Day: April 18, 2017

No Trump Tax Returns; No Visitor Logs

To no one’s surprise, Trump continues to not release his tax returns, including for this year. He doesn’t have an excuse. He just doesn’t want to.

Meanwhile, he’s beset by so many conflicts of interest it takes thousands of words just to list them. He’s still spending tons at Mar-a-Lago, and using his office to advance his and his children’s business interests (including, recently, getting Ivanka some valuable permits in China).

As for drain the swamp, it’s looking more like “stop letting people measure this rapidly growing swamp.” He’s not releasing visitor logs, or allowing normal press access, and has not only opened up restrictions on hiring lobbyists as regulators, but is signing waivers to exempt people from ethics laws, and then keeping the waivers themselves secret.

But sure, I bet the taxes are above board and it’s AMERICA being made great instead of one fat pocket with which to buy friends.

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21 Homeless Girl Scouts, And Counting

People I admire in the New York TimesĀ story “Living by the Girl Scout Law, Even Without a Home,” by Nikita Stewart:

-the troop of girls

-their parents

-Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the area of Queens where the shelter is located, was himself homeless as a child, regularly visits homeless shelters, and reached out to Girl Scouts of America to suggest they make something happen

-Troop leader Giselle Burgess (working mom, homeless)

-Girl Scouts of Greater New York, which is covering the cost of the supplies

Maybe some of you reading this dreamed of living in a hotel with a lot of kids your age, forming a club to take care each other and have adventures. Or maybe you remember reading about or hearing about girl scout troops in Japanese-American internment camps, or the Weihsien Concentration Camp, or that girl scout volunteers were some of the first civilians to enter Bergen-Belsen after its liberation, to provide humanitarian aid. (I’m amazed there hasn’t been a popular tv series about the Grey Ranks yet.)

I’m glad to know we have 21 more scouts than we did a few months ago. Scouts are good.