Thursday, April 13, 2017

Congressman tells angry constituents the idea that they pay his salary is ‘bullcrap’

Mod: If you didn't know better, you might begin to think they're all idiots.

Congressman tells angry constituents the idea that they pay his salary is ‘bullcrap’ (McClatchy DC link): An Oklahoman congressman is under fire after he seemingly dismissed the notion that his constituents pay for him to go to Congress, calling the idea “bullcrap” in a viral video making the rounds on social media.

Markwayne Mullin, speaking at a town hall Tuesday in Jay, Oklahoma, was responding to a question from the audience when he responded to a claim that constituents pay for him to work in Congress.

“You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” said the 39-year-old Republican who represents Oklahoma’s second district, which covers much of the eastern part of the state.

When several audience members pushed back against this claim, Mullin went on, “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”

Court Approved Wiretap on Trump Campaign Aide Over Russia Ties (New York Times link): The Justice Department obtained a secret court-approved wiretap last summer on Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, based on evidence that he was operating as a Russian agent, a government official said Wednesday.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued the warrant, the official said, after investigators determined that Mr. Page was no longer part of the Trump campaign, which began distancing itself from him in early August. Mr. Page is one of several Trump associates under scrutiny in a federal investigation.

The Justice Department considered direct surveillance of anyone tied to a political campaign as a line it did not want to cross, the official added. But its decision to seek a wiretap once it was clear that Mr. Page had left the campaign was the latest indication that, as Mr. Trump built his insurgent run for the White House, the F.B.I. was deeply concerned about whether any of his associates were colluding with Russia.

To obtain the warrant, the government needed to show probable cause that Mr. Page was acting as an agent of Russia. Investigators must first get approval from one of three senior officials at the Justice Department. Then, prosecutors take it to a surveillance court judge.

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37 comments:

  1. Finally, you broght Russia conspiracy back to your blog. I thought maybe the Dems were going silent with embarrassment.
    "Show me some Facts", enough hearsay.
    I am holding out for the facts on who and or whom; gave the order, for "wiretapping" and unmasking at Trump Towers.
    TowerGate?

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    1. Thank you comrade. More details will be forthcoming. Treason, it is just so Trump this season.

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    2. Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached
      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-impeachment-professor-allan-lichtman-237181

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    3. Stop embarrassing yourself, troll #1, and go read the article in today's Guardian:

      British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia

      Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.

      GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

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    4. It's a documented phenomenon that some cult followers go through "disconfirmation" events, and rather than seeing the objects of their trust for what they really are, they re-commit. Strange behavior indeed, and we see it every day now in Trump followers.

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    5. They're just looking for orders.

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  2. "Thank God, this is not how I make my Living".
    Unlike many in Politics, that do make it their living and get zero done.
    I commend this Congressmen.

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    1. So what does he do with the money we pay him? Hire prostitutes?

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    2. He must be stupid if he pays taxes...

      Ask Trump

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    3. This idiot has no clue about what he was elected to do, or why. When you are elected to any public post whether local, state, or federal, you are a paid servant of the voting public that elected you to be there. This guy only serves HIS OWN interests.

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    4. Markwayne could use a little firing. That way he will learn to understand who the real boss is.

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  3. A Southern lawmaker called Lincoln a ‘tyrant’ and compared him to Hitler - The Republican General Assembly member from Cabarrus County this week called the 16th president “the same sort (of) tyrant” as Adolf Hitler,” according to the Charlotte Observer. Pittman made the comparison on Facebook while responding to a commenter who was critical of legislation the lawmaker has introduced that seeks to bring an end to same-sex marriage in North Carolina, the Observer reported.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/12/a-southern-lawmaker-called-lincoln-a-tyrant-and-compared-him-to-hitler

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  4. A little Civics 101 for ol' "Markwayne," ASAP. On second thought, don't bother.

    Anybody named "Markwayne" is bound to be bad news. I guess his parents hung that moniker on him because they figured he'd never be smart enough to remember two separate names. They were correct.

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  5. Funny. Ol' Markwayne doesn't seem to mind cashing the checks.

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  6. United passenger drug off airplane has broken nose and teeth/concussion. Retained a lawyer but no law suit yet. Plus all the town hall meetings where people are so riled that the next one is canceled due to "safety concerns." Buzz word for 'I'm to lily-livered to stand up in front of my constituents and listen to their serious concerns.' Add this to the view of America around the world. Aren't we just so proud of this America Greatness.

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    1. You mean the doctor who lost his license from giving prescription drugs in return for sex? That passenger?

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    2. Looks like he has been given some United justice.

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    3. "Overbooking" should be illegal.

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    4. Did the doctor pay his fines and or suspension of license? Yes!
      Was his license to practice medicine in Louisiana reinstated? Yes
      How does this have any bearing on the way United mistreated him as a paying passenger (his wife was on the plane with him) by dragging him off the plane, breaking his nose, some teeth and causing a concussion?

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    5. 4:22 says he paid his fines and served his suspension. But paying fines or fulfilling a sentence does not an honest person make.

      I don't know about this situation and can't say it happened in this case, but two wrongs on opposite sides sometimes converge.

      And sometimes--something that honest people have a hard time imagining--grifters, who are highly attuned to situations that may work to their advantage, take advantage of those situations. It happens everywhere every day on small scales. Sometimes it results in a jackpot.

      Again, I do not know about this situation, but I do know that leopards rarely change their spots.

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  7. I kinda enjoy the latest Trump story where he goes into detail about the wonderful chocolate cake he was eating, while mistakenly saying he was bombing Iraq instead of Syria.

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  8. Thanks Hammurabi.

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    1. All them muslim countries sound the same.

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  9. Make your kitchens great again, trolls!

    Health inspectors have found 13 safety violations at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including “dangerous” raw fish and food stored in broken down coolers.

    The Miami Herald reports that inspectors found these safety violations in Mar-a-Lago’s kitchen just days before Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Three of the violations were deemed “high priority” for the club, meaning they needed to be addressed immediately to prevent the spread of illness-producing bacteria on plates in the dining room.

    Suckers gettin' trumped every day.

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  10. Afghanistan - Kaboom ...

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    1. Donald has an interesting new hobby.

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    2. There will be blow back

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    3. Yeah. World War III.

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  11. Whatever you say, Caligula.

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    1. That was weak

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    2. Sounded pretty spot on to me.

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    3. What was weak 9:38? And what was spot on 10:00?

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    4. The comparison of Trump to Caligula.

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    5. Oh ok, sorry! Haha totally

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    6. I asked the questions at 10:11pm. Why are you pretending to be me 6:26am? Weird.

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    7. Maybe you are pretending to be you?

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    8. Correction: Very Weird

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