Friday, November 17, 2017
This Thursday the House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill that would slash tax rates on corporations and private businesses, overhaul the individual tax code and eliminate taxes on wealthy heirs.
The 227-205 vote was almost completely along party lines accept for defections from 13 Republican members, primarily members from New Jersey, New York and California due to the bill's scaling back of the state and local tax deduction in their states.
Not a single Democrat voted for the bill.
Almost immediately upon the bill's passage the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) rained on the Republican's celebration when they released their analysis that predicted the bill would raise the average tax rate for Americans making under $75,000 by 2027 while those making more would enjoy lower levies.
The JCT's projections, coupled with complaints by some GOP senators about their chamber's proposal, suggest that the bill is no done deal.
Here are some of the tax bill's other goodies...
• The top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 20 percent and to 25 percent for certain pass-through businesses.
• Any tax cuts afforded to actual people would sunset within a year while the cuts to the corporate tax rate would be permanent.
• It would reduce and then end the estate tax, which currently applies to inheritances over $5.6 million for individuals repealing the tax paid on the largest inheritances.
• It would erase the current $4,050 personal exemption and annul or reduce other tax breaks.
• It would limit interest deductions to $500,000 in the value of future home mortgages, down from today's $1 million, repeal the alternative minimum tax paid by higher-earning people.
To add to the bills atrocities is the fact that it would would abolish the Affordable Care Act's requirement that people buy health coverage or pay tax penalties. This would destroy the ACA as that is the cornerstone it rests upon.
As a result of this move the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 13 million fewer people would go with coverage by 2027 and premiums would go up by 10 percent per year.
This move was done to free up $338 billion in savings that Republicans plan to use to help finance the tax bill.
And the big payoff is that the bill is projected to grow the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the coming decade.
What's not to like.
A new study shows that the US has fallen from 1st to 6th place since last year.
This news comes by way of the Nation Brands Index’s annual ranking of countries that measures more than 50 countries by analyzing them in categories including people, governance, exports, tourism, investment and immigration and culture and heritage.
According to the Nation Brands Index’s annual ranking of the most admired country with the best “brand image,” is Germany followed by France, The UK, Canada, Japan and then the United States.
Professor Simon Anholt, who created the NBI study in 2005, comments...
“The USA’s fall in the ‘Governance’ category suggests that we are witnessing a ‘Trump effect’, following President Trump’s focused political message of ‘America First’,"
Of the 50 countries measured in the study, only the USA saw its overall NBI score drop this year.
While the US still ranks among the top five nations for three of NBI’s six categories: Culture (second), Exports (second), and Immigration-Investment (fifth) but it has fallen from 19th place to 23rd for Governance, a miserably poor score for one of the world’s leading countries.
However, the study did show that Americans view their own country more favorably than this time last year (despite the contrary outside perspective) proving that we pretty much live up our own asses.
So remember in 2020: Donald Trump - Making America 6th again.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
On Thursday Los Angeles morning radio show host Leeann Tweeden, a former Fox News and Fox News Sports correspondent, accused then-comedian Al Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent during a USO tour in December 2006.
Franken, who is now the junior Democratic senator from Minnesota, was headlining the eUSO vent and Tweeden was emceeing.
Tweeden said that she knew ahead of time that Franken had written a skit where his character tries to kiss her. Tweeden claimed that Franken repeatedly insisted that they rehearse the kiss until she finally relented.
She said of the incident...
"We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.I felt disgusted and violated."
She did end up performing the skit as written, she continued, turning her head away while on stage so Franken couldn’t kiss her.
|Franken and Tweeden perform a skit in Kuwait during the 2006 USO tour.|
She said of the Photo...
"I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny? I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture."
Franken, who was elected to the Senate in 2008, responded to Tweeden’s account in a press statement Thursday....
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Frankel later issued a stronger statement, in which he apologized to Tweeden and called for an ethics investigation into his own behavior....
“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine—is: I'm sorry.
I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed,”
USO confirmed to HuffPost that the incident was never reported to them.
Democratic senators were unequivocal on in their condemnation of Franken as two dozen senators and Members of the DNC came forward with statements denouncing Franken’s alleged behavior and called for an investigation into the sexual assault allegations.
On Wednesday Al.com revealed that two more women had come forward and accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.
One of the women, Kelly Harrison Thorp, was working at the Red Lobster in Gadsden, AL, in 1982 when Moore came up to her and propositioned her.
Thorp, who was seventeen at the time, asked asked Moore if he knew how old she was to which Moore replied...
“Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.”
The other woman, Tina Johnson, was accosted at Roy Moore’s law office in 1991 during a custody transfer.
According to Johnson Moore made inappropriate remarks about her physical characteristics making her uncomfortable.
She recounts that as she left the office Moore sexually assaulted her when he grabbing her buttocks from behind.
Johnson told Al.com...
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,”
Notably, this incident occurred after Moore was already married.
Johnson and Thorp are the sixth and seventh women to accused Moore of sexual misconduct.
At this point it is undeniable that Moore's behavior has been show to be a pattern of a sexual predator.
Makes you wonder which of the other Ten Commandments Moore considers only suggestions.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
RUBIO'S REVENGE! Thirsty Don Pauses His Press Conference For A "Little" Water Break (VIDEO & TWEETS)
|Big boy needs his sippy cup|
Famously Donald Trump is known for giving Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, the nickname "Little Marco" as the two vied for the GOP presidential nomination.
Trump is equally well known for mocking Rubio for stopping in the middle of a Republican rebuttal speech to President Obama for a quick sip of water...
While the two vied for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 Trump ridiculed him mercilessly in tweets...
And even at campaign rallies by physically mimicking Rubio...
But now the bottle is in the other hand as a very parched Donald Trump stopped the press conference about his trip to Asia while he fumble around for a bottle of Fiji water before taking a slug.
Here is a video of Trump slaking his powerful thirst...
Later in the 24-minute speech, he paused again to take yet another drink.
Marco Rubio, understandably bemused by the watery faux pas took no time tweeting his response to Trump's water break...
Marco wins the internet for today.
CLUELESS: Trump's Multi-Millionaire Treasury Secretary And His Socialite Wife Strike A Ridiculous Pose With Sheets Of Cash (6 PHOTOS)
|Yes, Steve is really holding out his pinky while displaying his sheet of money.|
Today Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his socialite wife Louise Linton made a mockery of what had to be one of the most mundane photo-ops in political history.
While it is usually customary for a treasury secretary to have their photo taken with the first $1 bills bearing their signatures Mnuchin and Linton, who have been criticized for being out of touch with the average American and misusing taxpayers’ money, may have made this the most unfortunate, tone deaf instance of that duty.
Just to give a little more flavor to the event here are a few extra photos of the two imbeciles...
Thee photo was taken down after commenters began bombarding it with negative remarks and Linton lashed out at the them.
Mnuchin commander fire for using taxpayer money to charter private planes for seven official trips but was ultimately cleared of any illegal spending after reimbursing the government.
Nothing but class these two.
As Donald Trump returned from his 12 day trip to the middle-east it appears that perhaps the jet lag has made him a bit lazy as he has tweeted his heartfelt condolences about the wrong mass shooting.
On Nov. 5th (nine days ago) after the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead and 20 injured, Trump sent out this condolence tweet...
But on Tuesday Nov. 14th, after there was yet another mass shooting at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School in northern California which left at least four people dead and several injured, Trump sent out this condolence tweet...
After reading it many have come to the similar conclusion that Trump merely coped and pasted his Sutherland Springs condolence tweet, changed a few words around but then forgot to swap out the name of the town and state where the shooting occurred.
Poor little man must've missed his nappy-time.
The tweet was timestamped at 11:34 p.m. and remained live as of early Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Messages have been released showing that Donald Trump Jr., communicated with WikiLeaks over Twitter direct-message during the 2016 presidential race.
According to correspondence, which were obtained by The Atlantic, Trump Jr.'s communications with the organization occurred between September 2016 and July 2017.
The messages began on Sept. 20th 2016 when WikiLeaks contacted Trump Jr. on Twitter to apprise him of an anti-Trump site called putintrump.org that was about to launch. Trump Jr. thanked WikiLeaks and said he would ask around about it.
In another message on Oct. 21, 2016 WikiLeaks asked for Donald Trump's tax returns prior to the election saying...
"Hey Don. We have an unusual idea. Leak us one or more of your father's tax returns."
The organization pressed for the returns citing that "if we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality" and if the group could be seen as impartial and wouldn't be perceived as coming from a 'pro-Trump' 'pro-Russia' source,"
In Oct. 2016, WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. to ask "if you guys could comment on/push this story," and attached a remark from Hillary Clinton saying she wanted to "just drone" Assange.
Trump Jr. responded to that message...
"Already did that earlier today. It's amazing what she can get away with."
WikiLeaks also offered advice to Mr. Trump through his son directing Trump Jr. to a link what would point Trump supporters toward stolen documents...
"Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows [sic] will find it. Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4."
Just 15 minutes after this message was sent Donald Trump himself tweeted, "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!"
Here is that tweet...
Trump Jr. Tweeted the link one day later.
Another suggestion on December 16 WikiLeaks asked if Don Jr. would ask his father to suggest that Assange be made Australian ambassador to the U.S....
"Hi Don. Hope you're doing well!In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC."
It was also revealed that early on election night, when it looked as if Hillary Clinton would win, WikiLeaks also advised the Trump campaign that if they lost the election that they should protest the outcome as rigged and that Russia would do the same.
If you want to read the "complete" Twitter direct-messages posted by Donald Trump Jr. after the Atlantic article dropped they links are posted below...
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In a statement to The Atlantic, Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, said...
“We can say with confidence that we have no concerns about these documents and any questions raised about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum.”
The messages have been turned over to congressional investigators as part of their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO RAPE ME" Another Woman Says Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Her As A Teenager (VIDEO)
Another woman has come forward accusing Alabama Republican Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teen.
The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, told her story at a New York press conference on Monday.
Nelson, who met Moore through her job as a waitress, recounted an incident in which Moore offered to give her a ride home one night in 1977. But instead of taking her home, she said, he drove around the restaurant to a deserted area and assaulted her. “I thought that he was going to rape me,” Nelson said.
Nelson described how Moore groped her breasts and grabbed her neck, leaving it “black and blue and purple,” as he tried to force her head toward his crotch...
“I was begging him to stop,” she said. “I had tears running down my face.”
After a struggle, Nelson said, Moore let her go with a threat...
“He looked at me, and he told me, ‘You’re just a child.’ And he said, ‘I am the district attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you,’”
Nelson said she then either fell or was pushed out of the vehicle whereupon Moore "burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark,”.
You can watch the Mrs. Nelson's Press Conference here...
Moore attempted to blunt Mrs. Nelson's press conference by holding one of his own just an hour before she went on air.
In the brief statement, lasting a mere 90 seconds, Moore refuted the soon to come claims of assault...
“The people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I’ve stood for in the political world for more than 40 years. And I can tell you, without hesitation, this is absolutely false. This is a political maneuver and has nothing to do with reality. It’s all about politics.”
Moore denied knowing Nelson and even denied knowledge of the diner where she worked in 1977 when the alleged attack occurred.
Moore's claims of ignorance were dashed when at her press conference Nelson produced a note he had written in her high school yearbook that read...
“To a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say ‘Merry Christmas,’ Love, Roy Moore D.A.”
Here is a picture of that note from the yearbook...
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Notice after his signature and the date Moore writes the name of the diner, "The Hickory House", that he supposedly had never heard of.
Moore declined to answer reporters’ questions following his statement.
A representative for Moore responded to news of the press conference calling it "a witch hunt” in a statement that also referenced the attorney’s role in abortion policy.
Nelson said she waited so long to speak up because she was afraid, saying she “felt that Mr. Moore would do something to me or my family.”
Nelson's accusation brings the number of accusers that claim Moore sexually assaulted them when they were only teenagers to five with the most serious accusation coming from Leigh Corfman who said Moore sexually assaulted her in 1979 when she was only 14 and Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
BUSTED! Lying Liar Trump Lies About Putin Meeting. Gets Called A Liar By The Russians And His Own CIA Director!
Donald Trump is a liar.
He lies about everything.
I don't think he can control it.
He even lies when he knows he is going to get caught lying.
On Sunday he did just that when he lied about what was said during a private meeting he had with his handler Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump claims he cornered the Russian president and asked him directly if he had interfered in the US 2016 presidential elections.
On the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vietnam Trump, who began by calling the investigation into Russian inference a “Democratic hit job”, had this recollection of the back and forth between he and Vladimir Putin...
“He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did. ... Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ Trump added, "And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,”
Trump went on to say that Putin was also “very insulted” by the accusations of election meddling.
However according to Putin, that conversation never happened.
After Trump went on camera and shilled for Putin using pro-Russia talking points, the Kremlin released their own statement saying the conversation about the 2016 election never even took place.
Trump got pwned.
To top that off, because Trump's comments directly contradict all reports from all the U.S. intelligence agencies that came out earlier this year that concluded that Putin had ordered hacking against the Democratic National Committee to help Trump get elected his very own CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, had to call out Trump's idiotic lie.
Pompeo refuted Trump's assertions in a statement that read...
“The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections. The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.”
Having been caught being a naughty boy Donny took to Twitter to lie again to cover up for his lies...
Yeah everyone... It's a good thing, not a bad thing!
And yes, he misspelled "they're".
So when that didn't work Trump just started babbling during a press conference in Vietnam...
“I believe he believes that. I believe he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently constituted.”“I believe in our intel agencies. I have worked with them very strongly… I believe very much in our intelligence agencies,”
On the bright side we only 7 more years of this crap.