Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trump Dismantles Obama-Era's "Equal Pay Rule" Meant To Help Address The Gender Pay Gap

Days after proclaiming August 26th as "Women’s Equality Day" Donald Trump halted a key equal pay initiative put in place by the Obama administration.

The now discarded provision would have required employers to report how much they pay workers broken down by gender, race and ethnicity as a resource to help figure out the scope of the pay gap at different companies.

The data accrued by the provision would have made it easier for federal regulators to spot patterns of discrimination.

When asked for an explanation for the provisions removal the Office of Management and Budget released a statement that it was halting implementation so it could review the provision, citing concerns about "paperwork and privacy".

On average, women in the U.S. are paid 80 cents for every dollar men earn, according to federal data.

The pay gap for women of color is even worse as black women earn only 63 cents and Hispanic women earn 54 cents on the dollar.

Even when researchers analyze the data and account for differences in education and time spent in the labor force, the wage gap persists.

Companies with more than 100 workers were set to receive a new form to report the data in September and start providing more detailed information to the EEOC in 2018 and most employers were preparing to file this data.

But now the provision has been halted from going into effect as a result of an orchestrated effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the federal contractors business lobby and anti-worker and anti-regulatory senators on the Hill.

Women’s groups universally decried the move as an all-out attack on equal pay.

Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, said in a statement on Tuesday...

Today’s action sends a clear message to employers. If you want to ignore pay inequities and sweep them under the rug, this Administration has your back.

Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policy and strategy at the National Partnership for Women and Families exclaimed...

"[This] spits in the eye of gender equality and in the eyes of women and people of color who are so often paid less and do not know."

It is hardly a surprise that a White House which has been openly hostile to women’s rights such as rolling back provisions on contraception and reinstating harsh restrictions on women’s health around the world would make such a move.

Trump Removes Rape And Sexual Assault Call To Action Report From White House's Website

For reasons known only to Donald Trump he has had his administration remove a 2014 report on sexual violence from the White House website.

Alexandra Brodsky, a civil rights attorney and co-founder of anti-sexual violence organization KnowYourIX, noticed that the “Rape And Sexual Assault: Renewed Call To Action” report had been taken down.

Brodsky said she had been...

looking for it because I’m working on briefing for a client who’s a survivor and was looking for some literature about the impact of sexual violence and that’s been a really helpful resource for that kind of research. But it was no longer on the White House website. It’s not anywhere on the White House website.

The report was created under the Obama administration by the 2014 White House Council on Women and Girls in partnership with then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The report consisted mainly of nonpartisan facts about sexual violence including sexual assault statistics and different ways the criminal justice system and college campuses can improve in combatting sexual and gender violence.

Brodsky said she could only speculate on why the Trump administration doesn’t want the public to have that information but does believe it reaffirms the administration’s lack of concern on combating sexual violence.

Brodsky added that the removal of the report is a discouragement from action by the Trump administration which is presently considering undermining important policies for survivors like those reaffirmed by the Obama administration regarding Title IX.

The White House has not commented on why the government-funded work that was done to understand the causes and effects of sexual and gender violence had been removed.

The report can still be found on KnowYourIX’s website HERE.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"WHAT A CROWD, WHAT A TURNOUT!" Trump Visits Flood Ravaged Texas And Makes It All About Himself, His Crowd Size And Selling His Campaign Merchandise

He never met with a single victim of the storm.

He never mentioned any of the deceased.

He never visited a destroyed home or businesses.

He did however praise his crowd size and hock his campaign merchandise that he sells on his website.

Trump arrived in Corpus Christi wearing the white “45/USA” hat that’s available for $40 on his own website. Today's appearance of the merch marks the third time in four days that Trump has modeled one of his on-sale campaign swag during events related to Harvey, including two previous meetings for which the White House released official photographs...

And in case you were wondering...

"all transactions made on are considered a donation to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee"

In other words your paying for the entire Trump families lawyer's bill. (*Not a joke)

FACT CHECK: David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post asked if either the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign had donated to relief fund but has received no response yet.

Once on the ground Trump went to a local firehouse where he held a news conference with Governor Greg Abbott in which he praised his FEMA director Brock Long as "a man who's become very famous" as a result of disaster that as of tonight has taken fourteen lives including that of a police officer who drowned in his vehicle when it was washed away by flood waters.

To conclude his photo-op Trump started to congratulate himself and the Governor but stopped saying instead...

We won’t say ‘congratulations.’ We don’t want to do that. We don’t want to congratulate, we’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.

But Trump wasn't finished.

He then addressed the people gathered around the firehouse from a ladder between fire trucks. He first commented on the the hurricane as "historic" and "epic"  because a storm on his watch has to be the hugest and best storm ever in the history of storms.

Check out his tweets if you really want to know about how amazing this storm is!...

So much better than those looser storms Katrina and Sandy!

Trump then proceeded to praise the size of the crowd who had come to see him saying...

"What a Crowd! What a Turnout!"

Watch here...

Melania Trump also received some well deserved blowback for the “Top Gun” outfit she wore to visit the disaster site which consisted of a pair of black stilettos and a black “FLOTUS” baseball hat that prompted many Twitter users to deem her “out of touch,”.

It's already a meme...

Her FLOTUS hat however is not currently for sale on the family website.

Trump cannot be blamed for his lack of empathy for people in distress. He is a sociopathic narcissist and is incapable of caring for anyone beyond himself or anything that doesn't directly effect him personally.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump To Sign Order Allowing Military To Supply Police Force With Grenade Launchers, Bayonets, And Tanks

Today, in another gift that will be celebrated by his racist alt-right base, Donald Trump will repeal restrictions that President Barack Obama placed on police access to military supplies following the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., that occurred after a police officer gunned down the unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown in 2014.

The images of an outraged community taking to the streets to protest in the face of a highly militarized police force patrolling the neighborhood in what was tantamount to tanks was troubling and unforgettable...

President Obama made the move to limit the distribution of military surplus items to police forces came after experts delivered a report to the Justice Department that found that the police actions “inflamed tensions” and violated constitutional rights.

Nevertheless Trump will sign the executive order today that will allow the federal government to immediately resume handing out free bayonets, grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles such as tanks, camouflage uniforms, weaponized aircraft, ammunition above .50 caliber and other equipment to law enforcement departments around the country..

Trump’s executive order will also kill the requirement that law enforcement agencies had to meet before obtaining helicopters, planes, riot helmets, batons, drones, armored and tactical vehicles, and explosives and pyrotechnics. Under Obama the administration the police departments had to get permission from their local government, complete training requirements and give a “persuasive” reason why they needed such equipment.

As tensions between law enforcement and communities remain high Trump and his attorney general Jeff Sessions order to allow the police to obtain military-grade weaponry is an unmistakable thumb it the eye of everyone who remembers the images as St. Louis County Police officers drove military armored vehicles and pointed sniper rifles at peaceful demonstrators.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

New Bill Would Compel Donald Trump To Immediately Undergo Physical And Mental Health Evaluations

A new resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives would encourage the vice president and the Cabinet to compel Donald Trump undergo physical and psychological health exams to determine if he is of sound mind and body and able to serve out the remainder of his term.

But after Donald Trump's performance over his first seven months in office combined with his white supremacist and nazi appeasement involving the violence and murder in the Charlottesville hate rally and his off the rails Phoenix rally this move shouldn't be all that surprising.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the resolution on Friday.

Should the results of said exam be unfavorable, the resolution calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to take prudent acton and immediately remove Trump from office.

The recommended action would involve invoking the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to jointly remove the president from office and replace him with the vice president.

In a statement announcing the resolution, Lofgren asked if the president suffers...

from early stage dementia. Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties. Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?

Lofgren also pointed out that Trump has not yet released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public which is why Lofgren is calling for Pence and other Cabinet members to...

quickly secure ... medical and psychiatric professionals” to evaluate Trump, adding “If it was a physical ailment, you would be getting the advice of doctors. The same thing should be true to take a look at his stability here.

Here is the bill in it's entirety...

Click image to enlarge

Lofgren, who is not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, doesn’t expect the resolution to pass but hopes “it will stimulate conversation,” around the subject adding that Trump would get the evaluation if “he cares about the country.

This is not the first time the 25th Amendment has been taken up by the congress as in June, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) led 25 House Democrats to co-sign a bill that would create a congressional commission able to oust Trump from the Oval Office under the amendment.

The media has also weighed in on the matter of exploring the execution of the 25th Amendment with articles and op-eds in the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, New York Times and Time Magazine.

In addition the hashtag #25thAmendment began trending on Twitter and seeing as how this is Trump's favorite form of communication perhaps he will run across it and volunteer for the exams of his own volition.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trump Signs Directive Banning Transgender Service Members

Donald Trump gave yet another hate filled gift to his right wing conservative base on Friday.

Along with his pardoning of the disgraced racist sheriff Joe Arpaio Trump also signed a directive banning transgender men or women from enlisting in the military.

Trump, a five time draft dodger, didn't want to be bothered (or tagged) with the task of determining whether to remove already enlisted transgender individuals from service so he bequeathed that job to his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump has only given Mattis until Jan. 1st to determine whether active transgender military servicemen should be removed from their posts.

The presidential memoorandum also bars the military from funding gender confirmation surgery due to what Trump has referred to as "it's tremendous medical costs". A canard that has been disproven over and over again most recently in a 2016 paper by the Rand Corporation titled “Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly”. The study concluded that the health care cost increase would amount to a 0.04 to 0.13 percent increase in total active component health care expenditures.

FACT CHECK: In 2014 the Department of Defense spent more than $84 million on Viagra and other medications to treat erectile dysfunction. That is over five times the amount it would cost for the gender confirmation surgeries Trump spoke of.

In 2016, under the Obama administration, the Pentagon lifted a longtime ban on transgender service members. At the time, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said...

Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.

In July, Trump blindsided his administration and the Pentagon when reinstated the ban on transgender service members via his Twitter account...

The White House offered no guidance at the time as to how the ban would be implemented, leaving transgender service members wondering about their future in the military.

They need wonder no longer.

In a nauseatingly ironic twist, in his weekly address, Trump praised active military service members and veterans saying...

Every person who puts on the uniform makes our nation proud. They all come from across our land. They represent every race, ethnicity and creed. But they all pledge the same oath, fight for the same cause and operate as one team — with one shared sense of purpose. They love their families. They cherish their freedom. They salute our flag. And, above all, they believe in America.

To be fair to Trump we all know someone wrote that for him and he just read it off the teleprompter.

Disgraced Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio Uses Trump Pardon To Grift For Money On Twitter

After Donald Trump announced he would be granting a pardon to the disgraced racist Joe Arpaio the former Arizona sheriff has responded with a deep state conspiracy theory steeped tweet that blames Trump's nemesis President Obama as a thank you...

Arpaio then immediately went on to beg for money...

No, I did not link to it.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trump Sends A Gift To His Alt-Right Base By Pardoning Disgraced Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Donald Trump has sent not a dog whistle but an air raid siren out to his alt-right base tonight by pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the notoriously racist ex-sheriff from Arizona... Even before he's been sentenced!

Arpaio, who had previously named himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” was convicted for willfully violating a federal judge’s order by unlawfully detaining individuals he claimed might be in the country illegally based solely on the color of their skin or the ethnicity of their last name.

Also notable was a lawsuit filed after it had been found by the Justice Department that not only were Arpaio’s officers caught calling Latinos “wetbacks,” “Mexican bitches,” “fucking Mexicans” and “stupid Mexicans,” but that Latino drivers were four to nine times as likely to be stopped by his officers as non-Latino drivers were. The case was settled in 2015.

But it was a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division that concluded there was reasonable cause to believe that Arpaio and his office engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful policing and racial profiling that finally landed Arpaio in real legal jeopardy.

After the case was tried Arpaio was found guilty of violating the 4th Amendment and convicted of criminal contempt for violating a 2011 order that barred Arpaio and his office from the practice of detaining individuals solely based on the previously mentioned criteria.

When handing down her ruling U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton said last month that the former sheriff had shown “flagrant disregard” for the 2011 order banning him from detaining people because he thought they were in the country illegally.

Arpaio was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5.

Now, despite the fact that Arpaio was guilty, had not yet received a sentence and was completely unrepentant for his crimes Trump still saw fit to pardon him.

Trump said in a statement released by the White House late tonight...

Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.

He then of course had to tweet about it...

If you were wondering Trump’s pardon of Arpaio skipped over the typical review process for pardons, which are usually routed through the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney but what the hell.

The pardon comes after a Tuesday evening rally in Phoenix in which Trump had signaled that the pardon was coming when he said to the crowd...

"So was Sheriff Joe was convicted for doing his job?" - applause - "I'll make a prediction. I think he's going to be just fine, OK."

Trump’s pardon of Arpaio, the first of his presidency, will undoubtably be seen as a tacit endorsement of Arpaio’s racially discriminatory tactics but read as a favor to a political ally whom adheres to Trump's anti-immigrant leanings.

The former sheriff, a craven media whore well known for parading inmates around in pink underwear, was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer.

Another link the two men share is a rabid adherence to the racist conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States otherwise known as "birtherism".

Arpaio, who served as sheriff from 1993 through 2016, had long been accused of discriminatory practices against Latinos.

GORKA OUT! Trump Advisor With Nazi Ties And A History Of Anti-Islam Rhetoric Has "Resigned"

Sebastian "Seb" Gorka, a controversial adviser to Donald Trump, is leaving the White House after months of criticism about his ties to far-right foreign political groups and his description of Islam as an inherently violent religion.

Though Grocer's resignation letter has been made available to the media the White House has remained very tight lipped on the entire matter as many believe they did not want to anger Donald Trump's hardcore racist alt-right base.

Gorka maintained in his resignation letter, that surfaced late in the evening...

Given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are ― for now ― ascendant within the White House. As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.

Gorka’s official title at the White House was deputy assistant to the president, but it was never clear what his actual duties entailed. He regularly appeared on television in several contentious and obnoxious interviews where he defended Trump's "national security agenda and worldview".

Now keep in mind Gorka did this without a security clearance that would have allowed him to sit in on any high-level national security meetings or the ability to obtain any classified information.

Most however believe Gorka was kept on due to the fact that Trump enjoyed watching his combative media appearances.

Gorka, who had been with the Trump campaign since 2015 as a paid adviser, promoted himself as an authority on counterterrorism. However national security experts derided Gorka's credentials as he does not speak Arabic and has spent little to no time in the Middle East.

Gorka wearing the medal of the Vitezi Rend present and past

Aside from Gorka's sparse credentials another factor that made his tenure at the White House distasteful was his close ties with Nazi affiliated group the Vitezi Rend. Gorka often wore a medal signifying membership in the Hungarian group that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II. When confronted with this he claimed the medal was his father's and he wore it in memory of his anti-communist efforts in Hungary.

Another red flag dismissed by the Trump White House was that while in his native Hungary Gorka founded a political party in 2007 that espoused anti-immigration, anti-Semitic and homophobic positions. Gorka also expressed support for an anti-Semitic Hungarian militia called the Magyar Garda in August 2007 a group the European Court of Human Rights accused of working to create “an essentially racist legal order.”

Before joining the White House, Gorka was an obscure far-right fringe character who worked at Steve Bannon's alt-right fave where he published many articles in which he pushed his dark view of Islam.

NEW POLL: 71% Agree Trump's "Behavior Is Not What I Expect From A President"

A new George Washington University poll taken between August 13-17 (over a week ago) shows there is widespread national concern about Donald Trump’s public discourse and behavior.

Here are some of the questions and the striking numbers attached to them...

"Donald Trump’s behavior is not what I expect from a President
71 percent agree vs 27 percent disagree

"Donald Trump’s words and actions could get us accidentally involved in an international conflict
68 percent agreed vs 29 percent disagree

"Is the country on the wrong track?
63 percent wrong track vs 28 percent right track

Concerning Donald Trump "Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression?
56 percent unfavorable vs 42 percent favorable

"How would you rate the job Donald Trump has been doing as President? Do you approve or disapprove of the job he is doing?
55 percent 42 percent approved,

"Do you think that Donald Trump has been effective as President in getting things done and making changes that will help working families?
55 percent effective vs 40 percent not effective

As far as the Russia investigation is concerned those polled had some eye opening opinions on that subject as well...

"As you may know, there is currently a special counsel investigating allegations that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 Presidential election and allegations that members of the Trump campaign were involved in this effort. Based on what you know about these allegations, which of these statements best describes your view?
• Trump campaign staffers committed crimes .......... 31%  
• Trump campaign staffers behaved unethically ....... 21%  
• Trump campaign staffers behaved normally .......... 37%

GW Associate Professor of Political Management Michael Cornfield commented that...

The Battleground Poll data show that more Americans object to President Trump’s character than his agenda. If there is anything approaching a consensus in today’s sharply divided America, it’s that Trump speaks and behaves inappropriately given the office he holds.

Amen brother!

You can review a full PDF of the poll HERE.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

TRUMP'S OFF THE RAILS RALLY! Promises Racist Sheriff Arpaio Pardon And Boarder Wall, Attacks GOP, Dems, McCain, McConnell, The Media And The Thousands Protesting Him Outside The Rally (VIDEO)

Tonight Donald Trump voided any positive press he garnered last night when he regurgitated a 100% Teleprompter delivered speech written for him about the war in Afghanistan.

The reason why is that the @real Donald Trump showed up tonight and blew teleprompter Trump to smithereens.

He spent nearly forty minutes defending his disastrous response to Charlottesville reading back transcripts of his several reactions to the deadly violence perpetrated by the white supremacists.

Yet during his recitation he not so subtly cherry-picked the segments that made him look good while purposefully leaving out the parts that earned him deservedly scalding rebukes.

He never mentioned his "both sides" are to blame comment or lashing out at the counter-protestors before saying that there were "some fine people" at the white supremacist rally as these were the things that outraged the majority of the nation.

He went on to attack the "crooked" media (transferring that nickname from Hillary Clinton), sending out a racist dog-whistle to the crowd that...

"they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,

He lied and said cameras at the rally were being turned off as live-streams of the speech on cable news networks continued to roll. He specifically called out CNN, which aired Trump’s speech until the end...

"Look back there... the live red lights, they're turning those suckers off fast. They're turning those lights off fast. Like CNN. CNN does not want its falling viewership to watch what I'm saying tonight."

Trump promised the crowd that he would pardon ex-Sheriff Joe Arpiao who was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a court order to stop his racist practice of ordering traffic patrols that illegally targeted immigrants...

I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine, OK? But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.

Concerning the North American Free Trade Agreement Trump claimed that he would...

"probably terminate NAFTA at some point"

Trump then stepped it up a notch then by promising those in attendance that he was going to shut the government down unless Congress provides funding for his promised border wall... THAT HE SAID MEXICO WAS GOING TO PAY FOR!...

"Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall,"

The words pundits used to describe Trump tonight included "dementia", "early onset Alzheimers", "divorced from reality", "unhinged", "madness", "unfit" and "lunacy"!

How off the rails was Trump's speech? At the end of it James Clapper, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said in an interview on CNN...

I just find this extremely disturbing. I really question his ability to be, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. maybe he is looking for a way out,

And there was more... so much more.

So is Trump crazy?

Is Trump suffering from dementia?

Does Trump want out of the job?

Watch Trump's unhinged rally in full and decide for yourself...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trump Gives Address On The Expansion Of The Afghanistan War With No Specifics, No Troop Numbers And No Timeline But Plenty Of Teleprompters (VIDEO)

On Monday, desperate to get the stench of the Charlottesville nazis and klan off him, Donald Trump gave a speech addressing America's future concerning the war in Afghanistan.

Past Presidents who have given these types of announcements usually televise it from the Oval Office. Tonight however Trump needed a backdrop that including flags, soldiers and a podium with a presidential seal on it.

Trump's 100% teleprompter delivered speech from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia was supposed to lay out a new strategy for the war but instead he delivered only promises of victory and vague details of the plan to achieve it.

But stunningly Trump started the speech about the plans for Afghanistan by renouncing bigotry...

"When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate. The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home."

 When damage control had been achieved Trump went on to give a boilerplate breakdown of what the goal in Afghanistan was...

Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge.

But he then went on to say that the U.S. would no longer give public details about the war including the number of American troops deployed or a timeline for withdrawal...

I’ve said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military operations. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

Trump then said he would expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks but did not elaborate on how he planned to broaden the already sweeping authority the U.S. military has to kill terrorist groups abroad.

When all is said and done it becomes apparent that the speech was solely a distraction from what had been the most devastating week in Trump's tenure in office. It was pure wag the dog tripe. He spoke in sweeping generalities using "strong" and "muscular" fighting words but gave no specifics whatsoever. And when was the last time you have ever seen a commander-in-chief start off an address on war strategy by having to renounce bigotry!

And if you have any doubts that this speech was anything but a distraction or a means to change the subject from his Charlottesville disaster there is the fact that any plan for an expansion of the war in Afghanistan is a complete 180 from the rhetoric he spewed non-stop on the campaign trail and even years before.

Here is the full address if you want to watch someone speak for twenty-five minutes and say nothing...

The Secret Service Runs Out Of Money Due To Trump And His Families Nonstop Vacations

Thanks to Donald Trump and his adult children's nonstop vacationing the Secret Service can no longer afford to pay the hundreds of agents needed to carry out an expanded protective mission next month when 150 foreign heads of state converge on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

The shortage of funds stems from the inordinate amount of money needed to secure Trump who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition the agents must protect his adult children as well who jet across the world on "business" trips and vacations.

FACT CHECK: As of the posting of this story Trump has spent one out of every three days of his term at one of his Trump branded properties.

Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, whom Trump appointed to his post back in April, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year!

The agency has faced a perpetual workload since the height of the election season and the first seven months of Trump's administration.

Alles said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees...

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law. I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

Under Trump, 42 people require Secret Service protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family as opposed to 31 during President Obama's administration.

The shortage in financial records has become so dire that the director has started negotiations with lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for the duration of Trump's first term. Without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.

But even if this drastic measure was approved, 130 veteran agents would still not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours the agents had already racked up chauffeuring Trump from the White House to his private golf clubs and hotels.

After it was revealed in 2014 that that agents and uniform officers working an unsustainable number of hours 800 agents and uniformed officers were hired to bolster the ranks. Yet even with these additional added agents Trump and his clan have worked the Secret Service into the ground with their constant jet-setting.

Officials had hoped that the agency's workload would normalize after the inauguration, but the president's frequent weekend trips, his family's business travel and the higher number of protectees has made that impossible.

Trump Looks Directly At The Sun During Solar Eclipse Despite Onlookers Shouting "Don't Look!"

Donald Trump took a little time off his very busy schedule since returning from his 17 day vacation this afternoon to observe the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States since 1918.

Scientists throughout the week leading up to the phenomena have repeatedly warned that looking directly at the sun during the phenomenon could result in permanent eye damage.

But despite those advisories and additional shouted warnings from nearby onlookers Trump looked directly at the sun... Because of course he did.

Perhaps when staring at the massive orange ball of hot gas he may have become confused and thought he was looking it his own reflection.

Keep looking Donny.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

White Supremacist Rally In Boston Shut Down By 45,000+ Peaceful Counter-Protesters (20 PICTURES)

Only one week after a white supremacist at a rally in Virginia killed Heather Heyer and injured more than a dozen others, thousands of counter-protesters in Boston turned out to oppose participants of a self-described white supremacist “free speech” rally!

Crowds marched to gather at the historic Boston Common park and Malcolm X Boulevard chanting “make racists afraid again”, “who defends the Nazis? Trump defends the Nazis!”, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” They also held signs that read: "Resist," "Black Lives Matter," and "Get the hell off my lawn, you bigots.". Nice!

The rally remained peaceful, and the number of counterprotesters dwarfed the dozens or so of those who came in support of the event, organized by members of the so-called “alt-right.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had asked organizers to postpone the rally and stated that hate groups aren’t wanted in Boston...

I didn’t want them to get a permit, quite honestly, but we also believe in free speech in our country,

By noon, Boston police said at least It is estimated 40,000 people total were out for the demonstrations were peacefully marching toward the park where the rally area was blocked off by a ring of metal barriers. Thousands more descended on the area over the next hour.

As expected there were minor skirmishes between the competing groups and several arrests made. At the first sign of that any protestors had been detained the white supremacist-in-chief took to Twitter to blame the counter-protesters...

Keep appeasing that base Donald.

Trump later called for unity and for the nation to "heel." Here is a scree shot someone captured of the now "fixed" tweet...

I don't know whether the misspelling was a coded message or just out of sheer stupidity

As for the white supremacist, nazi, kkk and alt-right "celebrities" that were scheduled to speak at the ironically titled "Free Speech Rally" decided they would take a powder instead.

Fitchburg State University senior film major and event co-organizer, John Medlar, decided it just wasn't in the cards for him today and RSVP'ed with a "no".

Someone named Augustus Invictus ― a known Holocaust denier and an organizer of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rally ― was invited to attend the Boston rally, but later pulled out.

Gavin McInnes, a member of “Proud Boys” an alt-right white separatist group known for "brawling" with antifascist protesters, ultimately canceled his appearance.

And Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet, an admitted troll and prominent white supremacist, was also scheduled but flaked.

Kyle Chapman, known by the nickname Based Stickman or the Alt Knight, known in right-wing circles for arming himself with a stick and confronting anti-fascist demonstrators was a no-show.

Joe Biggs, a former contributor to Alex Jones' InfoWars, is chief operations officer at the online outlet Rogue Right Media was nowhere to be found.

The racist rally-goers, defeated, dispersed as the rally ended hours earlier than planned.

Meanwhile the counter-protesters suck around and celebrated.

Here are pictures from the failed white power rally and the overwhelmingly successful counter-protest...