Here Come the Backroom Deals to Save Obamacare

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Raccoon Poop and How To Get Rid Of It!

Raccoon poop. Like many citizens, I’ve wondered and tried so hard to understand why Trump has such a remarkable following. Then a friend sent me this raccoon story.   It makes no difference about your political leanings, this is just a good explanation of WHY… (Or it’s as good as any I can come up with). Please, don’t reply with political rants from your side of the fence. This is not a message to support either party.   It just helps understand how on earth Trump can remain so “popular.”   You have to admit, it’s not easy to understand. OK.

To begin, a Republican writes a letter.  Read on, even if you are a Democrat. Dear Representative; From the time I was able to vote, I voted Republican. I am 70+ and have a great deal of respect and influence with hundreds of senior ballplayers who also network with thousands of others around the country. I received your questionnaire and request for money to help support the Republican nominee for the office of the President.  Rest assured, I strongly agree with every question as I have since Obama was elected.

Unfortunately, an important question that was missing was, “What have the Republicans and their Party done for the American people lately?”  While you seem never to have listened to us in the past Forty Years, we gave you a majority in the house and senate two years ago and you have done nothing with the power we provided you. And Now, you want more of our money?

You should be concerned about our votes not our money.  You are the “establishment” and it’s apparent all you really want to do is to save your jobs and line your pockets. . . Well, guess what?  It’s not going to happen.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course but you look outside DC and listen to the masses. Few, if any, have achieved what he has, especially in a state of New York.

If you really want to know how the majority of people feel, and this applies to both democrats and republicans, read below, it says it all. Here comes the part about the raccoons: You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons.  Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement.  You want them gone immediately.  You call the city, the county and 4 different exterminators.  Nobody can handle the job . . . But then you hear of one guy and this one guy guarantees to get rid of them.

So you hire him.  You don’t care if the guy smells, you don’t care if he cusses and swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack, you simply want those raccoons gone!  You want your problem fixed!  He’s the guy.  He’s the best.

Period Back to Trump!  Here’s why we want Trump.  Yes he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care.  The country is a mess because its politicians suck.  The Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere.  We want it all fixed!  We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he insults people, we don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, we don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslin terrorist.

This country is bankrupt and appears weak.  Our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal’s, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group, with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in.  “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

We’re sick of our politicians, sick of the Republican Party, sick of Democratic Party and sick of illegal’s.  We just want this thing fixed.  Trump may not be a saint, but doesn’t have lobbyist’s money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator.He has built a lot of things.

He’s also not a politician, not a cowardly, politically correct politician. And he not only says he can fix it, he says he will fix it and we believe him. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.  Also we don’t care if the guy has bad hair.We just want those raccoons gone, out of our house, NOW.You are welcome to pass this on.  I feel this is why hundreds of thousands of people that haven’t voted in 25 years are registering to vote this year. The raccoons have got to go!

Sheriff Joe is at it again! Good News!

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN ! You may remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb.

Well………SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN ! Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe ! Maricopa County was spending approximately $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.  The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals. I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system and copy some of his ideas.

He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the holidays and plant it later.

Yup,he was re-elected last year with 83% of the vote. Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a’Git-R-Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO.. HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY: Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona ) who created the ‘Tent City Jail’:

** He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

** He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jail.

** Took away their weights.

** Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.

** He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

** Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination.

** He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails, so he hooked up the cable TV again…..BUT  only let in the Disney channel and the Weather channel.

** When asked why the weather channel, he replied, “So they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.”

** He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.

When the inmates complained, he told them, “This isn’t The Ritz/Carlton…… If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”More On The Arizona Sheriff: With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before.

Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their PINK SOCKS. “It feels like we are in a furnace,” said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the TENTS for 1 year. “It’s inhumane.” Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.

He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates, “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!”

Way to go, Sheriff ! Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back into live on taxpayers’ money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves. If you agree, pass this on.If not, just delete it……but why would you do that ?

IRS beats tea party in court – This Federal Judge Reggie Walton must dismissed.

IRS beats tea party in court

The decisions have major implications for tea party groups suing the IRS over the issue. | AP Photo

By RACHAEL BADE | 10/23/14 3:23 PM EDT Updated: 10/23/14 4:17 PM EDT

The IRS notched a major legal victory Thursday after a federal judge dismissed lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal.

Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia threw out almost all counts brought against the tax-collecting agency in two cases, ruling that both were essentially moot now that the IRS granted the groups their tax-exempt status that had been held up for years.

The decisions have major implications for tea party groups suing the IRS over the issue. It appears they have a tough case to make because the IRS, since the controversy broke in 2013, has approved most tea party groups’ applications, which, according to Walton, keeps the court from hearing their cases.

“After the plaintiff initiated this case, its application to the IRS for tax-exempt status was approved by the IRS. The allegedly unconstitutional governmental conduct, which delayed the processing of the plaintiff’s tax exempt application and brought about this litigation, is no longer impacting the plaintiff,” Walton said in his decision to throw out True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS.

— By this reasoning, murder should never go to trial, because the murder is no longer impacting the victim … ?!?

His reasoning was similar in the second case, where 41 conservative groups banded together to sue the IRS for similar misconduct: “[T]he allegedly unconstitutional governmental conduct … is no longer impacting the plaintiffs. … Counts … are therefore moot.”

The judge, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, also said the groups couldn’t receive monetary relief from individual IRS officials, such as ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, because of the chilling effect it would have on tax administration.

— Wow. Who cares about the “chilling effect” the IRS has on the citizens? The entire point of the probe is to punish people who ABUSE other citizens by using their position in a role of government!

The same judge in August rejected True the Vote’s bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt Lerner’s lost emails, another blow to conservatives seeking outside experts to take the lead on the IRS investigation. Two years’ worth of the former head of the tax-exempt division’s emails were erased in a hard drive crash in 2011, the IRS says.

Walton did, however, demand the IRS within 14 days answer for two applications that have not yet been approved nor denied: applications for Patriots Educating Concerned Americans Now and Liberty Township Tea Party. But that footnote was the only part of the ruling that favored the conservative groups.
A furor erupted in May 2013, after a treasury inspector general report blasted the IRS for using discriminatory labels to sort through applicants seeking tax-exempt status using terms like “tea party ” and “patriots.”

Soon after a raft of right-leaning organizations that applied for tax exempt status sued the government. Some had had their applications put on hold for years; others were asked what were later ruled inappropriate questions about donors and political views during the application process.
The groups in their suits alleged that the IRS violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights with the inappropriate “be on the lookout” list that used words like tea party to hold up their applications. They sought monetary relief for their trouble as well as injunctive relief barring the IRS from discriminating against conservative groups again.
The agency has since changed its practices, including scrapping the lists.
When the suit was filed, 22 of the groups had already received their tax-exempt status, five had dropped their applications altogether and just over a dozen were still waiting to hear from the IRS.

Since then, the IRS had approved all but two, rendering much of the arguments moot, the judge said.
True the Vote tried to argue that the IRS could at a later time re-employ its old targeting scheme or audit the group unfairly as retribution for its lawsuit, but the judge didn’t buy that argument.
He said, since the defendant is the government, “there is less concern about the recurrence of objectionable behavior.” He also said the future worries about unfair audits were “speculative.”
“[T]he Court is satisfied that there is no reasonable expectation that the alleged conduct will recur, as the defendants have not only suspended the conduct, but have also taken remedial measures to ensure that the conduct is not repeated,” he said, citing IRS documents on the steps they’ve taken to ensure targeting doesn’t happen again.
In another victory for the IRS officials who have been sued as individuals for their actions, Walton said the groups could not receive monetary damages from them, citing a previous case that found allowing such would “make the collection of taxes chaotic if a taxpayer could bypass the remedies provided by Congress simply by bringing a damage action against [IRS] employees.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/irs-tea-party-legal-victory-112145.html#ixzz3H0QzwTfh