Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
After their already shaky start, it is hard to imagine Republicans would want to top off a chaotic first 100 days of unified government control with a disruptive federal government shutdown.
But that astounding scenario remains a live possibility this week as lawmakers and the Trump White House have so far been unable to agree on a plan to fund the government beyond Friday despite months of staring at the hard April 28 deadline.
It is an unsettling but not unfamiliar position for congressional Republicans who have forced government closures in the past and know well that they will be assigned the brunt of the blame if federal agencies are shuttered yet again.
Should a shutdown occur, this one would have a defining new wrinkle. The politically charged spending fights that closed the government during the Clinton and Obama administrations were the product of clashes between congressional Republicans and a Democratic White House in a sharply divided Washington.
Today, Republicans control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and allowing the federal government to go dark on their watch might be hard to explain.VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN!
“Our Republican colleagues know that since they control, you know, the House, the Senate and the White House, that a shutdown would fall on their shoulders, and they don’t want it,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.
Republican leaders from President Trump on down insist they are determined to avoid a shutdown and will be successful in doing so. Failure would put a bizarre exclamation point on the symbolic 100-day marker that the administration coincidentally will reach Saturday.
“No one wants a shutdown,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, told reporters on Friday. “We want to keep it going.”
Republicans have good reason for doing so considering that history shows the party image takes a beating with the public when government agencies lock their doors, national parks refuse visitors and federal workers are told not to report to work.
Democrats, while not victorious in special House elections held so far, have shown renewed strength, and a shutdown in the early days of Republican stewardship of Washington would only fuel their energy.
The spending drama is the first Trump-era clash in which minority Democrats have real leverage, and they intend to use it to stop the White House and congressional conservatives from pushing through spending that Democrats oppose, such as money for a wall on the southern border.
Lawmakers, who have been negotiating for weeks to try to reach a compromise, say they were steadily progressing until the White House in recent days began taking a more aggressive posture, insisting that Mr. Trump wanted a least a down payment on the construction of a border wall that was central to his successful presidential campaign.
“Elections have consequences,” Mick Mulvaney, the former House conservative who is now the head of the Office of Management and Budget, told The Associated Press in an interview. He offered Democrats a deal: The administration would support continued subsidies for millions of people receiving health insurance through the Affordable Care Act in exchange for Democrats agreeing to the initial wall funding.
Mr. Schumer called that proposal a nonstarter. Other Democrats suggested they saw no reason to accept that offer because Republicans are separately but simultaneously trying to unravel the health care program. They also believe that if White House refusal to fund the subsidies caused a collapse of the health insurance market, Republicans would get the political blame for that upheaval, as well.
Though a shutdown would most likely inflict significant political damage on Republicans, Democrats say they, too, want to keep the government running because shutdowns are costly, reckless and shake both public and international confidence in United States institutions.
But they also say that if the Trump administration and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill want to engage in a nasty political fight and shut the government down in a fit of pique over funding a border wall that even some Republicans do not back, then they are welcome to it. Both sides expect that if the impasse cannot be quickly breached, Congress will most likely extend current funding by a week to allow more time for a deal.
The question for Democrats is whether the White House is bluffing on its border wall demands so that the administration can later tell Republican voters that they pushed as hard as they could to get the money, particularly with so little to show legislatively for Mr. Trump’s first 100 days besides the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, Neil M. Gorsuch. Mr. Trump is the wild card — would he shut down the government to prove he will not relent on his demands? And would Republican leaders stand with him?
Democrats have been on the sidelines while Republicans pushed through Trump nominees, rolled back federal regulations and sought unsuccessfully to disassemble the health care law without consultation with the minority party. But the appropriations process is a different animal.
Not only do Republicans need Democratic help because some Republicans in the House and Senate refuse to vote for any spending bills at all, Republicans are also likely to need 60 votes in the Senate to overcome Democratic objections. And Senate Democrats have proved over the past two years that they are able to remain united and stymie Republicans on spending bills if they do not agree with what Republicans put forward.
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has said repeatedly that Democratic votes will be required to avert a shutdown. Mr. McConnell has also acknowledged previously that the Republican Party “owns the government shutdown brand.”
“It’s not a good brand,” he said. He's right about that!
Democrats do not agree with Mr. McConnell on much, but they do on that last statement. And that will strengthen their confidence in the quickly approaching showdown.
Stay Tuned.....The Shit Show is just beginning!
Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
He popped it open and out came a Genie. “I gotta warn you,” said the Genie “I’m not that powerful but I’ll try my best.”
“Well” said Harry, “I’m trying desperately to start a new business and I have a very important meeting tonight with a potential investor…”
“I’ll tell you what,” said the Genie, “and this is the best I can do. I’ll give you a one time good luck charm. To start it say, 123.... When you’re done, say 1234.”
And with that the Genie was gone in a puff of smoke.
Harry couldn’t believe his good luck. As he nervously tied his tie in front of the mirror, he kept on repeating over in his head "123, 123, 123."
Harry nervously knocked on the rich man’s office. “Come in,” said the man in a deep imposing voice. OK, here goes thought Harry to himself as he sat down across from the man.
Before he started he muttered to himself “123”, suddenly he knew everything would be OK.
He opened up his mouth to start speaking but before he could say anything the man behind the desk pleasantly asked, “What did you say 123, for?”
Confused...I was too! Have a great weekend anyway!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Stevie Steve (Steve Stephens) dubbed ''The Facebook Killer"is dead! He apparently killed himself as of this writing while being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police in Erie county, PA. this afternoon!
The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death in his car yesterday during a police chase in Pennsylvania, ending a multistate manhunt less than 48 hours after it began.
Acting on a citizen tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Steve Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his car to try to get it to stop, authorities said. He shot himself in the head as the car spun out of control, police said.
"This started with one tragedy and ended with another person taking their own life," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. "We would have liked to have brought Steve in peacefully and really talked to him about why this happened."
Steve Stephens, a job counselor who worked with teenagers and young people, was wanted on murder charges in the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old former foundry worker and father of 10 who was picking up aluminum cans on Sunday when he was gunned down.
The chilling video was on Facebook for three hours before it was taken down, drawing criticism of the social network and renewing questions about how responsibly it polices objectionable material.
At a Silicon Valley conference Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly addressed the Cleveland case, saying Facebook has "a lot of work to do" and "we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this."
I doubt that they could have prevented this.. Besides...he didn't actually stream it live...He filmed it on his phone and then posted it to his Facebook page..
Police would not speculate on what was behind the killing, but in the video and other footage he posted, Stephens talked about losing everything he had to gambling and having trouble with his girlfriend. He said he "just snapped."
One of Godwin's daughters, Debbie Godwin, said she wished Stephens had been captured alive.
"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all. If you did it, you have to face your crime," she said.
The break in the case came when police received a tip that Stephens' car was in the McDonald's parking lot in Erie, in the northwestern corner of the state, about 100 miles east of Cleveland, authorities said. The chase lasted 2 miles before Stephens took his own life, police said.
Law enforcement officials had said on Monday that Stephens' cellphone was last tracked Sunday afternoon near Erie.
The police chief said Tuesday that it wasn't clear whether Stephens had any help while he was on the run or where he had been and that investigators will try to retrace he steps.
Facebook said it removed the video of the shooting 23 minutes after learning of it. The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.
"This is something that should not have been shared around the world. Period," Cleveland's police chief said.
In the video, Stephens told Godwin the name of his girlfriend and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you." Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.
Investigators said that Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite his claim on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people.
Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said. Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
And so for Stevie Steve (His Facebook account name) it's over! He's dead! But his infamous video lives on..It's been shared by millions and watched over and over again...What does that say about us?
Social Media.. It began with Blogging....and then elevated to Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, Youtube,Snapchat and several other platforms...We live in an age now when everybody can be a star in their own mind...Forget 15 minutes of fame....If you can gather enough "followers" you can have your own on line Television show...Stevie Steve is just a horrible by product of this narcissistic age we now live in...
If he had just rolled up on that man and shot him...No one would have known or cared outside of the families...but he did it live on Facebook and made himself and that man in death media celebrities....
Crazy world we live in, isn't it?
I imagine Stevie Steve had to be in a lot of pain to do what he did...Now in death...I hope his troubled soul is at peace!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Police said Steve Stephens killed Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old former foundry worker, on Sunday.
Investigators said that Mr Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect's claim in a separate video on Facebook that he's killed over a dozen people.
Officers searched dozens of places around the city and spoke with the suspect by cellphone, police said.
Police Chief Calvin Williams warned residents to be careful as the go about their day.
Authorities also warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be alert for Stephens, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.
"We're going to make this individual's world very, very small," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.
Mr. Godwin apparently was shot while out picking up cans in a plastic shopping bag, his daughter said.
"Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did," said 52-year-old Debbie Godwin. "That's all he was doing. He wasn't harming anyone."
She said her father, who had 10 children, was a gentle man with nothing mean about him. "We called him the junk man," she said. "He'd pick up things off the street and fix them. He picked up bikes and he fixed them."
The motive for the shooting wasn't entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Steve Stephens told Godwin a woman's name and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you." Godwin did not seem to recognize the woman's name.
The suspect then pointed a gun at Godwin, who shielded his face with the plastic bag.
The woman Stephens mentioned, Joy Lane, said in a text to CBS that "We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened."
She also said Stephens was "a nice guy" who was generous to everyone and was "kind and loving" to her and her children.
Facebook said the video was posted after the killing but wasn't broadcast on Facebook Live as police initially indicated.
The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.
The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was taken down. Stephens' Facebook page also was eventually removed.
"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook," the company said.
"We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety."
In the separate video, Stephens said: "I killed 13, so I'm working on 14 as we speak."
Police said they have not verified any other shootings or deaths.
Steve " Stevie Steve Stephens worked at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.
He helped young people develop job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.
An extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome, she said.
"We just hope Mr. Stephens is apprehended as quickly as possible so that no one else is injured," she said.
In one of the videos, Stephens could be seen holding up his employee identification and said: "I'm killing with my Beech Brook badge on, too."
If you know me personally , you know that I'm a regular fixture o Facebook and Twitter....I have yet to use the new Facebook Live feature and the stuff that my friends put on Facebook live is mostly mundane...Live streaming driving somewhere, sitting around the table eating, out at the mall...et al..Stuff that is boring when being written about, let alone watching somebody do that!
This guy obviously wanted attention and he got it...He live streamed an actual murder...He took narcisscism up a notch...People have live streamed fights and I'm certain, sexual intercourse isn't far behind, if that hasn't bee done already...
Yesterday, nobody outside of Cleveland and the majority of people IN CLEVELAND, didn't know who Steve "Stevie Steve" Stephens was...Today he is known Nationwide...The subject of a Nationwide manhunt...
Now he has his 15 minutes of fame...Now he's known...Now he's somebody....
What is really sickening is the people sharing his video and veiwing it on Facebook...What does that say about us as a society?/ We are giving him what he wants...
Stevie Steve doesn't deserve to be heralded..He didn't do a good thing...What he did was horrific and evil and I don't care WHY he did it...He deserves the same punishment he gave his victim..to meet a violent end ,streamed live on Social Media..
I know, that's a bit extreme....It just angers me when I think of all these attention seekers out here who film themselves doing horrific things, who film people fighting, but don't bother to break up the fight..Who even stand by , while one of their friends punches somebody...usually an old person or a young person by themselves...all for "Likes" on Facebook or Facebook fame!
It disgusts me...
It is said that in the last days...Men will become lovers of themselves...
Those days are here, now!
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
He does this a few times, but only for a very short interval before returning to read his book. The wife gradually becomes more and more aroused and, assuming that her husband is seeking some encouragement before going further, gets up and starts stripping in front of him.
His wife replies," You were rubbing me downtown. I thought it was foreplay."
The husband says, "No, not at all."
His wife asks angrily, "Well, what the hell were you doing then?"
" I was just wetting my fingers so I could turn the pages in my book."
EVERYBODY HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
There are of course a couple of problems with this joke... First, Ayn Rand is already dead, The vampire hunters dusted her in the fall of 2004. Second, Paul Ryan doesn't drink alcohol, he only drinks the tears of the poor.
And finally Rand Paul couldn't get into the bar because of the owner's "no pets" policy and the poodle he wears on his otherwise bald head. Still, pretty funny though...
Everybody have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Trump Associate Mike Flynn has agreed to testify if given immunity....The Senate Intelligence Committee says..."Uh...I don't think so!
The Senate Intelligence Committee has rejected Michael Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in the panel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional sources told NBC News.
The former national security adviser's lawyer was told immunity was "wildly preliminary" and "not on the table" at this point, a senior congressional official told NBC. It does not necessarily rule out immunity at a later date, as the Senate investigation is ongoing.
Mike Flynn also offered to speak to the Justice Department in exchange for immunity, according to NBC. At this time, there is no indication that Flynn is admitting guilt to any crimes.
In a statement Thursday, his lawyer said that no "reasonable person" would get questioned in "such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurance against unfair prosecution."
Here's what I think....
Anytime someone asks for immunity....You know they did some dirt...but plan to tell on everyone else..
Stay tuned...It's about to go down!