The U.S. stock market is on such a parabolic march higher that Wall Street investors may have forgotten what a typical daily downturn feels like anymore.
This semi-coherent baboon, for one night last October, reigned supreme; but was it of his own doing? Regardless of what the news outlets say — or your sensibilities tell you — for one night, Trump was king — at least on Twitter. But as with all things surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, it might not be […]
The banks are still too-big-to-jail:
Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo is back in hot water for signing customers up for products that they didn’t need or want. This time it’s auto insurance, and the bank says it may have cost about 20,000 people their cars.
San Francisco-based Wells Fargo acknowledged late Thursday that it enrolled roughly 570,000 auto loan borrowers for what’s known as collateral production insurance on their vehicles when the customers already had appropriate insurance. It will pay $80 million in refunds and account adjustments to those people.
Sadly he is not the only racist with a badge:
An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., has been accused of wearing a shirt with a racist symbol on it while he was on duty, and has now been placed on “non-contact status” pending the department’s investigation into the incident.
Law4BlackLives, a group of lawyers who support the Black Lives Matter movement, told NBC Washington that they have filed complaints with the police department after seeing the officer, identified as Vincent Altiere, wear the shirt in D.C. Superior Court and in the community.
Is it any wonder that the Trump and the GOP control the government? Maybe Americans should start thinking about abandoning the Democratic Party and creating one that represents them:
Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pulled into yet another scandal when on July 25 former IT aide Imran Awan was detained while attempting to flee the country and charged with bank fraud for wiring nearly $300,000 to Pakistan ahead of his planned escape. Imran Awan, who was employed by Wasserman Schultz until his arrest, is under criminal investigation for “wide-range equipment and data theft.” He reportedly tried to destroy hard drives confiscated by the FBI. Though the investigation began in February, Wasserman Schultz only recently granted U.S. Capitol Police access to a laptop Awan hid in a crevice of a congressional office building. The case is one of many scandals that have engulfed the Democratic Party.
The suit is one of the few attempts to hold people accountable for harm caused by the Central Intelligence Agency’s program in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Does the First Amendment bar public officials from blocking people on social media because of their viewpoint?
That question has hung over the White House ever since Donald Trump assumed the presidency and continued to block users on Twitter. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University has sued the president on behalf of blocked users, spurring a lively academic debate on the topic. But Trump isn’t the only politician who has blocked people on social media. This week, a federal court weighed in on the question in a case with obvious parallels to Trump’s. It determined that the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause does indeed prohibit officeholders from blocking social media users on the basis of their views.
The Democratic Party will never change. It will always be the tool of the 1 percent for the 1 percent:
But rather than embrace the new direction presented by Ellison’s bid, party insiders conspired to instead elect Tom Perez, a candidate with much stronger connections to the party’s establishment wing. The result came as a dispiriting blow to many in the party’s base who hoped for a clear break in Democratic leadership.
Another reason why we should raise the minimum wage:
A $1 increase in the minimum wage is associated with a 2 percent drop in the teen birth rate, suggests a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
It’s coming. Bye, bye, Donald:
“FYI ===> Trusted member of Trump’s inner circle has told family & friends that he knows both he & POTUS are going to prison. Developing … Remember when I said our Foreign Intel partners know everything about Trump? Yeah, that.”
The Democratic establishment feels Sanders is a threat so they want to destroy him:
Though Sanders enjoys overwhelming support in his home state, his political opponents around the country have isolated and built up naysayers to diminish his popularity. In June 2016, NBC host Joy Reid did a profile in the Daily Beast on Al Giordano, an anti-Sanders troll who gained a sizable following of Clinton supporters on Twitter during the primaries. Giordano claimed he would run against Sanders in 2018 but has yet to file and currently resides in Mexico City. In February 2016, the Daily Beast ran a hit piece meant to perpetuate the whitewashing of Sanders’ presidential campaign. It featured an interview with a black Vermont resident who claimed Sanders ignored the black community in the state. In October 2016, Politico ran an article featuring quotes from several Vermont Democrats complaining that Sanders wasn’t helping Democrats in Vermont, despite the fact that Sanders made several appearances around the country to campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Now Svitavsky, a Democrat from Bridport, Vermont, is trying to make another case against Sanders.
This is the most frightening thing of all. Cyberterrorism is the next 9-11. And once again no one in government is sounding the alarm. And if they are it’s being ignored by the press:
Hackers have reportedly been breaking into computer networks of companies operating United States nuclear power stations, energy facilities and manufacturing plants, according to a new report by The New York Times.The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a statement last week confirming that the attacks had been occurring since May.
This is a scandal. At a time when the Wall St. is seeing record highs there is no excuse for this abomination. We should be in the streets demanding something be done:
Street homelessness in New York increased by 39 percent in 2017, according to the latest annual survey by the Department of Homeless Services.
There were 3,892 homeless and unsheltered people on the night of February 6, 2017, up from 2,794 people at the same time last year, said the report, which is conducted on one night of the year. This is the highest increase since 2005, when Michael Bloomberg was mayor.
As I’ve said it before Trump voters are beginning to learn what kind of con artist the current occupant of the White House is. Trump has no loyalties, except maybe his family:
It would be hard to find a more reviled character in the cast of the GOP’s villains than George Soros, the billionaire investor whose name is often associated with Democratic super PACs and overseas democracy movements. That did not, apparently, stop Donald Trump’s son-in-law and daughter from enjoying a party with him, according to Politico, as reported by The Hill. Also in attendance? White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.Needless to say, Trump supporters were not pleased.Breitbart’s comment section was ablaze with recrimination. “He [Soros] is part of the system with Jared, Ivanka, and Conway it appears! No good!” cried one commenter.“The question is…Why did Ivanka and Jared, along with conway [sic] go to this socialist party?” another asked.“There is absolutely no GOOD reason on Earth for any American patriot to spend any time with George Soros or his ilk!” said another Breitbart poster.
And that number will continue to grow:
A group of 25 House Democrats, including former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, have been quietly working since April on a bill to remove Trump from office, Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reports.
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland is the main sponsor of the bill, which takes a radical and unprecedented approach to removing President Trump using the 25th Amendment. The bill goes after a specific part of the amendment (section 4) by proposing the creation of an “Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity.”
What it means: Some overlooked language in section 4 of the 25th Amendment allows for a separate body to remove the president based on mental or physical capacity. It was created in 1967 after JFK’s assassination, but these House Dems. are citing Trump’s erratic tweets as evidence he’s mentally incapacitated to serve.
And it will happen if we keep the pressure on:
People gathered in cities across the United States on Sunday, two days before Independence Day, to call on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.
We are at war: democracy versus tyranny. American democracy is dying a slow death:
After independent photojournalist Shay Horse was arrested during protests against the inauguration of right-wing US President Donald Trump, he said his treatment at the hands of police “felt like rape”.
At a news conference in the US capital last week, Horse recalled police officers aggressively examining his rectum and gripping his testicles while “other officers laughed” after he was detained on January 20, Inauguration Day.
“I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment,” Horse said. “They used those tactics to inflict pain and misery on people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.”
He added: “It felt like they were trying to break me and the others – break us so that even if the charges didn’t stick, that night would be our punishment.”
Which is ironic since Trump and the GOP want to cut social programs for the neediest in America. And they are hurting their own.
Donald Trump, whose populist message and promises to help American workers propelled him to the White House, issued a budget proposal on Tuesday that instead takes aim at the social safety net on which many of his supporters rely.
Rather than breaking with Washington precedent, Trump’s spending blueprint follows established conservative orthodoxy, cutting taxes on the wealthy, boosting defense spending and taking a hatchet to programs for the poor and disabled – potentially hurting many of the rural and low-income Americans who voted him into office.
Trump, and the GOP, will catch holy hell when their voters learn what their representatives are doing to them:
The Senate health-care bill has sharpened the central political question surrounding the 2017 Republican agenda: Will the voters who made Donald Trump president rebel?
Like the House health-care bill, the Senate version would roll back Obamacare’s expansion of insurance coverage under Medicaid. While cutting Obamacare’s taxes on the rich, it would shrink both subsidies and requirements on insurers for coverage on exchange marketplaces, leaving many beneficiaries with skimpier protection and higher deductibles.
Those changes threaten financial hardship for the very constituency that won Trump the 2016 Republican nomination and tipped the electoral votes that put him in the White House.
They violate his explicit pledges to protect Medicaid from cuts and reduce their out of pocket expenses for health care.
If things aren’t absurd enough in the media this interview adds to fuel to the fire. AM Joy continued her shamelessness by interviewing Jerry Springer, the king of violent trash talk/reality shows. And what was he discussing? The lack of civility in the White House. Here’s someone who became famous for using violence on his ‘talk show’ to get ratings decrying Trump’s poor behavior in the White House. The reality show host bad mouthing another reality show host. Let’s fight with fire. And Springer is acceptable because he’s a Democrat. BTW, that makes him supremely qualified to run for governor. Surprise, surprise. You can’t make this s*** up:
Influential Ohio Democrats are pushing former Cincinnati mayor and daytime-TV host Jerry Springer to run for Ohio governor in 2018, more than half a dozen Democrats familiar with the race told Business Insider.
Many said Springer, who sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio in 1982 and remains active in state politics, could be a good fit for the current political climate.
This is the kind of article we should be reading from the mainstream press. They have a responsibility to expose evil:
But Trump appears to be feeling a lot of strain. He’s obsessed with the Russia probe, and a recent Washington Post story reported that his friends “privately worry about his health, noting that he appears to have gained weight in recent months and that the darkness around his eyes reveals his stress.” When you’re under pressure, it can be harder to hide your true self. And Trump’s true self is a pig.
On Tuesday, Trump interrupted a phone call with Ireland’s Prime Minister to sexually harass an Irish journalist named Caitriona Perry. Calling her forward, he said, “And where are you from? Go ahead. Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press.” She stepped forward awkwardly and he looked her over. Then, returning to the call, he said with a smirk, “She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.”
The hate of this administration is the worst in American history:
Parents are the latest target in the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration. Last week, ICE began arresting parents who paid smugglers to escort their children to the U.S., NYT reports. Previously, ICE focused on arresting the smugglers, but this new immigration strategy penalizes the parents who organized travel so their children could join them in the U.S.
We already have enough evidence to impeach Donald Trump. He violated the constitution on day one of his presidency. But there is plenty more. His firing of FBI Comey after trying, and failing, to get him to go easy on the Flynn investigation constitutes obstruction of justice. Now we have an attempt to coerce a prominent TV host into silence after making threats.
Congress doesn’t have to wait for any investigation to finish before the impeachment process begins. They must, and should, start now. And we already have some members of Congress taking the necessary steps. One Senator, in particular, compared what’s happening with Trump and Watergate.
We must act now because every day that Trump is in the White House he endangers our national security. He is a loose cannon incapable of behaving in a civilized manner. Trump is clearly mentally ill. He has the potential of starting a nuclear war. And he has already made frightening threats that could lead to just that. Time is running out before something really terrible happens.
We must act now. If you care for your future and that of your children speak out. Demand Congress impeach before it’s too late.
We are an addict nation. And locking everyone up is obviously not the answer. Until change our attitude as a society this epidemic will continue. We also have to do something about a political system that bought-off by the pharmaceuticals. Drug companies push highly addictive products that are gateways to illegal drugs:
The US has always been ahead of much of the world in drug overdose deaths — for a variety of reasons. For one, Americans are relatively wealthy, so they can afford to buy drugs. But there also appear to be cultural and socioeconomic factors at play, driving a broader increase in “deaths of despair” — such as suicides, alcohol, and drug overdose deaths — in recent years. (If you ask experts what these factors could be, you can expect them to name, well, basically everything — a weak social safety net in the US compared with other developed countries, poor access to health care in general, subpar mental health care and addiction services, manufacturing jobs moving out of the country, cuts to local government services like parks and recreation, individuals losing a sense of spiritual or existential meaning, and so on.)
But recently, America has gotten much worse due to its massive opioid epidemic, which has contributed to a huge spike in drug overdose deaths over the past couple of decades. In 1999, fewer than 17,000 people died from drug overdoses. In 2015, that grew to more than 52,000.
In objecting to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, civil rights lawyers pointed to messages the president posted on his Twitter account as evidence he based the ban on religion, not national security.
Now, as news outlets report he’s deleted 22 tweets — including one noting a meeting with military brass at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida — two good-government watchdog groups have sued Trump, claiming he’s violated federal and constitutional law that prohibits destruction of presidential records.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archives filed the lawsuit late last week in federal court.
Not only do we have an unjust system but it is inept:
A Florida handyman is walking out of jail a free man after spending three months in jail earlier this year for possession of cocaine that was really drywall.
Karlos Cashe was pulled over in Oviedo for a routine traffic stop when the police officer said he noticed a white powder in the man’s car. Cashe, a handyman by trade, explained that the powder was not drugs but drywall residue from his job.
The officer called for backup and a drug sniffing K-9 later alerted officers that narcotics were present in the vehicle.
Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that President Trump’s political movement has not brought about the new conservatism some had hoped for.
“I think he opened the door for a new kind of conservatism but has not fulfilled it,” Brooks told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview that aired on Sunday.
…Brooks went on to say Trump has not helped the voters who elected him because he has staffed his administration with people who believe in former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy on government and economics.
This case proves that it doesn’t matter what the profession of black man is. He is automatically treated as a threat to be shot at for the slightest reason:
A black off-duty officer was shot by a colleague in his St. Louis neighborhood Wednesday night, the Missouri city’s police department confirms.
The city’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that officers were responding to a possible car theft after a recognition software flagged a license plate. Suspects shot at the police officers after the car was stopped with spike strips and the off-duty officer, an 11-year department veteran who lives nearby, came out with his firearm to offer assistance, according to the statement.
The on-duty officers had asked the 38-year-old to get on the ground and he complied, but then they recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward him.
“At this time, a responding officer (36-year old white male with over 8 years of service) just arriving in the area observed this and fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm,” the statement says.
The victim was treated in hospital but has since been released, police confirmed. His lawyer, Rufus J. Tate Jr., told local news outlets that he considers the incident more severe than an accident. The police department has given no description of a threat, he said.
“This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street,” Tate told Fox News. “This is a real problem.”
Maybe this guy is just another corrupt politician:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, and his wife, Jane, have hired a legal-defense team as the couple combats allegations of bank fraud, according to recent reports.
Politico Magazine on Thursday reported that the couple has hired separate attorneys as the Sanders couple face a probe led by Federal Bureau of Investigation into whether the progressive senator used his influence to help his wife obtain a loan for the expansion of now-defunct Burlington College, while she was president.
Sanders has retained Burlington attorney Rich Cassidy, and his wife is being represented by defense attorney, Larry Robbins, according to Politico and later reported by CBS News online.
This case should finally destroy any notion that the system exists to protect law abiding citizens. Now it is time we overthrow the two-party dictatorship that allows the innocent to be terrorized, persecuted and/or murdered:
To “win” at killing citizens, you must start the spin immediately. Yanez spun his own, speaking to a lawyer less than two hours after killing Castile. Local law enforcement did the same thing. Documents obtained by Tony Webster show Special Agent Bill O’Donnell issued a warrant to Facebook for “all information retained” by the company on Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend. This was to include all email sent or received by that account, as well as “chat logs,” which presumably means the content of private messages. The warrant also demands any communications that may have been deleted by Reynolds, as well as metadata on photos or videos uploaded to Facebook. It came accompanied with an indefinite gag order.
Why would law enforcement want (much less need) information from the victim’s girlfriend’s Facebook account? It appears officers were looking to justify the killing after the fact.
We know the government is out to destroy the labor movement. The #99percentmovement will not be deterred.
Advocates of $15-an-hour wages for fast-food workers have settled a lawsuit alleging Memphis and its police department trampled their civil rights with a City Hall blacklist and police surveillance.
Both sides claimed victory after a federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed in March by the Mid-South Organizing Committee, a local advocate of the nationwide Fight for $15.
The settlement terms generally say police won’t surveil, photograph or video the group’s protesters unless there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason. That’s similar to provisions of a 1978 court decree that came in response to concerns about political surveillance by police.
The committee claimed its leaders and members were illegally watched, videotaped and followed by police during and after protest events dating to 2014, and that three leaders were wrongly placed on the blacklist.