Trump Tirades, Mars And Other News
Following up on Paul Ryan’s remarks regarding Trump and the video scandal that just won’t go away, Trump had a few words to say on Tuesday. The presidential candidate took to Twitter, as he so often does, to voice his opinions. Tweets turned into even more tweets, with Trump saying, “Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!” He followed with “Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” and “With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!” He also pointed out that “Disloyal R’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win - I will teach them!” The tweet that received the most attention, however, was Trump’s likening Paul Ryan to “shackles,” saying “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”
As rumors continue to swirl regarding the possibility of even more tapes showing damning evidence of Trump’s disrespect for women, he told listeners on Monday that, “If they want to release more tapes saying inappropriate things, we’ll continue to talk about Bill and Hillary Clinton doing inappropriate things.” However, MGM Television, which owns the production company responsible for The Apprentice, says, even if additional tapes were to exist, they do not have “the ability nor the right to release footage.”
Many pro athletes are speaking out on Trump’s behavior, saying that his reported conversations are not, in fact, typical locker room talk. One commentor, Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs, tweeted, “Just for reference. I work in a locker room (every day)…That is not locker room talk. Just so you know…” and “Have I been in every locker room? No. But the guys I know and respect don’t talk like that. They talk about girls but not like that. Period.” Others to speak out include Dahntay Jones of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sean Doolittle of the Oakland A’s and Jacob Tamme of the Atlanta Falcons.
Some lighter (and slightly less frustrating) news — President Obama announced in an op-ed yesterday for CNN a lofty goal for the country. He wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2040. The plan is for the initial visitors to return back to Earth, with an ultimate goal of one day establishing an extended residence there. The plan, he said, will not entirely lay on NASA’s shoulders, as it would require the help of private aerospace parties as well.
Popular charity Save the Children released a report listing the world’s countries in order of opportunities available to girls. The United States was rated as 32nd out of 144, behind both Algeria and Kazakhstan. The poor rating was blamed on the lack of female representation in national government, high rates of teen pregnancy and high rates of maternal mortality, when compared to countries with the same income levels.
The report says: ”The Girls' Opportunity Index provides a snapshot of the situation of girls in countries the world over — their opportunity to control their own lives and to fulfill their potential. While it is impossible to capture the full range of barriers that are holding girls back in life in a single index, we have sought to identify issues that provide insights into the some of the most extreme violations of girls' rights, which stem from deeply entrenched discriminatory norms as well as from economic and political barriers.” The top countries? Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The FBI released the results of a study conducted in 2012, which found anger related to U.S. military operations abroad was one of the largest motivators for those participating in homegrown terrorism. It reinforced the idea that terrorists feel the U.S. military is “committing atrocities in Muslim countries, thereby justifying their violent aspirations.” The report advised officials to maintain focus on social media and web outlets, and known extremists and those who reach out to them.