Ex-Iranian president pens letter to President Trump blasts American 'dominance', says US 'belongs to all nations'.
Really now...try getting into Iran illegally! Your life expectancy would be about 5 minutes. Iranian border:
Former Iranian President wrote a 3,500-word letter to President Donald Trump in which he slams the new administration’s restrictions on immigration and US “dominance” of the United Nations.
The letter was transferred to the US via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which serves as the point of contact between the United States and Iran.
In the document, Ahmadinejad congratulated President Trump’s November win and praised his 2016 campaign, which the former Iranian leader said, “truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt."
But Ahmadinejad, who during his tenure as president threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” and publicly suggested the Holocaust was a hoax, chided Trump over his recent executive order temporarily restricting immigration from seven high-risk countries, saying the US must “value respect toward the diversity of nations and races.”
Ahmadinejad went on to argue that the United States “belongs to all nations”, suggesting the US has no right to regulate immigration into the country.
"In other words, the contemporary US belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land," Ahmadinejad wrote. "No one may consider themselves the owner and view others as guests or immigrants." You know like they do in Iran. What a vile hypocrite piece of shit he truly is.
The former Iranian leader made no reference in the letter to Iran’s nuclear program or tensions with the West stemming from Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests. Instead, Ahmadinejad berated American “dominance” of the United Nations, assailing it as the cause of "insecurity, war, division, killing, and displacement of nations."
The La La Land cast and crew did a full speech before being told Moonlight had in fact won. The bastards were so into bashing Trump they got it all wrong. They presented themselves for what they really are. Irrelevant fools.
Just when you think the whole thing's over and you can go to bed, something incredible happens and The Oscars 2017 goes down in history.
It was time for the very last award of the evening: Best Picture. Everyone was ready to clap and applaud for La La Land, which is the film the whole world expected to win.
Warren Beatty, who was presenting the award with Faye Dunaway, read out La La Land, and the cast and crew jumped up to accept their award. Just as their acceptance speech was coming to an end, there was a kerfuffle onstage, and it was revealed that the wrong film had been announced as the winner of the prestigious award. Moonlight was, in fact, the winner.
So, so awkward…
"This was not a joke," Warren assured everyone, after admitting to the mistake.
"I wasn't trying to be funny," he added, explaining that they had been handed the previous winner's envelope. "That's why I looked at Faye for a really long time," said Beatty.
He told the audience that they had read the wrong envelope, seeing Emma Stone won for La La Land, who was actually the winner for Best Actress.
Warren Beatty read out the wrong winner for Best Picture at the Oscars
According to this article, there seems to be some hesitation from Congress concerning the funding. Funny when you think about it. We spend billions each year housing, feeding, and giving 'free' medical care to illegals. Not to mention 38% of federal prisons are composed of illegals. Why is it we can find the money for that but for the wall it might be a problem? They'll never do it. But if they got rid of the illegals here now the wall would pay for itself.
BTW...how many miles of border wall could have been built with the billions Barry gave Iran?
President Trump’s administration on Friday made its first tangible step towards developing and implementing one of the president’s chief campaign promises: to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
Bloomberg reported that the administration issued a preliminary request for proposals to contractors. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April.
The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10.
The field of candidates will be narrowed by March 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by March 24.
The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start "very soon" and is "way, way, way ahead of schedule."
The agency's notice gave no details on where the wall would be built first and how many miles would be covered initially. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has sought employees' opinions during border tours of California, Arizona and Texas.
It is unclear how soon Congress would provide funding and how much.
The Government Accountability Office estimates it would cost on average $6.5 million a mile for a fence to keep out people who try to enter on foot and $1.8 million a mile for vehicle barriers. There are currently 354 miles of pedestrian fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers, much of it built during President George W. Bush's second term.
Republican leaders in Congress have said Trump's wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. Trump has suggested $12 billion.
An internal Homeland Security Department report prepared for Kelly estimates the cost of extending the wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border at about $21 billion, according to a U.S. government official who is involved in border issues. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public.
The Homeland Security report proposes an initial phase that would extend fences 26 miles and a second wave that would add 151 miles, plus 272 "replacement" miles where fences are already installed, according to the official. Those two phases would cost $5 billion.
The price tag will depend largely on the height, materials and other specifications that have not yet been defined.
Granite Construction Inc., Vulcan Materials Co. and Martin Marrieta Materials Inc. are seen as potential bidders. Kiewit Corp. built one of the more expensive stretches of fencing so far at a cost of about $16 million a mile, a project in San Diego that involved filling a deep canyon known as Smuggler's Gulch.
Cement maker Cemex SAB is also seen as a potential beneficiary even though it is based in Mexico.
Trump administration makes first tangible step to building border wall
Seems like I just saw him on FOX a few days ago. Not to speak ill of the dead but I could never stand the guy. Can’t believe he was married to Monica’s sister. Must have been some 'spirited' Thanksgiving dinners. However, this article puts him in a different light which I never knew about. ---------------------------------
Sean Hannity Calls Alan Colmes’ Battle with Illness ‘the Single Greatest Amount of Courage I’ve Ever Seen’
As a “heartbroken” Sean Hannity mourns the death of his longtime friend and Fox News sparring partner Alan Colmes, he also wants to celebrate the life and selfless spirit of the late political commentator.
Speaking with PEOPLE, the Fox News Channel host opened up about the loss of his colleague and close friend, who died at the age of 66 after battling a brief illness.
Though the details surrounding Colmes’ illness have not been released, Hannity says that when the radio and television host first learned of his health issues, Colmes’ first thought was to shield his wife, Jocelyn Crowley.
“ we first talked about it, you know, typical Alan style, his first statement to me was, ‘I don’t want my wife to worry or be upset,’ ” Hannity recalls. “He was thinking about her. He loved his wife, he adored her.”
“She’s a wonderful woman, and I know she’s struggling today,” he adds. “Alan always put other people ahead of himself.”
The former Hannity & Colmes co-hosts were more than just colleagues, they were great friends who were able to grow together.
“Alan was just a great guy, really awesome. We were really blessed. We got hired, neither one of us had a lot of TV experience; we had to collaborate really strongly to survive,” says Hannity. “We worked very hard together on that. I know people remember us for our political differences, but our personal differences did not exist. We were good friends. He was a great man, kind, generous, wonderful, and the world is a little less nice today in my opinion.”
Hannity & Colmes launched Oct. 7, 1996, and ran until Jan. 9, 2009, showcasing the pair’s strong opposing political views.
“Alan believed everything he said, and I think that was one of the reasons for the great success of the show,” he adds. “He really believed in what we were talking about. He worked so hard and was really such a big part of the success of the channel and show. He accomplished a lot more than anybody would have ever expected. We grew together. When we first started, we both felt like the luckiest people in the world and we both worked hard to make the show what it became, the number one show in the slot and we were both very proud of it — two lucky guys who got a shot of a lifetime.”
If there was one thing about the former stand-up comedian that Hannity loved was, of course, his sense of humor.
“Even though we had political disagreements, how could you not love Alan?” Hannity says. “I can’t tell you how many of my conservative friends that have been on the show with Alan for years, he was our favorite liberal — the nicest liberal. He was the guy you wanted to hang out with. He was the real deal. I’ve always said the hardest people to debate are comedians, because they could make a great point and then ten minutes along, they come out with a joke — Alan was the best at that.”
“It used to drive me nuts,” laughs Hannity. “But he had a wicked sense of humor. The good thing is, when the show was over, the show was over, and we weren’t talking about politics. We agreed to disagree.”
Sean Hannity Reveals Alan Colmes Shielded Wife from His Illness: ‘He Always Put Others Ahead of Himself’
On Tuesday, The Political Insider reported on a set of memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security detailing the agency’s immigration priorities under the Trump administration.
In addition to prioritizing the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted or charged with a crime, President Trump has also pledged to deport illegal immigrants who have abused welfare programs.
This here has got to come to a screeching halt!
This last comes on the heels of a damaging report that found the Social Security Administration paid approximately $1 billion in benefits to individuals with no Social Security Number (SSN).
From The Washington Free Beacon:
The agency’s inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.
The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file.
Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”
“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.
The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.
The report notes that “Illegal aliens without SSNs are allowed to receive benefits from the government when acting as representatives for their minor children.” It is unclear how many recipients of the $1 billion in improper Social Security benefits were in this country illegally.
Given that the Social Security Administration gave more than $1 billion in benefits to individuals without SSN’s, do you support President Trump’s pledge to deport illegal immigrants who abuse our public benefit programs?
Report: Feds Forked Out $1 Billion in Social Security Benefits to People Without SSN
Check the link below. Her approval rating is 89%. Pretty damn good for someone not living in the WH!
A fake news website is offering depressed Hillary Clinton supporters a safe space where they can pretend she won the presidential election.
The website, hillarybeattrump.org, provides readers with fake stories from an alternative universe where Hillary Clinton was successful in her bid for the White House.
Story headlines include “Historians say Clinton’s presidency is already in ‘all time top 5,'” “Trump vehemently denies mental illness, explaining: ‘I’m on tons of cocaine,'” and ironically, “Confused by fake news, Redditors think Trump is president.”
The site bears the header, “President Hillary Rodham Clinton,” and its slogan reads, “News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules.”
“In the midst of a Constitutional crisis, this is our response. Long live the true president, Hillary Rodham Clinton,” reads the site’s information page.
The site’s editors claim that they satirically cover an assortment of topics including the “alt-right,” “Brexit,” “Bra-burning,” and “Putin.”
The topic “failed candidate Trump,” has been written on 19 times. One of the fictional stories claims that after losing November’s election, Donald Trump announced a bid to challenge Bill De Blasio for his seat as the Mayor of New York City.
The Ultimate Safe Space: Fake News Site Reports on World as Though Hillary Won
Uber hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead its review of a sexual harassment claim made by a female former engineer at the company who claims her career prospects suffered after she complained about advances from a manager.
Holder will investigate claims made by the woman and look at questions surrounding diversity and inclusion at the company, CEO Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday, Reuters reported.
Holder will be joined by Tammy Albarran, a fellow partner at the Los-Angeles-based Covington & Burling law firm.
Holder worked for Airbnb last year to help create an anti-discrimination policy. The company had received complaints of discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, Reuters reported.
Kalanick said in the memo that a few of the company's female staff will assist in the review, including board member Arianna Huffington.
The harassment claims came to light Sunday when Susan Fowler Rigetti published a blog post titled “Reflecting on one very, very, strange year at Uber.”
She said in the post that she joined Uber as a site reliability engineer in November 2015 in San Francisco. On her first official day with the ride-sharing app, Rigetti says her boss propositioned her in a string of messages on the company chat. As it was “clearly out of line,” she took screen shots of the remarks and contacted the firm’s human resources department.
“When I reported the situation, I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man's first offense and that they wouldn't feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to,” she wrote. “Upper management told me that he ‘was a high performer’ (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn't feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part.”
The manager is not named in the blog post.
Rigetti said that she left the team. But she said as she tried to progress in Uber, she found her way blocked. She alleged that sexism was rampant in the company, and that when she pointed that out at a company meeting, she was rebuffed.
Kalanick responded quickly to the claims. “What's described here is abhorrent & against everything we believe in,” he tweeted Sunday. “Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”
Rigetti left Uber in December, according to her blog post.
The engineer’s blog post also describes a bizarre alleged incident involving leather jackets. She said the director of engineering ordered leather jackets for the site's reliability engineers, but later decided it would only give the jackets to male engineers because there were too few women in the company to qualify for a bulk purchase discount.
"The director replied back, saying that if we women really wanted equality, then we should realize we were getting equality by not getting the leather jackets," she wrote. "He said that because there were so many men in the org, they had gotten a significant discount on the men's jackets but not on the women's jackets, and it wouldn't be equal or fair, he argued, to give the women leather jackets that cost a little more."
Fowler’s post sparked backlash against Uber with the social movement #DeleteUber, which called for users to delete the app off of their mobile devices.
Uber faced backlash last month after Uber allegedly turned on its surge pricing feature during the chaos at John F. Kennedy Airport involving President Trump’s travel ban.
Ex-US Attorney General Eric Holder to lead Uber's sexual harassment probe
When are these idiots going to accept the fact...THEY LOST?
Funny, the reality is I can think of at least 20 solid,bonafide, reasons why Barry should have been impeached. But sad to say, because of the mutual love affair between him and the MSM that was never going to happen.
Americans are transforming President’s Day weekend into Not My President’s Day, a series of resistance efforts against the Trump White House and its increasingly fascist agenda. Many of the actions organized in cities across the U.S. include calls to impeach the new president.
As Donald Trump defiles American values left and right, spouting lies, demeaning the free press, attempting to barrel over the checks and balances that preserve the nation’s integrity, threatening to reinstate the worst Nixonian policies (like the racist war on drugs), and terrorizing immigrant and Muslim families, thousands of people have sacrificed their three-day weekend to gather and protest in U.S. cities.
On Saturday, New Yorkers held a mock funeral for the U.S. presidency, while in Los Angeles and Dallas, thousands marched in support of immigrants and refugees.
Thousands gathered Sunday in the Oregon State capitol of Salem for an Immigrants' March(Immigrants is code for illegals) that invited people in all 50 states to fill the steps of their capitol building in support of immigrants’ rights. The march was a response to Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, including his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and the so-dubbed Muslim travel ban that would keep residents of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.
Also Sunday, more than 5,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Chicago for a one-month post-inauguration protest called Stop the Trump Agenda.
Not My President’s Day marches and demonstrations are scheduled on Monday across the nation, in New York, Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Additional President’s Day weekend anti-Trump actions are also planned in towns and smaller cities, continuing through Monday.
'Not My President's Day' Actions Across the U.S. Call for Trump's Impeachment on President's Day Weekend
The 'maverick' should have been put out to pasture a l-o-n-gtime ago.
What Democrat has ever catered to Republicans the way McCain has to Democrats?
Remember the amnesty bill he and his pal 'ChappaquidDICKTed' tried to pull off?
Sen. John McCain is taking a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump's ongoing attack on the fourth estate, cautioning that "how dictators get started" is by shutting down the press.
The Republican Arizona senator, in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday, admitted that the relationship between the media and elected officials can sometimes be tense — highlighted by the Trump administration's repeated sparring with reporters and the president calling news organizations "fake news."
Half-jokingly, McCain said, "a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you."
His defense of the media came in response to a Friday tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called certain news outlets "the enemy of the American People."
Speaking from Germany, where he was attending the Munich Security Conference, McCain said that without a free press, "I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started."
McCain clarified that he wasn't referring to the president as a dictator, but that attacks on journalists who are questioning those in power are usually a hallmark of autocratic governments.
So he was talking about Hitler right...not Trump?
What a liar.
"When you look at history," McCain said, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator (Yes he is).I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."
McCain Defends a Free Press: ‘That’s How Dictators Get Started’
There are so many contradictions sometimes I wonder if were all living on the same planet. How in the f**k could Barry be ranked 12th when he put us into more debt than all the others combined!
See what these 'Historians' have to say 10 years from now when the eggs laid from 2008 till 2016 start to hatch!
BTW...This is a step down for Barry. If I remember rightly he once said he was the 4th best of all time.
Historians have ranked Barack Obama the 12th best president of all time, the highest rated since President Ronald Reagan, in a new C-SPAN survey released Friday.
Less than a month after exiting the White House, Obama received high marks from presidential historians for his pursuit of "equal justice for all" and for his commanding "moral authority," ranking third and seventh among all former presidents in each respective category. The 44th president also cracked a top 10 ranking for his "economic management" and public persuasion.
The former president's tenure earned its lowest marks for the relationship between the presidency and Congress, with bitter partisanship often stagnating the effectiveness between the two and Obama seeing his Democratic majority slip in both the House of Representatives and the Senate during his eight years in office.
Historians, however, remained mixed on whether Obama's standing so soon after leaving office was higher or lower than expected.
"Although 12th is a respectable overall ranking, one would have thought that former President Obama’s favorable rating when he left office would have translated into a higher ranking in this presidential survey," said Edna Greene Medford, a Howard University professor and member of C-SPAN's historical advisory board.
Others, though, felt the former president's performance fresh out of office was remarkable.
"That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive," Douglas Brinkley, a Rice University professor and C-SPAN adviser, said in a press release.
The final verdict on Obama's legacy may still take time to truly assess, though, as historical views are admittedly likely to season as time passes.
"Of course, historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy," said Medford of Obama.
The survey, the third of its kind and first since 2009, when Obama succeeded President George W. Bush, also saw an uptick for the 43rd president.
"The survey is surprisingly good news for George W. Bush, who shot up a few notches," said Brinkley of Bush, who rose from the 36th spot to the 33rd. Bush, like Obama, earned his highest mark for his pursuit of equal justice, but came in at only 19th. Bush's worst metrics were for international relations, with the drawn-out military conflict in the Middle East likely weighing him down.
Unchanged in the rankings were the top three standings, occupied by former Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, respectively.
"Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR - as it should be," said Brinkley.
Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, slightly behind Obama at 15th, receiving extremely high marks for his handling of the economy, which ranked third all-time, but a lowly 39th ranking for his moral authority, with scandals plaguing the latter end of his presidency.
According to historian Richard Norton Smith, the gold standard for presidents remains those holding office between 1933 and 1969, with numerous snagging top scores.
"Five presidents from this era each rank in the top ten which tells you something about the criteria that historians tend to use," said Smith. "It reinforces Franklin Roosevelt's claim to be not only the first modern president but the man who, in reinventing the office, also established the criteria by which we judge our leaders."
Here are the full rankings:
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Dwight Eisenhower
6. Harry Truman
7. Thomas Jefferson
8. John F. Kennedy
9. Ronald Reagan
10. Lyndon Johnson
11. Woodrow Wilson
12. Barack Obama
13. James Monroe
14. James Polk
15. Bill Clinton
16. William McKinley
17. James Madison
18. Andrew Jackson
19. John Adams
20. George H.W. Bush
21. John Q. Adams
22. Ulysses Grant
23. Grover Cleveland
24. William Taft
25. Gerald Ford
26. Jimmy Carter
27. Calvin Coolidge
28. Richard Nixon
29. James Garfield
30. Benjamin Harrison
31. Zachary Taylor
32. Rutherford Hayes
33. George W. Bush
34. Martin Van Buren
35. Chester Arthur
36. Herbert Hoover
37. Millard Fillmore
38. William Harrison
39. John Tyler
40. Warren Harding
41. Franklin Pierce
42. Andrew Johnson
43. James Buchanan
Historians rank Obama 12th best president in new survey