As The Band Plays ‘Nearer My God To Thee’

WASHINGTON — President-elect…has selected Senator Jeff Sessions, a conservative from Alabama who became a close adviser after endorsing him early in his campaign, to be the attorney general of the United States, according to officials close to the transition.

Mr. Sessions was also under consideration for secretary of defense, creating debate within the Trump transition team over which job he should fill. 1 Rudolph Giuliani was kicked to the back of the line

Mr. Sessions, a former prosecutor elected to the Senate in 1996, serves on the Judiciary Committee and has opposed immigration reform as well as bipartisan proposals to cut mandatory minimum prison sentences.

As The Band Plays ‘Nearer My God To Thee’

Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers — with amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a bowling alley — as global anxiety fuels sales and owners “could be the next Adam and Eve.”

Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it’s no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show “preppers” — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events. Gary Lynch, GM at Rising S Bunkers, a Texas-based company that specializes in underground bunkers and services scores of Los Angeles residences, says that sales at the most upscale end of the market — mainly to actors, pro athletes and politicians (who require signed NDAs) — have increased 700 percent this year compared with 2015, and overall sales have risen 150 percent. “Any time there is a turbulent political landscape, we see a spike in our sales. Given this election is as turbulent as it is, we are gearing up for an even bigger spike,” says marketing director Brad Roberson of sales of bunkers that start at $39,000 and can run $8.35 million or more (FYI, a 12-stall horse shelter is $98,500). 2

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Under current law in 2017, a single parent with one child can take a $9,400 standard deduction and two $4,100 exemptions, thus reducing her taxable income by $17,600. Trump would replace that combination with a $15,150 standard deduction, making $2,450 more income subject to tax. And bigger families would get hit even harder—their taxable income under Trump’s plan would go up by $4,100 for each additional child, relative to current law.

…in 2017 a single parent with one child who claims the standard deduction would face a 25 percent tax rate on adjusted gross income (AGI) between $53,050 and $68,550, compared with just a 15 percent rate under current law.
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The citizens of the United States have a right to the good faith consideration of each Supreme Court nominee. In an attempt to subvert the will of the people expressed in the reelection of President Barack Obama in 2012, the current Senate has willfully failed to make a timely assertion of their advise and consent right.

There is legal precedent in United States v. Olano which ruled that the holder of a constitutional right may waive the right by engaging in an excessive delay in exercising it.

Merrick Garland was nominated on March 16, 2016, more than 237 days ago, greatly exceeding the previous maximum consideration delay of 125 days. The Senate has waived its right. Please proceed with Judge Garland’s appointment. 3

As The Band Plays ‘Nearer My God To Thee’

Hey there shitheads. Remember me? Yeah, it’s James fucking Madison. Third Secretary of State? Supervisor of the Louisiana Purchase? Fourth President of the United States of America? That guy. How’s it going?

What’s that? You’re scared? You’re worried you might elect as the next President a misogynistic turkey leg that somehow escaped the state fair, fell into a bale of hay, and inexplicably managed to bankrupt six companies? Oh dear, that sounds stressful. And nobody saw it coming? Wow, that sucks. I mean, Jesus Christ, how did nobody consider that one day, some insane demagogue might incite a populist rebellion and threaten to shit on our country? How did no one think to create some kind of safeguard?

OH WAIT. I DID. IN FUCKING 1787.

Remember that Constitution you guys all say you loooove so much? Yeah, I wrote that shit. All of it. Even though for some reason you assholes keep thinking it was Jefferson. And because I’m way smarter than all of you, I wrote in a little something I call the Electoral College.

ARTICLE II SECTION 1, NIMRODS. Maybe if you had paid attention in civics class instead of fantasizing about having seven seconds in heaven with Joey Leibowitz during free period you would know about it. But here, let me break it down for you…

As The Band Plays ‘Nearer My God To Thee’

(Washington) State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says he’ll introduce a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would allow felony prosecution of protesters who purposely break the law to disrupt economic activity, for example by blocking traffic or sitting on railroad tracks…

…An ally of the fossil-fuel industry whose district includes two oil refineries, Ericksen said he was aiming at punishing environmentalists, tribal activists and others who have illegally obstructed oil and coal trains, pipelines and similar projects.

Ericksen’s proposal, not yet introduced in bill form, would make it a class C felony when illegal protests aimed at causing economic disruption jeopardize public safety and property, according to a news release. It also would make organizations that sponsor or fund such protests liable for triple the economic damages caused.

I completely support your First Amendment right to protest. You do not have the First Amendment right to block a train,” Ericksen said in an interview.

He pointed to continuing anti-fracking protests in Olympia, where activists have set up camps over railroad tracks. He said his proposal would not apply to legal protests, such as peaceful picketing.

There are already laws on the books allowing police to remove demonstrators blocking streets or railways. In recent months, dozens of protesters have been arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges for blocking freight and passenger trains in Bellingham and Vancouver, Wash.

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said she was “kind of shocked” to even hear of Ericksen’s idea.

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(the) election has serious ramifications for us all. And when it comes to the surveillance state, it’s unlikely that a person who ran as the self-described “law and order” candidate will attempt to constrain surveillance programs or work to limit law enforcement access to private data. As a former section chief for internet freedom in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor argued, “We can’t trust…with today’s NSA.”

Surveillance is a feminist issue. At its core, contemplating the surveillance state, as Dr. Nicole Shepherd writes, “necessarily involves questioning its underlying power relations” and drawing upon “decades of [feminist] experience in dealing with precisely [the same] questions in different contexts.” What’s more, the people most targeted by and vulnerable to surveillance don’t look like me. As Alvaro Bedoya, the Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology, argues, “There is a myth in this country that in a world where everyone is watched, everyone is watched equally.” People of color, activists, and community organizers disproportionately are targets of the surveillance state.

Here are five things you can do to help you protect yourself from the surveillance state under (the incoming) administration. Many of my suggestions will echo those already made by others, so please do check those out too…

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Show 3 footnotes

  1. In case you’ve forgotten, Sessions was deemed too racist to become a Federal judge. One supposes he’s repented, changed his ways and has offered Alabama’s constituency an enlightened leadership in Congress, n’est-ce pas? Heh heh heh…
  2. Yet another case of folks with more money than sense; this is LA, for pity’s sake. The biggest threat to the area is a massive earthquake, followed by the resulting tsunami – the very last place you want to be in that event is underground.
  3. This is the second such petition; this one has more than enough signatures for the WH to review and respond to it.

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