Monday, January 2, 2017

New America. First Order of Congressional Business? Repeal Ethics

Excited.  A little pricey, but booked a photographic trip for March to photograph our new Mexican wall. Tickets selling fast. Call #TrumpToursHaHaFooledYou

Thanks for all the kind birthday wishes today.  It makes it a little harder, however,  for me to maintain the high level of grumpiness people have come to expect from me.

The American people reached out to the North Korean people and tweeted "We feel your pain.  Our guy is nuts too. Are we all going to die?"

First words are important. I met my date at the party. When  I leaned in to begin telling her my story, I'll always remember her first words to me, "Would you mind sitting somewhere else?"

"I know things other people don't know" now an accepted excuse in our schools for not doing homework.  Thanks Trump.




Trump to defeat ISIS by billboarding them to death world wide in front of homeless people.


shot Kasey's beautiful two children today



Representative Robert Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, in 2014. Mr. Goodlatte announced on Monday that the House Republican Conference had approved a change to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.
With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office


The move by emboldened Republicans on the eve of a new Congress would strip power and independence from an investigative body and give lawmakers control over ethics inquiries.


Suspect Arrested In Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl Was Deported or Voluntarily Removed 19 Times

by jonathanturley
1483195551005We have how some criminal cases highlight the porous border that we share with Mexico. The most recent example is Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 38, who is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. Martinez-Maldonado has been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003.

Heather and Ari


Drunken Pilots Found In Cockpits In Two Separate Incidents

by jonathanturley
indonesia-pilot-suspected-to-be-drunk-fired-from-airline-world-of-buzz-2It is all too common to see drunk folks who celebrated the end of the year to an excessive degree. It is more chilling when those people are pilots. In two separate incidents, pilots were caught in the cockpits about to take off more loaded than their cargo bays. In the case of an Indonesian pilot, he was caught on videotape stumbling through security and staggering on to the plane.


Trump Humiliates Billionaire David Koch By Throwing His Guest Off Trump Golf Course.

So this past Friday, Trump threw a guest of billionaire Industrialist David Koch off Trump’s West Palm Beach Golf Club. Koch’s guest, Harry Hurt III who’d written an unflattering bio of Trump, walked over to Trump and congratulated him on winning the election. Trump’s reaction was to have his private security goons ‘escort’ Hurt out to the parking lot. Updating- Koch decided to leave with his guests.
Trump just dissed David Koch, a REAL billionaire who isn’t in debt to Russian oligarchs and Putin.
Koch is the guy who funds Republican candidates using a political machine that operates on a larger level than the RNC. They own many Congressional Republicans by funding their careers. They control Congressional budget writing.  And back in May the Kochs went on record as not supporting Trump for POTUS and possibly backing Clinton.
One has to wonder what really went on last Friday. Did the David Koch knowingly invite an author who Trump hates just to piss Trump off? Did they set the stage for Trump’s political demise? Maybe the bagpipes will be playing for Trump’s presidency sooner rather than later.
In any event, Koch is responsible for getting many Congressional Republicans elected. Those Republicans care a lot more about protecting Koch interests than Trump’s political career. So maybe Trump shouldn’t have dissed Koch like that. Especially in public. At a golf course where Koch is a PAYING member.
Please spread this story as far and wide as you can. I’d love to hear other’s interpretation of what transpired. It’s already like we’re in the days of the Eastern Bloc and we all have to read between the lines and guess what’s really going on. LOL


Donald Trump personally booted the author of an unflattering biography off Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Friday. Harry Hurt III, who penned the 1993 biography, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, had come to play with billionaire industrialist David. H. Koch, a Trump club member, and two other golfers. Hurt, who has a scratch handicap and plays in colorful knickers, walked over to Trump on the practice range prior to his group’s assigned tee time, only to suffer a tongue lashing from the president-elect. “I said, ‘Congratulations, sir,’ and shook his hand,” Hurt recalls. “Trump said, ‘You were rough on me, Harry. Really rough. That shit you wrote.’” Hurt says he looked Trump in the eye, and said, “It’s all true,” to which Trump rejoined, “Not in the way you wrote it.” Among the juicy tidbits in Hurt’s tome was Ivana Trump’s allegation in a sworn deposition that Trump had “raped” her during their divorce battle. Trump told Hurt it was “inappropriate” for him to play at the club, and had his security detail escort Hurt, Koch, and their playing partners to the parking lot. “David was appalled,” says Hurt. “He branded Trump ‘petty’ and vulgar.’ We played Emerald Dunes instead, which is a much, much better golf course than Trump International.” 
Others went further in expressing their discontent: Representatives of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who helped to bankroll the rise of the tea party, warned the brothers could sit out the presidential campaign entirely — or even back Hillary Clinton.
The Koch brothers have successfully dominated the Republican party’s approach to writing budgets. A recently published study revealed that the vast majority of budgets proposed by Republicans, in over a decade, were influenced by the Koch brothers.
When we add up the numbers, three-quarters (76%) of all of the budgets of GOP-conservative organizations newly created since 2002 turn out to be controlled by Koch organizations. Remarkably, more than four-fifths (82%) of the new budget money attributed to extra-party collective funders belongs to the Koch-affiliated consortia launched after 2002.
This is mind-blowing. These days, the GOP essentially does not write a budget unless an organization owned by the two billionaire industrialists tells them what it should contain.
The political machine that Charles Koch launched a dozen years ago in a Chicago hotel conference room with 16 other rich conservatives has exploded in size and influence in the past few elections and now eclipses the official GOP in key areas.
Koch and his brother David Koch have quietly assembled, piece by piece, a privatized political and policy advocacy operation like no other in American history that today includes hundreds of donors and employs 1,200 full-time, year-round staffers in 107 offices nationwide. That’s about 3½ times as many employees as the Republican National Committee and its congressional campaign arms had on their main payrolls last month, according to POLITICO’s analysis of tax and campaign documents and interviews with sources familiar with the network. And the staggering sum the network plans to spend in the 2016 election run-up ― $889 million ― is more than double what the RNC spent in the previous presidential cycle.
While rich donors have held considerable sway over the political process in past eras, the Kochs’ network is different. Its mission is in some ways more ambitious than the Republican Party’s ― to fundamentally reshape American public life around a libertarian-infused brand of conservatism ― but it also is encroaching on the GOP’s traditional turf. The Koch network’s data operation is now regarded by many candidates and campaigns as superior to the party’s, and it has invested in efforts to become the leading force on the right for training activists and registering voters. Its biggest group, Americans for Prosperity, plans to place full-time staff in all but eight states by late 2016 and aspires to copy the National Rifle Association’s broad-based membership plan for longevity, according to a POLITICO investigation. It found that the group has even discussed expanding its influence by writing and pushing model state budgets, a technique similar to the one used by the American Legislative Exchange Council to push various state legislative initiatives.
Hat Tip to Doubleupagus and Alvins who mentioned this blurb from The Hill
"Harry just said he had been asked to leave,” said GOP donor John M. Damgard, who was golfing in the group. "I thought he was kidding. And then I learned that there had been some previous bad blood between them from back in the '90s apparently." 
A Koch associate told Politico that when Hurt returned from his exchange with Trump, he offered to take an Uber home so the others could finish their golf game. “And David said, ‘No, we came as a foursome and we'll leave as a foursome,’” the Koch associate told Politico.
The foursome including Koch left and reportedly played at another golf course. 
Koch and Trump met at Mar-A-Lago last week. The exchange Friday comes on the heels of the Koch brothers' decision to sit out the 2016 presidential race.

America's greatness will be unprecdented. and it's going to happen fast!


Kasey's children


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