Burning Down the House

Give Me Democracy! Or Can We Just Change the Rules?

Yesterday, the Senate voted to change the rules of how many votes a Supreme Court Justice needs to be selected to get the position. This changed from needing 60 votes out of 100 to a simple majority. Several Republicans spoke out about the future implications this could have. Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain called yesterday a “Bad day for democracy” and he continued to say “I fear that someday we will regret what we are about to do. In fact, I am confident we will”. McCain wasn’t the only Republican to speak out against this… yet, they still decided to vote with their party. Republicans have a Senate majority of 52-48. There go politicians with their common sense again.

“You May Ask Yourself, Well How Did I Get Here?” 

So let’s recap. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February of 2016. Since then his seat has been vacant. Former President Obama had nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court during last year’s election season, but Republicans refused to look at Garland as an option because it wasn’t “fair” for a president on the way out to select a justice. Someone! Please tell me when life is fair.

Your Next Supreme Court Justice is… Neil Gorsuch

Screw tradition! But let’s nominate a traditionalist. Due to the fiery feud in the Senate, Democrats decided to filibuster the vote of President Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch. The Democratic filibuster is what initially caused Republicans to “go nuclear” and change the rules for confirming Justices. It should be noted that Democrats did something similar in 2013 to approve some of Obama’s nominations for lower courts and his cabinet; however, they never changed those rules for the Supreme Court. Presently, Republicans have gotten their way and Gorsuch will get the job and at 49 years young we can expect him to be around for quite some time.

Quick Hits

A New Revolution Where Everyone Won’t be Coked Out

They might be fed up with Pepsi though. Pepsi’s latest ad is set in the middle of a protest with Kendall Jenner at the helm of the march. It felt very much like a copy of Coca Cola’s 1971 ad “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke”; however, Pepsi really capitalizes where Coke couldn’t. Pepsi looked like it was trying to advocate and imitate the Black Lives Matter movement, so naturally you put a wealthy white woman at the front of the protest. Pepsi ends their ad with Jenner giving a Pepsi to a cop working the protest. As the cop takes a sip he smiles and a woman wearing a headscarf takes his photo. All of the protesters become overwhelmed with joy and all of their problems are solved because Pepsi and Jenner are there to save the day. Needless to say, Pepsi has already pulled the ad. Check out what we’re referring to as ad of the year. Maybe Pepsi should start making beer because Guinness sure knows what they’re doing.

Striking Syria

Last night the US shot 59 cruise missiles from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea onto a Syrian airfield. This comes just a few days after a chemical attack (which many assume to have been carried out by the Syrian government) that killed 89 people, 27 of them being children. The US shot the missiles in an attempt to prevent Syria from having the ability to carry out more attacks by targeting military planes and cargo. Syria has recently been helping the US fight terror groups in their nation; however, they also have strong allies in Iran and Russia. Things could get interesting.

Too Stupid to Spot Fake News?

Facebook thinks so. Facebook will be launching a new program for three days that will help to educate its users on how to scope out fake news because apparently we’re unable to do that on our own. This campaign will be running in 14 countries including the US, UK, Canada, and Germany just to name a few. Some tips Facebook will be giving include “Look Closely at the URL” and “Be Skeptical of Headlines”. Honestly, if you need to be told this, you don’t even deserve to be on the internet.

We Want that Donut Money

And so does Panera. The company behind Krispy Kreme and Peet’s (JAB Holding Company) is planning to purchase Panera Bread for $7.5bn. So does all of this mean I’ll finally be able to replace the bread on my sandwiches with a nice glazed donut? Because that’s all I’ve ever really wanted in life. $7.5bn also means this deal is on track to be the biggest US restaurant deal ever. Score one for food that makes you think you’re eating healthy.

Jobs Report

This morning the US labor department released their March jobs report. The first thing to notice is that we as a nation only added 98,000 jobs last month which is pretty bleak since we were expecting double that. On top of that, that’s the fewest amount of jobs we’ve added in almost a year (since May 2007). The one bright side of last month’s job report is that unemployment fell from 4.7 to 4.5 percent. That’s the lowest unemployment we’ve seen in almost a decade (since May 2007). Gulp! Are you telling me we’re having numbers that parallel 2007?!? Yes I am… but who cares about what’s happened in the past (the Great Recession) let’s just focus on how great everything is right now. I mean this definitely isn’t reminiscent of the housing bubble.

 

By: Tyler Ross