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23 minutes ago, Sharkhaywood said:

A completely uneducated actress is now an expert on male grooming and can pass judgment on a sitting U.S. Senator?  I checked her Wikipedia page and the only education listed was the "Santa Monica Alternative School House" which only taught until the 8th grade and "was founded in 1973 to emphasize "non-authoritarian, non-competitive, non-sexist methods"  If the left is going to listen and hold up idiots like this there is no hope for them.  At least AOC got an education.

We are in the age of TDS. We do forget though that not so long ago the hard left was violent, killed cops, used bombs, and called for the overthrow of the government.

They never went away they just were planting seeds on campus and in the newsroom and now we all have to live with this.

People like botly cant/wont see what is going on but the very nature of our country is in play now and by any means necessary is the new rule of law.

Scary times for moderates on both sides of the aisle.

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The so called community:

Queen Latifah is standing by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

The “Girl’s Trip” actress said she supports the publicly scrutinized actor after he was arrested last month and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report for a hate crime he allegedly staged against himself in January.

“The guy I’ve seen has always been someone who cares about people, who cares about others, and who’s very kind and who’s always been cool and sweet,” Latifah, 48, told Zainab Salbi, host of Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes.” “And that’s just the guy I know. So until I can see some definitive proof – which I haven’t seen yet – then, you know, I gotta go with him until I see otherwise.”

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Get the popcorn out:

House Democrats erupted in fury Wednesday, challenging leaders over indirectly sanctioning freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged anti-Semitic remarks amid an outcry over party inaction to President Trump’s divisive comments on race.

In a closed-door session, Democrats protested plans to vote this week on a resolution condemning religious hatred, a measure prompted by Omar’s comments last week suggesting supporters of Israel have “allegiance to a foreign country.”

The remarks have exploded into a larger debate over how Congress should respond to individual racial and religious grievances. It also touched off Democratic concerns that the splintering was overshadowing the newfound majority’s agenda, with Republicans seeking to capi­tal­ize politically on the divide.

As Democrats debated whether to vote on the resolution, Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon, “It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!”

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday there may not be a vote this week on any resolution. “We’re discussing what is the best way to address it,” he said. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), was taking the lead in crafting a resolution.

Many of those speaking out Wednesday were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who bristled at the notion that Omar (Minn.) would be targeted for a rebuke — even an indirect one, as Democratic leaders had planned — while lawmakers remain silent about Republican behavior, especially that of Trump.

“I think there’s a big rise in anti-Semitism and racism, and that’s a bigger conversation we need to be having.” said Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.). “But it starts at 1600 Pennsylvania. It doesn’t start with one member out of 435 members of Congress.”

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26 minutes ago, Fugazi said:

 

Along with tRumps near daily telephone conversations with Sean Hannity, tRump is known to conference call Hannity, Lou Dobbs and others in during policy meetings at times. Not to mention the dozen FOX alumni working in his administration.

The illusion FOX News is actual journalism, and not a state run propaganda organ, has evaporated the past two years. Not a surprising decision. FOX is Fake News!

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41 minutes ago, bclay52 said:

Along with tRumps near daily telephone conversations with Sean Hannity, tRump is known to conference call Hannity, Lou Dobbs and others in during policy meetings at times. Not to mention the dozen FOX alumni working in his administration.

The illusion FOX News is actual journalism, and not a state run propaganda organ, has evaporated the past two years. Not a surprising decision. FOX is Fake News!

Ha Ha, botly does not like opposition media. One TV channel does not lean left and you just cant handle that....

Shall we go over a list of known left leaning people in the media? We can compare the numbers vs right leaning.

You and I both know how this turns out.

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57 minutes ago, bclay52 said:

Along with tRumps near daily telephone conversations with Sean Hannity, tRump is known to conference call Hannity, Lou Dobbs and others in during policy meetings at times. Not to mention the dozen FOX alumni working in his administration.

The illusion FOX News is actual journalism, and not a state run propaganda organ, has evaporated the past two years. Not a surprising decision. FOX is Fake News!

This is the debate team the DNC is so afraid of. Notice Hannity and Lou Dobbs were never a factor here:

“We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters,” Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon said in a statement.

And of course this:

CNN ACCUSED OF STACKING AUDIENCE VS. BERNIE SANDERS IN TOWN HALL EVENT

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Ha Ha Ha!

House Democratic leaders are struggling to contain the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel, with the caucus fighting behind closed doors over whether — and how — to respond.

Tensions ran high at a caucus meeting Wednesday as some Democrats privately vented that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had failed to adequately respond to the escalating political crisis, with too little outreach to their own rank and file.

Freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut stood up and confronted Pelosi directly, arguing that she shouldn’t have to learn about the official Democratic Caucus response from MSNBC. Hayes said she now has to vote on a resolution that she’s barely read, without a private briefing from leadership, according to five sources.

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21 minutes ago, bclay52 said:

Along with tRumps near daily telephone conversations with Sean Hannity, tRump is known to conference call Hannity, Lou Dobbs and others in during policy meetings at times. Not to mention the dozen FOX alumni working in his administration.

The illusion FOX News is actual journalism, and not a state run propaganda organ, has evaporated the past two years. Not a surprising decision. FOX is Fake News!

- Commies! - they all shouted  at  the  dog  in  chorus.  -  Commies, commies, commies!!!
    The dog went berserk with barking, prancing up and down, yapping  its little heart out, beside itself in transports of ecstatic rage.

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48 minutes ago, danvilleshark said:

Ha Ha Ha!

House Democratic leaders are struggling to contain the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel, with the caucus fighting behind closed doors over whether — and how — to respond.

Tensions ran high at a caucus meeting Wednesday as some Democrats privately vented that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had failed to adequately respond to the escalating political crisis, with too little outreach to their own rank and file.

Freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut stood up and confronted Pelosi directly, arguing that she shouldn’t have to learn about the official Democratic Caucus response from MSNBC. Hayes said she now has to vote on a resolution that she’s barely read, without a private briefing from leadership, according to five sources.

 

Jesus, is Pelosi running that "you have to vote on it before you can read it" scam again? Some things never change 

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If Trump had not signed the disastrous budget bill several weeks ago and we were still operating on a short-term CR with immigration remaining the top issue, today’s news could have strengthened Trump’s leverage. According to CBP’s preliminary figures obtained by the Washington Post76,325 illegal alienswere apprehended at the border in February, more than any other month in over a decade since the decline of migration from Mexico. A record 40,325 family units arrived, blowing out the previous records by almost 10,000. Sadly, Trump already signed away his leverage to force a national dialogue over this issue.

As a nation, we are left debating presidential power from an obscure statute that enables the president to obtain a mere $2.5 billion for partial fencing to deal with a policy-driven invasion. The joke is that even if Trump had full unity behind this approach, it would do little to stop this invasion, which is strategically directed toward soft parts of our border. Unless we force a national discussion over the courts and the illegal immigration magnets that are bringing immigrants in, this entire debate is a non-sequitur. Unfortunately, without a budget deadline for another seven months, no matter how bad things get at our border, there is no mechanism through which to pressure Democrats into submission.

 

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This is a classic case of TDS. 

The Media Research Center accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo of politicizing Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis by praising the "Jeopardy!" host for putting facts first during a time of “rampant truth abuse in our politics.”

Trebek revealed in a YouTube video Wednesday night that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake then made “veiled references to President Trump” and “used the news to promote CNN’s empty slogan” when covering the news, according to MRC analyst Nicholas Fondacaro.

'JEOPARDY!' HOST ALEX TREBEK SAYS HE’S BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 PANCREATIC CANCER

“In a time that is all about what is keeping us apart, we got tough news today about someone who has always brought America together, literally for decades,” Cuomo said. “Trebek is a major asset to our culture, not just to the game show. In a time of shallow beliefs and rampant truth abuse in our politics and beyond, every night he makes facts first.”

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The so called community:

Police in Henry County, Ga., are asking for help identifying a hangry Wendy’s customer who pulled a gun at the drive-thru window over the weekend.

The woman, reportedly dissatisfied with how long workers took to prepare her order, had demanded a refund for a kid's meal just prior to the incident. She was subsequently caught on surveillance footage snatching back her debit card from the cashier working at the drive-thru, before pulling out the firearm and waving it in the direction of the window.

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9 minutes ago, danvilleshark said:

The so called community:

Police in Henry County, Ga., are asking for help identifying a hangry Wendy’s customer who pulled a gun at the drive-thru window over the weekend.

The woman, reportedly dissatisfied with how long workers took to prepare her order, had demanded a refund for a kid's meal just prior to the incident. She was subsequently caught on surveillance footage snatching back her debit card from the cashier working at the drive-thru, before pulling out the firearm and waving it in the direction of the window.

Even without Danville's commentary at the top, you know exactly the race of this individual, just by reading the story.

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21 minutes ago, seattle__sam said:

Even without Danville's commentary at the top, you know exactly the race of this individual, just by reading the story.

It is very predictable. If you here a group of teens in the headline that is also a dead giveaway. The so called media pretends there is no relationship between crime and race ignoring decades of DOJ stats. 13% = 50% that is simply a fact. The DNC says any factual discussion using data they dont like is racist.

There is something very wrong in the so called community and pretending this is not true is the most evil thing you can do about it.

Btly and his kind are so partisan it does not matter to them. By any means necessary.

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There are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes (unless you're Donald Trump), and persistence of anti-Semitism. But only one brand of antisemitism scares me – and it's not on the left

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“Our anti-semites are better than your anti-semites” feels like a bold new frontier in modern partisan tribalism. Trump should have tried that spin after Charlottesville.

As it is, at least he allowed that there were “very fine people” on both sides. As Jeryl Bier says, to Krugs it seems there are very fine anti-semites on only one side.

 

In his defense, it’s not like pro-Palestinian anti-semites have a history of violence.

As a Twitter pal says, “At least he’s honest about not giving a sh*t when his own side hates Jews.” Indeed — and House Democrats too, really. If that’s not the lesson of the last few days, what is?

Krugman’s colleague on the NYT op-ed page, Bret Stephens, has a trenchant read on the Omar debacle today, specifically the push by some House Dems to treat Omar as the victim in this. There are various ways one could spin her point about Israel supporters having “allegiance” to a foreign country, after all. You could claim, as Pelosi did this morning, that Omar is a sort of idiot child who doesn’t understand her own words. You could claim, as James Clyburn did, that Omar’s had a rougher life than descendants of Holocaust survivors and therefore outranks them in the victim hierarchy. You could claim, as many Democrats did, that all prejudices are bad and so, however you feel about Omar’s dual-loyalty point, we should all be able to agree that it doesn’t deserve special condemnation in the form of a House resolution.

But a few Dems, most notably Kamala Harris, have taken the extra step of trying to present Omar herself as the wronged party. “Hard to watch Rep. Scalise demand that Rep. [Ilhan Omar] be removed from House Foreign Affairs w/o wondering if it’s steeped in Islamophobia,” sniffed Rashida Tlaib. “Congresswoman Omar and her loved ones have had their humanity threatened, both by the general public and by government officials,” Ayanna Pressley complained. Treating the victimizer of Jews as a victim is familiar to Stephens:

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46 minutes ago, Fugazi said:

:lol:

 

 

Illegal immigration this year is on pace to more than triple the levels of just two years ago, new projections reveal.

In the month of February, there were more than 76,000 illegal border crossings and inadmissible foreign nationals, the most in this month in 12 years — a record for President Trump’s administration.

Princeton Policy Advisor Steven Kopits now projects that illegal border crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they were in 2017 and nearly double last year’s total crossings. The projection predicts there will be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year, though Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen predicts about 900,000 crossings.

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After 36 years as a California government transportation engineer, Bijan Sartipi retired with much more than a goodbye party: He was paid $405,000 for time off he never used -- one of more than 450 state workers who took home six-figure checks when they left their jobs last year.

And Sartipi didn't top the list -- a prison surgeon in Riverside pocketed $456,002.

In a trend that stems from lax enforcement of the state's cap on vacation accrual, more and more state workers are able to retire with massive payouts for unused vacation and other leave. That could become a budget breaker for California as an aging workforce heads into retirement. During the next recession, California will be obligated to continue the payouts, forcing lawmakers to cut programs to balance the state budget.

Last year, the state paid its employees nearly $300 million for banked time off, according to a Times analysis of payroll data from the state controller's office. The data include most agencies and departments, but not legislative employees or other taxpayer-funded institutions such as the public university systems. That means the actual cost to taxpayers for unused vacation is much higher.

The total unfunded liability also does not account for employees who used stockpiled days off at the end of their careers to remain employed while not actually working, boosting the value of their pensions.

All told, state workers had $3.5 billion in unused leave as of 2017, the most recent estimate available. The blame, said Stanford public policy professor Joe Nation, rests entirely on government mismanagement.

 

"It's like having a speed limit but not enforcing it," he said. "This is not a good way to run any organization."

California mandates that vacation balances for most employees be capped at 640 hours. Sporadic enforcement of the rule, coupled with an increasing number of state workers retiring, has led to a 60% rise in the number of six-figure payouts since 2012, when 280 employees each cashed in unused paid leave totaling $100,000 or more, The Times' analysis found.

Even so, said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for Gov. Gavin Newsom, "the state has made significant strides in recent years in reducing unused leave balances."

Some departments have offered workers a chance to cash out up to 80 hours accrued time off each year in hopes of reducing the liability of larger payout when workers retire at a higher salary.

 

According to the Department of Finance, the state wrote checks totaling $111 million over a three-year period ending in 2017 to help reduce vacation balances -- an effort started under former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Most private-sector employers cap vacation between 40 hours and 400 hours and do not allow time to be earned beyond those limits.

In California, public-sector union contracts are negotiated at the direction of the governor and must be approved by the Legislature. Any changes to how much vacation employees could store would have to be negotiated and such concessions would not come easily. The state's powerful and deep-pocketed public-sector unions showered Newsom with contributions, and labor is also among the biggest donors to Democratic lawmakers, who have supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

State Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) said revising the vacation policy would help California contain its liabilities, but did not believe that was politically feasible.

"I doubt Gavin Newsom will go to the bargaining table to see if he can fix it," Moorlach said. "Our governors are very reliant on public employee union contributions, so this is just not going to happen."

State workers also enjoy another vacation perk most public sector workers have not heard of.

When employees cash out their banked leave, the state government pays them not just for the hours they have on the books, but also projects how much additional time they would have earned if they had taken the days off. That means a person with 640 hours of vacation would also be paid for all of the vacation and holidays they would have earned had they taken those 80 days off.
For some, vacation payouts can surpass annual salaries. And since state labor code requires employers to compensate workers for unused days off based on final pay rate -- not what they were earning when the time was accrued -- the actual cost of each vacation hour increases over time.

The top 20 employees with the largest payouts in 2018 took home a combined $5.9 million, with all but three receiving raises in the year before they left state service. The raises increased the employees' leave payouts by an average of $7,500 apiece, The Times' analysis found.

"That's in line with pension spiking," said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. -- likening it to boosting retirement pay with last-minute salary increases, a practice banned in many cases under a 2012 reform law. "It's an abuse and it should be corrected with legislation," Coupal said.

Sartipi  took home an additional $15,000 for unused time off thanks to a 4% raise in his final year of work.

The onetime district director for the California Department of Transportation in Alameda County received $405,119 for banked time off -- the equivalent of more than 4,400 hours of vacation, or two years of stored leave, according to The Times' analysis. His annual salary when he retired was $191,208.

When asked for comment, Sartipi declined.

The state controller's office would not provide the number of vacation days employees had amassed, saying the information was confidential. But of the 20,400 workers who cashed out their time off last year, nearly 6,200 received at least $10,000. The majority of vacation payouts were less than $5,000, the analysis showed.

Many who received large payouts worked in prisons or public safety positions, where staffing shortages and emergencies can make it difficult to schedule vacations.

"I would have rather had been taking time off than taking a payout," said Kim Zagaris, the former fire and rescue chief for the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Zagaris, whose state career spanned three decades, received $218,000 from unused vacation when he retired last year. He said the tax bite out of that lump-sum payment was around 40%.

The number of vacation hours banked by state workers jumped in the years after 2009, when California furloughed workers during the recession. The forced unpaid time off meant many did not need to use vacation or could not afford to.

In 2016, the Department of Human Resources began tracking the amount of unused leave accumulated and working with managers to have those over the cap create plans to use the time up. A spokesman said the department plans to post the state's total number of unused vacation hours and the cash value of that liability online later this year.

As of 2017, state workers had accrued 75 million hours of paid leave, according to the controller's office.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections accounted for a third of those hours, which carried a $1-billion price tag. The California Highway Patrol had $396 million in unused leave on the books, the data show; Caltrans was on the hook for $366 million.

When J.J. Jelincic was ready to retire from the California Public Employees' Retirement System in January 2018, he opted to take his vacation time instead of a lump-sum payment. Jelincic, who has been on vacation for more than a year, said that was the smarter investment.

Because while on vacation, he has received a 4% raise that went to everyone in his job classification. And since he is still an employee, he is increasing his total state service. The net impact will mean an increase of his pension. Jelincic is also accruing more vacation time while on vacation -- and receiving holiday pay.

The state requires employees to get a manager's approval to burn down their vacation before retiring instead of receiving a lump-sum payment.

Mike Genest, who served as budget director for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said there are times when large payouts to hardworking state employees are warranted.

"But, I would say most of the time it is abused," Genest said.

He received $37,000 in unused time off when he left the Department of Finance in 2009.

"I have no guilt for the taxpayer that I was milking the system," Genest said. "People knew I worked ungodly hours most of the time.... It could be looked at as abuse, but I tell you I deserved it and I have no qualms saying that as a fiscal conservative."

 

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1 hour ago, danvilleshark said:

The so called community meets the comment section:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-women-used-pepper-spray-133953885.html

My favorite...

"And when the Walgreens decides to close the doors because the location is losing money to theft and robbery, the “community” will claim racism, and complain about the lack of jobs for inner city folk. I’ll bet there are at least 50 people who know exactly who these criminals are, but don’t say a word. They are just as guilty."

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