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  1. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 👌 Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded." Republican Rep. Arnold Mooney of Shelby County on Wednesday went to the House microphone to read a letter seeking censure of Rep. John Rogers, a Democrat. Mooney said Rogers brought "shame" on Alabama with comments he made after debate on a proposed abortion ban. Rogers used the slur to describe Donald Trump Jr. and also suggested he should have been aborted. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon gaveled down Mooney, saying he could submit the letter but there was "no call for this." Democrats accused Mooney of grandstanding after announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate. Mooney read the letter after Rogers had threatened to filibuster bills that evening. Lawmakers then adjourned.
  2. Andrew "Dice" Clay is a perfect example of that fine New York breeding.
  3. Remember folks, Trump only hires the best people...and then fires them. 🙋‍♂️ President Trump on Thursday lashed out at Rex Tillerson after the former secretary of state reportedly told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared Trump for their first meeting in Germany. Trump responded by calling Tillerson incompetent. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany,” he tweeted. “I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!” If Tillerson was “totally ill prepared and ill equipped” to be the nation’s top diplomat, Trump himself would be to blame: He appointed the former ExxonMobil CEO to be secretary of state shortly after his inauguration after interviewing multiple candidates, including now-Sen. Mitt Romney. Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate eight days later. In December 2016, when Trump was considering Tillerson for the position, the then president-elect tweeted about him glowingly. “Whether I choose him or not for ‘State,’” Trump wrote, “Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker.” Tillerson's 14-month tenure — ending when Trump fired him in March 2018 — was fraught. In October 2017, he issued a public statement complimenting the president after multiple reports said that he had privately called Trump “a moron.” Shortly after taking the job, Tillerson told an interviewer that he never wanted the job as secretary of state and didn’t seek the post. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this,” Tillerson said when asked why he had accepted the position as America’s top diplomat. Trump also called Tillerson “dumb as a rock and lazy as hell” in a December tweet.
  4. There isn't much difference between Alabamians, Kentuckians, Tennesseans...etc. All dumb assed inbreed "sons" of the South. With that said. Don't let a bunch of drunk rednecks start talking about college football.
  5. What this hell is going on, modern day Virginia is ancient Egypt these days? 🙏 Evidence of people having beloved pets killed and buried with them has been found in ancient civilizations—and also in present-day Virginia. Despite the objections of workers at an animal shelter in Chesterfield, the executor of a woman's estate had Emma, her healthy Shih Tzu mix, euthanized, cremated, and buried with her, the Guardian reports. Workers say they spent two weeks trying to talk the executor out of going through with the plan. "We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions, because it’s a dog we could easily find a home" for it, Carrie Jones, manager of Chesterfield Animal Services, tells WBBT. Emma was eventually put down by a local veterinarian. It's illegal to bury pets and humans in the same grave in commercial cemeteries in Virginia, though exceptions are made for private, family-owned cemeteries. Pets are considered personal property under state law so the woman's request was not illegal, though many veterinarians would find it reprehensible, CNN reports. Dr. Kenny Lucas at the Shady Grove Animal Clinic says he would never do it. "Whenever we're faced with a euthanasia situation, it's a very emotional situation—and beyond everything we talk about—that we need to do ethically, and we've taken an oath to do," he tells WWBT. "Also it's something we take home too. It weighs on us as professionals." (This German shepherd was saved after its owner's similar request was publicized.)
  6. DennisTheMenace

    Filthy Blue San Francisco

    Poor people live in Alabama and vote for republicans. Every big international city has degenerates they want to ship off to the south where they belong.
  7. DennisTheMenace

    Filthy Blue San Francisco

    San Francisco is for people that can afford to live there. If you can't afford to live in SF, you can always move to Alabama and eat chitlins. It's a free country.
  8. DennisTheMenace

    Filthy Blue San Francisco

    San Francisco is a world class city. Would you rather live in San Francisco or Birmingham, Al?
  9. Crapola, Trump doesn't even pay taxes. Rest assured...after "executive time" Trump is hard at work on the links where he is a renowned cheater. 🙋‍♂️ Donald Trump’s golf habit has already cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, and next month will achieve a new milestone: a seven-figure presidential visit to another country so he can play at his own course. U.S. taxpayers have spent $81 million for the president’s two dozen trips to Florida, according to a HuffPost analysis. They spent $17 million for his 15 trips to New Jersey, another $1 million so he could visit his resort in Los Angeles and at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer ― $1.3 million of which went just for rental cars for the massive entourage that accompanies a president abroad. And, notwithstanding Trump’s campaign promise that if elected he would not play golf at all, the White House has done preliminary work for Trump’s visit to his resort on the west coast of Ireland next month, according to Irish media and government sources, even though no official meeting with Irish leaders is planned in the capital, Dublin. Late Tuesday afternoon, the White House announced that Trump would meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Shannon, just 30 miles by air from Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg. It will be the first time Trump will visit a foreign country — with the staggering footprint of personnel and equipment that entails — for the main purpose of playing golf, though an official purpose was layered on after the fact. “It’s obviously an incredible waste of money,” said Robert Weissman, president of the group Public Citizen. He then quipped: “Of course, the more time he spends golfing, the less time he spends governing, the better.” The $102 million total to date spent on Trump’s presidential golfing represents 255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take. It is more than three times the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that Trump continually complains about. It would fund for six years the Special Olympics program that Trump’s proposed budget had originally cut to save money. While Republicans and Trump himself frequently criticized former President Barack Obama for his golf outings, Trump has spent more than twice as many days on the links, to date, as Obama did at the same point in his first term. And because Trump has insisted on dozens of trips to New Jersey and Florida to play at his resorts there, taxpayers are spending more than three times as much as they did for golf by the same point in Obama’s term. The White House did not respond to numerous queries regarding this story. North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Meadows, a close Trump ally, dismissed the $102 million figure as insignificant. “There’s a lot more important things to worry about than the rounding errors that we sometimes have on these things,” he said Tuesday. Just as troubling as the amount Trump has spent so far on golf trips is the fact that his visits have been to his own properties — for-profit businesses that put money in his own pocket and that Trump routinely praises during his visits. During his trip to Scotland last year, for example, Trump wrote: “I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise! The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible!” Any presidential outing requires coordination of multiple offices and agencies and incurs additional costs compared to staying in the White House. Even one of Trump’s day trips to his course across the Potomac River in northern Virginia — there have been 52 to date — requires fuel for all the motorcade vehicles and some personnel costs if overtime is necessary for Secret Service agents and others. (Those expenses, however, are minimal compared to flight costs, and HuffPost did not include them in its $102 million total.) And the price increases exponentially the farther Trump travels. Flying the Marine Corps helicopters — three of them are used each time ― from the White House to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, costs $57,000 for the round trip, according to the GAO report. Flying the massive C-17 transports loaded with Trump’s 7-ton armored limousines and other specialized support vehicles costs $800,500 per Mar-a-Lago trip. And for each of those trips, the Coast Guard winds up spending an extra $855,500 to patrol the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Mar-a-Lago and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. That figure includes the expense of getting necessary ships, boats and crews to South Florida from stations as far away as Boston and Houston, the GAO reported. When Trump travels overseas, the costs rise even higher, as yet more agencies become involved. Dozens of White House staff members may travel with Trump during a weekend to Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster, but that number swells to several hundred on an overseas trip. The administration avoids lengthy motorcades on foreign soil, so Marine helicopters and V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft must be pre-positioned. A backup Air Force One is sent along as the support plane. According to a Scottish newspaper last summer, the U.S. State Department paid a local car rental agency $1.2 million for vehicles for all the staff who relocated from London, where Trump had met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May, to Scotland, where Trump wanted to play golf at his Turnberry resort before heading to Finland to meet Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Between that expense and the costs of moving equipment from London to Glasgow and then 55 miles southwest to Turnberry, those two golf days cost taxpayers at least $3 million beyond what they would have spent if Trump had simply stayed in London, according to HuffPost’s analysis. One of Trump’s favorite lines of attack against Obama was to point out his frequent golf outings during his presidency. “I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain,” Trump tweeted in December 2011. “Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” he wrote three years later. As he began his own run for the White House, candidate Trump repeatedly promised that golf would never make it onto a President Trump schedule. “I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he told a rally audience in February 2016, referring to his course near the Miami airport. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.” Trump reneged on that pledge within two weeks, when he took his first of 24 trips to date to Mar-a-Lago. He has, according to HuffPost’s analysis, spent a total of 61 days on his Florida courses, 58 at Bedminster in New Jersey, one at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles and two at Trump Turnberry. Wednesday is the 853rd day of his presidency, and Trump has spent 174 of them at one of his own golf courses. He spent one additional day golfing: Nov. 5, 2017, at the Kasumigaseki Country Club outside Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It is the only time thus far that he has played golf at a course he does not own. That insistence of frequenting his own properties, in fact, has driven his total golf expenses disproportionately higher than Obama’s at the same point in his presidency. By Obama’s 853rd day in office, he had spent 70 days at a golf course. But 48 of those golf days were at courses on military bases: Joint Base Andrews or Fort Belvoir, both in suburban Washington a short motorcade ride from the White House. All but two of the others were on family vacations to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard. And although Hawaii is four times as far from Washington, D.C., as Palm Beach, Obama only went there twice in his first 28 months. In that same time span, Trump has gone to Mar-a-Lago 24 times. While Obama made two trips to Martha’s Vineyard through May of 2011, Trump has already gone to Bedminster 15 times. The result: Obama racked up out-of-town golf expenses of approximately $30 million compared to Trump’s $102 million. And Trump’s tab will grow by several million dollars more if he follows through with a golf outing at his resort at Doonbeg, Ireland, before or after his coming trip to London and Normandy in early June. An Ireland stop means travel on Air Force One, C-17s to ferry vehicles and helicopters as well as hundreds of White House, Pentagon and State Department staff that make up the entourage of a foreign visit. Cognizant of how a foreign visit solely for a golf vacation might look, the White House tried to arrange some type of official meeting with Irish leaders for weeks after it began planning the Doonbeg trip. But Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s government, cognizant of Trump’s deep unpopularity in Ireland, was reluctant to agree to the White House request that Varadkar travel to Trump’s private resort on the opposite side of the country from Dublin, said an Irish government source who spoke on condition of anonymity. Tuesday’s announcement of a meeting in Shannon, possibly at Shannon airport — where Air Force One will land — appears to be the compromise location. “We welcome the announcement of the visit by the U.S. president,” the Irish Embassy said in a statement Tuesday. “Detailed arrangements around the visit will be made public in due course.” The White House press staff, meanwhile, did not respond to repeated queries about various aspects of this report over a period of weeks. It is the same strategy that Trump has used throughout his two and a half years in office when it comes to his golfing. While the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama White Houses usually released the names of the president’s golf partners after any given outing, the Trump White House has almost always refused to confirm that Trump even golfed — including on occasions when he has shown up wearing a golf shirt, trousers and ball cap. (The only exceptions have been when Trump has played with a famous person or a member of Congress.) On March 3, 2018, HuffPost filed a White House pool report from Mar-a-Lago stating: “Pool did ask the White House what the president was doing at his golf course and with whom he was doing it but received no reply.” This past Sunday, four hours after arriving at Trump’s golf course in Sterling, Virginia, the Washington Blade reporter serving as pool wrote: “No word from the White House on POTUS’ golf partners, nor even confirmation POTUS was, in fact, golfing.” On some golf days, Trump or his White House have claimed — dubiously — that he is involved in “meetings,” when, in fact, social media posts later show he had been out on the course. Meanwhile, Trump’s Republican supporters who, like Trump, spent years attacking Obama for his golf outings have suddenly gone silent. During Obama’s second term, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso asked the GAO to look at a trip he took that combined a speech in Illinois with a golf weekend in Palm Beach. When the GAO released a report in 2016, Barrasso said in a statement: “President Obama had such little disregard for the taxpayer that he spent millions of dollars to play golf with Tiger Woods. This arrogance is par for the course for the Obama administration.” Asked about Trump’s far higher golf spending, Barrasso told HuffPost Tuesday: “I haven’t followed that at all.” Michael Steel, once a top aide to former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, acknowledged that Republicans’ views on presidential golf may not be consistent in recent years. “There’s no question that people’s concerns and criticisms often come with a partisan lens,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t think anyone prefers the president be watching television and tweeting than playing golf ... I think it’s healthy for people to relax.” More troubling to watchdog groups than Trump’s hypocrisy, though, is the self-dealing that occurs whenever Trump travels to his own resorts. On top of the publicity value of a presidential visit, each trip also results in many thousands of taxpayer dollars flowing to Trump resorts for hotel rooms, golf carts and food and drink for Secret Service agents. Because Trump continues to profit from these businesses — despite a promise he made during the campaign that he would not — a portion of that taxpayer money ends up in Trump’s own pocket. The GAO report found that Mar-a-Lago received approximately $60,000 in just the four visits it studied. “As Trump promotes his golf courses through taxpayer-financed visits to his clubs, it’s an extra benefit for him that his properties are able to scoop up some taxpayer money directly,” said Public Citizen’s Weissman. “It’s clear that to Donald Trump, the presidency is just another way to benefit his businesses,” CREW’s Libowitz added. “Because of his refusal to divest from his business empire, Americans must always ask whether his decisions are made primarily with his bank account in mind.”
  10. DennisTheMenace

    $102 million and counting

    And he'll build the wall and make Mexico pay for it. 😉
  11. DennisTheMenace

    Jim Carrey is a pretty good artist

    You won’t find Jim Carrey’s art on Ted Cruz’s walls — even though he’s been the subject of a few pieces. The actor and the politician are in a public war of words over the Kidding star’s recent painting depicting Alabama Governor Kay Ivey being aborted. Ivey signed into law the state’s extreme and unpopular near-total abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. (Even President Trump distanced himself from the law.) Carrey’s shocking portrait showed Ivey being sucked up by a gloved hand along with the protest message: “If you’re going to terminate a pregnancy, it should be done sometime before the fetus becomes Governor of Alabama.” There was a lot of conservative criticism over the painting — and calls for Carrey’s Twitter account to be suspended — and Cruz was among those who spoke out about it. He wrote that it was “not OK.” He called Carrey and the Left “vicious, angry & consumed by hate.” He ended his post with a comment about how every human life should be respected. Cruz later retweeted some stories about how he spoke out against Carrey. This is not OK. Today’s Left: vicious, angry & consumed by hate. Instead of insults & dehumanizing rage, we should return to civility. I disagree w/ Carrey’s politics, but believe we should respect his humanity nonetheless. I wish he could reciprocate. Cruz’s comments sent Carrey back to his canvas and he posted a close-up image of Cruz's face with this message written over it: "Some greasy Joe McCarthy wanna-be, who is shameless and will remain nameless, was lecturing me in the press about morality and civility after spending years in the Senate defending the rights of mass murderers to own AR-15s with which they massacre innocent children in their classrooms. I thought I must be dreaming, but I haven't woken up yet. I guess this hypocrisy is the new American Dream."
  12. He's got a sense of humor too. Some newspaper should sign him up to do political satire comics. Jim Carrey took to Twitter on Thursday to share his latest painting depicting Donald Trump, one that took aim at the president’s Thanksgiving call to U.S. troops overseas and his subsequent comments about the world being a “vicious place.” As described by PopCulture, the painting was captioned on Twitter as a “holiday greeting from the White House,” showing Trump on the phone and uttering a misspelled version of one of the lines he said after Thursday’s teleconference call. The remark Jim Carrey was referencing was made on Thursday, as Trump spoke to reporters who wanted to know his take on who should be blamed for the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to Business Insider, Trump remained firm in his refusal to pin any blame on Saudi Arabia, suggesting that “maybe the world should be held accountable” for Khashoggi’s death due to the world being a “vicious place.” Earlier on Thursday, Trump held a teleconference call from his private resort at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, speaking to U.S. military officers from various parts of the world and touching on a number of topics, including Khashoggi’s death, which he likewise blamed on the world in general, as recapped by the Washington Post, The president also notably said that on Thanksgiving Day, he was most thankful for how he “made a tremendous difference in our country.” Jim Carrey’s painting of Donald Trump calling the world a “vishus [sic] place” while on the phone was not the first illustration of the president he shared on Twitter this week, according to the Huffington Post. On Tuesday, the actor and comedian posted his painting of the president speaking as bill-shaped rectangles with the word “lies” printed on them flew out of his mouth. As previously reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Carrey appeared at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles last Sunday, where he took part in a panel discussion and discussed the motivation for his politically-charged paintings, which included his latest artwork at the time, a painting depicting Senate Majority Mitch McConnell as a turtle. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star referred to Trump as a “melanoma,” further suggesting that people such as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are merely “putting makeup on it” by defending the president’s statements. “Now he has the nerve to come out a couple of days ago and ask for bipartisanship. These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal,” Carrey said.
  13. Hooyah! Well done to our next generation of leaders. 👍 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen have finished a traditional monument climb in a little over an hour. Midshipman Christian Schwien of Fairfax, Virginia, replaced an underclassman's "Dixie cup" hat with an upperclassman's cover in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 5 seconds on Monday. The academy says that's the fastest recorded time on a greased monument in more than 30 years. Each year, first-year students form a human pyramid around a 21-foot (6 meter) obelisk that has been greased with butter, shortening and oil. Students began the yearly event in 1940. They added the symbolic placement of the cap on its tip seven years later. In 1949, upperclassmen began smearing as much as 200 pounds of lard on the Herndon Monument to make the exercise more challenging.
  14. How funny..."Doctor" Ben Carson is the definition of an Oreo cookie. "Uncle Tom" Carson as he is more commonly known. Acronyms relating to his job apparently aren't Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's strong suit. When asked about the common term REO during a testy House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday, a confused Carson thought Democratic Rep. Katie Porter was talking about Oreo cookies, the Washington Post reports. "An Oreo?" he asked. When Porter spelled out R-E-O, Carson offered "real estate organization." The term stands for "real estate owned" and refers to foreclosed-upon properties owned by a lender. Later, when asked by Rep. Joyce Beatty if his department had an OMWI—Office of Minority and Women Inclusion—Carson misheard the term as "Amway." He also failed to answer when asked if he would let his grandmother live in public housing. Carson later made light of the Oreo error, tweeting a picture of cookies he was sending to Porter's office and saying he was "enjoying a few post-hearing snacks." Porter confirmed that she had received a family-size box of cookies from Carson and said that while she was "pleased to receive correspondence" from him, she would have preferred real answers to her questions about high foreclosure rates at the Federal Housing Authority. "I was asking serious questions about serious problems that Americans are facing," she told CNN Tuesday night. "The foreclosure rate continues to exist at FHA and the foreclosure proceedings and processes have been bad for over 15 years I worked on the issue. I was coming with a series of serious questions and I was hoping to get serious answers." (Read more Ben Carsonstories.)