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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
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Happily retired and now enjoy being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. Dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

WHOA!!!!....ACLU warns Trump, in NY Times full page ad

“As you assume the nation’s highest office, we must ask you now as president-elect to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made.

Specifically, you promised to:

amass deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants
ban the entry of Muslims and institute aggressive surveillance programs targeting them
restrict a woman’s right to abortion services
reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture
change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression”

If you do not reverse course and endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at your every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers, and millions of supporters stand ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.”

“One thing is certain: We will be vigilant every day of your tenure as president. And when you ultimately vacate the Oval Office, we will do likewise with your successor.”

Trump picks another billionaire, for secretary of the Army

He chose former US Army infantry officer and Virtu Financial founder Vincent Viola.

Here is some background on the guy, via a quick look at Wiki.

He is an "officer" because he graduated West Point. Does not appear to have seen any combat.

He founded Virtu Financial, one of the largest high-frequency trading and market making firms.

As of September 2015, Viola had a net worth of $2.2 billion.

Interesting footnote, which may explain what Trump sees in him:

They live in NYC.
In 2013, their Upper East Side townhouse was listed for sale at $114 million, and Variety described it as "turgidly ornamented and giddily gaudy in its unrestrained grandiosity"

"turgidly ornamented"...this page has pics of the townhouse, with lots of detailed info....Versailles seem to be an apt description.

This is prolly gonna come in handy now....

I like this pic of Pres. Obama and our First Lady.

They are both touchers, huggers, comfortable being physically close to each other in public, and at this site are some wonderful pics of them during the last 12 years.

I thought this one said a lot:

House Freedom Caucus wants To Undo 232 Rules On Net Neutrality, other consumer protection laws

For the few dozen members of the House of Representatives Freedom Caucus, the hope to see President-elect Donald Trump undo or revise more than 200 federal rules involving everything from tobacco to food labels to ceiling fans to your constitutional right to bring a lawsuit against your credit card company.

The list was released this week by Rep. Mark Meadows (NC), who chairs the conservative Freedom Caucus, a group of federal lawmakers formed in 2015 that openly advocates for limited government.

Repealing or revising some rules — certainly those that are at least a year old — will require either entirely new rules, or legislative action. As we’ve mentioned in previous stories, newer regulations — those finalized in the final few months of the Obama administration — can be rolled back via the Congressional Review Act.

That 1996 law — only used once successfully since its creation — allows Congress to review and issue a joint memorandum of disapproval on rules they wish to undo. The President must sign that memorandum (or Congress must override a veto) for the rule to be rolled back.

PDF at the link, more programs on the list at the link. Really important to read and become familiar with what is under the axe. They are going to target Eliz Warren's Consumer Protection program.

Transition Adviser Peter Thiel Could Directly Profit From Mass Deportations

Palantir Technologies, the data-mining company co-founded by billionaire and Trump transition adviser Peter Thiel, will likely assist the Trump administration in its efforts to track and collect intelligence on immigrants, according to a review of public records by The Intercept. Since 2011, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations has paid Palantir tens of millions of dollars to help construct and operate a complex intelligence system called FALCON, which allows ICE to store, search, and analyze troves of data that include family relationships, employment information, immigration history, criminal records, and home and work addresses.

In a separate multimillion-dollar contract signed in 2014, Thiel’s $20 billion company is building a complex case management system for ICE’s HSI, which processes tens of thousands of civil and criminal cases each year.

Working closely with a president-elect who has pledged to dramatically expand ICE, Thiel’s varied connections to the immigration agency place him in a position to potentially benefit financially from a deportation campaign that carries highly personal stakes for millions of Americans.

Since Thiel joined Trump’s transition team last month, Palantir’s wide-ranging contracts with federal agencies — that include the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency — have raised eyebrows of ethics watchdogs. In recent years, the federal government has reportedly paid Palantir some $340 million in contracts.

Concerns over Thiel’s potential conflicts deepened last week when it was reported that he would not confirm whether or not he had signed standard paperwork barring him from participating in Trump transition matters that might conflict with his private interests.

Now he's punishing Twitter:

Report: Twitter told it was cut from meeting with Trump in retribution for refusing to allow emoji version of hashtag 'CrookedHillary,' source tells Politico

Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation.

Twitter is one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla's Elon Musk — an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the president-elect has made Twitter into the de facto press channel of his transition operation.

Trump has had public beefs with other tech execs at the sit-down. He's criticized Cook over Apple's refusal to decrypt a cellphone whose owner was implicated in a terrorist incident, for example, and Bezos over his ownership of The Washington Post. But, it seems, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's role in what the Trump operation saw as the breaching of a deal was a step too far for those close to Trump.

The incident at issue was detailed in a Medium post last month by Gary Coby, director of digital advertising and fundraising for the Trump campaign. According to Coby, Dorsey personally intervened to block the Trump operation from deploying — as part of a $5 million deal between the social media company and the campaign — an emoji showing, in various renderings, small bags of money being given away or stolen. That emoji would have been offered to users as a replacement for the hashtag #CrookedHillary, a preferred Trump insult for his Democratic opponent.

(entire article above)

Ok, now he's just fucking with us.....who knew he had a sense of humor?

President-elect Trump considering ex-Fox News boss Roger Ailes for Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, source tells @mehdirhasan

see? It's all been a joke.

Has to be.

What else could explain all those picks?

Pres. Obama just signed the 21st Century Cures Act.....here is what you need to know about it

The biggest loser is us. the Act allows for less testing of drugs before they are put on the market.

Elizabeth Warren was against the bill, for that reason.


Who wins and loses with the 21st Century Cures Act?


I just got a call from Trump, jr.

Voice mail.....telling me Trump is coming to an event "in your area" and I should reserve tickets.

so checked the news...yup, Trump will be invading Mobile, this Sat.

gotta go and disinfect the phone now.....
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