Sunday, January 3, 2016

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Recovering today  from my birthday celebration yesterday is somewhat harder than I anticipated. Thanks, again, for nothing  Obama.
My favorite food?  Anything my doctor says not to eat.
Things are confusing.  There was a day when the pictures posted by others on my instagram would have gotten us all arrested.


Anyone else tired of Americans having to pay the highest price in the world for identical prescription medicine?

When Chris Christie drops out of the Presidential race, I don't even want to think about how much weight he's going to gain back.  For his own health I think he should run for the rest of his life.

Near the end of 2016 begins our rare ninty day window of no one running for President in America.  Be thankful.


One, only one,  presidential candidate wants to EXPAND social security benefits.  It's not hard for me to figure out who I want as President.

I've known all along that I have admired Kennedy and Clinton for all the wrong reasons.  Getting a little on the side is not really that great of an accomplishment for a President. I'm not proud of my feelings.


I have to quit thinking that getting a new phone will solve all my problems.


I don't mind crowds watching me play a round of golf. I DO mind my golf club requiring them to wear body armor.

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I have to sit down and rethink my life.  I just heard that Cary Grant may have dropped acid.

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Cop Fired For Exposing Department Policy Where Officers Have Sex With Prostitutes, Then Arrest Them



police officer in Arkansas recently lost his job after he exposed a massive scheme that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes and then arrest them for servicing the undercover cops.
The way that Former Fort Smith Police Department Sgt. Don Paul Bales’ department had it set up, cops would “prove” that they weren’t really police officers, by having sex with prostitutes. The cop who had just broken the law himself would then follow up by arresting the women.
Now, a lawsuit that was obtained by local KFSM, reveal that an officer was fired for exposing the twisted police work.
The suit was just filed in Arkansas’s Sebastian County Circuit Court. The officer in question says he just wants his job back, as he did nothing but expose criminal activity among fellow officers.
This all started when Bales received a photo of an affidavit that had been filed back in April of 2014. That affidavit stated that an undercover cop in the “Street Crimes Unit” had engaged in what it termed “misconduct.”
The undercover officer, who was identified as “J.B.”, met a woman he thought might be a prostitute through the website Backpage.com.
The cop then set up a meeting with the woman at a motel where he later got her to agree to a rate of $150 an hour.
But the affidavit says that the undercover cop got disrobed, engaged in a sex act, and then arrested the woman on suspicion of misdemeanor prostitution.
The cop said that it was absolutely essential for him to do this “because he believed that such action was necessary to gather the proof needed to convict the person for violating the prostitution statute.”
When Bales saw this, he reported the misconduct to his superiors. He turned over the photo of the affidavit to his lawyer “just in case.”
But after an investigation, carried out by Fort Smith Police Department Chief Kevin Lindsey, it was decided that Bales was the one to blame. He had, Chief Lindsey still maintains, “violated department policy” when he allowed the officer’s name on the affidavit.
But Bales has maintained that any communication between himself and his lawyer is protected by attorney-client privilege.
The attorney published the affidavit some time later, but he redacted it to conceal the identity of the officer in question. So this departmentpolicy, both the lawyer and Bales maintain, was never in fact violated.
Now, the department is saying that Bales violated a full eight rules. Among them, Chief Lindsey says Bales was guilty of: not being truthful, giving false testimony, revealing confidential information, releasing a confidential report and not respecting his superiors.
Here’s where it gets really crazy… Lindsey says that the undercover officer in question was “in accordance with department policy” when he engaged in sexual relations with the prostitute who he later arrested.
Even worse, and adding insult to injury, the termination of Sgt. Bales has been upheld on appeal by the Fort Smith Civil ServiceCommission… twice.
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Good thing about turning  71 is your friends  feel the need to buy you a lobster dinner.


and of course something  shaken, not stirred

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Poll: Whites and Republicans Rank as Angriest Americans



Nearly half of Americans are angry, and no groups are angrier than whites and Republicans, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey/Esquire online poll about outrage in the country.
Overall, 49 percent of Americans said they find themselves feeling angrier now about current events than they were one year ago. Whites are the angriest, with 54 percent saying they have grown more outraged over the past year. That's more than Latinos (43 percent) and African-Americans (33 percent).
Seventy-three percent of whites said they get angry at least once per day, compared with 66 percent of Hispanics and 56 percent of blacks.
The poll also found Republicans are angrier than Democrats. Sixty-one percent of Republicans say current events irk them more today than a year ago, compared to 42 percent of Democrats.
Republicans rank Congressional dysfunction and consumer fraud as the issues they get angriest about. Democrats rank police shooting unarmed black men as the issue that makes them most mad.
And in what may come as a surprise to some, women slightly edge out men in their outrage, 53 percent to 44 percent. Fifty-eight percent of white women say they are angrier compared to 44 percent of non-white women.
Overall, 52 percent of the country said the idea of the "American dream" no longer holds true. The group most pessimistic about the thought that anyone in the country can work hard to get ahead is Americans between 45 and 64 who are thinking about retirement, the survey found.
More than half of Americans (54 percent) say their financial situation is worse off than they thought it would be. Asked why, a plurality of respondents said it is harder today to succeed than it used to be.
Very rich Americans earning household incomes above $150,000 were the least angry income bracket. The poorest Americans earning less than $15,000 were the most angry.
And if you want to find out how angry you are in comparison to the rest of America, click here to take the rage quiz.
The NBC/Survey Monkey/Esquire online poll was conducted Nov. 20-24 of 3,257 adults. 

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This is what happens when a model cancels on a shoot.  We all suffer


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