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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Obama's immigration plan goes before top court, Justice Kennedy calls it 'upside down"

Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the government’s top appellate lawyer, started the court session by saying that Obama had a constitutional right to set the agenda for immigration enforcement.

But some of the justices made it clear they did not see it that way, according to The New York Times. Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned whether Obama could single-handedly decide that millions of people would get a reprieve from deportation.

He said “that is a legislative task, not an executive task.”

“It’s as if the president is defining the policy and the Congress is executing it,” Justice Kennedy said. “That’s just upside down.”

If the USSC vote is a tie, the lower court decision stands and that court said Obama unConstitutionally overstepped his authority...

Demonstrators throw money at destitute, needy Hillary at Clooney's house...

Sanders backers throw cash at Clinton

Outside a Democratic fundraiser at George Clooney's house in Los Angeles for Hillary Clinton, supporters of rival Bernie Sanders pelted her motorcade with one thousand $1 dollar bills. Clinton is expected to have raised at least $15 million at the fundraiser Saturday evening.

1,000 $1 bills were provided by Sanders supporter and neighbor Howard Gold, whose family founded the 99 Cents Only store chain.

Bernie has a private audience with the Pope!


Looks like THIS negative-thinking thread was a bit premature...

What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen.

(The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc. The ampersand does double work as the e and t.) ...which brings us back to the Romans again...

$1.48 Trillion: Government Collects Record-High Taxes in First Half of FY 2016. Despite...

... collecting record revenues, government still runs $461 billion deficit.

Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1.48 trillion for the first half of fiscal year 2016, but the federal government still ran a $461 billion deficit during that time, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement.

Treasury receipts include tax revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and other miscellaneous items.

In the first half of fiscal 2016, which included the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government outpaced the first half of all previous fiscal years, even after adjusting for inflation. The 2016 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, 2015, and runs through Sept. 30, 2016.

The federal government collected $1,476,218,000,000 in the first half of fiscal year 2016. Most of the $1.48 trillion came from individual income taxes, which comprised almost half of that total, totaling $675 billion.

FBI probing NYC Mayor de Blasio's fundraising activities

 US Attorney Preet Bharara now has Mayor de Blasio in his cross hairs — investigating his campaign fund-raising activities as part of a widening probe into NYPD corruption, sources said yesterday.

The feds are looking at how the mayor solicits campaign cash from members of the real-estate industry— and the fund-raising activities of his former campaign treasurer, Ross Offinger, the sources said.

A source who dealt with Offinger told The Post he “plays fast and loose” with campaign-finance regulations.

The Post revealed on Tuesday that de Blasio took campaign contributions from Jona Rechnitz, a real-estate investor suspected of giving high-ranking cops ­expensive gifts in exchange for favors. Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, who both served on the mayor’s inaugural committee in 2013, are at the center of the NYPD ­investigation.

Bill Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Are Defending Murders And Drug Dealers

On Thursday, while Bill Clinton was giving a speech to a crowd of Hillary Clinton supporters, he was repeatedly interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

He responded to them, saying, "you are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth."

WHOOP-WHOOP-WHOOP roll the damage control wagon!...

It would appear that, absent the huge number of "super delegates" who were designed for the...

... express purpose of taking control away from the Democratic primary voter, Bernie has a 175 delegate lead over Hillary!...

Democratic Delegates 2,383 to win nomination

Hillary Clinton 1,243 (subtracting 469 = 774)

Bernie Sanders 980 (subtracting 31 = 949)

Superdelegates Clinton 469, Sanders 31

This is precisely the reason Hillary wants Bernie to quit, it's becoming more and more obvious that only the "superdelegate" cheat can give her the win...

So you have a boat, but no intracoastal waterway, no inlets, lots of waves, what to do...

VIDEO: WH Censors French President Saying ‘ISLAMIST Terrorism’

White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.” The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video. According to the official White House transcript of Hollande’s remarks, Hollande refers to “Islamist terrorism.” The audio of the bold text in brackets is missing from the video – the only point in the video were the audio is absent:

“We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination.

“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, ((Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq.  We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.)) And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”

(Part edited out is within the double sets of parentheses above )...
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