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Drumpf bringing back American jobs (for foreign HB2 guest workers).


This month, Trump is bringing jobs to Florida, as he looks to hire 78 servers, housekeepers, and cooks at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and the nearby Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter.

But instead of making sure those jobs go to Americans, he is seeking to import foreign workers for the positions, which pay $10.17 an hour for housekeepers, $11.13 an hour for servers, and $12.74 for cooks. He filed applications this month claiming he couldn’t find enough Americans to do that work, and is seeking temporary visas to bring in 65 workers at Mar-a-Lago along with another seven waiters and six cooks at the golf club.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. A call to Mar-a-Lago was not returned, and an employee at the Jupiter golf club declined to comment. But in the past, Trump has defended his use of guest workers by saying there was no other way to fill the jobs.


In an email Wednesday, Veenstra said his agency, which is chartered by the state of Florida, has a database of 1,327 Palm Beach County residents interested in server, cook, and chef positions. He said local hotels are currently seeking his agency’s help to fill more than 856 such jobs. Mar-a-Lago does not appear to be among those that contacted the agency directly, he said, adding that he could not immediately provide information about the Jupiter golf club.

Those Freedom Kids Who Performed at a Drumpf Rally Are About to Sue Him

You can't make this stuff up!!


Back in January, a trio of young girls known as the "USA Freedom Kids" performed at a Donald Trump rally in Penascola, Florida. The routine, which involved the girls whirling in flashy American flag dresses and singing a song that denounced the other presidential candidates as sworn enemies, was roundly mocked on social media, where viewers likened the video to performances honoring North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.


Now Jeff Popick, the creator behind the patriotic trio and father of the youngest member in the group, says he plans to sue Trump, alleging his campaign violated several verbal agreements and subsequently stiffed the group of proper monetary compensation.

From the Washington Post:

It started in Pensacola. When Popick first reached out to the Trump campaign about performing, he spoke with various people including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. His understanding from the campaign was that the Kids would make two appearances in Florida, where Popick lives. The first event didn't come to fruition, and Popick says he asked for $2,500 in payment for the second performance, in Pensacola. The campaign made a counter-offer: How about a table where the group could pre-sell albums?

According to Popick, no table ever showed up—and the incident was the first of a series of broken promises and unreturned phone calls that went on all the way to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. There, Trump's team allegedly offered Popick a consolation prize and promised that the girls could perform because of all the previous disappointments. That performance never materialized either and now he says he's planning to file suit. He wouldn't specify for how much, but explained that it wasn't a "billion-dollar lawsuit" and suggested a performance at a Trump venue similar to the RNC one could also work.

"CRUZ TALKS TRUMP" — A Bad Lip Reading of Ted Cruz

Illinois Republicans remove Trump delegate with 'whitepride' social media handle.

This stuff is so commonplace that it's hardly even surprising anymore.
On the upside, Herr Drumpf has emboldened racists/bigots/homophobes to speak their minds, thus providing evidence for anyone who claims the GOP is not a hate-group.


GOP officials said Gayne posted something on Facebook on the opening day of the convention that included a photo suggesting law enforcement officers were prepared to shoot African-American protesters and used a racial slur.

In May, a Tribune profile of Trump delegates elected in the March 15 primary revealed that Gayne used the handle "whitepride" on social media.

"With all the racism going on today, I'm very proud to be white. Just like black people are proud to be black and now, as white people, whenever we say something critical we're punished as if we're racists. I'm tired of it. I'm very proud," Gayne said then in an interview.

RNC Staffers Quarantined After Norovirus Outbreak Reported at Convention - (Why does God hate them?)


They aren't completely sure it's Norovirus, but jeebus still hates them.

“We’ve got about 11 who have been sick over the last few days, and we’ve been out there every day and working with them to eliminate the spread the resort and the delegation from California,” Erie County Health Commissioner Peter Schade told Stat News.

Noroviruses cause explosive vomiting and diarrhea, which can clear out a patient for one to three terrible days. While most norovirus patients recover on their own, some have needed medical assistance for dehydration.

They are also frighteningly contagious, and often spread quickly through crowded social events. When asked if California delegation staffers were the only ones affected so far, the California delegation chairman Jim Brulte said “To the best of our knowledge.”

While the RNC staffers are showing many clear symptoms of norovirus, health officials have yet to fully confirm the cause of the illnesses. Staff members will be quarantined until they can go 24 hours without showing symptoms.

Mike Pence, Cigarette Truther


More anti-science repliclown misbehavior.
At the linked article, you can read about how his family owned a chain of stores operated under the corporate name "Tobacco Road". (I shit you not!)

Over his political career Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) has consistently carried the tobacco industry’s water, denying the dangers of cigarettes, opposing government regulation, and slashing smoking cessation efforts. In return, they rewarded him with more than $100,000 in campaign donations.

In 2000, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), then running for an open U.S. House seat, came out against a proposed settlement between government and the tobacco industry, calling it “big government.” In a shocking editorial, he wrote:
“Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”
Pence acknowledged that smoking is not “good for you,” but claimed that two-thirds of smokers do not die from smoking related illness and “9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.” He warned of a slippery-slope in which government would soon seek to discourage fatty foods, caffeine, and SUVs.

In a debate that September, his Democratic opponent pressed him on the suggestion that smoking does not cause cancer and noted his contributions from tobacco companies. According to the Indianapolis Star’s coverage of the exchange, “Pence clarified that he wrote that there was no causal link medically identifying smoking as causing lung cancer.” While cigarette manufacturers might have been still claiming that there was not causal link between smoking and lung cancer, medical science had settled the question years earlier. A landmark report by the U.S. Surgeon General had documented the link — in 1964.

After the debate, the paper reported, Pence acknowledged he had received an estimated $5,000 and $10,000 in contributions from tobacco companies. His actual total was already at least $13,000 in contributions from the political action committees for Brown & Williamson, Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and US Tobacco, according to Political MoneyLine data reviewed by ThinkProgress. A May 2000 letter from the Reynolds PAC to Pence, now available in the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents archive archives, conveyed a $1,000 check and praised his “position on issues important to our company.”

Can the Murdochs Contain the Damage From the Ailes Investigation?


...sources point out that it is in the Murdochs’ interest to try to limit the damage to Ailes and avoid an outcome where Fox, which generates more than $1 billion a year in profit, is exposed for having a broader culture that’s hostile to female employees. These same sources point out that it is difficult to ensure the “independence” of an independent investigation; Paul, Weiss was criticized by a federal judge for its role in another high-profile investigation — Deflategate — saying that rather than remaining independent, the firm became an advocate on behalf of the NFL.

**IMHO, one has only to turn on Fox News to see this evidenced by all of the short skirts. I can't imagine another professional organization where such a dress code would be pushed**

Limiting the damage to Ailes may prove difficult. Multiple sources told me that a number of women at Fox, who work both on camera and off, have experienced sexual harassment and are eager to talk about it with investigators. “Lots of other women want to come forward,” a Fox source briefed on the investigation told me. “They won’t talk to the press. They want to talk to the outside lawyer because that’s safe.” Gretchen Carlson, in her recent interview with the Times, also suggested that the harassment was widespread.

Meanwhile, the accusations against Ailes himself continue to pile up. According to sources I spoke with, at least three former Fox anchors have been harassed. One former rising star at the network has said that Ailes approached her during a barbecue at Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy’s house in New Jersey while she was bouncing on a trampoline with children and said, “Are you wearing any panties? I wish you weren't.” Another recently departed Fox host has claimed Ailes made her turn around in his office to show him her figure.

Meanwhile, more women from Ailes’s years as a daytime television producer have come forward. This week, I spoke with Judy, a 67-year-old former model who says that during an audition for The Dennis Wholey Show in 1969, when she was 19 years old, Ailes asked her to lift up her skirt and lie facedown on a bed at the Sheraton Gibson Hotel in Cincinnati. “I totally freaked,” she said, on the condition that I would only use her first name for fear of retribution. “I got up and ran to the door. He stood in front of the door and locked it.” Judy managed to escape and tell her parents, and they took her to the police. “I remember Ailes being manipulative and sweet-talking my parents out of pressing charges,” she says. “Afterwards, he called my mom and said, 'If you ever need anything, you call me.”

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Bernie Sanders' Quiet Triumph in the 2016 Race

Sanders didn't win the nomination, but he won the argument, shaping key Clinton policies and the future of the party


Sanders' quiet triumph extends beyond the policy proposals Hillary Clinton is now promising to enact as president. The Democratic Party's national platform — a statement of values and vision more than a governing agenda — now reads like it was cribbed from Sanders' campaign website.

The platform, enacted with the participation of Sanders' delegates, calls for legal marijuana and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. To reform Wall Street, it demands the breakup of too-big-to-fail banks and a reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, separating high-risk investment banking from traditional commercial banking. On criminal-justice reform, it calls for the abolition of the death penalty, an end to private prisons and for routine Justice Department reviews of police shootings. On climate, the platform exhorts Congress to place a price on carbon and methane pollution, to weigh climate in all policy decisions and to invest heavily in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.

With these ideals now spelled out in black and white, the Democratic platform reinforces a line Sanders used frequently in his stump speech: "Our vision of economic, social, racial and environmental justice is the future of America," he would say, "and the future of the Democratic Party."

Rather than claim victory for revolutionizing the platform, Sanders has deflected the credit to his supporters. "We have made enormous strides," Sanders said last week. "Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process — many for the first time — we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."

Drunken Schmuck with handgun arrested (no really, his name's Schmuck)



Photo of the responsible gun owner. Looks like a Schmuck, acts like a Schmuck, must be a Schmuck.
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