Saturday, January 21, 2017

Protesters, Rioters Come Out in Force After Trump’s Inauguration

Demonstrators, angered by the election of Donald Trump as US President, began demonstrations across the United States, and even globally, as they marched Saturday as they voiced opposition to the new leader and his proposals.

The largest, the ‘Women’s March on Washington’ is the largest planned, attracting protests to march through Washington. Other satellite demonstrations, many also dubbed as a ‘women’s march,’ occurred throughout cities in the US, along with large international cities, such as London and Brussels.

Police used tear gas to control rioters during the Trump inauguration
Credit: AP/Mark Tenally
The day of the inauguration saw riots by self-proclaimed anarchists as they broke windows and destroyed and burned cars and other properties.  Many of the rioters wore black clothing and masks to prevent their identification. At least 217 people in Washington have been arrested for riots occurring just prior to Trump’s swearing in.

Donald Trump Inaugurated as 45th President of the US

Chief Justice John Roberts administering oath of office to Trump
Credit: White House
Donald John Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama after serving eight years in the position. Vice President Mike Pence was inaugurated shortly before Trump took the oath of office.

The inauguration marks off the over two month transition process after Trump won the 2016 Presidential election in November, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton, along with her husband former President Bill Clinton, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush attended the inauguration, as did Obama per the tradition of a sitting President to attend the swearing in of his successor. Former President George H.W. Bush did not attend the inauguration in the wake of his hospitalization after complications from pneumonia. 

Trump promised a return to government controlled by the people in his inaugural address, criticizing trade deals and other government actions he sees as detrimental to Americans. Making clear his message, Trump said, “We are transferring power from Washington, DC and giving it back to you, the people."

Trump also seemed to be less open to foreign interventions aimed at changing the structure of government in foreign countries, saying, "We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone." However, the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will likely require some further measure of foreign intervention by the newly-inaugurated President.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mother-Daughter Actresses Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher Die One Day Apart

Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died on December 27, following a heart attack she suffered on a flight on December 24. Fisher’s death was unexpected, given the actress’s age of 60.

Her mother, noted Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, suffered a stroke shortly after the news of her daughter’s death, succumbing to her condition a day after on December 28 at age 84. Their deaths appear to have capped off a year of a myriad of celebrity deaths, including Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frye, and Garry Marshall.

US Responds to Alleged Russian Hacks, Russia Hedges

After US intelligence agencies reported that the Russian government was behind hacking attacks on,  Democratic National Committee servers, which revealed embarrassing details about the campaign of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in hopes of influencing the outcome of last month’s election, President Barack Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country, along with closing two compounds operated by Russia. The two compounds, US officials claim, were used for espionage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, while advised to respond in turn and expel the same number of American diplomats from Russia, acted deferentially to incoming President Donald Trump, who has taken a more relaxed view towards Russia. Putin did not expel any diplomats and instead invited children of American diplomats to the Kremlin for a holiday party. Trump responded in a tweet, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!”

Democrats have criticized Trump’s reaction, saying that Trump has become to friendly with the Russian government, which many of them see as aggravating the conflict in the Syrian Civil War. Some Republicans, on the other hand, have criticized the intelligence reports, claiming disagreements among the reports about the actual extent and motives of the Russian government, along with criticizing Obama’s response to the reports.

While Obama is still president for the next three weeks, it appears as if the bulk of the US response to the alleged Russian hacks will occur with a President Trump in the White House.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

OPINION: Not Racist, Not Sexist, Just Trump

Credit: Gage Skidmore
By Luis H. Cavazos

Donald Trump’s winning the 2016 election was certainly interesting and undoubtedly shocking. Accepting him has not been easy for his detractors, but for his supporters it gives many of them a cause for unmitigated celebration. Trump’s victory seems to be the first time a so-called “outsider” has been able to pull off a win for the Presidency.

One of the main arguments by his detractors for the inherent unacceptability of his presidency for me is somewhat straining, that is, that Donald Trump is a raging sexist. That is simply not the case and is absurd at the highest level, and the main architect for all of this rhetoric is the mainstream media, the upper echelon of academia, and of course the wonderful, loving, and ever so graceful "social justice warriors" which infect our nation’s ivory towers.

Wrestling magnate and former Senate candidate Linda McMahon has been chosen as another cabinet member in Mr. Trump’s administration, and she is not the only one chosen either: Nikki Haley, Elaine Chao (who is also an Asian immigrant), Betsy Devos, among possible others. Apparently, after these incredible cabinet decisions, Mr. Trump is still sexist, mean, and evil incarnate. If you look closely however, at everything Trump has done, it is to always be inclusive of everybody of all types.

Now the point I am trying express is that the "old white man’s" GOP does not exist, and if it somehow ever did it has since died. I would also say that we as Americans should stop attacking our new incoming president as if he were some sort of woman-hater as the media and left are making him out to be, instead of focusing on the diversity and the intelligence he is bringing to a new and forthcoming four years, of which I am delighted to be a part. We as a country should move far from the high school bullying of the new president and focus on the new modern era that is bringing jobs to everyone, women and men of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and races. Disagree with Trump all you want, yell at him in front of your TV if you desire so, but don't let it be because he’s a sexist or the party that nominated him is, rather let it be from the political ideology for which he stands. That is what a republic is supposed to include, arguments based upon ideas and not upon silly nonsense gossip and malice from members of the media and sheltered college students.

Can we all just agree to get back the real issues, shall we!

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