* Trump bombs Syria without authorization from Congress, McCain votes for ‘nuclear option’ on SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch, Bannon demoted (2017-04-07)

Liberal & Uncategorized


1. New video of U.S. launching missile attack on Syria (2017-04-06)


CBS News – “New video shows U.S. warships launching the cruise missile strike on Syria. In a statement, the Pentagon said the U.S. took ‘extraordinary measures’ to avoid civilian casualties. The target was Syria’s Shayrat Airfield, believed to have been used by the regime to launch a chemical weapons attack earlier this week.”

1. BREAKING: President Trump Announces Syria Attacks (2017-04-06)


FOX 10 Phoenix – “The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians. The Tomahawk missile strikes destroyed portions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military infrastructure. Fox has learned there was one primary target an airbase in Shayrat, located outside Homs, a US official tells Fox News. The military plans called for 43 Tomahawks to be fired from the USS Porter and USS Ross. The two Destroyers in the Med can carry 70 Tomahawks altogether. US defense officials tell Fox the two warships have been training for the past two days to execute this mission.”

2. McCain, You’re A Stupid Idiot (According To You) (2017-04-07)


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – “Remember when John McCain said only a ‘stupid idiot’ would vote for the Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’? Neither does he.”

2. McCain votes for ‘nuclear option’ on SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch – NOT COVERED BY CONSERVATIVE MEDIA (2017-04-07)


3. Bannon Removed from Security Council, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding – Monologue (2017-04-06)


Late Night with Seth Meyers – “Seth Meyers’ monologue from Wednesday, April 5.”

3. Trump removes Steve Bannon from National Security Council (2017-04-05)


Fox Business – “FBN’s Blake Burman reports on Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council.”

* Erik’s Editorial: Donald Trump bans migrants from 6 countries (too Muslim), Erik Heels bans Fox News (too conservative) and The Young Turks (too liberal), Why Trump needs pets (2017-03-08)

Day 48 of Donald Trump, the 45th and worst President of the United States.

By Erik J. Heels

First published 3/8/2017; FailedPols.com; publisher: GiantPeople.

Pudge the cat.

Muslim Ban 2.0

On 03/06/17, Donald Trump issued (minus the photo op and speech) his Muslim ban 2.0 as Executive Order 13780 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_executive_actions_by_Donald_Trump). What puzzles me about most of Trump’s executive orders is that it is easy to figure out who is HARMED by the order (those from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), but it is very difficult to figure out who BENEFITS from the order. Racists? White supremacists? The alt-right? All of the above? You tell me.

In any event, Hawaii has already sued, seeing a temporary restraining order (TRO) before the executive order goes into effect on 03/16/17 (http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/07/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-lawsuit/).

Erik Heels seeks to moderate the Failed Pols project

It is extraordinarily difficult to get principled content on political issues. Since I started the Failed Pols project (http://www.failblog.com/), I have been consuming a lot of news from many sources in a multitude of formats.

But one day after Trump’s latest “travel ban,” I felt compelled to block (i.e. unsubscribe from) both Fox News (https://www.youtube.com/user/FoxNewsChannel) and The Young Turks (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks) for being too far right and left, respectively. Fox News and The Young Turks are guilty of the same sin (albeit on different ends of the political spectrum), namely sensationalizing and trivializing the news for ratings.

It should come as no surprise that Fox News focuses on entertainment instead of substance, since it is part of the Fox Entertainment Group (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News). But the real problem with Fox is that is has no real competition on the right. So Fox News focuses on short pithy segments designed for the short-attention-span market. Notably, there are no hour-long news programs on Fox. (NB both the BBC Newshour and the PBS NewsHour on the left.)

And The Young Turks does the same thing from the left.

So in an attempt to keep the coverage – shall we say – fair and balanced, I’ll be cutting out two of the most extreme viewpoints.

Why Trump Needs Pets

Trump strikes me as a mean-spirited individual. One who appears to have lied, cheated, and stolen his way to the top (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_affairs_of_Donald_Trump).

So when I was thinking about the caring people that I know, it occurred to me that most (if not all) of them have pets. And it turns out that the former Presidents of the United States in the top quartile had, on average, 10 pets (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_pets). In fact, all but one former POTUS (Polk) have owned pets.

So maybe that’s why Trump lacks compassion for human beings.