It's almost as if I must question everything I've ever believed because as it turns out, Republicans do have a sense of humour. House Republicans, and pretty much everyone else, are enjoying poking fun at House minority leader Nancy Pelosi by cheekily naming a bill after her.
Remember when Pelosi put her abundant privilege on display by downplaying bonuses given to employees across America, calling them "crumbs?" I guess for someone who lives in a massive mansion in California adjacent to vineyards on the Napa River that is worth $120 million, a thousand dollars is, indeed, crumbs.
Well, her "crumbs" comment has been spread far and wide and now, Indiana congressman Todd Rokita has introduced the Crumbs Act. It's an acronym for Creating Relief and Useful Middle-class Benefits and Savings. I'm usually not a fan of long acronyms but do find this one both humorous and fitting.
The CRUMBS Act would make bonuses up to $2,500 resulting from the Trump tax cuts, tax-free. You would, of course, expect any reasonable person to vote for it. But we know Democrats will not because a) they love taxation; b) it's a Republican-sponsored bill called the CRUMBS Act; and c) it makes the GOP tax cuts even more successful and beneficial to Americans.
That's a win for Trump and therefore, even if it's a win for the American people, Democrats will not support it.
In honour of Valentine's Day (the Hallmark holiday that guilts people into professing love that ought to be present the other 364 days of the year), I thought I'd briefly touch on the Fifty Shades franchise. Neither the books nor the movies have ever been on my reading or Netflix queue.
It's not my thing and has kind of become my new litmus test for whether you'd be a compatible friend: If you've seen it or read Fifty Shades, you're probably not my kind of human! I'm not sorry.
But what confounds me is how the tawdry film is dominating the box office. It came in number one during opening weekend, raking in $38.8 million. Who are seeing this movie? Is it just people who need some kind of inspiration to get in the mood for Valentine's Day?
If that's the case, in the words of Trump on Twitter: "SAD!"
I realize that the release date capitalizes on the holiday of love. I suppose I applaud them for not releasing it on, say, Halloween. Although with all the elements of BDSM in the flick, maybe they should release it around Halloween with movies like Saw and see which one "performs" better.
The Olympics are in full swing and Americans are doing quite well. As of writing of this article, the U.S. has garnered medals in three events, with seven medals overall.
Shaun White won his third gold medal, Chloe Kim also won a gold in snowboarding, as did Jamie Anderson and Redmond Gerard. Team U.S. won a bronze medal for team figure skating and Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in the luge. U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics, but her accomplishment was overshadowed by identity politics and liberal pandering from another U.S. figure skater, Adam Rippon.
Rippon, who was the first American Olympic athlete to come out as gay, did his best to put his sexuality and politics on display, chastising Vice President Mike Pence and declining a visit to the White House with the other Olympic athletes.
In an interview, Rippon stated that:
"If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think they're sick."
Rippon was likely referring to Pence's previous stance on the use of federal funding to treat people seeking to change their own sexual behavior. (Mike Pence has never stated that he supported the use of "conversion therapy.") Rippon has also reiterated numerous times that he does not plan to visit the White House, an honour bestowed on Olympians following the games.
In other Olympic news, snowboarder Shaun White, battling an injury at the age of 31 — an ancient age in snowboarding circles —won his third gold medal after a spectacular performance on the mountain. While he was awaiting his official score, he held an American flag high behind his head. When he heard his score, practically ensuring a gold medal, he ran over to his father. Both were lost in emotion, crying and hugging.
It was a beautiful moment and remained that way until Twitter blew up with maniacal, uber-patriotic individuals blasting White for dragging the flag as he ran to his father.
Trust me when I say, I have the utmost respect for our flag and the U.S. Flag Code. But in this incredible moment for Shaun White, his father, and indeed all Americans, is that really what we should focus on? Aren't there so many other worthy causes to be outraged over?
Let's celebrate the dedication and athleticism that goes into achieving something like this, and be thankful that he flew down that mountain with an American flag on his helmet, representing his country proudly.