New England Patriots Win Spectacularly

New England Patriots Win Spectacularly

The New England Patriots played a history making game when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl 50, yesterday. No other winning team made up more than 10 points to win, but the Patriots made up a stunning 25 (trailing 28 to 3.) And no other Super Bowl went into over time before in the history of the contest. The final score was 28 to 34.

Learn more about the Patriot’s win (Boston Herald)

 

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I Love Trouble, a film by S. Sylvan Simon, 1948

I Love Trouble, a film by S. Sylvan Simon, 1948

I Love Trouble, 1948

A film by S. Sylvan Simon

“A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife’s past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is killed before he can talk, but, with the help of a showgirl, the detective learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girl friend to enter college after she had stolen $40,000 from the night club where she worked. The detective eventually learns that the husband had killed his wife when he discovered her past in order to avoid a scandal, and had hired the detective to try and frame him for the killing.” (IMDB)

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Kellyanne Conway admits her “Bowling Green Massacre” error

Kellyanne Conway admits her "Bowling Green Massacre" error

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s closest advisors, has admitted her “Bowling Green” error, via Twitter. During an interview on MSNBC’s Hard ball, with Chris Matthews, she referenced a “Bowling Green Massacre,” which she blamed on two Iraqi refugees, whom she called “masterminds.”

She also said that President Obama had halted Iraqi immigration as a result. But these statements were not true. It turns out, no massacre of any kind occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and President Obama never halted Iraqi immigration, though he did order revetting of many Iraqi refugees, which slowed, but never stopped, the immigration process. The two Iraqi refugees were apparently up to no good, attempting to smuggle weapons out of the country, to Al Qaeda in Iraq, but they weren’t involved with, nor were they planning, a massacre or violent incident of any kind in the United States.

Conway’s gaff is the latest in a surprisingly large number of factually incorrect statements attributed to Trump Administration personnel, starting on day one. Conway, who coined the term “alternative facts,” which was widely derided in the press and on social media, did at least own up to her latest faux pas, admitting to the mistake.

This is, on the one hand, an encouraging sign. Trump Administration personnel caught in misstatements of fact have tended to double down, rather than own up to their errors, which has lead to widespread accusations of lying. On the other hand, one wonders why the errors, misstatements, and perhaps lies are so common in the Trump administration. It is, of course, completely unacceptable to willfully misrepresent the facts to the American People—-to lie. It’s also unacceptable in office, especially at this level in government, to constantly get the facts wrong, even innocently.

These aren’t high school kids, just learning about the world, or interns working on their first jobs. Their casual disdain for the accuracy of their statements, and by definition, the truth, is shocking, and appears to filter right down from the President himself. These people are running the executive branch of The United States of America, a great nation, and the decisions they make are often matters of life or death. They are playing for keeps, or at least they should be.

Ultimately they are responsible for serving, and reporting to, the American People, and they owe the American People no less than assiduous devotion to duty, and a scrupulous attention to detail. In other words, the facts matter. They absolutely must get the facts straight, and the sloppiness, or willful disregard, that we’ve observed in the first days of the Trump administration is unacceptable, and disheartening.

Learn more about Kellyann Conway’s factual gaff (The New York Times)

 

Photo: By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Federal Judge temporarily halts President’s immigration order

Federal Judge temporarily halts President's immigration order

A Federal Judge has placed a temporary, nationwide hold on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. Justice James Robard, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Seattle, WA, granted the temporary restraining order on Friday. Following the judge’s decision, the U.S. Government will now reinstate the visas of travelers from the seven Muslim-majority countries affected by the executive order, allowing them to come and go legally, until the matter is resolved at a later date.

The Trump Administration initially called the court order “Outrageous,” and the Department of Justice has announced intentions to challenge the restraining order by filing an emergency stay, in order to defend the President’s  controversial Executive Order. It’s possible that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this case eventually, which would represent a major test of Trump Administration policy.

The Executive Order, which prevents valid visa holders from seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Lybia, Yemen, and Syria) from entering the U.S. for a period of 90 days, in order to allow time for “extreme vetting”, has sparked a firestorm of protests across the United States, and condemnation from around the world. Many believe the Executive Order is contrary to American values,  inordinately cruel to struggling refugees, and even unconstitutional.

Learn more about Judge Robard’s temporary restraining order (CNN)

 

Photo: By Tim Evanson, CC BY-SA 2.0 (Wikimedia Commons)

 

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