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March 3, 2021

The Way Trump Called for Donations Raised Eyebrows - he encouraged loyalists to give directly to him

The Way Trump Called for Donations Raised Eyebrows
That's because on Sunday he encouraged loyalists to give directly to him


In his first speech since leaving office, the former president encouraged loyalists to give directly to him, saying, "There's only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect 'America First' Republican conservatives and, in turn, to make America great again. And that's through Save America PAC and donaldjtrump.com."

Interpretation: The comment, made Sunday at the annual CPAC in Orlando, Fla., was particularly notable because Trump is generally loath to ask for money in person. It amounts to the latest salvo in the battle to shape the future of the GOP, with Trump making clear that he holds no allegiance to the party's traditional fundraising operation.


March 3, 2021

neighbors claim display of KKK flag because they can't afford curtains. Cops buy them curtains

It was "horrible conduct," not criminal, and a prosecutor in Michigan is encouraging the state legislature to consider changing the law so that it would be considered criminal in the future. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday announced that her office was unable to charge a Grosse Pointe Park man who hung a Ku Klux Klan flag in a window that faced his Black neighbor's house.



After spotting the flag on Feb. 16, she alerted the Michigan attorney general's office and the FBI. Both said no action could be taken, so she turned to social media. Her posts went viral and spurred a march in her support, reports the Detroit Free Press. Local media called the city, and detectives visited the neighbor's home.

His girlfriend reportedly told them he couldn't afford curtains and put up the flag to cover the window, citing the security camera. Detectives returned to the home with new curtains and the flag came down.

"It's comical," Dinges said. "You can afford a Klan flag but you can't afford curtains? He does this awful thing and you give him a gift with my tax dollars."


March 2, 2021

Only these states experienced tax revenue rout - Alaska (-42%), HI (-17%), NV, ND, TX, FL, OR


As it turns out, new data shows that a year after the pandemic wrought economic devastation around the country, forcing states to revise their revenue forecasts and prepare for the worst, for many the worst didn’t come. One big reason: $600-a-week federal supplements that allowed people to keep spending — and states to keep collecting sales tax revenue — even when they were jobless, along with the usual state unemployment benefits.

By some measures, the states ended up collecting nearly as much revenue in 2020 as they did in 2019. A J.P. Morgan survey called 2020 “virtually flat” with 2019, based on the 47 states that report their tax revenues every month, or all except Alaska, Oregon and Wyoming.

A researcher at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, found that total state revenues from April through December were down just 1.8 percent from the same period in 2019. Moody’s Analytics used a different method and found that 31 states now had enough cash to fully absorb the economic stress of the pandemic recession on their own.
March 1, 2021

wealthy UTA alumni supporting "Eyes of Texas", minstrel era song, threatened to pull donations


The Texas Longhorns had just lost to rival Oklahoma for the third time in a row — this time after a quadruple overtime.

The bruising loss was quickly overshadowed when then-Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger stood alone on the field for the playing of the university’s alma mater song "The Eyes of Texas," a postgame tradition. The rest of the team, who typically stay to sing the song with fans at the end of games, had retreated from the field.

For many University of Texas at Austin students who had spent months protesting and petitioning the school to get rid of "The Eyes of Texas," it was gutting to see the student leader seemingly taking a stand. (Ehlinger later said he was only lingering alone on the field to talk with coaches.) The song — played to the tune of "I’ve been working on the railroad" — was historically performed at campus minstrel shows, and the title is linked to a saying from Confederate Army Commander Robert E. Lee.

But hundreds of alumni and donors were more concerned about why Ehlinger was alone. They blasted off emails to UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell, calling the image of the abandoned quarterback "disgusting," "embarrassing" and "disturbing." They demanded that the school stand up to "cancel culture" and firmly get behind the song — or else donors were going to walk away.

An illustration of an email sent to UT-Austin obtained in a public records request.


From June to late October, over 70% of the nearly 300 people who emailed Hartzell’s office about "The Eyes" demanded the school keep playing it. Around 75 people in emails explicitly threatened to stop supporting the school financially, calling on the university to take a heavier hand with students and athletes they believed were disrespecting university tradition by protesting it.

"The Eyes of Texas is non-negotiable," wrote another graduate who said they’ve had season tickets since 1990 and whose name was redacted by the university. "If it is not kept and fully embraced, I will not be donating any additional money to athletics or the university or attending any events."
February 27, 2021

A HUGE gold statue of Donald Trump holding a star wand delighted the CPAC crowds

A HUGE gold statue of Donald Trump holding a star wand delighted the CPAC crowds ahead of the former president's comeback speech.

The gold statue is seen wearing a pair of Stars and Stripes shorts, with a suit jacket, white shirt and a tie.

The Trump effigy is also holding what appears to be a magic wand.

Footage shows supporters taking selfies with the statue and watching in awe as it is rolled through the building.



"Two years ago, when I saw all those statues of naked Trump and Trump on a toilet, I said, 'You know what? I can do better,' " Zegan told CNN Friday as attendees gathered around the statue to snap photos with it.
Zegan said the piece on display at CPAC is actually the fiberglass mold of the real, stainless steel sculpture currently stored in a warehouse in Tampa where it awaits a potentially high-profile showcase.
"It is museum-quality, and that's the one I'm eventually hoping to get in the Trump library," Zegan said. "It is literally priceless."


February 25, 2021

who gives an (unlicensed) teenager a Lamborghini?

Killer Lamborghini teen DIDN'T have a license: Family of secretary, 32, killed by teen driver who lost control of $400K super car while LA street racing at 120mph ask 'who gives a kid a Lambo?'
Monique Munoz died in the two vehicle crash last Wednesday in Los Angeles
The receptionist was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene, LAFD said
Monique’s stepfather Isaac Cordona told DailyMail.com he knows the identity of the boy and revealed that he was driving without a license
The teen driver suffered minor injuries
'We’re letting the law take care of him,'said Cordona
But no arrests have been made in connection with the crash although police confirmed speed was definitely a factor in the collision
Cardona said: 'Kids racing down the street in a Lamborghini...doing 120 miles per hour, hits and kills her. Senseless'
'I want him prosecuted to the full extent of the law,' Cardona added

Monique Munoz died in the two vehicle crash last Wednesday in LA. The 32-year-old secretary was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene, LAFD said. She was planning to go to law school

He said: ‘We know who the kid is. We know who the father is. We’re letting the law take care of him.

‘Like I said, who gives a teenager a Lamborghini? We found out last night, the teen doesn’t even have a license.’

Cordona added: ‘This is devastating. It’s just not right.’

Depending on the model, a Lamborghini can costs upwards of $400,000.

Monique’s brother Phillip Munoz, 35, of Culver City, California, added: ‘If there’s anything to be said about him, it’s for the police. We don’t want nothing to do with any of them.’

Under California law, teenagers are allowed to apply for an instruction permit aged 16 but are not allowed to drive alone until they have passed their test or turn 17.

The boy involved in the crash had turned 17 but it is not known whether he had passed his test. Minors are also prohibited from driving between 11pm and 5am until they turn 18.


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