Politics politics

The Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school. Now he’s troubled by Muslim prayers.

The Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school. Now he’s troubled by Muslim prayers.

The lack of forethought of these conservatives is staggering.

They're all for tax credits for religious schools, but will be shocked and dismayed when madrasas start popping up.

They're all for the ability of store owners to discriminate against customers on the basis of their religious freedom, but the first time a muslim bakery refuses to make them a cake, they're going to cry foul.

Artist behind anti-Trump billboard in Arizona reports death threats

Artist behind anti-Trump billboard in Arizona reports death threats
Artist behind anti-Trump billboard in Arizona reports death threats

So much for freedom of speech.

Also she is just speaking her mind and telling it like it is. I thought Trump supporters would love that.

Edit: changed he to she.

Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?

Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?
Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?

There are 'news' sources in the USA, out on the extreme edge, that made a place for themselves because they tell stories their fans will want to read... by simply making them up. They lie continually because lying is what sets them apart. Any reasonably informed adult knows that these are not places you ever go expecting facts; in fact, they are by definition the worst places you could go looking for the truth.

'News' sources like this are not uncommon in the world today.

What is uncommon is that the USA has a leader who acts as if 'news' sources that exist to lie are actually reliable sources of information.

Trump is doing this partly because he's a stupid dupe who is so uninformed about the world that he can't tell an absurd invention for what it is. Partly it's because he himself is a chronic fantasist who has always continually lied, who places no value whatsoever on the truth, only what he wants to say.

Germany rejects Trump claim: ‘There is no debt account at NATO’

Germany rejects Trump claim: ‘There is no debt account at NATO’
Germany rejects Trump claim: ‘There is no debt account at NATO’

From Reich:

Five basic points about the U.S. and NATO:

NATO members don’t “owe” the United States, and NATO countries don’t pay the U.S. to defend them. Contributions to NATO are based on each nation’s capability and its national interests, as agreed to in the treaty. The U.S. decides for itself how much it contributes to NATO. The military commitment of the U.S. to NATO isn’t a favor to Europe. It’s vital to U.S. national security. European nations should probably spend more on defense because their security requires it. But that's their decision.

There isn't an invoice the US sends out every month for each country involved in NATO. It's a treaty, a joint alliance. Nobody owes the US any $. The US is responsible for it's own expenditures into NATO; they made those decisions.

In 2006, NATO countries agreed that they would try to commit 2% of their GDP to defense (*by 2024). That 2% doesn't all go to NATO! There is other defense spending they provide for.

There is also soft or indirect funding for NATO provided by these countries... troops, land, equipment.

All 28 countries contribute to the hard $ funding through an agreement. They contribute according to a formula based upon each country's gross national income.

This guy is so embarrassing for the US on the world stage. Depending on how long his reign of terror persists, this could take decades to recuperate from.

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense
Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense

"There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO.

It's really remarkable to think trump fundamentally doesn't understand how NATO works

Try one of these subthreads