Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican for the last time as pontiff on Thursday, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (Feb. 28)
Kenya: Per conservative George Will: "Churchill said of an adversary, "He spoke without a note and almost without a point." -can be said of Donald Trump. He rarely finishes sentences, (Believe me! does not count) maybe he is actually in pursuit of immunity through profusion. He seems to understand that if you produce a steady stream of sufficiently stupefying statements, there will be no time to dwell on any one of them, and the net effect on the public will be numbness and ennui. So, for example, while the nation has been considering his interesting decision to try and expand his appeal by attacking Gold Star parents, little attention has been paid to this: Vladimir Putin' occupation of the Crimea has escaped Trump's notice. The nation, however, is not immune to the lasting damage that is being done to it by Trump's success in normalizing post-factual politics. It is being poisoned by the injection into it's bloodstream of the cynicism required of those republicans who persist in pretending that although Trump lies constantly and knows nothing, these blemishes do not disqualify him from being president. Pence is just the most recent example of how the rubble of ruined reputations will become deeper before Nov 8. It has been well said that "sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences." The republican party's multi course banquet has begun."