February 2, 2017

CNN Uses EPA-Caused River Spill Footage As It Decries ‘Rollback’ of Rule

In a “You can’t make this up” moment, a CNN segment called “Congress rolls back environmental regulations” on Thursday afternoon’s The Lead featured footage from the disastrous 2015 Animas River spill in Colorado and New Mexico.

Thus, as CNN government regulation correspondent Rene Marsh regaled viewers about the dangers associated with the “repeal” of the regulatory euphemism known as the “Stream Protection Rule,” the program showed viewers video of a completely government-caused disaster.

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As Two Trump Nominees Are Confirmed, AP Crybabies Portray GOP Senate As Bullies

On Wednesday, an early Associated Press report following the confirmations of two of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees employed extraordinarily strident and bitter language, portraying Republican Senate Committees which approved those nominations as de facto bullies who were “unilaterally” imposing their will.

An evening revision updating that afternoon report expanded that portrayal to include Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. Naturally, there’s no indication that the previous Democratic Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid employed the same “nuclear option” tactic when his party was had control.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: MASCOT MAKES THE CROWDS CHEER — THOUGH HE CAN’T HEAR THEM

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Portland, Maine:

Jan 28, 10:22 AM EST

Kamron King’s goal as the mascot at Portland High School is, of course, to make the crowds cheer – even though he can’t hear them.

The 15-year-old freshman, who began donning a bulldog suit at last fall’s football games and now works the sidelines at basketball games, is deaf. But he said that doesn’t interfere with his performances, other than the occasional need for someone to direct him toward young children in need of a high-five.

The costume’s heavy mask obscures his vision, and he can’t hear when people want his attention. But he’s making up for it by studying hard.

“I watched a couple videos of people being mascots, acting funny and whatnot,” Kamron said in response to questions translated by an ASL interpreter. “I wondered if it was something I could do, and be the first hard-of-hearing mascot of Portland High School.”

Kamron is from Saco, south of Portland, is also on the winter track team and makes basketball games when his own athletic schedule doesn’t interfere. He was born with profound hearing loss, though he can hear somewhat through his left ear with a hearing aid, and attended Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing prior to coming to Portland High School, said his father, Michael.

Kamron describes his experience performing as no big deal for a deaf kid, but Michael said his son has overcome a lot to become a mascot. His balance gave him trouble when he was younger, and he has had to make considerable progress to be able to maneuver around in a costume that is frequently uncomfortable, unwieldy and hot, Michael said. …

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