And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Linkee-poo rode a tank, held a general's rank when the blitzkrieg raged and the bodies stank

"Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for wedding photos on a park bridge in Cambridge, Ontario, when the groom noticed a boy in distress in the river… With no thought for his suit, Mr Cook jumped into the water and pulled the young boy on to the shore."

"Four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern California were among those arrested on federal corruption charges Tuesday after they were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisers, authorities said." It's almost like it was a real business that was focused more on money than on scholarship.

"In a series of tweets Monday night, President Trump said the U.S. territory's old electrical grid was 'devastated.' He also appeared critical of the island's financial problems, tweeting they owed 'billions of dollars to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.'" If only there were someone, say, like a president, who wouldn't care about how much they owed and instead was more focused on delivering relief. Also, it's not like PR hasn't been asking for help with their debt.

"The proposal the Senate is considering that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in millions losing health insurance and a $133 billion reduction in the deficit by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Graham-Cassidy legislation… The CBO did not have enough time to estimate specifically how many people's insurance would be affected as it has done when it scored previous repeal bills."

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he is pulling the Republican health care bill because it does not have the votes." I'll believe it when the calendar hit October 2nd. Also, this doesn't mean it's dead and buried.

"Overwhelmingly, across party lines, people feel that the current tax system is rigged in favor of the wealthy." But hey, let's give the wealthy another tax break. I'm sure this one will shake loose all those jobs they've been holding back.

"Republicans agree to raise bottom tax rate, double standard deduction." Note I'm not able to find a more "mainstream" article on this. And Willie Sutton never said he robed banks because that's where the money is. But at least Willie did know where they kept the money.

"In over 15 hours of previously unreleased taped interviews, Donald Trump reveals to radio shock jock Howard Stern exactly how he sees all women, including various celebrities, his wife, and his daughter. Proving, once again, that the president has long behaved in private life as he has in public, the newly transcribed interviews are most notable for his admissions about wife Melania and daughter Ivanka." Anyone shocked? Anyone? Bueller? "Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump apparently weren’t happy about the addition of half-sister Tiffany Trump to the family in 1993 — because of the impact it would have on their inheritance." What a wonderful family.

"In a speech to the oil industry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed that nearly a third of his staff is disloyal to President Trump, saying that workers in Washington are reluctant to relax regulations to permit increased mining for coal and drilling for natural gas and oil on public land." I'm sure it has nothing to do with turning back decades of protocol, procedures, and focus. Also, boy I hope they negotiated up to date pricing for all those mining and drilling leases they want to sign instead of the give-away prices we used to charge. We'll just ignore that the resources they want to take out are also contributing to global climate change. "'I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag,' the news agency reported the secretary as saying." Um, dear Sec. Zinke, loyalty to the flag does not equate to loyalty to Trump. The two are not interchangeable. Plus, it's loyalty to the Constitution that's important.

Shorter Trump, "I love Africa. Some of my best friends are using your lax business and environmental regulations to exploit your people and resources to make a quick buck." Yeah. That'll go over well.

"White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Monday that NFL players protesting police brutality should focus their protests on police officers on the sidelines of NFL games rather than kneeling during the national anthem." Again, for the people in the back, this is not a protest against the National Anthem or the flag, this is a protest against the racial injustice going on in our country. This is an intentional blurring of messages by the White House.

"'It was a very embarrassing part on my end,' (Alejandro Villanueva) added. 'When everyone sees an image of me standing by myself, everybody thinks the team and the Steelers are not behind me, and that is absolutely wrong. It's quite the opposite.'"

"(AG Jeff) Sessions defended Trump's controversial remarks as he criticized college speech policies during an address at the Georgetown University Law Center, saying 'freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack.'" Uh, wait a second…

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