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Melania Trump admits in lawsuit she planned to use White House for profit

Melania Trump missed out on ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to make millions, lawsuit says
By Tom Hamburger February 6 at 11:02 PM

A lawyer for first lady Melania Trump argued in a lawsuit filed Monday that an article falsely alleging she once worked for an escort service hurt her chance to establish “multimillion dollar business relationships” during the years in which she would be “one of the most photographed women in the world.”

The suit, filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan against Mail Media, the owner of the Daily Mail, said the article published by the Daily Mail and its online division last August caused Trump’s brand, Melania, to lose “significant value” as well as “major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her.” The suit noted that the article had damaged Trump’s “unique, once in a lifetime opportunity” to “launch a broad-based commercial brand.”

“These product categories would have included, among other things, apparel accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Trump’s behalf by California attorney Charles Harder.

Neither Harder nor the White House responded to requests for comment late Monday. Harder has represented several high-profile clients, including wrestler Hulk Hogan, who won a $140 million invasion of privacy verdict against Gawker last year.

What if Trump is a vehicle for Bannons ideological project?

What if Trump is a vehicle for Bannon’s ideological project?
Jacek Rostowski
The Australian
12:00AM February 8, 2017

In the weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President, it has become clear that he intends to roll back to the starting block the progressive egalitarian agenda that is commonly associated with political correctness — not just in the US, but globally.

Stephen Bannon, Trump’s White House Svengali and former CEO of the extreme-right Breitbart News, has long pursued this ideological project, and we now know that what he or Trump says must be taken both seriously and literally.

Trump’s transition was initially reassuring, because he nominated many undeniably serious (if also seriously well-heeled) people to his cabinet. But after the inauguration all hell broke loose as Trump and Bannon began to implement their project in earnest.


The ideological project that Trump and Bannon will seek to carry out could have far-reaching geopolitical and economic implications that should worry not only progressives, but also dyed-in-the-wool conservatives like me. To understand how far they are willing to go, one must understand their ultimate aims.

Jack Rostowski was Poland’s finance minister and deputy prime minister from 2007 to 2013.

Missing - Have you seen this man?


Never too Old to Make a Difference

As we get older, we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to "make a difference" in the world.
It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other seniors
who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.

Harold Schlumberg is such a person....


"I've often been asked,... "What do you old folks do now that you're retired?"
Well, I stay active and happy. I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer and scotch into urine. Then I take a jog out to the shed and piss on a picture of Trump.
I do this several times every day. I really enjoy it and get my exercise, too!"

Harold is an inspiration to all of us older folks.

Brain Hats and Thinking Caps Science March

Let’s Knit a Brain Hat and show them our brains!

NEW: Saturday, April 22, 2017 is the official March for Science date!

Jan 29, 2017 Update: Join the New Facebook Group ‘Brain Hats and Thinking Caps

Keep scrolling on this page for everything you need to know to knit up the squishiest, funniest, creepiest, and smartest Brain Hat yourself… and share with a crafty friend!

MARCH FOR SCIENCE: In recent days, there’s been a groundswell of interest from science-loving brainiacs to wear my knitted Brain Hat at the April 22, 2017 March for Science in DC! #marchforscience #sciencemarch

A big thank you for everyone’s enthusiasm for this crazy hat and sharing it all over social media! I am continuing to share new ideas, so please join the new Facebook Group and follow me on social (twitter, facebook, pinterest), and come back for more information as the Science March plans develop!


Great instructions and video tutorial for knitting brain hats - heck, sew some brains onto a pussy hat and you're good to go!

Plus, they are pushing the March for Science!

But Seriously...

The Liberal Redneck on the Muslim Ban

"Lord Commander Marmalade !"

Trump Draws




30 Artists Responded To Trump's Refugee Ban With Powerful Drawings

30 Artists Responded To Trump's Refugee Ban With Powerful Drawings
by Mustafa Gatollari
January 31, 2017 2:23 am

People are up in arms about the proposed ban on refugees and green card holders in the United States. From former President Barack Obama, to businesses like Starbucks, hell, even Dale Earnhardt Jr. sympathized with Muslim refugees, saying that his ancestors traveled from Germany to escape religious persecution.

The refugee ban has resulted in countless protests and fervor that can be seen on social media.

And like any good protest, art is playing a huge part in the current ban of refugees and people all over the web are sharing painfully relevant and poignant works of art that speak to the current state of affairs.

1. Jamie @quiversarrow

that we even need to fight for this says a lot about the state of our country @hankgreen #NoBanNoWall #MuslimBan #Muslimswelcome
12:42 AM - 29 Jan 2017

26. Hussein Moulid @WhoseinMoulid

Cartoon of the century! #MuslimBan
3:03 AM - 29 Jan 2017


Today's Google Doodle - Fred T. Korematsu who fought Japanese internment in the USA

It is beyond ironic that Google is honoring this man today - even though it is Mr. Korematsu's 98th birthday.

Fred T. Korematsu

Abbreviated Biography

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a pro-bono legal team that included the Asian Law Caucus re-opened Korematsu’s 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

Full biography at same link: http://www.korematsuinstitute.org/fred-t-korematsu-lifetime/
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