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Why Can’t Aka Obama Supporters Admit They’re Wrong?

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The evidence is clear. The verdict is in. The administration run by the man who calls himself Obama is a complete, unmitigated disaster.

Unemployment, and by that I mean real unemployment, not the cooked numbers, is at its highest level since the Great Depression, while race relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. Encouraged by a blind eye from the Justice Department, black racism has exploded via voter intimidation, violent flash mobs, and the knockout game.

The economy is in tatters, with record numbers of Americans on food stamps and government assistance; entire cities have gone bankrupt, with others imminent; and, around the world, our country is no longer admired, but looked upon as weak, cowardly, and morally degenerate.

Food and housing costs, illegal immigration, unfunded pension liabilities, and government surveillance have all gone up; job growth, start-up businesses, police morale, and trust in government have all gone down.

The aka Obama presidency is a failure. A failure on every level. Failure on a grand scale. And yet, his supporters stand steadfast in their devotion. Despite all the evidence, despite all the indisputable facts, supporters of the aka Obama presidency remain unwilling and unable to admit they were wrong. Why is that?

Do you know anyone who voted for aka Obama? I know plenty of people who did. Some have since come around and repented. Others remain unwavering in their support. Among this latter group, there are two common characteristics they all possess: guilt and an extreme sense of selfishness.

Call it narcissism, if you will, but I find it interesting that these qualities are found in equal numbers across the entire social and economic spectrum of aka Obama supporters.

Aka Obama’s wealthiest and most influential supporters come from the entertainment community, and these are the most hypocritical people I’ve ever met.

Los Angeles has one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the country. Drive down 6th Street, headed towards downtown Los Angeles, and you’ll see thousands of men, women, and children living on the sidewalk in cardboard boxes. And yet, aside from an occasional appearance by Martin Sheen in a soup kitchen, not a single person in the entire entertainment community has ever lifted a finger to help them. Why? Because they don’t care.

East Los Angeles and South Central Los Angeles are filled with poverty, crime and gangs. The Hollywood community could choose to uplift these neighborhoods by building studios and production offices and offering jobs to the locals. Have they done it? Hell, no. They avoid these areas like the plague.

Hollywood activists can give all the Oscar speeches they want, but the bottom line is they don’t give a you-know-what about trying to make this country a better place. They don’t. What they do care about is being seen as do-gooders and saviors of the world, or haven’t you noticed that all their left-leaning political films and all their fund-raising events always star themselves in leading roles? They need to be worshipped in order to hide from their own guilt.

Remember that movie Pay It Forward? In the book, the lead guy is a black man. In the movie, Kevin Spacey took the part without batting an eye. And Hollywood actors care about civil rights? Remember the Oscar-winning film Argo? It’s based on the real life story of Mexican-American CIA operative Tony Mendez. The film’s director, Ben Affleck, changed the part to a white man. He didn’t bat an eye either, in fact, he played the part himself.

Hollywood racism and selfishness cuts both ways. Samuel Jackson told Ebony magazine that the only reason he voted for aka Obama was because he was black. Spike Lee never misses a chance to get in his racist snipes. Oprah says old white people “just have to die.”

Look at Hollywood’s biggest activists: Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow. If their parents had not gotten them their start in the business and helped build their careers, they’d all be selling shoes at the local mall. They know it. We know it. And they know that we know it. They run from their own guilt by projecting it onto others. They care only about themselves. They reek of selfishness.

Aka Obama’s wealthiest supporters will never admit they were wrong, because their guilt and their massive, self-serving egos simply will not allow it.

Sliding down the economic scale, aka Obama’s next group of diehard supporters consists of millions of union members. They also possess an extreme sense of selfishness and are riddled with guilt. They know their salary demands are crippling and bankrupting the country, they know they don’t deserve the massive pensions and early retirement plans they’ve conned the government into giving them, but they don’t care. It’s all about them. Like their Hollywood counterparts, they project their guilt onto hard-working Americans by demanding more and more. They wouldn’t dare to admit they were wrong in voting a Marxist into the White House.

At the far end of the economic scale are the government entitlement moochers. They, too, know that they’re scamming the system. They, too, project their guilt onto others by demanding more and more free stuff. They, too, go through life with an extreme sense of selfishness. They’ve been so conditioned by mass media that most of them are unable to even think clearly anymore. They react like Pavlov dogs to whatever stimuli is thrown their way. Together with aka Obama’s union supporters, they epitomize the term “useful idiot.”

For anyone in any of these three groups to admit that they were wrong in their support of aka Obama would require them to take responsibility for their own guilty actions, to face up to their own selfish natures, and that’s too much for any of them to handle. So they continue to deny reality. Like alcoholics who refuse to admit they have a problem, they continue to live in a fantasy world in which everyone else is the problem.
They’re children who refuse to grow up. They’re addicts high on delusion and fantasy. They’re hurtling towards their won self-created destruction and taking the rest of America with them.

California department confronts $86 million IT bill for ‘nothing’

 

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Sacrament Bee: Another California state government technology project is in trouble, and this one needs $17.5 million right away or the state could be on the hook for five times that much and have nothing to show for it.

Lawmakers said this week that they want to hold hearings about the future of the BreEZe project over the next few months before they’ll authorize the money. On Friday the Department of Consumer Affairs, which is implementing the system, said the delay would trigger contractual obligations to vendor Accenture PLC totaling up to $86 million.

Those costs, in turn, could raise fees collected by Consumer Affairs, department spokesman Russ Hiemerich said. “We are still evaluating the potential ramifications,” he said.

Consumer Affairs runs 40 state entities – boards, bureaus and commissions – that do everything from licensing doctors to regulating guide-dog schools. The department annually processes about 350,000 first-time license applications and 1.2 million renewals.

Ten entities launched BreEZe in 2013 to replace their decades-old paper-based systems with a unifying online program that would streamline work and make applications and renewals more convenient for licensees.

It hasn’t worked out that way, however. A state audit this month found that the new system is less efficient, poorly planned and difficult to implement. The department has spent more than $37 million on BreEZe so far. In 2009, the department figured the whole project would cost $28 million.

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Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, mentioned BreEZe on Friday when she announced a bill that would require state departments to ask outside contract bidders whether they worked on other state projects that busted their budgets. Accenture is a case in point: The New York-based firm installed a glitch-prone computer system for CalPERS that cost double its original $279 million budget and launched two years late.

Consumer Affairs wants to part ways with Accenture at the end of the year and worked out a $17.5 million agreement to pay the company through December. Then the department would take the audit’s advice and reassess the project.

But when the Brown administration asked lawmakers to appropriate the money, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, tapped the brakes. The department, he wrote in a letter to Finance Director Michael Cohen, “has failed to provide adequate information necessary to inform the Legislature’s review and decision-making.” Several committees have hearing dates scheduled over the next few months that will provide “an opportunity to inform the decision-making process,” Leno said.

The delay, however, would invalidate Consumer Affairs’ agreement to cut ties to Accenture this year and allow the firm to bill roughly $2 million per month for 43 months, even if it no longer works on BreEZe.

“That in turn means the boards and bureaus may have to pay up to $86 million while getting nothing in return,” ”

Standard Operating Procedure for government agencies.

DCG

Crime Does Pay…Illegals With Three Kids Will Collect $35,000

Isn’t this just lovely.  Those of us who have worked hard and been good citizens all our lives, and have paid our taxes for the VERY FEW things the Constitution allows the Congress to spend our dollars on, are now being raped to support law breakers and invaders.  This is absolutely unconscionable.  Write your congress criminal and get a letter back that says nothing and makes no sense whatsoever.  Call them up and what do you get?  Pablum that is spewed from the mealy mouths of the so-called representative’s aides.

I certainly am not happy about the thousands we send to DC every year being spent in this fashion.  I know many Mexicans who have come to this country legally and they are not happy about this invasion either.  Where can I sign up to be an illegal and collect tax dollars of the working Americans?  And by the way, the amount of working Americans is dwindling every day.

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Posted on February 27, 2015 by Steven Ahle on DC Clothline

The old adage that says “Crime Doesn’t Pay” is no longer operable. Illegal aliens who have invaded the country will be the beneficiaries of your tax dollars once their work permits and Social Security cards are approved. The IRS in their infinite wisdom (My tongue is planted firmly in my cheek) has decided that illegal aliens will be able to collect a fortune from US taxpayers even though they haven’t paid a penny in taxes themselves. A family of three would be eligible for just over $35,000.

It’s bad enough that these criminals are allowed to stay here against duly passed and signed laws of the land because some American hating SOB in the White House decides to scrap the constitution and US law.

The IRS has determined that these illegal aliens can take advantage of both the Child Tax Credit (CTC) (1,000 per child) and the EITC. (Earned Income Tax Credit) A family with three children earning $22,000 per year would be eligible for the maximum amount of $35,521. Nice non work if you can find it. I wonder if I went to the immigration office, if they would let me apply for illegal status. Free money, free education, free housing, free abortions, free medical, free electricity, free food, free education. And now free tax refunds.

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote to Barry and objected to what they called amnesty bonuses:

“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it. By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness,” Sasse said in a statement at the time. “This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.”

Courtesy of Red Statements.

Stop being nice to America-destroying Left

Conservatives, including me, like to blame Obama for everything that’s wrong with America.

But the truth is he wouldn’t be in the White House, ignoring and bypassing Congress by signing more executive orders and memoranda than any U.S. president in history:

  • without MILLIONS of Americans voting him into power, twice!
  • without the willful complicity of the establishment media
  • without the gutless spineless Republicans, and
  • without the approval of MILLIONS of Americans (50% of adults, according to Gallup Poll, still!), despite or because of everything he’s done.

To quote 18th century French diplomat Count Joseph Marie Maistre (1763-1821), “Every nation has the government it deserves.”

In the following op/ed by Michael Cummings for Clash Daily, he perfectly articulates my sentiments.

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Tired of Losing: No More ‘Benefit of the Doubt’, Decorum for America-Destroying Leftists

Ben Shapiro, attorney, author of Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America, and Brietbart.com editor-at-large, said in a recent column:

“If someone calls you a racist, and you respond by stating that they are a reasonable human being with policy differences, you grant their premise: A reasonable person has called you a racist, which means it is reasonable to call you racist. You lose.”

I am tired of losing.

I am tired of giving people on the Left the benefit of the doubt. Is it not clear they do not mean well? Is it not clear they don’t want the same things as we? Is it not clear they do not wish to arrive at the same destination via a different path? These people are not on our side, and were I in Congress I would not call any member of the opposition party “My honorable friend” or “esteemed colleague.” Decorum be damned.

In the last week we’ve seen former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani get criticized on every news show over his statement that he didn’t think Barack Obama loves America. True Americans cheered as Giuliani didn’t back down when challenged over the days that followed. Even Scott Walker, when asked about what Rudy said of Obama, essentially said, “Ask Obama.” Well done, both of you.

We need more of this, more of calling these people out.

And why shouldn’t we? Barack Obama has done more damage to this country than any president or elected official. We need to tell the truth.

  • He and his perpetually angry wife criticized our country during the 2008 campaign.
  • He began his administration with a trip around the world to apologize for every wrongdoing he believes America has committed.
  • He destroyed the best health care system in the world.
  • He pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a gaping hole the Islamic State is only happy to fill with the blood and body parts of Jews, Christians, and not-the-right-kind-of-Muslims.
  • He traded five, high value terrorists for a proven Army deserter, some of whose fellow soldiers died looking for him.
  • He has spent more than all other presidents combined.
  • He vetoed a bipartisan bill that would allow the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, bringing more energy independence and jobs to our nation.
  • He pushed the FCC to treat the Internet as a public utility, paving the way not just for speed but content restriction.
  • He granted de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and set processes in place to provide them tax credits and Social Security.

We know how long this list could get.

Note: Cummings left out Obama abandoning 4 Americans to die in Benghazi; the IRS singling out conservatives for extra scrutiny; the NSA spying on our every email, phonecall, and credit transaction; targeting right-wing Americans as extremist terrorists; promoting sodomy as U.S. foreign policy; imposing gun control via banning bullets by executive action; and much much more. See our “The Obama Chronicles” page.

In every facet of our lives, Barack Obama and people like him on the Left want to control us — never asking if we want to be controlled nor checking with the Constitution on the legality of their actions. Free enterprise, health care, freedom of religion, free Internet, strong military — they destroy everything they touch. In protecting America or our allies from danger, these people have made it clear they want chaos to reign.

I don’t know what else to say other than this: I hate Barack Obama. You can’t call me racist because I hate Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, too. You can’t call me sexist because I hate Harry Reid and Dick Durbin. You can’t call me anti-pervert because I hate Joe Biden.

Do I hate these people personally? No. How could I? I know none of them. But I hate anyone who becomes part of the 1% off the freedoms of the best country this world will ever know, but with every breath they take seek to fundamentally transform it.

Do I hate these people more than the Islamic State? No, but I hold them responsible for the bloodshed painting the entire Middle East.

My hatred is bipartisan. You would like to think that since, for the moment, we still have elections, we could vote these people out and put in place principled and courageous leaders who will keep their multiple and fervent promises to stop Obama. And in 2010 and 2014 we set decades old records in political power shifting by handing Republicans the keys to Congress. Since then, Republicans have taken impeachment and funding (shutdowns) off the table. Please tell me where our negotiating power resides other than at the bottom of the pit in the movie “300.” Save for a few, patriotic stalwarts, I hate the Republicans too.

But I love God, Jesus, and the American people, and with faith in all of these I remain optimistic that while we’re in a really dark part of history, we will see the light.

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

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~Éowyn

Dock Workers Strike

The choking of the US supply-chain has officially begun, when as the LA Times reported “West Coast ports – including the nation’s busiest in Los Angeles and Long Beach – have partially shut down for four days as shipping companies plan to dramatically slash dock work amid an increasingly contentious labor dispute.”

Terminal operators and shipping lines said that they would stop the unloading of ships beginning Thursday, Lincoln’s Birthday, leading up to Presidents Day on Monday, which are holidays for the workers. Terminal operators and shipping lines say they don’t want to pay overtime to workers who, they allege, have deliberately slowed operations to the point of causing a massive bottleneck. 

Work delays and stoppages over the past three months have caused mounting problems for Bay Area importers and small-business owners, who say they are losing money as trucks line up daily outside the Port of Oakland waiting for container ships anchored in San Francisco Bay to unload.

The economic fallout of a port shutdown is challenging to measure and depends heavily on the technique of analysis. Economic impact studies of West Coast port shutdowns have yielded loss estimates as high as $2bn per day.

What could go wrong?

So the bottom line is that nobody really knows what will happen if the “partial” stoppage becomes a permanent one, as dockworkers try lever their influence on the US economy but it is safe to say that the final outcome will be somewhere between the “catastrophic” devastation for the economy which the retail industry predicts or an economic recession, if only temporary.

One thing, however, about which there is no doubt at all, is the unprecedented congestion that has slammed the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor: that is very much real, as can be seen on the series of photos below.

All of these giant container ships anchored are anchored offshore:

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Cargo ships have been backed up for weeks on end at the ports of LA and Long Beach amid a labor dispute.The size of these ships blows the mind; many of them are over a thousand feet long.

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Cargoes from around the world are backed up right now.

CARGO SHIP 3 VIEW FROM PLANE

I’ve never seen ANYTHING like this, even rush hour at the 405 doesn’t look so bad.Colorful and massive, this ship is over 1000 feet  from end to end.

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From this angle, the scale and size of the city and ships becomes quickly apparent.

SCALE AND SIZE OF THE CITY

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BACKED UP TRUCKS

And trucks are backed up waiting to load cargo containers.

Finally keep in mind that to many economists, or at least those who realize that the US economy is in a far worse shape than what official government data represents, an “exogenous” event like a West Coast port strike, just like a “Polar Vortex” is precisely what the doctor ordered.

After all, what better scapegoat for the lack of growth than a few thousand dockworkers who are merely leveraging capitalism as much as they can… even if it means shutting down key US economic supply-chains in the process.

I’ve already noticed problems in our local grocery stores, I wonder how long it will be until everyone else does as well.

-Kelleigh

Washington State spends millions on convicted teachers retirements

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King5.com: In Washington, public employees who commit a crime don’t lose their taxpayer guaranteed retirements, and teachers can earn the right to a lifetime retirement after working for as little as five years.

KING 5 asked the state for a list of all the teachers who have had their Washington teaching license revoked and compared that list to a list of all the public employees receiving a pension.

The state has multiple retirement plans for teachers. Two of them would be considered a traditional pension plan, the third includes a private component. KING 5 only focused on the first two.

That led to a list of 22 teachers, most who had been convicted of crimes against children, who together have received about $5.1 million above their own retirement contributions, interest included as of the end of 2014.

That’s about $236,027.95 on average per person.

The list includes people like Norman Standley, David Lloyd Anderson, William Pickerel, Ruben Carrera, Alfredo Castillo and Ande Strittmatter, who were all found guilty of child molestation, Larry Pierson who was found guilty of assault with sexual motivation, Craig Figley who is serving a life sentence for molesting children and Christopher Loftus who was convicted of child rape.

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In one specific example, KING 5 looked at the records for Laurence “Shayne” Hill. Hill was convicted on multiple counts of child molestation in King County in 2005 after he admitted to molesting his 10-year-old and 11-year-old students.

By the end of last year, Hill had received about $334,471.03 from the state retirement system; just over $208,568.16 was money above and beyond what Hill contributed into his own retirement, interest included.

“What! It’s that gut reaction of, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ This person is in prison for this and they are receiving several thousand dollars a month? What?!” exclaimed Anne Marie Gurney, a researcher with the Freedom Foundation, a conservative policy group in Washington state.

Gurney contacted KING 5 with concerns about the state’s pension laws. “To a certain degree, we need to protect our taxpayers,” Gurney said.

At least 25 states, including Alaska, California, and Arizona, have pension forfeiture laws, in other words public employees and/or elected officials convicted of a crime lose at least some aspect of their taxpayer funded retirements. Washington does not have a pension forfeiture law.

“I really think that probably it has never really come to the surface,” said State Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor. Bailey is the chair of the Select Committee on Pension Policy.

“I would agree, you know some things are so egregious you really can’t understand how these things can happen,” Bailey said regarding teachers who have committed crimes against children and are still receiving a pension.

Bailey said she’d consider whether public employees who commit a crime should be required to forfeit a portion of their pension, for instance to help pay for incarceration costs. “I think that is only fair, and I think taxpayers would agree,” Bailey said.

Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane, said he would be open to considering some kind of pension forfeiture law for future hires, but he would want to make sure whatever penalty was imposed only negatively impacted the person who committed the crime and not his or her dependents.

“I would fight it,” said Kit Raney, President of the Washington Teacher’s Association-Retired. She represents the interests of retired teachers. “So, this is just pure noise and a non-issue as far as I’m concerned,” Raney said.

Raney said she doesn’t believe teachers should lose their pensions under any circumstance. “If a worker commits a crime, it is handled by the legal system. The trial, the conviction is part of the legal system. It is totally separate from the pension system, which they contributed to and earned throughout their career. It’s apples and oranges,” Raney said. Raney accused the Freedom Foundation of being anti-teacher and anti-pension.

Gurney said the issue is not teachers or their pensions, but creating the legal room for taxpayers to have a choice. “I think taxpayers should have a choice if they are going to fund the pension of hardened criminals,” Gurney said.

Any new legislation would be met with by lot of resistance.

For now, Senator Bailey said she’s studying her options and the earliest she would propose a bill would be next year.

DCG

Brooklyn DA treats detectives like personal errand boys

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NY Post: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson orders detectives on his security detail to pick up his meals and dry cleaning and do other menial chores — and if they refuse, they’re assigned to dead-end cases, current and former law-enforcement sources charge.

Thompson has already reassigned 15 members from the detail, which consists mostly of DA Squad investigators — a team of highly skilled detectives, many former NYPD, who would normally probe organized crime, narcotics, cold-case homicides and other vital cases, sources told The Post.

But many of these gumshoes were put on Thompson’s personal security squad, including an ­“advance team” that scopes out venues before the Democratic district attorney arrives.

“He thinks he’s the president,” one source said. “Before he goes to any event, he has two guys scout to make sure it’s safe. ­Instead, they could be working on cases.”

Another source with knowledge of the office corroborated this tale. “He’s a psychopath,” the source said. “There is no DA I know of in the state who has his own ­advance team.”

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The detectives — whose pay starts at $41,000 and can reach the mid-$70,000 range, not counting overtime — have become high-priced, 24-hour errand boys, multiple sources told The Post. Detectives are sometimes expected to pay for, pick up and ­deliver takeout food to the Thompson family. “Some of them haven’t been reimbursed,” one source said. “They’re afraid to push the issue.”

Thompson also tasks investigators with taking out the trash at his $1.6 million Clinton Hill brownstone. “The DA and his family members open the front door of their home and leave the garbage on the step of their brownstone,” a source said. “The investigator is expected to take the garbage to the curb.”

Any detail member with the temerity to question the prosecutor’s flamboyance gets bounced, according to multiple sources. One detective was booted for asking, “Who paid for all this?” at Thompson’s elaborate February 2014 inauguration, which drew 800 people to Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Contacted by The Post, John Fleming, president of the Detective Investigators Association, insisted his office would probe the claims. “We will address this issue,” he said. “If our detectives feel their rights are being violated, we’ll help them in any way we can.”

A spokeswoman for the DA’s ­Office said Thompson has an “advance man — not a team — and this is in keeping with security protocol.” She did not address claims that investigators were ­reassigned or transferred, but ­denied that they ran errands.

Thompson, a former federal prosecutor and defense attorney best known for representing the Manhattan hotel maid who accused French statesman Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, also fancies himself a ­“superstar.” A Black History Month display at the DA’s Office in Downtown Brooklyn shows Thompson’s picture framed by a big star — as big as President Obama’s photo on the wall, and much bigger than most other luminaries.

thompsonAt the 2014 office Christmas party, the imperious prosecutor demanded royal treatment and rolled out a red carpet for his entrance at The Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn. Office also had a time slot for taking a photo with Thompson on the carpet, sources say. “He wanted to walk in on a red carpet, so he had one set up,” one source said. “He thinks he’s King Tut.”

Thompson won’t even take the office elevator at work. Instead, he uses the freight lift, current and former employees told The Post.

And he’s also working to erase every last trace of his predecessor, former DA Charles Hynes. At the office’s Family Justice Center, Thompson removed a photo of a young Hynes with his mother, a victim of domestic violence to whom the center was dedicated.

In December 2013, The Post reported that Thompson ordered staff to replace the toilet seat in the DA’s private bathroom before he took the reins. “It’s funny when you can get to where you’ve been trying to go for a while, and then you can’t even be gracious about it,” one local ­official said.

DCG