“Well, our brilliant leader (no one is smarter than him, he said so) has begun cavalierly calling this man with his finger on the trigger in North Korea and total control over the use of monstrous weapons, “Rocket” Man like a child in the schoolyard trying to provoke a fight. If conflict ensues it will not be this draft-dodger or his pampered children who are placed in danger and sent in harm’s way to a far-flung war zone to engage.

We are talking about the deaths of literally thousands and tens of thousands of people-maybe even millions-many of them sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and even grandparents that are Americans. To treat the threat of a horrible war with such a thoughtless approach-as though it is no big deal-something to be joked about and belittled shows the depth of this-and I’m choking on it-president’s ignorance, arrogance, and lack of feeling for his fellow man. Is there no end to this madness? Is there no balm in Gilead for those of us seeking a return to sanity?” –Pat Jones

 

“This is the final paragraph of an article I just read in answer to a friend who asked his Black friends to provide examples of white privilege. (I would like to note that more accurately, his statement should be “white, straight, male privilege”) This woman wrote an extensive, sensitive response to his request which is quite long. This last paragraph is good instruction for everyone:

“As to you ‘being part of the problem,’ trust me, nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody. Just like nobody should be mad at me for being black. Or female. Or whatever. But what IS being asked of you is to acknowledge that white privilege DOES exist and not only to treat people of races that differ from yours ‘with respect and humor,’ but also to stand up for fair treatment and justice, not to let ‘jokes’ or ‘off-color’ comments by friends, co-workers, or family slide by without challenge, and to continually make an effort to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so we may all cherish and respect our unique and special contributions to society as much as we do our common ground. With much love and respect, Lori.” –Richard Moberly

 

“I’m presently watching President Inept Narcissist Two Second Attention Span read a speech to the United Nations. I understand and respect that all Presidents in the modern era have used speech writers. Having said that…it is clear that no President has differed so greatly in what they say in their off the cuff remarks vs. what they say in their speeches written by others. Everyone knows that Trump is an incessant liar. His positions can change from day to day, or hour to hour, or sentence to sentence. He has no moral compass. He has no credibility here or anywhere in the world. What an embarrassment. He’s The Emperor With No Clothes. I’m thankful that he’s temporary.” –David Click

 

“DACA defines what we stand for as a nation, a program redefined in this early century. “Dreamers,” as were all immigrants to this country in the past, were allowed to fulfill their ambitions. Let it not become a nightmare for these young people. A bonus to our country, and a tragedy if our small-minded politicians prevail in ending the program. DACA kids, and their parents and extended families, remind us of what makes the USA great. There’s no need to “Make America Great Again”; it remains great as long as we welcome those already here and the new arrivals from across the world.” –Nicholas Friedin

 

“PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)–In what some security experts fear could be a high-stakes war of Elton John lyrics, minutes after Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” the North Korean dictator responded by calling Trump “Honky Cat.”

“As he issued the Elton John-based attack, Kim warned that he had an extensive collection of the singer-songwriter’s albums and was prepared to weaponized every lyric in them.

“The White House immediately struck back, warning Kim that ‘any further provocation involving an Elton John lyric, especially ‘Tiny Dancer,’ will be seen as an act of war.’

“But any hope that Kim would be silenced was short-lived.

“Responding to the White House, Kim stated, ‘I see the bitch is back,’ before signing off, ‘Goodbye, Yellow-Wigged Toad.'” –Ed Rabel