There's a track on Tina Turner's 1989 album “Foreign Affair" called “Ask Me How I Feel" and it is a plea to be heard. To be seen. To be loved: “I'm waiting in the storm, ask me how I feel/ When things are going wrong, why don't you ask me how I feel?" It's a constant refrain. Ask me how I feel. Why don't you ask me how I feel? Turner didn't write the song. But those lyrics cut deep. Maybe deeper if you were abandoned as a child. Maybe even deeper if your husband abused and exploited you for 16 years before you finally escaped, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of everything he torched to be...
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Ted Cruz blasted for claim the energy industry will die under green law: Because the Texas grid is so dependable?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stepped in it when he commented about the Green New Deal bringing down the energy industry if passed. Cruz's state energy grid fall apart when Texas experienced freezing temperatures that ultimately killed people.
"At least 111 people died in Texas during [the] winter storm, most from hypothermia," reported the Texas Tribune. "The newly revised number is nearly twice the 57 that state health officials estimated last week and will likely continue to grow."
So, according to some, Cruz's comments anticipating the end of the world for alternative energy isn't the best thing for him to address until his state can clean its own house.
The Green New Deal will destroy the American energy industry as we know it.— Senator Ted Cruz (@Senator Ted Cruz)1619031855.0
Cruz was blasted all over Twitter. See the comments below:
Started/going (@tedcruz edition) https://t.co/jFbZSwxVVb— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1619045946.0
@cryborg @SenTedCruz Those are the saddest eyes...— HappiCat (@HappiCat)1619047288.0
Excellent, because as we know it today is not working for America or this planet. Also, speaking of not working for America, that would be you as well.
Lying, hateful, fear mongering, fascist Congressman Ted “da lose" Cruz. We so look forward to the next election! 🙋🏻♂️
— TheRealAmerican (@RealAmerica2021) April 21, 2021
You mean it might deplete the reservoirs of cash the American energy industry uses to buy politicians like you, Ted?
— TedCruzMustResign (@TedResign) April 21, 2021
This reminds me of a infamous saying - "If Biden is elected, the stock market will crash". Some things never change. Republicans are so blind to real life issues.
— Jason Lavin (@jasonlavin) April 21, 2021
@KevinMKruse @SenTedCruz Oh noooo... not the eNeRgY iNdUsTrY aS wE kNoW iT! https://t.co/xvAJT2A35z— BringBackDecency (@BringBackDecency)1619045816.0
@besf0rt @SenTedCruz this money should be taxed— Jive Taw King (@Jive Taw King)1619043815.0
@JoJoFromJerz @SenTedCruz He looks like the dude that stole peewee’s bicycle in the peewee Herman movie!— Elysia Fulcher (@Elysia Fulcher)1619048178.0
You spelled “improve" wrong
— Will Tooke (@willtooketv) April 21, 2021
Good!!!! American energy “As we know it" needs to be destroyed and on its bones, build greener, sustainable energy like solar, wind energy, geo thermal, and tidal. Wouldn't be too opposed to nuclear. Kill the oil companies while we are at it. GOP policies are killing the planet
— PastorMikeT (@PastorMikeT1) April 21, 2021
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the Columbus, Ohio police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Ma'khia Bryant appears to be a "military-trained marksman," as well as the son of the police department's basic training sergeant.
"Social-media posts and news reports indicate that the officer who fired at the Black teen, identified by authorities on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon, is a U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman who received expert marksman training with an M4 Carbine," reported Pilar Melendez, Chris Bournea, and William Bredderman. "A graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus, where he was a member of the wrestling team, his alma mater posted periodic updates on his progress through basic training."
"A Twitter account and associated Instagram belonging to Reardon are no longer available to view. However, several accounts tweeted at his handle on his birthday, which matches that of a Nicholas E. Reardon from the nearby suburb of Sunbury, who Franklin County court records show was charged with a traffic offense in 2015," continued the report. "Reardon appears to be the son of retired Sergeant Edward 'Ted' Reardon, a 32-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police. The elder Reardon, also an Air Force veteran, was honored at an Ohio State football game in 2019, where the announcer noted he was the basic training sergeant at the Columbus Police Academy."
Many details of the shooting, which occurred just 30 minutes before a Minneapolis jury handed down a murder conviction against the officer who killed George Floyd, are unclear.
The police department has released footage indicating Bryant was holding a knife and winding up to stab someone in a confrontation — which they say is a situation that training dictates can be stopped with deadly force if necessary.
Democratic Congressman says the GOP is officially taking its cues and its money from Marjorie Taylor Greene now
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace addressed the sad inability for the Republican Party to govern effectively because they have to balance fake battles to appease the far-right with bipartisan negotiation.
In one segment with Wallace, Politico reporter Eugene Daniels explained that President Joe Biden is genuinely trying to be bipartisan while holding meetings with Republicans, but in public, they say one thing for the cameras while they're saying another to Biden.
It's a problem that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said he sees firsthand while attempting to govern. He and Wallace referenced a tweet that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posted calling Black Lives Matter the most powerful "domestic terrorist group in the United States." Republicans have dutifully fallen in line behind her.
"The point is whether voices like Marjorie Taylor Greene's are driving the decision-making in the Republican caucus, and there's proof that they are," he explained, recalling the 199 Republicans who supported keeping her on the Education Committee. "They had a chance to do the right thing, right? They just took $175,000 from her because she's raisings all the money. So, the point is they are taking their cue from Marjorie Taylor Greene, taking their money from Marjorie Taylor Greene. That's the difference between trying to say there's a person saying crazy things and a whole political caucus, one major political party going down the dark roads of racism and white supplement sit and conspiracy theories and all the things we now know she promotes."
Wallace agreed, noting that people could simply say they're "crazy" and that they can have their 8:00 p.m. Fox News talk hour, "but they're legislating at a really fast pace. We've covered for weeks the voter suppression laws, 108 of them in total. We've been talking today about laws to criminalize protests when all the violence really was on the right-wing extremists, and 97.7 of the Black Lives Matter protests were peaceful. It's no longer about dismantling the lies to you and your colleagues, you have to slow and stop the policymaking in response to the lies. How do you do that?"
The congressman noted that the one positive is that Democrats have the ability to govern while Republicans have collapsed on their fainting couches.
"While they seek to divide Americans, we are delivering for Americans, we are putting checks in people's pockets, shots in people's arms, hundreds of billions going to middle-class families trying to pay health insurance premiums, trying to put food on the table, keep their small business afloat," said Maloney. "We have to combat the other side's efforts to engage in gerrymandering in this desperate hope that their extremism can still cobble together a majority in the house. I think one more point, we should not deceive ourselves that the politics of this can be difficult. We are the party of John Lewis, right? We know that when we start to march across one of these bridges on the road to civil rights, there can be people on the other side with barking dogs and fire hoses and billy clubs. It's our job not to just walk blindly into that violence, but to understand the risks and to be smart about it so that we prevail and maintain the capacity to keep doing these good things we're doing for the American people."
Daniels asked Maloney if he and other Democrats would be willing to outright expel Greene, and the congressman confessed that he would be curious in talking about it. However, "I'm not going to take Kevin McCarthy off the hook." He also said that he thinks it's an issue for her district, why they'd want a member of Congress who has no power to help them.
"If there was a member on our side, there would be consequences. Let's remember, in the past they did discipline members like Steve King, so what has changed?" asked Maloney. "Why do they embrace a woman like Marjorie Taylor Greene, when they gave more criticism and more grief to someone like Liz Cheney, who committed the sin of saying the insurrection was wrong and Donald Trump had something to do with it. I don't want to let them off the hook. I think they should take responsibility for this."
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