Millionaire Palin And Billioniare Trump Beg Gullible Supporters To Pay For Sarah’s Travel Costs

If you’ve ever noticed how Donald Trump brags more about how much money he’s made than how much he’s given away, that’s because he’s notoriously uncharitable. Apparently that same level of pennypinching applies to the people who come out to endorse him – even conservative celebrity Sarah Palin.

According to a new fundraising email sent from Sarah Palin’s controversial Political Action Committee (SarahPAC), Palin needs her supporters to break out their checkbooks and give as much as they can to the one time vice presidential candidate so she can attend “political events to support endorsed candidates” like Trump. The email, captured by Politico reporter Ken Vogel shamelessly tells Palin’s loyal fans to visit the PAC’s website to “[contribute] what you can” because Palin “went all in for Donald Trump.”

As bizarre as it is for Trump to not offer to cover travel expenses for his new best friend and political ally, it’s downright offensive to suggest Palin herself can’t afford to pay her own way, either. This is the same person, after all, who recently put her $2.5 million Arizona mansion on the market. She’s also the person who quit her job as governor in order to cash in on a book deal and a Fox News gig that earned her around $12 million. She may not be Donald Trump rich, but she’s wealthy enough to buy a ticket or two from Travelocity.

Longtime followers of Sarah Palin’s grift machine won’t be surprised by this latest moneygrab. SarahPAC has consistently operated like a personal bank account for Palin. The millions of dollars pulled in by gullible conservatives rarely go to meaningful political campaigns. Instead, the “fiscal conservative” uses the money to fund her lifestyle and promote her brand.

As political watchdog group Open Secrets noted in 2014:

What did SarahPAC spend most of its money on, then, in the third quarter? Many of the same consultants she has used all along — for speechwriting, fundraising, logistics and research. There’s even someone paid to consult on “coalitions.” Travel, presumably for Palin, is part of the equation; a PAC like this is useful for keeping a high profile nationally without having to pay those pesky airline and hotel tabs out of personal funds. And the PAC sent $10,885 to HarperCollins — publisher of all three of Palin’s books — for “books for donor fulfillment.” That wasn’t the only book purchase by the committee: A lump sum of $13,000 was listed as being spent for “lodging, SUV rental, books for donors.”

In other words, Palin’s SuperPAC is designed exclusively to (legally) steal money from conservatives hoping to get involved in the political process. Instead of using that money to fulfill her commitment, she spends it on “SUV rentals” and buying her own book in bulk to boost her sales. Now she says she needs more to keep up with Trump’s traveling circus.

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12 Roman Fountains That Will Encourage You to Hop on a Flight to Italy

My favorite Roman fountain is tiny, just a lion’s head set in the old city wall along the Via Garibaldi as it rises up and out of the Trastevere district. A recent trip had me staying close by, and I visited frequently: the water, liquid crystal, was cool and sweet. I always drank deeply, pleased my connoisseurship was validated by locals who’d often join me to fill a jug or cup a hand.

Tranquil as the scene was, I was surprised to learn that it’s been rough waters lately for Rome. The Eternal City has more than 2,000 fountains—more than any other metropolis worldwide, a distinction that comes with its fair share of headaches. Hundreds are in need of repair. And an increasing number of tourists have flouted propriety—and laws—by swimming in them, much to the horror of locals.

And then there’s Rome’s most famous water feature, the Trevi Fountain, which sat dry behind scuffed Plexiglas barriers for months as an overdue renovation stretched on and on—much to the delight of a suddenly liberated colony of rats.

But all those coins tourists toss—and a gift of 2 million euros from fashion label Fendi—have finally bought some luck: the Trevi Fountain reopened in grand style last fall, and the mayor committed 50,000 euros to restoring 50 more of the city’s most beloved fountains this past summer.

Given what Rome’s fountains represent, though, 50,000 euros is, well, a drop in the bucket. Indeed, scholars argue that Rome could never have achieved the wealth and prominence it did without its extraordinary water system. Initially, this water came from wells throughout the city and even the Tiber River, but as the population grew, the need for water increased, and in 312 BC, the first of Rome’s many famous aqueducts was constructed. Subsequent ones bore water to Rome from sources far and wide, including the Alban Hills, a volcanic formation miles out of town.

Incredibly, some of these ancient aqueducts are still in use. The Trevi Fountain, for example, is fed by the Aqua Virgo, which dates from 19 BC. The grand Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, high on Janiculum Hill, draws its water from a route first established in 109 AD.

The Fontana dell’Acqua Paola is more commonly known as Il Fontanone, or “the Big Fountain.” One day, after climbing the Janiculum Hill in the hot sun, I briefly dangled my tired feet in the cool waters of its tempting semicircle basin before two extremely angry (and stylish) Italian motorcycle policemen roared up and ordered me and a dozen other tourists to get out of the water. (Understand: this was no Anita Ekberg moment; we weren’t swimming.)

But they were insistent and the fines are serious, so we dried off and left. A few hundred steep meters down the hill I consoled myself with a drink from my little lion fountain: sweet as ever.

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