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News Roundup – Brexit, Texit, Abortion

Brexit (a stupid word). Every now and then, when voters go to the polls, they vote against their own best interest. Maybe they are clueless. Maybe they have been lied to. Maybe their emotions are pulling them one way and their head is pulling them in a different direction. Sure, there were some bad things about the European Union, but all-in-all it was a good thing for a relatively small country like Britain. Now, they are in the soup.

So, some are all whipped up about leaving the United States. #Texit is now a thing…again.

Abortion Rights – The Supreme Court, by a 5-3 vote, ruled in favor of abortion rights in a major case challenging an anti-abortion law passed in Texas. The opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, struck down the legislation mandating clinics have admitting privileges with local hospitals and requiring that they meet the same standards as surgical centers.

I love this Pope – Pope Francis said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated. Speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say it is sorry for the way it has treated the gay community. “We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness. Not just apologise — forgiveness,” he said.

Donald said what about the Brexit (Hillary supporter Christine Quinn on CNN) – “What he said wasn’t a commentary on international markets, it was, ‘When the pound goes down, more people will come to my golf course,’” she explained. “Donald Trump’s main concern isn’t the international markets, it isn’t the impact that Brexit will have on hard working Americans 401Ks, it’s himself. How can he make more money, how can he put more money in his bank account?” “Trump touted that he saw this coming,” Quinn shot back. “That’s ridiculous because when he was first asked about Brexit by the press, he didn’t appear to know what it was.”

Ben Carson – How to crash and burn in the National Spotlight

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Just because you are a great neurosurgeon, it doesn’t mean that you are a great politician. Today Ben Carson was on MarketPlace. He was interviewed by Kai Ryssdal. This isn’t anything tricky. Ryssdal pitched softballs. Ben Carson spat out conservative nonsense which sort of makes sense until you put the questions and answers all together.

Ryssdal: There has to be something inside you, though, sir, that makes you believe that you can do this job better than the other — I don’t even know, now — what, 14, 15 people who are up there in various stages on the debate stage.

Carson: Well, yeah. I’ve had a lot of experiences in life where people said things couldn’t be done, to the point now where I almost don’t even want to try it unless people tell me it can’t be done.

Ryssdal: You have said more than once you want to run the government as a business. You want the president to be the CEO of that business. And I wonder, other than running a medical office, or sitting on corporate boards of Kellog’s and Costco, how do you know the government ought to be run like a business? How do you know the president ought to be the CEO?

Carson: Well I know what efficiency looks like, and I know what inefficiency looks like. I’ve had an opportunity to work in universities, sit on university boards, as opposed to working with corporate boards, and noticing the rapidity and the efficiency with which things are done in one area versus the other area. And, sometimes the same kinds of problems. So also, starting a national nonprofit. As you know, nine out of 10 of those fail, and the Carson’s scholar fund is active in all 50 states, has won two major national awards, which are only given to one organization out of tens of thousands each year. Obviously those are not things that can be done without understanding how things work.

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Mo’ne Davis – a great person in the making

mone-davisMo’ne Davis is a Little League baseball pitcher. She has gotten some attention because she can throw the baseball very well. Oh, did I mention that she is a she?! I don’t follow Little League baseball because I think that Little League is taken way too seriously. I don’t think that it should be televised by ESPN. I think we need to let kids be kids. Play ball without the added pressure.

Anyway, Disney announced that they were going to make a movie about her life. (Good for her!!) Bloomberg University baseball player Joey Casselberry decided to do what young kids do,. He tweeted his thoughts. “Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.” Bloomberg University kicked little Joey off the baseball team. What did Mo’ne do?

Mo’ne Davis, age 13, took the high road and wrote an email to the President of Bloomberg University. She said, “While I admit I was pretty hurt when I read his comments, I felt sad that he was dismissed from the team…. I am sure Joey Casselberry has worked very hard to get where he is and dreams of playing in the major leagues. For this reason, I’m asking you to please allow him back on the team so that he can continue to chase his dream. He made one dumb mistake. I’m sure he would go back and change it if he could.” She went on to ask if he be reinstated with the team. What a great young lady!!!

Casselberry has apologized. The University president has responded. He praised Ms. Davis’ thoughtfulness. He also stated that he would look into reinstating Mr. Casselberry.