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I'm seeing DU ads to join the Secret Service


Agent Mike must know we are good people to recruit from. Maybe a lot of their staff has been quitting lately?

The ugly truth behind Saudi Arabia's love for Melania Trump

(CNN) — Donald Trump's first major trip overseas may be fraught with diplomatic land mines for the President, but the Trump administration can at least comfort itself with the clear hit that Melania Trump has been with the Saudi press.

The fact that Melania is communicating with the media and the public in Saudi Arabia -- mainly through what Saudi news reports have deemed her "classy and conservative" fashion choices -- works well in the notoriously anti-woman kingdom. Her intense appeal makes sense, considering the first lady represents so much that Saudi citizens find familiar and can relate to, especially visually. Melania walks behind her husband, is quiet and reserved, does not make obvious demands (at least not ones we can hear), and most importantly, she looks beautiful and polished.

All of that should come as no surprise, given whom Melania is married to. After all, how the Saudi government likes women to behave is similar to how Donald Trump has said he likes women to behave. And they both prefer women to look pretty in pictures, rather than hold actual positions of power.

Melania's husband and the Saudi government also both know and understand the power and value of a good photo opportunity. In fact, fantastic photo opportunities are something the kingdom values and is hypersensitive about, especially ones that are going to be seen around the world.

For them, Melania Trump was perfectly poised in her black Stella McCartney jumpsuit and gilded gold belt. Melania projected a glamorous image for a country where women live under male guardianship, cannot drive, still do not have the full vote, and cannot travel or seek medical attention without male permission.


Conservatives love Saudi Arabia. The cartoon American Dad even had an episode on how it was so appealing that they moved there.

Make Misogyny Great Again

A Sinkhole Just Opened in Front of President Trumps Mar-a-Lago Estate

A sinkhole opened in front of Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's private estate and golf club, on Monday causing minor traffic delays.

The sinkhole is 4-by-4 feet and is believed to be near a newly installed water main, according to a Palm Beach travel alert. Sinkholes are a common occurrence in Florida, according to the Weather Channel, which has called them "as much a part of the Florida landscape as palm trees and alligators."

The town of Palm Beach issued a travel alert on Monday as a result of the sinkhole, saying crews from West Palm Beach Utilities will be examining the sinkhole throughout the day. According to CBS12 in Florida, one lane of traffic has been closed.

The Mar-a-Lago estate is referred to as the "Winter White House" by President Trump who visited the club frequently in the first few months of his time in office. The President has hosted foreign leaders at the club, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Some took to Twitter to crack jokes about the sinkhole opening near Trump's lavish estate.


His demons are being summoned from hell. The end is near.

Defense stocks rally premarket after Trump signs $350 billion of arms deals


Defense and aerospace stocks extended an early rally in premarket trade Monday, after Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states signed arms deals worth $350 billion with the U.S. over the weekend. President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia signed some of the deals during Trump's visit to Riyadh on Saturday. "The package of defense equipment and services supports the long term security of Saudi Arabia and the entire Gulf region in particular in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian-related threats, which exists on Saudi Arabia's borders on all sides," U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters, The Wall Street Journal reported. Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT, +2.44% shares jumped 3.1%, Raytheon Corp. RTN, +1.07% climbed 3.4% and Boeing Co. BA, +1.91% was up 1.9%. General Dynamics Corp. GD, +1.40% was up 1.8% and Northrop Grumman Corp. NOC, +0.93% rose 2%.


I remember Reagan selling weapons to the middle east. How did that work out? I'm sure none of these weapons will accidentally get lost and fall into the lap of ISIS.

KKK rally to be held in Lancaster County


A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is planning to hold a rally in Lancaster County on Saturday.

The East Coast Knight of the True Invisible Empire, from Rising Sun, Md., posted the event on its website and on the forum Stormfront.

Calls to the "hotline" listed on the post were not immediately returned.

The event, to be held at an undisclosed location in Quarryville, was to include a cross lighting.

"This is gonna be one of the biggest cross lightings in a long time. ... This is a family-oriented event, so bring your families," an organizer wrote.

The Quarryville police department was made aware of the post several weeks ago, Chief Kenneth Work told LancasterOnline.

"At this point, we have no concrete information that any group is coming, certainly not to Quarryville Borough," he told the site on Monday.

A representative for the KKK group told LancasterOnline that between 100 and 200 people are expected to attend the invitation-only event. He declined to provide the location of the home.

A counter-rally is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the courthouse on King Street, according to a post by Rabbi Jack P. Paskoff on The Other Church Facebook page.


The National Socialist party of America is also holding rally and Stormfront is holding voter registration drives.

Sick of winning yet? These assholes make America less great

We Could Have Been Canada


Was the American Revolution such a good idea?

And what if it was a mistake from the start? The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America—what if all this was a terrible idea, and what if the injustices and madness of American life since then have occurred not in spite of the virtues of the Founding Fathers but because of them? The Revolution, this argument might run, was a needless and brutal bit of slaveholders’ panic mixed with Enlightenment argle-bargle, producing a country that was always marked for violence and disruption and demagogy. Look north to Canada, or south to Australia, and you will see different possibilities of peaceful evolution away from Britain, toward sane and whole, more equitable and less sanguinary countries. No revolution, and slavery might have ended, as it did elsewhere in the British Empire, more peacefully and sooner. No “peculiar institution,” no hideous Civil War and appalling aftermath. Instead, an orderly development of the interior—less violent, and less inclined to celebrate the desperado over the peaceful peasant. We could have ended with a social-democratic commonwealth that stretched from north to south, a near-continent-wide Canada.

The thought is taboo, the Revolution being still sacred in its self-directed propaganda. One can grasp the scale and strangeness of this sanctity only by leaving America for a country with a different attitude toward its past and its founding. As it happened, my own childhood was neatly divided between what I learned to call “the States” and Canada. In my Philadelphia grade school, we paraded with flags, singing “The Marines’ Hymn” and “Here Comes the Flag!” (“Fathers shall bless it / Children caress it / All shall maintain it / No one shall stain it.”) We were taught that the brave Americans hid behind trees to fight the redcoats—though why this made them brave was left unexplained. In Canada, ninth grade disclosed a history of uneasy compromise duality, and the constant search for temporary nonviolent solutions to intractable divides. The world wars, in which Canadians had played a large part, passed by mostly in solemn sadness. (That the Canadians had marched beyond their beach on D Day with aplomb while the Americans struggled on Omaha was never boasted about.) Patriotic pageantry arose only from actual accomplishments: when Team Canada won its eight-game series against the Russians, in 1972, the entire nation sang “O Canada”—but they sang it as a hockey anthem as much as a nationalist hymn.

Over the years, we have seen how hard it is to detach Americans from even the obviously fallacious parts of that elementary-school saga—the absurd rendering of Reconstruction, with its Northern carpetbaggers and local scalawags descending on a defenseless South, was still taught in the sixties. It was only in recent decades that schools cautiously began to relay the truth of the eighteen-seventies—of gradual and shameful Northern acquiescence in the terrorist imposition of apartheid on a post-slavery population.

The Revolution remains the last bulwark of national myth. Academics write on the growth of the Founding Father biographical genre in our time; the rule for any new writer should be that if you want a Pulitzer and a best-seller you must find a Founding Father and fetishize him. While no longer reverential, these accounts are always heroic in the core sense of showing us men, and now, occasionally, women, who transcend their flaws with spirit (though these flaws may include little things like holding other human beings as property, dividing their families, and selling off their children). The phenomenon of “Hamilton,” the hip-hop musical that is, contrary to one’s expectations, wholly faithful to a heroic view of American independence, reinforces the sanctity of the American Revolution in American life.

Academic histories of the Revolution, though, have been peeping over the parapets, joining scholarly scruples to contemporary polemic. One new take insists that we misunderstand the Revolution if we make what was an intramural and fratricidal battle of ideas in the English-speaking Empire look like a modern colonial rebellion. Another insists that the Revolution was a piece of great-power politics, fought in unimaginably brutal terms, and no more connected to ideas or principles than any other piece of great-power politics: America was essentially a Third World country that became the battlefield for two First World powers. Stirred into the larger pot of recent revisionism, these arguments leave us with a big question: was it really worth it, and are we better off for its having happened? In plain American, is Donald Trump a bug or a feature of the American heritage?

What if?

An American response could be would Canada and Australia and others be the way they are if America hadn't done the original Brexit? Or we could have turned out more like Zimbabwe, Pakistan, or Jamaica.

Angry Driver Runs Over Protesters

It's Brazil. The protestors are against austerity. The asshole trying to make Brazil great again was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Many Trumpers are posting the video with supportive comments on various social media sites and blogs encouraging people to bravely stand up to oppressive liberals and do this here in the US. It is becoming legal in some red states.


And some red states have bills to make peaceful protest illegal.

'Locked in battle': Times and Post in an epic race for the truth


The Washington Post dropped a bombshell just after 5 p.m. Monday: President Trump had shared highly classified information with the Russians.

In another era, a scoop like that would have dominated the news cycle for a week or more.

But barely 24 hours later, The New York Times fired off an explosive story of its own: The FBI director had documented an attempt by the president to end an FBI investigation into his national security adviser. The Times sent two cellphone news alerts.

The Trump era has revived the rivalry between two of the country's premier newspapers.

As the administration lurches from one crisis to another, the Times and the Post keep one-upping each other.

Or as Adam Goldman, a Times reporter who previously worked for the Post, put it in a tweet on Tuesday night: The two papers are "locked in battle. And every day First Amendment gets stronger & people get real news that matters."

Make Journalism Great Again!

I subscribed to Washington Post to support these efforts because I want to see more of it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/


Trump: "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly" than me


Trump: "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly" than me

Toward the end of his address, Trump alluded to the turmoil unfolding in Washington right now.

"Over the course of your life you will find that things are not always fair," Trump told the cadets. "Things happen to you that are not always warranted."

“"But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight," Trump said.”

Though he didn't directly address the Comey fallout, he said "no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly" than him.

But, he added, "things will work out just fine."

Dolt45 speaking at Coast Guard Academy commencement.

Hillary be like:

Companies Want Tech Skills and the Ability to Write in Complete Sentences


The job market for new college graduates has finally seemed to shake off its recession-era doldrums, with one estimate putting inflation-adjusted salaries at 14 percent higher than pre-recession levels. While the growing demand for scarce STEM skills is one driver of this increase, HR experts say another, less-visible factor is the number of young adults who enter the workforce unable to handle a 40-hour workweek or send a grammatically correct email.

"It's hard for them to adjust to the working world," said Paula Harvey, vice president of human resources and safety at manufacturing company Schulte Building Systems and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management's talent acquisition special expertise panel.

New data from LinkedIn finds that top-paying jobs for new graduates are in finance — specifically, investment banking and equity research — along with hardware and software engineering and data science, with even more traditional industries like manufacturing competing with Silicon Valley for the most highly skilled workers.

"Demand for manufacturing skills at all levels is strong currently," a LinkedIn spokesperson said via email.

"The graduates coming out with the STEM degrees are well positioned to have higher starting wages than those who are not," said Mel Hennigan, vice president of people at Simplicity Corporation, a software platform that helps colleges close the "employability gap" with students, and who is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management's talent acquisition special expertise panel.

Adulting Is Tough

More at the link

I can vouch that a lot of the interpersonal and communication skills can be harder for some people (like me). It's not something you can learn like programming or statistical formulas. But if you are a natural at client relationship management and cultivating new business opportunities, you can probably learn the hard skills through training. It's good to have balance of complementary skills and experiences.

And then you'll encounter people who are against training and think it keeps you from getting valuable work experience. Take that with a grain of salt. Some people really are trying to crab-barrel you. Ideally it's good to have both, like working somewhere and studying in the evenings and weekends.
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