievements in ways that are demonstrably untrue and contrary to well-known and accepted facts. For example Trump claimed that he had his picture on the cover of Time Magazine more than any other person; that he signed more bills than any other president in his first six months in office; that the crowd at his inauguration was larger than Obama’s; that he had the largest number of electoral votes since Reagan. These lies undermine public confidence in President Trump and American government, increasing public cynicism. But these falsehoods, as bad as they are, are not as insidious as the repetition of false statements with important political and policy implications.

Whether consciously intended or not, Trump’s policy and political lies can have a significant impact on public opinion, particularly with those who are favorably disposed toward him. Systematic research in psychology and political science has demonstrated that once “misinformation” is initially encoded in a person’s mind, it is very difficult to change perceptions through credible corrections. In fact, attempted corrections often reinforce the initial misinformation.



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Trump’s refusal to attempt to refute charges that he was telling falsehoods, admit their inaccuracy, or attempt to wiggle out of them by equivocating demonstrates either his lack of touch with reality or his conviction that he does not have to explain himself to others. Insistence on his false statements is an assertion of power. Lewis Carroll’s story, Through the Looking Glass, provides an insight about the relationship of words to power:

Humpty Dumpty: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

Alice: “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

Humpty Dumpty: “The question is which is to be master—that’s all.”

Trump expects others to accept his version of reality, and when they do not, he responds with ad hominem attacks and charges of “fake news.”

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/04/13/trumps-lies-corrode-democracy/

Trumps wild weekend of score settling shows "just how abnormal his presidency has become"

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/23/politics/trump-reactions-cohen-comey/index.html


Donald Trump's wild weekend showed just how abnormal his presidency has become, even if his breaching of conventional decorum has lost the power to shock.

The President, ensconced at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, spent Saturday and Sunday on Twitter venting at the FBI director he fired, and torching both The New York Times and his own estranged attorney general. He poured praise on his lawyer Michael Cohen amid speculation he could flip on his top client after an FBI raid on his offices carried off some of the closest-held secrets of the Trump Organization and the President's own past.

The President also lashed out at an unidentified "drunk/drugged up loser" as he fulminated about his legal situation and, out of nowhere, when most Americans were enjoying their Sunday afternoon tweeted, "A total witch hunt!"

The weekend's events were a snapshot of a frenzied social media presidency characterized by score settling and bitter attacks on enemies that would have been impossible to imagine before he won the White House.
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