The Wednesday Read: Trump, Tester, Fake News, & Pro Bowl

Stupid is knowing the truth, seeing the truth, but still believing the lies. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Trump’s Terrible Tuesday
  • Tester’s New Senior Staff
  • 449,000 Californians
  • NFL Pro Bowl

Trump’s Terrible Tuesday:

It looks like President Donald Trump has blinked when it comes to shutting down the government to get funding for the border wall. The Hill was reporting last night that “Trump retreats on shutdown” and some sources say they may fund the government until February.

With the Democrats taking over the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, Trump may never get funding for his beloved wall.

This is the same wall Mexico was supposed to pay for.

Then we heard this – Reuters reported that the Trump Foundation will dissolve under court supervision which resolves a New York state lawsuit claiming he misused it to advance his 2016 presidential campaign and his businesses.

Reuters also reported that the lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation seeks to recoup $2.8 million and ban Trump and his three eldest children from leadership roles in any other New York charity.

Interesting, Trump and his kids can’t run a New York charity, but they can run the country…

Plus, Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was supposed to be sentenced yesterday for lying to the FBI. Most expected Flynn would not do any time in prison. It was reported that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan “could not hide his disgust for Flynn’s crime” so Flynn and his attorneys requested a delay in sentencing.

I think this ranks as a terrible Tuesday for the President.

Tester’s New Senior Staff:

After a clear and decisive victory over Matt Rosendale (and Donald Trump) last month, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) announced a new senior staff team to lead his D.C and Montana offices as he enters his third term next month.

Tester is hiring Dylan Laslovich as his Chief of Staff, Pam Haxby-Cote as his State Director, and Justin Folsom as his Legislative Director. Laslovich is replacing Aaron Murphy, Haxby-Cote is replacing Dayna Swanson, and Folsom is replacing Laslovich.

Best wishes to Murphy and Swanson. Thank you for your service to Montana.

Tester will also retain his position as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress. That’s a nice “spike of the ball” in the face of the President.

449,000 Californians:

It always amazes me how dumb some people can be on social media. Some people will post something that isn’t true or hasn’t been proven true. If they would check before posting it would help curtail the spread of fake news.

One example of this is the post about “449,000 Californians turned down jury duty claiming they were not citizens! However, they were on the voter registration list!”

A quick check shows that there’s nothing to verify that this is a fact. The fact-checking website Snopes says that California uses Department of Motor Vehicle records as the primary (meaning “the number one”) source for prospective jurors, although registrar of voter data is also used as a secondary source.

Snopes rate the claim as “unproven” which should alert people that it is not worthy of posting unless they don’t really care about getting the facts straight.

NFL Pro Bowl:

The NFL released the rosters for the 2019 Pro Bowl which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on January 27, 2019. reports that the Los Angeles Chargers have a league-leading seven Pro Bowl selections, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers each having six Pro Bowl selections. The Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints each have an NFC-leading five Pro Bowlers.

Since the Super Bowl is February 3, most Pro Bowl players are probably hoping they have playing in the Super Bowl as an excuse for not playing in the Pro Bowl.

You can see the selections HERE.



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Trump, Tester, Fake News, & Pro Bowl

  1. Since it’s no longer a solid wall but rather “artistically designed steel slats”, does Trump realize that’s what describes a fence? Also, some prison bars.

    • Thanks, Doug. I think by now he would call some rebar sticking out of the ground every few feet a wall. -JmB

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