ArtAppraiser asked for my thoughts on a New York Times article about the relationships Indonesia is forging with the United States and China. I have to admit I haven't been paying that much attention to politics and economics over here. There isn't much in-depth analysis in the English-language press and my friends are mostly fellow teachers, so we talk more about grammar and culture than geopolitical manuevering. But, for what's it's worth, I do have some thoughts.
Conservatives including Republican Presidential candidates and the Republican Governor of South Carolina are accusing Black Lives Matter for setting an atmosphere that encourages attacks on police. The problem is that 2015 is on track to have the lowest for the number of murders of police in years.
Ted Cruz includes President Obama for the threat of violent death facing police officers. The fact is that there were more police officers killed under GW Bush.
We should thank Black Lives Matter for decreasing police homicides (snark)
Our President is a very clever person. I wonder just how many Republican heads exploded in Congress today?
The Obama administration on Wednesday awarded more than $1 million in grants to Planned Parenthood to help promote ObamaCare, a move that is drawing GOP criticism at a time when the healthcare provider is under congressional investigation.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) blasted the White House’s decision as “unconscionable” in light of allegations of illegal activity in the health provider’s fetal tissue program, which has prompted key Republicans to call for a total defunding of the organization.
This is not new. We’re not just now “discovering” this problem. But we should be saying enough is enough. It’s time we recognize as a nation that for too long, we have had a quiet epidemic on our hands. Plain and simple, drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a moral failing —and we must treat it as such.