Friday, November 11, 2016

friday Rocky start for President Elect Trump

Veteran's Weekend. Thinking of beginning my research on a paper dispelling the popular belief that Trump invented Agent Orange.

Starting to get my second wind.  Americans gave the government to Republicans. I get it.  Now no more excuses!  Fulfill your promises!  Make OUR lives better, not just yours.  All Americans.  Show us what you got!  We are not billionaires and we can't get out of paying our taxes.  SHOW us how well you can spend our money! Improve OUR lives.

Is it just me? Or are you also getting a little tired of old people moving around so slowly?  Come on!  The rest of us have places to go, things to do, governments to blame, medicine to buy,  naps to take.

Sometimes I wish I had served in the military.  It would be nice if someone thanked me for SOMETHING.  I feel silly putting on my explorer scout uniform on Veterans' day.

Easy there Trump.  Not too many familiar political faces.  DRAIN the swamp, don't just re-stack it with same old hacks.

 Haircut. I think the gal that cuts my hair has a crush on me.  She sold me some really nice smelling shampoo.  I read the fine print when I got home and it says it's guaranteed "to temporarily postpone the smell of death."





Grubhub CEO Issues Email Warning Employees That Trump Rhetoric or Support Would Not Be Tolerated

by jonathanturley
grubhub_corporate_logo_from_s-1_6_dated_april_2_2014The CEO and co-Founder of Grubhub Matt Maloneyhas added his voice to the rising anger over the election. The question is whether he went too far in a recent email to all of employees at the food delivery service that some interpreted as meaning that they should resign if they agree with Trump's campaign statements or positions. He states “I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can.” Maloney's response is why so many Trump voters kept their views secret, including from pollsters. There is a palpable and rising backlash against tens of millions of citizens who exercised their votes in electing Trump. I heard today from a GW student who said that she has been treated as a pariah by other students who were once her friends. However, this backlash is far more serious when coming from the head of a large company in the imposition of what is effectively a political litmus test. The question is where is the outrage? Remember the hue and cry over the owners of the Chick-fil-A chain? That was triggered by a controversial interview given by Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy. Yet, when another company actually threatens to fire anyone who agrees with Trump, there is relatively little response.


Lafayette College Student Arrested For Faking Attack By Trump Supporter

by jonathanturley
magaThere is a story out of my old stomping grounds of Lafayette, Louisiana (where I lived during my judicial clerkship on United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit). A female student at the University of Louisiana reported that she was attacked by a man in a white Donald Trump cap and another men. She said that the men hit her with a metal object, ripped off her hijab and took both her wallet and the traditional Muslim head-covering. The incident caused a national outrage but it now turns out that she made up the entire incident after police became suspicious of account.


Court Rejects Trump Motion To Bar Campaign Statements From Fraud Trial

by jonathanturley
trump_university_logo495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreWe have previously discussed the extraordinary prospect of a President-elect Donald Trump being called as a witness between his election and his inauguration. That prospect is still quite real, even though U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel pushed both sides to settle the case involving Trump University. He also rejected a motion to bar campaign statements by Trump at trial, an interesting ruling that seems in part due to the failure to specify the statements that the defense wanted to exclude from trial.



A different Brandi


Among Texans, race is on for jobs in Trump administration
Four Texans — including former Gov. Rick Perry and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — are being mentioned most often as potential members of a Trump administration.


Cook County Passes High Tax Increase On Sugary Drinks

by jonathanturley
110px-Big_gulp6480250px-municipal_flag_of_chicagosvgMichael Bloomberg is back with his Big Gulp obsession. Years ago, I wrote a series of columns contesting the legality and the logic of his ban on sugary drinks, which were later struck down by the courts.Now he has successfully targeted my home city of Chicago with a $1 million contribution to pass a heavy tax on sugary beverages in Cook County and it appears that it may pass. While I agree with the sentiment (and we try to keep sugary drinks away from our kids except on rare occasions), I view these laws as ineffective, regressive, and paternalistic. The tax passed yesterday by a close vote.



One day, a very gentle Texas lady was driving across a high bridge in Austin. As she neared the top of the bridge, she noticed a young man fixin ("fixin" in Texas means: has the means or abilities to take action) to jump....
She stopped her car, rolled down the window, and said, "Please don't jump! Think of your dear mother and father."
He replied, "My mom and dad are both dead; I'm going to jump."
She said, "Well, think of your sweet wife and precious children."
He replied, "I'm not married, and I don't have any kids."
She said, "Well, then you just remember the Alamo."
He replied, ''What's the Alamo?''
She replied, ''Well bless your heart ...just go ahead and jump you little Yankee bastard



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