Friday, May 18, 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray, on the Russia investigation

Senator Patrick Leahy, on Wednesday, questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray, from the story below:

Leahy: “You said at your confirmation hearing that the Russia investigation was not a witch hunt…Is that still your opinion?”

Wray: “Yes.”

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fbi-head-christopher-wray-russia-probe-not-a-witch-hunt/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Commencement Address by Rex Tillerson

Rather startling comments, from former Secretary of State Tillerson, as reported by the New York Times.

Mr. Tillerson said, in part:

“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.”

He said:  “When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/politics/tillerson-truth-lies-american-democracy-trump.html

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Joe Biden, on John McCain, and the White House

A statement from former Vice President Joe Biden, from the story below, in Friday's Washington Post:

“People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday,” Biden said. “John McCain is a genuine hero — a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. As he fights for his life, he deserves better — so much better. Given this White House’s trail of disrespect toward John and others, this [White House] staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/05/11/meghan-mccain-dismisses-nothingburgers-attacking-her-ailing-father-john-mccain/

Senators Sanders and Graham, on the silence from the White House

From the story, below:  On Sunday's State of the Union, on CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders discussed the recent ugly insult about John McCain, made by a White House aide--and the inability of the White House to apologize for it.

“It is beyond my comprehension. It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful about an American hero. It is another thing for them not to apologize,” Sanders said. “So it is beyond my comprehension. And I just don’t know what goes on in that White House mentality for there not being an apology for that terrible remark.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said this, on CBS's Face the Nation:

“It’s a pretty disgusting thing to say. If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate [and] that’s not who we are in the Trump administration.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sanders-graham-think-white-house-apologize-john-mccain-insult-161910305.html

Monday, May 7, 2018

Recommended Reading

The amazon link, below, is for an excellent book: The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling. It is by Stephen Cope.

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Work-Your-Life-Journey/dp/0553386077/

Monday, April 30, 2018

N.Y. Times: "Journalists Suffer Deadliest Day in Afghanistan Since at Least 2002"

"A branch of the Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came just eight days after the group took responsibility for another explosion that killed 57 people lining up to register to vote."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/world/asia/kabul-bombing-photographer.html