In a tweet fired off today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took a jab at one of the witnesses who testified at this week’s hearings in the House impeachment inquiry, and she immediately was on the receiving end of a wave of backlash due to the way she characterized a career military officer.
“Vindictive Vindman is the ‘whistleblower’s’ handler,” Blackburn early Friday morning referring to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified this Wednesday.
Vindictive Vindman is the “whistleblower’s” handler.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) November 22, 2019
The comment thread beneath her tweet was filled with people rebuking her for her words.
Sadly we can’t do anything to stop you from being a United States Senator for another 5 years, but we can make sure that you spend 4 of those years in the Minority.
So to all commenting here, remember to focus on 2020:
Organize. Register. Vote.
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) November 22, 2019
I reported her. Disgusting.
— Judith Kaufman J.D. (@judesterworld) November 22, 2019
Trump pardoned war criminals this week and you’re reserving your ire for a soldier who reported a crime when he saw it.
— Gator MaClunkey (@Zeddary) November 22, 2019
This is deplorable and beneath the dignity of a US Senator, and I pray that it results in an ethics investigation against you and expulsion from the Senate. You have NO RIGHT to make such baseless accusations against a US citizen, let alone 1 who served honorably his whole life.
— Sloth (@sloth_dc) November 22, 2019
A US Senator resorts to childish name calling of a Purple Heart recipient in defense of a corrupt, criminal grifter.
There is no bottom for the remnants of the Republican Party.
— chris diamond (@stuckwithafork) November 22, 2019
Your behavior is disgraceful.
I’ll be donating to your opponent.
— Crypt Kidder (@rrich46) November 22, 2019
You are disgusting. Everyone else doing this is disgusting. None of you goddamn freaks are worthy of his service to OUR country…. HIS country.
The shrapnel in Lt Col Vindmans body will have a longer impact on Americans that any of you mealy mouth idiots ever will.
— 💙 Koko: Here, right matters✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿💙 (@Kokomothegreat) November 22, 2019
You have no shame but I am ashamed for you and your party. I have lost all hope for the republicans. It makes me sad for our country.
— kathleen (@kathlee73732050) November 22, 2019
What makes Lt. Colonel Vindman “vindictive?” From everything I’ve seen, he’s patriotic, honest & doing his best to defend our country from threats (foreign & domestic).
Every member of the GOP seems to be vindictive against anyone who doesn’t blindly support & defend Trump.
— John Adams (@JohnAdamsGA) November 22, 2019
Why are you such unrepentant garbage?
Love, a constituent
— Evan Hurst (@EvanHurst) November 22, 2019
Marsha Blackburn hates the troops.
— Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King Of You (@commiegirl1) November 22, 2019
That’s disgusting. Even by your standards.
— larryleclair (@larryleclair) November 22, 2019
Were you always this terrible a person, Marsha, or have you been horribly corrupted by power? It's not too late to take a look at yourself and choose country over party.
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) November 22, 2019
Thank you for confirming my hypothesis that all Republicans are trash.
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) November 22, 2019
Delete your account, traitor.
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) November 22, 2019
John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.
Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?
Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.
Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report
The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.
"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.
Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo
Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.
Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.
In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.
But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."