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Eating Away at Workers’ Wages, Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Costs Soared by 121% Since 1999:...

Wages for most American workers have hardly budged over the past two decades, and a major culprit behind that stagnation is the soaring costs of employer-sponsored health insurance plans that some 2020 Democratic presidential...

REVEALED: Dayton Shooter Performed ‘Pornogrind’ Metal Music, w/Lyrics About Raping and Butchering Women

Usually when I reference the “You Can’t Make This Shit Up” file, it’s with respect to something so ludicrously funny, that you would expect to find it on the front page of The Onion. That is not the case today. This is something you can’t make up because it’s so perverse and sick, that it defies imagination. Connor Betts, the Dayton shooter, who murdered nine people and put twenty-seven others in the hospital, used to be a singer in a rock and roll band. And not just any band, a “pornogrind” band, which performed naked with an executioner’s hood, or naked with Santa Claus hats and beards. Vice News: Over the past year, the 24-year-old shooter occasionally performed live vocals in the band Menstrual Munchies, which released albums titled “6 Ways of Female Butchery” and “Preeteen Daughter Pu$$y Slaughter,” with cover art showing the rape and massacre of female bodies. He also performed with a group called Putrid Liquid. […] Menstrual Munchies often performed with other regional acts like Necro Cannibal Ass Grinder, Bill Nye da Nazi Spy, and Cunt Torch, playing festivals like the Pornfieldz of Illinoise Grindfest or a former venue in Columbia, Missouri, called UPS — Under the Porn Shop, named for its location beneath the Venus Adult Megastore, owned by the mother of fellow scenester Zach Walton, of the band Groin Mallet. One of Betts’ bandmates, Jesse Creekbaum, is taking all of the band’s recordings off the internet right now, because he doesn’t want Betts to become, in his words, “some cult hero.” And, incredibly, Creekbaum and his compatriots are arguing that singing violent, misogynistic lyrics did not provoke Betts’ actions this weekend. Creekbaum says he feels conflicted: On the one hand, he believes music and art do not cause people to commit murder, but on the other hand, he feels guilty for having associated with someone who carried out violence similar to the kind he portrayed in his songs. […] Creekbaum said Betts once brought a handgun on a tour to Iowa and suggested to others that they rob some gas stations — something Creekbaum said he chewed Betts out for but didn’t take seriously. […] He said Betts had also told them about a previously reported incident in which he was suspended from his high school for keeping a “hit list” and a “rape list” of classmates he wanted to commit violence against. And Betts had mentioned to Creekbaum that he was depressed. Still, Creekbaum said he did not think Betts was capable of this kind of slaughter. “I think he decided that he was going to kill himself, and he was like, ‘I don’t have the balls to do it’ and he drew a gun,” Creekbaum speculated. Suicide by cop. The only problem with that, is that he involved an awful lot of other people in his personal drama, people who had nothing whatsoever to do with his angst, but they paid the ultimate price for it, nevertheless. Now, if you’re disgusted, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Look at what Mitch McConnell thinks is cute. He tweeted out this photo, taken at the Fancy Farm political forum in Kentucky August 3. Among the names on the cardboard tombstones are “Socialism” “Merrick Garland Nomination” and “Amy McGrath,” McConnell’s political opponent. Apparently, he thinks it’s comical. The Grim […]
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Terrible timing, or perfect timing? It depends on your view.

The meek shall inherit the earth. But only after everybody else is dead.   Anonymous Break out the band! Raise the flag! Send in the clowns! Gimme a beer! Our national sanity break is here. As of this moment, we’re on a six week hiatus from the dimwitted machinations of Washington D.C. They’re on their summer recess. You know what that means, don’t you? It means that for the next six weeks, they can spend their time boring their families, friends, and constituents silly instead of the rest of us. Oh yeah, and they have to spend their own money, instead of ours. Normally, like any other summer vacation, the congressional summer recess is looked forward to by all. But this time is different. This time there is deep trepidation over the timing of the summer break for Democrats. Because the break started two days after Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony, and this whole to impeach, or not to impeach. That is the question thing is supposed to be coming to a head. Political pundits, commentators, and the other flotsam and jetsam of the media who are incapable of driving a truck, fixing an air conditioner, or soling a shoe to make a living, are all bemoaning the fact that the recess is going to deprive the Democrats of any momentum that Mueller’s testimony may have given them to move the impeachment needle. And as usual, as a quasi pundit, who still has 12 functioning brain cells, since I’ve never been interviewed on national television, I strongly disagree. Because, despite their desperate hopes and wishes, not every important national decision emanates from inside the beltway. Politicians still have to make at least a passing attempt to listen to their constituents if they hope to be reelected, and their summer break is chock full of things like town hall meetings with constituents, and accidental meetings with same in places like grocery stores and shopping malls. And therein lies the possible salvation of the Impeach Trump! movement. Being an old fart, I can remember a decade ago. Hell, I’m damn near old enough to recall the creation of dirt. And ten years ago, once he stopped the global economy from recreating the final scene of Thelma and Louise, then President Barack Obama turned to what was to be the signature piece of legislation for his first term, the passage of The Affordable Care Act. As with the Trump impeachment, the Democrats initial explanation was as fuzzy as a badly tuned TV. But it was the top item on the legislative agenda when congress went on its summer recess. Which turned into a nightmare for Democrats. Almost nightly for three straight months, television screens were full of images from one congressional town hall or other, filled with screaming “constituents,” ranting about “death panels for Granny!” and “socialized medicine!” Forget the fact that half of those screaming idjits were actually GOP plants, specifically sent into those town halls to disrupt the proceedings and get televised. The fact of the matter is that those protests at the events moved the national needle on the popularity of the bill! And it could happen again, and it ties into my little quip at the top of the article. Because, while many, many people may vote, many fine people so to speak, it’s the activists who get things done. Why? Because they’re freakin’ active, […]
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Lindsey Graham: ‘As Long As You’re Wearing A MAGA Hat, Trump Won’t Send You...

What the hell happened to Lindsey Graham? His 180 degree spin with respect to Donald Trump would do justice to the best alien mind control techniques in the world of science fiction. Graham is a convert to the Cult of Trump, and this is where he started out. “I want to talk to the Trump supporters for a minute. I don’t know who you are and I don’t know why you like this guy. I think what you like about him is that he appears to be strong and the rest of us are weak. He’s a very successful businessman and he’s going to make everything great. He’s gonna take all the problems of the world and put ’em in a box and make your life better. That’s what he’s selling. Here’s what you’re buying. He’s a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values of the men and women in uniform. He’s the ISIL Man of the Year.” “What Mr. Trump is doing, and I don’t think he has a clue about anything, he’s just trying to get his numbers up and get the biggest reaction he can, he’s putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk, he’s empowering the enemy, and this ban, if it’s actually enacted, would take people who are interpreters, who came to our side in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are under siege in their own countries and [it] basically becomes a death sentence for them.” Very powerful and to the point. So what happened? Because this is where Graham is nowadays, when asked by reporters to comment on the “Send her back!” chant at the North Carolina rally last week. Here’s what think: I think the President is playing on the 1968 ‘Love it or Leave it,’” Graham said, referring a late 1960s slogan that targeted Vietnam war protesters. “I’ve said before that if you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back. You’d probably have dinner at the White House.” “The President believes that what they’re doing is over the top,” Graham continued. “We’re not running concentration camps. So when you start accusing people of running concentration camps who work for the United States government, you’re gonna be met with some pretty fiery responses.” pic.twitter.com/JtfTYMP8Hm — mizrahit lover (@D_Dobrovetsky) July 18, 2019 Lindsey Graham may have spoken his mind a few years ago, but it’s obvious that since then he’s had a good swig of the Kool-Aid and decided that the supreme leader must not be challenged and that dissent will not be tolerated. He would have done great working with Joseph Stalin. __ I don’t know who did what to Lindsey Graham or what kompromat Russia might hold, or how many rubles they offered to buy him off — but I do know one thing: Lindsey Graham has come to love Big Brother.
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Ilhan Omar Goes Back Where She Came From.

Congresswoman Omar just arrived back in the Twin Cities. pic.twitter.com/ZiFqWnDJgQ — Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) July 18, 2019 Yes. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
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Late night comedians call out Trump’s racism, once again putting reporters to shame

Too bad we can’t deport Trump to Nazi Germany. Once again, late night comedians are doing what the supposedly liberal mainstream media doesn’t have the guts to do: call out Trump for being such...

Mike Pence Tours Concentration Camps, Calls Them ‘Tough Stuff’

I can’t decide if Mike Pence looks more like an overseer inspecting the plantation or Heinrich Himmler visiting Buchenwald, but I am sure of this: Today’s images from the overcrowded detention facilities in Texas, with a miasma of human stench and misery so thick and palpable that it hung and shimmered in the heat, are a new chapter in American history. Here’s 1:18 of video from NBC News showing Pence, looking like Cro Magnan man in a blazer, chatting with a prison guard about the “watchtower.” This image will go down in history. New video shows shows Mike Pence callously observing and turning his back on severe overcrowding of men in cages at a detainment facility in Texas. pic.twitter.com/ij5Zlt5neV — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2019 This facility in McAllen, Texas is paid $775 a day to feed, house and provide adequate sanitation facilities for detainees. Despite that hefty figure, the facility is so crowded that frequently the men cannot find a spot to lie down, and when they do, they lack adequate bedding. They also have no access to toothbrushes or showers, for as long as twenty days at a time. Oh, and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who was part of Pence’s retinue, received $66,150 in donations from for-profit prisons similar to this one in 2017 and 2018. Isn’t that interesting? Marsha killed two birds with one stone, doing a Pence photo op and visiting her retirement nestegg. Now here’s the part you’re going to love. Pence is blaming this on the Democrats. Washington Post: Pence said the rough conditions are why the administration recently requested and Congress approved $4.6 billion in aid for the border, and he accused Democrats of not supporting more funding for additional beds at facilities for migrants. […] “I was not surprised by what I saw,” Pence said later at a news conference. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed.” […] “That’s the overcrowding President Trump has been talking about. That’s the overwhelming of the system that some in Congress have said was a manufactured crisis,” Pence said during a news conference after visiting the second facility. “But now I think the American people can see this crisis is real.” Pence’s comments were at odds with recent statements from Republicans, as well as Trump, who have accused Democrats who have visited similar facilities of exaggerating the poor conditions. Trump earlier Friday called recent media reports and comments from Democrats about poor conditions “phony.” And earlier this month, the president downplayed concerns about how migrants are being treated at the facilities. “Many of these illegals aliens are living far better now than where they came from, and in far safer conditions,” Trump wrote in a July 3 tweet. Is your jaw on the floor? “Living far better?” Not showering for almost a month is Shangri-La? And “far safer?” Does this facility look like it would pass a health or fire inspection to you? And never lose sight of the fact for a moment that Mike Pence is a Christian leader. That’s key to all of this. Except the precepts of Matthew 25:43-46 have somehow slipped Pence’s mind. 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you […]

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I swear to God, every time you think it can’t get worse, it does. In the age of Trump, it has almost become a drinking game, leading to a rush or liver transplant requests, to try to see just how low The $1 Store Caligula can drag a once proud political party down into the muck and slime. Trump’s venal corruption has already dragged them down to a depth where a single GOP fart can cause a 7.1 earthquake. And now, a new, even darker low. I’m not going to sit here and debate whether the decision Alex Acosta reached in his plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein was right or not. Basically because I don’t give a shit. The facts speak for themselves. Following a multi year investigation, the US Attorneys in Miami had compiled a 54 page indictment, ready to banish Epstein from free society. Acosta not only shit canned the indictment, he absolved Epstein from federal criminal prosecution, and let him plead down to a count of soliciting a minor for prostitution. I can’t believe that’s even a crime. A minor can’t engage in prostitution, they’ve yet to reach the age of legal consent. If you give money to a child for sex, you’re a fucking pedophile! Period. Full stop. Trump’s personal relationship with Epstein surfaced peripherally in the media coverage of Acosta’s initial demolition derby of the case, and has resurfaced every time Epstein’s foul name bubbles back for another round of controversy. Trump has of course distanced himself repeatedly from Epstein, with remarks akin to; “Who? Oh, hum. I never liked that guy, his women weren’t 10’s.” Unless of course you’re talking about their physical ages, moron. In backing Acosta, Trump’s strategy has been doubly duplicitous. First, he claims that the event in question was a long time ago, as if juvenile rape comes with an expiration date on it. And worse, Trump tries to insulate himself by saying that his only exposure is because Acosta is his Labor Secretary, and the Best One Eva at that! Trump cannot be ignorant of the specifics of the case, since betting is his own responsibility, and especially since Virginia Senator Tim Kaine brought it up at Acosta’s confirmation hearing. And yet Trump nominated him for the post, knowing his sordid professional history. And the congressional GOP caucus, especially the GOP Senate, which confirmed Acosta is trying the same thing. They’re all saying that since Acosta is Trump’s appointee, it’s up to Trump to deal with him. Since vetting is the job of the White House, the GOP Senators could almost be excused, if only Kaine hadn’t screamed about the whole thing in Acosta’s hearing. No free ride for them there. And yet they gave him the go ahead. Being a longtime resident of Las Vegas, I can easily remember the old days, with guys standing every 30′ or so on the Strip, handing out little, picture embossed cards with hookers for hire “direct to your room!” They’re gone now, but if they were still around, the pictures on the cards would be elephants wearing fishnet stockings. Under the leadership of The Pimpus Maximus, the Republican party has devolved into a party of street walking whores. First they prostituted their constitutional oaths, and now they’ve prostituted their own morals. For decades the Republican party has […]

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