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Happy New Year everyone! Here’s how Trump spent his New Year’s Eve


President-elect Donald Trump rang in the new year not by planning how to run the country, or meeting with his staff and deputies, but by hanging out with a bunch of rich people he may be doing business with and telling them, yet again, that he’s going to cut their taxes.

Palm Beach Daily News got its hands on video of Donald Trump giving a rambling 10-minute speech to 800 guests at his $500-per-plate New Year’s Eve black tie gala at Mar-a-Lago, the president-elect’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The video shows Trump, on mic, promising guests that, “The taxes are coming down, regulations are coming off, we’re going to get rid of Obamacare,” while, to his left, Joseph “Joey No Socks” Cinque — founder and chairman of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and known associate of Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, claps and fist-pumps. To Trump’s right, another man in a tuxedo holds an ornamental brass eagle.

In 1989, “Joey No Socks” was convicted of felony possession of stolen artwork worth upwards of $100,000. Now, Cinque, through his Academy, gives out Star Diamond awards to upscale hotels — including several of Trump’s. The Associated Press found that roughly half of the Academy’s trustees are Trump-affiliated, but Trump in May denied knowing Cinque: “If a guy’s going to give you an award, you take it. You don’t tend to look up his whole life story.


I just realized that I am losing patience with all the sturm and drang from the same people that blithely extolled the leadership of the neoliberalism that brought us here. I may not be fit for much politics anymore.

yikes, now that would be a life shift of major proportions. not leaving yet 😉


I hear you! I don’t want to give up, but watching the Dem party collectively losing their minds (mind? as in hive mind?) is very painful!

And the last thing I need is to keep seeing the deep nastiness I’m seeing from so many towards lefties! They seem completely clueless about how their behavior is only pushing even more people out of their little tent in a bubble.

The bubble-tent at the link describes the kind of party far too many Dems seem to prefer. There’s only one way in and you can’t see the plebes outside of the tent.
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Edit: Wow! The pic at the link I posted popped up! Nice!!




Still don’t have much use for Cuomo, but this is good. It does show how Bernie is willing to work with people with whom he has many disagreements on points of agreement.


With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at his side, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a plan to offer free tuition at state and city colleges for middle- and low-income New Yorkers.

Under the Excelsior Scholarship, described as the first of its kind in the nation, students whose families make $125,000 or less per year would be eligible to attend all public universities in New York for free. More than 940,000 middle class families and individuals would qualify for the program, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office.

“A college education is not a luxury—it is an absolute necessity for any chance at economic mobility,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, “and with these first-in-the-nation Excelsior Scholarships, we’re providing the opportunity for New Yorkers to succeed, no matter what zip code they come from and without the anchor of student debt weighing them down.”


You beat me to it, jcitybone! I meant to post that news but got distracted and began ranting. 😉

I just saw that on twitter and I just love the pic of Bernie speaking as Cuomo sits listening.

This is very good news indeed and I was also going to point out Bernie’s ability to work with people. This makes me want to move to NY, but I wonder if you have to be under a certain age to quality? I’ll read more when I have a moment.

I would have to think that something like this would not have happened, now at least, if it hadn’t been for Bernie.


Here’s another tweet that refers to a NYT article about this story that I’m throwing in for two reasons:

1) the text of the tweet from the NY DSA:

New York City DSA ‏@nycDSA · 3h3 hours ago

Legit good news. But don’t thank Cuomo for it, thank @SenSanders and the CUNY students fighting for this for years


2) the pic of a smiling Bernie in the tweet. 😀

Am attaching another smiling Bernie pic, not quite as nice as the one in the tweet, but still nice.
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One more, last one, I swear. Again, worth it for the pic of Bernie, fist in the air.

Sanders Effect? New York Governor Proposes Free Tuition Plan

“The Democrats and Republicans and independents understand that technology has changed, the global economy has changed,” the self-described socialist said to a crowd of Queens students, who had been chanting his name minutes earlier.

He said a college degree was virtually mandatory in a way that a high-school diploma had been in previous decades. From the start of his presidential campaign in 2015, Sanders promised to make tuition free for everyone who attends state colleges.


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