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No room at the inn (In Hamburg)

Here's to the winners: "White House officials"

(begin quote)President Trump Apparently Couldn't Find A Hotel To Book For The G20 Summit

He is one of the most powerful people in the world. He is coming to the meeting of 20 powerful countries. And he has a problem: no hotel room for the G20.

White House officials apparently waited too long to book accommodations for President Trump, leaving him without a hotel in Hamburg, Germany, as world leaders converge for the G20 summit.

Organizers announced the scheduled summit in February 2016, which requires 9,000 hotel rooms to accommodate world leaders, their sizable staffs, and security details.(endquote)
via BuzzFeed News

Don't they have a Days Inn in Hamburg?
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Thu Jul 6, 2017, 12:17 PM (41 replies)

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions

Source: Washington Post

President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords.

One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15, according to his recent financial disclosure.

Trump’s business empire intersects with government in countless ways, from taxation to permitting to the issuing of patents, but the housing subsidy is one of the clearest examples of the conflicts experts have predicted. While there is no indication that Trump himself was involved in the decision, it is nonetheless a stark illustration of how his financial interests can directly rise or fall on the policies of his administration.

The federal government has paid the partnership that owns Starrett City more than $490 million in rent subsidies since May 2013, according to figures provided by a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nearly $38 million of that has come since Trump took office in January.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trump-seeks-sharp-cuts-to-housing-aid-except-for-program-that-brings-him-millions/2017/06/20/bf1fb2b8-5531-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.1c36a0a1451b

Trump has bragged in the past that he could financially profit from the presidency. He never tried to hide that, and he's not bothering to hide it now.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Wed Jun 21, 2017, 12:29 PM (11 replies)

"James Comey, is this man bothering you?"

(Apologies for possibly violating the 4 paragraph rule, but it's impossible to get the flavor of this if you count the individual remarks as paragraphs)

(begin excerpt)Here is a look at the texts that I am sure passed between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-FBI Director James B. Comey.

Comey: hey do you have a second
Sessions: why certainly sir

Comey: so I just
he keeps being WEIRD

Sessions: weird how

Comey: I am keeping memos
but I just thought
can we set up a system where I don’t have to be alone with him
Comey: so for instance I thought of a good one the other day
if I try to hide in the curtains

Sessions: what

Comey: like physically camouflage myself in the curtains

Sessions: I don’t understand
like Scarlett O’Hara?
Washington Post Blogs
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Sun Jun 11, 2017, 01:44 PM (0 replies)

150 mayors and ten governors so far

have denounced Dump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord:

(Begin quote)On Thursday, the group of mayors that call themselves the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda took their commitment to the planet a step further by adopting the historic agreement of their own accord.

"As 150 mayors representing 47 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement," the so-called "climate mayors" announced in a statement. "We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st-century clean energy economy."end quote)

The list is here I have written to my governor Larry Hogan to step up and join them. He's a Republican who's generally okay but he's been weasly about criticizing Dump so far.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Fri Jun 2, 2017, 07:50 PM (13 replies)


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The health-care bill passed by House Republicans earlier this month offers no coverage for injuries suffered as a result of body slamming, according to a report issued on Thursday.
Costs associated with body slamming, such as X-rays to the elbow and other injured body parts, would have to be paid for out of pocket under the G.O.P. plan, the report says.
Finally, the report finds, the G.O.P. plan offers no preventive treatment for the severely disturbed people who are the root causes of most body-slamming incidents.

“Medical studies have shown that the costs associated with body-slamming injuries could be greatly reduced by putting the people who cause them in a place where they can do no harm to others,” the report says.
Satire from The Borowtiz Report

I made sure to indicate this is satire because it's so hard to tell these days.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Thu May 25, 2017, 06:47 PM (1 replies)

Hillary Clinton: There Is Nothing Elitist About Fighting For Womens Rights

NEW YORK ― Hillary Clinton continued her informal speaking tour on Wednesday night, criticizing the Trump administration and hitting back at the idea that women’s issues are only relevant to progressives on the coasts.
“For a lot of women, it stung to realize that perhaps our country hadn’t come as far as we hoped; that not only are sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia still with us, but they run deep,” Clinton said. “And a lot of troubling ideas have been elevated in the weeks and months that followed, including the ridiculous, insulting notion that we only care about women’s rights in certain parts of our country ― not in what some in the press call ‘real America.’”

Clinton pushed back on the idea of a stark divide between that “real America” and the cities that house what the right likes to call “liberal elites,” pointing out that millions of men and women participated in the Women’s March across the country, even outside of urban centers like New York, D.C., Chicago and L.A.

“People care about equal pay everywhere; child care and health care, everywhere; reproductive health care, everywhere,” Clinton said, urging people to continue “reaching out” and working to bring people who share those basic values across the nation together.
via Huffington Post

She still speaks for me, and for women throughout the country. I'm so glad she's still fighting for all of us.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Thu May 4, 2017, 12:11 PM (4 replies)

"Soon we must choose between what's right and what's easy"

I have a confession: I love all things Harry Potter. The books, the movies; I even have a book of knitting patterns based on Harry Potter characters. (I just bought the yarn for Ignotus Peverell's Cloak Of Invisibility.) I recently watched, again, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. One thing leapt off the screen at me: when it was clear that Lord Voldemort was back striking fear into everyone, Dumbledore quietly told Harry: "Soon we must choose between what's right and what's easy." It was the tipping point for Dumbledore and the Hogwarts, and of course Harry. Put up or shut up. Face the danger head on. There are no good alternatives, no hiding, no pretending that the situation is less than dire.

We too are facing that tipping point. We feared a Trump presidency, so much so that before the election many of us, me included, dismissed the possibility. It was over the top. Surely the country could see how utterly Trump was unsuited to the presidency of anything, let alone the United States. He was crazy, he was a clown, he was someone to be mocked, not voted for by any sane person.

He was dangerous.

He still is. He's as bad as, and worse than, anything we imagined. Our country is possibly in more danger than at any time in history, and that's saying something. It includes the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War, 9/11 and the terrorist threat in general. And of course, bigotry is now given legitimacy it hasn't had for years, thanks to the White House occupant.

I don't need, in this forum, to list in detail the atrocities this so-called president has inflicted on our country just in a couple of months. The lies, the demented Tweets, the betrayal of the people who voted for him, the hatred of an entire religion, the dismissal of those in need, including children, are there for all to see. No one can deny the horror. No one, that is, who has any decency, humanity, moral compass.

So, what's right vs what's easy. It's easy to say things will work out. Surely even his supporters and Republicans in Congress and others in power will be able to see that the country is in crisis. We need do nothing but sit back and wait.

Except it won't work. There are people out there who, for various reasons, will support the monster currently occupying the White House--Our House. As he himself said, he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose support. THAT is not merely crazy, it's terrifying. What's right is that we must confront evil head on. Not by violence except of course in self defense, but by resistance.

It's happening, throughout the country. People are demanding answers from our elected officials. They are protesting Trump at every opportunity. The Women's March on January 21 was a beautiful thing, throughout the country and world wide. But it was just the beginning. We can't afford to let the outrage fade away; this is what the villains are counting on. If you can't physically protest for some reason (health, work and other obligations, etc) support those who do in some way. Join The Indivisibles who have valuable suggesttons on getting involved in the Resistance.

Resist. It won't be easy, but it will be right.
Posted by NastyRiffraff | Sat Mar 18, 2017, 12:50 PM (6 replies)
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