Trump isn’t going to stay in control of the government, but there is something …

first_imgSomewhere back around Election Day 2016, Republicans made a fundamental bargain. Until that point, many of them had not just resisted accepting Trump as the party’s nominee, they had been profoundly, deeply, and repeatedly scornful of Trump. One election victory was all it took to get them all wearing red caps, and to make Lindsey Graham a political proctologist. Guys like Ted Cruz, fresh off of having Trump insult his wife’s looks and his father’s patriotism, rolled over for Trump faster than a love-starved puppy. And every one of those Republicans had to be thinking, “We wait this guy out for just a few years, and then we inherit his base.”That’s not happening. Trump may surrender his corner-free room at the White House, but he is never, ever giving back the Republican Party. It’s his now. He’s going to keep it.Donald Trump has no interest in going off to clear brush, ride horses, or paint pictures in his bathroom. It is his ultimate fantasy to stand in front of adoring crowds and threaten people. Adoration and threats. It’s the peanut butter and chocolate of his existence, and he intends to just keep mixing them forever. From now on until infinity, the only definition of Republican that matters is “someone who serves Trump or his designated heir.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Right now, Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly “The Loud” Guilfoyle are engaged in a process to take over the RNC. They’re not doing that for the current fight. They’re doing it for the future. The long, indefinite future, of Trump ‘24, Ivanka ‘28, Name Your Trump ‘32. The GOP is becoming not a partner of the Trump Organization, but a wholly owned subsidiary. Republicans from Mitch McConnell on down expected that the good thing to come out of 2020 would be getting rid of Trump. They’d finally be able to cash in on all that bootlicking equity they’ve put into the last four years. That’s not going to happen. And the best thing about Republican willingness to harm the nation by refusing to rein Trump in is that they’re all going to be trembling, powerless, junior associates, forever. Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist bastard who would enjoy nothing more than to keep doing endless mini-Nuremberg rallies at which people fawn over him and he gets to tell imaginary stories in which people always call him “sir.” If the entire election hung on a single state, as it did in 2000, there might be a serious chance that the Trump appointee-laden Supreme Court would find some way to twist things around, redefine winning, and hand a set of electoral votes to Dear Leader. Or maybe Georgia will just decide to stop counting and send Ivanka and Jared to represent their electoral votes. It will not matter. Donald Trump lost the election. Failing to acknowledge that fact has a lot more to do with the fact that Trump is a con man, who does con man things, for the traditional con man reason: parting the suckers from their money.- Advertisement – The odds that Trump, or any of his top Trumplings, will ever acknowledge Biden’s victory is low. That’s because by failing to ever make that admission of reality, Trump leaves office as the deposed king, kicked off his thrown by an evil usurper. He can continue to barnstorm around the nation for the next four years, emptying pockets hither and yon, as he gathers up All The Dollars that are assuredly necessary to contest with black knight Biden. “I never really lost, they cheated me,” is going to be a theme song. Trump will find someway to fit it onto a hat.But just over one month from now, the Electoral College is going to meet. And the Electoral College is going to cast more than 300 votes for Joe Biden. It will not matter if there are a few faithless electors, or if an entire state hijacks its delegation. Biden is still going to win that vote. There is not one single state where a recount is actually going to affect the outcome between now and then. To gain an electoral college win, Trump would have to engage in genuine skullduggery in at least three states. Which is so unlikely, there are about 20 other things that should be much higher on your worry list. Either the United States completely falls apart and no longer honors the rule of law, or Biden wins. It’s as simple as that.But that doesn’t mean Trump is going away. – Advertisement –last_img read more

John Cena Reached Out to Nikki Bella After She Gave Birth

first_imgCordial exes. Despite splitting after six years together, Nikki Bella and John Cena will always be on good terms — despite both of them moving on.“John and I will be tied forever. I get that, like, we had a public relationship on a reality show for six years,” the former WWE wrestler, 36, told Us Weekly exclusively while promoting the new season of Total Bellas. “All I’ve ever wanted was for him to be happy. So, it makes me happy when I see that and, like, him kicking butt in the movie world and all that stuff. I love that!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I think most women do [that] when they get depressed because they are embarrassed by it,” Brie said. “Also, because you’re prideful and I was like, you got to let it all go. You have to communicate with him because then he can help you. That’s what you need.”For more of their journey into motherhood together, watch the exclusive video above.Total Bellas premieres on E! Thursday, November 12, at 9 p.m. ET.With reporting by Christina GaribaldiListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! During the interview, Nikki also detailed her postpartum battle, which is especially tough when Chigvintsev, 38, is away for Dancing With the Stars.“I was so supportive, like, ‘Go and do it! I got this.’ Then I got shook, like, no, I don’t have this. Like, why did I think I could do this alone as a new mom?” she revealed to Us. “Then I came to L.A., and, like, Artem is still so busy here and it’s not like he is fully present when he’s home. He is trying to be the greatest dad — and he’s an amazing dad — but I would be lying to say, ‘Oh, it’s great.’ It has definitely been a struggle for us. It’s hard. We have so many ups and downs. It’s been so difficult on our relationship because I need so much from him. But he’s torn between his job that requires so much from him and then us at home. My depression kicks in so hard.”When she had a hard time expressing how she was feeling to the Russia native, Brie, 36, stepped in to talk to Chigvintsev and tell him that Nikki’s hiding her feelings.- Advertisement – Bella, who split from Cena, 43, in 2018, got engaged to Artem Chigvintsev in January, and the couple welcomed their first son, Matteo, in July. The actor, for his part, tied the knot Shay Shariatzadeh in October.Nikki Bella John Cena Reached Out Brie I After We Gave BirthNikki Bella, John Cena and Brie Bella. AFF-USA/Shutterstock; Shutterstock; MediaPunch/ShutterstockBrie Bella welcomed her second child, a son named Buddy, with husband Bryan Danielson only one day after her twin gave birth.“So with the baby, he reached out to Brie and I both,” Nikki told Us. “We haven’t had an individual conversation in gosh, I don’t know how long, but it was very short and sweet!”- Advertisement –last_img read more

How to combine sports, gastronomy, untouched nature and culture into one? The solution is Papuk Extreme Challange

first_imgHow to combine 7 different sports in 11 races in just 3 days? Combine sports, gastronomy, untouched nature and culture into one? Break the myth of flat Slavonia?To provide, not only to Slavonia, but also to the whole of Croatia an event that has never happened before, and yet attract over 5000 people to the town of Orahovica and the Papuk Nature Park?The young team, along with ten other different clubs from all over Croatia, tackled this issue and many others. After long-term thinking, the answer imposes itself; Papuk extreme challenge which will be held in Orahovica from 1-3 June 2018.Papuk Extreme Challange is the first outdoor festival in Orahovac, which aims to make it the largest sports, tourism and gastronomic spectacle ever held in Croatia, organizers say, and the whole event will be held on the slopes of Papuk near the resort “Lake”. ” Visitors will have the opportunity to taste Slavonian specialties in our rich gastronomic offer and camp on the spot, Lake Orahovac or stay in nearby accommodation. Our idea of ​​this festival is exclusively eco-oriented. No waste will be left in nature because we recognize that we are blessed with our environment, our beautiful Papuk who is a true gift from God. ” points out Nives Smolčić from the organization Papuk Extreme ChallangeIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”In addition to sports events that will be held from Friday to Sunday (trail and trekking running, cycling races, long distance swimming, hurdles races for the youngest) there will be various concerts, camping on Lake Orahovac, games for the youngest, gourmet specialties of Slavonia and Baranja, open-air cinema, exhibitions of paintings and photographs…Budući da se istoga vikenda održava i 50. Orahovačko proljeće posjetitelje očekuju i razna kulturna događanja – akustične večeri pod zvijezadama, kino na otvorenom, Sajam nakita Arsor, nastup 12 Kulturno umjetničkih društava, koncerti raznih poznatih glazbenika, tradicionalna cvjetna povorka djece osnovnih i srednjih škola iz cijele Slavonije, likovne izložbe te predavanja poznatih sportaša, neka su od njih.The organizers expect about 2000 participants who will need accommodation and food, and due to the organization and gastronomic offer at the fair of domestic products, they invited family farms to recognize the opportunity to present their products.See more about the whole festival herelast_img read more

Attorney general is a partisan politician

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I find ironic the article in The Daily Gazette outlining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ongoing battles with Trump administration policies. I believe that the people of New York really need to see the AG of our state in terms of what he really is — a partisan Democrat who finds fault with everything the Republicans and the Trump administration does. He sues for the funds being withheld to so-called sanctuary cites in New York that don’t comply with ICE protocols. He treats the illegal immigrants better in New York than the tax-paying citizens of our state. He is always looking to make the news or on TV fighting all and everything Republican or that isn’t Democratic in the state. You must wonder Mr. Schneiderman was when Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, Sen. John Samson, Vito Lopez and so many other Democrats were stealing from the people of New York right under his nose. Funny how he never saw or commented on any of those crimes.If that’s not a partisan attorney general from New York state, I guess we all live in a fish bowl.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Taking away guns is not the right answer

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe must do something to stop our school children from being shot. How about a “tip line?” If someone is a threat to “go postal,” you report them to the FBI and they investigate and stop it before it happens. What? We already have that? And Nikolas Cruz was reported multiple times and it was ignored? OK then, let’s pass a law that makes it illegal to possess firearms on or near school grounds. If it’s illegal to have a gun near a school, everything will be OK, right? Huh? You say it’s already a felony to have a gun on school property? Oh, wow. These “common sense” gun control schemes simply aren’t keeping our schools safe.Here’s an idea: Let’s repeal the Second Amendment. If we can’t stop lunatics and misanthropes from shooting up our schools, let’s just take all the guns away. Hunters, recreational shooters, law-abiding concealed carriers — they’ll just have to suck it up. We can dress up some goons in special uniforms, maybe “brown shirts,” and suspend the Fourth Amendment and go door-to-door — at night.  Search every house.   I like that. The same as when alcohol was outlawed with Prohibition. We all know how well that worked out.George NigrinyScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Rich, famous don’t know real abuse

first_imgI feel discriminated against. Stormy Daniels, Bill Cosby, the president’s physician, countless movie stars and the spouses of highly paid athletes — just some of those alleged to have suffered or of having committed the very trendy act of abuse.  Well, just hold on. I was abused, too. At the age of 17, papers were signed giving me a four-year, all-expense paid educational scholarship. What a break. What luck. Several months later, a couple hundred guys my age headed by train (I still wonder why that rail trip was not first-class.) to a place in South Carolina. It was the month of June, just three days after my high school graduation. Sunny skies, warm weather, and my buddies and I were headed for 13 weeks of all sorts of physical activities to keep us from being bored. We arrived at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot — at midnight — that bewitching hour which immediately captured our attention.  Just think — “Parris” and croissants. Nope. Instead, we were met with some very rude guys wearing Smokey-the-Bear hats and yelling obscenities at us faster than little pieces of chocolate shooting out of an M&Ms assembly line. You talk of abuse. For the next three months, if I would have been able to make a phone call, I would have contacted an attorney. Oh, there was no real documentation of physical abuse, and in those days, none of us had an iPhone.  My ego was utterly destroyed, tramped on and thrown into the mud like some discarded candy wrapper. The guys in the Smokey-the-Bear hats zeroed in on me as though I was a target of some high-flying drone. I felt harassed, taken advantage of and thought myself to be the object of some evil predator. Is it too late to sue?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 4

first_imgProtect women from ravages of warI’m writing in response to the editorial by The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Military draft should include women,” which appeared in the Feb. 27 Gazette.Because some women have chosen the military and are able to fight does not mean that all women should be eligible for the draft, required to register, and, if necessary, be forced to choose between entering the military or going to jail.That may be tantamount to increasing rape.We should generally try to protect women and children from war; children for obvious reasons and women because they can become pregnant.Bruce CampbellBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 I guess I’m a blind Trump supporter. According to Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, President Trump makes up facts and his supporters just blindly go along.Here are some hard facts for Mr. Wouk. Obama told us 1.5 percent growth of the GDP is the new norm. President Trump has given us 3-plus-percent growth. President Trump lowered our taxes; Obama raised them. Obama gave billions of dollars to the world’s largest exporter of terrorism. President Trump is squeezing North Korea to straighten out.Obama was ashamed of the United States. President Trump loves this country.Obama was the president of: immigrants living here illegally, homosexuals, unions and a variety of other voting blocs. President Trump is every man’s president. His economic policies are benefiting whites, blacks and Hispanics.There is a lot to be proud of this president for. Good reasons to be a Trump supporter Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy do blacks vote for the Democrats?I’m now 76 years old. When I was a youngster, during the late 40’s and all of the 50’s and 60’s, the Southern states were considered solidly Democratic. They were also racially intolerant. African-Americans had to use separate restrooms, water fountains, and diners, among other forms of discrimination. No black athletes were allowed to play on any team because they weren’t allowed to enroll in any white high school or college in the South.Fortunately, the civil rights movement led brilliantly by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to change racial perceptions, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed by Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, it was a bill that would not have passed had it not been for the overwhelming support of the Republicans in Congress. Some Democrats even threatened to leave the party if the bill passed. What I don’t understand is why so many black Americans support the Democratic Party.Richard W. ColyerSchoharie I will take President Trump over the last failure any day.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonlast_img read more

Manchester expansion for Regus rival

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Sussex offices: The future’s Brighton

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Inner City

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