A bombshell lawsuit out of Manhattan accuses Rudy Giuliani of forcing a former employee to submit to sex acts as a condition of her employment " including making her give him oral sex while he took calls from then-President Donald Trump on speaker phone. The lawsuit also alleges " buried on page 25 " that Giuliani asked Dunphy for help "selling pardons" for $2 million a pop. Giuliani told her that he and Trump "would split" the fee, the lawsuit alleges.
A massive snapping turtle lounging on a bed of rusty chains in the Chicago River has won hearts on the internet after a viral video of the spectacle was posted to Twitter on Saturday. Joey Santore, a self-taught botanist and Chicago native, was kayaking through the Chicago River with his friend when he came across the turtle -- which he named Chonkosaurus. read more
It started as an unremarkable flicker in the night sky. But closer observations revealed that astronomers had captured the largest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, an event thought to have been triggered by a giant cloud of gas being gobbled up by a supermassive black hole. read more
CNN hosted a town hall with 2024 Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump on Wednesday night in New Hampshire. Trump made many false and unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election, violence on January 6, 2021, the economy and his handling of records after leaving the White House. Here is a fact check of some of Trump's other claims during the town hall. read more
Conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo arranged for the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be paid tens of thousands of dollars for consulting work just over a decade ago, specifying that her name be left off billing paperwork, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Leo's organization had issues before the Supreme Court.
My wife caught COVID in a TriStar (HCA; Frist family) hospital while getting shoulder surgery. They weren't requiring the freaking nurses to wear masks in post-op recovery, and the two dudes who lifted her on the OR table weren't masked either. We both ended up with COVID after three years of being cautious, vaxxed, and masked anywhere in public spaces (vaxxes keep you out of the ICU).
Her initial symptoms were a really sore throat, and mine were muscle aches like one gets with the flu - feeling like a truck ran over me. the anti-viral our doctor phoned in, stopped the virus from replicating and our immune systems went to work within hours. By the 3rd day, both of us felt pretty good except for several more days of feeling a lot of fatigue.
She caught it a second time about 6 weeks ago at the same hospital during a PT session. This time she had breathing issues, but the Lagevrio (molnupiravir) quickly went to work again and stopped it from getting worse. Within a day she was feeling better, though with a couple weeks of fatigue that followed. We felt grateful that we didn't get COVID until almost 3 years had passed and treatments more refined and effective.
since W knocked that old alcoholic Richards out of the Governor's mansion
#45 | POSTED BY BLUEWAFFLES
Ann Richards had been sober for many years before her stint as governor, and until her death.
As LBJ said when he signed the Civil Rights Act - "we've lost the south for a generation" - Dobbs and the resulting loss of a woman's choice will reverberate against the GOP for years to come:
"There has been a 6 point swing in the last year on the Generic Senate ballot from R+3 to D+3. This movement is [led] overwhelmingly by Independent and NEW voters that identify abortion as one of their top issues"
The poll, conducted April 20-24, had similar findings on the House side. "There has been a 10 point swing in the last year on the Generic House Ballot from R+6 to D+4. This movement is [led] overwhelmingly by Independent and NEW voters that identify abortion as one of their top issues," it said on slide seven. "Reproductive Freedom is the #1 issue among those that DID NOT vote in 2020."
Remember when Fox's Laura Ingraham mocked David Hogg (Marjorie Taylor Greene HS mass shooting survivor) for not getting into an Ivy League several years back?
Well, David Hogg just got his degree from Harvard.
The sexual battery allegations against conservative power broker Matt Schlapp, explained
A Republican operative identified himself Wednesday as the man who filed a January lawsuit alleging sexual battery and defamation against Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes, two prominent Republican insiders in Washington, DC. The two are a conservative power couple at the intersection between traditional movement conservatism and the MAGA wing of the GOP.
Carlton Huffman alleges Schlapp groped and propositioned him while he was working on Herschel Walker's Senate campaign. Schlapp had come to Georgia in October 2022 to appear at events for the Georgia Republican. The incident, first reported by the Daily Beast, was promptly reported to senior officials on the Walker campaign, which Vox has been able to confirm. Huffman came forward in an interview with the Washington Post after a judge ruled that his lawsuit could not proceed with the Republican making his claims anonymously.
The lawsuit not only targets Schlapp for what is described as "aggressively fondling (the MALE plaintiff's) ------- area in a sustained manner," but for what it describes as an organized effort by Schlapp and his wife to discredit and defame the accuser.
Republicans raised it THREE TIMES during Trump's presidency.
The one that increased the national debt - accumulated by the U.S. since George Washington - by 25%.
In the middle of what the GOP called "a roaring economy." The one Trump inherited from Obama, who left the GOP an annual deficit cut from $1.4 trillion in Bush's last budget to $500 billion. The deficit Trump ran back up to the stratosphere.
Republicans now seek to defund the IRS' ability to audit high wage earners and corporations. Ya, slashing taxes doesn't life all boats. It doesn't trickle down. It goes in the pockets of those who don't need the money and has resulted in our national debt going through the roof instead of being erased per Bill Clinton's plan to have it paid off in the 2000's.
Now I know where all those "auto repair warranty" calls originated that came in one or two a day for quite awhile.
From The Washington Post:
Two of Donald Trump's employees moved boxes of papers the day before FBI agents and a prosecutor visited the former president's Florida home to retrieve classified documents in response to a subpoena " timing that investigators have come to view as suspicious and an indication of possible obstruction, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump and his aides also allegedly carried out a "dress rehearsal" for moving sensitive papers even before his office received the May 2022 subpoena, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive ongoing investigation.
Prosecutors in addition have gathered evidence indicating that Trump at times kept classified documents in his office in a place where they were visible and sometimes showed them to others, these people said.
Trump jumped in with a parody of DeathSantis' announcement debacle on Instagram:
i checked and trump did indeed post this video on his instagram story https://t.co/TThzeMwxYv
- noam chompers (@NoamChompers) May 25, 2023
Wagner Group leader:
Does the fact Prigozhin hasn't managed to "fall out of a window" after weeks of bitter criticism aimed at Putin and the Russian military mean that Putin fears him? That he could be the first domino, opening the way for others who want regime change in Russia to follow?
Yevgeny Prigozhin says that Russia's objectives of "denazifying" and "demilitarising" Ukraine have failed miserably "--- knows how, but we've militarised Ukraine!" pic.twitter.com/ZBIyo0Vd3A" Francis Scarr (@francis_scarr) May 24, 2023
#3 My father was in the pacific in WWII...they were on New Guinea when they came across a tribe of cannibals...they had three Japanese prisoners, their legs arms and ribs all broken as they were being prepared to be cooked. Sgt told the squad to just keep moving along, nothing to see.
#4 | Posted by Nixon
My uncle led the first radar company in New Guinea. They set up on the beach. They'd traded a case of whiskey with the floating plane crew who dropped them there for a movie projector and some movies.
That day, they made a movie screen of woven palm fronds and set it up so they were facing the water. As the movie ran, one of his men poked him and whispered, "don't look now but we have company!" Moments later, when he turned around to take a peek, he saw cannibal faces at the edge of the dense jungle, "their eyes as big as dinner plates ... thinking we were gods because of the movie. That probably saved us from being eaten." LOL
Well, that was a disaster, so we're told.
Trump jumped in with a parody of DeathSantis' debacle of an announcement afterwards:
I checked and trump did indeed post this video on his Instagram story https://t.co/TThzeMwxYv
- noam chompers (@NoamChompers) May 25, 2023
Saw her during the Private Dancer tour. She electrified the arena to the rafters. That was a couple years after I was hired on a recording session by a producer who'd rented Ike Turner's dingy recording studio. Fortunately, he wasn't there. The walls and ceilings in the control room were pockmarked all over with bullet holes inflicted, I was told, during frequent drunken rages. I remember thinking at that concert how she was Ike & Tina Turner, and what a loser of a POS he was without her.
Abandoned by her sharecropper parents, beaten by her husband, yet rising to become one of the most respected and admired performers worldwide. Factoid: in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.
Republicans have hung their hats on Talibaptist's Bibles.
Dobbs and other acts are going to come back to bite them in their sanctimonious, un-Christ-like asses.
"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them."
- Barry Goldwater 1994
There's more than one instance of MTG's boyfriend dressing in drag.
Here's another one (with his wife): twitter.com
Know who probably won't be affected by a default?
Members of Congress.
The Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 explains how members of Congress should get paid and how much. It says nothing about withholding their salaries if the U.S. defaults. Additionally, the National Constitution Center says Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution states that lawmakers, "shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States," and contains no exceptions.
"One day blacks will shake the progressive stink off them"
And go back to those worry-free days of being considered less than a human being?
To give up all the progress blacks have made in the past 50 years that gave them the opportunity to become doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, scientists, CEOs, governors, senators, mayors, college graduates, sports heros, whole family units and all things that made them a Democrat stronghold and thus a threat to Republican White Supremacy.
Why would you wish that on black people. You're the one that says black people should pull themselves by their own boot straps.
They're doing that and now you call it a "stink."
#50 | Posted by Twinpac
He pulled himself up with the Army's bootstraps thanks to people like my father-in-law who outranked BOAZ's 'major" and fought for the rights of blacks to rise in the military ranks when it wasn't fashionable or even possible.
Never forget, Republicans are responsible for the majority of the national debt.
#3 | Posted by Whatsl
In only 4 years, Trump & the GOP managed to add 25% of U.S. government debt since George Washington.
This in the middle of a "roaring economy" he inherited from Obama, who restored our economy with ZERO help from the GOP.
"Trickle Down" should just be taken literally; GOP gives 3 rounds of massive tax cuts, leave America heavily in debt, whine about the debt THEY created, and take a leak on the rest of us.