I'm eating a generous slice of Trader Joe's pumpkin spice bread because perhaps I'd rather digest that than digest this week. And this week was heavy.
MONDAY: We all awoke to the same tragedy aftermath. We all checked to see if our friends had been in Vegas, were in Vegas, were ok. We waited as we received confirmation that some were, some were injured, and some weren't returning home. A confirmed 59 deceased, 500+ injured, families destroyed, lives taken abruptly.... but due to the delicate feelings of gun owners, let's not talk about some common sense gun regulation. It's apparently never the time.
ALSO MONDAY: Rest in peace, Tom Petty.
TUESDAY: Trump visits Puerto Rico, tosses paper towel rolls at the crowd, compliments a PR official, telling official to be proud of low death count, and tells PR they've thrown the budget out of whack. It's ok... let's not talk about the millions and millions Trump's golf vacations to his resort are costing tax payers.
P.S. PUERTO RICANS STILL DESPERATELY NEED OUR AID.
ALSO TUESDAY: Local school board meeting is another circus display as the board attempts to find common ground on the issue of forming an official opt-out policy, at the whim of a group of religious right extremists.
SOURCE: I WAS THERE.
ALSO TUESDAY: A United Nations resolution banning the death penalty for homosexuality was opposed by a total of 13 countries in the U.N. Human Rights Council, INCLUDING THE U.S. The resolution also condemns its use “as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations,” and against minors, pregnant women and the mentally disabled. The other countries who voted against the resolution were Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, China, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia (which currently has the death penalty for sodomy).
Not exactly good company.
Fortunately the resolution passed despite our embarrassing and horrifying opposition.
Apparently the U.S. voted no because they wanted the Ban to also state that the Death Penalty does not automatically mean a Human Rights abuse. As the death penalty is currently legal in the USA under federal law as well as various individual state laws, if we voted for this resolution we would be accusing ourselves of human rights' violations. I do not support the death penalty, so I find all of this bullshit.
THURSDAY: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel.
Obama's former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, tweeted on Thursday: "Trump risks sliding into war with Iran or an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program for no reason other than ego and targeting Obama legacy."
This is precisely what Trump would like his supporters to think. But it's just not true. The reality is that Trump is asking Congress to codify the terms of a better Iran nuclear deal so that it can be used as leverage with European allies to push Iran for more concessions. If the president wanted to get the U.S. out of the nuclear deal, he would have done it already.
FRIDAY: The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.
It also sets up a fight between advocates of religious freedom and those of equal rights for women. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump Administration within hours of the rule being published, claiming it violated the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, which ensures that all people receive equal protection under the law.
"The Trump Administration is forcing women to pay for their boss's religious beliefs," said ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, in a statement.
ALSO FRIDAY: FEMA deleted stats about the response to the Puerto Rico crisis. They were magically restored after severe backlash.
Honestly, i think I'm just going to eat this entire loaf.
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