The Steele Dossier

As the smell of treason fills the air, one document keeps popping up.
It is known as the Steele Dossier after the British Intelligence Agent who compiled it …
It was originally commissioned by an unknown GOP operative to be used as “opposition research” during the 2016 GOP primaries …

The Steele Dossier – What is it?
In January, BuzzFeed News published an intelligence dossier developed by a former British MI6 intelligence officer who was deemed credible by U.S. intelligence officials. The dossier raises profoundly disturbing questions about whether there was improper contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and about the existence of compromising personal and financial information about Donald Trump. At the time BuzzFeed published the dossier, it acknowledged that the allegations it contained were “unverified” and that the document contained “some clear errors.”
BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier has itself attracted a lot of attention. The dossier is part of ongoing lawsuits filed by parties named in the dossier and may be part of congressional investigations.
Since publishing the dossier, reports indicate that the dossier is “gaining credibility among law enforcement,” with U.S. investigators having “corroborated some of the communications” detailed in the document. The potential danger of the allegations the dossier contains, if true, demands a thorough and independent investigation—an investigation that Republicans in Congress have so far refused to carry out.

A full, largely un-redacted copy in pdf form may be found/downloaded HERE …

A Year Later …

HB2 One Year Later: NC GOP Leadership Refuse to Allow Clean Up or Down Vote on Full HB2 Repeal

From: HRC
Today, HRC and Equality North Carolina slammed North Carolina’s Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that unconscionable decision — HB2 has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and continues to inflict profound harm on North Carolina’s people, reputation, and economy.

HRC and Equality North Carolina also released a new video taking a look back over the past year and the very real harm HB2 has caused. The video makes clear that North Carolina cannot afford one more day of the deeply discriminatory law.

“It’s now a full year since HB2 was signed into law, and the shameful political gamesmanship we’re seeing from North Carolina’s GOP leadership is beyond the pale,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Instead of taking meaningful action, North Carolina’s Republican leadership has given excuse after excuse as to why they can’t allow a clean up or down vote. To be clear, their reckless obstructionism makes them directly responsible for the continued harm inflicted on the state. No more excuses. Republican leadership must immediately allow a clean vote on HB2 repeal.”

“A year after the initial passage of the worst anti-LGBTQ bill in the nation, HB2 continues to hurt the economy, reputation, and people of our state every single day,” said Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina. “It is baffling and saddening that Tim Moore and Phil Berger have refused to step up and provide real leadership by finally fully repealing HB2. I hear from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially transgender North Carolinians every day who face discrimination and potential violence because of this law. The state can’t afford another day with it on the books — our leaders must commit to full repeal right now. Only then can North Carolina’s reputation — and economy — be fixed.”

Over the past year, instead of repealing HB2, North Carolina politicians have passed legislation that is shamefully trivial and frivolous in comparison to the urgent need to repeal HB2. For example, North Carolina lawmakers:

Passed HB 469, which altered the way the town of Sunset Beach could use money earned from on-street parking meters.

Passed HB 292, “an act to require a license to operate a beach bingo game…”

Passed SB 132, “an act to establish a season for trapping foxes in Carteret County.”

Introduced SB 303, which increase the penalty of traveling under the speed limit when “operating a motor vehicle in the leftmost travel lane of a controlled-access or partially controlled-access highway”

Filed SB 313, “an act to increase the number of barrels of malt beverages a small brewery may self-distribute.”

Meanwhile, the people, reputation, and economy of North Carolina have continued to suffer very real harm caused by HB2. Here’s just a snapshot of the overwhelming outcry over the past year:

Over 200 major business leaders, from Apple to Zola, signed an open letter to NC Gov. Pat McCrory opposing HB2, because discrimination is bad for business. The letter was first announced on March 29, 2016, when it was hand-delivered to Pat McCrory by HRC President Chad Griffin, Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro and transgender advocate Candis Cox.

On April 5, 2016, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman announced that the company will seek an alternative location for its new “global operations center.” PayPal’s investment was expected to bring 400 skilled jobs to North Carolina, with an annual payroll impact of more than $20 million. In its statement, Schulman said, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.”

On April 8, 2016 Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert in North Carolina over HB2, saying, “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice determined North Carolina’s discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. At a press conference on May 9, Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke directly to the transgender community, saying “We see you. We stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

On July 21, 2016, the NBA decided to stand up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC. Despite the NBA’s repeated warnings that it would have to consider moving the high-profile game out of the state if the anti-LGBTQ law was not repealed, the state’s General Assembly shamefully adjourned after 100 days of inaction.

In North Carolina, basketball is king — but that didn’t stop the NCAA from standing up for their LGBTQ players, employees and fans by vowing to move tournament events from the state because of HB2. The NCAA announced that they would move all 2016-2017 championship games out of the state on September 12, 2016.

On Election Day, NC Governor Pat McCrory, who signed HB2 into law, was defeated at the ballot box — the only incumbent governor from either party to lose on Election Day. Polling by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showed that HB2 was the most cited issue leading to McCrory’s defeat in those who voted against McCrory.

In February, the North Carolina Sports Association sent a letter to lawmakers warning of a loss of NCAA championship games through 2022 if HB2 is not immediately repealed. In the letter, the sports association warned that the NCAA decision could cost the state at least another half a billion dollars in economic activity when other sports organizations follow the NCAA’s lead in moving events out of the state. In November 2016, Forbes estimated that the state had already lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to HB2.

In March, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex reveals it has lost $23.5 million in revenue from various championships and conventions because of HB2.

and yet, here we are, still …

The Scam

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Well?

And now, as I write this, the Freedom Caucus zealots are meeting with the Velveeta Raccoon to see if they can’t get rid of  more of your Medicaid and pesky little things like:

  • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children

The CBO has now released data showing that the Republican health care bill raises premiums for older, poor Americans by more than 750%. The American Health Care Act would make a low-income 64-year-old in the individual market pay more than half his income for health insurance.
The long and short of all this is that the Republican-backed American Health Care Act would be totally devastating to older Americans who rely on the individual market for insurance, and pretty much everyone else.

GOP Says “Screw Yer’ Privacy”

In the middle of all the confusion, noise and treason that surrounds Bad Touch Donnie and his gang of grifters in D.C. these days, the weasels that are the GOP are at it again with the bullshit fascism that they like to call ‘party belief and policy’ … pay attention people and get in their faces on this … they have been stopped in their tracks a couple of times in the past few years when they tried to do this shit, and it’s time to stop these fuckers again … write ‘em emails and flood their phones until they get the message … tell them “get your fucking hands off of my internet and stop selling everyone out every chance there is to make a dime.”

Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy rules

On March 23rd, 2017, the US Senate votes on S.J.Res 34, which would use the Congressional Review Act to strip away online privacy protections gained under the FCC and also disallow the FCC from enacting privacy rules in the future. The resolution, if passed along with its House counterpart and then signed into law, would pass the responsibility of online privacy regulation from the FCC onto the FTC, with the American public losing out in the meantime.
The FCC online privacy rules currently require ISPs to get your affirmative consent before selling your personal, sensitive information to advertisers. Notably, the FCC didn’t go as far as to ban “pay-for-privacy” schemes that were being offered by some ISPs. Back in 2016, when the FCC passed sweeping net neutrality and online privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms to follow, the FTC did release a statement titled: Net Neutrality and Privacy: Don’t Fear the Reclassification.
The Senators that proposed this resolution did so for a reason.
If you’re wondering whether or not the Senators that proposed S.J.Res 34 received any money from ISPs or telecoms, the answer is a resounding yes. Vocativ has a nice infographic that shows which Senators have received donations from telecoms and ISPs, and even trade groups like the CTIA. In a recent filing with the FCC, the CTIA has been attempting to push the idea that web browsing history and app usage data are not sensitive information.

Which Senators took money from telecoms and isps
Infographic from Vocativ.

Caleb Chen
Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE …

also of interest:
With appeals ruling, the United States has effectively outlawed file encryption
New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google
Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.”

The Well Oiled Machine – Day 60

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Baghdad Sean Sphincter denying everything at today’s presser, “It’s ALL Obama’s fault.”

On Monday afternoon, during a break in what turned out to be several hours of incredibly damning evidence/statements made by FBI Director James Comey regarding a plethora of Trump campaign and administration lies and criminality, Baghdad Sean Sphincter demanded people stop trying to find evidence of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. “Just stop it, all of you, NOW! It’s all just FAKE NEWS!!” ”Just because there’s an investigation doesn’t mean that they are looking at anything, and investigating it and having proof of it are two different things, and you can’t prove anything! So there!” Spicer said.
The much beleaguered press secretary and ‘Chief Prevaricator to the Petulant’ then screamed at the press for 48 straight minutes before collapsing to the floor in the fetal position, heaving and sobbing behind his podium. It was at this point that fellow liar and Bad Touch Donnie sycophant Kellyanne Conway ran into the room and began kicking and pummeling Sphincter, screaming “Stay down bitch! The job’s mine now. Who’s yer’ daddy you feckless bitch boy? Who’s yer’ fucking daddy now?” before leaping up to say “Anyone have any fucking microwave questions now? Huh? Anyone? Huh?”

When asked for a comment on the press room spectacle clusterfu  shit show incident, and who is really running the show in the press room Petulant Rump responded by tweeting the following …

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The Petulant was last seen “working on serious stuff” in the Oval Office, and was “unavailable for comment at the present time.”

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When Tin Foil Hats Are Not Enough

Aides Wrestle Drill From Trump’s Hands As He Tries To Remove Obama Listening Device From Skull

WASHINGTON—Rushing toward the president as he pressed the eight-inch bit into his temple, several White House aides managed to wrestle a drill from Donald Trump’s hand Monday while he attempted to remove Obama’s listening device from his skull. “Obama implanted a microphone inside my head to record everything I say!” Trump reportedly shouted shortly before three White House staffers pinned him to the floor and pried apart his fingers to seize the power tool. “You don’t understand, he can hear everything we’re saying! Obama can even hear my thoughts! I have to get it out! I can feel it! I can feel it! I can feel it!” At press time, staffers were panicking after Trump locked himself in the bathroom and began cutting his stomach open with a razor blade in an attempt to find the tracking chip he said The New York Times had put in his food.    from the Onion

‘Welfare King’ Abuses System

Able-Bodied Senior Who Watches TV All Day Receives Free Government Meals

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—An able-bodied senior citizen who refuses to do anything but watch television receives three free government meals every day, according to reports.
The senior, who has three piping-hot meals wheeled up to him each day, reportedly has no intention of working and prefers to fill his hours watching cable news.
Even more outrageously, the recipient of the meals spends most weekends in Florida, where the flow of free government food continues without interruption.
Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of the Center for Benefit Reduction, a think tank that focuses on reducing federal benefits, called the individual’s consumption of free government meals “the worst abuse of the system I’ve ever seen.”
by Andy Borowitz

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New Executive Order

It's that fucking Velveeta Raccoon again ... arrgghh!!!

Bad Touch Donnie, Petulant of the United States, seen here signing a new Executive Order today to ‘get some new fucking drapes and wallpaper’ at Mar-a-Lago. Like seriously people, check out that “wall” behind him, and you’re gonna trust this grifter/paranoid delusional/old fuck to build THE wall, the “amazing wall with a big beautiful door” in it??? Seriously???  If this senile old prick had any thing to do with the decorations at his “southern White house”, that one the “Mexicans are gunna pay for” should be a real thing of beauty.
I don’t get it, it’s like yer’ drunk, angry, pervy, sociopathic, demented, old, prevaricating prick of a grandpa, who has repeatedly bankrupted every single family member, wants to run the family company, and the fam just goes “Oh, okay. What could possibly go wrong?”

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Step Back for the Bigger Picture

Must read piece by Josh Marshall …
and go here to get more of his stuff … a great site, much needed in a strange time.

Step Back for the Bigger Picture

By Josh Marshall Published March 18, 2017

Two weeks ago today, President Trump went on Twitter and leveled a series of accusations against former President Obama, most notably that Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower. The claim has been roundly criticized ever since. Notably, it came on the heels of a new round of damaging revelations about ties between Trump’s entourage and Russia. We’ve now had formal inquiries from the congressional intelligence committees, statements from the Department of Justice and the FBI, a follow on attempt by Trump and Spicer to redefine what the President actually said.

We know this much of the story. But this is a case where the particularity of the story, the minutiae of intelligence officials’ denials, discussions of what authority a president might theoretically have to do such a thing all conspire together to confuse rather than illuminate what happened.

The real story here is that the President, by force of his office and audacity, was able to inject into the national conversation a preposterous claim which the country has spent two weeks debating. True, most people may not believe it. But virtually everyone has gone through the motions of probing the question as though they might be true. Intelligence communities have been briefed, statements have been made, a number of news conferences have been dominated by it. Perhaps most notably, members of his party have only been willing to say that there is as yet no evidence to back up the President’s claims – not that they are obviously false and represent a major problem in themselves.

I would say that this ability – both the President’s pathological lying and our institutions’ inability to grapple with it – is the big, big story. The particulars of the accusation basically pale in comparison.

Also note how these lies have spread. The need to perpetuate the lie has made it necessary to escalate it. In an attempt to work around the uniform denials of every US government agency that does ‘wire-taps’, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was forced to grasp on to the rantings of a Fox News ‘legal analyst’ who claimed that President Obama had used British intelligence to sidestep US legal strictures. Repeating this claim with the imprimatur of the White House triggered a minor but real diplomatic incident with the United Kingdom, which may not yet be settled.

Continuing to defend the baseless claim required Trump to revisit the story in his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both doubling down on the claim and also passing the buck to Fox News and creating the surreal spectacle of suggesting that he, like Merkel, was the victim of the very intelligence services and law enforcement agencies which he in fact now leads.

While most have dismissed the President’s claims, it is still the case that he has been allowed to drive public debate for two weeks over an obvious lie. Members of his party will not denounce it as a lie or even obviously false. That’s a big problem. Without being overly dramatic, this is a warning case of people in power deciding what’s true and false which is a harbinger of free government dying.

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

If there were any moderate Republicans they’d change parties to block this grifter and his friend’s destruction of America.
There are no moderate Republicans. They’re all him.
This IS who these people are, and the sooner everyone wakes up to that admittedly rather harsh realization, the better. The United States may look completely different than any America most have known. And if history is any indicator, it may takes decades to put it back together, and that’s AFTER these thieves finally give it back.
Plus, that kid just ain’t right in the head.

D-Bag of the Week … The “Hey Granny, I Really Hope You Like Cat Food” Edition

dbag of the week award by hip is everything

Because the douchebaggery has not abated in any way since our last d-bag award, and all the sliminess and slithering that passes for sentient behavior in the so-called corridors of power still seem to be as rampant as ever, it must be time to single out our d-bag of the week … and, as all good deeds truly deserve some kind of reward, it’s that time again. And (insert favorite deity here) knows, we certainly did have another week chock bloody full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks. So, it’s time to answer the question that is on everyone’s mind. Just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy, the doucheyist of the douchey? … are those even freakin’ words? … they are now i guess.
Who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days?
Who was the grandest douche rocket of the bunch?
It was, as always, a week that was, full of some of the slimiest, sleaziest, slithering, scuzzball serpents the world of poll pandering, petulant and pithy partisan politics, fanatical, frenzied, far fetched faith freaks, and the exorbitant, exaggerated and exuberant elitist acquisitiveness, avarice and avidity that the preening power pricks(aka politics, religion and corporatocracy) has to offer. And this week was as bad as every other lately, the norm these days it seems, with more than it’s fair share of despicable, degenerate douche bag dancing, misogynistic, mean-minded and mendacious maneuvers, slimy, sickening, sleaze-ball slithering, repugnant, reprehensible, repulsive and revolting rantings and railings, and an out and out torrent of treasonous talk and treacherous temper tantrums.
Especially by the so-called “family values” gang over on the right and their bat shit crazy, bullshit bellowing, ideologically inane, greedy and groveling, greasy grifters and their prevaricating, petulant, pompous and pointlessly pious proponents. In the end, as we always do, we found our winner. And a rather deserving one, if I do say so myself.
And even though this week’s douche-off was not without a copiously crammed cornucopia of conniving, classless, clueless, crass and cretinous challengers to that majestic mantle of  mediocrity, mendacity, meandering mindlessness and missteps we like to call the ‘d-bag of the week’, we do have a distinct winner.
And who is the doucheyist of ‘em all this week?
Who took their doucherocketry to dizzying new heights, surpassing all the grease and sleeze that was raining down all around them over on Doucheville Isle?
The envelope please … 

Our winner … of  the always deserved … rarely accepted …
dbag of the week tag by hip is everything

is ……….
Mick ‘the Miser’ Mulvaney …
for his stellar work on the Trump Bludgeon Budget

Trump Budget Proposal Kills Meals on Wheels …
WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration wants to cut funding for a program that delivers food to senior citizens because it isn’t worth the money, according to President Donald Trump’s budget director. 

Meals on Wheels and other programs “are just not showing any results,” Mulvaney said. “We can’t do that anymore.“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good and great,” Mick Mulvaney said Thursday, referring to Meals on Wheels, a program that uses volunteers to deliver warm meals to more than 1 million older Americans in their homes every week.

The Trump administration outlined a budget proposal Thursday that would increase military spending by $54 billion and offset the expense with cuts to a plethora of domestic programs.

So, let me get this straight, America can spend 3+ million a weekend so Prima Donnie can go hide out at his Florida Estate and golf every week, and 180 million or more a year so Melania can hide from POTUS POS in New York, plus the demon seeds he calls his spawn can get jetted around the planet with full secret service support, but”no way Jose” as far as Granny getting fed.
Really??!?
WTF is up with that?
Doucherocketry at it’s absolute peak …
Fucking grifters, the whole lot of them.

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