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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mississippi Candidate Still Showing Her Colors

Repost from The Daily Kos

Republican who made 'lynching' joke has photo surface of her rocking some Confederate gear

Republican bigot Cindy Hyde-Smith’s runaway victory for the last Senate seat in Mississippi has hit a bunch of obstacles in the final weeks, leading up to her November 27, runoff against Democrat Mike Espy. The names of those obstacles are that Cindy Hyde-Smith is a racist, with a shitty sense of humor, and she’s probably a completely incompetent person. A couple of weeks ago Hyde-Smith made a “lynching” joke, exposing a variety of corporate interests for their support of white supremacy—the only true supporters of Republican ideals. She then “joked” about suppressing black people’s vote—in Mississippi once again. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s newest bit of news is a Facebook post she wrote back in 2014, touring Confederate “president” Jefferson Davis’s home.
I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library located in Biloxi. This is a must see. Currently on display are artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier including weapons. Mississippi history at its best!
Included was this image.

That’s a Confederate hat, because she’s a rebel! A pro-slavery rebel! A pro-slavery, almost destroyed the country we live in, in order to keep an entire race of people subjugated as slaves...rebel!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Anti-Putin Activist Dead

The Daily Kos

Anti-Putin activist Konstantin Sinitsyn found murdered

According to a new report...
Russian opposition activist Konstantin Sinitsyn has been found dead of head injuries in the entranceway to his St. Petersburg apartment building.
St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly lawmaker Boris Vishnevsky posted the news on February 2, although the incident apparently happened on January 26.
Vishnevsky said Sinitsyn died of trauma to the head and that police had detained one suspect.
As has been widely reported, Putin opponents have a strange habit of finding themselves at the wrong place (like their own doorstep) at the wrong time and ending up being murdered. And your death may not even be reported by the Russian press until your body’s already six feet under or reduced to ash. Funny how that works out.
Authorities say they believe the motive was robbery.
Of course they do.
According to a tally by USA Today and British journalist Sarah Hurst, as of May 2017, “38 prominent Russians” were “victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014.”
The list contains 10 high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers who had a falling out — often over corruption — and 13 military or political leaders involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including commanders of Russian-backed separatist forces. Two are possibly connected to a dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign staff and Kremlin officials that was produced by a former British spy and shared with the FBI. 
Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. The cause of six deaths was reported as unknown.
Yet the list of fatalities — 36 men and two women — suggests that Putin’s alleged attacks on his critics and whistle-blowers are more extensive and lethal than previously known. It also raises new concerns about contacts Putin and his lieutenants had with Trump’s campaign staff. 
Trump praised Putin in March 2016 as a "strong leader," and in 2015 said “I’d get along great with” the Russian leader. On Feb 6, Trump defended Putin when Bill O’Reilly, then of Fox News, called Putin a killer. "There are a lot of killers," Trump replied. "Do you think our country is so innocent?"
Prior to 2014, the list of mysterious deaths of Putin critics / investigators / Russian government opposition is even more extensive, including those of former intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko (polonium poisoning), human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov (gunned down by masked gunman), business tycoon Boris Berezovsky (hung in bathroom), journalist Natalia Estemirova (kidnapped, shot dead and body dumped in the woods) and perhaps, most notably, Sergei Magnitsky, who was brutally beaten and denied medical care while in police custody in 2009 and whose name lives on in the form of a sanctions act bearing his name that Trump seems to have absolutely no interest in.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cops As Criminals

Requiem for cops who should not serve

"......we only kill black people." Lt. Greg Abbott.

The County Police Chief commented on his Lieutenant's racist remarks while indicating he would be fired......Link.

Racist cop Abbott was fired over the past few days.
NBC News

Bodycam Shows Arrest of Salt Lake City Nurse for Refusing Blood Sample


Salt Lake City police are reviewing policies after a nurse was forcibly arrested for refusing to allow blood samples of a patient to be taken for investigation.
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A nurse who happens to be a former Olympic athlete says she was detained by police at the Salt Lake City hospital where she works. Alex Wubbels says it was an unlawful arrest and that she wants the public to see the disturbing video so it doesn’t happen again. NBC’s Steve Patterson reports for TODAY.

It appears the abusive cop reality isn't only a US dynamic.  Of course, the lady in the following video also shows a abusive the cop, but I posit the cops response was nothing she of revealing and disgusting.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Trumpcare Reaction, Ryan False Mantra (AKA B/S, Pre-existing Conditions)

What follows is an example of republicanism at its most revealing and at its worse. 
Watch clips below, via ABC:

.@SpeakerRyan tells @GStephanopoulos: "Under this bill, no matter what, you cannot be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition."

.@SpeakerRyan says criticizing process of passing health care bill "kind of a bogus attack from the left." 

Media Matters is reporting local reporters across the nation are commenting on reports of coverage concerns. People generally are not buying Trumpcare/Ryan messaging (e.g, lies, misinformation and mantra).

Before we close the piece, consider reviewing the latest news regarding "Pre-Existing" conditions (covered or not).

The Daily Kos

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 04:  U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R), after Republicans passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. The House bill would still need to be passed by the Sebate before being signed into law.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Walter Einenkel

Friday May 05, 2017

Too much cologne's disease is still covered under Trumpcare

By Walter Einenkel

Friday May 05, 2017

Whether you call it Trumpcare or Ryancare, AHCA or TrumbeTryanToKillEverybodyCare, one issue that almost every American is worried about today is, will pre-existing conditions be protected if Republicans are able to get their way? (They won’t.) Here’s an example of just some of the “declinable” pre-existing conditions that existed before Obamacare became law, from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Alcohol abuse/ Drug abuse with recent treatment
Mental disorders (severe, e.g. bipolar, eating disorder)
Multiple sclerosis
Arthritis (rheumatoid), fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint disease
Muscular dystrophy
Cancer within some period of time (e.g. 10 years, often other than basal skin cancer)
Obesity, severe
Cerebral palsy
Organ transplant
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitis
Parkinson’s disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema
Pending surgery or hospitalization
Diabetes mellitus
Pneumocystic pneumonia
Pregnancy or expectant parent
Sleep apnea
Hepatitis (Hep C)
Kidney disease, renal failure
That’s bad news. But there are some pre-existing conditions still covered under the proposed repeal. I’ve compiled a list of problems you or a loved one may suffer from that shouldn’t affect whether or not you can have “access” to a million-dollar-goldplated plan that you won’t be able to afford, and I’m sure some of you might know of a few I missed.
  • Tired in the morning disease (also known as “I need my coffee syndrome”)
  • Itchy foot
  • Angry-at-the-news involuntary fist-shaking-itis
  • Shaking my damn head syndrome (also known as smdh)
  • Early onset crankiness
  • Racism
  • Mosquito bites
  • Quiet at the family dinner table during “political discussion” allergy
  • Over your libertarian-friend’s opinionitis
  • Cutting off one’s nose to spite their face syndrome (under the umbrella of “Trump tells it like it is” disease)
  • CO2 and H2O waste disposal condition (also known as breathing)
Please feel free to apply, be accepted, and then not able to afford your new healthcare! I’m going to get the super awesome one that has free “unlimited dirt naps.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Daily KOS: Trump And The Financial Times

By Mark Sumner 

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that 

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that 

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.
Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. ...The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.He was their man.
Yes, even that much seems fantastic, and the details include business agencies acting as a front for the GRU, billionaire mobsters, a vast network of propaganda sources, and an American candidate completely under the thumb of the Kremlin.
It reads like a B-grade spy novel, a plot both too convoluted—and too bluntly obvious—for John le CarrĂ©. The problem is it may not be a conspiracy theory. It may be a conspiracy.
Horton’s analysis comes from piecing together information in three Financial Times “deep reports.” One of these focused on Sergei Millianthe head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce in the US at the time of Trump Jr.’s “money pouring in from Russia” claim.
Mr Millian insists his Russian American Chamber of Commerce (RACC) has nothing to do with the Russian government. He says it is funded by payments from its commercial members alone.
Most of the board members are obscure entities and nearly half of their telephone numbers went unanswered when called by the Financial Times. An FT reporter found no trace of the Chamber of Commerce at the Wall Street address listed on its website. 
Why was RACC’s background filled with so many holes? The Financial Times quotes former Russian MP Konstantin Borovoi in tagging the chamber as a front for intelligence operations that dates back to Soviet times.
“The chamber of commerce institutions are the visible part of the agent network . . . Russia has spent huge amounts of money on this.”
Millian helped arrange for Trump to visit Moscow in 2007, and had other outings with Trump in the states, including a visit to horse races in Miami. Millian claims that he had the right to market Trump properties in Russia.
“You could say I was their exclusive broker,” he told Ria. “Then, in 2007-2008, dozens of Russians bought apartments in Trump properties in the US.” He later told ABC television that the Trump Organisation had received “hundreds of millions of dollars” through deals with Russian businessmen.
Despite documents and photos showing Trump with Millian, Trump denied their association during the campaign.
Hope Hicks, Mr Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, said Mr Trump had “met and spoke” with Mr Millian only “on one occasion almost a decade ago at a hotel opening”.
The second Financial Times article puts Trump at the middle of a money laundering scheme, in which his real estate deals were used to hide not just an infusion of capital from Russia and former Soviet states, but to launder hundreds of millions looted by oligarchs. All Trump had to do was close his eyes to the source of the money, and suddenly empty apartments were going for top dollar.
Among the dozens of companies the Almaty lawyers say the Khrapunov laundering network used were three called Soho 3310, Soho 3311 and Soho 3203. Each was a limited liability company, meaning their ownership could easily be concealed.
The companies were created in April 2013 in New York. A week later, property records show, they paid a total of $3.1m to buy the apartments that corresponded with their names in the Trump Soho, a 46-storey luxury hotel-condominium completed in 2010 in a chic corner of Manhattan.
Why would Trump’s organization make such a good means of laundering funds? Because real estate has an arbitrary value. Is that apartment worth $1 million? Two million? Why not $3 million for a buyer who really wants it? When the whole transaction is just one LLC with undisclosed ownership paying another LLC with undisclosed ownership, it’s even neater than hiding the money in an offshore account. And while some businesses require due diligence in looking at the source of funds, real estate is a bit more … flexible.
The laws regulating US real estate deals are scant, experts say. Provisions against terrorism financing in the Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks, obliged mortgage lenders to conduct “know your customer” research. But money launderers pay in cash. Sales such as those of the Trump Soho apartments have passed through this loophole, which was partially closed only this year.
Converting funds stolen overseas into property in the US and cash in the account of an LLC represented a win for both the oligarchs and Trump. Best of all, Trump’s sole requirement was that he pay scant attention to the deal—something at which he was already a proven master. For example, the actual owners of the Trump Soho were another limited liability company, Bayrock. Trump was a partner in the LLC and Bayrock cut the checks Trump received when those apartments were sold. And yet ...
In a 2011 deposition, given in a dispute over the Fort Lauderdale project, Mr Trump said he had “never really understood who owned Bayrock”. Jody Kriss, a former Bayrock finance director, has claimed in racketeering lawsuits against his former employer that Bayrock’s backers included “hidden interests in Russia and Kazakhstan”. Bayrock has denied Mr Kriss’s allegations but declined to answer questions about the source of its funds and its relationship with the Khrapunovs.
The third article digs more deeply into the origins of Bayrock and its connection with Trump. That connection … was very close.
The Republican presidential nominee and Bayrock were both based in Trump Tower and they joined forces to pursue deals around the world — from New York, Florida, Arizona and Colorado in the US to Turkey, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Their best-known collaboration — Trump SoHo, a 46-storey hotel-condominium completed in 2010 — was featured in Mr Trump’s NBC television show The Apprentice.
This is the same group about which Trump said he “never really understood” the ownership.
“I don’t know who owns Bayrock,” Mr Trump said. “I never really understood who owned Bayrock. I know they’re a developer that’s done quite a bit of work. But I don’t know how they have their ownership broken down.”
At the very least, Trump confessed to partnering with, taking money from, and acting as a representative for a corporation whose ownership he didn’t know, in deals that totaled hundreds of millions in countries around the world. However, it seems far more likely that Trump knowingly worked with oligarchs, groups associated with the Russian government, and plain old mobsters. Why? Because he was desperate.
By the 2000s, the property developer and casino owner with ready access to the capital markets and the biggest New York banks was no more. A series of corporate bankruptcies had limited his financing options. Mr Trump had become an entertainer who portrayed a tycoon on television and licensed his name to businesses looking for a brand, leading to fee-making opportunities as disparate as Trump University and Trump Vodka.
The Trump Organization was a hollow shell and Trump was bankrupt, but Donald Trump the public figure was a “successful businessman,” a screen behind which criminal activity could be carried out on a massive scale. Throwing his name at every scheme in existence wasn’t a strategy, it was a fire sale on Trump’s respectability. Steaks? Water? Vodka? Fake real estate school? You pony up the cash, and Trump will slap his name on it. Because by the early 2000s, Trump wasn’t just broke, he had nothing left to pawn. He wasn’t a successful businessman, but he still played one on TV. His image had more value than his real estate portfolio.
But the apartments and buildings where Trump held some degree of ownership could be turned into value again. All it took was partnering with foreign crime bosses looking for a place to stash their cash. To inflate the value of his portfolio, Trump had to do nothing other than look away as the dirty money poured in from one LLC to the next. Citizens in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other former Soviet states lost hundreds of millions, but Trump got a cut as looted funds flowed through offices and apartments in buildings that carried those critical gold letters. 
Horton’s evaluation of this material in coordination with the declassified DNI report is that Trump actively worked with and for Russian interests.
What these exposes showed, is that Trump pursued the projects hand in glove with Russian mobsters who worked closely with Putin’s Kremlin ...
But based on the information in the Financial Times report, it appears that there are actually two possible answers. Trump may have been actively involved with and working for Russian sources. He might also have simply played the role of useful idiot, displaying his readiness to feign ignorance about any deal … so long as it generated some funds to float his sinking boat.
In the end, there’s not a lot of difference in the outcome. Trump got money. Oligarchs cleaned their cash. Russia got their man.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trump Inauguration Via The Daily Kos

RE BLOG from The Daily Kos

A desperate Donald Trump records a message on Facebook offering free inauguration tickets