If you saw this picture and read that headline, you'd assume this is another uniquely Florida obituary. pic.twitter.com/6dcaSh8KV8
— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 12, 2017
Dolt45’s Brain (Bane?) as described by the Washington Post:
In the three years before he became Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon lived as a virtual nomad in a quest to build a populist political insurgency…
He owned a house and condo in Southern California, where he had entertainment and consulting businesses, a driver’s license and a checking account. He claimed Florida as his residence, registering to vote in Miami and telling authorities he lived at the same address as his third ex-wife.
At the same time, he routinely stayed in Washington and New York as he engineered the expansion of Breitbart News and hosted a live Breitbart radio program. By 2015, Bannon stayed so often at Breitbart’s townhouse headquarters on Capitol Hill that he kept a picture of a daughter on a mantle piece, beneath a portrait of Abraham Lincoln…
The issue of Bannon’s legal residency has been simmering since last summer, shortly after he became chief executive of Trump’s campaign. The Guardian reported in an Aug. 26 story that he was registered to vote at a then-vacant house and speculated that Bannon may have signed an oath that he was a Florida resident to take advantage of the state’s lack of state income taxes. In California, where Bannon had lived and owned property for more than two decades, income tax can exceed 12 percent…
In the digital age, when most Americans leave a clear footprint of their whereabouts, Bannon left a meandering trail filled with ambiguity, contradictions and questions. The Post found that Bannon left a negligible footprint in Florida. He did not get a Florida driver’s license or register a car in the state. He never voted in Florida, and neighbors near two homes he leased in Miami said they never saw him. His rent and utility bills were sent to his business manager in California.
Bannon’s former wife occupied the premises, according to a landlord and neighbors.
At the same time Bannon said he was living with his ex-wife, she was under investigation for involvement in a plot to smuggle drugs and a cellphone into a Miami jail, a law enforcement document obtained by The Post shows…
The two were married in 2006, when Bannon was 53 and Clohesy was 36. They divorced in California in 2009. She had moved to Florida in 2008, “starting a new life in Miami,” Bannon said in court papers during the divorce. But the two remained in touch, and she worked on three political documentaries he directed in 2011 and 2012…
The $4,900 monthly rent was a big jump for Clohesy, who declared on the lease application that her most recent apartment had cost her $950 a month, documents show. But by his own account, Bannon could afford it.
He stated on the application that he earned $750,000 a year as chairman of Breitbart News Network, a figure that has not been previously reported. He also earned $270,000 as executive chairman of Arc Entertainment, a film distribution company based in Santa Monica, Calif.
In addition, Bannon received about $100,000 in salary that year as part-time chairman of the Government Accountability Institute, a new nonprofit charity in Tallahassee, according to filings with the Internal Revenue Service. Bannon, two Breitbart writers and other conservative activists had launched the organization a year earlier and it produced reports and books that were promoted by Breitbart. Bannon claimed he worked 30 hours a week at GAI, according to IRS filings…
On April 2, 2014, more than a year after Bannon signed the lease on the residence in Coconut Grove, he registered to vote in Florida and listed the Opechee Drive address as his legal home. Bannon did not have to show an ID to register. He provided the last four digits of his Social Security number to verify his identity.
One of the allures of Florida is its zero income tax rate for in-state residents. The Post was unable to determine what state Bannon claimed as his primary residence for the purpose of income tax…
On Feb. 18, 2015, Bannon ended the water and sewer service at Opechee Drive and switched the service to Onaway Drive, less than a half mile away in Coconut Grove, records show. Five days later, Bannon changed his voter registration to Onaway Drive.
The Opechee house was left in disrepair, according to an email between the landlord and Bannon and interviews with the landlord.
Padlocks had been placed on interior doors — or the doors had been removed altogether. A hot tub was destroyed.
“[E]ntire Jacuzzi bathtub seems to have been covered in acid,” the landlord wrote in the February 2015 email to Bannon…
Oops. Bannon voted in California, renewed his driving license in California, told the taxman he lived in Florida. https://t.co/0IE1bymcKX
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 12, 2017
Steve Bannon falsely claimed he was living in #Florida to avoid #California taxes on his $1.1M+ income. #LockHimUp https://t.co/jJaEHGy7Eo
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 12, 2017
I thought he lived in a van down by the river.
This is very un-PC, and I will probably get in trouble. But would be nice to set up a gofundme page for a reward to go the first reporter to ask Bannon how the hell an Irishman is allowed to wander around the countryside deciding who is a white man. What has happened to our White bigot rump ethnic state…. er,,, holy European Judeo-Christian American Heritage, that this Irishman runs it? Huh?
Well, I am half Irish, so, maybe I can get away with the suggestion.
@Westyny: Suspicious. How’d a guy like that get all that money?
Goldman Sachs if I remember correctly. He made his money on Wall Street and then he went out to Hollywood and made some more money there, he had a stake in Seinfeld, and produced some other stuff.
I hope that CA runs him into the ground. The Franchise Tax Board takes no crap from anyone. If they have a wiff of an idea that you’ve screwed CA tax wise, they won’t let go until they’ve shaken out every last morsel that they think they are owed, which always includes penalties and interest, and that interest is figured on the penalties as well. I said on a earlier post that I thought they used the Border Patrol manual as their training guide but I’m not sure, I may have gotten that backwards.
OT, but I noticed that some here refer to Bernie as Wilmer (at least, I think it’s Bernie you guys are talking about). Why do you call him Wilmer? Just curious.
@AxelFoley: The HRC/Sanders feud must never die. It will be carried down through the generations. Two camps of losers who hate each other with a passion is a joy that must be nurtured forever.
@jl: I think the question is, what is the significance of ‘Wilmer’?
Indeed. I was just curious how Bernie got that tag here.
LOCK HIM UP!!
Why would the bathtub be coated in acid?
Most people here are/were Hillary supporters, and even at this late date, whenever Wilmer’s name is invoked, people like New Russian reappear to revive the flame war. So in order to keep the peace and facilitate more current fights, we refer to him as Wilmer. Fighting is fine, but re-litigating the primary makes no sense.
That’s a little harsh, it’s not as if we went out of our way to antagonize his supporters, but no matter how much we tried to make peace, we were called corporate democrats and what not, and pilloried with constant ” told you so”, not the most productive talk in the wake of Twitler’s win.
She backs away from the keyboard and closes the laptop.
Goodnight ;= )
We could save a lot of trouble by simply executing the Entire Trump cartel and then figuring out what crimes they were all guilty of afterwards.
@rex: Disposing of bodies. How many Russian hookers did he order to his place? Start there.
@TenguPhule:Uh, could I suggest that that’s not something you should be uttering on the Internet? I mean, not in these times, eh?
Thank you. Just threw me off at first until I figured out who everyone was talking about. LOL
Welp, my kids will soon be relegating me to A Home.
I accidentally brushed my teeth with hydrocortisone that Someone left on the bathroom counter where the toothpaste always is, and then fastidiously put the toothpaste away. I stopped after brushing only a quarter of my teeth and grabbed the tube and saw my mistake.
I spit it out but it’s kind of greasy, then I brushed my teeth with actual toothpaste and spit out as much as possible.
I yelled at that Someone and he refused to accept blame, but he started laughing when I said my lips were a little numb. He needs to be careful because I know where he sleeps.
@opiejeanne: Better than Preparation-H.
@opiejeanne: I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing(I almost did that with Ben-Gay).
Thru the Looking Glass...
Too bad they don’t use the ‘Hells’ Angels/Pay Up, Motherf*cker’ manual…
Thru the Looking Glass...
W/ a hefty discount for ordering in bulk?
Thru the Looking Glass...
I gotta say… I look at that photo of Bannon at the top of the article, I see someone who drinks waaaaay toooo much… just sayin’… perhaps someone can interview Steve’s liver…
@RandomMonster: “Wilmer” is a character in The Maltese Falcon.
@opiejeanne: Are you related to Cole?
@Taylor: The SO was watching MSNBC and told me to stop what I was doing to listen to Elijah Cook. He’s a Maltese Falcon fan, so I knew he meant Rep. Cummings.
@Chet Murthy: I like to think of TenguPhule as a new age Hammurabi. He (?) is always laying down the law and prescribing the punishment. Mostly it’s fun to think about. Drawing and quartering vs. flayed alive? Boiling oil or the wheel? The permutations are endless.
@rex: body disposal?
@TenguPhule: Acid actually works poorly for dissolving bodies. You want a strong base, like lye. This still leaves other things to clean up afterward; perhaps acid is good for those; my expertise on this subject is rather limited, as one might hope. :-)
@BellyCat: That’s the same stuff (just in a waxier petroleum base, I believe).
@Thru the Looking Glass…:
And be kinder and softer?
The FTB makes the Hells Angeles look tame. They never bother to say “pay up motherfucker,” they just take what they feel belongs to them.
OT, Rep Steve “pig muck” King in the news saying the framers of the 14th Amendment were all about white Christian babies becoming citizens.
History says otherwise.
The 14th (1868) was mainly about citizenship and civil rights for freed slaves.
What’s more, immigration in 1868 had almost no controls compared to now.
Keep tongue-kissing your white supremacist friends, Rep. pig muck.
@Ruckus: I think that Burnsie has talked about the FTB in pretty much the same way.
@hovercraft: In addition, it seemed like at least one of the Wilmer “supporters” had programmed some sort of warning attached to Wilmer’s real name, and showed up to pick a fight right after anybody said anything about him. Substituting the names really seemed to work in avoiding endless repetitive fights.
The best fact I learned from this post is that Bannon is currently 64, or thereabouts. With a nose like that, he may have all sorts of health issues to deal with in his near future.
It really all comes back to the paradigm of the treatment of mental illness, doesn’t it? It is not even necessary to allege that Bannon is insane, to point out that if he had tried that 40 or more years ago, he would have been locked up and chlorpromazined without hesitation or debate.
James E Powell
But why is it Wilmer?
@James E Powell:
The origin of Wilmer (credit to Jim, Foolish Literalist).
Personally, I don’t see why we can’t call Bernie a Bernie and just ignore the goddamn trolls when they show up, but apparently it’s better to add another bit of inside-baseball arcana to the Balloon Juice edifice to protect it from unwanted outsiders.
Coming soonAlso, too: no girlsmorans in the treehouse!
I suppose it’s a lost fight by now, but I am so sick of Trump’s people being referred to as “populists” and especially people like Bannon — making $750,000 per year, by that article — being referred to as a “populist.” Millionaires are not populists, and certainly these assholes aren’t.
@Lapassionara: that nose is probably as much a result of rosacea, which affects a lot of Irish, as much as it may be from drinking. Just saying… Of course drinking can exacerbate rosacea too.
It would probably be better to ignore a lot of persons and things, but human nature being what it is and all that, it is sometimes difficult to overcome the urge to tell a self-righteous asshole to “fuck off.” There’s probably a little SIWOTI add to the mix.
@Steeplejack: LOL so that’s where it began.
now that is a picture of a dude that pours Bailey’s over his breakfast cereal.
@opiejeanne: I did that, once.
jake the antisoshul soshulist
Not a personal issue, but I worked with a gentleman who accidentally treated jock itch with Nair.
jake the antisoshul soshulist
From that picture it would be Thunderbird he pours over his cereal.
@jake the antisoshul soshulist:
Thunderbird seems a bit too, well, refined for his tastes. Mad Dog maybe?
@Taylor: I’d thought for a while people were talking about Mitt Romney (I had to google to find that his first name is Willard, instead), but eventually context made it clear.
@Steeplejack: Pretty much.
It probably does work to keep, you know, leftists and voters and stuff from hanging around here. I know my immediate reaction was ‘are you children?’ and I suppose since it stuck and became permanent, I guess it’s a signaling mechanism.