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latest RW excuse for Trump administration high turnover: people can't keep up with pace

been hearing this on talk radio... Trump's extreme pace is why turnover is high. "A day in the Trump admin is like a year" lol. They are trying to paint the Trump administration dysfunction as something positive



ormer Arkansas governor and currently unabashed President Donald Trump supporter, Mike Huckabee, blamed excessive turnover in the Trump administration on exhausted aides who can't keep up with the president's physical prowess.

Huckabee was asked by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo what he thinks about the amount of people hired and fired from top White House positions that a Saturday New York Times report labeled "unprecedented." Huckabee pinned the recent high-profile departures of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Chief of Staff John Kelly not on performance, but instead on their inability to keep up with the septuagenarian president who claimed last year he doesn't believe in exercise.

Bartiromo referenced a 35-person chart showing how many people had either been fired, resigned or otherwise forced out of the Trump administration in the past 14 months of his presidency.

"Just this weekend, President Trump announced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be out by the end of the year," Bartiromo said. "[John] Kelly and Zinke join a long list of Trump administration resignations and firings... We just looked at this chart of all of the changes in the Trump administration. Does it feel like it's higher than typical or do you think this is sort of par for the course?"

The 63-year-old father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the prompt by proving he's one of the largest proponents of Trump's cult of personality.

"I think it may be a little higher than normal but there's always transitions going on in the White House staff," Huckabee began. "More so in this case for two reasons. One, this is a tough president to work for, and not because he's a difficult person individually, but he is very demanding and very few people can keep up with him. He may be 72 years old but he's got the vigor of somebody who's about 32 years old."

Remember The Time Trump Tweeted About The Clinton Foundation?


Remember The Time Trump Tweeted About The Clinton Foundation?

Today The Trump Foundation was forced to shut down By The New York attorney general for It's ‘pattern of illegality’

while The Clinton Foundation is thriving And Helping People all around the world.


Trump's farmer bailout flows to city slickers ( and another one coming)


We’re learning the first details of the Department of Agriculture’s bailout for farmers whose exports were hit by President Trump’s trade war. Department records show that more than 1,000 payments were made to “city slickers” who live in the nation’s largest cities, according to information the Environmental Working Group has obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

So far, the USDA has pledged to provide up to $12 billion to offset the impacts of Trump’s trade war. The first round includes $4.7 billion in direct payments to growers of soybeans, corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat, hogs, dairy, sweet cherries and shelled almonds.

The data includes almost 88,000 payments made through Oct. 31, totaling $356 million. That’s less than one-tenth of the amount the administration expects to make through Trump’s Market Facilitation Program.

But our analysis of this small slice of data reveals that 1,142 bailout payments were made to “farmers” in the nation’s 50 largest cities, including nine residents of San Francisco, four residents of Los Angeles, five residents of New York City and four residents of Washington, D.C.

Based on this sample, it’s reasonable to expect that more than 20,000 big-city “farmers” will ultimately receive bailout payments. That number would be consistent with an earlier EWG analysis, which found that nearly 20,000 people living in the nation’s largest cities received farm subsidy payments in 2017.


He’s an architect in Manhattan. He got $3,300 from Trump’s farm bailout.

Scott Yocom is a 48-year-old architect who lives in Manhattan, works at an office building near Times Square, and has been recently consumed with designing a new central terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens.

But late last month, Yocom received a government check worth about $3,300, a payment that came courtesy of a Trump administration program aimed at helping farmers hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.

Yocom said he spends two weeks a year on his family farm in Ohio, but as a part-owner he was eligible for the bailout funds.

Yocom was one of at least 1,100 residents of the 50 largest U.S. cities who has received bailout funds from the Agriculture Department, according to USDA data a watchdog group released Monday. Some of the recipients contacted by The Washington Post said they are closely involved with their farm’s daily operations, while others said they could not recall the last time they had visited.

When the Trump administration announced in August that it planned $12 billion in aid to farmers, it said the money was necessary to help them survive a trade war with China. But the program has been controversial from its inception, and the money going to urban residents — some whose living is only loosely connected to farms — underscores the challenge the administration faces in limiting the bailout to its intended targets.

"I voted for Trump. Now his wall may destroy my butterfly paradise."

I work at the National Butterfly Center — which is along the U.S.-Mexico border — documenting wildlife and leading educational tours. Many of our visitors are young students from the Rio Grande Valley. When they first arrive, some of the children are scared of everything, from the snakes to the pill bugs. Here, we can show them animals that roam free and teach them not to be afraid. We talk about how we planted native vines, shrubs and trees to attract some 240 species of butterflies, as well as dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. The bugs brought the birds — including some you can’t see anywhere else in America, like Green Jays and Chachalacas — and from there, the bobcats and coyotes. We want to teach kids what it takes to create a home for all kinds of animals.

President Trump’s new border wall — which he has threatened to shut down the government to fund — will teach them what it takes to destroy it.


We’re not the only ones standing in the wall’s path. It will also slice through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and in Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park — which draws birdwatchers from all over the country and has hosted countless picnics and barbecues for local families like mine. The wall will cut through the park’s land that is behind its parking lot and visitor center. There isn’t much public open space in the Rio Grande Valley. What’s there is fragmented and precious to all of us: According to a 2011 estimate, ecotourism brings $463 million a year to our economy and supports more than 6,600 jobs.

I’m a lifelong Republican who voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016. I want our immigration laws to be enforced, and I don’t want open borders. But Mission is not a dangerous place. I’ve lived here all my life. Here at the National Butterfly Center, 6,000 schoolchildren visit each year. Girl Scouts come here when they camp overnight just a mile or so from the Rio Grande. When the president says there’s a crisis at the border that requires an action as drastic as building a massive concrete wall, he either knows that it’s not true or he’s living in an alternate reality.


People have asked me, “Didn’t you listen to Trump when he said that he would build a wall?” I didn’t take the idea seriously during the campaign
. I knew he couldn’t get Mexico to pay it — that’d be like asking Hurricane Harvey to foot the bill for rebuilding Houston — and thought it was just talk: another candidate making big promises he couldn’t keep. I never thought it would actually happen.

By backing the wall, my party has abandoned the conservative principles I treasure: less government, less spending, and respect for the law and private property. The wall is expected to cost between $8 billion and $67 billion to build, and its rushed construction requires the waiver of 28 federal laws meant to protect clean air and water, wildlife habitat and historical artifacts. As I followed the news [last week], I was amazed to find myself agreeing with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called the project “immoral, ineffective and expensive.” Here was a Democrat telling a Republican that a policy would cost too much.

Ex-officers charged after video shows them hurling a student around a school office

The video, published by CBS affiliate WAFB, shows the student talking to staffers inside an office when Dupre walks in. The teenager and Dupre exchange words that were not captured on the soundless surveillance footage. At one point, the student begins to walk toward the door, and Dupre wraps his arm around the boy’s neck and forces him to the ground. Seconds later, the officer stands up, lifts the student upside down and throws him to the ground.

A second officer, Cipriano, walks in and slams the student against the table.

Much of the confrontation happens on the floor and can’t be seen in the footage. But Dupre appears to be moving his arms repeatedly, as if punching someone. Staffers, seemingly in panic, stand nearby. One employee can be seen covering her face with her hands.


Kwame Asante, an attorney for the teen’s family, told the Advocate that the boy had gotten into an argument with a school official that day over how long he should be in detention. The teen had been placed on detention for cursing. Asante did not return calls from The Washington Post.

Both Dupre and Cipriano have resigned from the Brusly Police Department, according to media reports. It was not immediately clear whether they have an attorney.

Christmas Inflatables Duke It Out Along Oregon Highway


Tweet of the early afternoon


Instead of mocking Stephen Miller's spray-on hair, we should be working to stop his vile policies.

Whoa. Just saw the hair. We can multitask.

Houston pastor on $200K Lamborghini gift: 'It wasn't a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband'

Houston pastor on $200K Lamborghini gift: 'It wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband'

Jasper Scherer | on December 16, 2018


An associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church who caught heat for buying his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus is now defending the move, saying, "it wasn't a pastor that bought the car, it was a husband that bought the car."

Pastor John Gray, who leads his own megachurch in Greenville, S.C., said in a 23-minute Facebook Live video that he bought the car using funds from other ventures — citing his book deals, a reality TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network and being "wise with savings and investments" — and did it to mark the couple's eighth anniversary.

"The stories that I hear, and I've tried to not listen to it, but one of them is, 'pastor buys his wife, you know, this expensive car,'" Gray said. "First of all, it wasn't a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car.

He continues: "I'm a husband first. Don't confuse what I do with who I am. What I do is, I pastor God's people. Who I am is a husband and a father, and I'll do anything to honor them, and I won't ask permission from anybody to do it."

Gray initially set off the social media backlash when he posted a since-deleted viral Instagram video that shows him surprising his wife, Aventer Gray, with the car and saying, "You light my fire, let this Lamborghini light your fire, baby."

SNL missed how 'wonderful' Trump has made America

SNL missed how 'wonderful' Trump has made America

By Dean Obeidallah

(CNN) — 'Saturday Night Live' has done it again -- offending the thin-skinned President Donald Trump. This time it appears the sketch that caused Trump to take a brief break from complaining about special counsel Robert Mueller was the comedy show's cold open -- a parody of the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" titled "It's a Wonderful Trump." Instead of a distraught George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) being shown a world without him, SNL looks at an America where Trump was never president.

The sketch, which aired in black and white to reflect the original film, featured a distraught Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, standing alone on the White House balcony muttering, "It's awful. Everything's falling apart." SNL's Trump then adds, "Sometimes I wish I had never been president."

While the sketch offered many insights into the troubling workings of the President, it missed one key point. Trump has inspired something truly wonderful, namely a level of activism -- largely in opposition to him and his administration -- that we would not have seen had Hillary Clinton won the election. And, in the long run, this is vitally important to those, including myself, who want to prevent another Trump-type leader from ever winning the White House again.

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