Obama Pays Respects to Anti-American Communist Killer Fidel Castro

It’s all about appearances. Following the demise of oppressive, murderous Cuban strongman Fidel Castro at age 90, Obama decided to send official representatives from America that are “not a presidential delegation” to mourn the end of the Western Hemisphere’s strongest Communist presence for over 50 years.

Obama’s hapless press secretary gave the following dodge earlier this week:

“I can tell you that the president has decided not to send a presidential delegation to attend the [Castro] memorial service today. I can tell you, however, that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will attend the service, as will the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jeff DeLaurentis.”

–Obama bagman Josh Earnest

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Earnest discussed the funeral of Fidel Castro, flag-burning, and other topics. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Ben Rhodes (below)is the 39-year-old elitist piece of shit who elbowed his way to the top of the Obama White Hose by writing speeches, or something. He bragged earlier this year that he and a few select brilliant “advisors” had created an “echo chamber” in the media to shape Obama’s narrative like the Silly Putty that Cubans eat because under Communism, food is hard to come by.

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Official title, per Wikipedia: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting  [sic]

Rhodes’ exact quote, which did not disturb the liberals because their guy was in charge at the time:

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience comes from being around political campaigns. They literally know nothing.”

Iran’s New Partners in Terrorism

(Ironically?), Rhodes was referring to his brilliant manipulation of the media into repeating Obama’s “good deal” hogwash to explain another piece of “smartest president ever” diplomacy with a separate totalitarian killer regime in the controversial Iran Deal. The agreement with Iran that in 10 years they can have nuclear weapons has been riddled with controversy since its inception, when Republicans took it up the ass from Obama and allowed him to pass a treaty international arms agreement with support of just 41% of the Senate.

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Under Obama, America does not negotiate with terrorists; we simply negotiate with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism!

Grandma Kerry Shakes Head in Regret for Terrorist He Released with Kind Intentions

Obama has also made a point of releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the waning days of his administration. Secretary of State John Kerry commented earlier this year on a Gitmo-sprung terrorist Ibrahim al Qosi immediately returning to Iran-associated terrorist activities: “He’s not supposed to be doing that.”

We tried, right?

Earnest, according to Olivier Knox at Yahoo! News, continued self-immolation of the greatest country in the world so we don’t hurt the feelings of the Cuban government:

“There are many aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship that were characterized by a lot of conflict and turmoil, not just during the Castro regime, but we continue to have some significant concerns about the way the Cuban government currently operates, particularly with regard to protecting the basic human rights of the Cuban people.

This is an appropriate way to show respect, to participate in the events that are planned for this evening, while also acknowledging some of the differences that remain between our two countries.”

[our emphasis]

Obama “normalized” diplomatic relations with Cuba earlier this year, and became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928. While public opinion largely favored re-establishing trade and travel between the two countries, many Americans were outraged. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), who are Cuban-American, were particularly incensed at Obama’s star-studded “thawing” of the long-standing embargo.

According to Wikipedia:

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center in January 2016 found that 63% of Americans approved of Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, while 28% disapproved. The study found that Democrats (74%) and Independents (67%) were more likely to support the re-established relations; 40% of Republicans approved. The study also found that 66% of Americans supported ending the trade embargo against Cuba, while 28% disapproved. Support for both the re-establishment of relations and the lifting of the trade embargo was seen broadly amongst all racial and ethnic groups (62% of whites, 64% of blacks, and 65% of Hispanics) and amongst all age-brackets, however younger Americans were more likely to support it than older Americans. Americans who were college or university graduates (77%) overwhelmingly supported the restoration of relations, while people with only some college education (59%) or only high school education (53%) were less likely to support it. Despite broad support for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the end of the trade embargo, only 32% of Americans surveyed believed that Cuba would become “more democratic” over the next several years, with 60% believing the situation in Cuba will remain the same.[114]

[our emphasis]

Thanks to our source:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-sends-non-delegation-delegation-to-castro-services-195027683.html

Ohio Fights Protesters and Terror

Updated 11/30/16 at 12:00 PM with “Twitter” statement by Trump

President-elect Donald Trump used Twitter to broadcast an admonition of Mr. Artan this morning, stating the Somali refugee–who spent years in Pakistan prior to his Ohio State car-and-knife rampage Monday–should never have been let into America.

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Original post continues below:

This may become a DEVELOPING STORY

PHOTO: Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, pictured in a 2016 photo from The Lantern, was identified by the schools newspaper as the suspect in a campus attack, Nov. 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Ohio State University student (above) made news Monday morning when he attacked at least eleven people on campus before being killed by campus police.

Artan, 18, used his car (reportedly pictured below) to mow down some pedestrians. After crashing from running into some police interference, he pulled out a knife and stabbed some people.

PHOTO: A car inside a police line sits on the sidewalk as authorities respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Below, the police secure the area in a Winnebago-converted-to-mobile-police-command-center

PHOTO: Police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Apparently, an “active shooter on campus” message was circulated by university-wide text message. Mr. Artan reportedly had no gun, though according to several conservative media sites, Democratic lawmakers and bloggers were out for metaphorical blood:

University-wide text alert:

“Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

VP nominee Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Twitter:

“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community”

[our emphasis]

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:

“My thoughts are w/Ohio State this AM. We cannot let an average of 1 school shooting/wk be the normal in America. Too many lives are at stake”

Far-left blog “Vox” was out with the following Monday at 5:01 PM:

Ohio State University on Monday morning sent out multiple alerts to students and staff to “Run Hide Fight” and take shelter to avoid an attacker on campus. Police and school officials confirmed that there had been a car-and-knife attack — not a shooting — at the university, which has nearly 60,000 students.

The story is quickly developing, so some details may be wrong and may change. Here’s what we know and what we don’t.

[our emphasis]

PHOTO: Students leave buildings as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

The guy on the right was apparently lucid enough in the aftermath to listen to his iPod.

PHOTO: This image was posted to Harrison Roths Twitter account after reports of an active shooter at Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016 with the text, Im safe in a barricaded room. If youre on campus, get in a room and stay safe.

Students text family and friends after securing the doorway.

Artan was a Somali-born permanent resident of the U.S. and arrived in 2014 after a cup of coffee in Pakistan. He was featured in the campus newspaper in August and reportedly gave the following quote:

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”
Some other interesting details from CNN:
A community member who spoke to the attacker’s family described them as shocked. The community member described Artan as a good kid. She confirmed Artan had just finished community college before starting this semester at Ohio State.
Neighbor Stephanie Leper told CNN Artan’s family occupies four units. Law enforcement vehicles arrived at the town homes sometime after 10 a.m. and took people away in “paddy wagons,” she said.

It is unclear if Artan was inspired by the Bastille Day Massacre in Nice, France, in which Mohamed Salmene Lahouaiej-Bouhlel used a semi truck to run over a crowded pier on July 14 in the name of ISIS. He had a much larger kill total with 86 (and 434 injured).

Related:

ISIS Updates

PHOTO: Ohio State University police released a statement on Nov. 28, 2016 saying that Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed the alleged campus attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Alan Horujko, 28 (above) of OSU police, fatally shot Artan

A “Facebook” post, reproduced in part below, is attributed to Artan by multiple media outlets.

The post, which we could not recover, reportedly also mentions Anwar al-Awlaki.

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Unlike Mr. Artan, al-Awlaki (above) was an American citizen. He was executed by drone strike in Yemen at age 40 after President Obama personally signed off on his death. al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, was also executed by President Obama at the age of 16.

“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries … [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”

ABC News reports that the post is being investigated by the FBI and was reportedly associated with a profile under the name Abdul Artan. However, that individual listed their age as 20, and has not been confirmed as the 18-year-old Artan shot in Columbus Monday.

On Tuesday, the ISIS news agency AMAQ praised the attack, according to Huffington Post:

The Islamic State news agency AMAQ posted a photo of Abdul Razak Ali Artan wearing a blue shirt and sitting with greenery in the background. It described him as a soldier of the group.

Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university,” the caption read.

[…]

Members of Columbus’ Somali community have denounced the attack.

AMAQ has claimed credit for domestic and Asian terror attacks in the name of ISIS before. Although Artan reportedly lived in Pakistan about seven years after escaping Somali as a refugee and may well have been radicalized, ISIS has inflated its worldwide image in the past by falsely claiming coordination with so-called “lone wolf” terrorists.

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In other news, Associated Press reported last week via Sun Herald that police in the very same Columbus, OH have cashed in on a Department of Homeland Security grant for better crowd control of the little people [our emphasis]:

Police in Columbus have used a $40,000 Homeland Security grant to purchase high-tech audio equipment that will help control rowdy crowds in Ohio’s capital city.

Division of Police officials on Monday held a demonstration for its newest tool — a long-range acoustic device mounted atop an armored vehicle.

The LRAD can send an ear-splitting directional blast of sound that acts like a water canon to break up crowds. It also has the ability to clearly broadcast messages within a range of 1.8 miles.

Lt. Paul Ohl, the head of Columbus police’s SWAT unit, says the purchase was made after residents who have been subjected to tear gas in crowds complained that they never heard warnings to disperse.

How accommodating!

Police declined to provide technical specifics such as the LRAD’s exact decibel level.

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://abc13.com/news/everything-we-know-about-osu-attack-suspect/1629101/

Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Photo, Facebook Post, OSU ‘Lantern’ Interview: Muslim Feared Praying In Public

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/us/ohio-state-university-active-shooter/index.html

http://www.sunherald.com/news/business/technology/article116366978.html

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/28/five-libs-who-pushed-gun-control-narrative-on-twitter-after-ohio-state-stabbing-attack/?singlepage=true

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/28/13763820/ohio-state-university-shooting

http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-state-university-student-dead-driving-crowd-stabbing/story?id=43821371

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isis-claims-responsibility-for-attack-at-ohio-state-university_us_583dda6ee4b06539a78ab780

Ex-Im Bank Updates

Following what some have characterized as a “historic,” “drain the swamp” election, advocates for the unconstitutional Export-Import Bank–first created by executive order under everyone’s favorite fascist, FDR–are scrambling heading into Obama’s “lame duck” December to preserve this monstrous addition to the federal debt, which is about to top $20,000,000,000,000. Ka-CHING!

The Hill reports:

“I want [Ex-Im] to be up and running,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) has attached […] amendments to spending bills that would change the quorum requirement.

Ex-Im faces new problems with Trump

above: Graham has always reminded us of a cute little gingerbread man

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What is the “quorum requirement” Graham hopes to snap like a PUN ALERT graham cracker to continue bleeding American tax dollars to wealthy foreigner (see Ex-Im study below from the ultra-conservative Massachusetts Institute of Technology)?

Like many Federal Government Agencies that have suffered a lack of appointment confirmations in Obama’s final days before he cashes out as President 44 (largely due to GOP refusal, because this makes it seem as though they are helping the people of America instead of waffling to pad their own sorry, entitled asses), the Ex-Im Bank apparently has only two of the three board members necessary to approve loans of $10,000,000 or greater.

“Business leaders,” according to The Hill, are spending December lobbying to ram through these “pro-small business” loans as scheduled. The amendments The Hill references would allow the Ex-Im Bank to operate for up to three years with only two board members, instead of three.”

Crash course in the Ex-Im: sold as a pro-domestic loan guarantor for American small businesses, this classic example of anti-freedom, pro-big business finance on the dime of Joe the Plumber and Mary the (heterosexual marriage only) Wedding Cake Designer is largely used to funnel tax breaks to foreign corporations in the form of loans guaranteed by the American taxpayer. The similarities to a massive Federal Debt run up by Washington elitists and billed to the average American (despite record confiscation of their income) are eerie.

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Sending your tax dollars to the more deserving since 1945.

Economics 21 reported last year on the deception of the “pro-small business” Ex-Im bank, as the ordinary American-backed loans to international and domestic corporations use some hazy accounting under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 to keep propping up multinationals, fat cats, etc. using spoils from shaking down the little people:

The current rules require that budget estimates discount expected loan performance using the interest rates on risk-free U.S. Treasury debt rather than a rate that matches the riskiness of the loan itself. That flaw makes it appear as if the government can offer far more favorable loan terms than what a purely private entity would charge without imposing a cost on taxpayers. The government’s advantage disappears, however, when budget estimates account for market risk – the risk that losses on the loans could be higher during a weak economy when defaults will be more frequent and costly.

(Market risk is more than a little important when determining whether a loan will be repaid. It helps to have the Federal Government thumb on your end of the scale.)

The quorum stopgap would allow large companies like Boeing (annual net income: $5.176 billion in 2015, according to Wikipedia) to get their goods, subsidized by taxpayers. This is regrettably far from the only instance of the Federal Government, the largest non-profit organization in the world, taking a financial hit to support actual successful, for-profit corporations. Bill the taxpayers.

In Boeing’s PUN ALERT defense, they do a lot of “aerospace engineering and defense” for NASA and Federal Government Agencies.

While Boeing is just one multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporation the Federal Government has long maintained will spend your tax dollars more intelligently than you would, it is the focus of much of the Ex-Im criticism. As Debbie Lucas of MIT wrote for National Bureau of Economics Research four years, Ex-IM’s “$200 million cost for taxpayers on the $21 billion in loans that the bank will make in 2012″ is a little concerning.

We cannot access Lucas’ paper without paying for it, and the Federal Government confiscated too much of our researcher’s paycheck this week to prop up government benefits like Social Security and Medicare he will never receive to further pursue the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance‘s claims.

Professor Lucas

However, the Ex-Im’s criticism is well-documented on Wikipedia:

65% of loan guarantees over 2007 and 2008 went to companies purchasing Boeing aircraft.[48] In 2012, the Bank’s loan guarantees became even more skewed, with 82 percent of them going to Boeing customers.[49] There are many unseen costs created by the Export–Import Bank’s subsidies, including artificially raising the price of new airplanes and potentially adding $2 billion to the deficit over the next decade.

[our emphasis]

Also,

In December 2011, the non-partisan organization Public Campaign criticized Boeing for spending $52.29 million on lobbying and not paying taxes during 2008–2010, instead getting $178 million in tax rebates, despite making a profit of $9.7 billion, laying off 14,862 workers since 2008, and increasing executive pay by 31 percent to $41.9 million in 2010 for its top five executives.

Caterpillar and General Electric, according to USA Today, are also large beneficiaries.

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Unfortunately, Graham is among several Senators who will likely get their pork to help keep their lucrative seats in Washington. The Hill predicts the lame duck session will punt the issue to Trump’s first Congress. The billionaire businessman’s feelings on the foreign-loan guarantor lacked the populist tones we might expect from an anti-trade, union-pleasing campaign:

During the campaign, Trump expressed opposition to Ex-Im, saying it only benefits politicians and a few companies and that the U.S. could “do well without it.”

(The Hill)

Credit is due to (among others) Marco “Little Marco” Rubio, who demanded a liquidation plan of the ultimate crony capitalist venture that Ex-Im represents after the charted expired for three months last year. Roll Call reported in 2015:

The gang of six [demanding liquidation now that Ex-Im’s charter expired] includes three presidential candidates, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky; one of the most vulnerable candidates up for re-election in 2016, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania; freshman Ben Sasse of Nebraska; and Mike Lee of Utah. They’ve given until July 15 for a response.

Toomey won re-election in early November. Rubio, who suspended his presidential campaign earlier this year, won re-election as Florida’s junior Senator.

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Meanwhile, Trump’s utterly pathetic GOP primary challenger Graham, a warmonger from South Carolina known for his bipartisanship, committee leadership in advocacy of his fellow veterans and love of Broadway musicals, succeeded Strom Thurmond to the Senate throne in 2002. He has done his best to trample the rights of “potential terrorists” (or anyone within range of a Federal Government drone, waterboard, etc.) since. See below, following Graham’s fightin’ words to sway Trump into reauthorizing Ex-Im (which we predict he will):

“If I ever talk to the Trump administration, which I’m sure I will, I’m going to tell them about 500 jobs that left the Greenville, S.C., GE plant to go to France because GE could not get Ex-Im financing for a deal in the Mideast,” Graham said.

“I think, given what I’ve heard from Donald Trump, that he’s going to make sure that American companies are not losing market share to overseas competitors and unilaterally disarming. At least I hope that’s what he’ll do,” he said. 

According to Wikipedia, after extinguishing his own GOP presidential nomination campaign, Graham first supported [second-] favorite son Jeb Bush of Florida, then Ted Cruz of Texas when Jeb Jeb! was too “low-energy” (per Trump) to make the cut.

When it seemed certain that Donald Trump would become the Republican Presidential candidate in early May 2016, Graham announced he would not vote for Trump.

[…]

In May 2015 Senator Graham said “If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL [Islamic State], I’m not gonna call a judge,” Graham said. “I’m gonna call a drone and we will kill you.”

(Wiki)

We hate to take sides with Trump, but the President-elect used similar adjectives regarding Graham after he released his rival’s cell phone number at a 2015 rally. Washington Times [our emphasis]:

“But Lindsey Graham — this poor guy. This poor, poor pathetic man,” Mr. Trump said. “And I don’t want his support. Lindsey, you don’t ever have to support me — I promise, OK? You know, somebody was saying you’ll never get his support. I don’t want his support. I don’t care.

“I beat him so badly that it’s really impossible for him to support me, OK?” he said. “It’s impossible. I hit him so hard — from the phone number, remember when he came … he came up wanting money.”

Last July, Mr. Trump read aloud Mr. Graham’s cellphone number at a rally in South Carolina after Mr. Graham had called Mr. Trump a “jackass.”

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/307394-ex-im-faces-new-problems-with-trump

http://economics21.org/html/critics-export-import-bank-have-new-weapon-their-disposal-fair-value-accounting-419.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/4/trump-recalls-revealing-lindsey-graham-cell-number/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/30/export-import-bank-expiring-congress/29468333/

http://www.rollcall.com/news/home/six-senators-demand-ex-im-bank-liquidation-plan#sthash.M5dp3iDQ.dpuf

Bleed For This

These Red Cross people just wouldn’t stop calling so I decided to try giving them the platelets. Somehow I ended up on the phone with the guy again and that PUN ALERT prick said “Well we’re just tickled pink you’ve decided to give your platelets and we’ll see you in the morning!” That should have been my first warning.

I was mentally preparing that night with the emails and pre-registration and all that shit and the stakes were raised: hemoglobin requirement for males is now 13.8. Because war on women.

Parking in the center at the mall I had to wade through the chain-smoking employees on break and into their little suite lined with “no smoking” signs. The piece of shit ahead of me in line was using a cell phone but I eventually got to the sign in process. As usual with them blood drives the cell phone guy was now behind a small partition with the history lady who checks your arms for IV track marks, sort of like Catholic confession only (also typical) I could hear everything they were saying over the low-volume Marvin Gaye music.

“DO YOU REMEMBER THE NIGHT YOU CONCEIVED??” the history lady was saying.

“YES WE WERE INTIMATE FROM AUGUST THROUGH NOVEMBER SO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THERE,” the cell phone guy blabbed. I couldn’t understand why it mattered when a male donor had last ejaculated, but then speculated maybe this was incidental convo and they were friends outside of the blood-drawing enterprise.

Finally I got back there and I realized the stress ball that’s shaped like a grenade is actually a propane tank, it just had the logo rubbed off at previous drives. The propane sponsor of blood drawing is not Strickland Propane.

The lady brought out the needle for the moment of truth. 12.0.

“I’m going to type up a letter…actually no, that would be awful. I’m going to give you some pre-printed reading material on how you were anemic today and what you can do to contribute in the future,” she assured me. I also got a fistful of Dunkin’ Donuts coupons as a consolation prize.

“They’re about to expire,” she explained. And here I thought she was helping me down the road to obesity because of my emasculating future as an anemic.

Well eating all them donuts must have helped. I rolled into the hospital for a regular blood draw the following week. Sprinting across the parking lot, I stumbled into line at 2:35 for my 2:30 appointment.

“Did you have trouble parking?” the volunteer working the desk demanded. She was 90 years old and had to use a walker to escort me to death row where you sit and avoid eye contact with the other donors.

“Well I had to walk a little way,” I explained.

“That always takes time too, doesn’t it?” she sniffed. I had a feeling it was not a rhetorical question but her days were so numbered I let her go back to register the next beefy donor. She took a swig from her water bottle that had its own little cup holder on the walker and did offer me a drink, which I declined.

This particular blood drive was just like the gym: the only song they had was that “Bruno” song “Up Town Fuck You Up.” It really set the mood.

I was the only donor under the age of 60. Good thing we were in a hospital in case this went south. There’s always a basic woman in see-through tights who has to get a wet cloth on her forehead and additional medical attention.

Frank Bleeds

In the little partition where you tell them about your sexual history, my blood pressure was 98/60. Somehow that didn’t raise any alarms.

Then came the hemoglobin test. 14.2!

I got on the butcher table and the radio went off the Bruno “music” and a commercial came on. “DO YOU WANT A LOW STRESS JOB WITHOUT OBNOXIOUS BOSSES??”

Every Red Cross employee in the room looked up and said “YES!!!”

The commercial said, “YOU’LL BE HAPPY TO GO TO WORK AS A MASSAGE THERAPIST!!”

This employee for the next shift stumbled in. Based on his wet crocs it was now raining outside. He sat down in the corner, jammed in his earbuds and started chugging Ocean Spray “cranberry juice cocktail” because he was menstruating.

A new donor came in. Like everyone else in the room, he was old and fat. “Last time it felt like a splinter, so I took some sleeping pills,” he told our ancient registration volunteer.

“Are you sure you want to donate today?” she chirped in that judgemental voice.

He gulped and gasped. “Oh, yeah.”

Trump Updates

Disclosure: The author benefited from a Department of Education Pell grant to finance undergraduate tuition.

Trump Adds Diversity to Cabinet, Senate Confirmations Pending

President elect Donald Trump has made some moves towards stemming the systemic racism that helped sweep him into office.

[This phenomenon is mentioned by Huffington Post blogger Michael Gordon Bennett: “Author of 7-10 Split: My Journey As America’s Whitest Black Kid. An entrepreneur, actor, journalist and one of America’s top travel experts,” in a reaction to the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers:

“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, poverty, income inequality, poor education in minority communities, substandard housing, new voting restrictions, gerrymandered districts, Citizens United, et al, has festered so long, its handcuffed attempts to find lasting solutions to systemic racism and by extension confrontations with police.”

[our emphasis]]

Related:

Philando Castile Update

Licensed to Kill

Mr. Trump, according to conservative outlet Town Hall, has shaken up the heretofore “white, male and Yale” (see below) makeup of his presidential cabinet with some (not our choice of words) “diversity picks”:

Injecting the first diversity into his Cabinet-to-be, Donald Trump selected two Republican women on Wednesday who had unflattering things to say about him during the presidential campaign: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.

[our emphasis]

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Haley, 44, was reportedly raised in the Sikh religion, and now identifies as a Christian. Although the Sikh religion is the ninth-largest faith worldwide, it has few adherents in America. Wikipedia estimates between 250,000 and 500,000.

[“White, male and Yale” is a taxpayer-funded slur parroted by (ironically) non-white, non-male and non-Yale Susan Rice in a commencement speech at FIU earlier this year.

Susan Rice: White Males Threaten National Security

In another (ironic?) twist, Mrs. Rice bowed to political pressure to take the fall for the video/not video-driven Benghazi massacre in 2012 that left four Americans dead, and withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when Hillary resigned in 2012 to make some bank before launching a second bid for President. This is ironic because Rice then served as Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, a role that appears to be reprised by Governor Haley!!]

DeVos, 58, apparently has an admirable record of supporting school choice, according to Wikipedia:

DeVos served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice[28] She heads the All Children Matter PAC which she and her husband founded in 2003 to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes.[29][30] Over the years, DeVos and her husband have provided millions in funding for the organization.[31]

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DeVos has reportedly raised money for President Bush in 2004 and other Republicans in 2008.

The Department of Education is an unconstitutional Federal Government Agency established in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter. The budget is difficult to lock down. According to the Department website, Obama requested $69,400,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, a 1.8% increase from the previous year. However, as agencies usually get more than they ask for (what $20,000,000,000,000 national debt?), Wikipedia puts the budget at  $73 billion for 2016. Ka-CHING!

As recently as 2009, the budget was $32 billion.

Besides paying the salaries of 5,000 employees, the D of E controls school curriculum with regulations and other end-around Congress maneuvering. This is (most recently) called Common Core. For the children.

They also stockpile military equipment, as we have reported previously:

 

Gunning For Justice

DeVos will hopefully try to improve the lives of American students and parents by tossing some regulations, but don’t bet on it. Pearson loves their lobbyists.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who received 4.3 million votes in the national election (more than double the popular vote margin between Hillary and Trump), advocated for eliminating the Department of Education.

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Also, the always-relevant Ben Carson, a former GOP primary rival of Trump, has hinted he will be named to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a $32,600,000,000-budget Federal Government Agency.

Related:

In the News

HUD, also unconstitutional (created by “Landslide” Lyndon Johnson as part of the Great Society that completely eradicated poverty and inequality in America) was most recently headed by Julian Castro (below), a rumored Hillary VP running mate before she decided to go with ALLITERATION ALERT swing state Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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What does HUD do? Attempt to coerce neighborhoods (including Hillary’s in Chappaqua, NY; median income: $163,201) to include poorer residents. Because affordable housing:

Affordable Housing

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2016/11/23/ap-sources-trump-taps-gov-nikki-haley-for-ambassador-to-un-n2249539

http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/index.html

Gary Johnson: Let’s Get Rid of the Department of Education

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-gordon-bennett/searching-for-solutions_b_11034124.html