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AZ Congressman is a real nut job

The Charlottesville Nazi march was a false flag operation by liberals. George Soros betrayed and looted from the Jews in Germany. Congressman Paul Gosar goes full InfoWars on CNN.

And he’s a dentist, apparently, which just goes to show you that a formal education is wasted on some people.

Of course he was endorsed by Sarah Palin, the standard-bearer for all things ignorant. 

What is wrong with Arizona that they keep voting for these screwballs? By all means, vote for a fiscal conservative. But why keep putting guys like this in office?

Kellyanne Conway, Satan’s PR rep, explains how Trump will do Celebrity Apprentice

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I want to stop being preoccupied with Trump. I want him to miraculously transform from a petulant, narcissistic child into a leader. Then this happens.

Kellyanne Conway on Friday defended President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to remain an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” even as he takes office, arguing that “presidents have a right to do things in their spare time.”

“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing, and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts who tell him what he can do and not do as President of the United States,” Conway, a top Trump adviser and his former campaign manager, said on CNN’s “New Day.” “If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he will consider staying on.”

Trump’s agreement with the show, first reported by Variety and confirmed by sources at NBC and the Trump campaign, means the president will have an interest in a show aired by a media company that also reports on his presidency — a major conflict of interest for the network.

“Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president? I mean presidents have a right to do things in their spare time, in their leisure time,” Conway argued. “I heard you object to Mr. Obama playing golf. Will Mr. Trump not be playing golf for the next four years?” host Alisyn Camerota countered.

Apparently NBC has no issues with giving bribes to sitting elected officials.

Via: Conway on Trump ‘Apprentice’ role: He’ll do it in his spare time

 

Add educational fraud to Donald Trump resume?

As CNN says in this Sept. 29 news report, Trump University looks to have followed a tried and true formula of Donald Trump: start something, wring as much money out of it as he can, and leave others holding the bag.

Notes CNN, “Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Trump University. CNN’s Drew Griffin takes an in-depth look into the lawsuits and what students claimed happened.”

This is not the first time questions have been raised.

It was only last August when the Washington Post ran this article, “Trump University: Why the N.Y. attorney general called it a scam”:

In 2005, the real estate magnate started an initiative that offered seminars in real estate, entrepreneurship and other related subjects and that charged from $1,500 to more than $35,000. It was called Trump University, even though it didn’t actually give out degrees and wasn’t accredited. Trump promised in one ad, “Just copy exactly what I’ve done and get rich.”

In 2010,  he changed the name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative after the New York State Department of Education sent him a letter, according to the New York Daily News, accusing him of misleading the public by running an unauthorized school. The letter, signed by Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education Joseph Frey, said in part:

“Use of the word ‘university’ by your corporation is misleading and violates New York Education Law and the Rules of the Board of Regents.”

A year later, in 2011, the New York State Attorney General’s Office began investigating the program — which pretty much stopped operating at that point — and in 2013, Schneiderman filed a $40 million civil lawsuit against Trump and the institution, accusing both of charging more than 5,000 people big money to supposedly learn Trump’s successful real estate techniques but failing to deliver. The suit says Trump U — often using high-pressure sales tactics and telling students that the next, more expensive seminar would reveal important secrets — earned about $40 million from students and seeks to the money recovered.

It’s a mystery how this guy manages to fool so many people into thinking he possesses some grand business acumen. He started with Daddy’s money and has left a trail of anger, disappointments and lawsuits with so much of what he has done since.

Yet somehow this is rarely brought up against him in nearly every setting. These should be the questions reporters are dogging him with. 

Better late than never, I guess.

To the list of unforgivable scams one can perpetrate in a society which mark the scammer as amoral — including cheating the elderly and widows — I would like to add the names of people who under false pretenses take money from students who are simply trying to make their lives better through education and leave them with nothing in return.

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Chris Cuomo asks Rick Santorum: Why aren’t you more like Pope Francis?

Chris Cuomo does a pretty good job making Rick Santorum dance a linguistic jig:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum insisted on Tuesday that tolerance meant understanding that LGBT people were “sinners” who made “mistakes.”

During an interview on CNN, host Chris Cuomo pointed out that the Catholic candidate’s rhetoric seemed to be out of step with Pope Francis.

“Your pope says tolerance is the message of Catholicism,” Cuomo explained. “When asked about gay marriage and LGBT existence within humanity, he says, who am I to judge? That doesn’t work for you. You say you want an amendment that keeps marriage between a man and a woman.”

“Why aren’t you more like your pope?” the CNN host wondered.

“The pope doesn’t support a change the definition of marriage,” Santorum replied defensively. “I mean, he’s been perfectly clear about that.”

“He said, ‘Who am I to judge?’” Cuomo reminded the candidate.

“That’s not what he said,” Santorum shot back. “He’s been very, very, very clear about standing for the definition of marriage. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

“What he’s talking about — and he absolutely right — is we need to respect the dignity of all human life,” the Pennsylvania Republican continued. “We are all broken, we are all sinners, we all make mistakes. And we have to continue to love and support those who fall short of the mark, including me.”

Cuomo pressed: “With all the things we are facing as a culture, why would you invest the energy into a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman?”

According to Santorum, strengthening the family was “the most important thing I would do as president.”

Let’s not forget that Santorum is the guy who brought a miscarried fetus home from the hospital so he and his wife could grieve over it.

That’s how devout a pro-life, pro-Catholic guy he is — until the Pope says things with which he disagrees.

Source: CNN host corners Rick Santorum on LGBT tolerance: ‘Why aren’t you more like your pope?’

 

(NSFW) CNN will never live this down, as jokes like this one proliferate on the internet

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CNN mistakes banner with tiny sex toys as Arabic, screams “ISIS!”

They are just the worst.

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America’s poor are ‘envy of the world,’ says richest Congressman

America’s richest Congress critter says that those damn poors don’t realize how lucky they have it:

Asked by CNNMoney whether he feels personally responsible to address income inequality in the United States, the Republican Congressman from California said “absolutely.” But he noted that America is the richest country on earth and implied that those in poverty here are better off than the poor in other nations.

“If you go to India or you go to any number of other Third World countries, you have two problems: You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have less opportunity for people to rise from the have not to the have,” said Issa. In the U.S., he noted there is better availability and access to quality public education.

Issa’s personal wealth is by far the greatest of any congress member. His net worth in 2013 was $448.4 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and stems from a car alarm business he built.

Issa consistently proves the notion that you don’t have to be particularly bright in this country to be rich or to be elected to Congress.

via America’s poor are ‘envy of the world,’ says richest Congressman (CNN)

John Oliver has fun with CNN's doomsday video

“That’s it? A band playing a slow dirge? To be fair, when the world ends it would be comforting to look at any marching band  and think, ‘Well, at least they’ll all die, too.'”

Ouch.

Pay your fines or your dog dies

This is one of those times where something is so wrong on so many levels I’m not sure where I should start.

CNN reported April 6 that some municipalities around the country are picking up pets that are unlicensed, unspayed, just running free because they escaped (as animals often do), or “not microchipped,” and impounding the animals in a municipal or affiliated shelter. What is new is that if an owner is too poor or unemployed or otherwise not able to pay what can amount to very steep fines in the age when cities and town are using fines to fund city coffers, the animals are often killed before owners can come up with the money:

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Mary Root was arrested after her Chihuahuas got loose and she couldn’t afford to pay the fines.

California resident Gerilynn Aflleje was horrified when her 4-year-old Siberian Husky mix was killed by a local animal shelter over $180 in fees that she couldn’t afford.

Her dog, Chunk, had been dropped off at the Stockton shelter after getting lost in 2013, she later explained at a city council meeting. When Aflleje discovered her dog there less than a week later, she said the shelter demanded $180 within 24 hours for storing Chunk.

Unemployed, Aflleje couldn’t get the money in time. “We didn’t only lose our pet. We lost a family member,” she said.

In a number of cities across the country, animal control agencies are aggressively going after pet owners with big fines for small violations. Some hold people’s pets until they settle their bills, even if it means they end up killed. Others leave the dogs alone but issue arrest warrants for owners who can’t pay up.

The infractions can include failing to license a pet, owning a dog that barks a lot, or accidentally letting an animal get loose in the neighborhood. But the penalties are serious, often amounting to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

So are the consequences. When owners of seized or lost dogs can’t afford to get their pets back, they relinquish their rights to the animal, which can result in a pet being euthanized.

As unbelievable as that sounds, it’s true: they kill pets over fines that can mean a substantial portion of one’s income if a person is paid minimum wage or is on a low fixed income.

What if you had your dog already and moved but could not afford the sometimes steep licensing fees of your new location? What if the same thing happened and you didn’t even know that some places require you to microchip your pet?  What if you are elderly and on a low retirement income and you follow laws but the dog dashed out the door when a repair person ran out to get some equipment from her truck?

And sometimes people are just plain poor — an increasingly common situation in this society.

What’s that you say? Poor people should pay their fines and observe animal control laws?

Of course they should. But even if they don’t, cities and counties are increasingly using fines and fees to fund government because taxes cannot be raised as they should. Corporations are now paying historically low taxes, while fines and fees continue to rise and are burdensome mostly only on poor and lower income residents.

That is, when the rich people have to pay the fines at all. From CNN:

Last year, Riverside County inspectors incited controversy for going door-to-door and giving out citations of up to $400 per dog in Indio’s low-income and mainly Hispanic neighborhoods. In some cases, they cited people for failing to have their pets licensed, sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped without even seeing the animals.

Riverside County told CNNMoney that this was part of its ongoing enforcement efforts across the county and residents could avoid paying the fines by fixing the violation within 30 days. While there are some low-cost options available for sterilization and other procedures, local advocates said waiting lists are often months long. They also railed against the agency for leaving wealthy, gated communities untouched.

“They are threatening people. They are intimidating people,” said Kim Maguire-Hardee, a local activist who runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.”[But] if people have lawyers and speak English, they don’t go there.”

Drusys, who oversees the pet licensing program, says he takes “great exception to the accusation that we are picking on poor people.”

“It’s not our fault that we don’t go to the gated communities — we go there all the time, they refuse entry,” he said.

That’s a new one on me: rich people avoid the law by living in gated communities. I wonder what they do when someone in the country club set beats his wife? Send a letter asking nicely that he stop?

The bottom line is they kill pets. Pets that are part of a family. Dogs that are not abandoned or abused.

Via: Dogs killed over unpaid fines (CNNmoney)

Licensing revenues are projected to almost double in Riverside County in the two years following 2015..
Licensing revenues are projected to almost double in Riverside County in the two years following 2015..

I believe they wanted “Year Of The Horse”

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