May 26, 2018

Juan Williams Errs on Military Spending As He Condemns Trump’s ‘Wrapped in the Flag’ Navy Speech

On Friday’s The Five on Fox, Juan Williams sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s speech that morning at the Naval Academy’s graduation ceremony. Williams condemned Trump’s speech as “wrapped in patriotism … the flag, and … the military,” and claimed that his appearance was really about co-opting the military’s “high approval ratings among the American people to transfer to him.” Williams’s attack, though predictable, was accompanied by a significant distortion of U.S. military spending compared to the rest of the world which the remaining show panelists did not challenge.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052618)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: Florida teen says Apple watch saved her life

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lithia, Florida (video at link):

POSTED 8:35 PM, MAY 2, 2018
UPDATED AT 09:00PM, MAY 2, 2018

A Tampa Bay teenager is thankful for the device on her wrist after suffering a scary medical episode at church.

“I didn’t know what was going on at all and it was just out of the blue,” said Deanna Recktenwald.

A warning appeared notifying the 18-year-old that her resting heart rate hit 190 beats per minute.

“It was alarming that the watch was telling us to seek medical attention,” said Stacey Recktenwald, Deanna’s mother. “I didn’t even know that it had the capability of giving us that alert.”

Stacey Recktenwald is a registered nurse and did not initially question the accuracy of the watch’s reading.

Staff at a walk-in clinic confirmed the teen’s rapid heartbeat.

“I was surprised, it was right on,” Stacey told WFTS.

The Recktenwald’s all agree that the watch saved Deanna’s life.

After rushing her to the emergency room, doctors at Tampa General Hospital soon discovered Deanna suffers from chronic kidney disease. …

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