Chicken

Behold Chicken Little-gation

America is awash in poultry-focused lawsuits.

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Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: To sue the other side.

Each week, typically I address some serious federal, state, or local food-law issue. After this week, though, I could use some levity. Maybe you could, too.

There's no better time than now, then, to point out that America's been beset by a recent slew of lawsuits. Over chicken.

Let's dig in.

Last month, a federal judge in Los Angeles allowed a California synagogue to slaughter chickens as part of its observance of Yom Kippur, Judaism's most important holiday. The lawsuit had been filed by a Maryland animal-rights group that opposes the Yom Kippur slaughter.

"We believe the rabbis' true motivation is tremendous profit," said attorney Bryan Pease, attorney for the animal rights group, United Poultry Concerns, in comments to the Los Angeles Times that may as well have been ripped from the noxious anti-Semitic screed Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Across the country, in Mississippi, an attorney recently filed—then dropped—a lawsuit against fried-chicken chain Popeye's. Paul Newton Jr. had claimed he choked on a piece of the fast-food restaurant's chicken because the restaurant failed to provide him with a plastic knife.

"Newton says the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork," the AP reports. "The lawsuit says because Newton didn't receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke."

In New York State, another lawsuit targeted fried-chicken chain KFC.

Plaintiff Anna Wurtzburger alleges that KFC engaged in deceptive trade practices because the food they advertised on television differed from what she received at her local KFC.

"[T]he advertisement on television showed a bucket of overflowing chicken and when the plaintiff received a bucket of chicken there were only eight pieces of chicken in it," the complaint alleges.

Wurtzburger—who sued KFC for $20 million, a figure she later halved—had ordered the 8-piece bucket.

Finally, in what may be the most important recent poultry-related court challenge, a lawsuit filed earlier this year in federal court by Maplevale Farms, an independent New York State foodservice distributor, charges that the nation's largest poultry producers—including defendants Purdue, Tyson, Koch, Pilgrim's Pride, and several others—are colluding illegally to restrict "broiler" supply in an effort to set poultry prices artificially high.

The lawsuit hinges in part on something known as the "Georgia Dock," which the New York Times describes as "a chicken pricing index that is obscure outside the food industry but widely used by grocery stores in America when buying chicken from producers."

Besides its obscurity, the Georgia Dock is a quaint and outdated method for negotiating poultry sales that was established by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in 1966. The Times describes how it relies on a series of phone calls placed weekly by one Arty Schronce, a GDA employee.

In a report on the case and the Georgia Dock, The Progressive Farmer, an agricultural news source, refers to at least one part of the Times's analysis as "very strange."

Sure, but then aren't all of these poultry lawsuits at least a bit strange?

It may seem that poultry lawsuits have come to roost, but the fact is they've always been around. A Lexis-Nexis search this week revealed 981 state and federal cases historically in the United States pertaining in some way to poultry or chicken. And most American constitutional law students learn about the famous 1935 "sick-chicken" case, Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key element of Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation.

Thanks to factors like increased regulation and eager plaintiffs' lawyers, I suspect poultry lawsuits are only likely to continue to grow in the coming years. It's only a matter of time before someone—a farmer in Iowa, say—sues to overturn Massachusetts's unconstitutional and wrongheaded new law creating rules for confining chickens and other farm animals, which voters approved by a more than 3:1 margin this week.

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  1. “We believe the rabbis’ true motivation is tremendous profit,”

    Oh right, because they’re greedy jews.

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      1. (((Me)))?

      2. Kwanzaa Bot?

  2. “The ad showed a rooster with a nice, plump, swollen cloaca. But what I received was an old, shriveled, geriatric specimen with less stamina than a Hillary concession speech. I have no use for such chucks.” – SIV

    1. “Gonna score some chucks tonight, wooo!”

      -gay broheims, on the way to the club

      1. I’ve never seen gay guys wear Chucks. Hipsters on the other hand….

      1. “his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.”

        Looks like this fellow bit off more than he could chew.

        1. Looks like this fellow bit off more than he could chew.

          +1 sunglasses

  3. “Newton says the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork,” the AP reports. “The lawsuit says because Newton didn’t receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.”

    If you’re too incompetent to eat without somone cutting up your food for you, perhaps you should be allowed to be removed from the gene pool via natural selection. Millions of people a year eat fried chicken without knives. It’s in fact the commonly used method. There was neither negligence nor liability in not catering to your bizarre needs. Perhaps you should carry some plasticware with you if you have such personal requirements that the rest of society lacks.

    Oh, wait, you’re just trying to hit paydirt in a settlement. Piss off and die.

    1. My judgement would be to award the plaintiff with a spork to the eye.

      1. A red tattoo on his forehead “I am not allowed to feed myself” would be justice.

        1. Choking on my chicken, choking my chicken, are these euphemisms for spanking my monkey? I know perfectly well that it can make me go blind, but… Can I really choke on it?!?!?

          1. I performed so exhaustive research on the Inter-Tubes, and the answer to…

            “Can I really choke on it?!?!?”… Is… “Yes, in unusual circumcised-stances!”

            Such as, you are like http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Man From Nantucket the legendary man from Nantucket!

            There once was a man from Nantucket
            Who’s dick was so long he could suck it
            He said with a grin
            While wiping his chin
            If my ear were a hole i could fuck it.

  4. 2 chicken stories in one week?!

    I don’t think the commentariat has any puns leftover after this thread

    1. I combed through that thread, and it only scratched the surface of poultry puns.

      1. Bok bok.

      2. I prefer a sesame seed pun

        1. ^Winner winner chicken dinner!

          1. You guys are ruffling my feathers

            1. What you need is a 2 minute penalty for fowl language which you can sit out in the coop.

          2. No awards for a pun that fowl!

    2. Oh,I have some but I’m busy and have to fly the coop.

      1. Foxxy devil!

  5. The lawsuit hinges in part on something known as the “Georgia Dock,” which the New York Times describes as “a chicken pricing index that is obscure outside the food industry but widely used by grocery stores in America when buying chicken from producers.”

    How is this different from the government’s milk pricing rules?

    1. I think the “Georgia Dock” pricing is not legally mandated?

      1. Monopolies and collusion suddenly, magically become virtuous when the government do them.

  6. Last month, a federal judge in Los Angeles allowed a California synagogue to slaughter chickens as part of its observance of Yom Kippur, Judaism’s most important holiday. The lawsuit had been filed by a Maryland animal-rights group that opposes the Yom Kippur slaughter.

    Well, actually – it looks like he didn’t. Sort of.

    Basically he was a dick and screwed these people over even though he caved in the end.

    http://blog.simplejustice.us/2…..ur-attack/

    Has a different take on what the judge did.

    1. Sounds like the House of Representatives needs to fire up the old impeachment process.

    2. The plaintiffs almost certainly did time the TRO to be as obnoxious as possible.

      The defendants cry “religion” as their excuse for not responding to the TRO, claim to do so would not only violate their religion, but show that they violated their religion, thus undercutting their need to ritually slaughter chickens as observant Jews.

      The writer accuses the judge of being anti-semitic for granting the TRO and then not dissolving it in time to perform the ritual.

      Yes, the plaintiffs are dicks and taking advantage of the religion and calendar to disrupt the ritual slaughter. But the defendants are frauds of their own — would they stand by idle if their homes, businesses, or synagogue were on fire or being robbed or damaged during an earthquake? I have read of ultra Orthodox Jews hiring gentiles to turn on lights during Sabbath; that surely violates the spirit of Sabbath, so cry me a river that your ancient customs are so rigid and inflexible. And I am sure there are a zillion other ways you have adapted to secular laws, just as Muslims living here don’t cut off thieves’ hands ro marry four wives.

      So take your ancient rituals, your hurt feelings, and your howls of anti-semitism to some isolated safe space and cry yourselves a river.

      1. On an entirely different topic, why couldn’t Johnson/Weld break 5% in this election?

        1. (with so many alienated conservatives out there)

  7. OT: So I hadn’t watched Kennedy for a while but recorded one on Thursday night. Her show could be so good if she would just STOP INTERRUPTING. Great guest, good topics, libertarian slant but SO damn annoying. Maybe she gets her cues from O’Reilly, I don’t know. She’s interviewing this economics professor. Everytime he tries to answer a question, he can’t get 5 words out before she interrupts and starts ranting. STHU for 30 seconds woman!

  8. Baylen has the grace of a swan, the wisdom of an owl, and the eye of an eagle. Ladies and gentlemen this man is for the birds!

    1. *of the birds

      ducking autocorrect

      1. *for the birds

        don’t ducking edit me.

  9. It’s always somebody just wanting to wet their beak.

  10. Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover

    U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early.

    And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory.

    “People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed,” said John O’Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, “people were crying,” added O’Grady, who works in EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. “They were recommending that people take sick leave and go home.”

    http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060045642

    1. Others might retire early.

      More good news.

      1. Don’t replace them.

        1. No need if the plan is to shut down the EPA entirely.

    2. “a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. ”

      It’s painful knowing not only are there literally “thousands” of employees in the EPA… but they are unionized as well.

      Government employees should not be allowed to unionize. period.

    3. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. Fuck off, every one of you.

      I am trying to be as deplorable as I can be these days. Wife has FOX news on. A short while ago Geraldo Rivera was having a melt-down on air with some panel of bobbleheads. Wife made some comment and asked my opinion on what was being said. I looked at the TV and said “That woman has fantastic tits.”.

      She threw a couch pillow at me.

      1. Was the pillow so you could squeeze it while looking at the woman’s tits? Sort of augment your viewing experience?

        Got to say you have a keeper Suthen.

    4. The EPA was created so that Congress wouldn’t have to do their job and get rid of lead in gasoline. It was the beginning of Congress’s rush to irrelevance that was finalized with the AUMF.

      There is a role for environmental legislation, particularly concerning heavy metals and other persistent pollutants, however the EPA has grown far beyond its original mandate. That is solely the fault of Congress.

      1. This is what all bureaucracies do. They get a budget and their sole purpose of existence is to then protect their little fiefdom, get a bigger budget, and expand their empire. They’ve all went rogue and get very little congressional oversight.

        1. The problem best suited to being resolved through bureaucracy is that of having too little bureaucracy.

    5. Libertarians hate the environment, Mexicans, AND SHIKAZ ‘CAUSE TRUMP!!!

      Join the Portland lumbersexuals and protest, Protest, PROTEST!!!

      I swear to God, Trump winning is the funniest thing that ever happened.

      It keeps getting funnier and funnier, too.

      Once he starts actually doing things I don’t like, I’m hoping it stops being so funny, but then the more he makes progressives and social justice warriors scream and cry, the funnier it gets, too.

      It’s like barrels full of monkeys keep rolling out of a clown car, one after the other! Just when I think there couldn’t possibly be anything more to laugh at, we find out that EPA employees need grief counseling?

      The only thing that would make it funnier is if they had layoffs. Give them something to really cry about.

      1. Layoffs? Why pay them severance? Fire them for malingering or job abandonment.

        1. Whatever happened to the EPA official who was caught falsifying reports on Flint?

          1. He probably got promoted into a different department.

            Isn’t that the way of government alphabet agencies ?

    6. U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early.

      And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory.

      😀

    7. Jesus Tap Dancing Christ. Are these people 4 years old? Have they never learned to deal with life’s disappointments? Crying? Because your preferred candidate lost? Are you fucking kidding me? Grow up, you’re embarrassing yourselves.

      1. They’re crying because they think their worthless jobs might be in danger. I hope they’re right.

    8. Allowed to take the day off because you were sad? Maybe your position isn’t so essential after all.

  11. They all said we’d see frivolous lawsuits if Trump won. Damnit, they were right.

  12. “Newton says the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork”.

    If I were the judge, I’d have liked to tell Newton about some other creative things he could do with his spork.

    1. His name is Newton.
      He ain’t no Einstein.

  13. “Arty Schronce”

    W. C. Fields made that up, didn’t he?

  14. Also, fried chicken. Someone had to say it. Now we can move on.

    1. Also, fuck Michigan.

    1. And the Democrats continue to define themselves by identity groups. They don’t get it.

      1. If it means their demise so be it.

        Looks like Trump actually may save the GOP. The tone deafness arrogance and commitment to identity politics may sink the DNC.

        I truly hope for a wipe out and gutting of the DNC not unlike we saw with the Progressive Conservatives (who weren’t even that bad) in Canada in the early 1990s.

    2. You mean Keith Ellison-Muhammad? or Keith Hakim?

      Not sure how putting Brother Keith in charge of the DNC is going to fix anything.

    3. “Keith is one of the most progressive members of Congress”

      So… double down. What could possibly go wrong.

  15. And so the Great Unhinged continues:

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/…..n=20161112

    1. I am having the time of my life trying to take it all in. The crying, the whining, calls for doom and gloom…it’s just so delicious. I cant get enough.

      1. The best part will be when Cali secedes from the union and the progs that are in the rest of the country all move to NZ and find out that NZ is not actually a commie paradise. Oh yeah, that’s not going to happen, damnit!

      2. I’m kind of enjoying it too. But, at some point, this is going to be destructive in the sense that people are going to be convinced they’re being oppressed when they’re not and that could lead to a lot of unpleasantness.

        1. Playing the oppression cards get old and lame and it does calcify into a people’s mindset. To wit, Quebec. For decades they’ve been told they’ve been oppressed by the Anglos and the Federal system. And while they have some legitimate claims against it, the idea of them being oppressed by it needs retooling. Canada is highly decentralized and Quebec has control of a lot of things including having its own immigration policy. They’re as close to being autonomous as a region can be in a Federal system. You have Quebecers squawking about being oppressed meanwhile we have all the luxuries of a first world civilized state in a country that leaves them alone. It has had an actual inverse effect in that it actually keeps Quebec as a laggard when measured against other jurisdictions in North America. While it by no means is the only reason but it does play a part.

          1. I love the sequence in the movie “49th Parallel” in which the Nazis try to appeal to the Qu?becois trapper by pointing out how English Canada is oppressing them.

            Of course, it helps that the trapper is played by Laurence Olivier, who uses an accent so thick it could get up and walk off all by itself.

    2. These people are so out of touch with reality. Let’s just look at some of the stuff on Hillary’s wish list:

      A no fly zone over Syria

      Attack Iran

      Free college for everyone, which isn’t going to cost a dime

      A list of new taxes a mile long

      And more…

      And Trump is going to sink the country? How? By offending Muslims?

    3. I wonder if the NBA has some kind of “prestige of the game” rule that applies here?

      1. Especially considering that Pop barely talks to the media, even concerning questions about the Spurs. But this he had a strong opinion on and he blabbers it all over the media.

        1. It’s not just that. For me, the bloody main reason Trump won was because people were tired of this shit and hypocrisy. Of all people to lecture after all we know about spousal, gambling, drug and even racial abuse in sports and Hollywood. Could you imagine how many of these people turned a blind eye to bad things? They’re in industries swimming in hedonism and illicit behaviour. Are these people seriously this disconnected and arrogant?

          And once again, as I’ve detected and observed on other sites, people are having none of it. There’s clearly a divide.

          It literally is fuck off. Enough for me to not tune in or care anymore. Fuck them.

  16. Tundra, do you have kids going to the most racist high school in the world like I do?

    I got home from a business trip yesterday and my kid said that there is a full scale freak out going on because some kid wrote some racist shit on a bathroom wall at our Maple Grove High School.

    He thinks it is a con job. He said there has never been any racial tensions at the school ever.

    1. “Maple Grove Police confirmed Thursday that they have launched an investigation in hopes of identifying and arresting the person responsible. “This type of behavior is highly offensive, will not be tolerated and does not reflect the views of the Maple Grove community,”

      False flag.

      I see they want to arrest someone for being offensive, not for breaking the law. Never change lefties. Never change.

      1. When they find out it’s a hoax, it will be truly shocking. Shocking, I tell you!

        1. And well covered by the media, I’m sure

          1. This is where stories go to die.

      2. Sharon Moran ? Catering Manager at 3M
        SPEED UP THE INVESTIGATION, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING.

        *catering manager. studied theater a U Wisc. priceless.

    2. I would lay real folding money on two possibilities:

      A kid did it for the lulzec. The teachers’ reactions were undoubtedly priceless, and we’re talking teenagers here.

      A school employee did it to prove how awful America’s racism problem is to those morons who are too blind to see what a huge emergency it is.

    3. Don’t cha know? The Klan is back! Ya, you betcha – the Klan.

      1. Crusty, the real deal Minnesodan phrase is “Uffda”

        “Uffda, looks like the Night Riders are back”

    4. when school administrators from other districts see how much money MGHS will rake in to handle this “crisis” they will be sneaking into their bathrooms to paint their own racist messages.

      ^^^^^

      http://www.census.gov/quickfac…..15/2740166

      ~96% “Not Black”

      Yeah, those aren’t racists writing those messages for the handful of black folk. they’re writing them for other white people to have their “Lets all hug and tell each other how superior we are”-moment, and continue to try and ostracize anyone who disagrees with their left wing bullshit as a “racist”, even tho they are the only ones who never shut the fuck up about skin color.

    5. “Racist messages like the one found in today endanger the safety of our students and staff of color…”
      Danger? You know, my ancestors fought cave bears and Russians. Cave bears and Russians are dangerous. Graffiti is not dangerous.

  17. He said there has never been any racial tensions at the school ever

    By the time the progs get over their post-election meltdown, there’s going to be racial tensions in a whole lot of places that haven’t seen them in a while.

    1. Well, placement & HTML fail.

      In reply to the Pope.

    2. Ugh, as if eight years of Obama’s “healing” wasn’t enough.

  18. The most worrisome thing about the Trumpet assuming the throne is that he lets Pence and the other conservotards get really cocky and start thinking there’s a mandate to double down on the drug war and other SoCon non-sense. Of course, Hillary would have done all of that too as well as wreck the economy and dump gasoline on the fires in the middle east. And appoint 2 uber-leftist judges.

    1. Yeah. It’s funny for the time being but it still sucks, just not as hard.

      1. In an attempt at diversity, Trump appoints the following:

        Secretary of State: John Bolton

        Secretary of Defense: Hillary Clinton

        Attorney General: Chris Chrisite

        Secretary of the Treasury: Bernie Sanders

        Chief of Staff: Dick Cheney

        Secretary of Education: Joe Biden

        Head of the EPA: Al Gore

        Is that scary enough or do we need MOAR SCARIER?

        Keep in mind that the Trumpet has not one fucking clue what he’s doing. He knew how to win an election, and now that’s over.

        1. What, no John Yoo? I haz a disappoint.

        2. I’m concered that Giuliani is involved

          1. With any luck, one of his exwives will poison him in the near future.

          2. Me too. Guliani, Christie, for crikey sake, Trump, distance yourself from those clowns, now.

          3. Does Giuliani really want to take a pay cut in order to become a government staffer?

        3. “He knew how to win an election”

          We know that *now,* but that wasn’t the conventional wisdom last week.

          1. I had been saying for months that it would be a really close election. I admit, I thought Hillary would probably win by taking PA. But that didn’t happen and the rest is history.

          2. Didn’t Trump win because he had the first female campaign manager to run a winning presidential campaign?

            Where are all the glowing profiles on Jezebel about this brave shatterer of glass ceilings?

  19. Hey, has the clown apocalypse ended? Replaced by the Trumpocalypse?

  20. I have to say this. I know Trump is in no way a libertarian and that he’s probably going to appoint horrible people to important jobs. But still, we just dodged a HUGE fucking bullet by denying Hillary the presidency. The damage that witch could do to liberty is nearly unfathomable. I can’t think of a single other person in American politics who could even come close to the damage she could inflict.

    1. Trump is saying he supports and will ask the Congress to enact national conceal and carry. If that happens, that would be HUGE. It won’t mean anything to the Reason staff since in their defenses of Weld they made it clear gun rights really don’t matter much to them. It will however be a huge win for liberty.

      1. The thing I’m most hopeful for with Trump is foreign policy. And SCOTUS picks, that alone could save the 2nd. But there are far too many regulations on guns as it is. They all need repealed. Shall not be infringed, period. Now the left are getting ideas about restricting people’s gun rights for mental health reasons, IOW if you smoke cannabis, no more guns for you. I don’t smoke weed, but people who do should not be denied their rights, it’s a slippery fucking slope and we all know where that goes.

        1. I can’t believe Trump is going to walk into office and pick a fight with the Republican Senate by choosing some liberal for the Court. That never made any sense. He is going to pick an UBER conservative if for no other reason than to stick it to those in the GOP that refused to vote for him. Think how stupid and discredited people like Romney and the Bushes and the rest of them will look the moment he replaces Scalia with someone who will keep the five vote majority for Heller and Citizens’ United. Those dumb asses will forever be remembered as the Republicans who thought the 1st and 2nd Amendments were worth sacrificing so they could come back and save the day in 2020.

      2. John, you called it. While I kept it to myself thinking he indeed could win, you (and a couple of others I forget who. Ken too I think) put it out there.

        1. I still thought Trump would lose.

          I was entertaining theories about how I might be wrong.

          I was saying, even on election day, that it all depended on Pennsylvania, and that he would almost certainly lose Pennsylvania.

          I did not expect him to win Wisconsin or Michigan.

      3. Trump is saying he supports and will ask the Congress to enact national conceal and carry.

        I’d like to wait and see how that’s done. Setting bad precedent for 10th Amendment interpretation could work against gun rights in the long run. But I think there is already some precedent about states being constitutionally required to recognize each other’s marriage licenses and drivers licenses et cetera.

        1. I don’t see how Congress forcing states to fully recognize a federal right and also fully recognize the privileges and immunities of other states, sets a bad precedent.

    2. I completely agree. I’m fully prepared for the rather good possibility that ANYONE elected to POTUS will be a disaster. It’s far too powerful of a position after all. Clinton was a guaranteed disaster and more, a disaster the likes of which would make FDR, Wilson and Obama look like Calvin Coolidge.

      1. She already had a mafia like structure in place. There would be no rule of law, except in regard to the peasants. It’s almost like that now, but Hillary would have sealed the deal. And she’d sell us all down the river in exchange for whatever she can get from 3rd world despots.

  21. Powerline’s Saturday Cartoons are pretty funny.

    The pussy grabbing one was my favorite.

    1. I like the political correctness one with the slain dragon. No, it’s not slain, but Trump did badly wound it, which is one thing I will always be grateful to Trump for. That and denying Clinton.

      1. Yeah, that’s the one i liked, too

    2. I like the election map colored by counties won: Trump has better coverage than Verizon. Can you hear us now?

  22. OT: What Happens to Trump’s Businesses After He Takes Office?

    resident-elect Donald Trump’s sprawling business empire ? comprised of more than 500 companies around the globe, including more than 250 bearing his name ? make him potentially susceptible to significant conflicts of interest.

    Already, his presidential transition website plugs a dozen of his most popular properties, including Trump Tower in New York, his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, his Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland, and the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., which is leased from the federal government.

    This “suggests there will be no serious efforts to separate his business interest from his governmental duties,” former election official and political law attorney Kenneth Gross told ABC News, adding, “it is too early to tell.”

    What exactly suggests such a thing? The fact that he owns businesses suggests that he will flagrantly ignore any conflicts of interest? I bet the guy they quoted didn’t even say such a thing judging by the fact that they cut off the beginning of the sentence and the middle of the sentence and finished it off with something that doesn’t even fit the point baseless allegation the thy’re trying to make.

    1. Well, I think there’s a fair concern he will govern like Berlusconi. Let’s not be naive.

      1. You’re exactly right, Rufus. If ABC News Drone #374 had said “fair concern” that would be more appropriate than saying the fact that he owns the business suggests that he will do X, Y and Z. There’s no evidence to make that claim whatsoever.

        When he fails to set up blind trusts or divest himself of business operations in other ways, THAT would be a suggestion that he will engage in conflicts of interest in the future.

      2. I think you can expect this to be the new baseless allegation turned Democratic/Media talking point for the few year or two.

        1. They can just copy all the Bloomberg copy they have lying around.

    2. His children can run them?

    3. Has ABC somehow managed to not see the massive cronyism that has been going on for the last few decades? I thought for sure before I clicked on that, it would be NYT. God, these people are ignorant. Worry about Trump’s cronyism, but ignore all of it that already exists in our government?

      1. Cronyism has been very important to the media going all the way back to November 9th 2016.

  23. I’ve been out out protesting Trump’s election all night. Just beat. Give me a wake up call around noon.

    1. You’re a credit to democracy.

      Slap!

      1. Yeah! I’m going to bed, too much fun tonight. Met a Trump and Hillary supporter tonight at the bar. You’re both fucked. I’m the worst libertarian salesman.

        1. Did you grab a pussy or two?

          1. I got one pussy I’ll grab, but she’s asleep. 17 years of marriage and can’t get no late night booty call.

            1. You’re going to bed at noon? What kind of weirdo are you? ::-P

              (Yes, I know you’re in UTC+9.)

    2. You sir, are the second coming of Thomas Jefferson.

  24. …or as Paul Lemat’s character in American Graffiti called it, “chicken shit”.

  25. “Trump could reshape civil rights enforcement”
    […]
    “A Donald Trump administration could radically reshape the Justice Department, particularly civil rights efforts that became one of its most pressing and high-profile priorities over the past eight years.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/nation/a…..610597.php

    Well, he *could*, ya know. He could throw all those black folks in jail! He could deport all the Chamrros to Guam!
    The left doesn’t seem to realize how laughable the straw-grasping is becoming.

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