Jump to content
The Education Forum

The inevitable end result of our last 56 years


Recommended Posts

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump 12/15/20

This Fake Election can no longer stand.”

 

Fake, fake, fake.

Everything around Donald Trump is fake.

Fake News. Fake Elections. Fake pandemic.

I wonder what it’s like to go through life knowing that everything around you is unreal.

Must be weird.

I wonder if he feels like Alice in Wonderland.

Steve Thomas

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 7.8k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Senators Fail To Reach Deal On Compromise Version Of COVID-19 Lawsuit Ban

"Democrats disagree with a watered-down version of Mitch McConnell’s proposal to stifle lawsuits over coronavirus exposure at work and elsewhere."

By Arthur Delaney and Dave Jamieson 12/15/20

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-relief-liability-shield_n_5fd7d150c5b689a6230d0b28

Worker safety advocates said they are alarmed at how the McConnell-Cornyn proposal would weaken the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is charged with protecting workers on the job. To avoid citations and fines due to infections and deaths, employers would only have to demonstrate that they were aware of the relevant safety guidelines and “exploring options to comply” with them ― regardless of whether they actually did. 

Under the Trump administration, OSHA has doled out relatively small fines for coronavirus hazards, even in cases where multiple workers died from COVID-19. The McConnell-Cornyn language would make it all but impossible for OSHA to do even that, said Debbie Berkowitz, a former OSHA official under Obama now with the National Employment Law Project. It would also hinder OSHA from enforcing critical whistleblower protections for workers who speak up about coronavirus dangers.

But the proposal goes well beyond safety. It would also protect employers from coronavirus-related claims stemming from discrimination law as well as minimum wage and overtime laws. Jennifer Mathis, deputy legal director at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, said it was troubling to see the Americans with Disabilities Act included among the laws from which employers would gain some immunity.”

Steve Thomas

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Did you guys hear? The President has declared Biden can't have the vaccine until he becomes President! Should he become President!!!!
 
Man that guy is cold!
Just out to seek every advantage!
But his base loves it!
 
 
 
 
heh heh  Just kidding
 
 
 
Kilt him Bill Barr, when he was only 3.
W.D.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Smartmatic Demands Justice for Defamation

https://www.smartmatic.com/us/media/article/smartmatic-demands-justice-for-defamation/

Boca Raton, Florida - December 14, 2020 - Smartmatic announced today that it is issuing legal notices and retraction demand letters to Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network for publishing false and defamatory statements. The demand letters identify dozens of factually inaccurate statements made by each of the organizations as part of a “disinformation campaign” to injure Smartmatic and discredit the 2020 U.S. election.

According to Smartmatic’s demand letters, these organizations could have easily discovered the falsity of the statements and implications made about Smartmatic by investigating their statements before publishing them to millions of viewers and readers. Smartmatic had nothing to do with the “controversies” that certain public and private figures have alleged regarding the 2020 U.S. election. Multiple fact-checkers have consistently debunked these false statements with stunning consistency and regularity.

“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence.  This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “Our efforts are more than just about Smartmatic or any other company.  This campaign is an attack on election systems and election workers in an effort to depress confidence in future elections and potentially counter the will of the voters, not just here, but in democracies around the world.”

Since its founding in 2000, Smartmatic has designed and implemented secure election technologies in twenty-five countries and helped election management bodies record over five billion votes without a single security breach, and where every single vote is auditable.

Smartmatic’s only involvement in the United States in the 2020 election was as the manufacturing partner, system integrator, and software developer for Los Angeles County’s publicly owned voting system.  Election processes conducted using Smartmatic technology have been praised by The Carter Center, The Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), and the United Nations development Programme (UNDP).  Smartmatic is an approved vendor of the United States Department of Defense and a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. 

In its demand letters, Smartmatic informed the organizations that it is reserving all its legal rights and remedies, including its right to pursue defamation and disparagement claims.

 

Steve Thomas

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Editorial: Shame on Nebraska officials for joining foolish Texas election lawsuit

Omaha World-Herald

https://omaha.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-shame-on-nebraska-officials-for-joining-foolish-texas-election-lawsuit/article_294a76e0-3e2d-11eb-adf1-679e649b82c1.html

 

“Yet, presented with that scenario at a news conference before the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case — would Nebraska have been involved were Joe Biden not the winner? — Gov. Pete Ricketts insisted our interest wasn’t political and he just wants other states to follow their laws.”

 

“Bull.”

“As Republicans who supported the Texas lawsuit go forward in their political careers, voters must remember what they did in December 2020 in hopes of denying 20 million Americans their most fundamental right, and what they did to erode confidence in the very elections in which their ambitions drive them to compete.”

“It was shameful.”

Steve Thomas

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

30 minutes ago, W. Niederhut said:

Obama, definitely, ranks among the top ten best Presidents in history.  A century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for universal health insurance, Obama got it done-- succeeding even where Clinton had failed.  Obama also enacted the highly effective Stimulus Recovery Act of 2009, which prevented the Great Bush-Cheney Recession and widespread bank failures from devolving into a second Great Depression.  Obama also presided over the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulatory reform act, in response to the 2008 Crash.  He was consistently sabotaged and defamed by the Koch-funded GOP Tea Party and right wing media, but presided over seven years of consistent GDP and private sector job growth, and a near TRIPLING of the U.S. stock markets-- as I can attest from personal financial experience.

 

Thanks W. It's good to see that I'm not the only one to take note of Obama's greatest first-term accomplishments. Thanks also to Cliff for noting his greatest second-term accomplishments.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sound familiar?

Value of Loeffler’s Mansion Dropped $6M Overnight—and Nobody Can Explain Why

“The estate went from a $10.5 million appraisal to $4.1 million, resulting in a much lower tax bill for the senator and her husband.”

By Sam Brodey and William Bredderman Dec. 16, 2020

https://www.thedailybeast.com/value-of-sen-kelly-loefflers-georgia-mansion-dropped-dollar6m-overnightand-nobody-can-explain-why?ref=home

 

“When Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, bought a 15,000-square-foot Atlanta mansion known as “Descante” for $10.5 million in 2009, it was the most expensive private home purchase in the city’s history.

The value of the estate, as appraised by Fulton County government officials for the purpose of calculating annual property tax dues, remained the same, $10.5 million, for the next seven years. Then, in 2016, the appraised value suddenly plunged to $4.15 million—a whopping 60 percent decline.

The result was a dramatic cut to the couple’s property tax bill.

Originally, they were paying $200,000 annually to the city and county governments. In 2016, after their home’s value dropped, they paid $90,000.

Since then, the appraised value of the home has risen to roughly $5 million, but they are still paying about $80,000 less a year than they did when they first bought. In 2018, the home was valued at $5.5 million, and the couple paid $115,000 in property taxes for that year. In 2020, the home was valued at $5 million, with a tax bill of $112,000.

The devaluation of the Loeffler-Sprecher estate, and lower tax bill, came after the couple invested significantly in improvements to the property. In 2015, they spent nearly $90,000 to renovate the kitchen, $150,000 to construct a new greenhouse, and $125,000 on various outdoor improvements, records filed with the city show.

And it’s especially striking given that Atlanta was undergoing a real-estate boom at that time. Home prices in the metro area surged by 81 percent from 2012 to 2020, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

Steve Thomas

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Donald Trump's Lame Duck Temper Tantrum Tracker

From Public Citizen

"President Donald Trump’s administration is winding down, but his cruelty, recklessness and cronyism isn’t.

That’s why Public Citizen is tracking some of his most corrupt, norm-breaking, dangerous, and unjust actions during the lame duck session.

And we’re barely scratching the surface. From attempting to steal the election to gutting critical regulations to protect the public interest, Trump continues to put himself, corporations, and his cronies over the rest of us – and our democracy.

https://www.citizen.org/article/lameduck/

Steve Thomas

Edited by Steve Thomas
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

On 12/14/2020 at 12:20 PM, Kirk Gallaway said:

Jim's order  of best President would be:

1) JFK

2) JFK

3) JFK and so on...

One exception might be FDR, I assume Jim given his stated preferences likes FDR, but he's really been rather quiet about it.

 

Kirk,

Thanks for your comments... I found them to be enlightening and amusing.

One of my reasons for asking Dennis and Jim D. for their top 10 presidents is because it seemed to me that they'd be unable to pick that many whose presidencies they could stomach. If not, I don't know if that would indicate that their expectations are unreasonably high, or if the Democratic platform doesn't align well with their ideologies.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

27 minutes ago, Steve Thomas said:

Sound familiar?

Value of Loeffler’s Mansion Dropped $6M Overnight—and Nobody Can Explain Why

“The estate went from a $10.5 million appraisal to $4.1 million, resulting in a much lower tax bill for the senator and her husband.”

By Sam Brodey and William Bredderman Dec. 16, 2020

https://www.thedailybeast.com/value-of-sen-kelly-loefflers-georgia-mansion-dropped-dollar6m-overnightand-nobody-can-explain-why?ref=home

 

“When Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, bought a 15,000-square-foot Atlanta mansion known as “Descante” for $10.5 million in 2009, it was the most expensive private home purchase in the city’s history.

The value of the estate, as appraised by Fulton County government officials for the purpose of calculating annual property tax dues, remained the same, $10.5 million, for the next seven years. Then, in 2016, the appraised value suddenly plunged to $4.15 million—a whopping 60 percent decline.

The result was a dramatic cut to the couple’s property tax bill.

Originally, they were paying $200,000 annually to the city and county governments. In 2016, after their home’s value dropped, they paid $90,000.

Since then, the appraised value of the home has risen to roughly $5 million, but they are still paying about $80,000 less a year than they did when they first bought. In 2018, the home was valued at $5.5 million, and the couple paid $115,000 in property taxes for that year. In 2020, the home was valued at $5 million, with a tax bill of $112,000.

The devaluation of the Loeffler-Sprecher estate, and lower tax bill, came after the couple invested significantly in improvements to the property. In 2015, they spent nearly $90,000 to renovate the kitchen, $150,000 to construct a new greenhouse, and $125,000 on various outdoor improvements, records filed with the city show.

And it’s especially striking given that Atlanta was undergoing a real-estate boom at that time. Home prices in the metro area surged by 81 percent from 2012 to 2020, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

Steve Thomas

Did real estate in Atlanta in general decline 60% in assessed value the year that the Loeffler/Sprecher property did?

Like in the GW Bush 2007/2008 recession when real estate nationwide dropped 50%?

A 60% drop without some major important reason or general area property devaluation MUST have a specific reason.

Was their estate found to be haunted? Did some drug cartel people or gang lyric rap star buy a neighboring property and move in with gaudy expensive cars and swarthy armed guards and big, loud sex parties? 

Did a neighbor start a Pit Bull breeding and training business?

Did they find a foundation ruining underground stream underneath their home or something toxic?

A 60% drop in accessed value in one year has to have a super clear and important reason. Surprised that no one has contacted the County assessors office to find the exact reason for such a massive one year drop.

Edited by Joe Bauer
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

That's really funny, Dave.!!    I expect there will be more of these!

 

I'm not surprised that an ad hoc surveillance op like that went down in Houston.  Because of the oil industry, the port, and the foreign consulates and corporations there (Israel, China), Huston is a major nexus for intelligence services, the Dallas of our times.  In that atmosphere, the Houston cops (and ex-cops) might get...hinky and wired.  See the rumors swirling around the Roland Carnaby killing a few years back.

Maybe Doug Caddy knows some good Houston stories.  Maybe Larry Hancock does.  I'd love to hear some.

Edited by David Andrews
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
 Share


×
×
  • Create New...