There are competing explanations as to why radicalized congressional Republicans refuse to compromise, even after failed election cycles, but Nate Silver points to one of the more compelling rationales . . .Swing districts disappear, gridlock flourishes | MSNBC
You could read the report from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget or their executive summary or the synopsis at Huffington Post, but you’re a Biteme reader and want it reduced to “25 words or less,” so here goes:
Hillary Clinton’s policies are fiscally risky, but no riskier than where we’re currently heading. Trump’s policies will drive us zooming over the cliff. Yee haw!
If the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stops you, they can now swipe your prepaid card and take all your money on the spot.
The gizmo they’re using is called an ERAD or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine.
Is there a cause for worry here? Not really. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent, “If you can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money, it will be given back to you.”
Hat tip to: Lowering the Bar
Millionaire businessman-sportsman Thomas Crown explains how the Trump campaign looks just like a project promoted by a dodgy real estate developer. It makes a great read: Trump’s Entire Campaign is a Failed Real Estate Investment (with tweets) · TCrown · Storify
Hat-tip to Brad Reed at RawStory.
In a vitriolic message emailed to his supporters, Catholic League President Bill Donohue celebrated the defeat of the Child Victims Act that would have made it easier for kid sex abuse victims to seek justice. He blasted the legislation as ”a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church.”
There are reasonable arguments to be made both in favor and against extending the statute of limitations in such cases, but Donohue can bite me.
This actually raises an interesting question: What makes for a “hostile work environment”? Is there an objective standard? Is it whatever makes an employee uncomfortable? Maybe Kevin Underhill will supply an answer.
“I would love to see some hedge fund manager on Wall Street who might be sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake realize that he can’t get his $150,000 worth of deductions unless he submits to a drug test.”
When it comes to drug abuse, “There are no boundaries with regard to class or race,” she said. “If these poor people who are entitled to SNAP for survival are required to be drug tested, then certainly those people who claim $150,000 or more in tax deductions should be subjected to the same in order to receive this benefit from the government.”
You heard it right. Tusk, who represents Uber, the PBA, and FanDuel, wants to help pick New York City’s next mayor. So why doesn’t he run for mayor himself? After all, he’s been described as a “genius.”
He can’t afford to run. Scores of his business interests depend upon the largess of government and he would have to cut his ties with them in order to serve in public office.
Some police encounters involve civilians breaking the law, attacking police, or resisting arrest. Biteme has no sympathy for them.
But some encounters involve law enforcement officers shooting unarmed civilians, stopping them because of their race, or beating people who are already in handcuffs.
I say: record them all. Then we’ll bust the bad guys, reward the good guys and stop the coverups.
As for the police having the elbow room to safely do their job, the Bitemaster proposed last year that we make it illegal for citizens to come within 25 feet of the cops they’re recording.
It’s a law that Bratton has so far declined to support.
Scott Dikkers, the founding editor of The Onion, says “I think [Trump is] going to win. I don’t think there’s any doubt. I know the electoral map looks challenging to him, but you’ve seen the polls. Trump keeps going up, Hillary keeps going down and we saw how Trump laid waste to all these other professional politicians. Trump transcends the typical politician strategies and rhetoric because he’s appealing to people’s lizard brains and the lizard brain doesn’t care about facts. It doesn’t care what’s true. It doesn’t care what’s reasonable. It’s just going to vote, ‘Trump — he’s strong,’ and that’s what we’ve got and that’s what’s going to happen. I hope I’m wrong.”