The ‘Infrastructure Week’ that wasn’t

So how about that “Infrastructure Week” that wasn’t?

Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’ collapsed around him. “It was a given from the moment Donald Trump opened his mouth to defend rallying white supremacists and Nazi groups in Charlottesville that the administration’s “Infrastructure Week” was going to be a hot, molten mess.”

It also resulted in the collapse of his would-be Advisory Council on Infrastructure before it managed even a single meeting.

Infrastructure remains stuck near the rear of the legislative line, according to two dozen administration officials, legislators and labor leaders involved in coming up with a concrete proposal. Trump’s ‘Great National Infrastructure Program’? Stalled.

“It awaits the resolution of tough negotiations over the budget, the debt ceiling, a tax overhaul, a new push to toughen immigration laws — and the enervating slog to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.”

Mr. Trump’s team has yet to produce the detailed plan he has promised to deliver “very soon.”

It’s just not going to happen.

‘Delete-Alt-Right’ – Steve Bannon Fired

It appears that a series of interviews this week by chief White House strategist Steve Bannon displaying extreme hubris about his “power behind the throne” was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

There can only be one self-involved egomaniacal man-child in the White House, and that is Donald Trump.

New chief of staff Ret. Gen. John Kelly finally pulled the trigger and fired Steve Bannon (and more firings are rumored coming). Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon fired:

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday.

Sources told CNN that Bannon’s ouster had been in the works for two weeks and a source said that while Bannon was given the option to resign, he was ultimately forced out.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Bannon’s departure, but claimed the decision for him to leave was mutual.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.

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Happy Birthday Tucson

               Tucson Birthday Celebration

Sponsored by Desert Diamond Casino

Monday, August 21, 5:30 pm

The Presidio Museum and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission invite you to celebrate the City of Tucson’s Official 242nd Birthday “with a bang”!

The festivities will include:

  • A presentation by city officials of the six flags that have flown over Tucson throughout its history
  • A cannon firing by the Presidio Garrison Soldados
  • Tucson’s own Los Changuitos Feos
  • Birthday cake baked by Mexican bakery Dolce Pastello
  • Folklorico dancing of DanzaCultura Mexicana

This year the event continues to grow as a family-friendly food tasting celebrating the robust food culture we enjoy here in Tucson which was recently honored by UNESCO with the title of “City of Gastronomy”.  Food presenters will include:

  • Mission Gardens with native heritage food tastings
  • The Tucson Mormon Battalion Monument Foundation
  • The San Xavier Co-operative Farm with produce and products made and grown at the farm
  • The Presidio La Gente with tortillas and prickly pear jelly
  • Many more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Additional sponsors include Long Realty, Los Descendientes del Tucson and the Presidio Neighborhood Association.

El Presidio San Agustin is at 196 N. Court Ave. in downtown Tucson. More info:
http://tucsonpresidio.com/.

Firing a canon is one of the usual activities at this birthday celebration. And it is a loud bang.

Sen. Bob Corker: Trump ‘has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate’

Senator Bob Corker is a “Reconstructed” Southerner from the former Confederate state of Tennessee. He rejects the institutional racism, violence and terrorism of white supremacy that is the heritage of slavery and Jim Crow in the old South.

Sen. Corker is the first GOP senator of whom I am aware to finally come out and say what everyone is thinking and knows to be true: Trump has not demonstrated ‘stability’ or ‘competence’ to lead effectively:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who has been one of the most outspoken GOP Trump critics in Congress, expressed displeasure with Trump’s response to the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville and warned that if the president does not change his behavior, “our nation is going to go through great peril.”

The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,” the senator told reporters in Tennessee. “And we need for him to be successful.”

Corker’s remarks came on a day when at least two other Republican senators — Tim Scott (S.C.) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska) — also faulted the president. Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, said in an interview with Vice News that Trump’s “moral authority is compromised.”

In his interview with Vice News, Scott said: “What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happens. There’s no question about that.” Tuesday was when Trump said, “I think there’s blame on both sides.”

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Tucson Weekly endorses attorney Paul Durham for Ward 3 Council seat

The Tucson Weekly issued their endorsement today in the contested Democratic primary for the Ward 3 Council seat.  Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.  The Weekly endorsed retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

Paul Durham

Read their endorsement here: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/paul-durham-for-city-council/Content?oid=11123258.

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Trump alienates everyone but his sycophant base

Donald Trump is quickly being isolated for his comments on race, left only with his sycophant personality cult supporters.  Wednesday was a “critical mass” day for loss of support.

The New York Times reports, Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.:

President Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

The breach with the business community was the most striking. Titans of American industry and finance revolted against a man they had seen as one of their own, concluding Wednesday morning they could no longer serve on two of Mr. Trump’s advisory panels.

But before Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group and one of Mr. Trump’s closest business confidants, could announce a decision to disband Mr. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum — in a prepared statement calling “intolerance, racism and violence” an “affront to core American values” — the president undercut him and did it himself, in a tweet.

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Thank you all!”

The condemnation descended on the president a day after he told reporters in a defiant news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan that “alt-left” demonstrators were just as responsible for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who instigated protests that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman, struck down by a car driven by a right-wing activist.

UPDATE: Lawrence Summers: Trump’s CEOs resigned. His Cabinet should do the same.
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