NASA Is a Federal Government Agency Whose Administrator Should Be a Nonpartisan Science-Based Executive, Not a Political Extremist
PresidentÂ Donald Trump has taken more time to fill the hundreds of key federal government positions necessary for a fully-functioning government than any other president in modern history. To give you an idea of just how badly he is doing in thisÂ critical job responsibility, let’s look to The Washington Post, which is tracking all of Trump’s nominees for 591 key positions that require Senate confirmation. (There are actually more that require Senate confirmation, and thousands that do not, but we’ll keep our focus on the most important roles.)
As of Wednesday, for thoseÂ 591 key positions,Â Trump has had only 117 nominees confirmed. He has formally nominated another 106, which the Senate must act on. There are 2 people he has said he was going to nominate but has yet to do so formally. And, there are 366 key positions for which he has not bothered to nominate anyone.
Again, that’s as of Wednesday, according to The Washington Post. Trump did nominate several dozen candidates late Friday to various positions, so these numbers are a bit off, but overall they give you an excellent idea of just how bad a job Trump is doing.
One of the people Trump nominated late Friday is his candidate to run NASA, theÂ National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA is a federal government agency whose administrator should be a nonpartisan science-based executive.Â
NASA is not just about putting people into space. It’s a vital federal government agency that is responsible for many of the modern-day technology we use in our everyday lives. NASA in 2008 produced a 215 page document detailing all of the commercial products and technologies that it has contributed to.
NASA is also a big part of America’s research into climate change, which, contrary to the Commander-in-Chief and almost every Republican in Congress, is real. The U.S. Dept. of Defense says climate change is a major threat to national security.
So naturally, President Trump has just nominated a climate change denier to run NASA.
U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Republican of Oklahoma, is 42 years old. He sits on the HouseÂ Committee on Armed Services and on the HouseÂ Committee on Science, Space and Technology. And because the Speaker of the House is also a climate change denier, Rep. BridenstineÂ is the chairman of the HouseÂ Subcommittee on Environment.
BridenstineÂ is also, unsurprisingly, an anti-gay extremist.
“Jim Bridenstine is a Hard-Core Conservative,” says OnTheIssues, a nonpartisan site that tracks politicians’ votes and statements.
When the Boy Scouts voted to remove its own ban on gay Scouts, Rep. BridenstineÂ took to the House floor to attack LGBT people.
“Some of us in America still believe in the concept of sexual morality, that sex is intended for one man and one woman within the institution of marriage,” BridenstineÂ said in 2013, as Towleroad reported. “Organizations that hold this philosophy and promote it among our youth should be commended, or at least you would think, tolerated. Unfortunately, the intolerant Left bullies and browbeats private organizations like the Boy Scouts into accepting their philosophy.”
BridenstineÂ argued that LGBT activists “didn’t start their own organization,” but rather, “went after the Boy Scouts of America.”
Remember, it was the Boy Scouts that voted to remove their ban.Â
“The Left’s agenda is not about tolerance, and it’s not about diversity of thought. It’s about presenting a worldview of relativism, where there is no right and wrong. Then using the full force of the government to silence opposition and reshape organizations like the Boy Scouts into instruments for social change.”
He concluded with a reference to Jesus.
“To my friends on the Left, this is not tolerance. but here’s the good news about true tolerance. the most tolerant one of all has the ability to redeem us all.”
One year later, when a federal judge ruled Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, BridenstineÂ made clear his thoughts.
“Marriage is not a ‘governmental benefit.’ Marriage is the foundational institution in our culture which recognizes the very unique and complimentary contributions men and women make in the raising of children.”
And afterÂ the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage, BridenstineÂ bristled. At a Christian anti-gay, anti-abortion rally Bridenstine told supporters, â€œfive unelected lawyers changed the definition of marriage in this country.â€
BridenstineÂ is everything you’d expect of a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. He’s anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, opposes ObamaCare, opposes a woman’s right to choose, denies climate change is real and even opposes supporting alternative energy, he “pals around” with far right wing extremists likeÂ Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, wants fetuses to have the same civil rights as people who have been born, wants a federal law banning same-sex marriage and thinks states should have the right to ban it. BridenstineÂ also wants special protections for people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage, wants no federal standards for education, supports abstinence-only “education,” opposes restrictions on gun purchases, supports privatizing social security, wants to get rid of the IRS, and more.
You get the picture.
BridenstineÂ does not belong at the head of what is a nonpartisan vital U.S. government agency. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) agree.
Let’s hope more Senators do, and vote this abominable nomination down.
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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo
President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.
“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”
In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.
“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”
Read the full report.
Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.
But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.
“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.
That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.
The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower
Statement Does Not Say ‘Impeachment’
Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.
Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:
Pelosi issues lengthy statement on the whistleblower complaint:
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/JMZJs0E2Aq
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 20, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.
“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.
Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:
“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”
Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:
Weak as usual @TeamPelosi . Trump has clearly crossed the impeachment line with this one.
— Peter Archer (@PeterArcher37) September 20, 2019
With all due respect @SpeakerPelosi , when is enough enough? What repercussions has this administration faced so far under a Democratic House majority?
— PhatboyNYC (@PhatboyNYC) September 20, 2019
And this is why Dems are perceived as weak and Trump looks like a winner. Pathetic. If Pelosi et al don’t get it together soon, they will cost Democrats big time by depressing the vote.
— Debra King (@Kingwoman) September 20, 2019
Weak sauce from Pelosi. I’ll believe it when some damn ACTION is taken.
— Van Hammersly (@MrVanHammersly) September 20, 2019
Suggestion for Sunday shows: Invite Speaker Pelosi and ask her what would merit impeachment? Is there a red line somewhere, or is impeachment something from the past that shall never be sought again, ever?
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 20, 2019
Speaker Pelosi has issued a statement warning of serious, unnamed, repercussions. In other words, nothing. This still does not seem to be enough to make them act.
— Regina Maher (@Regina_Maher) September 20, 2019
You hear that Trump? You only have 100 more scandals before Pelosi pounces…on another mildly written statement of concern. Wouldn’t wanna be in your shoes.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) September 20, 2019
Here it is. Pelosi apparently feels like she’s done her job. No mention of impeachment. Absolutely no consequences for this administration. What is it going to take? pic.twitter.com/Va3cyFAmjz
— Mark Yelsits (@MarkYelsits) September 20, 2019
DId you read Pelosi’s “statement”, It makes you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and sob for the loss of our country and soon democracy as a concept. I have a headache.
— hfb (@HarrietBurandt) September 20, 2019
After a week has passed, at last a statement…that advances the effort to secure the complaint in no concrete way. https://t.co/IXDbbzv8h3
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
Incredibly I think Pelosi has already blown it with this statement. You have a tiny window of time in which to cement the narrative in the public discussion that this warrants impeachment and she just watched it pass. Now this will just fade into the miasma of Trump crimes.
— Jeff Rector (@jrector83) September 20, 2019
I just read Pelosi’s statement on the whistleblower. I want to throw my phone across the Fucking room. WTF??
— Farrell McManus (@farrellmcmanus) September 20, 2019
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