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The Orlando Sentinal makes an endorsement, sort of

We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.

Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent. Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.

After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.

Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.

So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.

Former Idaho GOP chairman arrested for masturbating in a wig outside his ex-wifes home


Police in Boise, Idaho arrested Jonathan Parker on a felony first-degree stalking charge this Thursday, alleging that on or between May 16 and May 30, Parker “did knowingly and maliciously engage” in conduct that “seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed Kelly Parker,” the Idaho Statesman reports.

Kelly Parker is the suspect’s former wife, who he is currently in divorce proceedings with. Jonathan Parker is a lobbyist and the former Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. His former wife currently has a restraining order filed against him.

According to the complaint filed against Parker, he was “repeatedly hiding in bushes, masturbating, disguising himself with a wig” at or near Kelly Parker’s apartment.

Duncan Hunters wife admits she bought plane ride for pet bunny with campaign funds

The wife of a California congressman on Thursday pleaded guilty to blowing through more than $200,000 of campaign funds, including to pay for lavish vacations and plane tickets for the family’s pet rabbit, Eggburt.

Trumps former ethics chief proposes a Golf on Your Own Damn Dime Act of 2019.

Walter Shaub, who served under Barack Obama before leaving the Trump administration in 2017, pitched the mock law in response to Trump’s record number of golf trips to his own resort properties — even during official trips abroad.

The taxpayer tab for president’s pricey golf outings is now up to nearly $106 million, according to a Huffpost analysis. But what’s unique for golfing presidents is that Trump owns the resorts he’s visiting, so the publicly funded trips also serve as advertisements for his private businesses.


Shaub’s mock new act would require any POTUS to “pay for all costs” for a golf outing “incurred by the entourage from the minute he/she left the White House until he/she is back inside the White House.”

The tab for Trump’s visit earlier this week to his golf resort in Doonbeg in Ireland — at least $3.6 million — was particularly steep because he brought along a substantial entourage following his official state visit in London. The club used Trump’s stay to try to drum up business for the money-losing operation by tweeting about his visit — something the Trump Organization had pledged would never happen because of ethics concerns. The golf course removed the tweets following questions about them from Huffpost.

Drag Queen Story Hour at the Gerritsen Beach Library sparks outrage

New York State Sen. Andrew Gounardes took to Twitter today to accuse some his constituents of engaging in “hate speech.” The target of his smear was a group of concerned citizens in Brooklyn’s, Gerritsen Beach neighborhood who objected to their local library hosting Drag Queen Story Hour, an international organization dedicated to having drag queens tell stories to children.

Trump Administration Strips India of Special Trade Status

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Friday that it was stripping India of a special status that exempts billions of dollars of its products from American tariffs, part of a deepening clash over India’s protections for its market.

The White House said that it would terminate India’s preferential market access to the United States as of June 5. The notice claimed that India had not given the United States “equitable and reasonable access to its markets.”

The administration said that it would also apply to India tariffs on solar panels and washers that President Trump announced last year, suspending an exemption it had granted to certain developing countries.

The measure will hit some Indian exporters of products like textiles, jewelry, auto parts and agricultural products, and aggravate tensions between the United States and a country the Trump administration has described as an ally to counter China.

Accidental Sky Penis is a great band name


Trump admits: Russia helped me get elected

UC study: Children Raised Without Religion Are Kinder And More Empathetic

In a study that was conducted by the University of Chicago, a link was found between non-religious upbringing and kindness. In fact, children who were raised without religion were not only kinder but also showed more empathy towards others.

While most would believe that religion and a higher power breeds a better upbringing, this study seems to indicate otherwise. Led by Professor Jean Decety looked into the perceptions and behavior of various children located in six different countries. They looked into the children’s likeliness to share, as well as their habits regarding judging others or punishing them for bad behavior.

“Overall, our findings … contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others,” said the authors of The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World.

“More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that secularization of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness – in fact, it will do just the opposite.”

Alabama finds itself in the company of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Palestinian territories

The United States prides itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave, a place that protects individual liberty and prizes privacy. Yet the freedom of women in the US is increasingly being threatened by highly restrictive abortion bans, passed at the state level, which violate the US Constitution. These laws make the legal codes of many Muslim-majority societies in the Middle East and North Africa seem more free, a fact that may surprise freedom-prizing Americans.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week (paywall) that the abortion bans just passed in Alabama and Georgia are more restrictive than prohibitions in about half of the Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East. Leila Hessini, vice president of the Global Fund for Women, which promotes gender equality initiatives worldwide, tells the publication, “There is not the same level of fervor, violence, and attacks on women and providers as in the US—we’re not seeing right now in the Middle East and North Africa a desire to make laws more punitive and more restrictive for women who need abortions and providers. We are seeing that in the US.”
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