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Thread: The TRUMP POTUS "Tribute" & "Tribulations" of the Politically Incorrect for 2017....!

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    Just confirmed that he was married in the mid-1980's, and this allegation was in 1979.

    Thou shalt not covet [thy neighbor's children]? I was going to say something that 14 is acceptable in Alabama, but their age of consent was probably 16 at the time as it is now.....

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    ...and in other news, the City of Beverly Hills has just passed a law prohibiting shopping carts, trash cans, and garbage dumpsters anywhere within city limits, to keep the homeless and paparazzi away.....


    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/malibu-...-food-service/

    Authorities in California ask church to stop feeding the homeless

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    November 9, 2017, 4:52 PM

    MALIBU, Calif. -- A Malibu church that has helped the homeless for years has been asked to stop feeding people who are down on their luck.

    CBS Los Angeles spoke to the people at the United Methodist Church about the request.

    Workers at the church say they are able to serve as many as 100 people. They've been serving meals on Wednesdays since 2014.

    But now, the food service will come to an end after Thanksgiving at the city's request.

    "It's a safe place," said Michah Johnson, who is homeless. "And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. It's home-cooked. And there's TLC involved."

    "The church is very helpful," he added. "They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When you're homeless, it's very easy to slip off and become jaded."

    The church says the city sent an email asking members to attend a meeting on Monday, where they were asked to stop feeding the homeless.

    "Very succinctly," said Dawn Randall, who works with the United Methodist Church. "They claimed we are increasing homelessness."

    "I think many of them eat out of dumpsters and trash cans when they aren't eating with us," said Kay Gabbard, who also works with the United Methodist Church. "We can't pretend like (homelessness) doesn't exist in our backyard. We can't pretend that it only exists outside Malibu."

    CBS Los Angeles reached out to Malibu's mayor for a comment. They have yet to hear back.

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    Uhm, I hate to be pedantic here, but doesn't at least one of the two parties have to be married in order for it to be adultery?
    Nothing is stopping people from doing the right thing & without some adhesion contractual agreement either........

    You are either honorable or going to do the scumbag move........conscience simple as that, some listen to it & some clearly don't!
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    Speaking of judicial controversy in Alabama.....

    http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-...110-story.html

    Trump judge nominee, 36, who has never tried a case, wins approval of Senate panel

    By DAVID G. SAVAGE
    NOV 10, 2017 | 9:50 AM

    Brett J. Talley, President Trump’s nominee to be a federal judge in Alabama, has never tried a case, was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Assn.’s judicial rating committee, has practiced law for only three years and, as a blogger last year, displayed a degree of partisanship unusual for a judicial nominee, denouncing “Hillary Rotten Clinton” and pledging support for the National Rifle Assn.

    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote, approved him for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.

    Talley, 36, is part of what Trump has called the "untold story" of his success in filling the courts with young conservatives.

    “The judge story is an untold story. Nobody wants to talk about it,” Trump said last month, standing alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the White House Rose Garden. “But when you think of it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge — but 40 years out.”

    Civil rights groups and liberal advocates see the matter differently. They denounced Thursday’s vote, calling it “laughable” that none of the committee Republicans objected to confirming a lawyer with as little experience as Talley to preside over federal trials.

    "He's practiced law for less than three years and never argued a motion, let alone brought a case. This is the least amount of experience I've seen in a judicial nominee," said Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

    The group was one of several on the left that urged the Judiciary Committee to reject Talley because of his lack of qualifications and because of doubts over whether he had the "temperament and ability to approach cases with the fairness and open-mindedness necessary to serve as a federal judge."

    Some conservatives discount the ABA's rating. "The ABA is a liberal interest group. They have a long history of giving lower ratings to Republican nominees," said Carrie Severino, counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, which supports Trump's nominees. She said past liberal nominees have been rated as qualified even if they had little or no courtroom experience.

    Talley does have some other qualifications, some traditional, others less so. He grew up in Alabama and earned degrees from the University of Alabama and Harvard Law School. He clerked for two federal judges and worked as a speech writer on the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney. And, like many people who eventually became federal judges, he became the protege of someone who became a senator.

    In Talley’s case, the mentor was Republican Sen. Luther Strange, the former Alabama state attorney general who was appointed to the Senate in January to replace Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general. Talley worked for Strange as a deputy.

    Typically, senators play the lead role in recommending nominees for the federal district judgeships in their state. Talley also had something of an inside track. This year, when Sessions moved to the attorney general's post, Talley took a job in the Justice Department's office that selects judicial nominees.

    Trump and McConnell have succeeded in pushing judicial nominees through the Senate because the Republicans have voted in lockstep since taking control of the chamber in 2014.

    When Trump took office in January, there were more than 100 vacant seats on the federal courts, thanks to an unprecedented slowdown engineered by McConnell during the final two years of President Obama’s term. The Senate under GOP control approved only 22 judges in that two-year period, the lowest total since 1951-52 in the last year of President Truman’s term. By contrast, the Senate under Democratic control approved 68 judges in the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

    The best known vacancy was on the Supreme Court. After Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell refused to permit a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee. Trump filled the seat earlier this year with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.

    The Alliance for Justice, which tracks judicial nominees, said Trump’s team is off to a fast start, particularly when compared with Obama’s first year. By November 2009, Obama had made 27 judicial nominations, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Trump has nominated 59 people to the federal courts, including Justice Gorsuch. That’s also a contrast with Trump’s pace in filling executive branch jobs, where he has lagged far behind the pace of previous administrations.

    Liberal advocates are dismayed that Republicans have voted in unison on Trump's judges.

    "So far, no one from his party has been willing to stand up against him on the agenda of packing the courts," said Marge Baker, vice president of People for the American Way.
    Last month, when the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on several other nominations, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Talley about his fervent advocacy of gun rights. In a blog post titled a "Call to Arms," he wrote that "the President and his democratic allies in Congress are about to launch the greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime," referring to Obama's proposal for background checks and limits on rapid-fire weapons following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    "The object of that war is to make guns illegal, in all forms," Talley wrote. The NRA "stands for all of us now, and I pray that in the coming battle for our rights, they will be victorious," he added.

    A month later, he reprinted a "thoughtful response" from a reader who wrote: "We will have to resort to arms when our other rights — of speech, press, assembly, representative government — fail to yield the desired results." To that, he wrote: "I agree completely with this."

    When pressed, he told the senators he was "trying to generate discussion. I wanted people to be able to use my blog to discuss issues, to come together and find common ground."
    In a follow-up written question, Feinstein asked him how many times he had appeared in a federal district court.

    "To my recollection, during my time as Alabama's deputy solicitor general, I participated as part of the legal team in one hearing in federal district court in the Middle District of Alabama," he replied.

    On Thursday, the Judiciary Committee approved White House lawyer Greg Katsas on a 11-9 vote to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and then approved Talley on another 11-9 vote. The nominations now move to the Senate floor, where a similar party-line result is expected.

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    9:50 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from the Judicial Crisis Network.

    This article was originally published at 8:10 a.m.

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    Just when you thought that the "fake news" couldn't stoop any lower trying to discredit Trump.....

    http://www.newsweek.com/heres-scient...-normal-712944

    HERE'S SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT TRUMP'S HANDS ARE TOO SMALL TO HOLD A WATER BOTTLE LIKE A NORMAL ADULT

    BY KASTALIA MEDRANO
    11/15/17 AT 6:56 PM

    On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, President Donald Trump was giving a televised speech at the White House to recap his recent Asia tour. At approximately 3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, he began to wheeze and looked around for water, announcing that he didn’t have any. Multiple journalists pointed out a Fiji water bottle to his right. Trump then picked the bottle up and, using both hands, drank from it.

    Let us begin.

    The bottle Trump was provided was a plastic FIJI Water-brand bottle. According to FIJI Water’s official website, FIJI Water water bottles are available in four sizes:

    330 mL: Our smallest bottle size, the FIJI Water 330 mL ships in a 36-count case. The Lil’ FIJI is a perfect size for kids, it also fits easily in a purse or a car cup holder for on-the-go use. A great size for entertaining and events, it can also be a thoughtful treat for business clients and customers.

    500 mL: Our most popular bottle size, the FIJI Water 500 mL ships in a 24-count case. Large enough to quench your thirst, yet completely portable, the 500 mL is the perfect serving size for adults. The FIJI Water 500 mL is also the ideal bottled water size to stock the office and conference rooms.

    1 Liter: The FIJI Water 1 Liter bottle ships in a 12-count case. The 1 Liter is a reliable thirst-quencher that is well-suited for active lifestyles and greater hydration needs. Also a must-have item for the well-stocked family refrigerator.

    1.5 Liter: Our largest-size and best value, the FIJI Water 1.5 Liter ships in a 12-count case. For those serious about hydration the 1.5 Liter is just the right size. This large size is also great for meals and group gatherings.
    The bottle Trump used appeared to be the 500 mL. As of press time, FIJI Water had not responded to a request for comment as to whether the 500 mL FIJI Water bottle was designed to be grasped with one normal-sized adult hand or two. However, we can reasonably infer from the phrases “completely portable” and “the perfect serving size for adults” that this bottle was intended to fit comfortably in a single, normal-sized hand of an adult with normal-sized hands.


    The 500 mL bottle.
    AMAZON


    The average male hand measures 7.4 inches from wrist to fingertip, and 3.30 inches across the palm. If Trump's hands are not sufficiently sized for him to instinctively grasp the 500 mL bottle with just one of them, then the logical fit would be the next size down: the Lil' FIJI.

    According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average child’s middle finger is about 2.83 inches long, which would make the hand length roughly 5.66 inches. FIJI Water®was not wrong to describe this option as a "great size for entertaining and events, [and] a thoughtful treat for business clients and customers."

    Trump has notably mocked Florida Senator Marco Rubio for drinking water during a televised speech (Rubio has already responded to today's incident), and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for appearing to lack "stamina." Trump himself is known for gripping a lot of things unnecessarily, like stair railings, but Google ‘Trump drinking water two hands video’ and you can see that this is definitely a thing.

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    Because of my generous philanthropy in the local region, I receive invitations to all kinds of fundraisers and other interesting events. I usually skip the golf tournaments and $150/plate dinner gatherings where the region's corporate leadership (and bank CEO's that Jack has a personal grudge with) all hobnob, but on occasion I have attended some of the more interesting events. The one that I attended last week was a presentation by a world-renowned economist from a prestigious university, and the subject was his interpretation of Trump's tax plan proposals and what the likely outcome would be.

    He showed graphs that Americans are not the highest taxed people, as well as showing that American corporations don't pay the highest business taxes in the world after explaining the difference between sticker price and effective tax rate. No surprise, corporations can afford bean counters to drop their 39% tax bill down to 20-25%.

    Regarding the tax holidays and other incentives intended to bring overseas money back, he mentioned that we tried this recently (2004-ish?) and it worked to some extent. The big unforeseen failure was that the returning money did not trickle down to creating jobs, but rather went to stock buy-backs and paying down corporate bonds/loans.

    He said that cutting the corporate tax rate to 20% WITHOUT CLOSING THE CURRENT LOOPHOLES will result in corporations paying about a 10% effective tax rate.

    Another thing that he pointed out was that lowering the corporate tax rate to 20% while leaving the non-incorporated business and personal tax rate at 39% was not a good idea. He even joked that we shouldn't feel bad for the unemployed lawyers and bean counters displaced from closing the current loopholes, because they would have long-term employment opportunities in the blitz for every non-incorporated business to incorporate for the discounted tax rate.

    There were multiple graphs showing how trickle-down economics didn't work for Reagan or anyone else who tried them, pointing out this 1932 quote from Will Rogers:

    This election was lost four and six years ago, not this year. They [Republicans] didn’t start thinking of the old common fellow till just as they started out on the election tour. The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover was an engineer. He knew that water trickles down. Put it uphill and let it go and it will reach the driest little spot. But he didn’t know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellows hands. They saved the big banks, but the little ones went up the flue.
    He had a graph showing the long-term tax revenue versus national debt, and there is some kind of key indicator that we recently passed that is sort of the point of no return. Regarding the debt, historically the government borrows from the people, and they benefit when they are paid back. Working from memory, the total debt is $17 trillion, with $12 trillion owned by Americans, $1.1 trillion by China, $1.0 trillion by Japan, and $3 trillion by other countries. Not exactly China owning us, despite what the "fake news" claims.

    The speaker did take a brief question where he hinted that his personal preference was for a consumption tax as the fairest, but otherwise did not make any recommendations for what should be done.

    I didn't take notes, because I was wasn't expecting such deep details. It was definitely worth staying up past my bedtime and missing steak night for this one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vreihen View Post
    Another thing that he pointed out was that lowering the corporate tax rate to 20% while leaving the non-incorporated business and personal tax rate at 39% was not a good idea.
    Right, and I don't think any either of the current bills do that.
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