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RainCaster

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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: Left Coast
Member since: Mon Oct 10, 2016, 07:19 PM
Number of posts: 5,177

About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

Journal Archives

Emoluments: what does the word mean?

I am a word junkie, and I make my living in an obscure part of technical communications, so it fits. Anyhow, I came across this article in the WaPo about DFT and his lawyers trying to redefine the word "emoluments". There is some fascinating history, and many of the links are also worthy of exploration. The amicus brief is exceptional, BTW.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/29/big-trump-case-hinges-definition-emoluments-new-study-has-bad-news-him/

How to end the shutdown

I fly weekly for work, so I deal with the TSA very often. They could fix this themselves with a few simple changes if implemented around the country.

Delay every GOP senator or congressman
There are so many ways this can be done - random searches, extra pat downs, more questions, searching of luggage and the subsequent bomb residue test... So many ways these assclowns can be delayed and miss their flights. Waiting for the supervisor to get back from her break is another gem.

The top of the list for this effort should be Mitch McConnell, for he is the main reason this is dragging on.
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How many of these working stiffs really support his damn wall when it takes money from their pockets?

The kids wanted to see the Home Alone movies tonight...

I am ready to puke at the sight of the Mango Molester in the second movie. Oh, it's still good to have the kids come home for Christmas.

Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned

Source: The Verge

Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to fund a “magnificent 2019 comeback” on the crowdfunding platform Patreon, only to be banned after one day. Yiannopoulos’ Patreon campaign, whose banner image is seen above, garnered around 250 patrons pledging an unknown amount of money before being kicked off the service.

“Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from Patreon as we don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon,” the company said in a tweet. Leaked emails have linked Yiannopoulos to white supremacists, and a 2016 video showed him singing karaoke in a bar while audience members, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, gave Nazi salutes.

“I’ve had a miserable year or two, banned and de-platformed and censored and blacklisted,” Yiannopoulos wrote in his Patreon profile. He asked patrons to help fund a weekly late-night TV talk show, and to help him “pay essential staff and service providers.” The Guardian reported earlier this week that Yiannopoulos was $2 million in debt, a number Yiannopoulos later claimed was actually “at least” $4 million in a flippant Instagram post.

In return, patrons would get rewards like “free Milo ringtones,” a signed poster of Yiannopoulos, and an “elite-tier Milo coffee mug.” Backers who pledged at least $500 per month got more personal perks like “Milo will call you on your birthday,” and for $750 per month, “Milo will fly to you and take you and a friend out for dinner once a year.”

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/5/18127994/milo-yiannopoulos-patreon-comeback-ban-hate-speech



Winning

That's all I will say.

Colbert's opener was great tonight

Gingerbread pee pee girls!

Today is the NRA's birthday

Let's give them our thoughts and prayers

National security aide headed for exit after clash with Melania Trump's office

Source: CNN

Reflecting the fast-moving nature of the events, soon after a Wall Street Journal report surfaced Tuesday afternoon alleging Ricardel was fired and escorted off the White House grounds, a senior White House official denied the story to reporters.

The official said Ricardel was still in her office Tuesday afternoon. The official declined to speculate further about Ricardel's future in the administration.

Her departure would leave national security adviser John Bolton without one of his key allies in the administration, a deputy who has also shared his penchant for bureaucratic infighting.

It was those sharp elbows that sources said led to the first lady's stinging statement, with Ricardel most recently feuding with members of the first lady's staff over her trip to Africa. One person familiar with the matter said Ricardel quarreled with the first lady's staff over seating on the plane and use of National Security Council resources.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/politics/melania-trump-mira-ricardel/index.html



Another to add to Rachel's wall...

To hell with politics, I'm enjoying the Hawks today!

They are looking so good. I just wish Steve Rabel was doing the play by play.

I have had it with my godson this week

He spent a few months paralyzed years ago and has since recovered. He loves to pick fights-- gun rights, far right bull shit, all the usual tRumpian crap. Problem is, he lost his job a year ago for being a far RW a-hole. Ever since, he has said that he is handicapped, even though no doctor will confirm that.

Now he has taken to attacking local businesses for not allowing his "service dog" and is trying to collect money from them by extortion to make up for not having a job. I am tired of hearing about what this asshole is doing in my community, and I'm tired of having my friends tell me about all his shit show.

I could go on, but I'm almost ready to call my attorney and let him deal with this shit for me. I'm open to alternatives, particularly from attorneys. My main concern is my family name, and this is a small community where we all know the relationships even if the names are different.

Ideas?

Gab forced offline over apparent tie to Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

Source: Ars Technica

Gab, a "free speech" alternative to Twitter that's popular with the far right, has been shut down after losing service from a number of mainstream technology platforms, including PayPal, Joyent, Medium, and GoDaddy.

"Gab is under attack," the company's home page now reads. "We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors." Gab is working to get back online using new service providers.

The attacks on Gab follow revelations that the man accused of Saturday's deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh appeared to be a regular Gab user. An account with his name was "rife with anti-refugee, anti-Semitic and white supremacist posts," according to the Washington Post. One post complained about a "kike infestation."

The account's final post referred to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which works to resettle refugees in the United States: "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Read more: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/gab-forced-offline-over-apparent-tie-to-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooter/



At last- tech businesses with a (belated) conscience.
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