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Author:  DrCaleb [ Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:28 am ]
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raydan wrote:
DrCaleb wrote:
Immigrant children have a right to soap in detention: U.S. appeals court


The US went to court to prevent giving kids soap? Soap? [huh]

What else aren't they giving kids? :?


Toothpaste, tooth brush, clean clothes, clean toilets and beds.

It still stuns me they went to court to fight having to provide these for children in custody. This is what 'for profit' public services look like.

Author:  BeaverFever [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:34 am ]
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Trump zealots continue to purge government of non-political professionals for not being “true believers” in their MAGA cult

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Investigation Finds Political Purge Inside Trump's State Department

By Alison DurkeeAugust 16, 2019

Trump appointees reportedly harassed career employees at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, accusing them of being “disloyal” “traitors” and part of the “Deep State.”

President Donald Trump has certainly made no secret of his dislike for government employees who haven't gone full MAGA with their effusive praise of the president. And apparently some of his appointees feel the exact same way. A new report from the State Department's Office of the Inspector General released Thursday chronicles rampant mismanagement and “mistreatment of career employees” at the department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs by Assistant Secretary of State Kevin Moley and former senior adviser Mari Stull, who were both Trump appointees. The report found evidence of “disrespectful and hostile treatment of employees,” “retaliation associated with conflicts of interest,” taking personnel actions with “improper motives”—and, naturally, “harassment” of career employees who were not believed to be sufficiently loyal to Trump.

Per the I.G.'s findings, Stull and Moley were reportedly openly hostile to career employees who were holdovers from the Obama administration, making “inappropriate accusations of disloyalty.” Stull, employees told the Inspector General, would call employees “Obama holdovers,” “traitors,” or “disloyal,” and allegedly accused certain employees of “being part of the ‘Deep State.’” The two appointees reportedly based their opinions of employees on their “perceived political views,” with Stull allegedly only making positive comments about certain career employees “because they reportedly made contributions to Republican candidates.” And Stull wasn't afraid to act when she believed employees didn't share her political beliefs. In one example described in the report, Stull took away many of one employee's job responsibilities after they accompanied members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the United Nations, seemingly largely because the delegation “consisted of only Democratic members.” Stull “accused the employee of trying to ‘thwart’ President Trump and undermine his agenda,” the report details.

In another instance, Stull allegedly cancelled a job selection process for a position seemingly because she believed the leading candidate was not “trustworthy,” due to their work with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and “relationship with the gay and lesbian community.” Shortly after that episode, Stull reportedly met with the Joint Executive Office and asked that “descriptions for all future vacancies should ‘reflect President Trump’s agenda’ and ... ‘require conformance to the President’s beliefs.’” (The officials informed Stull that they “could not carry out her instructions.”)

Stull and Moley's mismanagement went beyond their political biases. The report also describes them as having “frequently berated employees, raised their voices, and generally engaged in unprofessional behavior toward staff”—in one instance, Stull reportedly “called [an employee's] work product ‘garbage’ and threw it at another employee”—and dismissed one employee without merit after they raised concerns about the officials' behaviors. Stull also allegedly “retaliated” against career employees with whom she disputed in her previous position at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. Though higher-up State Department officials raised concerns about Stull's behavior after it was first reported by Foreign Policy and asked Moley in June 2018 to make certain reforms, the report notes “the hostile treatment and other conduct described above continued into the fall of 2018.”

The mismanagement led to a mass exodus of career staff at the bureau, with the report finding that 50 out of 300 domestic employees left since Moley was instated. “Nearly all” of the former employees the I.G.'s office interviewed “stated that poor leadership of the bureau contributed to their decision to depart.” Stull, who stepped down from her position in January, has yet to respond to the allegations, while Moley has disputed their accuracy. “The behavior attributed to me regarding raising my voice, berating employees and contributing to a hostile work environment does not represent who I am or who I have ever been,” Moley told NBC News.

Democrats have responded with outrage to the report's findings, which House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings said “leaves no doubt that Trump Administration political appointees have mismanaged the Department and violated the public trust.” “Today's report confirms what we feared: 'disrespectful and hostile' treatment of career employees at the State Department, including spurious accusations that public servants were 'disloyal' and improper retaliation against them,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Eliot Engel said in a statement, calling on Moley to resign or be dismissed. A State Department official told the Hill that the department accepted the report's recommendations, which call for a “corrective action plan” to address the mismanagement and for the State Department “to consider other appropriate action, including disciplinary action.”

The report comes amid a particular period of turmoil for career officials within the Trump administration. The president's open preference for officials to be Trump lackeys recently forced the resignation of Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, a widely-respected career official whom Trump nevertheless refused to let replace departing DNI head Dan Coats. Trump's U.S. Department of Agriculture, meanwhile, is currently facing a mass exodus of scientists and other career experts thanks to a controversial decision to move the department to Kansas City. Critics have derided the move as an effort to force out scientists—who aren't exactly Trump's biggest fans—and “drain the swamp.”

Earlier in August, Chuck Park, a U.S. Foreign Service official at the State Department, resigned from the Trump administration with a Washington Post op-ed, in which he said that while Trump supporters may accuse career officials like him of being “Deep State,” he considered himself to be a part of the “Complacent State” instead. “The Complacent State sighs when the president blocks travel by Muslim immigrants; shakes its head when he defends Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; averts its gaze from images of children in detention camps. Then it complies with orders,” Park wrote. “I let career perks silence my conscience. I let free housing, the countdown to a pension and the prestige of representing a powerful nation overseas distract me from ideals that once seemed so clear to me. I can’t do that anymore.”


https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08 ... harassment

Author:  PluggyRug [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:38 am ]
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Trump figured out if it works for Trudeau then why not.

Author:  Tricks [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:39 am ]
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https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-s ... E0I0xLbgq8

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Trump stopped calling for 'very meaningful background checks' on guns after talking to the head of the NRA


Remember when Trump chastised the GOP for being afraid to take on the NRA?

Looks like he's as much of a coward as the rest of them.

Author:  DrCaleb [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:59 am ]
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I wonder when the Government will wise up and revoke the NRA's "non-profit" status.

Author:  BartSimpson [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:01 pm ]
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DrCaleb wrote:
I wonder when the Government will wise up and revoke the NRA's "non-profit" status.


The NRA is a non-profit advocacy organization that does exactly what they say they do. There is no more reason to revoke the NRA's status than there is to revoke the status of MoveOn.org which advocates for the left.

Author:  llama66 [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:01 pm ]
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He lives!

Author:  BartSimpson [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:02 pm ]
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Yup! :D

Author:  BartSimpson [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:03 pm ]
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Now I'll be gone the rest of the week! :lol:

Author:  Tricks [ Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:33 pm ]
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BartSimpson wrote:
There is no more reason to revoke the NRA's status than there is to revoke the status of MoveOn.org which advocates for the left.

Except for:
Excessive compensation for private individuals or specific companies. See Ackerman McQeen and Wayne Lapierre.
Engaging politics as it's main purpose. I mean the amount of lobbying this group does, yet it's suspiciously absent from every Form 990 from the NRA I can find.
Allegedly breaking campaign finance laws. Funneling millions of dollars into Trump's campaign, currently under investigation. Though of course looks like it's been block by republicans, I'm sure their pockets weren't greased in anyway.

Author:  BeaverFever [ Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:38 am ]
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PluggyRug wrote:
Trump figured out if it works for Trudeau then why not.


Fake news. Trudeau never did anything like that.

Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:44 am ]
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Trump says any Jew who votes Democratic is 'disloyal' or lacks knowledge

Now, who does that sound like?

Hmmmm.

Especially when he doesn't say 'disloyal' to whom.

Hmmmmm.

Edit:

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"This is yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism," said Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America. "At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased — due to the president's emboldening of white nationalism — Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope."


Oh, yes! That's who he sounds like!

Author:  BeaverFever [ Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Trumpocalypse Thread - The End Is Now

BartSimpson wrote:
DrCaleb wrote:
I wonder when the Government will wise up and revoke the NRA's "non-profit" status.


The NRA is a non-profit advocacy organization that does exactly what they say they do. There is no more reason to revoke the NRA's status than there is to revoke the status of MoveOn.org which advocates for the left.



Except that the NRA is in effect a lobby group for the firearms industry more than a public advocacy group and its leadership remains embroiled in an ongoing civil war exposing the massive corruption, self-dealing, and financial irregularities and mismanagement if the organization’s bloated ruling elite:


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The scandal embroiling the NRA, a nonprofit that pays LaPierre more than $1.4 million a year, is about money and who benefits from donations and dues paid by a reported 5 million members. But it’s also a power struggle between would-be reformers and LaPierre’s cultish grip on the organization. In April, at its national convention, NRA President Oliver North announced he would not serve a second term after he lost an attempted coup to oust La Pierre, a showdown that involved allegations of financial impropriety by LaPierre and attempted extortion by North.

A nasty divorce and lawsuits between the NRA and its longtime public relations partner, Ackerman McQueen, have revealed allegations of inflated bills, exorbitant fundraising costs and cushy jobs for the well-connected. Other revelations included a $39,000 shopping spree by LaPierre at a single clothing store, more than $200,000 in air transportation costs for a Christmas trip to the Bahamas, and an abandoned effort to have the NRA buy LaPierre a $6-million Texas mansion because he feared he would be targeted after the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Meanwhile, New York state Atty. Gen. Letitia James is investigating the NRA’s tax-exempt status (the nonprofit is incorporated there).

Several board members have resigned, and some have formed a movement to try to reform the NRA. Good luck with that. The NRA is governed by a board of 76 directors — well more than triple the size of boards at other nonprofits — mostly selected by a board-appointed nominating committee. Only lifetime members ($1,500 payment) are eligible to be nominated; members must have at least five consecutive years of membership to vote (one analysis found that only 7% actually do so); and only a third of the seats are up for election each year. That leaves the NRA tightly controlled by a hand-picked board of directors more focused on the preservation of internal power than following norms of proper guidance and nonprofit oversight.


https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.latimes ... f_amp=true

Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:55 am ]
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BartSimpson wrote:
Now I'll be gone the rest of the week! :lol:


He only gets internet access when the nurses aren't at their station.

;)

Author:  DrCaleb [ Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:51 am ]
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Trump's disloyalty slur is about shoring up support from evangelicals, not American Jews: Neil Macdonald

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Clearly, Trump is betting that base hatreds and tribalism will send him to the White House for a second term. Given modern America, that's probably a smart bet.


R=UP

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