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Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:41 pm
by Pyperkub
Newsflash! Kris Kobach is still an idiot!
Kris Kobach’s U.S. Senate campaign is off to an inauspicious start.

The former Kansas secretary of state, a Republican, officially declared his candidacy in a filing with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. But the filing misspelled his first name. The campaign amended the error an hour later.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:39 pm
by Isgrimnur
CNN
The American Federation of Teachers union sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Thursday, alleging that the department has mismanaged a federal program that grants teachers and other public service workers loan forgiveness after they make 10 years of payments.

About 1% of the more than 73,000 borrowers who have applied for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program have been granted relief since the program was created in 2007, according to department data.

The lawsuit blames the Department of Education for denying applicants "on arbitrary and capricious grounds" and failing to put a process in place to review erroneous decisions or ensure loan servicing companies provide accurate guidance to borrowers about their eligibility.
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Many borrowers have complained that the program's rules are hard to navigate, and some have found out they don't qualify only after the 10 years is up. About half of the applicants that have been rejected did not have enough qualifying payments, while a quarter had missing information, and 16% didn't have eligible loans, according to department data.

DeVos has blamed Congress for creating a confusing program, but some Democratic lawmakers have accused the department of holding up the process.

The American Federation of Teachers previously sued the loan servicing company Navient over problems with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and other borrowers have filed lawsuits against the company and other servicers.

But the new lawsuit is different, putting blame on the Department of Education.

DeVos has proposed ending Public Service Loan Forgiveness for three years in a row in the budget request she makes to Congress, but lawmakers have continued to fund the program.
At what point in our history did, "fuck the teachers," become a policy position? It it because they're unionized or that they're public servants?

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:02 pm
by LordMortis
Holy bean,

After all the Ivanka photos that have been making me laugh, I assumed this was doctored... It isn't.

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/fir ... ary-labor/

(those poor kids)

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:05 pm
by gilraen
That child...does not look healthy.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:25 pm
by LawBeefaroni
Not going to rip on the kids themselves but their clothes and haircuts are undoubtedly the choice of the parents. That is creepy as fuck.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:35 pm
by LordMortis
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:25 pm
Not going to rip on the kids themselves but their clothes and haircuts are undoubtedly the choice of the parents. That is creepy as fuck.
As are their gaunt faces and their body language. His wife has a choice. That don't. :cry:

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:49 pm
by LawBeefaroni
America's future ruling class, ladies and gentlemen.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:55 pm
by Holman
Isgrimnur wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:39 pm
At what point in our history did, "fuck the teachers," become a policy position? It it because they're unionized or that they're public servants?
It's both. But on top of that is the unholy union of private schools and Christian Culture War alterna-culture that allows conservatives to think of public schooling itself as something to ignore or oppose.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:56 am
by pr0ner
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
by msteelers
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Learning about the plea deal he orchestrated is mind boggling. Yeah, Epstein spent some time in jail and had to register as a sex offender. But he was able to still leave jail during the day to go to work, and pleaded to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Which indirectly calls his teenage rape victim a prostitute.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:02 am
by pr0ner
BAM!

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:06 am
by El Guapo
msteelers wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Learning about the plea deal he orchestrated is mind boggling. Yeah, Epstein spent some time in jail and had to register as a sex offender. But he was able to still leave jail during the day to go to work, and pleaded to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Which indirectly calls his teenage rape victim a prostitute.
There's a ton about this (as Popehat has been posting about) that really makes the whole thing look flagrantly corrupt instead of just incompetent or cowardly. According to the state authorities, S.D. Fl. had drafted a 53 page indictment of Epstein, which they wouldn't do if they had significant doubts about their ability to win a case. Then Acosta himself meets Epstein's lawyer at his hotel (unusual 10 times over) and the deal is worked out. There is pretty standard language in these agreements which explicitly says that the deal only promises non-prosecution from the office signing the deal (e.g., S.D. Fl.) which this does not have, which creates an ambiguity that Epstein's lawyers can and will try to use. Then there's the part of the deal where they agree not only to not prosecute Epstein, but to not prosecute co-conspirators as well.

It's hard to explain all this away with anything other than a corrupt bargain.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:09 am
by $iljanus
What's Acosta's payoff, I wonder? Favor to be collected later or was he pressured by a big influential player?

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:36 am
by msteelers
El Guapo wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:06 am
msteelers wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Learning about the plea deal he orchestrated is mind boggling. Yeah, Epstein spent some time in jail and had to register as a sex offender. But he was able to still leave jail during the day to go to work, and pleaded to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Which indirectly calls his teenage rape victim a prostitute.
There's a ton about this (as Popehat has been posting about) that really makes the whole thing look flagrantly corrupt instead of just incompetent or cowardly. According to the state authorities, S.D. Fl. had drafted a 53 page indictment of Epstein, which they wouldn't do if they had significant doubts about their ability to win a case. Then Acosta himself meets Epstein's lawyer at his hotel (unusual 10 times over) and the deal is worked out. There is pretty standard language in these agreements which explicitly says that the deal only promises non-prosecution from the office signing the deal (e.g., S.D. Fl.) which this does not have, which creates an ambiguity that Epstein's lawyers can and will try to use. Then there's the part of the deal where they agree not only to not prosecute Epstein, but to not prosecute co-conspirators as well.

It's hard to explain all this away with anything other than a corrupt bargain.
I was listening to The Daily podcast, and they mentioned that the local PD were afraid a State Attorney would be steamrolled by Epstein and his high priced lawyers. So they called in the feds specifically to prevent him from getting a sweetheart deal, and were completely pissed when that's exactly what happened anyway. Then Acosta goes on to blame the local guys for not doing their jobs during one of his press conferences... good riddance to bad garbage.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:46 am
by LordMortis
is there a point where it's OK to think Aerys Targarean wasn't so wrong? Burn them all doesn't feel wrong right now.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:54 am
by Smoove_B
Voltaire wrote:‘And why kill this admiral?’
‘Because,’ came the reply, ‘he did not get enough people killed when he had the chance: he gave battle to a French admiral, and was said not to have engaged closely enough with the enemy.’
‘In which case,’ said Candide, ‘surely the French admiral was just as far from the English admiral as the English admiral was from the French admiral?’
‘Unquestionably so,’ came the reply, ‘but in this country it is considered useful now and again to shoot an admiral, to encourage the others.'

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:59 am
by LawBeefaroni
$iljanus wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:09 am
What's Acosta's payoff, I wonder? Favor to be collected later or was he pressured by a big influential player?
Free trip to Pedoisland and gauranteed future high-level job. Also maybe we don't kill your family.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:35 am
by GungHo
msteelers wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Learning about the plea deal he orchestrated is mind boggling. Yeah, Epstein spent some time in jail and had to register as a sex offender. But he was able to still leave jail during the day to go to work, and pleaded to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Which indirectly calls his teenage rape victim a prostitute.
I love the optics of a former federal prosecutor, who wasn't prosecutorial enough on a sexual predator, losing his current job working for a sexual predator.

I'm not even sure what emoticon goes here now.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:55 pm
by Freyland
GungHo wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:35 am
msteelers wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
Acosta is resigning as Labor Secretary.

Learning about the plea deal he orchestrated is mind boggling. Yeah, Epstein spent some time in jail and had to register as a sex offender. But he was able to still leave jail during the day to go to work, and pleaded to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Which indirectly calls his teenage rape victim a prostitute.
I love the optics of a former federal prosecutor, who wasn't prosecutorial enough on a sexual predator, losing his current job working for a sexual predator.

I'm not even sure what emoticon goes here now.
:teasing-dunce: :sad-roulette:

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:07 pm
by Kraken
You know you're at rock bottom when you're too immoral for the Trump administration.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:16 pm
by Isgrimnur
He likes people that don't get caught.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:39 pm
by Jeff V
Kraken wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:07 pm
You know you're at rock bottom when you're too immoral for the Trump administration.
I doubt that's the case. He simply has to focus on his other job, recruiting a new entertainment director for the "Jeffy E" suite at Mar-a-lago.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:49 pm
by Pyperkub
Only the best people!
Republican operative Jason Miller, the former communications chief for the Trump campaign and transition team, said he hired numerous prostitutes and visited “hand job” massage parlors as recently as a few months ago in a new videotaped deposition...

...The May deposition details Miller’s multiple extramarital affairs, including his sexual relationships with two subordinates during the 2016 presidential campaign. His relationship with one of these women, former Trump campaign advisor A.J. Delgado, has been public knowledge since late 2016. But Miller provided new information on a second affair with Catherine Frazier, who worked as a press secretary for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign during Miller’s time leading the candidate’s communications operation. The affairs occurred while his wife, Kelly Miller, was pregnant and the two were not legally separated.

Re: Donald Trump's Cabinet picks

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:13 pm
by LawBeefaroni
"Never heard of him. I don't know him. It's a shame, I love women but it's a shame."