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You know what the difference is between an Islamic terrorist and an internet troll?

The police can figure out the troll's true motive.

We really need to pass a law against unintended consequences.

It's more than you think.

No, it's more than that.

More than that, too.

Here's how much you have to make to be considered 'low income' in San Francisco.

Think of a bigger number. Now a bigger one.

In the United States, a family of four is considered "low income" if it makes about $24,000. In San Francisco, however, a family of that size is now considered "low income" even if it makes $105,350.

That's according to San Francisco's local news station KRON TV, which reports "that a family of four in San Francisco earning more than $100,000 a year can now qualify for affordable housing" from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local HUD-subsidized sources.

Last I heard, the little $400 a month studio apartment I rented in the early '90s on the Pushers & Prostitutes block of Geary Street was going for $3,000 -- and that larger figure was from ten years ago.

As Europe absorbs another wave of terrorist attacks, law enforcement in Great Britain is cracking down on....internet trolls.


Yes, yes it does.

The Trump administration has a recruiting problem.

It's WaPo, so of course there's a slant. But there's no denying that this Administration is very slow to staff up.

Three of Trump’s picks to head the Army and Navy have withdrawn from consideration, Vincent Viola (Army), Philip Bilden (Navy) and Mark Green (Army). His first pick to run the Labor Department withdrew. His pick for deputy treasury secretary withdrew, as did his pick for deputy commerce secretary. Trump’s first pick to run the Office of Drug Control Policy, Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), withdrew. Monica Crowley, his pick for National Security Council spokesperson, withdrew. A lawyer on the shortlist for solicitor general withdrew.

Even Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George, withdrew from consideration for a top job with the Justice Department. Why? His response to Trump’s tweets about the entry ban Monday offer some hint. In a series of tweets, George Conway defended his criticism of Trump’s comments about the travel ban earlier that day.

“Every sensible lawyer in [the White House Counsel’s Office] and every political appointee at [the Department of Justice] [would] agree with me (as some have already told me),” he wrote. “The [point] cannot be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS — and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that [point] and not be shy about it.”

We don’t know that Trump’s itchy Twitter finger is why Conway chose not to work for the administration, but it’s safe to assume that Conway’s concerns about Trump’s behavior didn’t begin at 9 a.m. Monday.


Yahoo News reported Tuesday that four different major law firms declined to represent Trump in the investigations into his campaign’s possible relationship with Russian actors during the 2016 campaign.

Reporter Michael Isikoff explains a key reason for the firms’ decisions:

“[A] consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.”

Another factor cited was that representing Trump would “kill recruitment” for the firms — that, in other words, an association with Trump would hurt their bottom lines.

For individuals considering positions with the administration, there’s another risk. Trump insists upon loyalty from his workers (including, according to a New York Times report, from Comey) but is not always generous with returning the favor. He has publicly disparaged or undercut advisers and staffers including Stephen K. Bannon, H.R. McMaster, Sean Spicer, Rod J. Rosenstein and Mike Pence.

So this isn't just a matter of foot-dragging and delaying tactics by Senate Democrats. Trump has been unable or unwilling even to name appointees to various posts.

Personnel is policy, as they say -- so what's the policy when there's no personnel?


WWVPD? (What would Vlad Putin Do)

Here's your answer:

Brad Sherman (D-Bedlam) is an idiot:

Just thought you'd like to know.

More on the Notre Dame hammer attack:

Via the Telegraph: 

Anti-terror prosecutors have launched an investigation meaning they consider the attack terror-related.

That was quick.

The known wolves don't even need to care that they're known.