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.



Trump Promises Stuff Again

April 23, 2017

This Wednesday is a day of great consequence in Donald Trump’s mind. It is the day – he announced Friday – on which he would unveil his magnificent, biggest ever, tax plan. Sadly, his staff and the grunts at Treasury, who would have to actually write the program, were caught off guard by Trump’s impetuous grandiosity. […]

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Really? 4.12.17 Trump, Carson, & DeVos Do What’s in Their Nature.

April 12, 2017

Appetizer. Ben Carson was concluding a visit to Miami’s Courtside Family Apartments when he got stuck in an elevator for 20 minutes. Let the headlines write themselves. Trump’s core principle is to have no core principles. Donald Trump is ‘unpredictable’ in his own words. He says that it is an advantage in negotiations. Others say that it […]

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Trump: The Welfare Emperor Picks the People’s Pockets.

March 26, 2017

Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron’s school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting as a thoughtful father – who […]

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Trumpcare: A Failure So Big, the Finger Pointing Will Be Epic.

March 25, 2017

On Thursday, when it became apparent that there weren’t enough votes to pass Trumpcare, Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent, petulant toddler told Congress to hold its stupid healthcare vote anyway and see if he cared. Then he washed his hands of the responsibility and said he never wanted to do it, it was dumb, and besides it […]

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Really? 1.1.17 The Gun Follies Continue – And People Still Die.

January 1, 2017

She’ll never see six. Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized […]

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Really? 11.27.16 – Evangelical Is Just a Fancy Way of Saying Hypocrite.

November 27, 2016

Louisiana GOPer sexts 17 year-old-boy. “I’m not gay” – so claims Mike Yenni, Parish President of Jefferson Parish, LA. Which raises the question: Why was he sexting a teen boy? Why did he kiss him in a mall bathroom? And why buy him underwear as a gift? Now his wife, Michelle Swanner, has announced – after praying […]

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Evangelicals Elect an Unholy Man.

November 11, 2016

When I was a boy, I went to schools that were unmistakably Christian. As it was in England, where parents think their children are vaguely criminal and too rambunctious to have underfoot, I was sent away to a low-security detention facility at the age of eight. A place called, in British private educational parlance, a ‘boarding school’. The authorities […]

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The ‘War on Halloween’ & Some Other Evangelical Nonsense.

October 31, 2016

Pat Robertson’s ‘War on Halloween’. Every holiday season it’s the same. First ‘Christians’ claim there is a ‘War on Christmas’ – and then they mount a ‘War on Halloween’. In that conflict, there is no more dauntless warrior than the venerable Pat Robertson. His biography is stained with failure, yet he clings to the absurdity that trick or […]

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