Author: The BPI Squirrel

Puerto Rico, and More

Relief crews struggle to reach damaged areas in Puerto Rico, plus White House emails, Maria Tillman, and more…. (More) “Much worse than Harvey, much worse than Irma” Thousands of relief workers are en route to or already near Puerto Rico, the Washington Post reports, but the hurricane damage is hampering their mobility: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating the recovery effort, said 10,000 federal employees have been deployed to the Caribbean. The Coast Guard has sent in 13 ships known as cutters. Commercial barges are arriving with relief supplies. The National Guard is being housed on barges...

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Standing Up by #TakingTheKnee

Athletes are standing up to social injustice – and to the God-King’s bullying – by #TakingTheKnee. (More) “We MUST honor and respect it!” The God-King doesn’t believe in the First Amendment: Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag — we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Those patriots did not fight and die for pieces of cloth. They fought and died for what that cloth represents: our nation, our Constitution, including our Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment right of free speech, including...

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‘Chilling’ Student Speech Poll, plus Other Stuff

About that ‘chilling’ poll of college students on free speech, plus other stuff…. (More) “Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses” The Brookings Institution’s John Villasenor is all a’tizzy because college students disagree with him: The survey results establish with data what has been clear anecdotally to anyone who has been observing campus dynamics in recent years: Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses. In fact, despite protestations to the contrary (often with statements like “we fully support the First Amendment, but…”), freedom of expression is clearly not, in practice, available on many campuses, including...

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Graham-Cassidy and ‘Laboratories of Democracy’

Republicans want to unleash the ‘laboratories of democracy’ — but only for mad scientists…. (More) “States, those laboratories of democracy…” Senate Republicans insist that Graham-Cassidy is all about letting states find innovative solutions on health care: To hear Republican senators tell it, of course, this isn’t about forcing governors to make decisions that Congress is too gutless to make itself. No. It’s about federalism! States, those laboratories of democracy, are better suited to craft insurance policies – which are, at their core, boring financial contracts – narrowly tailored to their own unique state needs. Which is nonsense. What, people in Tennessee...

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As Everyone Knows…

Business is better than government, states are better than feds, Hillary hated coal miners, and other stuff “everyone knows”…. (More) “Their belief in charter schools is unshakable” As everyone knows, business provides better and more efficient service than government. Just ask Stephen Goldsmith, who coined the so-called ‘Yellow Pages Test’: The “Yellow Pages test” says that if a service can be found in the Yellow Pages of a phone book, government should consider buying it rather than producing it in-house. Proponents insist this provides better services at lower cost, despite the inevitable profit margin for business owners, because “competition”...

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