Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Trump Administration Bans The CDC from Using 7 Specific Words, Including "Transgender", "Diversity" And “Science-Based”


The Trump administration has, in what can only be described as an Orwellian nightmare, banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven specific words.

The seven taboo terms now banned from use in official documents from the institute, which issues reports on health promotion and disease prevention in the United States, in no particular order are...

Fetus,” “Transgender,” “Diversity”, “Science-Based” “Evidence-Based,” “Entitlement,” and “Vulnerable"

Reportedly CDC policy analysts were informed of the forbidden words in a 90-minute meeting in Atlanta on Thursday with senior CDC officials.

The meeting was led by a senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services who according to sources didn’t know why the words were forbidden and said she was merely relaying information.

A source inside the meeting said they were suggested words and phrases to use in place of  “science-based” or “evidence-based,” such as...

CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” 

This left many worried that those as the CDC working on the Zika virus's effect on developing fetuses may be at a loss for appropriate/acceptable words.

Those at the CDC were reportedly shocked and concerned by the edict and were unsure what the rationale was aside from trying to erase certain types of people from their reports.

The now-taboo terms will not be used in official documents from the Atlanta institute, which issues reports on health promotion and disease prevention in the United States.

This new rule will undoubtably make the work of several CDC departments more difficult based on the populations they serve such as The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention and researching the Zika virus.

Sources also believe that other employees of the Health and Human Services department are likely subjected to the same rule.


Donald Trump’s Support Among The Fox News Faithful Plunges 32 Points!


According to a new poll Donald Trump’s support among Fox News viewers plunges 32 points in stunning new poll.

The poll from Suffolk University shows that, since beginning his term, Trump’s numbers have plummeted among loyal Fox viewers.

In January, people who rated Fox as their most trusted network held a 90 percent favorable view of Trump.

That figure now stands at 58 percent revealing a staggering 32-point drop.

The drop is not due to a lack of effort from the network to shield Trump from any and all allegations of incompetency or wrongdoing.

In addition to covering for Trump at all turns Fox has also viciously attacked all those that speak out against the dear leader even going as far as to impugn the motives and impartiality of the FBI and the special counsel that is looking into Trump-Russia wrongdoing.

At this point Trump only appears on the network and when he does he is greeted with softball interview questions and sycophant-like praise.

But despite their best efforts Trump has is being dragged down by the indictments and guilty pleas of former campaign and administration officials and a laundry list of unkept legislative promises.

This combined with the #MeToo movement's continuing exposing of sexual predation by prominent men in entertainment, business, media, and politics, which has brought the seventeen plus women who have accused Trump of harrassment or sexual assault back into the national spotlight.

Add lest we forget Trump's appalling endorsement of an accused serial child molester in Roy Moore and you have a situation not even the equivalent of state run television can help you with!

Suffolk’s findings match with other recent polls showing Trump, and the entire GOP, are becoming completely radioactive with voters.

Under Trump The Number Of Homeless Veterans Rises For The First Time In Seven Years


For the first time in seven years the number of homeless veterans is up.

From January 2016 to January 2017, the number of homeless vets increased 1.5 percent, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On the night of a homeless census in January 2017, 40,056 veterans were unsheltered.

This horrific news is was met by the Trump administration's announcement that later in the year they will be seeking to cut funding to a program designed to aid homeless vets.

On December 1st, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin released a statement that he was gutting a $460-million program dedicated to veteran homelessness. The move came after Shulkin had told Military Times that he didn't believe it was practical to aim for zero veteran homelessness.

"There is going to be a functional zero, essentially somewhere around 12,000 to 15,000 that despite being offered options for housing and getting them off the street, there are a number of reasons why people may not choose to do that,"

In light of the homeless spike the news of the cut was met a vicious backlash from veteran advocates and members of Congress so intense that Shulkin reversed course late Wednesday promising in a news release...

"absolutely no change in the funding to support our homeless programs,"

In a statement released Thursday, the the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans told Shulkin that  the VA needed to "clarify," his pledge to dedicate time on "how best to target our funding to the geographical areas that need it most,".

After President Barack Obama pledged to "end veterans’ homelessness," in 2010 the number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has, until now, declined by 46 percent.

But the increase in veteran homeless since Trump took office has matched the rise in the overall homeless population which is up .7 percent overall from 2016.

The 40,056 veterans account for roughly nine percent of all homeless people.

Trump Hosts NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre At The White House On The Anniversary Of The Sandy Hook Shooting


Thursday marked the 5 year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26, 20 of whom were small children.

On the somber date Donald Trump failed to mention let alone release any statement or messages of condolences for the families who lost loved ones on that horrific day.

Most repugnant of Trump's actions on that day was the fact that he hosted NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre at a White House Christmas party as families and friends of the elementary school gun massacre were remembering the victims of the horrific shooting spree.

This after LaPierre and the NRA spread lies about the emergency response to the attack, lashed out at critics, urged that every school in America have armed guards and fought to obstruct President Barack Obama’s bipartisan effort to pass a background check bill in the wake of the attack.

Here is a picture of LaPierre at the event via Shannon Watts of "Mom's Demand Action"...


Watts pointed out that over the last 4 years since the tragedy President Obama had invited only gun violence prevention activists, gun violence survivors, Sandy Hook families and supportive lawmakers to the White House's Christmas party out of respect to those who lost their lives on that day.

Friday, December 15, 2017

FCC YOU! Trump Administration Repeals Net Neutrality


The Trump Administration gave a huge gift to internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon and a big screw you to all of us when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who was appointed by Donald Trump, repealed the protective measure despite public outcry as well as a request from 18 state attorneys general to delay the vote over concerns that the public comment process had been corrupted by fraudulent messages.

The repeal, ironically named the "FCC Acts To Restore Internet Freedom", passed 3-2 on party lines with all three Republicans voting in favor.

The repeal scraps a 2015 Obama-era regulation that classified the internet as a public utility which among other things required internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all of the data traveling on their networks equally.

Without these protections those ISPs can now legally begin treating data from some websites differently than others.

Freed from the regulation provider's of internet content could charge customers for certain services while blocking access to other websites entirely. Some companies could decide customers won’t be charged when they view data they own the rights to but would be charged for rival companies data thus driving viewers to their site.

Also it is now legal for ISPs to discriminate against internet traffic and create fast lanes and slow lanes for content.

This is just one more instance that the Trump administration is more interested in doing what big companies want them to do as opposed to everyday Americans.

The Internet's content is all fair game now and so are you thanks to Trump's hard on for repealing anything President Obama put in place.

The fight for Internet equality is not dead yet as not only has New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pledged to sue to halt the FCC’s actions but in addition Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) joined with 15 other senators to contest the FCC decision via a Congressional Review Act resolution.

On a side note, if you thought this move wasn't hugely unpopular, the hearing was temporarily delayed by a bomb threat before the final vote was taken. Only after police and dogs searched the cleared out chamber did the committee proceed with their vote to repeal the regulations.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

YOU'RE FIRED! Omarosa Fired, Gets Dragged Kicking And Screaming From The White House Christmas Party!

You're fired... Again.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former “Apprentice” contestant who works as "an adviser" for Donald Trump, has reportedly been unceremoniously removed from her position... Whatever that was.

Newman, who prefers to go by Omarosa only, was fired or resigned on Tuesday night.

Just about everyone, including those in the administration, have no idea what Newman did in her $180,000 a year position but the title she amassed for it was...

"Director Of Communications For The White House Office of Public Liaison.

It appears that the trouble with Newman began at a White House Christmas party when she threw a tantrum and demanded she be allowed to speak with Donald Trump.

According to those in attendance General Kelly would not allow her to speak to him whereupon she began to curse and threaten him.

A source with knowledge of the Tuesday night to-do said Newman...

acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump" and then said, "I brought the black vote" to which General Kelly said, "no, you did not. It's not there,"

After the dustup with Kelly Newman then apparently tried to run into Trump's private residence within the White House setting alarms that triggered the Secret Service into action!

SMFH

After the resignation/firing the White House released a statement to the press saying that Newman had...

resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,

After that Trump took to Twitter to wish her well/twist the knife...



But it didn't end there as more news of the drama leaked out.

Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief April Ryan claimed she had inside information that Omarosa got into some kind of a scuffle with White House officials and had to be physically escorted from the building....


Ryan went on to report that her sources within the White House texted her after Newman's removal saying “Mission accomplished!” as she was deeply... DEEPLY!... unpopular among her colleagues.

Newman first became associated with Donald Trump when she was a contestant on his reality TV series “The Apprentice” in 2004 and then again on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”.

She lost all three times.

That makes this the FOURTH time Newman has been fired by Donald Trump.

Buh bye!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

...AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON! New York Newspapers Nail Roy Moore... And His Horse!

At 11:30 am today Republican candidate Roy Moore arrived at his polling place in Gallant, Alabama on a horse named "Sassy".

Moore said he specifically rides "Sassy" (No, not kidding!) to the polls in every election to “have good favor,”.

It did not work this time around and the newspapers of New York let him know about it.

The Daily News went with this version with the expletive front and center...


The New York Post went with the PG 13 version...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NO MOORE! Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat In Stunning Rebuke To Trump


Tonight voters in Alabama elected Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore, making him the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state in 25 years in that state.

Jones' win, albeit by only 2 percent, is a shocking upset in Alabama given that it is one of the reddest states in the nation.

To give you an idea of what a turnaround this Democratic victory is the last time this seat was in play the Dems didn't even field a candidate when then-Sen. Jeff Sessions ran for re-election just three years ago.

In his victory speech tonight Jones said...

We have shown the country the way that we can be unified,

For his part Roy Moore refused to concede telling supporters he would...

"wait on God and let this process play out,"

This was a brutal defeat not only for Roy Moore but for Steve Bannon and Donald Trump who threw all their political weight behind Roy Moore.

Remember Donald Trump, who backed Luther Strange in the primary, backed not one but two losing candidates in Alabama in this senate race.

Republicans now hold a razor thin 51-49 majority in the Senate after this Democratic win.

54 Democratic Congresswomen Demand Probe Into Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Donald Trump


A group of Democratic congresswomen have called on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump.

The letter, spearheaded by the head of the Democratic Women's Working Group, Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, adds to a growing number of voices drawing renewed attention to the accusations leveled against Trump by at least 17 women during his 2016 campaign.

The 17 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Donald Trump, ranging from lewd behavior to sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In the letter to the panel's chairman, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings and the 54 female House lawmakers write that...

"The American people deserve a full inquiry in to the truth of these allegations. In the time of 'Me Too,' women across the country are coming forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual harassment and assault. Members of Congress have also come under scrutiny and investigation, with some resigning, for improper sexual conduct. We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump."

When asked on Monday about the letter White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders repeated to reporters on Monday that Trump denies all allegations of misconduct...

"The President has denied any of these allegations," Sanders said. "The American people knew this and voted for the President and we feel like we're ready to move forward in this process.

Trump responded to the call for an investigation Tuesday morning, calling it "fake news".

This demand comes on the same day four of Donald Trump's accusers demanded that Congress investigate their claims of sexual misconduct against Trump at a news conference in New York City.

4 Women Who Have Accused Donald Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Demand Congress Open An Investigation


Four women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault are demanding that Congress investigate their claims.

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks and Lisa Boyne, who joined by phone, held news conference during which they urged Congress to open an investigation into the sexual harassment and assault allegations against the Trump.

Sixteen women have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct ranging from unwanted sexual advances, to groping, to full blown sexual assault.

The four women's demand were delivered as the accusations about Trump have come under increased scrutiny over the past few months as several prominent politicians and members of the media have been brought down after their sexual misconduct had been brought to light. Not helping is the fact that Trump has thrown his support behind Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct and child molestation.

A White House spokesperson responded to the women’s accusations in a statement...

These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory. The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.” 

The group of accusers call the statement "laughable".

The Monday news conference was hosted by Brave New Films, a documentary production company that in November released a three-minute video called “16 Women and Donald Trump”.

The video, which the four women appear in, shares the stories of the women who have come forward with their experiences of Trump allegedly assaulting or harassing them can be seen here...