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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
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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.

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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.....

I think you are gonna like this...feel free to steal it.

Why didn't I see this before?? He's playing REAL LIFE version of The Apprentice!

suddenly I get it. clear as day...all this teasing about who would get which job,
and Twitter teases about when he would tell us a cabinet pick, ....
" I have narrowed it down to 4 names, but won't tell you who till next week"...smik.. smirk...
is pure tv....

and all the guys who he has made over as apprentices, climbing the stairs to his lofty castle in the air, a Tweet soon to follow that he had met with so and so., making sure everybody KNOWS that someone has come begging for a job.

He really stuck it to Mitt, didn't he? but Mitt, like Jeb Bush, has the kind of attitude that begs for approval....instant bully target

He's playing the Apprentice....Live!!!
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