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    David Bowie Guns N Roses U2 AC/DC Pearl Jam Ozzy Oasis Plenty more, those are just the big ones.
  2. Dorsett returned to Vancouver with neck/back stiffness

    Damn could have used him in Philly.
  3. US tax reform has lost Martin Wolf's vote 'This simply is reform for plutocrats' FT commentator writes Martin Wolf is probably the world's most influential financial columnist and his latest column pulls no punches in a dressing down of Congress' tax reform plan. "This is a determined effort to shift resources from the bottom, middle and even upper middle of the US income distribution towards the very top, combined with big increases in economic insecurity for the great majority," he writes. Wolf writes that arguments that arguments from supply-side economists and those who argue it will trigger business investment are bunk. He goes onto warn that 'pluto-populism' will lead to grave consequences as the tax plan worsens inequality.!/us-tax-reform-has-lost-martin-wolfs-vote-20171121 *********************** Wolf is right on the money. This is just disastrous policy. Money does not trickle down, it trickles up, always has. Thinking that if corporations receive an influx of cash that they will use it to reinvest and expand business and pay higher wages is absurd. Corporations are already as flush with cash as they ever have been. S&P earnings are at highs. Stocks are at highs and the corporations do not expand and pay higher wages. They use the money for stock buy backs and to pay higher dividends to shareholders. If they are given a windfall via this legislation they will do more of the same and why wouldn't they? And the little guy takes it in the keister again.
  4. This is just straight up disgusting................. Trump administration reverses ban on elephant trophies 8:43 a.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017 The Trump administration is reversing an Obama-era ban on hunters importing trophies of elephants killed in Zambia and Zimbabwe during government-approved big-game expeditions. The move was confirmed to ABC News by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday following a recent announcement at a wildlife forum in South Africa, according to Safari Club International, a hunters’ group that filed a lawsuit to block a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. A notice regarding this change will be posted in the Federal Register on Friday with more specifics on what new information justifies the changes, ABC reported. Though elephants are listed as endangered, a provision of the Endangered Species Act allows the government to give permits to import such trophies if there is evidence that the hunting benefits conservation for that species. Hunters typically pay hefty fees to local government agencies for permission to pursue the animals. The official told ABC that they have new information from Zimbabwe and Zambia to support reversing the ban to allow trophy hunting permits. "Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation," a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said in a statement. The reversal follows a similar, though not well-publicized move in October in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overturned a similar ban on lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, having found that hunting has enhanced the survival of the lion in these two southern African countries. The service, according to statement on its website, will re-evaluate the hunting programs in Zimbabwe and Zambia in mid-2018 to determine if import permits can continue for 2019 and beyond. It was the death of a well-known and protected Zimbabwean lion, Cecil, at the hands of a Minnesota dentist in 2015 that brought huge attention to the industry, in which hunters pay as much as $50,000 to track and kill animals. In the incident, the dentist, Walter James Palmer, killed Cecil after he moved outside a national park, sparking a torrent of outrage. The animal had been fitted with a tracking device and was the subject of a study by Oxford University scientists. In addition, a photo of President Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric holding a dead leopard after a 2015 hunting trip in Africa drew much criticism. ***************************************** Great news for a&&holes everywhere.
  5. Roy Moore’s Attorney Refers To News Anchor's Background In Client’s Defense No idea what this moron was going on about, Ali Velshi is Canadian. Always a bad idea to go with the cheapest lawyer.
  6. Given the pushing of irresponsible conspiracy theories. I'd have to say no.
  7. The rats are leaving the ship.
  8. Roy Moore was reportedly banned from a mall for badgering teenage girls Roy Moore’s inappropriate behavior with teenage girls was an open secret in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, where he badgered teens so often he was banned from the local mall, the New Yorker reports. “He would go and flirt with all the young girls,” Blake Usry confirmed to, adding that tales about Moore have been floating around town for three decades. “It’d seem like every Friday or Saturday night [you’d see him] walking around the mall, like the kids did.” Five women have now come forward to publicly recount how Moore, a Republican currently running for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Session, tried to date them while he was a 30-something assistant district attorney and they were still teenagers. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said she was just 14 years old — below Alabama’s age of consent — when Moore brought her to his home and molested her. Another woman, Beverly Young-Nelson, said Monday that Moore once locked her in his car and sexually assaulted her. All of these alleged incidents took place in the late 1970s and early ‘80s — around the time that several ex-mall employees, two cops, a handful of lawyers, and a major Alabama political figure told the New Yorker that they’d heard rumors that Gadsden Mall had been forced to ban Moore. “The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” one police officer told the New Yorker. Another added, “I was told by a girl who worked at the mall that he’d been run off from there, from a number of stores. Maybe not legally banned, but run off. … I heard from one girl who had to tell the manager of a store at the mall to get Moore to leave her alone.” Local law enforcement and former mall managers were unable to confirm the existence of a ban on Moore to the New Yorker. One retired officer declined to discuss the ban, one manager said that a ban list existed but couldn’t remember whether Moore was on it, and another manager said the allegations against Moore were likely just liberal propaganda.
  9. Roy Moore says he doesn't know his latest accuser, whose yearbook he signed Hours after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old, Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore told reporters Monday night he has never met her and this is a "political maneuver." "I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," he said. "I never did what she said I did. I don't even know the woman. I don't know anything about her." During a press conference Monday afternoon, Beverly Young Nelson said that when she was a 16-year-old waitress at Olde Hickory House in Gadsen, Alabama, Moore, then a district attorney, dined there frequently, and one night offered to give her a ride home when her shift was over. Nelson said instead of driving to her house, Moore parked the car and groped her, then threatened her after she fought back. Nelson is the fifth woman to come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct or harassment against Moore. Moore said he does not knew where the Olde Hickory House "is or was," and said the accusers only came forward because he is ahead in the polls. During her press conference, Nelson showed one of her high school yearbooks, and an inscription from Moore, which read, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say 'Merry Christmas.' Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A....Olde Hickory House." Moore did not comment on the yearbook message. ******************************** Roy Moore is a liar.
  10. The Brexit negotiations are going absolutely nowhere. The EU isn't playing nice at all. Teresa May who figured she'd consolidate power by calling a snap election then lost seats is quite possibly the biggest screw up in forever. The knives are out for Theresa May again: 40 MPs say she must go The report says forty Conservative members of parliament have agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May. The list includes Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.!/the-knives-are-out-for-theresa-may-again-40-mps-say-she-must-go-20171111
  11. Not sure if this has been discussed before but if not. Mueller Investigating Michael Flynn for Plot to Kidnap Turkish Opposition Leader Fethullah Gülen Special counsel Robert Mueller has begun investigating an alleged plot by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to kidnap a Turkish opposition leader living in the U.S. Multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed the direction of Mueller’s probe to The Wall Street Journal Friday. Four sources also confirmed it to NBC News. The plan was to remove Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, an avowed enemy of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, from the U.S. and return him to Turkey. Gülen currently lives in Pennsylvania. In March, former CIA Director James Woolsey told the WSJ that he attended a meeting in a hotel room in New York City last September where Flynn discussed “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.” Flynn was named Trump’s national security adviser in November. Erdoğan has accused Gülen of orchestrating an attempted coup against his government in 2016. The kidnapping and return of Gülen would have netted Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., $15 million, people with knowledge of the discussions said. The alleged plan was to transport Gülen via private jet to the Turkish island prison island Imrali. Flynn was fired from his post in the Trump administration after just 24 days on the job after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he'd had with Russia during the transition period after the 2016 election. It was revealed afterward that during the election and transition Flynn was working as a foreign agent on behalf of Turkey. In March, Flynn registered as a foreign agent and revealed that his company, Flynn Intel Group Inc., received $530,000 during the latter months of the election to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of Turkey. Flynn penned an op-ed last November suggesting the U.S. should expel Gülen. Flynn is already being investigated as part of Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s legal team indicted the Trump campaign’s former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associates Richard Gates last week on charges of money laundering and violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Flynn could also face charges for violating FARA. Last Sunday, November 5, NBC News reported that Mueller’s investigation had enough evidence to charge Flynn and his son. **************************** Planing to kidnapping Gulen in the dead of night from his home in Pennsylvania and illegally renditioning him to a Turkish prison where Gulen would almost assuredly be tortured and possibly murdered in exchange for $15 million dollars. Any Trump fans want to take a crack at defending this one? Always nice when these A holes run their mouths and it winds up smacking them right in the face.