July 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace.

Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is leaving town. (Although I doubt he’ll hang around)

Perhaps a new poll revealing that only 13% of Americans support the ‘repeal only’ option may have weighed on his thinking. (h/t The Hill)

Trump whines.

Trump admitted to the New York Times that he would never have hired Jeff Sessions if he had known that Sessions would bail on the Russian investigation. Saying, “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.” In his inimitable ‘woe is me’ style he characterized Sessions’ actions as “very unfair to the president.”

It doesn’t occur to the whiner-in-chief that his complaint is tantamount to a confession that there is some there, there. Something he was relying on Sessions to cover up. (h/t NYT)

Jeff Sessions, pirate.

In America, a man is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The Constitution builds in protections against unreasonable bail, cruel and unusual punishment, self-incrimination and double jeopardy. The law requires that criminal defendants get a lawyer and that suspects be read their rights. But there is one exception to the protections afforded citizens before a trial – asset forfeiture.

Supposedly this is to prevent wealthy drug dealers and organized crime families from using the proceeds of criminal activity to pay for their defense. A noble goal. But give the government an unfettered opportunity to take money and it will – with giddy enthusiasm.

Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s AG, had restricted the federal government’s ability to take and share the loot with state authorities – circumventing sometimes tougher state laws on asset forfeiture. Jeff Sessions thought this that was absurd and announced that henceforth the Feds would be back in the business of taking the citizen’s possessions without benefit of due process. (h/t AP)

Donald Trump is an optimist.

Trump is known for dismissing polls he doesn’t like and embracing those he does. So when the most recent Washington Post/ABC News poll revealed he had a 36% approval rating it was unsurprising he tweeted that the pollster “was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!”. But he embraced the result anyway saying, “even though almost 40% is not bad at this time”.

His enthusiasm with low numbers extended to his analysis of the Senate’s aborted run at healthcare reform. He again blamed the Democrats – even though he didn’t need their votes for passage – and celebrated that, if only Republicans voted – it would have passed 48-4. There was no estimate on the vote tally if only brunettes voted. And we’ll have to take his word only 4 GOPers would have voted against the GOP’s attempt to strip millions of healthcare.

 

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Really? 7.16.17 Raw courage; Pirro Goes to Hell; A Controversial Doctor

July 16, 2017

Courage uncovered. In a country where half the population seems to live in an existential dread of terrorists, foreigners, atheists, minorities, gays, and the Clintons, it is good to see there is one group whose courage is laid bare. I speak of nudists. I suspect that the courage to reveal all goes hand in hand […]

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Is Trump the New JFK? A Contrarian’s Point of View.

July 16, 2017

The following article was published in The Sunday Times of London. The author is Niall Ferguson. A noted contrarian. He will have a go. ************************************************************* It is much worse than you thought. Not only have members of the president’s immediate family been secretly talking to Russia. I can also reveal that the president is a […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Reveals the Downside to Monarchy.

July 14, 2017

You can give a man an education, put him in a good suit, and give him a decent haircut – but you can’t make him smart. Take Donald Trump Jr. A product of the Ivy League – and dressed like a “Wall Street” extra – he was given the tools to be a success – except […]

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Trump Proves His Love for Putin is Steady at the G-20.

July 8, 2017

How do you sum up Donald Trump’s G-20 meetings? Let’s just say that in one session Ivanka Trump took his place and it made no difference. It did, however, raise the question: Why her? Didn’t we have a Secretary of State, or some other qualified person, available? Substituting your kid when you need a break […]

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Trump and His 140 Character Fool’s Gold.

July 6, 2017

Donald Trump was in Poland being lauded by the best crowds money can buy. Now he’s in Germany where freedom permits a more honest critique. So be it. At least he’s away. And there will be fewer tweets – at least fewer of the ad hominem flavor he so enjoys. So let’s enjoy this moment of […]

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How Trump Reacts to Slights – a FAKE NEWS Story

July 1, 2017

Donald Trump has spent his life fighting against scurrilous attacks by lesser beings envious of his success and jealous of his achievements. Many thought he would bring his swaggering, pugnacious style to Washington. His sycophants swore he would. His White House apology squad promises he will. And even his wife’s publicist has put words of war […]

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