Thursday, February 9, 2017

Unlike Trump, California Pays Its Taxes

Mod: While embittered popular vote loser Donald Trump continues to bash California (it was our fault that he lost and therefore we must be punished), some of his accusations are being called out and exposed for being entirely untrue. No surprises there. Here is an article Mother Jones is offering this week spelling out who it is that is paying their taxes around here.

Unlike Trump, California Pays Its Taxes - During an alternative-fact-filled interview with Bill O'Reilly on Sunday, President Donald Trump launched into a diatribe about California pushing back against his immigration policies, suggesting that he would try to cut off the Golden State's federal funding. "We give tremendous amounts of money to California," he said. "California in many ways is out of control, as you know."

Assuming that Trump was speaking on behalf of the federal government, he was, in fact, correct that "we" give lots of money to California. Annually, the feds spend nearly $368 billion in California, which includes everything from paying government contracts to cutting Social Security checks. Yet implicit in Trump's comments was the assumption that Californians are gobbling up or blowing through "tremendous amounts" of government spending without paying their fair share in return. That's wrong.

An accumulation of data from various sources shows that California routinely pays more in federal taxes than it receives in federal spending. A 2015 study by the New York state comptroller found that in 2013 Californians paid $9,086 per capita in federal taxes and received $9,040 per capita in federal spending—or about 99 cents of spending for every tax dollar. (This is an improvement: The Tax Foundation found that California received about 78 cents in spending for every tax dollar in 2005, and Census and IRS data showed the state getting back 87 cents on the dollar in 2010.) In comparison, the average state gets about $1.29 in federal money for every dollar it sends to Washington.

California pays about 13 percent of all federal taxes and receives about 11 percent of federal expenditures. It's one of 11 states with a deficit between what it pays the feds and what it gets back. New Jersey has the biggest annual gap between spending and taxes, at more than $2,600 per person. New Mexico enjoys the biggest surplus, at more than $7,700 per person. 

Mod: You can read the rest of this article by clicking here.

Trump Assails Nordstrom for ‘Unfairly’ Dropping His Daughter Ivanka’s Line (The New York Times link): President Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s accessories and clothing line, once again raising ethical questions about the relationship between his presidency and his family’s sprawling business interests.

Mr. Trump has already broken with tradition by singling out companies for criticism, like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, automakers and news organizations, sometimes causing gyrations in their stock prices and prompting debates about whether corporations would tailor their conduct to suit a bellicose president. But in those cases, his ire targeted government contracts, departing American jobs or news coverage — not his own family’s personal fortunes.

Six days after Nordstrom announced that, based on sales, it would no longer carry Ms. Trump’s products — a decision that prompted some Trump supporters to call for a boycott of the stores — the president took to Twitter to complain that “Ivanka has been treated so unfairly” by the company. He first posted the message from his personal account, and then re-sent it from his official White House account.

Luxury Shoe Brand Aquazzura Calls Out Ivanka Trump for ‘Stealing’ Designs (Fortune link): Ivanka Trump is in hot water for allegedly copying another shoe brand's designs—and not for the first time.

Last week, the Instagram account of Italian shoe brand Aquazzura posted a photograph of its 'Wild Thing' shoe next to Ivanka Trump Footwear's 'Hettie' with the caption, "One of the most disturbing things in the fashion industry is when someone blatantly steals your copyright designs and doesn't care. You should know better. Shame on you [Ivanka Trump]!"

Update: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump and travel ban will not go into effect (Los Angeles Times link): U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled against President Trump today. The unanimous unsigned decision means that a stay preventing a ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries remains in place, at least for now. The ruling came after the three judge panel heard arguments this week from the Justice Department and Washington state.

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111 comments:

  1. Hey Crawford. Stick to local news. Being a shill for the far left who hate Trump is getting boring. Trump won. Get over it or it's going to be a long 4 years and perhaps 8 years for you. It must be frustrating for you that as you spend all your time writing antiTrump diatribes, he's moving the needle and getting things done on behalf of all Americans. All I can say is hallelujah!

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    1. All you can say is hallelujah? How is it you've become so limited in your vocabulary?

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    2. Has Tang fired Gorsuch yet?

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    3. The whole world is mocking the president.
      http://everysecondcounts.eu/index.html

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    4. Thank You Mr. Mod. for posting 7:36' Anon.comments daily it gives us something to laugh at every morning and he/she/it really needs the attention.

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    5. Rhere is the door, morning glory

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    6. Where, or here?

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    7. There is the door, Morning Glory.

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  2. Just watched the meeting at the White House with Airline Executives. This Country is so fortunate to have President Trump.
    Every meeting is history making in its self. I've never seen anything like this, or will again. Having a non Politician in charge is the best thing this Country could have right now.

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    1. Did they comp him first class seats?

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    2. trump is the only terrorist i have seen at an airport.

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  3. Now the Congressional whimsical representatives are rattling their desks. Conservatives, like Ted Cruz just gave a history lesson on which party "freed the slaves"; the Liberal reps are besides themselves on what to say, when historically they are smacked down with the truth.

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    1. Cruz is a nut job and will probably be fired by the voters of Texas when he runs for reelection. And who is it the KKK endorsed in 2016?

      KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/01/the-kkks-official-newspaper-has-endorsed-donald-trump-for-president/

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    2. A Democratic Lawmaker Just Filed A Bill Requiring A Psychiatrist For Trump’s Mental Health
      http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/09/democratic-lawmaker-just-filed-bill-requiring-psychiatrist-trumps-mental-health/

      Maybe the Doctor can squeeze in Ted as well.

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    3. Could we please hear something about Bill Clinton 7:45 ? that's always great entertainment.

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    4. I am sure the "slaves" are glad to hear that and will now overwhelmingly support trump. Are you even aware that Cruz hates your president?

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    5. 8:06, what slaves? Are you aware that there have been no slaves here for 152 years? If you can find me a living slave I'll tell that person how sorry I am that they were held as a slave by the liberal Dems of the 1860's South. 7:53, it was southern dems that created the KKK, I love that you folks choose to forget that!

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    6. Odd isn't it how the alt-right can't seem to remember that all the actual and ideological descendants of slaveowners and the founders of the KKK fled from the Democratic Party and regrouped with their brethren in the Republican Party.

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    7. 8:20 prove that! Typical liberal tactics here: Get hit with facts you don't like, respond with unsupportable nonsense!

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    8. Top Nazi leader: Trump will be a ‘real opportunity’ for white nationalists
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/07/top-nazi-leader-trump-will-be-a-real-opportunity-for-white-nationalists/?utm_term=.2c3f524fe1b1

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    9. That is proof, the Washington Post..ha! I think the results of this election showed that the mainstream media can't be trusted with a truth that they don't support. You should read a little and learn about what a Nazi really was and is. You folks throw that word around and don't think you know what it means.

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    10. You are quite the idiot, 12:56am. White nationalists, neo-nazis, and the KKK all have a home in the GOP.

      Maybe take a look at the southern strategy fool.

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    11. 9:38 you are a classic liberal left wing keyboard tough guy. Lots of name calling and no facts. Inclusion, diviersity,healing...until someone says something you don't agree with, then you go to name calling and insults. If you can't handle yourself like an adult you should be silent. Easy to be tough on a blog. Thank you for proving, once again, how the left handles things.

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    12. Typical alt-right whiner.

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    13. 10:49, I don't see any whining in what 10:41 wrote. What I do see is the default name calling you resort to that they pointed out along with the lack of any substantial response.

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    14. That's because 10:41 doesn't have a fact based response.

      While there are indeed some people of intelligence and good willl in the GOP, the GOP harbors and encourages bigots, racists, and--yes--idiots.

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    15. 10:41 complains about name calling, while almost excusively engaging in name calling himself. Pretty ridiculous behavior.

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    16. 11:47 here. I'd like to apologize to a significant portion of the GOP who might think I wrongly called them bigoted, racist, or idiotic. There's a significant portion that are not, at least overtly, any of those things. No, they're just serially dishonest.

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  4. My daughter and her friends have said they will no longer shop at Nordstrom's. Macy's is also on that list of boycotts for them.
    It will be a challenge for them, these department stores are their home away from home! They said it's worth the sacrifice and that it will be exciting to find boutiques.
    No more Starbucks, boycotts are in fashion this year.

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    1. It is a very long list of stores they'll need to boycott.
      http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-that-dropped-ivanka-trump-2017-2/#neiman-marcus-2

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    2. TJ Maxx, Marshalls Latest Stores to Back Away from Ivanka Trump’s Brand
      https://www.yahoo.com/style/the-number-of-companies-dropping-ivanka-trumps-brand-just-keeps-rising-013601995.html

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    3. #whitepeopleproblems

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    4. where will the soda crackers shop?

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    5. Where will they buy their white sheets?

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  5. 7:53am. Tune in. The Democratic Party is getting a "taste" of what it dishes out. The Republicans are beginning to speak up and out, about the non truths. The difference is, facts back up their talk.
    We're about to get educated on histories from the 1800's through the 1960's to today on Civil rights and which party "fights for you".

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    1. Do you have any facts to back up your talk?

      KKK, American Nazi Party praise Trump's hiring of Bannon
      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/305912-kkk-american-nazi-party-praise-trumps-hiring-of-bannon

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    2. Trump's love buddy is a nasty customer
      VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DEADLY WAR AGAINST DISSENT
      http://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-deadly-war-against-dissent-554410

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    3. This is old tripe. Sure the party names are the same but the party membership and platforms are completely different from 150 years ago. Only a naive fool would fall for such a hackneyed canard

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    4. Trumpies are kinda pathetic. Is it cruel of us to beat up on them?

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    5. yes. and hertless. hand me a whip

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  6. 7:53am. The Democrats have had card carring KKK individuals hold offices.
    Wasn't George Wallace running for President a Democrat?

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    1. Donald Trump ran as a Republican.

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    2. Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable
      https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/8c6dbdb5-bf2f-3a7e-9323-3239474bab30/steve-bannon-believes-the.html

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    3. Trump troll is on a roll with spin alleys daily talking points

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    4. put white power jesus freak apocalypse dudes in advisorial roles and wonder aloud why the leadership forces the hand of war

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  7. Wacky World. IsIs, just fired off missles that were intercepted by Israel.

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    1. The Media and I seem to have missed that?

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    2. so let israel deal with it....?

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  8. Judge Gorsuch has said that his words were twisted and not representative of what he said in a private meeting with Senator

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    1. Actually it was Trump that said it. The world is calling BS.
      Trump falsely accuses senator of misrepresenting Gorsuch criticism
      http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/09/politics/donald-trump-neil-gorsuch-democrats/

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    2. Gorsuch's WH-Appointed Sherpa Confirms Remarks As Prez Sows Doubt
      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/kelly-ayotte-confirms-gorsuch-remarks-on-trump-judge-attacks

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    3. 8:28, you are spreading fake news. Try to be more careful in the future, for the sake of your own mental acuity.

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    4. 8:28 - it is always better if you supply a cite to back up your claims. People check here.

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  9. Senator Jeff Sessions just sworn in as Attorney General.

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  10. Three new Executive Orders protecting rights of individuals over criminals.
    Law Enforcement will given full support under this administration.

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    1. What if individuals are falsely accused of criminal behavior? Who protects them then?

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    2. Donald Trump ran as a Republican, and a Law and Order candidate.

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    3. Everyone sing along... "it's springtime for trump and America..."

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    4. 8:44 - so did Nixon.

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    5. Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Very beautiful. You may want to tour and educate yourself on President Nixon's service in office. Hillary Clinton is under investigation for breaking the law. Her "crimes" would make Nixon blush.

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    6. I've been there. The newly expanded section on the Watergate scandals is fascinating.

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    7. Nixon library unveils a new Watergate exhibit
      http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0401-watergate-nixon-pictures-photogallery.html

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    8. yeah, nixon was a real creep

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    9. Nixon sure was a creep, but I'd rather have him than the Annoying Orange.

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    10. 8:39 Everything in our justice system is set to protect falsely acused and guilty people. So much so that more actual criminals are let go to protect their rights.

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    11. I think you need to be locked up without trial.

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    12. "Everything in our justice system is set to protect falsely acused and guilty people."

      Yeah, we shouldn't be protecting the rights of the falsely accused. Right on genius.

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    13. 1:03 here. More spin, no one said it was a bad thing, just explaining the to 8:39 that the process is set up to protect the accused. Hair triggers on your "right" attacks.

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    14. My apologies then 9:20.

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    15. Accepted 11:39. Thank you.

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  11. Fashion Reality CheckFebruary 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Oh, hey! Maybe Ivanka Trump's designs are too old and tired to sell or just too conservative for mass marketing to club hopping d├ęcolletage baring Republicans . Ever thought of that? While she is lovely, tall and wonderfully wealthy no one has yet said she is the next Ralph Lauren or Coco Chanel. I have thought about a style or two and found they did not fit my 5'8" 75 year old fluffy frame nearly as well as they might a 6'2" 35 year old with little to no body fat. Hence no sale.

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  12. Her knockoff sandals are just that Knockoff. Not new, originals and save for the fact she has buckets of money to throw at a lawsuit, the designer should be able to win for design ripoff. Then today, it was report that Kellyann Conway blurted out "buy Ivanka" at the end of some dumb speech full of the usual lies and this is explicitly prohibited as per the rules to separate business promotional activity while employed in a government position. This should result in a legal investigation and lawsuit. I could only hope that it would be this simple stupid blurt that would put an end to this.

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    1. Please 11:07 am, Sean Spicer (in today's briefing) has responded to Ms. Conway's comments by saying "she has been counseled". Presumably to make no comments about Ms. Trump's line of fashions and accessories because she (Ms. Conway) has such abominable personal style that her comments would further throw shade on Ivanka's brand. No one has yet addressed the fact that Melania nor Tiffany has yet been photographed in a IT ensemble. Presumably President Trump has been unable to coerce his own family into supporting the Princess Royal.

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    2. I hear Eric Jr. wears his sister's creations to family dinners ...

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    3. He never pays retail.

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    4. That is good because soon the opportunity to buy Ivanka's frocks at an actual store will be gone.

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    5. How tacky. All of the trumps. Fake hair, fake boobs, fake names. Fake reality. Fake news.

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    6. nice teeth. like horses.

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  13. Hey, as long as you'r not into spandex for your fluffy 75 year old body, you should be alright in any social setting.
    Now, if the twit crowd wants to go after the Presidents children, that opens it up to bring in Chelsy Clinton and her business dealings. She and Ivanka are friends, if you recall. Chelsy and her husband have taken a page out of shady dealings; just like BOTH sets of their parents have. Martha's Vineyard is a great town to make connections.
    All the children of President's past and present should be off limits in the political nonsense, unless your IQ is that of an 8 year old.

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    1. This is a topic that was brought up on social media by the President of the United States of America. So yes, the use of the word "twit" is an appropriate one.

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    2. The swamp is laughing.

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    3. Hey, 11:47! I agree about the Presidents' children especially those under 18 years of age. But the older three Trump children have vacated their rights to be off limits by engaging in politics. They have made speeches, given interviews, commented on political topics and issues, and generally made themselves the focus of numerous appearances that equate to fair game. Young Baron, on the other hand, should be completely off limits. Chelsea Clinton has campaigned with her mother, made appearances on Hillary's behalf and otherwise engaged in activities which open her up to political comment. If they can't stand the heat, they should get out of the kitchen.

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  14. So, we now know that eight year olds do have english comprehensive skills when responding to this blog.

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    1. TJ Maxx still has some items in stock, and at very reasonable prices.

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    2. And eight year olds have been taught that "english" is always written with a capital "E".

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  15. Mark Cuban: Trump Won't Last 4 Years
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/878d1bb0-cf3f-3fce-bc13-32e4e07a9409/ss_mark-cuban%3A-trump-won%26%2339%3Bt.html

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  16. Cuban wanted to be the next Apprentice; sour grapes!

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  17. Awesome Ted Cruz talks about his sweaty butt, his ambition to be in a 'teen tit film', and to become rich and powerful so he can achieve 'world domination'.

    https://youtu.be/vt-vG_TdOT4

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  18. Since the recent Islamic terror attacks in Atlanta and Bowling Green I have becum a trump supporter.

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  19. Didnt realize that Cruz and Clinton had so much in common, thanx 12:48pm

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  20. The one Sierra Madre has been waiting for:
    Republican congressman introduces legislation that would take marijuana out of the hands of the feds
    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/09/republican-congressman-introduces-legislation-that-would-take-marijuana-out-of-the-hands-of-the-federal-government/

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  21. Both from the same swamp
    Trump too

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    1. Yeah but Clinton was a player. Cruz a creepy douche.

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  22. Three-judge appeals panel rules against trump and his illegal, immoral travel ban! Let freedom ring.

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    1. Yeah, baby!
      9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump and travel ban will not go into effect
      http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-live-updates-9th-circuit-arguments-9th-circuit-court-of-appeals-says-a-1486678883-htmlstory.html

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    2. thanks for the heads up. i still go tattler before i go media. ;)

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    3. Trump is going to go bananas.

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  23. trump tells the court “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Does he know he's already in court? Total moron........

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    1. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has responded to President Donald Trump's tweet after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate the travel ban.

      Trump tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" In response, Inslee said, "Mr. President, we just saw you in court, and we beat you."

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    2. Awesome. Trump must be making his baboon face.

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  24. "For the Trump administration, defending these various suits will no doubt be logistically challenging and politically frustrating. The moment one case is denied, another may spring up in its place".

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  25. So critical of everyone who disagrees with him. No disrespectful.

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    1. "No disrespectful" would mean....uh....huh?

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  26. Today the "jobs" president tried to put an American company out of business for not selling his daughter's clothes are made in China.

    But all the little Trumpanzees will obediently return tomorrow and follow orders.

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  27. Statue:1182(f). The Commander in Chief has the Constitutional right to do what is necessary to protect United States citizens.
    The 9th Circus Court does not have that
    jurisdiction. The 9th District is being disrespectful. Their approach is, words matter. Not if "you" will get your throat slit.
    The President should re word, then re issue the Executive Order.

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    1. Jah, mein Fuhrer.

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    2. It is "Ja" at least try to get your childish insult correct.

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