If you're looking for some really depressing reading, Earth Justice provides this list of bills under consideration by Congress that would curb your right to get redress for grievances in our courts. The courts have been our most effective weapon against the injustice this Administration constantly perpetrates, so of course Congress wants to take that weapon from us! Now, many of the bills that got passed by the House stand a good chance of dying before a Democrat filibuster, but that's no reason to get complacent. When I get action alerts, you'll get action alerts.
Reveal's analysis of over 30 million home mortgage records finds that -- surprise, surprise! -- folks of color still get turned down for conventional mortgages at a considerably higher rate than whites, even though discrimination is, you know, against the law. Banksters say it's not what it looks like -- that they deny mortgages based, to a large degree, on credit scores. But they also refuse to release the credit scores, saying, at various times, that it'd violate privacy rights (hey, no one's demanding names!), would be too expensive (waaaaah!), and wouldn't actually tell us anything (then what are you afraid of?). Someone should tell them that three bad arguments don't add up to one good one.
Ho hum, Dear Leader says his destroy-all-regulations-and-cut-all-taxes-for-rich-people policies have brought electricity prices down, when -- hard to believe, Harry! -- electricity prices have actually gone up over the last year. They've gone up 3 percent, which outstrips inflation by a little less than a percentage point, but again, this is the guy who not only thinks he can turn around a cruise liner on a dime, but tells everyone he's done it after utterly failing to do it. And, seriously, big corporate tax cuts lowering energy prices? That is to laugh. Big corporate tax cuts gild the plumbing in a CEO's 19th vacation home, and nothing else.
Now we know why EPA Administrator Scott "Cone of Silence" Pruitt has to fly in a special first-class safe space: because one passenger told him he was "fucking up the environment." All together now: waaaaaaah! You know, when someone says something nasty to me -- and people say much nastier things to me than that! -- I don't demand a "safe space" from them at taxpayer expense; I give these morons exactly the amount of what-for I think they require, and then I move on. That's what good people do. It's not what our current Administration's officials do, which not only makes them snowflakes, it makes them bad people. Don't get your shorts in a bunch about life's many shades of gray when I say that. These people are bad. No navel-gazing is possible about this matter.
The story of the Florida shooter being vaguely associated with the Nazi wannabes at the Republic of Florida turns out to be a hoax -- perpetrated by right-wing trolls, of course. How the Republic of Florida leader who had identified Mr. Cruz as an associate got similarly "pranked" I can't tell -- either he's a bad leader or he was in on the joke to begin with, and neither of these possibilities flatter him. And anyway, the Republic of Florida got more publicity than it was going to get, and now it gets to play the victim card, by virtue of being unfairly associated with an evil school shooter (by the Anti-Defamation League, no less!). Sad that right-wing "pranksters" never seem to suffer for their sins, though.
Finally, the President tweets that the FBI missed "the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter" because they were too obsessed with the Russia investigation -- and gets an earful from students who survived that shooting. Sadly, Reuters does not report on the students who took the President to task specifically for making their tragedy all about him, as he seems to love to do. Maybe he'll block these kids, like he blocks anyone else who gets the better of him in an argument! I must say I've just about had it up to here with this disgusting piece of filth who somehow got elected President.