Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey’s firing was part of a “deeply troubling pattern from the Trump administration,” that appears to be linked to two other high-profile dismissals.
“They fired Sally Yates. They fired Preet Bharara. And they fired James Comey, the very man leading he investigation. This does not seem to be a coincidence,” Schumer said shortly after the announcement, calling for a special independent prosecutor into the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin.
“Any person who he appoints to lead the Russian investigation will be concerned that he or she will meet the same fate as Director Comey,” he said.
Twelve years since all of her friends were together.
Twelve years since Piper has seen Jason.
He sacrificed himself that day, right before Leo could. It was–Piper hadn’t expected Jason to grab Leo’s arm and push them back down toward the ground, and all she could hear was Leo screaming and yelling and Piper was falling toward the ground watching as the sky lit up with fire and and and–
Piper doesn’t believe it for a long time.
Leo doesn’t either.
It’s just–he’s gone. There’s nothing left. No body. No glasses. No clues. He’s just gone. Erased from the world. Incinerated. Blown to dust.
It makes it worse when Leo tells her all of the stuff that he did to try and make it so he could get to Ogygia because it was supposed to be him. It wasn’t supposed to be Jason and if he would have just stayed out of the way then they wouldn’t be having this problem and Leo blames it all on Jason right then and Piper can’t stand to listen to him anymore and–
Piper doesn’t speak to Leo for a year. Even after he apologizes because Jason saved the world and saved them and Leo just threw that away because he wanted to save Calypso. It takes Piper a long time to forgive him for that, but that’s when she realizes that he’s been hurting just as much as she has.
They officially say goodbye to Jason one night in the winter of the following year. They go out to that museum at the Grand Canyon where they technically met Jason for the first time since their other memories of him weren’t real. They sneak out onto the observation deck, letting the wind blown around them, and Piper remembers Jason jumping out after her even when he had no idea if he could fly.
As the wind ruffles her hair, she lets her tears fall.
“Jason,” Leo’s voice is rough because he’s crying too, and Piper reaches out for his hand. “We miss you. You were–you were–”
“Our best friend,” Piper finishes for him, staring out at the dark sky. “And we love you. We’ll see you soon.”
On Friday, my son decided he was fed up with the way he was mistreated by the staff and the students at his school, so he recorded how he is treated with his cell phone. On the recording, I hear my son ignored, yelled at, denied restroom breaks as well as the aide of the nurse, detained in the office and disciplined for a significant amount of time (without the staff ever knowing exactly why he was there or what he did). One teacher taunts him on the recording, mocking him because he mumbles when he is upset. I hear my child cough to the point that he nearly vomits, and the teacher doesn’t so much if ask if he’s okay. Shortly after, he is practically jogged across the school yard (and this is after he complained of feeling ill/sick to his stomach) by the very teacher who just mocked and taunted him. The principal is heard saying, “Hmmm… Funny how you only remember certain things.”
At this school, my son has been denied restroom breaks, he’s been denied going to the nurse, and he has been talked to in other terrible ways. The assistant principal once told him, “I’d believe anyone before I’d believe you.” My son has been disciplined daily, with little concern for his education.
It is known that my son has a thought disorder, ADHD, is autistic, and has witnessed domestic abuse. None of this has mattered in their treatment of my child. I’ve reported to the superintendent, and nothing has changed.
We must realize that there is no way for us to overcome all our external foes. If we defeat one enemy, another always arises to take his place. If we kill someone who has harmed us, his relatives and friends will attack us in revenge. How is it possible, Shantideva asks, to be free from all enemies who are as infinite as the expanse of space? Only be defeating our own anger can we overcome those who would harm us.
When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation; your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.