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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 56,375

About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from being called crazy.

Journal Archives

Remember that charity that Eric Trump said he was not involved with? He is suspending it now.

The one he and brother Don Jr. created a few weeks ago, tried to sell face time with Daddy for a million bucks
( here is 3 page invitation, still online
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3243183-Opening-Day-2017-Redacted.html

then denied they even had anything to do with when the blowback hit...remember?

Now comes this:
Eric Trump says he is suspending the operations of his charitable foundation, ceasing all fundraising - Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/12/22/eric-trump-suspends-his-foundations-operations/

Here's xmas present for y'all...the Trump kid's brochure of the event they deny they are holding

3 pages, pdf, which you can see on line and also download for posterity ( cause you know how these things tend to disappear)
apparently when they tried to scrub this after hearing so much criticism, they did not realize how the cloud works.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3243183-Opening-Day-2017-Redacted.html

So, good news....Thrump spawn have back down after public pressure.

Thus showing some sensitivity to the public eye.

so, in case you missed it:

Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were accused of influence-peddling by offering deep-pocketed attendees access to the presidential family, via a newly formed Opening Day Foundation.
The invitation said top-tier donors who spent $250,000 or more would be able to meet with Trump, and those who donated $500,000 or more would receive a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion” with Trump’s adult sons.

A lot of us remember reading about it here, a few days ago.

So..what happened was a lot of people called it for it was, and the Trump sons backed off, first by saying they were not actually involved, but that did not fly because they were exposed as being on the foundation papers as founders!
Then transitional people ( un-named) claimed the inclusion of the sons was an error.
as was the website with them announcing the event. Said website was then closed.

As recently as Tuesday, event spokesman Mark Brinkherhoff told the Post that he couldn’t confirm whether the newly-sworn in Trump would attend, but that he expected his eldest sons to show up. Late that night, Eric Trump told the New York Times neither he or his brother intended to do so.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-sons-charity-event-cut-hunting-trip-access-new-president

so, pushback works, at least now.

Let's all give our hardworking Administrators Merry /Christmas/Holiday wishes!

With a special card.

Here's mine:

Remaining FCC Commissioners Promise to Gut Net Neutrality 'As Soon As Possible'

The FCC’s net neutrality rules are returning to the crosshairs of Republicans. Two of the remaining FCC commissioners, both members of the GOP, have promised internet service providers (ISPs) lobbying groups they will begin gutting net neutrality rules “as soon as possible.”


SNIP

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, is set to leave office when Donald Trump takes office on January 20. Wheeler’s departure will significantly expose the net neutrality rules passed last year with only Democratic votes.

Pai and O’Reilly will have 2-1 Republican majority after Wheeler’s departure. Donald Trump will then nominate two new members to the FCC after taking the presidency, and his nominations will be confirmed by the Senate. The process typically takes several months to complete, which means Pai and O’Reilly will have months to oversee federal rule-making.


SNIP

The biggest change promised by the FCC commissioners, however, is the repeal of the Title II net neutrality order that prohibits ISPs from blocking or throttling web traffic. The Title II order is by far the most controversial part of the net neutrality rules and ensures that ISPs can’t charge people more money for visiting websites like Netflix or YouTube
If revoked, it would significantly change how people pay for and use the internet.

https://gizmodo.com/remaining-fcc-commissioners-promise-to-gut-net-neutrali-1790363416?rev=1482341198964&utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Friends of the Earth statement:

If Donald Trump tries to reverse President Obama's withdrawal of US waters in Arctic, Atlantic oceans from drilling leasing, 'he will find himself in court'
http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2016-12-obama-moves-to-protect-millions-of-acres-of-ocean-from-trump

Both Friends of teh Earth, above, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, below are showing how they will deal with the new administration.

I am physically limited in what I can do, now
but I can and will set aside all I can afford to donate to the organizations which will be at the forefront of staving off total disaster in our names.

If everyone gave even 5.00 to one or more organizations of the good guys, it would amount to a hell of a lot.
Then, if we told our friends....



Here is why EFF needs our support.

Electronic Frontier Foundation -full page ad in Wired






Photo of the Day: Donald Trump Featured on Russian Nesting Doll in Red Square,with Putin and Lenin






http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/46702_Photo_of_the_Day-_Donald_Trump_Featured_on_Russian_Nesting_Doll_in_Red_Square


Lenin looks like Billy Bob Thorton, to me.

Russias ambassador to Turkey shot, some news reports say he has died.

Pulling this off Twitter..

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot at a photo exhibition ...The Seattle Times

RT says this is photo of apparent gunman: appears to be holding gun



Gunman shouted "We die in Aleppo, you die here," before shooting the Russian ambassador to Ankara, says BBC breaking news

Turkish police shot and killed the gunman, Turkish station NTV reported.

UPDATE:
Russian agency says ambassador in Turkey has died of his wounds after being shot:

https://t.co/Aso1oSQ2jv

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.”
http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/11/18/just-in-aclu-makes-full-page-donald-trump-announcement-via-new-york-times-image/

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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Viola

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.
https://variety.com/2013/dirt/real-estalker/epic-and-epically-opulent-manhattan-townhouse-listed-for-114-million-255/
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