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27 May 2016

Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes! & Debbie Wasserman Schultz goes to bat for predatory lenders 23&1MAI16

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17:  U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) and chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) speaks to reporters in the spin room after watching tonight's democratic presidential debate at the Gailla
FOTZE rep debbie wasserman-schultz D FL, chair of the DNC / Democratic National Committee, is a political whore. She is working for the 1%, for corporate America and especially for the bank-financial cabal to screw the poor, the retired, vets and active military, the working class and the middle class. Her latest action in support of the bank-financial cabal is co-sponsoring legislation that will nullify the new rules the CFPB / Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is enacting to regulate payday loan lenders (see below) to the financial detriment of the poor and working class. She has also welcomed lobbyist to dictate the Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Platform, the result will be little different than the republican's presidential campaign platform if she is not removed from the DNC. If the Democrats loose the presidency to donald drumpf it will, in large part, be thanks to wasserman-schultz. She needs to be forced out as the DNC chair and might as well change her party affiliation to repiglican. Then she will be able to sell herself to the highest bidders without needing to explain her actions. Word of warning to anyone thinking of getting in bed with her. You should tie a board across your ass so you don't fall in. Think she isn't a political whore? Take a better look at the picture above, schlempe has a lot of "miles" on her.....These from +Daily Kos 
Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!
To paraphrase the words of that Scottish master Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice, men — and women — go often astray, or “gang aft agley,” as they say in the Highlands. No one knows this better than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Twice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Certainly, Hillary Clinton is angered by all of this, but the one seemingly more aggrieved — if public comments and private actions are any indication — is Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Hillary surrogate who takes umbrage like ordinary folks pop their vitamins in the morning.
As we recently wrote, “… She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates for Big Money, brought lobbyists into the inner circle and oiled all the moving parts of the revolving door that twirls between government service and cushy jobs in the world of corporate influence.”
And that ain’t all. As a member of Congress, particularly egregious has been her support of the payday loan business, defying new regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would rein in an industry that soaks desperate borrowers. As President Obama said, “While payday loans might seem like easy money, folks often end up trapped in a cycle of debt.”
In fact, according to an article by Bethany McLean in the May issue of The Atlantic, “After studying millions of payday loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that 67 percent went to borrowers with seven or more transactions a year, and the majority of borrowers paid more in fees than the amount of their initial loan.”
A recent editorial in the Orlando Sentinel notes that 7 percent of Florida’s population “must resort to this predatory form of small-dollar credit – nearly the highest rate in the nation…” What’s more, “Based on a 14-day loan term, the typical payday loan… had an annual percentage rate of 278 percent. Many lenders advertise rates of more than 300 percent.” Let us repeat that slowly… 300 percent!
So why has Wasserman Schultz been so opposed to the CFPB’s proposed rules? She has said,“Payday lending is unfortunately a necessary component of how people get access to capital, [people] that are the working poor.” But maybe it has something more to do with the $2.5 million or so the payday loan industry has donated to Florida politicians from both parties since 2009. That’s according to a new report by the liberal group Allied Progress. More than $50,000 of that cash has gone to Rep. Wasserman Schultz.
But we digress. It’s the skullduggery going on within the Democratic Party establishment that’s our current concern and as we wrote in March, Rep. Wasserman Schultz “has played games with the party’s voter database, been accused of restricting the number of Democratic candidate debates and scheduling them at odd days and times to favor Hillary Clinton, and recently told CNN’s Jake Tapper that superdelegates — strongly establishment and pro-Clinton — are necessary at the party’s convention so deserving incumbent officials and party leaders don’t have to run for delegate slots ‘against grassroots activists.’ Let that sink in, but hold your nose against the aroma of entitlement.” 
Now Wasserman Schultz has waded into the controversy over what happened or didn’t happen last weekend when Sanders supporters loudly and vehemently objected to the rules at the Nevada State Democratic Convention. In truth, some behaved badly at the event and others made trollish, violent and obscene threats to Democratic state chair Roberta Lange via phone, email and social media. There’s no excuse for such aggressive, creepy conduct, and Sanders was quick and direct in apologizing for the behavior of the rowdies and bullies.
But there is a double standard at play here. Why, pray tell, shouldn’t the peaceful majority of Sanders people be angry at the slow-motion, largely invisible rigging of the political process by Wasserman Schultz and the Clinton machine — all for the benefit of Secretary Clinton?
Wasserman Schultz claims the party rules over which she has presided (and manipulated) are “eminently fair.” She told CNN on Wednesday morning, “It is critical that we as candidates, we as Democratic Party leaders, everyone involved needs to make sure that we can take all the steps that we need to, to ensure that the process is not only run smoothly but that the response from the supporters of both candidates is appropriate and civil.”
In response to the DNC chair’s remarks, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver talked to CNN, too, and said Wasserman Schultz had been “throwing shade on the Sanders campaign since the very beginning… Debbie Wasserman Schultz has really been a divider and not really provided the kind of leadership that the Democratic Party needs.”
The Nation’s Joan Walsh, a Clinton supporter critical of the Sanders campaign, concurs: “Once again, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz escalated a conflict that she should have worked to defuse,” she writes. “… Wasserman Schultz is not helping her friend Hillary Clinton with her attacks on Sanders. Just the appearance of fairness can go a long way in assuaging worries about fairness. Wasserman Schultz’s defiant rebuke to the Sanders camp has made it worse.”
So, too, has her abolition of the restraints that had been placed on corporate lobbyists and big money — now they can write checks bankrolling what doubtless will be swank and profligate parties during this summer’s Democratic National Convention. At The Intercept, Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani report that a number of the members of the Philadelphia host committee “are actively working to undermine progressive policies achieved by President Barack Obama, including health care reform and net neutrality. Some… are hardly even Democratic Party stalwarts, given that many have donated and raised thousands of dollars for Republican presidential and congressional candidates this cycle.”
This is a slap in the face to progressives calling for a halt to big money and allowing lobbyists to buy our elected officials. And it’s contrary to what Hillary Clinton herself has said about money and politics on the campaign trail. The Sanders movement has shown that lots of cash can be raised from everyday people making small donations. His supporters and all of us should be outraged that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and convention officials have kowtowed not only to the corporate wing of their own party but also to those high rollers who back the opposition and ideas antithetical to a democracy.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz is facing a primary challenge for the first time this year, her opponent a law professor, activist and progressive Sanders supporter named Tim Canova. But the primary’s not until late August, long after the Democratic National Convention. Unless she steps down now or Hillary Clinton has her removed, Philadelphia will be dominated by someone who represents everything that has gone wrong with the Democratic Party and Washington. At the convention’s opening session, Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be bringing the gavel down squarely on progressive hopes of returning the party to its legacy as champion of working people and the dispossessed.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Time for her to go.
AN E MAIL FROM DAILY KOS ON PAYDAY LENDERS 23MAI16
Craig, payday lenders are known for their predatory practices, which include exorbitant interest rates (390% is the national average), transaction fees, penalties, and contracts which keep people in a vicious cycle of debt that is damn near impossible to break. 

These operations target the poorest populations, primarily operating in low-income and communities of color where they perpetuate the cycle of poverty. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, wants to change these practices by placing new rules on the industry, which currently operate on a state-by-state regulatory basis. 

Unfortunately, some Democrats are siding with the payday lending industry to restrict CFPB's ability to regulate the industry. 

The CFPB has been the target of Republican ire since its inception—and now corporate Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon. 

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is co-sponsoring a bill to restrict the CFPB from enacting rules, BEFORE they have been issued. 

The CFPB is scheduled to propose new rules on June 2, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. Daily Kos and our allies will be in attendance at the event, where we intend to deliver your support to members of the CFPB. 

These rules would be a huge financial victory for low-income workers and communities hardest hit by these practices. 

Keep fighting, 
Rachel Colyer, Daily Kos
Wasserman Schultz is co-sponsoring a new bill that would gut the [Consumer Finance Protection Board’s] forthcoming payday loan regulations. She's also attempting to gin up Democratic support for the legislation...
The CFPB hasn’t issued final regulations, but Republicans and the person supposedly running the Democratic National Committee have been fighting hard to protect those predatory lenders (and other enemies of American consumers). 
According to DWS, the feds should stay out of it and adopt Florida’s approach to payday lenders, a law that she proudly admits to “helping write.” And what about that law? 
The average interest rate on Florida's payday loans is 304 percent -- only slightly better than the 390 percent annual average. Critically, the average payday loan amount of $389 is equal to 35 percent of average paychecks in the state -- in line with national figures.
Odious. And, I suspect, getting rid of her is something that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters can agree on.

Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Virginia's new congressional map 23MAI16

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VICTORY for the voters of Virginia and democracy as a whole, a big slap down for gerrymandering! I live in the 10th Congressional District. From +Daily Kos .....
Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Virginia's new congressional map
Virginia's 10th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
As expected, the Supreme Court left untouched a lower court ruling that had forced Virginia to implement new congressional lines in 2016 because the state’s previous map was found to be an illegal racial gerrymander. The lower court determined that Republican legislators had improperly packed minority voters into a single 3rd District spanning from Richmond to Norfolk, which effectively made all the surrounding districts whiter—and therefore more likely to elect a Republican. The lower court ordered the above map into place, which created a new 4th District with a large enough black population to allow African-American voters to elect their candidate of choice.
The Supreme Court’s decision is a win for minority voting rights and consequently Democrats, since Obama won the new 4th District with 61 percent of the vote. Black representation will likely double from one to two members in southeastern Virginia with the likely election of Democratic state Sen. Don McEachin, who is the leading candidate in the revised 4th District.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not set a national precedent by ruling on the merits of the case. Instead, the justices unanimously ruled that Republican legislators lacked legal standing to bring the case in the first place, meaning that the lower court’s ruling consequently stands—but it only applies to the case at hand. As a result, this lawsuit will not clarify further issues that remain in similar racial gerrymandering disputes, such as one in North Carolina.
This ruling demonstrates just how important it is that Democrats win the 2016 presidential election and take back the Senate, so that they can confirm a new Supreme Court justice who strongly supports voting rights. A new majority on the court could establish a national precedent against racial gerrymandering, which could be used in several more states where legislators can draw another district to elect a minority representative.

Christian academy in Kansas notifies students they can be expelled for having a gay family member & more from DAILY KOS RECOMMENDED 23&24MAI16

I really, really, really want some members of the staff of trinity academy to have LGBT family members, that would be so sweet! 
Christian academy in Kansas notifies students they can be expelled for having a gay family member
In order to attend Trinity Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, both parents and students must sign a form that acknowledging (among other things) that they understand they can be expelled if they have an LGBT family member in the home. Not for being an LGBT student at the private Christian school, merely for having an LGBT family member in the home. The highlighted bullet point from patheos.com:
Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school’s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues. Therefore, when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.
Bless their bigoted hearts.
The full “Statement of Understanding” can be seen below:
Trinity Christian Academy "Statement of Understanding"
Trinity Academy’s “Statement of Understanding”

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Trump's wife posing with gun...Thong and Boots..And they had a problem with Michelle's bare arms & Sexy photo of Melania Trump pointing a gun in a thong and bra runs next to Michelle Obama in a dress and pearls in meme calling out First Lady haters 21&26MAI16

Gun show: A new meme shows Melania Trump holding a gun and wearing a thong and bra next to Michelle Obama in a sleeveless dress and pearls
TRAILER TRASH. No big surprise this is donald drumpf's wife, or that he would have her pose like this. By the by, can anyone understand this Fotze when she speaks? Drumpf is all against immigration, but can bring in this brainless Slovenian Haschen to breed? Imagine drumpf's no class tribe in the White House. HEY RIGHT WING CHRISTIAN EXTREMIST, HERE'S  YOUR FIRST LADY!!!!! From +Daily Kos and +Daily Mail ......
Trump's wife posing with gun...Thong and Boots..And they had a problem with Michelle's bare arms.


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So tacky and so Trumpish.
Well there you have it…  He thinks he is King of the World and she poses like she in an auditon for a James Bond movie.  The NRA endorsed Trump..  HA.  totally classless and  they call themselves conservative.  Hypocritical  right wing trashed our First Lady because she bared her arms differently.
I guess to get millions of voters on the right has proven that all you have to do is bully, threaten violence  and have a wife show her ass.  So much class...Oh my.  I just can’t see these people in the White House.  

Sexy photo of Melania Trump pointing a gun in a thong and bra runs next to Michelle Obama in a dress and pearls in meme calling out First Lady haters

  • A new meme shows Melania Trump holding a gun in nothing but a thong and bra next to Michelle Obama in a sleeveless dress and pearls
  • 'Here's Melania Trump with gun, thong & boots. Remember when Republicans complained about Michelle Obama's arms?' reads the meme
  • The photo of Mrs. Trump is from a 2000 modelling shoot while the First Lady's photo is from her official White House portrait in 2009
  • That 2009 photo lead to an uproar among some who felt that the First Lady should not be showing off her arms 
  • Donald Trump scored the endorsement of the NRA earlier this week 
A meme released over the weekend attacks Republicans for comments they have made in the past about Michelle Obama's arms by comparing her to Melania Trump.
The image was posted on the Proud Liberals Facebook page over the weekend and features the First Lady looking picture perfect in some pearls and a sleeveless black dress that shows off her toned biceps.
Next to that photo of the First Lady is one of Mrs Trump which shows the former model standing atop the wing of her husband's plane wearing nothing but her thong and bra, some boots and a pair of sunglasses.
She is also pointing a gun in the photo.
The caption on the meme reads: 'Here's Melania Trump with gun, thong & boots. Remember when Republicans complained about Michelle Obama's arms?'
The only thing written on the Facebook post meanwhile was: '‪#‎Hypocrisy‬.' 
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Gun show: A new meme shows Melania Trump holding a gun and wearing a thong and bra next to Michelle Obama in a sleeveless dress and pearls
Gun show: A new meme shows Melania Trump holding a gun and wearing a thong and bra next to Michelle Obama in a sleeveless dress and pearls
Popular girl: Mrs Trump has become the subject of many a meme during the contentious primary battle
Popular girl: Mrs Trump has become the subject of many a meme during the contentious primary battle
The original: Mrs Trump found herself featured in a political meme earlier this year with a pic of her from a primary event running next to a candid of Heidi Cruz
The original: Mrs Trump found herself featured in a political meme earlier this year with a pic of her from a primary event running next to a candid of Heidi Cruz
The meme has been shared over 60,000 times on Facebook in the past week and led to some heated exchanges in the comment section of the post.
Given the title of the page however most of the comments praise the First Lady.
'Michelle Obama aka #FLOTUS is one classy lady,' wrote one woman in a comment that has received over 2,000 likes.
The most liked comment however praises the First Lady while also attacking Mrs. Trump.
'Michelle Obama has more class in her fingernail than that twit has overall.....she is disgusting and will NOT be our First Lady,' writes Linda Truppi, a statement that close to 2,500 people have given a thumbs up.
Others attempt to stay more neutral in the comments, with one man writing; 'Listen guys. It's a given, the accomplishments of the FLOTUS, but insulting Melania does not make ANYONE look good. 
'How do you think a bunch of democrats sound just hurling insults at an ex-model that happens to be married to the sociopath? It just sounds classier to say that Michelle Obama has been and will always be more apt for the job.' 
The photo of Mrs. Trump used in the meme comes from a photo shoot she did for British GQ back in January 2000, five years before she even married The Donald.
She was still known as Melania Knauss at that time and still modelling, hence the the thong, bra and boots look.
In that same shoot she also posed nude on a fur rug, an image that ultimately ended up on the cover of the magazine.
The First Lady photo meanwhile is her official White House portrait, taken back in 2009 at the start of President Obama's first term. 
It has been almost eight years now since the release of the photo, which caused an unexpected uproar among members of the public. 
Some felt that the First Lady was dressed too casually for the portrait and should have worn sleeves while others celebrated how toned her arms looked in the dress.
Then there were some who felt that it was unbecoming for the First Lady to have such noticeable muscles.
Sartorial choices: The First Lady (above on May 13) is still criticized by some for her decision to wear sleeveless dresses and gowns
Sartorial choices: The First Lady (above on May 13) is still criticized by some for her decision to wear sleeveless dresses and gowns
The look: The First Lady (above on April 29) has continued to wear sleeveless looks despite that criticism 
The look: The First Lady (above on April 29) has continued to wear sleeveless looks despite that criticism 
The First Lady has not seemed to care that much however, and continues to wear sleeveless dresses to White House events despite some of the comments that are made about her arms.
In a 2012 interview with NPR, a Virginia voter by the name of Bobbie Lussier explained her issues with the First Lady's overall appearance, saying; 'She’s far from the first lady. It’s about time we get a first lady in there that acts like a first lady, and looks like a first lady.'
The comment was viewed by some as having racist undertones, so Lussier clarified her statement in a second interview, this time talking more specifically about the First lady's arms.
'I mean, can you imagine you know, Kennedys or the Bushes or anybody doing pushups on the floor? I mean you know. That’s just not a first lady,' said Lussier.
She followed that up with: 'I don’t care what color she is. It’s just she just doesn’t act and look like a first lady. I mean she’s more about showing her arms off. ... I think that’s very inappropriate for a lot of functions that she goes to.'
Lussier also said in that interview that the First Lady was not showing the respect she should for the White House by choosing to wear sleeveless dresses. 
The First Lady's decision to wear shorts during the summer while on vacation or doing day-to-day tasks outside her official White House duties also bothered Lussier. 
This is not the first time Mrs Trump has found herself featured in a political meme, with a pic of her from a primary event running in a meme released earlier this year that was meant to embarrass Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi.
Mrs Trump looked perfectly put together and slightly photoshopped in her picture while Mrs. Cruz appeared next to her in a poorly captured candid photo.
That meme read: 'No need to "spill the beans," the images are worth a thousand words.'