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Profit Is King

Money

George Carlin, Prophet

Straight Pimpin'

"All money is dirty if you go back far enough." Martin Amis

Are We Not Men?

power corrupts

power corrupts

Profit Is King


Profit Is King

It can buy you a thing

It can make you a ring

Around your heart

Profit is King

Demanding and mean

Your fat it makes lean

For shark meat

Profit is King

The sorrow it brings

Is matched by its endless devouring

Profit is King

It can't dance or sing

But lives and the planet it's souring

Profit is King

Without compassion, his Queen

An umbrella you'll need for his showering

$$$$$$$$$

Blood Money

wash your hands

wash your hands

It's a racket!

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
Al Capone

Enraging, but true

why?

why?

What have we?

We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. -- Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Bill Hicks Wisdom

not buying the dream

not buying the dream

Hungry for it All

money nourishes me

money nourishes me

No Loyalty to Country

Exhaustive Study Finds Global Elite Hiding Up to $32 Trillion in Offshore Accounts

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/31/exhaustive_s

Story of Man

Telling It Like It Is

The Untouchables: PBS documentary

http://video.pbs.org/video/2327953844

America's wealthiest donate 1.3% of their income, while the poorest donate 3.2%

Lower-income Americans are presumably no more intrinsically generous (or “prosocial,” as the sociologists say) than anyone else. However, some experts have speculated that the wealthy may be less generous—that the personal drive to accumulate wealth may be inconsistent with the idea of communal support. Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, published research that correlated wealth with an increase in unethical behavior: “While having money doesn’t necessarily make anybody anything,” Piff later told New York magazine, “the rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people.” They are, he continued, “more likely to exhibit characteristics that we would stereotypically associate with, say, assholes.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/why-the-rich-dont-give/309254/

Iggy Pop....the news

Modern Day Slavery

“The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289

Slave Labor?

2 cents a day

2 cents a day

This is Unconscionable

The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty suffered by the poorest on the planet four times over, Oxfam has said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21094962

Syke!

how blind do you have to be?

how blind do you have to be?

Redistribution?

to the top!

to the top!

March 14, 2013

Senator Sherrod Brown explains, “The four largest behemoths, now ranging from $1.4 trillion to $2.3 trillion in assets, are the result of thirty-seven banks merging thirty-three times. In 1995, the six biggest US banks had assets equal to 18 percent of GDP. Today, they are about 63 percent of GDP.”

http://www.thenation.com/article/173336/sherrod-brown-goes-after-big-banks

When Banks Own the Loan

bondage

bondage

March 20, 2013

"WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan cadre of House lawmakers will move on legislation to deregulate Wall Street derivatives Wednesday, less than a week after Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) released a report on JPMorgan Chase.

"The road to hell is paved with these bills," said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), an advocate of financial reform."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/wall-street-deregulation-_n_2910168.html

Teflon Dons

try and get me

try and get me

In Parting

I will end with something just recently said by Pope Francis.

"We must fight corruption with determination. It is an evil based on the worship of money and it offends human dignity."

And, of course, that old stand-by....Love of money is the root of all evil.

May your treasure be where your heart is.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2010 Leslie McCowen

Comments

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on June 14, 2021:

Wow, more moochers on the taxpayer dole.....

“Taxpayers foot the bill through Medicare when Big Pharma charges older Americans astronomical prices. In 2019, Medicare spent $77 billion on just 50 Part D drugs.”

Bet lots of hubbers are on that list. But you don’t see that as mooching, do you?

And then to hear billionaires pay no income tax.....

It beggars belief how you still go after poor people.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on June 09, 2021:

America has a drug problem.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3bNfGjVgAQ2Bxn?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 30, 2021:

“Miami Police Chief, who used to lead the Houston Police Dept., called a proposed measure in Texas that would allow people to carry handguns without a license "ridiculous" & pandering to fringe elements while professing to support law enforcement.”

******

Me, 4 hrs ago:

“They are NOT America. They are maga, a fringe terrorist group.”

******

When do you see I’m right? And, more people agree with me. You kooks get all the voice, while silencing ours.

You want to keep up with your seditious crap, F around and find out.

You will lose.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 28, 2021:

“Prosecutors Investigating Whether Ukrainians Meddled in 2020 Election’”

“Time to time I saw evidence that the CI investigation was in Brooklyn. Also, I don't believe we can clean up the Russian influence without cleaning up the Russian mob in Brooklyn.”

*****

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Mafiya-Russian-Invaded-...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 21, 2021:

“Trump has billed the Secret Service more than $40,000 this year to use a single room at Mar-a-Lago: report”

*****

But $1,400 is too much for you moochers and who lost your income due to the pandemic.

Give it all to the oligarchs! That’s what republicans say.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 18, 2021:

Guess why the cost of our meds are so high? Stock buy backs and dividends......so shareholders get rich. That’s why.

https://twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1394731...

And stop telling us if you raise wages, costs must go up. No! Lower the salaries at the top, and stop putting shareholders above workers!

Quit bamboozling us with BS. And getting rich, while we live substandard lives.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 17, 2021:

Ha! Blaming Biden for gas shortage.....you know what is was?

Kim Zetter:

“CNN has now confirmed what I wrote 4 days ago, that CP shut down pipeline because they couldn't bill customers. Per CNN: "The company halted operations because its billing system was compromised...and they were concerned they wouldn't be able to figure out how much to bill"

******

“So they basically had shitty network security, and then, rather than suffer a hit to their profits, they created an acute economic crisis for half the county, and contributed to the burning death of at least one person?“

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And, of course, righting world used it to smear Biden. What else is new?

Capitalism is a failed system. But let’s keep pretending it works.....it certainly works for the billionaires. Hubpages must be full of them.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 16, 2021:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E1i85AtWQAAatj2?format...

Who paid for the $2.2 trillion 2017 tax cuts?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 10, 2021:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0_EILfX0AA-ZwT?format...

Jens Johansson:

“Here in Europe Russia have been engaging in low intensity warfare since before Crimea. All countries around the Baltic have had to get used to having territorial air and water violated, Russia have been conducting fake aircraft vased nuclear attacks towards several capitals to act, and everyone but a Trumpist knows an attack in Europe is a disastrous for the US as well. Someone has got to be willing to play hardball with Putin, but instead there was Trump who emboldened Putin to become even more aggressive.”

Also,

“Koch is gonna make alot of money off that attack. Things that SHOULD make you go hmmm....”

*******

Makes me g $&%-=@+#&*$= maga!!!!!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 09, 2021:

Vicky Baum:

“Ontario is ignoring the dead from from CovID-19 in LTC

(~ 3871) and the seniors who are the largest portion still succumbing to COVID and they are vaccinating community seniors with doses 16 weeks apart. It is disgraceful.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 08, 2021:

Omg......

“After scarfing up a whopping $12 billion public bailout for JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, demands an itemized list of expenditures the Biden administration has in mind for a corporate tax increase.”

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The arrogance! Gawwwwd

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 30, 2021:

“The wealthy and powerful have intentionally prevented America from changing, growing, or progressing. This moment isn't about radicalism, it's about preventing self-destruction.”

And they’ve bamboozled people into thinking it’s the natural way of things! It’s not. It’s theft!

“The GOP isn't actually a political party. It's a PR front for the wealthy and powerful and is bankrolled explicitly to keep their taxes low and stonewall any potential reform.They have no ideology beyond the pursuit of power and profit.”

https://jaredyatessexton.substack.com/p/making-up-...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 29, 2021:

NY AG James:

“In a major victory, a court has ruled in our favor and vacated a Trump administration policy allowing the extremely dangerous pesticide, chlorpyrifos, to contaminate our food.”

******

Thank you, gubmint, for stopping business from poisoning us.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 11, 2021:

“Ratio of CEO to typical worker compensation: in America

1965: 21-1

1989: 61-1

2018: 293-1

2019: 320-1”

******

Disgusting.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 07, 2021:

Moscow Mitch:

“My warning to corporate America is to stay out of politics,’ he says. ‘I’m not talking about political contributions, he adds.

*******

Erm.....

Political contributions ARE politics! YOU should know!

https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/7811836.jpg

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 11, 2021:

Backwards morals.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EwKZPN5XAAM7gjD?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 09, 2021:

He’s still after their money.....

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EwAPBoNXMAc9J0e?format...

He is not going anywhere politically. He is going to prison for tax evasion. He may try and throw Ivanka and Junior under the bus, but we all know daddy runs the show.

How many more women you think will be paid to get Cuomo out? “He touched my back” “he called me sweetheart”.......seriously? How dare you! Those of us who have REALLY been sexually assaulted would love to school you on what sexual assault is.

His lying about Covid numbers is bad......but unless DeSantis is held to the same standard....I don’t want to hear it!

Go on and give trump your money. Then cry because you don’t want to pay taxes.

Smh....

If trump wasn’t a felony criminal, he’d make a good tv preacher. Of course, you’d have to over-look the stealing and the adultery.....

https://youtu.be/Q1OXAi7rNMg

Meanwhile, we’ll watch you god people make fun of, mock, laugh at, and bully a guy who stutters.

God is love. Uh huh.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 24, 2021:

Drain the swamp!

“The American Postal Workers Union is calling on the Biden admin and Senate leaders to "swiftly fill" the vacant seats on the USPS Board of Governors.

"All of the current board members are Trump appointees; all are men; most have deep ties to Wall Street and corporate interests."

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 21, 2021:

This country is barbaric.

“An Indiana woman will receive a $200k settlement after giving birth alone in a Kentucky jail cell. Her attorney said she cut the umbilical cord with her teeth before climbing inside her mattress to protect the baby. The county says they did nothing wrong“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 18, 2021:

My god.....

“After 3.5 days without heat or power in Austin, my kids, husband & I found refuge in a friend's garage apt, where there's heat. We're luckier than many.

The suffering here is immense. Food shortages. Unsafe drinking water. Impassable roads. Flooded homes. A humanitarian crisis.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 18, 2021:

Uh ohhhhhh

“I'm sure it's a total coincidence that Heidi Cruz happens to be the managing director of Goldman Sachs, which owns several Texas utility companies, such as Energy Future Holdings, right at the time these companies spike their prices.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 17, 2021:

“El Paso TX is on national grid & still has power. Cities on Texas grid are struggling without power/heat. Because it is on the national grid, El Paso gets energy from plants with winterizing regs. Texas grid “deregulated” so no winterizing.”

*******

Same reason we have so much pollution: deregulation. Thanks Trump. But ........not to worry, help is on the way.

https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e2/guid/534dcd17-fee...

Democrats. What else is new?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 05, 2021:

“I am currently reading “Evil Geniuses” by Kurt Andersen. Shines a light on how what we are seeing is the culmination of a fifty year plan by wealthy conservatives to roll back every progressive initiative enacted since 1890.”

https://gregolear.substack.com/p/who-owns-kavanaug...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on June 15, 2020:

Read this thread!

https://twitter.com/GalvinAlmanza/status/127225487...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 29, 2020:

@cbouzy

“Trump will try to use the military on American soil, which is illegal without approval from Congress. This is exactly what Hillary Clinton and Adam Schiff warned you about.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 02, 2020:

“Make Biden release all his records, so we can see what’s in there!!!!”

“Trump’s Attorney is Suddenly Crazy to Stop Michael Cohen’s Planned Book”

Won’t release Tax returns

Won’t release medical records

Has NDA’s with every woman he’s “dated”

Media gives him free pass.

America is owned by the right.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 23, 2020:

“A Dallas hotel executive whose empire includes luxury resorts has emerged as the biggest winner from the coronavirus bailout for small businesses.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 23, 2020:

Oh dam! Qui Bono?

“As 22 million Americans lost their jobs due to COVID-19, the American billionaire class’s total wealth increased about 10%—or $282 billion more than it was at the beginning of March. They now have a combined net worth of $3.229 trillion.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90494347/american-bill...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 22, 2020:

Everyone loves you rail against government, but never big biz, churches, banks.....

Well....

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWM3H_cWsAAIn_K?format...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWM3buWXQAAlKBW?format...

Maybe have a little equal outrage every now and then?

I see Trump railing against Harvard, but says nothing of the Mormon church, which swamps the moola of the old college. And god more tax $ to boot!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 12, 2020:

“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.”

******

42 months is 3.5 years.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 07, 2020:

Robber Baronry. Profiting off tragedy:

Made possible by unimpeded Crapitalism.

https://www.propublica.org/article/in-desperation-...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 05, 2020:

I wonder if this is considered elitist greed?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUzIB2MXYAEzHP4?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 03, 2020:

Here you go:

“The 200,000 masks that Pence & his Admiral said were being delivered to NY tomorrow are instead being shipped to commercial bidders, who will then turnaround & sell them to the highest bidder for the largest profit.”

******

Disgusting.

And Hillary would not be doing this. Just by the effing way.

This must be what happened to the 2 ships heading to Massachusetts, which Baker paid for!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 30, 2020:

Tom Nichols

@RadioFreeTom

”Day after day of lies and accusations - including multiple insinuations that healthcare workers are stealing medical supplies - and what Trumpers are really mad about is that we're not applauding Mike Lindell using his charitable moment to tell us that God picked Trump for us.“

******

It’s abuse. People are dying, and he wants sychophants.

It’s abuse, and the right has been abusing dems for years.

Accusing them of killing babies, trafficking children, and being full of nothing but corporate elites.

Worse, of hating America.

I know abuse, and this is it. Now you've got an expert abuser at the helm.

Happy? Just what god demands.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 29, 2020:

Venture Capitalism:

Eugene Gu, MD:

“Newport Medical Instruments found a way many years ago to produce cheaper ventilators that could be mass produced. COVIDien bought them out for $100 million, destroyed their idea, and now stands to make billions price gouging their outdated junk as Americans die on the streets.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 27, 2020:

The illustrious president of the United States.....

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

“I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her ahead, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! #MAGA”

Yes, in a time of great sorrow and suffering.....this. This is what your president speaks.

I’m embarrassed FOR you.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 05, 2020:

“Holy crap. Three years ago Kushner's stake in Cadre was worth $5 million. He just sold it for $25-50 million after it benefitted from Opportunity Zone tax breaks that Kushner pushed for.”

https://www.syracuse.com/us-news/2020/03/jared-kus...

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Let’s talk about Hunter Biden, shall we?

Oh yes, let’s.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 22, 2020:

Still not voting for Bernie....

https://twitter.com/lizburgh/status/11645990422418...

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John Aravosis:

“Enough with the attacks on the Democratic Party. You know who the “democratic establishment” is? Schmucks like me who gave up making huge salaries so we could work in Washington for low-paying jobs to do good, while Republicans and millionaires like Bernie Sanders slander us.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 22, 2020:

You Trumpees better get your working hands ready.....

Trump is getting rid of legal immigrants, too.

Miller’s dream.

There won’t be anyone to do that work you claim Americans love to do.....put your gloves on. You’re it.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 19, 2020:

@avery_vt

“Just filed my taxes. Feels good to contribute to the well-being and prosperity of my fellow Americans and the Nation.

One weird thing though, I've paid more in taxes the last two years then ever before. My income bracket is unchanged

I thought we were promised a tax cut?”

******

@AlexisByStorm

“I simply took my tax bill as a percentage of my actual income, and just this year to last year it's gone up 2%. I'd have to go look at the year before, but it wasn't good. I feel like that's a better thing to look at than your refund.“

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This is regressive taxation.

Adelson got $70,000,000 back.

Kanye got $68,000,000 back.

C’mon.

Cuts to programs, taxing lower brackets.....

All so the 1% can have a cut. C’mon. It’s oligarchy.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 13, 2020:

Well, here it is in clear black and white. This is what maga stands for:

https://i.insider.com/5e432a233b62b73f9f5bf66a?wid...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 13, 2020:

"The deeply worrying moment is when you start to become a one-party state," Stanley added. "The Republican Party has shown that it has no interest in multi-party democracy ... They are much more concerned with power, with consolidating power."

https://www.businessinsider.com/authoritarianism-e...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 11, 2020:

L’america

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQgMYXpWAAAdO77?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 07, 2020:

Sanders is a big phony. He takes big money just like anyone else:

“WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t want a super PAC. Instead, he has Our Revolution, a nonprofit political organization he founded that functions much the same as one.

Like a super PAC, which is shorthand for super political action committee, Our Revolution can raise unlimited sums from wealthy patrons that dwarf the limits faced by candidates and conventional PACs. Unlike a super PAC, however, the group doesn’t have to disclose its donors — a stream of revenue commonly referred to as “dark money.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/shadow-g...

And someone caught Warren using a private plane yesterday.....after she blasted others for doing so.

I’d rather a straight up person, than one who pretends.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on February 07, 2020:

Huge new story from

@Fahrenthold

“Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him at his luxury properties — billing U.S. taxpayers at rates as high as $650 per night.”

*******

This, you don’t mind. Having your money pay for food and medicine for children and seniors makes you scream socialism.

Are you mentally defective? I think so.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 30, 2020:

“Sacred saguaros trees are being plowed over by earth-movers, sawed into chunks like firewood and tossed into trash heaps at the border. “

For Trumps wall....which get blown over by a high wind.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/29/politics/us-border-...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 22, 2020:

“Deep down, no one really gives a shit about racism,” - manager at CoreCivic, contracted by ICE to run Stephen Miller’s concentration camps “

Good to know

http://www.corecivic.com/facilities

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 21, 2020:

“New: Mitt Romney tells CNNs

@mkraju

that Dems are making a “mistake” by saying that “everything is an outrage.”

He says McConnell changes from Clinton trial rules are “modest” and he won’t be voting today on motions to call for witnesses.“

*******

RMoney promoted Chris’s prosecutor to judge after the trial.

Looks like he’s moved on up himself. How sweet. On the blood and Back’s of others. Grimy.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 18, 2020:

I believe Warren.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders argues that former Vice President Joe Biden sided with a Republican effort to cut Social Security.”

Politifact rated this: False

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statement...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 18, 2020:

@PalmerReport

“First the Bernie cult tries to destroy Elizabeth Warren because he got caught lying about her.

Now the Bernie cult wants to destroy Joy Reid, despite the positive coverage she's usually given him.

Bernie cult will destroy anyone who doesn't portray him as a hero genius saint.“

******

Thank you

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 16, 2020:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EOciUjVWkAAedm6?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on January 16, 2020:

“Can a Person Be a Good Christian and a Trump Supporter?”

No. Choose.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on December 17, 2019:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EL_KWVVW4AEGbFJ?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on November 12, 2019:

“They get joy out of the suffering of others”

It’s called sadism.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 31, 2019:

“President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment — and sending a message to those who don't to get on board.

Trump is tapping his vast fundraising network for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020. Each of them has signed onto a Republican-backed resolution condemning the inquiry as “unprecedented and undemocratic.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/31/trump-imp...

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And you think NOT taking corporate cash is a good idea? Dems? Good luck.

Money is god to these people......

They have no morals

No integrity

No honesty

No conscience

See what playing nice gets you. A swift kick in the ass. And a laugh about it.

This is Satan’s Army. It’s spiritual warfare. Even if you don’t believe it, pretend like you do.

Better yet, it’s Starwars.

Don’t let evil win.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 28, 2019:

Know why they hate Biden? Cause he’s not a crook.

“Indicted Ukrainian gas oligarch Dmytro Firtash spent more than $1 million hiring key figures in Republican efforts to investigate the Biden family.

His lawyers—who often go on Fox News to defend President Trump—say they needed the dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden to demonstrate that Firtash’s prosecution was politically motivated.

But the two men have a history. Two Ukrainian gas industry experts say the gas-market reforms pushed by Biden and others in 2014 and 2015 hit Firtash in the wallet, and badly. One knowledgeable outside observer estimated that the 2014 and 2015 gas reforms and legislation cost him hundreds of millions of dollars.

On Dec. 9, 2015, Biden gave a speech to Ukraine’s parliament. He praised the protesters who forced out Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president, he recited Ukrainian poetry, and he called for reforms to Ukraine’s gas market, too.

“The energy sector needs to be competitive, ruled by market principles—not sweetheart deals.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ukrainian-oligarch-d...

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Firtash.....Firtash......who are his lawyers???

Oh yahhhhhh, Degenova and Toensing..........you don’t say?

And what? Her son works for Barr at DOJ?

Woooooooow.

Hey junior, Eric, ivanka........

nepotism alert! Since you care so much......

Oh, you work for daddy, huh?

Oooops

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 27, 2019:

Yang: trickle up economy.....

Yesssss!

I want a MATH hat.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 26, 2019:

Next up;

Commercial talk radio.

How is it that all of OUR public airwaves are dominated by far right fascists?

How? Fix it. Start regulating and put the fairness doctrine back.

I have the same right as fascists do to have my views represented on our airwaves. That’s why they’re called public.

Have you forgotten?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 24, 2019:

They welcomed Putin with open arms.....

“Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani now facing charges of illegally funneling money from foreign contributors to U.S. campaigns, were at an Indiana GOP event for future U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others in 2018...”

https://amp.indystar.com/amp/4069627002?__twitter_...

As did the NRA.

I’ll bet those clowns who breached security yesterday all had their grimy hands out. Nunes for certain. He’s straight up mob.

Well. Deal with it. So far you got most of the Republican Party selling out the USA, and you got Sanders, Gabbard, Stein and now Yang on the left.

Keep em coming. The truth will be staggering, I’m sure.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 22, 2019:

@maddow

“After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years. Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018.”

******

More “winning”......

Can he take his ball and go home now?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 16, 2019:

Eric Boehlert:

“Twitter is arguably the most important media platform on the planet and Trump abuses it to incite violence and spread lies—not sure why folks are dismissive of Kamala Harris’ demand that Twitter enforce its own rules and kick Trump off”

******

Because twitter is owned by the far right moneybags, as is 99.9% of all media in America.

Trump called the ceo of Fox to complain they weren’t nice enough to him!

C’ mon! It’s a big ole club and hardly anybody is in it! But Dumpy pants is. Ooooooh, the swamp.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 10, 2019:

Cause he’s out of the womb, he doesn’t matter

https://mobile.twitter.com/info_Rojava/status/1181...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 07, 2019:

This did not used to BE ALLOWED in America. We had morals.

@CNBC

“Whole Foods to cut health-care benefits for 1,900 part-time employees starting next year https://cnb.cx/34GIA1V”

*******

“Jeff Bezos made $78.48 billion last year.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 03, 2019:

An add on the radio:

“Your money works hard for you”

Erm, money doesn’t work. People do. It’s called labor.

And in America, money is respected more.

How did this happen?

Something to think about.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 30, 2019:

Transnational organized crime. Using us to get rich. Abusing power to go after political rivals. Threatening civil war......

Yeah, I can see it. Who needs Russia-gate? He’s committing high crimes all over the place without it!

I really pity the Repubs who stick with him. Oh well, they have their lives to live......but man, they are going to regret it. Imo

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 29, 2019:

Trump is not draining the swamp, he’s a big shark in it

https://www.politicalflare.com/2019/09/how-melania...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 27, 2019:

Lots and lots of people sold USA out.

“The results of a congressional probe into the NRA's ties to Russia paints a picture of NRA officials providing Russian officials access to American elected officials in exchange for lucrative business opportunities.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 22, 2019:

Uh oh

@richardhine

“$203 billion was needed to stabilize overnight financial markets in three separate Fed actions this week. First time such action was needed since global financial crisis 10 years ago. But everything is totally fine, they want you to know.”

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/fe...

*******

Those tax cuts for billionaires are always so patriotic.....

I wonder, are their main homes in USA, or abroad?

We know their bank accounts are offshore.

“Second verse, same as the first”.....

Second? More like third, fourth, fifth.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 14, 2019:

@ChrisLu44

“Retirement party for Border Patrol official will be held at one of Trump’s clubs. Invitation is displayed within a govt building and was sent out via govt email.

Trump is now lining his pockets with federal employee money. This stinks“

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Any questions?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 11, 2019:

Remember, Neil Young told you:

“A thousand points of light on a homeless man”

We will learn the hard way. Money is a false idol.

You can’t buy integrity. Integrity can’t be sold. Few and far between are the bold.

If you wish to poop on gold plaited toilet seats.....you forget, it still stinks to high heaven.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 09, 2019:

Jerry Falwell jr.......

Giving Jesus a baaaaaad name. Like, what else is new? He’s a trump supporter.....that’s ALL u need to know!

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/09...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 08, 2019:

All of you who were sick of gvt as usual are now getting business as usual. How u like it?

Preet Bharara

“Allegations of Gov officials sending business to Trump:

1. Trump to host G7 at his Doral resort

2. Pence stayed at Trump resort 181 miles from Dublin

3. Military planes refueled at Trump Scotland resort

4. Bill Barr to host Xmas party at Trump Hotel

House: Scorch the earth“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 05, 2019:

“Since 2017, Pence’s political group, the Great America Committee, has dropped about $224,000 at Trump properties, chiefly the Trump International Hotel in Washington and its on-site steakhouse, according to Federal Election Commission records maintained by Pro Publica”

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“As a federal organized crime prosecutor, I learned that the mafia uses a practice known as "kicking up" or "paying tribute" to the boss. Essentially, all members of a mafia family must make sure that some of their earnings end up in the boss' pocket. From the member's point of view, "kicking up" is a way to show respect, curry favor, and reinforce the hierarchical power structure. From the boss's point of view, it's a way to get rich“

******

Are you catching on YET????

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 30, 2019:

Dammit to hell!

******

Svein T veitdal

@tveitdal

“The incentive for the destruction of the Amazon comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies like@JBS_oficial and

@Cargill

, and the global brands like

@StopandShop

,

@Costco

,

@McDonalds

,

@Walmart

,

@asda

and@Sysco https://stories.mightyearth.org/amazonfires/index....

*******

And government’s the problem???

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 26, 2019:

“Trump just announced Trump Doral in Miami as the host of 2020 G7.

Grifters gonna grift.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 18, 2019:

Like I said, grand theft....highway robbery....moochers! Trump—“not paying taxes makes me smart”.

His humanity quotient is 78

Myrna Lim:

“Amazon will pay $0 taxes on $11,200,000,000 profit in 2018. So, the server at McDonalds will pay more in taxes than Amazon. Congratulations to the politicians who made this mockery of our government possible.“

“You’ll get your taxes down”....just let me work the rubes. It’s what I do best”

Still waiting for that $4,000 raise......

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 30, 2019:

“Slowly, inexorably, this essential truth has revealed itself, particularly since Donald Trump and Melania boarded the down escalator - figuratively and literally - to announce his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015.

“From that portentous moment, the US has descended into an imperious state - where the rule of law has become a quaint, disposable anachronism - led by a benighted henchman, who, like all benighted henchmen, considers the rule of law a quaint, disposable anachronism.

Enabled by a stacked, ideologically amicable Supreme Court and surrounded by obsequious family and sycophants - all familiar staples of a banana republic - Trump sits on his leather throne in the Oval Office, content as a purring cat, sure of his impunity.”

America is a Banana Republic

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/united-s...

*Andrew Mitrovica

Andrew Mitrovica is an award-winning investigative reporter and journalism instructor.*

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 22, 2019:

“Yep, one person - one vote, pure democracy. How do you like it now?”

We don’t have that. We have the electoral college, where one persons vote in one state is worth 300 in another.

We have minority rule. I hardly call that democracy. Theocracy, yes. Mobocracy, yes. Outdated and immoral? YES!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 18, 2019:

Learn something

https://twitter.com/JujuJudge/status/1129693354093...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 16, 2019:

Gee, such drama

“Rabid democrats who hate the president”.... like a pack of wild hyenas or something?

All so you can avoid paying taxes and subjugate women.

Know what I call you? Barf dogs.

Woof wooo....eerrggblggblooyhhnddssrresa

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 11, 2019:

This is appalling

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6Ue8YWUcAA9CZD?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 06, 2019:

Claude Taylor

“Putin is bombing hospitals in Syria. Trump won’t mention that, either.”

******

Syria, Gaza, Yemen.....Iran next?

How low you gonna go, America?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 06, 2019:

@DavidCayJ

“Behold, the Faux Christian become a traitor.

make no mistake, our constitution, our democracy and our liberties are under siege from traitors.”

******

He’s talking about Falwell, saying trump should get 2 more years added onto his term.......

I say Trump stole 4 from Hillary. Let’s really find out.

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2018/12/22/falwell-a...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on May 04, 2019:

The American Dream, Trump style

https://youtu.be/flPCk8Z5XS0

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 30, 2019:

@VABVOX

“I just had an stunning convo with my pharmacist, who informed me that one of my meds is no longer covered by my insurance and will cost nearly $8k. We're trying to figure this out, but how on earth is anyone supposed to pay that for 30 pills? $96k a year?

Fix this, Congress!”

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This is the great economy. Only if you’re uber rich. Others will die.

NOT hyperbole.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 13, 2019:

Ha! This is what I said in 2017....people said I was lying.

@kurteichenwald

“I am hearing again and again from my republican friends in red Texas that they are stunned because their taxes have gone up. Welcome to reality: you’re not rich enough for your taxes to have gone down thanks to the GOP Tax Scam.”

Get it? Not rich enough to get money back....there HAS been a coup. Ignore the orange turd who claims there was an attempted one by democrats....it HAS been done! Richistans, far right judeo Christians, White supremacists.....they have overtaken the gvt by subterfuge and espionage.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 09, 2019:

Thanks for voting trump

https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/11153358...

You knew this prior.....you just didn’t care.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 08, 2019:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3qeQWkX4AY7qVD?format...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 05, 2019:

Oh fer.....how many rules they get to break???

@nytimes

“The top federal ethics watchdog said that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s sale of his stake in a film production business to his wife did not comply with federal ethics rules, and it would not certify his 2018 financial disclosure report.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 03, 2019:

“Speaker of the House Paul Ryan received nearly $500,000 in contributions from one of the billionaire Koch brothers and his wife 13 days after after the House passed its version of the Republican tax bill, according to a campaign finance report released last week.”

https://youtu.be/CaPcKtLioww

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on April 01, 2019:

Nihilists

Cryalists

Punch you in the eyeyelists

No compassion

No concern

Take this country

Let it burn!

Haiku for magats, ala Steve Bannon

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 31, 2019:

“The Trump administration on Friday granted a Utah request for a more limited Medicaid expansion, effectively short-circuiting a ballot measure approved by voters in November.“

Seriously, why vote?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 29, 2019:

Come to think of it, im oldish. Im not obliged to put up with bullshit. That thing is not my president, and i wont use that esteemed title for him.

A$$hole in chief. Nothing more, nothing less.

I firmly believe in treating others as they treat people

Done deal. Respect not required. On any level.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 28, 2019:

Corey Booker:

“Before you tell me about your religion, show it to me by how you treat other people“

Here’s Christianity, Trump-style

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2rqjdNWoAAN6Ly?format...

If it looks familiar, it should. It’s the same as Judaism, Netanyahu-style.

Can I say they’re more about power, than religion? More about an ideology than love of god?

Cause, if this is love, and god is love.......there is something lost in translation.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 27, 2019:

Why is there need for any hard decisions?

Just rescind the 2.2 trillion tax cuts.

*Voila*

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 26, 2019:

CNN hired a trump lackey to do their election coverage....anything to do with elections from now on is colored to favor trump.

He and zuck are pals.....like he and Scarborough used to be.

That makes both cnn and Fox trump central.

Watch with that in mind.

http://fortune.com/2019/02/19/2020-election-trump-...

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 26, 2019:

I will bet the ones behind the smollett thing are right wing James okeefe types....

They wanted it to seem like poor magas are victims....that’s why they wanted to make it look like smollett staged the whole thing to smear them. Poor poor magats.

Vast right wing......somebody slay that dragon!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 24, 2019:

Trump is toast.

Lock him up.

https://youtu.be/IoyvvEWHodk

And he’s not even that important.

https://www.justsecurity.org/60528/understanding-p...

“Russian crime boss Semion Mogilevich whose operatives have been using Trump branded properties to launder millions of dollars for more than three decades.”

Trump is a means to an end. And I cannot remember his name, but an FBI agent has been missing for a long time. He was a Mogilevich hunter....was on 60 minutes or something. The fbi wants him back.

This goes far beyond trump. He’s just a dirty creep with connections. Real dirty

https://www.scribd.com/doc/316341058/Donald-Trump-...

As soon as he gets them what they want: Mogilevich and their agent back, trump will be arrested, imo.

They don’t give two effs that he’s prez.....they know who he really is.

He has been on their radar for a very long time.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 23, 2019:

My god. He is such a scumbag

"Trump Organization has ordered the manufacture of new tee box markers for Trump golf courses that are emblazoned with the seal of the president of the United States.

Under federal law, the seal’s use is permitted only for official government business."

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on March 21, 2019:

https://twitter.com/jidk1187/status/11088487195066...

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