by kara on August 24, 2016

 

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Anyone recall that in ‘The Jetsons”, George had a nine-hour workweek — thee hours a day, three days a week? It was a joke based on the general trend at the time for work weeks to get shorter and shorter. Who could have ever guessed that the trend would reverse itself so suddenly? (For everyone but minimum-wage earners, anyway.)

Grift or get Grifted

by kara on August 24, 2016

Here’s a fun story gleaned from the monthly campaign financial reports: Back in March, when Donald Trump was “self-funding” his primary campaign (he wasn’t, really), he paid himself considerably less for rent for his campaign headquarters than he charged his campaign since donor money really started rolling in. How much more? Well, quintuple. HuffPo has the fun details:

Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March.

The Trump campaign paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 in March — the same amount it had been paying since last summer — and had 197 paid employees and consultants. In July, it paid 172 employees and consultants.

Huh. Fuzzy maths. Fewer staff, but a helluva lot more rent. Hey, Trump his a bizness man and a bizness man will charge what the market will bear, and be sure that a campaign HQ for the Republican nominee is going to be a lot pricier than the HQ for one of several primary candidates. That’s just #logic. That is  #capitalism. Who cares about it being exactly the same location.

Do we have a picture of the luxurious digs the Trump campaign staff in the Tower are getting for all that moolah Trump’s raking in? Why yes, we do:

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Are the wires there for the staffers to hang themselves? Give me 10 minutes in this shithole and I’ll find you 20 code violations

I mean, can’t some patriotic OSHA representative needs to open an investigation on that deadly looking campaign office? I can’t imagine those hanging wires and shaky looking walls are up to code. I would  slap on a coat of this before you leave for the night:

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“If I was a donor, I’d want answers,” said a prominent Republican National Committee member who supports Trump, asking for anonymity to speak freely. “If they don’t have any more staff, and they’re paying five times more? That’s the kind of stuff I’d read and try to make an (attack) ad out of it.”

If I was a donor, I’d want a brain scan, but thanks, Trump supporter, I am sure bet that’s already been forwarded to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

As usual, the July financial disclosures show a lot of payments to Trump’s own businesses, just as they did back in May, when the campaign shelled out $1.1 million to companies owned by Trump and his family. We can see the wisdom of Trump funneling money to his own businesses. They’re the only companies doing business with Donald Trump who can be fairly sure they won’t get stiffed.
You might think that with only 76 days to the general election, the Trump campaign might be ramping up its spending on staffing local offices and getting ready to get out the vote. It turns out, the biggest single chunk of the campaign’s July spending — about half of it — went to “Giles-Parscale, a  San Antonio web design and marketing firm” that does online fundraising for the campaign. Giles-Pascale is a crossover vendor from Trump’s real estate organization that the Trump campaign paid $8.4 million in July, about twice what the firm had collected from it over the course of the preceding year.

I sure love how Trump staffers are working in filthy, high-priced shitholes. I love Ma and Pa Goober cashing in their saving bonds to send to this grifter. I love Trump fleecing his wealthy and poor supporters alike. Trump could steal their life savings, pimp their daughters out, and burn their fucking houses down, and they’d still love him for ‘tellin’ it like it is”, for building a wall around all the white people and for giving voice to their  hatred of black and brown people. To these petty, racist, misogynistic, ignorant sack of bastards, bigotry and hate are more important then their own welfare. Any cursory look at Trump’s life would tell these idiots that he has fucked over every person he has ever met, but they accept it because they love him for his racism. These people are unteachable. I started to feel sorry for the really stopped donors who sit in their trailers eating Swanson dinners off a tv tray while they watch Wheel O’ for they do not have the means or the wherewithal to get out and see that America is already great and people are basically good. But they don’t live in trailers, and have a median income of $72,000, which is about $10,000 more than Clinton supporters and well above the national median ($53,000), so I stopped feeling sorry for them and have let go of the trailer stereotype.

Anyway, I love the staffer’s offices, it is what they deserve. Dateline, 2040:

The CDC is looking into an unusually high number of former staffers from 2016’s disastrous Donald Trump Presidential campaign contracted mesothelioma, apparently traced to an asbestos contaminated building in which staffers worked in the late summer and early autumn of that election year. President Malia Obama stated that the White House would be providing full support to the CDC’s investigation.

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flashback friday

by kara on August 19, 2016

Recap

by kara on August 4, 2016

As of August 4, 2016, the Trumpenproletariat has rejected:

Science (global warming)
Math (polls/voter fraud incidents)
Respect for Military Families
Science again (evolution)
Civility toward others (PoC, Muslims, women, the handicapped, liberals)
Science again (vaccines)
Fire Marshals
Babies
Sexual harassment victims
Empirical truths
Basic English skills (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, subject/verb agreement)
Paul Ryan and John McCain

and they have embraced:

Violence against protestors
Sexual harassment
Screaming as an acceptable form of public discourse
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Racism
Xenophobia
Nationalism
Misogyny
Potential future nuclear Armageddon
Rejection of NATO allies
Embrace of Russians as allies
Magical thinking (saying “radical Islamic terrorism” defeats ISIS)
Phony Baloney Biblical scholarship that includes “two Corinthians, eating my little cracker,” and never asking for forgiveness
6 bankruptcies as proof of one’s greatness in business and economics.

President Obama Roasts Donald Trump At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama really is as cunning as the whackadoos think he is. What kind of eleventy dimensional chess player is this guy to figure out Trump would fame all these people out of their shoes?

Thanks Obama indeed.

I’ll Give You Something to Cry About

by kara on July 28, 2016

troosevelt3“There is a lot to cry about in this world right now, but Hillary Clinton being the Democratic Presidential nominee is not one of them.” – Ghost Teddy Roosevelt

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Considering it’s extremely cost-prohibitive to emigrate to Canada, your only option is to live under the policies Trump has outlined as part of his primary campaign. Let’s talk about these.

Refamiliarize yourselves with wire hangers, ladies.

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When I was a teenager I worked for the Mondale campaign to defeat Ronald Reagan. While attending the Mondale concession party in NYC (I was sad but I did not cry), an older lady had a t-shirt with a wire hanger with an X through it. I stupidly didn’t know what it meant and I had to ask her. What she told me was hair raising.I could show you much more disturbing photos, but they will be too upsetting for you.

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Most Dangerous Games: Slip ‘n Slide

by kara on July 26, 2016

Wham-O’s The Slip ‘N Slide held such promise. Such high hopes for the pool-less. Slip ‘N Slide was like a dangling promise of cool, wet summer fun for us hot and disgusted kids in the 1970’s who didn’t have a pool. For us, water sports were relegated to hopping back and forth over that stupid sprinkler on burning hot days.

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Viva La White Privilege Revolution

by kara on July 25, 2016

Today we were treated to a loud, white, rageful fucking contingent of  Revolutionaries chanting “NO TPP!” like fucking parrots all through Congressman Elijah Cummings speech about his sharecropper parents and how to make “progress”.  Over and over they shouted, without an iota of shame at the fact that they thought they knew more about “fair” trade than THE MAN WHO WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS PARENTS BEING SHARECROPPERS, WHILE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT IT.

THIS AGGRESSION WILL NOT STAND.

bIt’s not funny, it’s not cute,  it’s not cool, and if YOUR democracy “looks like” this, go be a fucking Trumpkin and you can be the anti-democratic authoritarian you so clearly wish to be while shouting down your fucking betters. Tea+Party+Activists+Hold+Tax+Day+Rally+Washington+Z2UiZJOiAR4l

“Revolutionaries” are willing to sacrifice for the cause. The TPPbaggers are mad because they lost, they aren’t getting their own way, and it feeds their egos and costs them nothing to act like common Teabaggers, or the Ron Paul fringe of “muh purity”, “muh banks”, “everyone’s corrupt”, “muh war” assholes.  I do not see Bernie or his followers as champions of social justice. I see a group of dumbbells with no context, no respect for history.

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by kara on July 25, 2016

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via New Yorker

PHILADELPHIA (The Borowitz Report)—In an unorthodox departure from tradition, the Democratic National Convention will kick off its prime-time schedule on Monday night with what a D.N.C. spokesman called “three hours straight of booing.”

The booing, which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. and end promptly at eleven, will give those assembled at the D.N.C. an opportunity to “get it out of their system,” the spokesman said.

The decision to schedule three hours of booing came after rancorous negotiations between the Clinton and Sanders camps, with the Clinton side originally offering half an hour of booing and the Sanders side demanding twenty hours.

Reportedly, the Clinton camp also vetoed a demand by the Sanders camp that the definition of booing be expanded to include throwing things.

While the D.N.C. hailed the three-hour booing session as a compromise that was acceptable to both sides, many Sanders delegates reacted angrily to the agreement, arguing that the negotiations had been rigged against them.

“Once again, we’ve been screwed,” Carol Foyler, a Sanders delegate from New Hampshire, said. “Three hours is barely enough time to boo Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report for newyorker.com. MORE