Monday, July 6, 2015

Trump: 'Rapist' Comment Backlash More 'Severe' Than I Expected

Trump: 'Rapist' Comment Backlash More 'Severe' Than I Expected 
Presidential candidate and ex-reality TV star Donald Trump admitted on Saturday that the wave of condemnation and crumbling business relationships, which followed his remarks calling immigrants "rapists," has caught him a little off guard.

Bernie Sanders is like Donald Trump in that both of them talking hurts the Republican Party.- LOLGOP

The World Is A Safer Place Without Saddam

GOP wants to define itself as the party of the future... wars in the Middle East.- LOLGOP

Gun Shot Heard At Walter Reed Hospital
 Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, on Monday morning. She says police are on the scene checking the report.

Yesterday, America celebrated its independence from Britain. Today, we're all, "OMG how adorable is Prince George!"- The Daily Edge

Republican Shenanigans

What I can't wait for is Jeb Bush and Donald Trump to admit they basically have the same immigration policies. - John Fugelsang

Birth Control Works. Who Knew?
Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Republicans need a miracle with minorities -- instead they're getting a big racist karmic supernova.- LOLGOP

What Is There To Debate?
South Carolina lawmakers were set to begin debate Monday on legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia.

#YouMightBeARacist if you find it easier to believe a 2,000-year-old Greek text than a US long-form birth certificate . - The Daily Edge

USA Women Win World Cup!
Even the Americans themselves couldn't quite believe what was happening. Mouths were agape and eyes grew big. Even to them, what they had just done was dumbfounding, stupefying and astounding. But given the utterly confounding Women's World Cup they had just played, it was probably a fittingly unpredictable climax.
After the disconcertingly difficult year they had had, it of course took them just 16 minutes to score twice as many goals as anybody ever had in a Women's World Cup final.

If American men were this good at soccer, foreign women would start to believe our accents are sexy.- LOLGOP

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Banks cost us 8 million jobs. Guns kills dozens a day, mostly gun owners. Why the fear of foreigners? So you'll worry about the wrong sh*t. - LOLGOP

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The Trumpet Just Can't Help Himself Dissing Mexicans
With a retweet, immigration hardliner Donald Trump let his followers know on the Fourth of July that fellow Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush "has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife."

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Europe on edge as Greece prepares to vote on whether or not to continue with the Romney-Ryan plan. - The Daily Edge

China's Stock Market Drop
On Wall Street in 1929, it was the great banking houses of J.P. Morgan and Guaranty Trust Company.
In China today, it’s names like Citic Securities Co. and Guotai Junan Securities Co.
They’re separated by 86 years and 7,300 miles, but Chinese financiers are turning to the same playbook used by their American counterparts to fight a crash that’s wiping out stock-market fortunes on an unprecedented scale.

Now on HBO: "Man of Steel" tells the story of a space alien who believes he can have a paid career in print media.- John Fugelsang


I am shopping around for a new location. I love the current executive suites except for location and the fact I am about to melt from the heat. I am looking for something within walking distance of a downtown area and air conditioned. I have suffered enough. lol

The pension department here awarded me a lifetime pension (no appeal) from my "esposo" which now will enable me to live a better lifestyle on a monthly basis. I love Costa Rica.

Any gift amount will help with my move. My goal is $1500.


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The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Comedians rejoice at one word.

Don Shula learned an early lesson about business with Donald Trump
Many are distancing themselves from real estate mogul/combover cautionary tale/presidential candidate Donald Trump these days.
But former Dolphins coach Don Shula found out first hand how hard it was to do business with him in the early 1980s...

"Who's doing the raping?" - Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan

The World Is A Safer Place Without Saddam

More Americans will die today from guns than have been killed by ISIS. GOP will do anything to fight the latter, nothing about the former.- LOLGOP

Subject: PA Supreme Court Shoots Down NRA-backed Act 192

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck a blow for gun safety and for transparent government with its June 25th decision in Leach et al. v. Commonwealth et al. I’ll explain what that is and why it matters in a minute.  First, some background.

James Carville once described Pennsylvania as, “Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west, and Alabama in the middle.”

The people in the vast middle swath of “Pennsyl-bama,” including my native Lancaster County, love their guns, mostly for utilitarian reasons: target shooting (and competitions), hunting, and protection of property and livestock against creatures like bears, coyotes, and the occasional wolf.  By and large, these people are truly responsible gun owners.  Gun safety is paramount.  And they often eat what they hunt.

That’s not the case in the urban areas, though.  In the cities, handguns vastly outnumber long guns and people carry them mainly either to commit crimes or to protect themselves from other people with guns.  Shooting skill and gun safety instruction are not emphasized and there are many accidental, as well as a good number of intentional, shootings.

Recognizing that the urban environment requires tighter restrictions on firearms, over a hundred municipalities, mostly in the densely-populated southeast, started passing local gun control ordinances that were more restrictive than the state’s gun laws.

How much more restrictive? Not much. Typically they beefed-up lost-and-stolen gun reporting requirements, banned carrying firearms in parks, and prohibited shooting within city limits – common sense restrictions.

Predictably, the NRA and the right wing went ballistic (an especially fitting word in this context) and their Republican handmaidens in the Legislature got busy trying to undermine or nullify those ordinances.  One of their leaders was House Speaker Mike Turzai, who infamously said, “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”  (Somebody needs to tell him that the real name is “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”)

The Republican plan was to allow anybody who objected to the ordinances (yes, even the NRA, as long as it had a single member who lived in the state) to sue the cities and towns that passed them – and to do so at the municipalities’ expense.

Think about that: this law basically redefined the concept of “standing” in court for this law.  Under the law the Republicans crafted, you didn’t have to be adversely affected by a law; just being offended by it was enough to bring a lawsuit.

Cities and towns realized that if they passed gun control ordinances, the NRA would sue them and they would have to bear their own and the NRA’s legal expenses.

Many municipalities declined to pass gun control ordinances, or rescinded ordinances they had already passed, because they were intimidated – which was the Republicans’ plan.  Cities and towns realized that if they passed gun control ordinances, the NRA would sue them and they would have to bear their own and the NRA’s legal expenses.

That’s not all: several cities did pass gun control ordinances, got sued, and then held fundraisers to help with the legal costs.  The NRA demanded to know the names and addresses of people who contributed to such funds, presumably to harass and intimidate them personally.

Funny thing, how it’s okay to have anonymous donors when you’re a SuperPAC but not when you’re raising money to support gun control.

Republicans also knew that if their proposal were ever debated in public, urban and suburban voters would never support it.  So they came up with a way to attach their provisions to an unrelated and uncontroversial law, and it passed.  It became known as Act 192.

Soon after Act 192 passed, lawsuits began to fly.  The cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster, joined by several state legislators, decided to push back and sued the Commonwealth.

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the law was unconstitutional – because the Pennsylvania Constitution says that legislators cannot insert provisions into any bill that have nothing to do with the original subject matter of the bill.  The subject matter of the original bill was copper theft.

So the Court did not really rule on the merits of the provision, just on the way it got passed.

Even so, Republicans handled the bill the way they did because they knew that a clean, transparent bill would never pass on its own merits.  Now they are trying to figure out what to do next. That may be difficult for them: like rats, roaches, and vampires, these Republicans will do everything they can to avoid sunshine.

The defendant legislators have 30 days to file an appeal so this matter is not yet settled.  Let’s stay tuned.

Best wishes,

Thank you so much, Rick. Scary, legislation without representation AND you have to foot the bill.

Cuba Opens Internet Access, @ $2 An Hour Just Like AOL Did In The 90s!
Cuba has opened 35 Wi-Fi access points nationwide, offering unprecedented online access in a country that until now has restricted use of the Internet to an elite few.

Macy's has severed ties with Donald Trump and no longer will carry his men's wear collection. From now on, men who want to look like Donald Trump will have to hunt and kill their own hair piece.- Conan O'Brien

Republican Shenanigans

223,000 more Americans found work last month, although GOP still refuses to repair the roads and unsafe bridges they must use to get to work. - The Daily Edge

Right Wing Militia Mocks Combat Vets. Why, Of Course, It's The 4th Of July!
A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.

Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary.- Andy Borowitz

Last night for the first time in 24 years Jupiter and Venus appeared almost on top of each other. So the gay marriage ruling is having more of an impact than we thought.- Conan O'Brien

Man Threatens To Shoot President Obama
A Wisconsin man threatened to kill President Barack Obama while the president was traveling in the state, according to a warrant obtained by CNN.
A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday suggesting that the man, 55-year-old Brian D. Dutcher from Tomah, Wisconsin, told a security guard a La Crosse library that if he had the chance he would "take him out," referring to Obama, and "take the shot."

More Charleston Arrests?
Authorities are exploring pressing charges against associates of suspected Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, a report by The State suggests.
Unnamed sources tell The State that the investigation has been widened to include Roof's possible associates, who may have known the alleged shooter was planning the June 17 attack...

Almost no one knows Jim Webb is running for president. Almost everyone has heard that another rich Republican is bashing immigrants.- LOLGOP

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Navy Triples Maternity Leave
The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth.

Remember when the media was amazed that it found a white person who wants to be black? - LOLGOP

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So many people have jumped the White House fence recently that the Secret Service is putting metal spikes on it. This is the latest in security technology — from 1325. It's impenetrable, unless you use a ladder. We're now protecting the president's life the same way we keep pigeons from sitting on ATMs.- Jimmy Kimmel

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Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to be Republicans.- Kona Lowell

Unemployment rate:
Bush takes office: 4.2%
Bush leaves office: 7.8%
Obama takes office: 7.8%
Now: 5.3%
Questions? - The Daily Edge

Obama To Update GM Crop Inspection 
The Obama administration said on Thursday that it would update the way the government regulated genetically modified crops and some other biotechnology products, saying that the nearly 30-year-old system had become outdated and confusing and did not foster public confidence.

Nation’s Dogs Vow To Keep Their Sh*t Together During 4th Of July Fireworks. - The Onion



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To high five a whale is not on my bucket list, but I love the photo!

Peace and safe fireworks for all.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bernie Sanders Raised $15 Million in 2nd Quarter

Bernie Sanders Raised $15 Million in 2nd Quarter
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is waging an upstart campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, raised $15 million in the two months since he launched his candidacy, his campaign said Thursday.

How come I never see any polls of #BernieSanders vs. the Republicans? - Kona Lowell

The World Is A Safer Place Without Saddam

ISIS could have been prevented if Karl Rove had just pulled George Bush aside & had that little talk about sects.- John Fugelsang

The Cold War Curtain Removed. GOP Throwing Hissy Fit
 The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. 
Republican presidential contenders are speaking out against the plan for the U.S. and Cuba to open embassies in each other's capitals.

If Hillary is elected president, we'll probably have 8 years of Benghazi hearings. And if she isn't elected, 8 years of Benghazi hearings.- Jeff Tiedrich

Bob Dole: We need to 'stop all this money in politics'
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) says he is troubled by the amount of money that is being spent on political campaigns.
Dole, the GOP’s presidential nominee in 1996, said in an interview published Wednesday that campaign spending is getting out of hand.

I've got a Muslim cousin, a Jewish sister-in-law, an Atheist brother & an ex-nun mother. I don't get to hate anyone.- John Fugelsang

Republican Shenanigans

400 soft, pink, angry men are now running to be the GOP nominee for president. - Rob Delaney

Separation Of Church And State. Period.
More than a dozen states that saw gay marriage bans struck down last week by the U.S.  Supreme Court are vowing to protect religious liberty, even though they grudgingly accept that the ruling is now the law of the land.
In the wake of Friday's decision, Texas’s attorney general told county clerks in the state that they have a statutory right to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections to gay marriage.

The GOP front runner is leading a boycott against a major U.S. business that fired him for insulting immigrants. 

Another stellar week, GOP!- LOLGOP

SCOTUS Giveth Gay Marriage AND Took Away Rights From Americans Who Want To Marry Immigrants
In a shocking decision, the Supreme Court ruled last week that government officials may deny Americans marriage benefits without the right to challenge. Even as the high court recognized marriage benefits for same-sex couples, it dealt a blow to the rights of millions of Americans who wish to marry immigrants.

Sorry, we have a religious objection to your marriage and cannot issue you a license. Can we interest you in a gun? - LOLGOP

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Sharks Invade North Carolina Coast
A shark bit a man swimming off the North Carolina coast Wednesday, marking the state's seventh shark attack in recent weeks and raising the question: Why does this keep happening?

Same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy say the guys who say cutting taxes for the rich pays for itself.- LOLGOP

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FOX NEWS: U.S. Economy adds 223,000 jobs, unemployment drops to 5.3% in latest sign Emperor Obama's socialist plan to destroy USA is failing. - The Daily Edge

The Hairy Repercussions Of  The Donald's Words
Not only has 5 Rabbit Cerveceria cut ties with Trump Tower in light of Donald Trump’s “rapist” comments, but the Latino owners are now fighting back against Trump’s iconic hair in the process with 50 kegs worth of beer.
In short, they have one message for the billionaire and 2016 GOP candidate: “F— your hair.”

"Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man – there's your diamond in the rough." –Larry David, who turns 68 today



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Incredible Cave of Crystals,in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico.