I’ve decided to ask for a recount of the 1960 presidential election results in Illinois. I may have missed some deadlines, but don’t let that keep you from donating!
Castro dead and now this:
Anthony Weiner is allegedly so strapped financially he’s unable to afford his sexting addiction rehabilitation at a Tennessee ranch, according to reports.
Weiner had intended to stay for a 90-day stint, but left after he ran out of money, an unnamed source told Page Six.
The cost of the program Weiner was reportedly $25,000 for a 35-day treatment session at the ranch.
‘His parents took out a mortgage on their house to pay for his rehab,’ a source told Page Six.
Good news: I’ve found him a cheaper alternative.
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Sarah Palin is criticizing President-elect Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier, even as she is reportedly under consideration to serve as Trump’s secretary of Veterans Affairs.
In a op-ed in Young Conservatives published Friday, the former Alaska governor first expresses excitement for the Carrier employees whose jobs are staying in Indiana.
“What a relief for hundreds of workers,” she wrote. “Merry Christmas Indiana!”
But she goes onto to blast the deal as “crony capitalism” and an example of the “hallmark of corruption” and “socialism.”
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” Palin wrote. “Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember?”
“Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is on big fail.”
She’s absolutely right on the merits, but it was clear that Donny believed in this nonsense when she was busy making incoherent speeches for him. I suspect what we see here is evidence of the difference between being under consideration for a Cabinet job and being “under consideration” for a Cabinet job. She knows the difference. She won’t get a Cabinet job; her name is being floated to encourage her followers to stay comfortably seated on the Trump Train a while longer. She’s had enough, and now her non-appointment can be attributed to a serious policy question, not just the decline of her political skills and popularity. Smart move.
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So I went to the Twitter login page just now and it’s highlighting the fatal stabbing of a University of Southern California faculty member with this photo:
That’s the iconic Tommy Trojan. A guy with a sword. A sword used to stab people. A sword which may inspire other people to stab people. A symbol of the militaristic white patriarchy. A statue that must be removed from campus! Now!
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Our government runs deficits, which means that a federal tax credit of $1 million given to Smith is $1 million in taxes that eventually will have to be paid — by Jones, and Wilson, and Humperdink — with interest. Carrier is a division of United Technologies (the Otis elevator and Pratt & Whitney engines people), which is first and foremost a government contractor, a firm that derives at least a quarter of its revenue from government contracts, and 10 percent of it from Pentagon contracts alone. It is a company that has competitors — competitors who employ Americans and pay taxes, just as Carrier does. These firms and their employees are put at an economic disadvantage by the subsidies paid to Carrier thanks to Trump and Pence. That means that some of these companies probably will be less profitable, and that they will not hire people they otherwise would have hired. But you’ll see no Trump press conference celebrating that. This is a case of Frédéric Bastiat’s problem of the seen vs. the unseen. The benefits are easy to see, all those sympathetic workers in Indiana. The costs are born by sympathetic workers, too, around the country, and by their families and by their neighbors. But those are widely dispersed, so they are harder to see and do not hit with the same dramatic impact.
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Former Gen. David Petraeus is reportedly one of President-elect Donald Trump’s finalists to be secretary of State.
If he’s chosen, he’ll have three days to notify his probation officer.
Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation on April 23, 2015, for giving his mistress classified information.
“The defendant shall not leave the Western District of North Carolina without the permission of the Court or probation officer. Travel allowed for work as approved by U.S. probation office,” says a court judgment, reported first by Brad Heath of USA Today.
“The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of any change in residence or employment,” the document adds.
To be clear, Petraeus’s mere retention of the information was a crime, although the mistress-biographer with whom he shared it had a security clearance and there’s no evidence the information was further compromised.
But he broke the law, and he shouldn’t become our Secretary of State while he’s still on probation.
And Herself and company should be investigated, prosecuted, convicted and jailed for doing much worse.
Is this so hard to figure out?
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The simplest definition of fascism is the control, without actual seizure, of a nation’s institutions, including its corporations. That’s what we witnessed Tuesday in Indiana, where Carrier decided that manufacturing air conditioners would be more profitable there than in Mexico—if they got enough “incentives” from government. Among those incentives was Carrier’s parent company standing in good stead with Generalissimo Trump when defense dollars are handed out. This isn’t what the Founders had in mind, even the pro-business Hamilton.
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Every year, a giant straw Christmas goat appears in the town square in Gävle, Sweden. And almost every year, someone sets it on fire.
On Sunday night, the goat was set alight only hours after the town held its official welcome party.
“There was a perpetrator that set the Gävle goat on fire, then he escaped,” Gävle goat spokesperson Marie Wallberg told As It Happens host Carol Off.
This year was supposed to be different.
Authorities in the town had installed security cameras around the beloved goat. Two guards were hired to watch the giant straw animal.
“One of the guards went to the toilet,” says Wallberg. “Then the perpetrator took advantage of this oppurtunity.”
Gävle isn’t in this for the hunting.
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