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Human101948's Journal
Human101948's Journal
May 1, 2016

NBC News Poll Shows Hillary Weak...

Trump Leads Clinton in Hypothetical Hoosier State Match-Up

In a hypothetical general-election matchup, Trump is ahead of Clinton by seven points among registered voters in this traditionally Republican state, 48 percent to 41 percent.

But Trump's lead is just one point when matched up against Bernie Sanders, 47 percent to 46 percent.


If she can't bury Bernie, how will she ever beat Trump?

P.S.--Margin of error for Dem voters is 4.6%
April 30, 2016

Waffle House seems to be a hive of social activity in the South...

Naked woman goes on rampage through Waffle House
KENNESAW, GA (CBS46) - A woman is facing several charges after going on a rampage at a Waffle House restaurant in Kennesaw, all while completely naked.
Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/30962767/naked-woman-goes-on-rampage-through-waffle-house#ixzz47JGCHD7Y

'Clown' arrested after Athens Waffle House employee accuses him of smoking meth
A man dressed in a clown suit was arrested at the downtown Waffle House early Tuesday morning after an employee called to complain he smoked methamphetamine at the restaurant's counter, according to an Athens­Clarke County police report.

Man sleeping in Waffle House bathroom sought on shoplifting charge

Athens-Clarke County (GA) police said they were called to Waffle House on South Milledge Avenue Wednesday morning on a report of a man sleeping in a restroom, and upon waking 30-year-old Jamie Devin Parker they arrested him because he was wanted on an outstanding warrant on a shoplifting charge.

Vietnam vet foils Waffle House robbery with cane

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Phillip Brooks was mad that a robbery attempt at a Fayetteville Waffle House interrupted his breakfast last weekend.

Deputies charge man for making false bomb threat at Waffle House

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest after determining a suspicious package at at the Waffle House in Monkey Junction Wednesday morning was not a threat.

Four arrested after dining-and-dashing from NC Waffle House

GASTONIA, N.C. – Four people from Ohio have been arrested after allegedly eating at a North Carolina Waffle House restaurant and leaving without paying.
April 29, 2016

Hillary's Superdelegates should stop whining...

Well, here’s my assessment. Clinton remains comfortably ahead of Sanders in pledged delegates stemming from primaries and caucuses, and she’s winning the popular vote as well. But Clinton’s early stockpile of superdelegate support helped bestow upon her an early air of inevitability, which in turn bolstered her general election electability acumen and contributed to the sense that her primary opponent was too marginal for prime time. This conveyed to Sanders supporters the clear sense that the system is rigged — which is fair because, as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC remind us by their actions and words, it is.

“Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grass-roots activists,” Wasserman Schultz aptly put it in February.

No one likes getting an unwelcome phone call during dinner. I get that. But superdelegates find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having the power to put their very heavy thumbs on the primary scale. Parties can, of course, make their own rules. But that doesn’t mean that party members can’t find such rules to be outrageous. After all, a lot of rules are: like in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but “lost” the election. If superdelegates don’t want to be in this position again, they should embrace the just cause of their own abolition. It’s quite likely that Sanders will lose. But he will come to Philadelphia with a massive haul of delegates and tons of leverage to kick off the long process of transforming the party. Getting rid of superdelegates should be somewhere near the top of his wish list.http://www.salon.com/2016/04/14/hillary_clintons_superdelegates_should_stop_whining_why_sanders_supporters_have_every_right_to_question_to_question_their_super_votes/
April 29, 2016

After Citizens United, Supreme Court looks ready to legalize political bribery...

In its Citizens United ruling, the court gutted campaign finance laws. It acknowledged that American politics faced the threat of gift­givers and donors trying to corrupt the system, but it held that campaign finance laws were the
wrong way to deal with that problem; bribery laws were the better path. Now, though, the court seems ready to gut bribery laws, saying that campaign finance laws provide a better approach. But if both campaign finance laws and bribery laws are now regarded as problematic, what’s left?

With the Supreme Court apparently imagining that there is some other, simple­ to­ enforce bribery law, we citizens are left empty­handed. This is the first case since Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing to directly address what corruption is; the issue is a critical test of the court.

At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers devoted themselves to building a system that would be safe from moneyed influence. “If we do not provide against corruption,” argued the Virginia delegate George Mason, “our government will soon be at an end.”

Today, Virginia’s former governor proposes that there is a “fundamental constitutional right” to buy and sell access. If the court finds in his favor, it will have turned corruption from a wrong into a right.


April 28, 2016

Bridgegate defendants may open new can of worms for Christie...

Lawyer says he wants Christie's cell phone in GWB lane-closure case

...Baldassare made the claims during a 90-minute court hearing in which defense attorneys and prosecutors made their final arguments before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton who will decide whether to allow the case to proceed to trial.

In the hallway outside the courtroom, Baldassare said: "I want the Governor's phone and Regina Egea's phone, and [former Christie spokesman] Michael Drewniak's, and every other person whose phone the government said he gave to Gibson Dunn."

Wigenton gave Baldassare one week to file court papers laying out his new information and she gave prosecutors one week to file their response.

April 26, 2016

Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Voter Rules (George W. Bush appointee of course)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge on Monday upheld sweeping Republicanbacked
changes to election rules, including a voter identification provision,
that civil rights groups say unfairly targeted African­Americans and other
minorities. The ruling could have serious political repercussions in a state that
is closely contested in presidential elections.

The opinion, by Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of Federal District Court in
Winston­Salem, upheld the repeal of a provision that allowed people to
register and vote on the same day. It also upheld a seven­day reduction in the
early ­voting period; the end of preregistration, which allowed some people to
sign up before their 18th birthdays; and the repeal of a provision that allowed
for the counting of ballots cast outside voters’ home precinct.

...“North Carolina has provided legitimate state interests for its voter ID
requirement and electoral system,” Judge Schroeder said near the end of his
485­page opinion. The judge, an appointee of President George W. Bush,
found that North Carolina’s system was not beyond “the mainstream of other

I wonder how many cases of voter fraud they cited? One or two at most, if any.

April 25, 2016

Goldman Sachs gets caught short, turns to Main Street to fund their money making operation...

Investment-banking powerhouse Goldman Sachs Inc. is doing something that would have been unthinkable before the financial crisis.

The banker to the biggest companies around the world is offering online savings accounts to ordinary Americans with as little as $1 to deposit, as it moves to diversify its funding base and satisfy regulators.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is scheduled to review new rules on the amount of liquidity lenders are obliged to have on hand at a meeting Tuesday. The net stable funding ratio will require all banks to reduce their reliance on short-term funding that can be volatile, in favor of more stable long-term funding that is more expensive. The new rules are part of a broader effort to prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis.

In a sign that it is serious about attracting depositors, Goldman is offering a 1.05% annual interest rate on deposits, which is far higher than rates currently available at other big U.S. banks.


April 24, 2016

Why corporate political cash matters: The Real Welfare Cheats by Nicholas Kristof

It’s because the issues seem arcane that corporate lobbyists get away with
murder. The Oxfam report says that each $1 the biggest companies spent on
lobbying was associated with $130 in tax breaks and more than $4,000 in
federal loans, loan guarantees and bailouts.

And why would a humanitarian nonprofit like Oxfam spend its time
poring over offshore accounts and tax dodges? “The global economic system is
becoming increasingly rigged” in ways that exacerbate inequality, laments Ray
Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America.

One academic study found that tax dodging by major corporations costs
the U.S. Treasury up to $111 billion a year. By my math, less than one ­fifth of
that annually would be more than enough to pay the additional costs of fullday
prekindergarten for all 4­year­olds in America ($15 billion), prevent lead
poisoning in tens of thousands of children ($2 billion), provide books and
parent coaching for at ­risk kids across the country ($1 billion) and end family
homelessness ($2 billion).


April 23, 2016

Get ready for war: NY Times "How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk"

As Hillary Clinton makes another run for president, it can be tempting to
view her hard­edged rhetoric about the world less as deeply felt core principle
than as calculated political maneuver. But Clinton’s foreign­policy instincts are
bred in the bone — grounded in cold realism about human nature and what
one aide calls “a textbook view of American exceptionalism.” It set her apart
from her rival­turned­boss, Barack Obama, who avoided military
entanglements and tried to reconcile Americans to a world in which the United
States was no longer the undisputed hegemon. And it will likely set her apart
from the Republican candidate she meets in the general election. For all their
bluster about bombing the Islamic State into oblivion, neither Donald J.
Trump nor Senator Ted Cruz of Texas have demonstrated anywhere near the
appetite for military engagement abroad that Clinton has.

April 21, 2016

Trump U Redux: Trump Family Auctioning Off Summer Internship They Claim Is Worth $100K

Want to be hired by Donald Trump's business empire? It could cost you.

For the next week, you can bid on a summer internship with the Trump Organization, which carries an estimated value of $100,000, according to a listing on CharityBuzz.

The internship will give a well-heeled recipient the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to answer phones, run errands, and do administrative work for the Trump Organization starting in June.

The intern also gets 15-minute sit-downs with Trump and each of his oldest children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr., to "pick their brains about how to be successful in the real estate & business world."


Step 1 for Success: Get born into wealthy family and inherit half a billion...

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