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Separated at birth or living a double life?
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I'm going through my newsreader and came across this saved story. Not sure if I already posted it (apologies if I have) but it should scare all of us becomes you know it's coming to the U.S.
It's definitely a brave new world....
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She'd probably have better luck if she sold Trump-branded opium.
Local cops set up a tremendous sting operation and had a confidential informant make a great deal — the best deal — to buy drugs from the 36-year-old woman twice. At the time of the second purchase, the CI noticed that the heroin had a totally unlicensed "'Donald Trump' logo" affixed to its bag, reports the Union Leader.
I can't tell if Donald would think she's a winner or a loser.
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Um, kids these days!
Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and iMessage have revolutionized the world of sharing penis photos – and not just between friends. As doctors try to connect with young, digitally native patients, those same patients are sending pictures of their genitalia to their doctors’ mobile phones.
I didn't know doctors gave out their cell phone numbers!
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The National Poo Museum has opened in Britain, and organizers hope the concept doesn't stink.
Or as the article says, "We're #2"! I bet someone had fun writing this article and I also bet it was written by a man. Call it a hunch.
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It would have been better known as ASSoL, but Twitter ruined it and now GMU is changing the name. Damn!
On Monday the Tennessee Senate voted to make the Bible the state’s official book, even though the state’s attorney general argued that it conflicts with the state constitution, which says, “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.” That seems pretty clear cut.
State lawmakers recently made a .50-caliber sniper rifle the official state rifle.
The aim of the 1%:
Ritual human sacrifice played a powerful role in the construction and maintenance of stratified societies, according to new research.
The more egalitarian the society, the less likely it was that a human being would be chosen to die for it; the more stratified and rigid, the more likely someone from the lower orders would be selected as a sacrificial victim, scientists from Australian and New Zealand report.
Forward into the past!
The annals of PR:
A botched promotional campaign for Rhode Island that included a video that showed Reykjavik, Iceland, rather than the state capitol of Providence, has led to the resignation of a top marketing official, Governor Gina Raimondo said.
Fun fact: the Rhode Island phone book lists people alphabetically by first name because the surnames change with each generation!
Statements indicating uncertainty do not need have a question mark at the end. E.g.: "I'm not sure that's correct" has turned into "I'm not sure that's correct?"
As best as I can tell this started shortly after "right?" became a categorical statement of agreement. This needs to be killed with fire, as well.
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Unlike the two famous TV judges, Palin does not have a juris doctor degree. But the source notes that the bestselling author has a variety of other qualities that make her perfectly suited to the job.
"Palin's telegenic personality, wide appeal and common sense wisdom make her a natural for this kind of format and she was Warm Springs' top pick for this project."
The Grifter has common sense? In what universe??
The Bundy/Malheur gang have been put out of commission so Congress decides to act:
The bill, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act of 2016, was introduced last week by Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) along with the rest of Utah's Republican delegation: Reps. Mia Love, Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart. It would strip officials in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of their authority to enforce laws regulating federal land. Rather, local and state authorities would be provided with a block grant to enforce the laws instead.
Speaking to Deseret News earlier this month, Chaffetz accused those federal officials of being “more Rambo and less Andy Griffith than I would like.”
We wouldn't want to Feds to have any say about armed insurrections, after all.
Gulfport resident Becky Guidry told the newspaper that she reached out to Rep. Karl Oliver (R) and most other state representatives asking about tax breaks currently under consideration by the legislature. To Guidry’s surprise, she said Oliver responded to her concerned email—and encouraged her to move out of Mississippi.
"I see you are not a native to the Great State of Mississippi nor do you and I have similar political views," Oliver wrote to Guidry in the email she passed along to the Clarion-Ledger. "The people of our Great State overwhelmingly share my same or similar views on Government responsibility. I appreciate you going to the trouble to share yours with me, but quite frankly, and with all due respect, I could care less. I would, however, recommend that there are a rather large number of like minded citizens in Illinois that would love to see you return."
The dumb lawmaker doesn't know that the phrase should be "I couldn't care less".
Here we go:
A group of Donald Trump supporters over the weekend called for volunteers to join a would-be militia aiming to protect voters against so-called “violent far-left agitators.”
“Do you want to provide security protection to innocent people who are subject to harassment and assault by Far-left agitators?” Lion’s Guard asked in a call to action. “If so, you are welcome to join. That’s the mission — to protect innocents who can’t hire their own security guards.”
Lion’s Guard said that their members would be unarmed, “but willing to forcefully protect people if need be.”
“We are *defensive*, *protective* of innocents who are being beaten and harassed for their political views.”
Within hours, the account reportedly had over 500 followers, and members were already asking for “uniform suggestions.”
I'll leave you to come up with historical precedents for this and imagine where it might be going.
Actually, many people are alarmed, but it is difficult to know that by observing media coverage, where little journalistic alarm over Trump is expressed. That’s because the rules of large media outlets – venerating faux objectivity over truth along with every other civic value – prohibit the sounding of any alarms. Under this framework of corporate journalism, to denounce Trump, or even to sound alarms about the dark forces he’s exploiting and unleashing, would not constitute journalism. To the contrary, such behavior is regarded as a violation of journalism. Such denunciations are scorned as opinion, and activism, and bias: all the values which large media-owning corporations have posited as the antithesis of journalism in order to defang and neuter it as an adversarial force.
Imagine calling yourself a journalist, and then – as you watch an authoritarian politician get closer to power by threatening and unleashing violence and stoking the ugliest impulses – denounce not that politician but, rather, other journalists who warn of the dangers. That is the embodiment of the ethos of corporate journalism in America, and a potent illustration of why its fetishized reverence for “objectivity” is so rotted and even dangerous. Indeed, Roberts herself agreed that it was justified for her to speak out only because she’s in the role of NPR commentator and not reporter: “If I were doing it in your role” as a reporter, Roberts told Greene, “you should be disappointed.”
Donald Trump wouldn't be where he is today without the active assistance of the media, both entertainment and, most importantly, what passes for news. He's a monster they had a big hand in creating. Decades of "shape of earth: views differ" reporting, especially where it concerns the Republican Party and movement conservatism, was all but guaranteed to produce a Trump, if not this Trump.
When President Trump starts destroying journalists and journalistic outfits they'll have no one to blame but themselves. The rest of us will have the luxury of blaming them as well and, perhaps, having our our retribution in a manner we see fit.
[I]n the fall campaign, Trump changes his style and launches a ferocious and substantive assault on Clinton, with devastating effect. He does this essentially by taking over the Sanders economic agenda. He denounces HRC as a tool of wealthy plutocrats and speaks for working-class discontents, much as he has done in the primary season. He piles on the ugly personal slurs, but his central thrust becomes more grown-up and closely argued. Indeed, one can already observe Trump moderating his tone, edging toward a more “presidential” performance. Imagine a campaign that merges Bernie’s straight-talk values with traditional Republican values. If so, this could alter the profile of both parties, at least for the 2016 election. It could even define longer-term changes.
When I asked a veteran strategist of left-wing reform politics what he thought, he agreed that such a repositioning is most likely if Trump runs against HRC. “Trump will be the peace candidate in this campaign,” he said. “Trump will be the anti–free trade candidate. The candidate for protecting Social Security and Medicare. For getting big money out of politics. For controlling drug prices.”
Hillary Clinton is a Martha Coakley-level campaigner with a once-brilliant campaigner for a husband. My hesitation to get behind the Sanders campaign with as much fervor as pretty much every other socialist in the United States rests on two basic assumptions. The first is his competence to run the government. I still worry about that, but who can tell. The second is his ability to get elected instead of a right-wing extremist, which covers any of the Republican candidates. But I no longer see this as an issue because Hillary Clinton is utterly horrible at her job. The last two days have seen her amazingly stupid statement about the Reagans and AIDS, which is not only historically incorrect and offensive, but good lord, many gay men absolutely love Hillary! How could she get this wrong? And then you have her statement about the protests last night, which Shakezula eviscerated. I mean, how on earth does one run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, a nomination where your most important constituency are African-Americans, who in fact have come out for you in huge numbers, and this is your response?
Let me add that it's my observation that the same people who insisted that Trump had no shot at the GOP nomination for the Presidency are now saying he has no shot at being elected. Past results don't indicate future returns but.
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As if poisoning an entire city weren't bad enough, Rick Snyder wants the state of Michigan to pay his legal fees.
Amid calls for him to resign, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is requesting $1.2 million to pay for his defense attorneys in the ongoing Flint water crisis case. Additionally, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is calling for $1.5 million to pay an independent investigation of the government’s involvement in the crisis.
That's nearly $3 million that won't do diddly-squat for the poor folks in Michigan. The number of states no one should live in keeps mounting.
Pushing it's liberal agenda:
MSNBC sought out a group of older white men dressed for an afternoon golf game for their take on the 2016 race in a Tuesday segment in Florida, and the men were all in agreement about one thing.
Asked by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts who they like in the presidential race, a man clad in a striped polo, baseball hat, and sunglasses responded: “Anybody against Hillary, a Republican.”
"…but anybody against Hillary…"
"…Anybody against Hillary…"
The People have spoken!
While Trump continues his clownish, yet dangerous, Mussolini impression it's worth remembering that the Republican Party as a whole has become an authoritarian party. See: Kansas.
And that's just today. So far.
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With apologies to the Temptations -- Look out baby 'cause here I come:
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland is seeking to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons, as part of the city's latest move to spend a $50 million federal security grant for July's Republican National Convention.
I wonder if the NRA will be in attendance. Maybe they could provide the security.
Together, those three insights added up to one terrifying theory: that if social change and physical threats coincided at the same time, it could awaken a potentially enormous population of American authoritarians, who would demand a strongman leader and the extreme policies necessary, in their view, to meet the rising threats.
This theory would seem to predict the rise of an American political constituency that looks an awful lot like the support base that has emerged, seemingly out of nowhere, to propel Donald Trump from sideshow loser of the 2012 GOP primary to runaway frontrunner in 2016.
Beyond being almost alarmingly prescient, this theory speaks to an oft-stated concern about Trump: that what's scariest is not the candidate, but rather the extent and fervor of his support.
Whether or not the GOP defenestrates Trump at the convention or he's defeated in November, those who have built his cult of personality aren't going to go away in the foreseeable future. Indeed, a look at his fellow Republicans show the lot of them to be authoritarians, if more quiet about it.
An irony of this primary is that the Republican establishment has tried to stop Trump by, among other things, co-opting his message. But when establishment candidates such as Marco Rubio try to match Trump's rhetoric on ISIS or on American Muslims, they may end up deepening the fear that can only lead voters back to Trump.
The important question is: where does this end? My guess is with corpses, perhaps sooner rather than later.