Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 11th, 2016…

Well, this should help Robert Bentley put this scandal behind him


Fake page

The Boston Globe newspaper fake front

Response…


Boring subject with real concerns….

The US public pension system has developed a $3.4tn funding hole that will pile pressure on cities and states to cut spending or raise taxes to avoid Detroit-style bankruptcies.

According to academic research shared exclusively with FTfm, the collective funding shortfall of US public pension funds is three times larger than official figures showed, and is getting bigger.

Devin Nunes, a US Republican congressman, said: “It has been clear for years that many cities and states are critically underfunding their pension programmes and hiding the fiscal holes with accounting tricks.”

Mr Nunes, who put forward a bill to the House of Representatives last month to overhaul how public pension plans report their figures, added: “When these pension funds go insolvent, they will create problems so disastrous that the fund officials assume the federal government will have to bail them out.”

Large pension shortfalls have already played a role in driving several US cities, including Detroit in Michigan and San Bernardino in California, to file for bankruptcy. The fear is other cities will soon become insolvent due to the size of their pension deficits.

Joshua Rauh, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think-tank, and professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who carried out the study, said: “The pension problems are threatening to consume state and local budgets in the absence of some major changes.


Trump is going to whine about not getting his way

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump erupted on Twitter Sunday night, after a weekend which saw Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sweep all of Colorado’s 37 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.

“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger – totally unfair!” wrote Trump.

He followed it up with a second tweet: “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”

It was last August when officials with the Republican Party in Colorado decided they would not let voters take part in the early nomination process.

The Denver Post reported Aug. 25: “The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote.”

It’s a private group, there is nothing he can do. Except, threaten people.

Meanwhile… His people are whining about gestapo tactics? Someone should ask for more details on this…

Republican front-runner Donald Trump took a new round of shots at the GOP’s nominating process Sunday, while his newly-hired convention manager Paul Manafort accused Trump’s rival Ted Cruz of using “gestapo tactics” to earn delegate support at nominating conventions across the country.

Speaking to thousands packed in a frigid airport hangar in western New York, Trump argued anew that the person who wins the most votes in the primary process should automatically be the GOP nominee.

“What they’re trying to do is subvert the movement with crooked shenanigans,” Trump said. The real estate mogul compared himself to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who is well behind Hillary Clinton in that party’s delegate race despite a string of state wins.

“We should have won it a long time ago,” Trump said. “But, you know, we keep losing where we’re winning.”


People are calling BS on Trump’s charitable giving and it does not look good

Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years.

To back up that claim, Trump’s campaign compiled a list of his contributions — 4,844 of them, filling 93 pages.

But, in that massive list, one thing was missing.

Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.

Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.

Yes, he is a braggart but it doesn’t seem like he is an honest one.

Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.

Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.

It appears most of these gifts were rounds of golf, but there are questions about the money he alleged he was raising for veterans too

Just days before the January Iowa Caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump boycotted the Fox News debate and set up a veteran fundraiser across town at the same time. After the event, he bragged about raising $6 million in one night for a number of veteran groups.

Three months later, those groups still haven’t been paid in full. From the Wall Street Journal:

A survey by The Wall Street Journal of 19 of the 22 groups originally listed by Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign as the prospective recipients of the funds found that they had received roughly $2.4 million of the estimated $6 million in donations the campaign said the event generated. The total received by all of the groups is likely to be more.

All of the groups reported receiving checks from the Donald J. Trump Foundation or associates through the mail, and most arrived in late February in increments of $50,000 or $100,000. Three organizations reported getting smaller donations in March that averaged between $5,000 and $15,000.

Instead of being funneled directly to veteran groups, the funds raised at the event were put into an account owned by Donald Trump, which means there is no way to prove how the money is being spent or properly allocated.

The Trump campaign insists all of the money raised will eventually be distributed to the veteran groups that participated in the event.

Now for more lies from the Trump campaign…

“We want to keep them quiet,” said Weisselberg, who is also treasurer of the Trump Foundation. “He doesn’t want other charities to see it. Then it becomes like a feeding frenzy.”

Oh yeah, that makes sense, IF you are an idiot.


Mark Levin is now #NeverTrump

Conservative radio host Mark Levin says he will not vote for Donald Trump in the general election because of Trump’s connection to controversial strategist Roger Stone.

“I’m not voting for Donald Trump. Period. … These bully, dirty tricks, Nixonian tactics, they’re only going to backfire. So, count me as never Trump,” Levin said Friday.
Stone has launched a “Stop the Steal” campaign aimed at stopping the GOP from nominating anyone other than Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. He has threatened to make public the hotel rooms of delegates who switch from Trump.
Levin is a strong supporter of Trump’s rival Ted Cruz.


Why exactly should we be apologizing for Hiroshima?


Can we stop debating the crime bill… It worked.

When the Crime Bill was first enacted, America was a much more violent place. 1994 had marked the fifth year in a row in which more than 23,000 people were murdered across the country. As President Bill Clinton framed things, “Gangs and drugs have taken over our streets and undermined our schools … Every day, we read about somebody else who has literally gotten away with murder.” Dead on, we might say, and not surprising, because Bill had his hand on America’s pulse.

Fortunately, the Crime Bill put an end to that horror, as it authorized hiring 100,000 more police officers to patrol America’s streets, expanded the death penalty, encouraged states to lengthen prison sentences, allocated $1.6 billion to prevent and investigate violence against women, and even banned assault weapons.

Results came quick as criminals were put behind bars. By 1995 the homicide rate had dipped by about 10 percent, and it kept dropping. In 1996, on top of winning reelection, Bill Clinton came within three points of winning the white vote, a feat a Democrat has not repeated since. By 2000, the murder rate had declined by almost 40 percent from its peak, according to the FBI.

By contrast, this time out, Hillary Clinton seems prepared to jettison what works in November and has proven to keep Americans safe, all for a shot at the Democratic presidential nomination—even as some of the nation’s largest cities become more violent.

Also, incarceration works when the goal is lowering the crime rate.

Why are candidates so scared of this?

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