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- People keep asking "why do trump supporters keep meeting up in California where they are unwanted and troubled is bound to happen?" and all I can think is "You mean like Rosa Parks?" • r/The_Donald
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Do lawyers really make that much money when taking into account they often work 50-60 hour weeks? by Ty Doyle
Answer by Ty Doyle:
First of all, many lawyers don’t make all that much money. The median salary for American lawyers in 2015 was $115,820—an upper-middle-class income, to be sure, but certainly not “1%” money—which means that half of attorneys were below this line. Let’s look at four examples.
First, let’s assume a public interest lawyer making $45,000/yr while working 1750 hours. That works out to little more than $25/hr, a rate that can be had for a lot of work not requiring graduate-level education.
Next, let’s assume a government attorney making $90,000/yr while working 2,000 hours. That works out to $45/hr, many multiples of minimum wage, but not an exceptional sum for a white-collar worker with a professional degree.
Third, let’s assume an in-house attorney for a major corporation making $200,000/yr while also working 2,000 hours. That works out to $100/hr, a pretty good deal.
A lawyer who makes $800,000/yr—let’s assume, conservatively, that he/she works 2,750 hours to get it—winds up taking home about $290/hr, which is a nice amount of hourly compensation.
These are rough illustrations—the $45k lawyer might have to work 2,750 hours, as well—but you get the idea: some lawyers do quite well, but many do not.
There’s an unceasing wind that blows through this night, there’s dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight A silence that speaks so much louder than words Of promises broken A man in black on a snow-white horse A pointless life has run its course The red-rimmed eyes, the tears still run As he fades into – the setting Sun
The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers But awakes to a morning with no reason for waking He’s haunted by the memory of a lost-paradise – In his youth or a dream, he can’t be precise He’s chained forever to a world that’s departed It’s not enough, it’s not enough
One world, one soul Time pass, the river rolls And he talks to the river of lost love and dedication And silent replies that swirl invitation Flow dark and troubled to an oily-sea A grim intimation of what is to be
And you thought Inception was tricky. Lost like flashbacks, dream (well, nightmare) sequences, circular narrative references. Intentionally mirrors Seven in eerily echoic analogies to skeletons in the closet and secrets from the past returning to haunt
Can a lawyer effectively represent himself in court? by @JLE_JD
Answer by Jennifer Ellis:
I think it is hard to effectively represent yourself in court. One of the issues is that lawyers need to be able to be objective, and it is hard to be objective about your own situation. Of course, there is also the issue of whether you know the area of practice. Just because you are a lawyer does not mean that you know the area well enough to handle representation.
I could see defending myself from a simple traffic ticket. I don’t know about handling anything major.
Stephen K. Bannon – ‘Everyday it’s going to be a fight’ Donald John Trump – committed, going to deliver
‘If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken; Every day, it is going to be a fight. They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed — adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like President Donald J. Trump has.’
The administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Bannon dismisses the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. The White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.
“That is what I’m proudest about Donald J. Trump. All the opportunities he had to waver off this, all the people who have come to him and said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to moderate’ — every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince Preibus and I, ‘I committed this to the American people, I promised this when I ran, and I’m going to deliver on this.”
Bannon frames much of Trump’s agenda with the phrase, “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says have stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty and that the post-World War II political and economic consensus is failing and should be replaced with a system that empowers ordinary people over coastal elites and international institutions.
At the core is a belief that “we’re a nation with an economy — not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a reason for being.”
Bannon repeatedly uses the phrase “economic nationalism” and posits that Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”
– “I’ve never met anyone in my life who has such focus and is so clear in the direction that he intends to go in; Steve is the person with an international perspective on all of this. He’s got a good feel for the direction that he wants to see across the West.”
The Spies plotting against Trump are out of control – I’m saying this as registered Democrat and ex CIA operative
“I know what’s best for foreign policy and national security… And I’m going to act on that.” – Aldrich Ames, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent convicted of treason in the 1980s and 1990s whose crimes resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many people were tortured and executed as a result.
During my time as a CIA officer, I quickly learned why all these rules were in place. I read people’s emails. I listened to phone calls. I recruited assets that told the dirtiest and most embarrassing of secrets. I came to realize that my power was both an awesome responsibility and, at times, wickedly seductive.
– And that is precisely what we are experiencing today. The spies who are plotting against President Donald J. Trump are breaking U.S. laws. They’re violating their oaths. And they’re committing treason to remedy (perceived) treason.
They likely don’t see it that way, of course.
But, then again, neither did Aldrich Ames.
– Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA ops officer and member of the Democratic Party. He contributes on issues of politics, national security, and the economy. BryanDeanWright.com Twitter @BryanDeanWright.