Tom Cotton is a rising Republican star, now being mentioned as a 2020 possibility, or even a Trump alternative if, as some (i.e., me) speculate, Trump Withdraws from the Race. He was the instigator of the infamous, bordering on treasonous, letter to Iran telling them not to trust America’s word on the Iran nuclear deal.
But Cotton is not only a major league despicable Senator and person, he is also a petty, vindictive one, as I just learned reading An Obama Nominee's Crushed Hopes a Times op-ed piece by Frank Bruni.
I’m not a great fan of Bruni’s, dating back to his coverage of W. Bush in 2000. But this piece reveals Cotton’s true nature in a tragic case. Cassandra Butts was a lifetime public servant and a law school classmate of the President’s. He nominated her for Ambassador to the Bahamas.
Cotton put a hold on her nomination, along with Ambassadorships to Norway and Sweden, over gripes about alleged leaks, completely unrelated to Butts. Cotton’s office said he “had enormous respect for her and her career” and her qualifications were impeccable. Yet Cotton held her up for over 800 days, even after releasing the other holds. Why? Bruni writes:
She told me that she once went to see him about it, and he explained that he knew that she was a close friend of Obama’s — the two first encountered each other on a line for financial-aid forms at Harvard Law School, where they were classmates — and that blocking her was a way to inflict special pain on the president.
On May 25, Butts died after waiting futilely for 835 days for confirmation. “She had acute leukemia, but didn’t know it and hadn’t felt ill until just beforehand.” At that point, “the Bahamas had gone without an ambassador for 1,647 days.”
I had a sudden revelation the other day while perusing the
veggie section of our local Whole Foods Market:I own not a single pair of “skinny
jeans.”How, you might ask, did I
suddenly stumble across this personal truth and profound revelation?Well, while fingering the “organic” bananas that always seem to be too green to me and comparing them to the
“regular, old fashioned, cheaper non-organic” ones, I noticed that I was in the
company of half a dozen young men all wearing skinny jeans and all examining organic
California oranges or the latest shipment of white asparagus – organic - also
from California.Now there was the
aspect that five out of the six young men (Millennials, I assumed) were very
easy on my eyes. On anyone's eyes if you want the truth. Some sported very chic short-trimmed beards, strong chiseled chins, sparkling eyes, ad worthy faces, and a couple who looked quite buff in their chest hugging checked lumberjack shirts …
If I recall correctly, it was about five years ago,
certainly it was during Obama’s second term, when there appeared a spate of
articles, op-eds and opinion pieces, and a whole bunch of television pundits countering
the popular right wing narrative that “liberals are destroying America.”I think Slate, Politico, and the Huffington
Post had long, detailed pieces showing how there was no fact-based evidence
that this was the case and every indication that it was conservative social,
economic and political policies that were thwarting Americans from achieving
the American dream and not liberal policies. All the media attention including from the Washington Post and the New York Ties was quite
welcome in my view since I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh rage on for a decade now how
“liberals are destroying America.”
remember? No recollection of these seminal events?Of course you don’t because they never
happened. Your memory isn’t faulty.B…
IT POTENTIALLY WILL KILL MANY PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
The Nestle Corporation, headquartered in Switzerland, is the
world’s largest food company.If you
consume Kit-Kats or feed your Pomeranian Purina dog food or use Poland Spring
bottled water, you are a Nestle customer.There is virtually no where on Planet Earth where the company doesn’t
sell it’s product.Here’s a list of
Nestlé’s reach and influence over what the world eats is gi-normous.
But in their attempts to increase their reach and expand
it’s corporate domination over what the world eats, the Nestle Corporation has discovered a new “business model”
that relies on the cash strapped poor of the world to implement. It involves hiring poor folks to be small scale distributors who get supplied with Nestle products and then peddle them in poor neighborhoods. Here’s the introduction to a recent New York
Times article: “Children’s squeals
rang through the mug…