Quit Picking on the Republicans


Tecumsehsbones
#511
Ex-NY Congressman Grimm gets 8 months of prison in tax case



Tom Hays, AP July 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was sentenced Friday to 8 months in prison for tax evasion.
The sentencing in Brooklyn before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen follows Grimm’s guilty plea late last year to aiding in filing a false tax return — a charge that stemmed from an investigation into the Staten Island Republican’s campaign financing.


The defense had asked the judge to spare him a prison term; prosecutors argued he deserved at least 2 years behind bars.
Prosecutors said the tax fraud began in 2007 after Grimm retired from the FBI and began investing in a Manhattan eatery called Healthalicious. An indictment accused him of underreporting more than $1 million in wages and receipts to evade payroll, income and sales taxes, in part by paying immigrant workers, some of them in the country illegally, in cash.


Grimm, 45, won re-election in November while fighting the charges but later resigned.


In court papers asking for a sentence of probation, defense lawyers called Grimm’s offense “an aberration in an otherwise remarkable life in selfless service of his country,” including a stint in the Marine Corps. They also argued that losing his career in Congress was punishment enough.


Grimm “is tremendously remorseful over his offense,” they wrote. “He understands that his tax violation is not something to be taken lightly, and he is anguished over his wrongdoing and will live with the shame of it the rest of his life.”


Prosecutors countered by telling the judge that Grimm’s record of “falsely minimizing his criminal conduct and impugning anyone who questions him is indicative of an individual who has not come to terms with his own crimes.”


The government papers cited a news conference last year outside the courthouse where Grimm called the case “a political witch hunt.” The papers also refer to an episode in which Grimm threatened to throw a local cable TV news reporter off the balcony of the capitol for asking about the campaign financing inquiry.

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/forme...334864711.html

Republicans REALLY don't like taxes.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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#512
Pro-life republicans:



Of course this child is valuable again at age 18 when eligible for military service. Addendum: given high school and college opportunities for graduates, there will never be a shortage of recruits. And when the wounded return as vets, we go back to treating them as we did from birth to 18.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
+1
#513
 
EagleSmack
#514
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post




Of course this child is valuable again at age 18 when eligible for military service. Addendum: given high school and college opportunities for graduates, there will never be a shortage of recruits. And when the wounded return as vets, we go back to treating them as we did from birth to 18.


Wow ... you're really dumb!

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post


Republicans REALLY don't like taxes.


Wow... you're really smart!
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
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#515
GOP's favorability rating plummets in first half of 2015



GOP's favorability rating plummets in first half of 2015






Ever since the GOP took control of Congress, the party's favorability rating has nosedived, sliding nine points since the beginning of the year, according to Pew Research Center. Just 32 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Republicans, while 60 percent view them unfavorably. (Democrats presently have a 48-47 percent favorable to unfavorable rating.)
The Democratic Party has often held an edge over the GOP in favorability in recent years, but its advantage had narrowed following the Republicans’ midterm victory last fall. Today, the gap is as wide as it has been in more than two years.
Republicans, in particular, are now more critical of their own party than they were a few months ago. About two-thirds (68%) express a favorable opinion of their party, the lowest share in more than two years. Six months ago, 86% of Republicans viewed the GOP positively.

A majority of Americans view the GOP as "more extreme" than Democrats. Democrats also win the empathy/honesty contest by double digits.

By 53% to 31%, the Democratic Party is viewed as “more concerned with the needs of people like me.” And the Democrats hold a 16-point lead on governing in an honest and ethical way (45% to 29%).
This survey took place July 14-20. Just a guess that the Trump effect isn't even in full relief yet.





Right wingers were quick to endorse Pew findings when they were not favorable to Dems so they should be equally happy to endorse the truth of these numbers.
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
#516
eagerly looking forward to the Republican debates just to see all that hate filled mud slinging:



 
gopher
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JLM
No Party Affiliation
#518
Of course there's two sides to the problem and the immigrants are only half of it. Quite often they are doing these jobs because there are people on this side who think they should be getting $30, $40, $50 an hour for doing them. They'd get a shock here in the Okanagan where they'd find the going rate for heavy labour is $12 - $18 an hour. I know a guy who is installing swimming pools for $15 an hour.
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
#519





Stock up on the popcorn and adult beverages! The Republicans are ready to rumble Thursday


Stock up on the popcorn and adult beverages! The Republicans are ready to rumble Thursday



In the most anticipated political event of the year, the 17 Republican candidates for president will debate Thursday. Well, ten of them yet to be determined will really debate. The other seven will be in kind of a JV, kid's table debate that no one is really going to watch. This weekend, Donald Trump gave a taste of what we might expect.
“I wish good luck to all the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers,” said Mr. Trump, who wasn’t invited to the Koch meeting, in a Sunday tweet. “Puppets?”
Classic. The question is, will Trump being Trump work in a debate? And if he is, will that turn off Republican voters as much as Republican operatives clearly and dearly hope it will?
“I’d be very surprised if Donald Trump was a candidate on the ballot come Iowa and New Hampshire,” said Stuart Stevens, a GOP strategist who helped guide Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.
But for candidates nervously waiting out the summer of Trump, it’s impossible to look beyond Thursday night. The first debate isn’t determinative, but the stakes are enormous: Aside from the opportunity to make a positive first impression with a broad national audience, it’s a moment to assuage nervous donors — or perhaps win over new ones with a lights-out performance.

“You’re not going to win the nomination in the first debate, but you could lose it if you make a mistake,” Black said. “You can lose it on any given day, but especially in a debate — just ask Rick Perry.”

So maybe it's good news for Rick Perry that he's on the cusp of making the main stage. Maybe he doesn't want to be in the spotlight again. All the rest of them are going to have to figure out how to grab the attention from Trump in a way that makes them look more serious and statesmanlike, while at the same time getting their message across. Since there will be ten of them on that stage, even getting a few minutes of time to introduce their vision and show how they're the non-Trump will be a challenge. Trump himself has nothing to lose. He doesn't need to worry about donors and he doesn't need to worry about making nice to the GOP. An independent run will always be an option for him. Which means Thursday night could be a blast.
Daily Kos Elections is keeping track of the polls as the debate cutoff date approaches, so you can have the latest and best guess as to who's in and who's out.





those debates are gonna be fun
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
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#520
big time practical joke pulled on Scott Walker & the sucker falls for it:




 
Ludlow
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

big time practical joke pulled on Scott Walker & the sucker falls for it:




Him and Palin would make a good team two brilliant sparks of light in a world full of dummies. They should both be on jeopardy
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
#522
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas’s Voter ID Law


BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas's Voter ID Law | ThinkProgress



One day before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the country wielded that law to strike down a Texas voter suppression law. A unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an opinion written by a George W. Bush appointee, held that Texas’s voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and must, at the very least, be significantly weakened. Though the court did not accept every argument raised against the state’s voter ID law, and its opinion does not go nearly as far as a trial judge’s decision which also struck down this law, it is a significant blow to the state’s efforts to make voting more difficult.
Voter ID laws are a common obstacle raised, mostly by right-leaning lawmakers, in front of citizens seeking to exercise their right to vote. Though stringent voter ID laws, which require voters to show a photo ID before they can cast a ballot, are often justified as a shield against voter fraud, the kind of fraud these laws target barely exists. A Wisconsin study, for example, found just seven cases of fraud out of 3 million votes cast during the 2004 election — and none of these seven cases were the kind of in-person voter fraud that is prevented by a voter ID law. Similarly an investigation by former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) found exactly zero cases of in-person voter fraud over the course of several elections.
What voter ID laws do accomplish, however, is they disproportionately disenfranchise groups that tend to prefer Democratic candidates over Republicans. As Judge Catharina Haynes explained in her opinion on behalf of the Fifth Circuit, one analysis determined that “Hispanic registered voters and Black registered voters were respectively 195% and 305% more likely than their Anglo peers to lack” a voter ID in the state of Texas. Indeed, even Texas’s own numbers confirmed that voter ID laws disproportionately impact racial minorities. Their own expert “found that 4% of eligible White voters lacked SB 14 ID, compared to 5.3% of eligible Black voters and 6.9% of eligible Hispanic voters.”
Similarly, low-income voters are much less likely to have ID then their wealthier counterparts. The district court in this case “credited expert testimony that 21.4% of eligible voters earning less than $20,000 per year lack SB 14 ID, compared to only 2.6% of voters earning between $100,000 and $150,000 per year.”
The racial disparities impacting voter eligibility, when combined with other conditions in Texas that tend to produce discrimination against African Americans and Latinos, were sufficient reason for the court to hold that Texas’s voter ID law must be struck down. Yet, while this is certainly a victory for the voters and institutions that challenged this voter suppression law, it is not a total victory.
For one thing, the Fifth Circuit determined that the appropriate remedy in this case may not be a broad injunction striking down the entire law. Rather, if the evidence in this case does not show that Texas acted with a discriminatory intent when it enacted this law, an injunction “reinstat[ing] voter registration cards as documents that qualify as acceptable identification under the Texas Election Code” may be appropriate.
More importantly, Haynes’s opinion vacated the trial court’s finding that state lawmakers did, indeed, act with racial discrimination in mind when they enacted this law. Pointing to several pieces of evidence that the district court relied upon which the Fifth Circuit found less compelling, Haynes’s opinion instructs the trial judge to conduct “a reexamination of the probative evidence underlying Plaintiffs’ discriminatory purpose claims weighed against the contrary evidence.” That does not preclude the trial court from determining, once again, that state lawmakers had racial discrimination on their minds when they enacted this law, but it does make it more difficult for that court to reach such a determination.
Should the courts ultimately conclude that Texas did act with a discriminatory purpose, that could have profound implications for the state moving forward. Among other things, it could lead to a court order reinstating the requirement that Texas “pre-clear” all of its voting laws with officials in Washington DC before those laws can take effect — a requirement that was deactivated when five conservative members of the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
Ultimately, however, any decision calling Texas’s voter ID law into question must survive two significant obstacles. The first is that the Fifth Circuit is an especially conservative court, and it is likely that Texas will ask a panel of all 15 of the court’s active judges to reconsider this case. The fact that Haynes agreed that the law is problematic should help supporters of voting rights if Texas seeks full court review, but it is no guarantee that a majority of the Fifth Circuit will agree with her.
And, even if Haynes’s conclusion survives contact with the full Fifth Circuit, this case is reasonably likely to be reviewed by a Supreme Court that’s shown skepticism of voting rights claims generally and of the Voting Rights Act in particular.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#523
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas’s Voter ID Law

Good. NOW maybe they'll secede.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#524
Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff



Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff as fundraising dries up - The Washington Post


Well, this certainly proves he's a Real Republican.


TRUMP 2016 - He Sometimes Pays His Employees!
 
captain morgan
No Party Affiliation
+1
#525
seems to be par for the course

Hillary Clinton to hire some 'summer fellows' after reports of interns working for free | US news | The Guardian
 
EagleSmack
+1
#526
Perry campaign manager Jeff Miller told staff last Friday, the day after the first Republican presidential debate, that they would no longer be paid and are free to look for other jobs.

Good gosh! Lay offs! That has NEVER happened before!
 
captain morgan
No Party Affiliation
+1
#527
Ironic that these layoffs happen under a Democratic President
 
Tecumsehsbones
#528
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

seems to be par for the course

Hillary Clinton to hire some 'summer fellows' after reports of interns working for free | US news | The Guardian

Interns work for free. In every company, law firm, government agency, and think tank in the country.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#529
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Interns work for free. In every company, law firm, government agency, and think tank in the country.

Well I guess if they want to work for free go to it . I wish I could get free labor .
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
#530




I guess he didn't get enough of a bailout from Obama
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#531
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post





I guess he didn't get enough of a bailout from Obama

Or not attracting enough people looking for corporate welfare . He is now toast .
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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#532
 
tay
+1
#533
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supports Paraguay's decision to deny an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim , he revealed in an interview Sunday.



In an appearance on CNN the former Arkansas governor argued that the Paraguayan government's refusal to allow an abortion for the now-11-year-old, who gave birth last week after being raped by her stepfather, prevented a second tragedy.



"Let nobody be misled, a 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible, but does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child?" he asked. He added later, "When I think about one horror, I also think about the possibilities that exist and I just don't want to think that somehow we discounted a human life ... Let's not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life."



Paraguay law allows abortion only “in very rare cases when it’s deemed necessary to save a woman’s life ,” ThinkProgress noted.



Huckabee has taken a firm stance against abortion and suggested last month that he wouldn't rule out using federal troops to stop women from accessing the procedure. He also identifies with a small group of conservative legal scholars who believe the Constitution gives the president the power to outlaw abortion , despite the Supreme Court's many rulings on the matter.










Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren’t conservatives after them?




https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...31439727169730
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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#534
 
gerryh
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#535
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post


roflmfao.... this is rich.... this coming from a man that is worth 30 million u.s.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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#536
 
Walter
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#537
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

This is a POS.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
#538
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

This is a POS.

I would disagree with you but I don't know what a POS is. But it is a fact, something you and republicans have a problem with.
 
Walter
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#539
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

I would disagree with you but I don't know what a POS is. But it is a fact, something you and republicans have a problem with.

POS = Piece Of Shjt
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
+1 / -1
#540
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

POS = Piece Of Shjt

Looking in the mirror again? Pagans have been around since the dawn of civilization, over 200,000 years. Do you even know what a pagan is?
 

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