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Short tempered people who are suffering anxiety and looking for permission to punch someone because they are not first on and first off a plane is not the solution to crowded airports.

Looking for a right to assault people does not speak well to one's basic understanding that we are not superior to our fellows.

Trying to twist the intent of the proposed law into a pretzel logic as 101 does in his "5 people surround you" is outside of the equation. I agree, 101, If you are looking at a situation where you are being menaced or threatened, you certainly have a right to remove yourself from the situation. If you need to push, you push. That is not what the discussion is about. The proposed law is intending to permit violence against Americans protesting in the streets, which is a constitutional right.

The law seeks to legitimize deadly violent reaction, perpetrated by government agents, without regard to need. Remember the Tank column in Tienanmen Square, where an individual protester positioned himself in front of a tank and would not be moved. Dont tell me that you think that a similar situation in our country should be met with a tank driver needlessly crushing 1 or more American's because he/she is blocking traffic. Dont tell me that you want to legitimize a Mack Truck with a Cattle Catchers plowing into groups of protesters in the street because you are being inconvenienced. That would be cold-blooded, premeditated murder. That is a perversion of "public safety". Risking the killing and maiming of nonviolent protesters, or bystanders as a method of 'legitimate government' power to see to it that you are not "inconvenienced is unacceptable in a free country.

That was what ISIS does. That is not what I want to see in America. And in spite of all your bluster, I doubt that you do either.

Summarizing:

Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury: Mnuchin has never served in government and has no experience in setting macroeconomic policy, but he did lead Donald Trump's fundraising effort. In advance of his confirmation hearing, Mnuchin "failed to disclose his interests in a Cayman Islands corporation as well as more than $100 million in personal assets."

Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services...a doctor who has taken a particular interest in legislating on health care, has a habit of trading in health care stocks that are affected by the legislation he writes; he also recently got a "sweetheart deal" on stock in a foreign biotech firm.

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education: DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has spent much of her adult life attempting to destroy public education in America.

Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor: If Trump had searched America to find the individual most hostile to the rights of workers, he could not have done much better than Puzder, the CEO of a fast-food company. The man who will be responsible for safeguarding workers' rights is an ardent opponent of minimum wage increases and laws mandating things like break time and overtime pay; his company has been repeatedly cited for wage theft.

Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development...has precisely zero experience in housing policy, was apparently appointed to lead this department because he's one of the few African-Americans Donald Trump has met.

Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget...just revealed to have employed a nanny without paying payroll taxes for her, to the tune of over $15,000.

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce...just realized that one of the dozen or so household staff he employs was undocumented.

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior...caught repeatedly billing the government for personal trips home which he falsely claimed were for the purpose of scouting training locations.

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Like Puzder and DeVos, Pruitt seems to have been chosen for his fervent opposition to the mission of the agency he'll be leading....When asked about lead poisoning, a vital and longstanding environmental issue that gained new urgency with the poisoning of the water in Flint, MI, he said that he had "not looked at the scientific research on that."

Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser...ardent Islamophobe and purveyor of lunatic conspiracy theories, was fired from his last job in government because of mismanagement.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State...no government or diplomatic experience.

Nikki Haley, United Nations Ambassador...foreign policy experience consists of going on a couple of trade missions as governor of South Carolina.

This is probably one of the best articles that I have seen dissecting why the Democrats lost and what Prof. Williams says in the article should resonate with every Progressive (disclaimer, Prof. Williams and my wife are friends and colleagues, so I am admittedly biased):

But in battleground states, white working-class voters rejected the Democrat.

"It was incredibly stupid to ignore them," Williams told me.

"I'm a lifelong Democrat and a San Francisco progressive. I really hope people will use this as an opportunity to listen to the white working class.

"Progressives have been seriously out of touch."

Trump talked plainly about real issues that concern the middle class, Williams says: "I'm not a big fan of Mr. Trump, but hats off to him because he's talking about good jobs for people who are not college grads."

She adds: "They've been very, very angry for a very long time and people have dismissed their anger. And when that happens, that causes them to get angrier….

"The fact is, progressives and elites shouldn't be blaming the white poor for their economic disadvantage, but we do just that. ‘Why don't they get their act together and go to college?' People would never say that about inner-city minorities….

"Progressives are extremely attentive to the structural disadvantage of poor women and people of color, but supremely uninterested in the structural disadvantage of the white working class. This has not been a central concern of either political party until Trump.

"Nobody has been listening to what they need, which are jobs that lead them to a three-bedroom, cinder block house. And they just have totally had it. It's time to listen."

It's time for Democratic leaders to listen closely to the likes of Williams. And maybe pick up some clues from Trump's inaugural address. Assuming he behaves.

We can knit "pussy hats", protest and invoke the Godwin's law incessantly but the fact remains that we have to do a better job of listening to what is still the largest voting bloc in the US if we want to erase the gains made by the GOP.

"rarely are posts like this filled by qualified candidates."

You're joking, right? The outgoing head of the Department of Energy is Dr. Ernest Moniz.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world.
From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department's science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary's special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
In addition to his work at MIT, the White House and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society.
Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, Boston College, Boston University, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Iowa State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Michigan State University and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. He has been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Department of Defense, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.

energy.gov

Meanwhile, the incoming head of the Department of Energy's sole qualification is he famously forgot during a debate the DOE as one of the three government departments he'd close.

Oops.

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