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  • Trump’s Border Emergency Called ‘Unlawful’ [semi-satire]

    02/16/2019 9:59:56 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Given Congress’ provision of only a small token appropriation of $1.4 billion to fund a mere 55 miles of border barriers, President Trump used his constitutional designation as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and statutory authority under the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to declare the continuing invasion of the United States by millions of illegal aliens a “national emergency.” The President announced he will use funds appropriated for national defense to build border barriers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) denounced the President’s action as “unlawful. To characterize the migration of millions of...
  • California Eyeing Expropriation of Pacific Gas & Electric [semi-satire]

    02/15/2019 9:41:22 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Faced with a huge shortfall between revenues and expenditures, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is putting together a "Strike Team" to seize the bankrupt PG&E utility. As Newsom sees it, "expropriation will help reduce the State's budget deficit. First, upon taking ownership we will repudiate the debts of this corporation and relieve ourselves of the obligation to pay back money lent to the company. Second, we will then breakdown and sell all the assets for cash. Friends tell me that the copper wires that carry electricity to homes and businesses bring a good price in the resale market." The Governor said...
  • NY Guv Considering Supporting Construction of a Wall {semi-satire]

    02/13/2019 6:55:17 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is reported to be leaning toward supporting the construction of a wall around his state's borders. "We are facing a major fiscal crisis," he said. "Our state's high tax rates have encouraged many of our highest earning residents to move to other states. We may need a wall to impede further attempts to escape paying these taxes." Cuomo is said to be impressed by the Berlin Wall's long period of success in deterring those living in Communist East Germany from escaping to capitalist West Germany in the nearly three decades of its existence following its 1961...
  • THE ULTIMATE REDNECK FISHING TRIP! Deep Sea Fishing for Dummies [Sailing Zatara]

    02/11/2019 9:08:03 AM PST · by amorphous · 7 replies
    Sailing Zatara Channel on Youtube ^ | Jan 3, 2019 | Renee & the Z-Crew
    Episode 64, from the Youtube channel of an American family who sold the McMansion in the Dallas suburbs, bought a sailboat, and headed out for an adventure of a lifetime! This episode finds them fishing off the coast of Northwest Africa, near the Canaries, just prior to crossing the Atlantic for the Caribbean, and from there back to America in time for the Miami Boat Show. It's pretty funny and the dad, Keith, philosophizes some toward the end of the video. I think many Freepers will be heartened and inspired by his talk.
  • Kamela Harass Campaign Abused Male Camel's Hump at Camel Festival in India

    02/10/2019 11:04:55 AM PST · by poconopundit · 16 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/10/2019 | PoconoPundit
    Today, fake officials filed a formal complaint against the Presidential campaign of Kamela Harris.  The fake charges and details of the case follow: The 2020 Harris Presidential Campaign for POTUS hired illegal aliens to dye and trim the hairs of a camel to create a likeness of Kamela Harris on the male camel's hump. A regular tourist of the festival said, "I'm very disappointed.  Their political stunt cheapened a beautiful festival honoring one of the great animals of the Earth." The owner of the abused camel translated the camel's complaint as follows: "In America, I hear Kamela Harass gives...
  • Professor and Transportation Finance Expert: Tolls “Inefficient, Regressive Tax”

    02/08/2019 11:12:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | January 28, 2019 | Marc E. Fitch
    Professor of Finance for the College of Staten Island and Research Fellow at The University Transportation Research Center Johnathan Peters says if Connecticut lawmakers are looking to raise revenue for transportation, they might be better off looking somewhere else besides highway tolls. “Tolls, generally, are expensive to collect,” Peters said in an interview. “It’s not free. There’s a lot of technology and a lot of equipment, and that equipment will have to be maintained and replaced over time.” Peters -- whose area of expertise and study involves regional planning and road and mass transit financing -- says tolls are more...
  • Huge, pricey trucks haul jobs and profits for the Detroit Three

    02/06/2019 4:48:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 5, 2019 | Nick Carey and Joseph White
    DECATUR, Texas/FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - Mickey McMaster is on his 12th pickup truck. The 61-year old farm equipment dealer in Decatur, Texas, two weeks ago treated himself to a 2019 GMC Denali for around $69,000 - a reward for long hours at work. “For me this is the Cadillac of trucks, it’s a real luxury vehicle,” McMaster said. “I’ve worked my way up to afford a truck like this and it shows that I’ve earned it.” McMaster is the kind of customer General Motors Co is banking on as it plans to add 1,000 jobs at a plant in Flint,...
  • Why Vietnam for the second Trump-Kim summit?

    02/06/2019 1:37:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | February 6, 2019 | Agence France-Presse
    HANOI - Communist-run but with capitalist leanings, and a friend to both the United States and North Korea, Vietnam will host the next summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un from February 27 to 28. Like North Korea, Vietnam was once locked in a bloody and bitter war with the US. But unlike Pyongyang, Hanoi now counts Washington among its closest allies, emerging from the ravages of war to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia -- and one of the most diplomatically savvy. Here are a few reasons why it was chosen to host the second...
  • Latino Group Sues Texas [semi-satire]

    02/05/2019 1:49:59 PM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    A recent audit discovered that nearly 100,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in the State of Texas. In an attempt to forestall the State from purging the voter rolls of these ineligible voters, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has filed suit. “The voters to be purged may not be citizens of the United States, but they are citizens somewhere in the world and residents of Texas,” LULAC attorney Luis Vera observed. “They have a human right to participate in selecting those who govern them. Disenfranchising them, as the Texas authorities intend to do, diminishes them as human...
  • Kasich Purloins Comedian’s Airline Seat [semi-satire]

    02/04/2019 9:12:56 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Former Ohio governor John Kasich (R) thwarted Alaska Airlines’ efforts to reassign him to another seat by seizing the first class seat purchased by comedian Julie Klausner. Kasich was liable for seat reassignment because he had paid the lowest price. Kasich defended his actions by asserting his entitlement “as a more important passenger. I think a former state governor, presidential candidate and newly hired CNN commentator has priority over a mere comedian. I made laws. I challenged Trump. I will be guiding CNN viewers toward the correct opinions and attitudes about public policy for the next few years. All Klausner...
  • Mexico Declares End to Drug War [semi-satire]

    02/03/2019 10:23:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that his government will cease all operations against the drug cartels that essentially rule the border area south of the United States. The president justified this change in policy as pragmatism. “We are not endorsing the reign of terror carried out by these criminals,” he said. “Our hope is to mitigate it by adopting a more realistic perspective.” “Since we lack the power to win this war it makes more sense to try to reach an accommodation,” the President maintained. “Once the cartels are persuaded that the government will not interfere with their...
  • Why this congested part of Loop 820 probably won’t get any new lanes until 2030

    01/31/2019 10:45:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | January 11, 2019 | Gordon Dickson
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - Every day on her drive home from work, Kali Roberts is taken aback by the angry pile of motorists who converge on westbound Loop 820 in North Richland Hills. Traffic coming from Texas 121/183 “Airport Freeway” must squeeze from four to two lanes, between Boulevard 26 and Rufe Snow Drive, causing gridlock that persists not only during rush hour periods but most of the day. Meanwhile, as drivers on the nearby TEXPress lanes whiz by at 75 mph, motorists in the toll-free lanes crawl at about 10 mph and cut each other off, including many who...
  • Alaska Airlines Is Hiring 3,000 People — and You Can Apply Without Airline Experience [Washington]

    01/21/2019 8:31:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Travel & Leisure ^ | January 16, 2019 | Cailey Rizzo
    Now’s your time to take to the skies. Alaska Airlines will hire 3,000 people this year, the Seattle-based airline said in a blog post on Monday. Approximately three-quarters of the new jobs will be based in Washington state. Shortly after hiring its 10,000th employee in Washington, Alaska plans to rapidly expand its frontline positions. For those looking to apply, the new openings will include positions as maintenance technicians, airport operations, customer service representatives, cargo specialists, flight attendants and pilots. Future employees will be hired by both Alaska and Horizon airlines. The positions will be listed online and, for many, no...
  • I know Trump's head - He grounds all congress from govt planes

    01/20/2019 11:22:32 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 33 replies
    usa today - klfy references usa today as source
    I said yesterday he needs to ban all of congress from govt planes. Today he does just that. No flights without WH explicit permission.
  • Trump is going to dominate Davos – even though he won't be there

    01/20/2019 7:23:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 20, 2019 | Hugh Son
    President Donald Trump and his cabinet are skipping out on Davos this week, but he'll still be the biggest presence at the annual gathering of the world's richest and most powerful people. Whether it's the U.S.-China trade dispute, Trump's reported wish to withdraw from NATO, or the government shutdown threatening the world's biggest economy, it'll be hard to avoid discussing Trump at the World Economic Forum's meeting in the Swiss ski town of Davos. "Donald Trump will be a predominant voice at Davos regardless of whether he's there," Tom Nides, a Morgan Stanley vice chairman and former deputy secretary of...
  • Dems Reject Invitation to Working Lunch Meeting [semi-satire]

    01/18/2019 11:08:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Jan 2019 | John Semmens
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer rejected an invitation from President Trump to participate in a lunch meeting that would discuss a possible compromise to partially fund a border barrier and reopen the federal government. "We saw the fast food spread he bought for the college football champions," Schumer pointed out. "If he treats star athletes like that I shudder to think what he'd have on the menu for us. He likes football. He hates us. There's no way I'd go without seeing a menu first." Pelosi was even harsher in her assessment of the...
  • Dubai Expo 2020: Two year countdown begins

    01/15/2019 3:30:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Gulf Business ^ | October 20, 2018 | Robert Anderson
    On October 20 this month it will be two years until Dubai officially opens what is expected to be the largest event ever seen in the Arab world. Since securing the 2020 World Expo, Dubai has promised a spectacle that will contribute to the UAE’s national vision, boost its international reputation, stimulate economic, cultural and scientific growth on a local and global level and leave a lasting and sustainable legacy. No small task, but there have been plenty of encouraging indications since the successful bid in November 2013. In recent months alone we have seen signs of the promised scale...
  • US Navy sub commander demoted after hiring prostitutes in Philippines

    01/12/2019 3:15:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2019 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A Navy submarine commander was disciplined and demoted last summer after admitting to paying for female prostitutes while stationed in the Philippines. Capt. Travis Zettel lost the confidence to command the attack submarine USS Bremerton and was relieved of duty back in August following the investigation...
  • Murders Committed by Illegals Called "Bearable" [semi-satire]

    01/12/2019 7:22:52 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Jan 2019 | John Semmens
    At a press conference this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) defended her unbending opposition to increased border security by asserting that "the crimes committed by some of those illegally entering the United States are not sufficient justification for implementing stricter enforcement at the border. The murders of innocent Americans by foreigners are regrettable, but bearable." "We are a large and populous nation," the Speaker pointed out. "We have plenty of room for persons who want to come live in America. The number of our citizens killed or harmed by individuals coming across our border without formal permission is only...
  • Trump and Kim Jong Un to Choose Hanoi for Second Summit, Report Says

    01/08/2019 10:45:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 7, 2019
    Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are set to choose Hanoi for their second face-to-face meeting, South Korean media reports. U.S. officials have already met North Korean counterparts in the Vietnamese capital to plan out the reunion, according to South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo, which cited unnamed diplomatic sources in Seoul and Washington. Trump previously said he plans to hold a second meeting with Kim as early as this month—Singapore, Mongolia, and Switzerland have been named as possible locations for the meeting, as well as Vietnam. Denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea have stalled since the two leaders...