• Poor People, Don’t You Know You Have Jobs?

    January 6, 2017

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy, Minimum Wage, Trump



    It’s not Trump you have to worry about. You’re thinking short-term.

    As people struggle to find third-parties to blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat (pick one or more: Putin, Bernie Bros, Comey, The Media, Electoral Collegians, the Racist/Misogynist Hordes), an amorphous group has emerged as a popular domestic target: stupid poor white people who do not understand how much better they have had it over the last eight years.

    These slack-jawed yokels just can’t seem to grasp that they have great jobs in a growing economy. The numbers prove it: the U.S stock market is at record highs and unemployment at its lowest level since the Great Recession.

    “Anyone claiming America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,” Obama said in his 2016 State of the Union address. He said his team has created a “more durable, growing economy” with “15 million new private-sector jobs since early 2010.” Tim Kaine also used the 15 million jobs talking point in the vice presidential debate.

    But the problem isn’t jobs per se, it is income inequality.

    This is the basis of the sense of economic disenfranchisement that drove many voters to seek change this past election, even if after seeing Sanders pushed out of the race that change meant overlooking Candidate Trump’s many shortcomings.

    A big part of this inequality is while more Americans are working, more are working part time without benefits. Since 2007, the number of Americans involuntarily working part time has increased by nearly 45 percent.

    Coupled with that is what many of those workers see as the failure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; Obamacare) to live up to its promises. ACA was supposed to be the government supplying a key benefit employers refused to offer to part-timers. People may indeed now have access to insurance, but with high deductibles, they may not have access to healthcare. These are not people with ideological problems with Obamacare. They need help for their families and want the ACA changed.

    In addition, because larger employers have to start paying into the ACA fund for each employee who works more than 29 hours a week, employers who offer the most jobs, retail, hospitality, and fast food, have cut most part-timers to 29 hours a week, down from the once-standard 39 hours a week that kept them outside of overtime.

    Wages saw their biggest jump this year since 2008 — 2.9%. However, most of that increase came only in states that chose to raise their minimum wages independent of the stagnant federal minimum wage. And with inflation running about 2%, most of any increase was washed away. And what is .9% of minimum wage anyway? Pretty close to not a helluva lot.

    Higher costs and less money. And of course for part-timers, vacation days, sick leave, pensions, child care, and other benefits remain elusive at best. The result is a workforce making up the gaps with multiple jobs, food benefits, and opioids. And they voted against the candidate that made a talking point out of saying she would maintain the status quo that was killing them.

    Trump, of course, is unlikely to change much, but he represents change and that apparently was enough for a very large number of voters who still believe government may yet help them.

    Their inevitable disappointment is likely to lead one of two ways: a complete giving up, a sad resignation they should be happy they get anything at all, or a rage that will seek out a true demagogue.

    For despite all of the apocalyptic prose spewing out of cranky Clinton supporters and all the newly-minted, New York-based, Midwestern blue collar experts, Trump is not the antiChrist of American politics. He is a minor celebrity who stumbled into a stream of history, a classic case of being in the right place at the right time.

    But keep an eye out in eight years for the next guy. That’s the one to fear.



    BONUS: Here’s another opinion on all this, titled “It was the racism, stupid: White working-class ‘economic anxiety’ is a zombie idea that needs to die.”

    And if Dems, progressives, liberals, whoever, keeps insisting poor whites are racist-sexists who voted for Trump primarily because he encourages their hate vibe, then the next Democratic candidate will lose their votes again. Given the drift of the economy, there will be more of them next time, too. This election was a pay-attention-notice to the Democratic party, and it is so far not just ignoring it, it is saying the whole notion is wrong.




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    • Mitch said...

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      Peter,

      Agreed….. With a couple…. Three .. additions…

      First…… As a business person…. For the last, almost 9 years….. Business has been a Bitch.
      The only business type that I have personally seen doing well…. Is gun and ammo shops..

      Despite what the “administration” says…..

      Further…. The ACA, (nothing affordable about it)…. Made it A LOT harder…..struggling does not even come close….. I have seen so many businesses just die because of it directly….. And many more indirectly.

      And I know many will disagree….but…. Since the election….business is really trying to come off life support…. Coincidence…. Maybe…. But it does not look like it….. It does in fact look like “hope”.

      And I know…. Again, some will disagree…… But business is what drives a nation and economy.
      And when business is good…. Wars and the possibility of war…. Goes down.

      Question for you….. I know you don’t like Trump….. My jury is still out…. But……
      Will it change any thinking if he pardons Assange????

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/04/republicans-break-donald-trump-tweet-julian-assange-dnc-hacks

      PS….. Big Bonus here…..

      Spend a bit of time searching something…..

      I became aware yesterday….

      Remember the nice ‘stateless’ Syrian, etc, refugees’ in the camps in central America? The ones the the current POTUS exec ordered to bring in? About a month ago????
      The ‘approx’ 5,000 of them???

      Well……they are apparently here…. They are being ‘placed ‘ in ‘camps’ all over. AR. LA. Montana, Ca. Everywhere.

      The ‘camps’ are all on ‘national forest’ lands…. Or…. Newly minted ‘national monuments’.

      All under federal control.

      And there is a HELL OF A LOT MORE than 5,000….. More like 500,000.

      Information came about because some people stumbled on one in northern AR. They made video of the encounter…. And started asking questions.
      It snowballed from there.

      Information has been verified.
      And it is all real Intel…. No social media bullshit.

      And congressional, as well as senatorial are apparently aware…. And pissed…. Lots of stone walls are being thrown up to make it as “transparent” as possible.

      Just an fyi….. Thought… Etc…… For you to do some looking into.

      You might make the “media black list” if you dig far enough.

      M

      01/6/17 7:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      These are the ones…..

      Love the term…. “stateless”.

      http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/09/09/54294/us-will-accept-more-syrian-refugees-next-year-but/

      M

      01/6/17 7:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      “Anyone claiming America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,” Obama said in his 2016 State of the Union address.

      Well dust my britches. I guess I should feel lucky the P’sTB only dropped my SNAP another $39 this month after lowering it $32 last month. Lucky us. I guess I should be thankful the economy is so robust. After all… at least we get $29 per week to feed both of us now. Hooray. Hell..if this economy gets any better, we might just have to splurge, and add pork and beans on Sunday’s to our routine of biscuits and karo syrup. Just like my dad ate..every day for 6 yrs. Wunnerful. I should invite Obama to dinner.

      fuck.

      01/6/17 7:45 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said…

      “These are the ones…..”

      Says one while wearing a MAGA hat while forgetting some ancestor of his was admitted to the “land of the free” is the only reason he ain’t experiencing what these people have gone through.

      I can picture you pointing your finger as I type.

      Sickening.

      01/6/17 8:07 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. I bet you donated $100 to the “TEAR DOWN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY” movement.

      shheeezusfuckingchrist.

      01/6/17 8:10 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps 2. Mit..you just showed us what you’re really made of. You belong in Texas.

      01/6/17 8:12 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch, his type better get a move on. Whites are approaching minority status in Texas. Don’t tarnish a whole state because it has a few bigots. Some of my friends are Texans. Every state has them.

      01/6/17 8:47 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      What I know of my family history…. Which is not much….. Grandson and great grandson…..of share croppers…. Aka…. Slaves.

      And… Yep…. I did..

      Just as you did…. When you stated very clearly you don’t give a fuck about the military. Your dad would be ashamed.

      And…. Yep….. I belong in Texas….. Down here….. We have Respect for our men and women in uniforn.

      And… We take responsibility for our actions and statements….

      M

      01/6/17 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer,

      Ummmmmmm…….. Wrong tree there…..

      I’m…… Ummmmmmm…… Black.

      M

      01/6/17 9:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork….

      Btw…. You got me curious…… So…… I did some checking….

      99.9% of the time….. SNAP is cut….. After willful mis-reporting of income.

      Bet you would not have got caught if Hillary had won.

      M

      01/6/17 9:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer and Pitchfork,

      Btw….

      When you decide to try that rope idea that Bauer is so fond of throwing around….

      Bring a lot of friends …. And a lunch….
      Of will need both.

      M

      01/6/17 9:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Butt, because of the Juan-TON Macoute in the room of One THIRD of US’ workforce Outta WORK; in the form of Coulter-estimated (and Zer0bama-confirmed) 34 Million ILLEGAL Aliens*, even teh DEM Rosy 0’Donnell GLA$$E$’ claims of 15 million ‘new’ “jobs” are scarfed away into the Outlaw IMMIGRANTS’ Maw, Bubbas !
      8 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2800356/us-immigration-authorities-prep-order-34-million-blank-green-cards-work-authorization-papers-obama-readies-executive-order-illegal-aliens.html
      Even though it’s Always BEEN 11M ; ever since Teh RAYGUN AMNE$TY !

      01/6/17 10:04 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch you sound like you are for illegal immigration. Those back in the day going through Ellis Island were ADMITTED. Sneaking in is not a synonym for admission.

      01/6/17 10:42 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John,

      Pitchfork is currently away from his email, please leave your message at his and Bauer’s racist, bullshit messaging system.

      Guess they thought I was supposed to be licking chicken grease off my fingers (of course wiping my fingers on my pants) and looking for my 40 oz’er and my fucking watermelon , while checkin out my neighbors new BITCh….. Thinkins how good its a gonna feel when she has mys next little bastard in hers……..

      while I plot my next move to overthrow a DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED president

      Ya see….. All us black folk, we is dumbshits that only wants ours foodstamps, free cell phones, (let’s nots forgets ‘cash for clunkers’ )….. We’s is supposed to be fuck’en…. Makin babies… Cheat’en on our BITCHes and do’in crimes….(especially MURDERS…. We likes that one…..especially in MICHAGAN’s…. AndShitago.)……
      and…. Um’course…. Alwa’s um votin for them Democraps… That believes that peoples like me…. Need a fuckin boost…. And of course…PATRONAGE…(can’t forget that….all you white folk owe me….. SHIT!!!!…..

      I am where I am…. Because of HARD FUCKING WORK….rather than blame everyone…. For everything….working toward SOLUTIONS…… Rather than bitch, whine, and complain…..and…. Of course….. UNDERMINE a man…..(hmmmmmm….. There’s a lesson for someone there). And any good…. He may or May not do….. Before he even takes office.

      .. Cause of shit that happens a few hundreds years ago….

      Rather than….

      Being the being an extremly poor… Rasied in SHIT environments (like you can not IMAGINE!!!)……made REALLY good…. CEO”s of corporations….. With approaching … Now…. 4,000 employee’s.

      Racist sonsofbitches. …….

      Who have ZERO respect for individuals….. Who take an OATH….. If necessary…… To DIE….. For people…. That if they ever met them….. They would despise…..

      Racists……. See it…. Recognize it….. Never will understand them….

      But….. I’m guessing that We are ALL supposed to be fucking stupid….and…. Of course…. Vote Obama and Hillary.

      Give me a fucking break…..

      I want solutions…. Not patronage.

      Btw…..

      Thanks….. For being You.

      Your good people.

      M

      01/6/17 11:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS….

      John….

      Did you hear the stupid tone?????

      Was trying to fit the stereotype.

      M

      01/6/17 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Black…like me. Thou doth protest too much.

      01/6/17 12:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer,

      Your nothing like me.

      Your the fucking stereotype.

      You have done more to cause ‘inequality’….. Than ‘equality’. than most people do in a lifetime.

      Dr. Rev. King….. He’d take you out back and teach you a few things.

      Btw….. Racists come in ALL colors.

      If you voted for Obama beacuse he’s black….. Is just as Racist……

      As voting for him because he’s black.

      There’s a speech you should read…. Probably (in your case)… For the first fucking time….

      It starts with…..

      “I have a Dream….. I have been to the mountain top ”

      King was not JUST talking to them black folk……. He was talking to the WORLD!!!!!

      You see, Dick….. Opps… Sorry…. Rich…… Your a bigger racist than those dimbfucks from the KKK…

      Btw….. Just because some ENDORSES you…… Does NOT mean you endorse them.

      Aka…… So what if that sick fuck Duke endorsed Trump….. I personally think Trump would be picking the tree for me if Duke and I ever meet.

      You…. Spouting your halfassed….. Barely understandable… Off the wall quotes…. With no reference to where the fuck they come from….

      All that does…. Is strengthen the stereotype…. That we are all fucking stupid…. And that we NEED to be picking cotton. And eating Collard greens.. ( tried them once…. Disgusting!!!!!)

      Rich….. Its time…. Way past time….. For you to evolve…and become someone to be proud of….

      An American……

      Rather than an African American.

      King DIED to get rid of the color line…..

      Quit disgracing….. And DEMEANING King’s. LEGACY by putting the line back.

      Quit acting like a Dumbshit…. That people will use as a REFERENCE when ever they meet one of us.

      And that hurts, harms ALL of us.

      Go to night school…. Get a fucking job…..

      Better yet…… Make some friends that are fucking WHITE.

      Got lots of them….. They are pretty neat. And some of them voted for Obama and Hillary.

      Last weekend…. Even had to help carry them to one of the spare bedrooms….. They were to drunk to drive…. And….. Holy shit!!!!.

      They were drinking BEER!!!!

      I was drinking wine.

      Rich…..

      Time to evolve……
      Btw….. King’s…… His is a Legacy…..

      Obama’s…….. His is a disaster. He has done more to show WHY we should not be allowed in power positions…… Than anyone in history.

      Obama…… Poorly conceived plans…. Poor relations with the people of HIS nation….. Unemployment up….. Equality……yeah right. Unwilling to listen to fucking EXPERTS in a variety of fields.

      Rich…… Time to evolve…… Stop seeing color….. Start seeing a nation.

      Congratulations…… Your black….. Now fucking act like it.

      Be someone to be proud of.

      Opps….. Shit….. Dropped my fucking chicken leg in the dirt. Sonsabitche’s.

      M

      01/6/17 12:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS.

      Bauer….

      This is how we are supposed to act….

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brown_(police_officer)

      Brown…. He didn’t see color…. He saw RIGHT and WRONG….
      Even to the point where he had to order his own son killed by a sniper.

      The Zimmerman shooting…. Martin was on top of Zimmerman when he was killed…. Aka… Aggressor….

      Or…… Maybe…. Spend sometime learning about Allen West…..USMC col…. Congressman…. Father….. And …. He pays his bills….

      Or…. How about Condi Rice…. And a few million others. Including King, Tubman,

      Shit…… Let’s step it up…..

      Denzel Washington…
      Take a look at what he does…. With no press or fanfare….look at what he did for the Vets FAMILIES…

      That is how we are SUPPOSED to act.

      We are at a disadvantage because of HISTORY.

      So……. Instead of saying THEY OWE US……

      Let’s PROVE THEM WRONG !!!!!!

      Now grow the fuck up…..be someone to be PROUD of……

      Want to HONOR your race….. Learn from them.

      Right now…. You just piss me off.

      M

      01/6/17 1:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Praise Jesus…and pass the Tylenol….

      PS..

      John….

      Couple rants ago…. I skipped a word….sorry….

      Meant to say…

      ‘btw…

      John,

      Thanks….your good people’

      M

      01/6/17 1:26 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Hey Mitch.. c’mann over for dinner next month. Give your email to Peter. I’ll respond. Our menu is peanut butter and karo syrup sandwiches and some cold water for beverage. If you can handle that.. well we’ll have a good time.

      01/6/17 7:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      Sorry.

      Heard stories about people like you my whole life.

      No desire what so ever to go walking in the moonlight…..

      Just to find a tree and a rope.

      M

      01/6/17 7:23 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said…

      “Pitchfork,

      Sorry.

      Heard stories about people like you my whole life.

      No desire what so ever to go walking in the moonlight…..

      Just to find a tree and a rope. ”

      Mit.. sorry, heard storys about people like you my whole life.

      No desire what so ever to give you another shot of what ever it is that makes you delusional.

      01/6/17 7:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      Ahhhh…. Spoken like just another racist.

      M

      01/6/17 7:32 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch.. you are a fucking moron. You don’t have a fucking clue. But let me GIVE YOU ONE. If you have the fucking balls, come on up to Baldwin Michigan, and let me show you how people like me treat human beings. COMPRENDE asshole! Other wise.. fuck off.

      01/6/17 7:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said…

      “Pitchfork,

      Ahhhh…. Spoken like just another racist.”

      Mit..I’m done with you. And this site. You are a fucking moron.

      01/6/17 7:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      As you continue to prove my point…

      And….

      Thank you for …. Again….. Showing EXACTLY how you treat human beings.

      Threats…. accusations…. Insults…. Taunts…..and more threats….

      So…. Tell me…. Just for my curiosity…..

      Is it a book you people have to read??? Or a class you people have to take????

      Because….. Got to tell you….. Racists…. Your all the same…..

      Same tactics…. Same tricks…. Same insults.

      M

      01/6/17 7:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      And the racist runs away…..

      Just like all fucking bullies.

      Give them a bloody nose…… And they run away…. Crying.

      M

      01/6/17 7:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Terrorist kills five in Florida airport. Trump was right.

      01/6/17 9:06 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said…

      “And the racist runs away…..”

      Meanwhile, I’m sorry you missed dinner tonight with the neighbor of my stepdaughter, namely..Ms. Barry, her daughter, and mother, whom we invited over for dinner and a night of friendship and sharing and playing cards.,, who are ..ahem… how should I put this.. Americans of color.

      fuck you.

      01/6/17 9:19 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mit.. give it up. Your agenda isn’t working here. On the other hand, if you really want to prove a peace between us, give me a holla through Peter. I’d love to have you visit for dinner.. although, it may not be what you are used to. Or ..vice versa. Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to go to Texas. But know this. I don’t give a flying fuck if you are green, blue, red, black, transparent or whatever. Comprende? All I care about is you don’t want to argue at the dinner table. Ok? k.

      01/6/17 9:35 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      “Terrorist kills five in Florida airport. Trump was right.”

      ummm.. please clue me in Rich. About what?

      01/6/17 9:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork….

      Must have been a short dinner and cards…..awful lot to get done in less than an hour and a half.

      Dinners around here, like that…. Take 2…. 3…. 4 … Hours.

      So…. Is it a book or a class you people have to read/take?????

      Rinse and repeat

      Get caught with what you are and do….. Deny… Make shit up…. And try a different angle.

      Also known as….. Change the narrative.

      Which….. Is what you did when you decided it was ok for military personnel to die.
      ( Suggestion…. Go apologize to your father. )

      But that’s ok too, right???? Some of them have to be black too. Right?

      And….. For the record…. I’m BLACK…. Not “of color”….. Sure as hell not chocolate. BLACK. Get it???

      Racists…. Your all the same.

      And please note…… Little lesson for you here…

      No response… Is STILL a response….

      Much the same as……. Not denying something….. Is a conformation.

      Such as your conformation of being racist.

      And…… Yep….. Its too late to deny.

      M

      01/6/17 9:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      You picked this fight…..not me.

      You came in, first thing…. Looking for a fight…. Congratulations….you found one.

      M

      01/6/17 9:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      shooting_florida
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida —

      (CNN) — The man suspected of killing five people Friday at Fort Lauderdale’s airport has been identified as Esteban Santiago, according to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and multiple law enforcement officials.

      Santiago has not been charged. Here is what we know about the suspected shooter:

      • Santiago flew into Florida on a flight from Alaska and had declared his firearm, law enforcement sources told CNN.

      • Upon arriving at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, he picked up a bag at baggage claim, took out the gun and started firing, according to law enforcement sources.

      • One source said Santiago went to the bathroom to get the gun out of his luggage and emerged shooting.

      • The gunman likely acted alone, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

      • Santiago had purchased two handguns — a 9 mm Glock and a Glock .40-caliber — in the past, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. It is unknown whether either of these pistols were used in Friday’s attack.

      • Santiago’s criminal record in Alaska includes three minor charges, such as having no proof of insurance in 2015 and a tail light violation in 2015.

      • He served in the Puerto Rico National Guard and the Alaska Army National Guard.

      • He joined the Puerto Rico National Guard on Dec. 14, 2007, said Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead of the Alaska Army National Guard.

      • Santiago was deployed to Iraq with the Puerto Rico National Guard from April 23, 2010, to February, 19, 2011, said Olmstead.

      • Santiago received the Iraq Campaign Medal with a campaign star, a combat-related honor, CNN’s Barbara Starr reported.

      • He served in the U.S. Army Reserve before joining the Alaska Army National Guard on Nov. 21, 2014, Olmstead told CNN.

      • Santiago was later given a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard on Aug. 16, 2016 for unsatisfactory performance.

      Trump was right. Our intelligence agencies don’t know shit.

      • Santiago was not on the radar for possible terrorism ties, according to a law enforcement official and a Department of Homeland Security official.

      • Santiago had no significant foreign travel that was ever flagged, another official said.

      • He visited the FBI’s Anchorage, Alaska, office a few months ago and told them that an intelligence agency was telling him to watch ISIS videos, according to law enforcement officials.

      • The officials said Santiago’s associates were concerned because he said he was hearing voices; they accompanied him to the FBI office in Anchorage.

      01/7/17 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Headlines (State TV U.S.) Putin Meddled with Election and Hillary………………………….. Real Headline should be “DNC, Wasserman, Podesta, Brazille, Indited for Meddling and fixing Democratic Primary for Clinton” ! This Just In…Barbara Starr will get a State Dept. Pension, and Pension from Israel and CNN.

      01/7/17 9:13 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Remember…U.S. Vets. are never bad. Imagine these two headlines. 5 killed at Florida Airport vs 5 Killed buy U.S. Vet. at airport. Next up… Mental Health not a right in America for Vets..Freedom isn’t free, etc.

      01/7/17 9:22 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Fake News by the Ruskies?……See The Intercept. Truth is good. WaPo bad.

      01/7/17 11:26 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Quote of the Day…”We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control”. Vote D or R? Wrong.

      01/7/17 11:30 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will activist’s at Freedom Plaza on Penn Ave. be scrambled or listened to, or shut down by the Ruskies,or, oh my god, others Jan. 20?!!! Who will have snipers there? God Bless (Atheists exclude). Wage Peace. We are the people. Have a nice day

      01/7/17 11:38 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will Trump continue Obomber’s “Tuesday Kill List”? ! (deleted)

      01/7/17 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,

      VERY GOOD!!

      Now, take a look at the timelines between his visit to the FBI office, THEN his Honorable discharge …. While under an FBI investigation.

      Makes you wonder, what the hell?

      Beyond that…. Thank you for hearing me.

      Mitch.

      01/7/17 1:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The issue isn’t allowing guns in checked baggage. Any terrorist- that’s what he is- could walk into the arrival or departures area with an assault weapon in his luggage and kill as many people as he wanted. Forget the idea to use the terrorist watchlist in weeding out those who shouldn’t be allowed to have guns, because the FBI stats reveal the program is a total waste. But when someone reports himself to the FBI that he hears voices to watch ISIS videos and he wasn’t flagged and that person has two guns and he is allowed to fly with guns in his checked luggage, then let’s just get rid of all these worthless lookout programs because it gives US a false sense of security.

      01/7/17 1:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,

      Here is an example of someone else who is leading by example….

      Race does not matter…. Right and wrong are what matter.

      What these……. ‘people”… Did…. Just. Plain EVIL !!!!

      They are NOT my race….. Don’t even think they are human.

      Color does not matter….actions matter….

      For the last several years… It has been all about color…to the point of “only white people commit hate crimes”.

      Such bullshit…… These….. Creatures….. This is a hate crime…. Pure and simple…..

      And it is about time…. Race stopped mattering….. And actions started mattering.

      Amazing how much can change in just a few weeks…

      And this….is exactly what I have been watching…. And Why I’m willing to give Trump a chance….. Because the rules are changing…..

      They are applying rules… Common sense…etc….

      Instead of race..

      Which is desperately needed.

      Think of it this way……. Did you really win the race….. If…. They let you win……

      And gave you a 20 lap head start?

      Answer is NO !!!!!

      All that was done….. Was insult the crap out of me!!!!!

      Again…. Thank you for hearing me.

      M

      In a social media post, TV personality Montel Williams slammed the suspects accused of beating a mentally disabled man and streaming in live on Facebook.

      Williamstook to Facebookon Thursday to express his opinions on the brutal attack.

      Life in prison. No parole. I’m not interested in whether these kids had a tough life, whether their parents loved them enough, I don’t care, Williams said.

      The TV personality called the argument of whether it was indeed a hate crime a distraction.

      This is the cold blooded torture of an innocent human being. That’s bigger than a hate crime, it’s bigger than racism, Williams added.

      Williams offered his prayers to the victim, adding, If you can do this to another human being once, you can’t be trusted to not do it again.

      The four suspects accused in the Chicago Facebook Live attack were denied bail on Friday. The Chicago judge they appeared before in court said they are accused of such “terrible actions.”

      The four suspects were identified as Brittany Covington and Tesfaye Cooper, both of Chicago, and Jordan Hill, of suburban Carpentersville. All are 18. A fourth suspect was identified as Covington’s 24-year-old sister, Tanishia Covington, also of Chicago.

      The beating was captured on cellphone video by one of the assailants and has since been viewed millions of times on social media. The graphic footage shows the suspects taunting the victim with profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump.

      Prosecutors offered new details of the assault, explaining that one of the suspects demanded $300 from the mother of the victim, who is schizophrenic and has attention-deficit disorder. They also said the beating started in a van when the same attacker became angry that the mother had contacted him asking that her son be allowed to come home.

      A prosecutor told the judge that the suspects forced the victim to drink toilet water, kiss the floor and then allegedly stuffed a sock into his mouth and taped it shut as they bound his hands with a belt.

      Cook County Associate Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil asked the suspects “Where was your sense of decency?”

      “I find each of you a danger to yourself and society,” the judge said.

      All four are charged with two counts of committing a hate crime one because of the victim’s race and the other because of his mental disabilities.

      The uproar over the beating intensified the glare on Chicago after a bloody year of violent crime and protests against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a police department that has been accused of using excessive force and hushing-up wrongdoing. The department has also been the subject of a long civil-rights investigation by the Justice Department, which is expected to report its findings soon.

      M

      01/7/17 1:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      44

      The solution to most of ours and the world’s problems is to only allow women to vote.

      01/7/17 1:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      45

      Rich,

      Exactly.

      Makes you…. Almost think…. Almost…..that someone…somewhere….wanted him to go apeshit.

      And…. Create a crisis.

      I saw earlier….. Where there is discussion about putting the full body scanners at the entry points to the airport.

      Which means…. Next…. At the mall…. Grocery store….gas stations…. Bathrooms (that’s a hot topic now)….. Next.

      Same bullshit arguments that were used to JUSTIFY cameras everywhere.

      Chicago…. Cameras EVERWHERE !!!!

      What’s the murder count there now???

      Not to mention the less covered shooting rate. And the wounding rate.

      Ever been there?…. Virtually impossible to legally get a gun…. Yet…. They seized 8 tons of guns there in 2016 alone.

      40something percent….unsolved….. Yet….. You will be photographed…. Or videoed…. 6 million times in an average day.

      So, how is it not possible to solve every murder, shooting, etc….
      With the level of tech now?…. Bio-scan…license plate readers….. Etc.

      More bullshit laws are not the solution. Enforcement is the solution

      And yet…. Less and less funding for law enforcement.

      More and more scandals with federal agencies tasked with chasing down the suppliers.

      There comes a point…. When it stops being incompetent…..

      And starts being an agenda.

      Not saying it is….. Just makes you wonder..

      M

      01/7/17 1:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      46

      Rich said

      Rich Bauer on January 7, 2017 at 13:41 said:
      The solution to most of ours and the world’s problems is to only allow women to vote.

      You know my wife?????…. No fair.

      I would agree….. If they were like my wife…… But Hillary????? NO WAY !!!!!

      Hillary is a large reason for why things got so sideways with Obama.

      And…. Hillary’s backer.

      Soros is BAD NEWS.

      You do know who was funding the native American protests in the Dakota’s ?

      And…. More importantly…. Why.

      Follow the money…. And look at who was going to Lose BILLIONS if the pipeline is completed…. And diverts the oil shipments away from his railroads..

      Makes sense why it was worth paying “protesters”…. 1,500.00 a day…. Plus medical… Legal. … Etc.

      M

      01/7/17 2:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      47

      Rich,

      This is why I’m willing to give Trump a chance.

      War is BAD…. WW 3….. Real BAD.

      Most businesses suffer in wars…. Execpt the military/ industrial types.

      Trump takes Ww3 off the menu….. Business is good…. Unemployment Actually goes down… (not a change how the numbers work and are displayed thing)

      Employment up… Crime goes down…. People working…. Buying… Spending…. Homes, stores…. Etc…

      And right now…. In the US…. We need a business person in charge..

      Zombieland sounds fun.. ( have a few I want to turn into zombies)…..

      But the fun runs out….. About the time you run out of toilet paper.

      Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only “stupid” people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We…..
      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017

      M

      01/7/17 2:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      48

      Rich,

      Follow up for you.

      The Florida airport shooter.

      He had apparently returned from Alaska that morning. After retrieving his gun from the feds. He had to surrender it during the psych evaluation.

      The psych that did his evaluation, cleared him the day before.
      He went, claimed his gun.

      Picked up ammo….. And went nuts.

      That psych is in for some serious question and answer time.

      M

      01/7/17 7:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      49

      He bought the guns some time ago SO the psych eval would not stop him from killing people in many venues. BUT the FBI should have alerted TSA the psychotic guy should not be allowed to fly with guns PERIOD.

      Wait for the next revision of rules —–too late.

      01/7/17 9:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      50

      The FBI could have placed him on the No Fly list on the basis of what he said alone.

      01/7/17 9:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      51

      Rich,

      I hear you, but what I mean…. The weapons were seized…. Psych cleared him…. 24 hours before…. He gets weapons back…. 6 hours before….then goes nuts….

      Me thinks he’s as nuts as the psych who cleared him…. And as nuts as the the agents who cleared him….

      6 dead… 6 wounded….. Sounds like some expensive lawsuits coming.

      M

      01/7/17 9:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      52

      That is exactly my point…..

      It is simple to make it to the no fly list…..

      One thing that will qualify you is having too many speeding tickets. Or…

      Having ever looked at the wrong alt news site.

      Thousands of things can qualify you….and no one knows all the possible requirements. That’s. ‘ Secret’.

      So….. The question is…. WHY did they LET him Fly..
      With a GUN.????

      Woodward and Bernstein would have s field day with this one.

      M

      01/7/17 9:59 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      53

      That photo isn’t one of the FBI guys who decided the airport terrorist wasn’t a threat, is it?

      01/8/17 9:47 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      54

      Bauer: No- he’s the one taking the photo and then declaring the three were fit to actually fly a jumbo liner.

      01/8/17 11:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      55

      The same week the airline removed a guy from a flight because he had an ounce of marijuana in his checked bag.

      01/8/17 2:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      56

      The US is suffering a severe case of the DTs.

      01/8/17 2:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      57

      Rich.

      Agreed. ….. But heroin and delusion are really tuff drugs to beat.

      Keep hoping for an awaking….. Hoping….

      Hope for the best….

      Plan for the worst…. Bigtime.

      If the US…. See’s an awakening…. Awesome….

      If not……

      John and Rich….

      I presume you have seen where Obama is “ok”…. With the rebrand of ‘obamacare’…. To… ‘trumpcare’….

      Where I come from…. This maneuver is called…. “distancing”.

      So…. Now….. Obama can blame Trump for obamacare.

      M

      01/8/17 2:45 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      58

      Yes, indeed. Obamacare has now been branded as Trumpcare and turned over like a hot potato to the new POTUS. That action fits a guy like Obama who in my opinion is a weakling male who only wanted to be POTUS as a personal quest for historical glory. Kudos to him for becoming the first half white POTUS but such an accomplishment is irrelevant in the course of history.

      01/8/17 3:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      59

      John,

      BULLSEYE !!!!!!!!!!

      M

      01/8/17 4:27 PM | Comment Link

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