Marc Dion: Trump's Turn to Write the Check (Creators Syndicate)
To get it out of the way, I live in a poverty stricken midsized city in Massachusetts. We used to have a textile and garment industry, and now we do not. We're a heroin overdose city, a wear-pajama-pants-to-Wal-Mart city. State and federal money props up our schools, our police force and our fire department. About 75 percent of kids in local schools get lunch for free.
Mark Shields: The Opposition's Very Wrong First Step (Creators Syndicate)
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour - his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor - on building a winning coalition: "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally - not a 20 percent traitor."
Lenore Skenazy: Hating on Moms (Creators Syndicate)
Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, "Why was her skirt so short?" As if the woman caused her own rape. Only gradually did it dawn on us that this is blaming the victim. Once we recognized how cruel and clueless this is, we became a more empathetic society. Except when it comes to moms.
Ted Rall: The Rules of Resistance to Trump (Creators Syndicate)
Rule 1: Anything for survival.
As a teacher, Beauvoir would have lost her food rations, ID papers and livelihood if she hadn't signed an odious Vichy-required certificate swearing that she wasn't a Jew. Though she was appalled, she signed. You're not required to starve to death over a principle.
Froma Harrop: When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away (Creators Syndicate)
The threat to throw reporters out of the White House press office is a recent effort to move the spotlight from Trump's sinking currency to a thin-skinned press corps. "I want 'em out of the building," a tough (but not tough enough to be identified) Trump official told Esquire. "We are taking back the press room." Well, they can have it. The reporters should be out uncovering the seediness rather than responding to Trump's latest provocation. They are entering a golden age for American journalism and should know it.
James Hamblin, M.D.: There Are No Shortcuts to Stop Aging (Blue Zones)
Live a generally active lifestyle, stay socially connected, don't be over stressed, sleep well, eat reasonably in moderation and consume a mostly plant based diet. There hasn't been a breakthrough or any silver bullet or short cut to stop the process of aging.
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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 20th, 2017
Crumplstock 6 Live NOW!
By DJ Useo
Crumplstock returns with CRUMPLSTOCK 6 The 3-Day Internet DJ Weekender. Over 25 Bootleg-type DJ's will play hour-long live sets for 3 days, & you can listen for no cost at all! Each live set will be streamed for your listening pleasure. Everyone will be doing their own thing, but there will be some emphasis on "crumplbangers", or off-kilter mashups. Silly often, but maintaining the high listenability.
Listen with ease as you merely go here & click on the current DJ's name to hear them when they are taking their turn at broadcasting.
I'll be doing an entire set of naught but my mixes on the last day. Right before my pal, Marty Batfreak. Here's my Crumplstock 6 Preview set, to give you an idea of what you might hear.
But you don't need to wait! CRUMPLSTOCK 6 starts TODAY! WOOT! Here's the full line-up. Listen NOW! (all UK times, GMT, UTC+0)
8pm - Deathhop
9pm - PZA
10pm - Scott Cairo
11pm - Dan Untitled
midnight - Gladilord
1am - Rudec
2am - DJ Nightwing
3am - AtoZ
5pm - KrazyBen
6pm - JustinCredible
7pm - MixmasterStel
8pm - Grave Danger
9pm - MsMiep
10pm - pomDeter
11pm - BorisB
midnight - DJ Not-I
1am - Toynoiz
2am - Hazard
3am - DJ Cougar
4am - DJ Kal
7pm - Fingertrouble
8pm - Alvin Starburst
9pm - Oki
10pm - DJ Useo
11pm - Batfreak
Believe me, if you hear any one set, you will listen to many more. I even wrote some comedy bits for mine. I won't be happy if you miss that! Lol! Log in to chat with us live. Catch you there!
Michelle in AZ
Melania rips off Michelle's speech. Don has his people steal Duff's design...what's plagiarism & idea theft to a serial liar? Cynthia found the below:
Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp
from Marc Perkel
from that Mad Cat, JD
THE HIGH COST OF TRUMP!
IT STARTED WITH A TWEET.
PLACING HIS ASS-ETS.
IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
"KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID."
THE BEGINNING, THE MIDDLE AND THE END.
REPUG SLEAZE BAG GETS BUSTED!
THE LEADER HAS SPOKEN!
I SAW THIS ONE COMING!
"GOOD MORNING AMERICA"
Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music
In The Chaos Household
Supposed to get another 2" of rain tonight.
Women's March on Washington
Actress and political activist Ashley Judd brought the house down at the Women's March on Washington, a rally that drew an estimated 500,000 demonstrators in protest of P-resident Donald Trump (R-Pendejo).
Crowds went berserk for the big-screen actress as she waxed poetic in R-rated language on women's rights and the perceived threat the new administration poses to those liberties.
Judd read a poem from 19-year-old spoken word poet, Nina Donovan, from her home state of Tennessee. The actress shared a video of Donovan to her Facebook page late last year.
"I am a nasty woman. Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetoh dust," she began, eliciting cheers from the main stage area on Independence Avenue.
Much of the poem played on the theme of what it means to be a nasty woman, in reference to a remark Trump made against Hillary Clinton during the last presidential debate.
LGBT Page Removed
Minutes after Donald Trump (R-Philanderer) was officially sworn in as president on Friday, the LGBT rights page was taken down from the White House and Departments of Labor websites. The site's removal may draw alarm to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens who might feel concerned about losing some of the protection granted to them under the Obama administration.
Previously, whitehouse.gov/lgbt provided information about legislative LBGT progress over the past eight years. It also offered support programs for the LGBT community such as "It Gets Better Project," which aimed at inspiring LGBT youth who may be facing discrimination and contemplating suicide.
Now, the new page reads "Sign up for updates from President Donald J. Trump!" or "Sorry, the page you're looking for can't be found" next to the president's seal. All of the information about the LGBT community that could be found on the WhiteHouse.gov webpage during Obama's presidency can now be accessed on ObamaWhiteHouse.gov.
Trump was called the "most pro-LGBT nominee in the history of the Republican party" in October by the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that works with the Republican Party to ensure equal rights for members of the LGBT community in Washington, D.C.
Trump told "60 Minutes" in November that same-sex marriage was "settled" by the June 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 verdict guaranteed marriage for gay couples as a fundamental right.
A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn't know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed.
The case began when a Wisconsin sheriff posted on Facebook this week that "hundreds of thousands of Skittles" had been found spilled on a highway. Later, he updated the post to say the candy had fallen off a truck on its way to be cattle feed.
Only red Skittles had spilled out, and Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt joked in the post that it would be difficult to "Taste the Rainbow" in its entirety. The incident gained attention after CNN wrote about it, citing a report from a local affiliate.
A variety of food byproducts are commonly used for animal feed, and Mars says it has procedures for discarding foods for that purpose. However, the company says the Skittles in question came from a factory that doesn't sell unused products for feed.
"We don't know how it ended up as it did and we are investigating," Mars said.
Expands Climate Goals
California released a sweeping plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, countering the newly-minted Trump administration's move to undo federal U.S. carbon regulations.
The plan drew battle lines for an expected clash with P-resident Donald Trump (R-Grifter) over climate change, including a fight over the state's decades-old authority to set emissions limits that are far stricter than those in many other parts of the United States.
California's plan details how the state would achieve its goal of cutting emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, which state air regulators called the most ambitious target in North America.
Trump has cast doubt on the degree to which human activity causes climate change. His nominee for secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, this week expressed doubts about the science behind climate change and said EPA rules should not hurt economic development.
The California plan includes an extension of the state's controversial carbon cap and trade program and calls for the state's oil refineries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.
The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a Houston case that top conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
Reversing its previous ruling, the state's highest civil court set arguments for March in a lawsuit seeking to halt same-sex spousal benefits that America's fourth-largest city offers its municipal employees. The nine Republican justices had ruled in September not to hear the case in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling from the previous summer that gay marriage was constitutional nationwide.
But Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a subsequent brief saying that the case could serve as a platform to help Texas restrict the scope of the high court decision.
"Major constitutional rulings by the United States Supreme Court routinely give rise to waves of litigation exploring the contours and limits of the court's pronouncement," the three Republicans wrote in an October brief. "This case is one of many cases that will require state courts to examine the scope of the right to same-sex marriage announced by the Supreme Court."
The reversal Friday followed a slew of separate briefs signed by dozens of other state elected officials, conservative activists and religious leaders who asked the state Supreme Court to defend religious liberty and take a stand on social issues. They argued that Texas should challenge not only the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage but also its striking down this past July of many of the state's tough abortion restrictions.
P-resident T-rump visited CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on Saturday to offer words of assurance after sharply criticizing the outgoing head of the agency, as well as the broader intelligence community, for weeks.
"There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump," he declared a day after he was sworn in as president.
"I just want to just let you know: I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you wanted. And you're going to get so much backing," he said. "You're going to say, 'Please don't give me so much backing. Mr. President, we don't need so much backing,'" Trump continued, drawing laughs from the crowd. "But you're going to have that. And I think everybody in this room knows it."
In the freewheeling speech Trump further boasted that most of the people in the room voted for him, said he would "end it" when it comes to Islamic extremism, criticized the press and wrongly asserted that the crowd at his inauguration stretched as far as the Washington Monument.
"I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right? And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want you to know that there's a reason you're the No. 1 stop: It is exactly the opposite," he said.
Employee Gets Two Years
A former FBI employee in New York was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after admitting that he illegally acted at the direction of a Chinese official to gather sensitive information.
Kun Shan Chun, also known as Joey Chun, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan to pay $10,000 after pleading guilty in August to having illegally acted as an agent of a foreign government.
Chun, a U.S. citizen who was born in China, was arrested in March in connection with what prosecutors called a duplicitous betrayal of the FBI, which had employed him in its New York field office since 1997.
Prosecutors said that beginning in 2005, Chinese individuals claiming to be affiliated with a China-based printer products manufacturer called Zhuhai Kolion Technology Company Ltd solicited an investment from one of Chun's parents.
Chun, 47, first met purported Kolion associates during a 2005 trip, and met them abroad at several other times, eventually meeting a Chinese official who asked him about the FBI and surveillance practices and targets, prosecutors said.
Lcebergs Closer To Breaking Off
Just 6.4 miles of ice are holding an iceberg the size of Delaware onto the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and scientists warn it could cleave off the ice-bound continent at any time.
Researchers who closely monitor the crack cutting across this particular Antarctic ice shelf reported on Thursday that it continued to make rapid progress, expanding another six miles in just the past two weeks.
This means that a collapse may be imminent, at which point, one of the top 10 largest icebergs ever observed will break away into the turbulent seas off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Scientists affiliated with a group that has been tracking the ice melt in this area, known as Project MIDAS, say the iceberg could measure 5,000 square kilometers, or 1,930 square miles.
Scientists are worried that the calving event - which refers to the breaking off of the iceberg from the ice shelf - could speed up the disintegration of the broader shelf and land-based ice that lies behind it.
Bill Compels Mediation
A Hawaii lawmaker said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that could force Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into mediation before he is allowed to buy real estate on Kauai island.
State Rep. Kaniela Ing said Hawaii's sugar barons long employed laws Zuckerberg is using to take land from Native Hawaiians. He said Zuckerberg is "completing the theft."
"Zuckerberg may be acting more transparent than folks who exploited this law in the past, but it doesn't make it right," Ing said. "I just hope he understands the context of his actions in the history of our state."
Zuckerberg last month filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels interspersed with his 700-acre spread hugging a stunning white-sand beach so he could pay them and buy the land.
If passed, Ing's bill would likely take effect July 1. It would apply to Zuckerberg's cases if they are still ongoing.