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#302 Jul 31 2017 at 9:19 PM Rating: Good
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But we conservatives mocked Barack Obama’s failure to deliver on his pledge to change the tone in Washington even as we worked to assist with that failure. It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our No. 1 priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president—the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime.
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To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.
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If by 2017 the conservative bargain was to go along for the very bumpy ride because with congressional hegemony and the White House we had the numbers to achieve some long-held policy goals—even as we put at risk our institutions and our values—then it was a very real question whether any such policy victories wouldn’t be Pyrrhic ones. If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?
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Even as our own government was documenting a concerted attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax. Conduct that would have had conservatives up in arms had it been exhibited by our political opponents now had us dumbstruck.
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We have taken our “institutions conducive to freedom,” as Goldwater put it, for granted as we have engaged in one of the more reckless periods of politics in our history. In 2017, we seem to have lost our appreciation for just how hard won and vulnerable those institutions are.
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#304 Aug 01 2017 at 7:19 AM Rating: Good
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In 2017, we seem to have lost our appreciation for just how hard won and vulnerable those institutions are.
Why is it taking these half-wits hindsight to recognize what most people realized the second the obstructionist politics began? Rhetorical question, I know I answered it.

For the Mooch.

Edited, Aug 1st 2017 2:18pm by lolgaxe
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#305 Aug 01 2017 at 12:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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If Senator Flake (and that is such an appropriate name for a man who is, by all accounts, not exceptionally bright) were sincere, perhaps he would not have voted for Trump's agenda 95% of the time.

If this is a new epiphany he's had, well, all I can say is that it took him long enough.
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He's a conservative and so he's going to vote with the conservative establishment most of the time. He seems more dismayed about the process in general than the votes.

On the other hand, he also said that they shouldn't pass a healthcare bill that was created in a rush in secret... and then voted for the "skinny repeal" bill so don't mistake me for really defending the guy.

Edited, Aug 1st 2017 3:25pm by Jophiel
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The hits keep on coming for The Mooch. When he sold his company, he planned to take advantage of a provision in the tax code that allowed him to avoid paying taxes as a new federal employee divesting himself of conflicts of interest. But now he's not a federal employee and will owe millions of dollars in taxes from the sale.
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#309 Aug 01 2017 at 5:22 PM Rating: Good
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Annnd Scaramucci has been removed. That took, what? A week?

Go meet your new son, you weirdo.


Ten days. I know because it made headline news here, for some ******* reason. I'm also now acquainted with his appearance, which reminded me strongly of Agent Smith.

At least I didn't bother to remember his name. I'm up a few seconds and a couple of neurons on this deal.
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#310 Aug 02 2017 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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But now he's not a federal employee and will owe millions of dollars in taxes from the sale.
I was joking about his dying on the way back to his planet.
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Ten days.
Amusingly, August 15 was the official start day of the job he lost.
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#311 Aug 02 2017 at 9:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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Amusingly, August 15 was the official start day of the job he lost.
Hopefully someone told HR or it's going to be an awkward morning for the person planning his orientation tour.


Edited, Aug 2nd 2017 8:48am by someproteinguy
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#312 Aug 02 2017 at 10:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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It's a special skill, getting fired two weeks before your official first day. It's not a particularly useful skill, but it is special.

I notice General Kelly is being very circumspect, at least in public, at least until he gets his first paycheck.
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#313 Aug 02 2017 at 11:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Partially-related: Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to be a hit with the pro-Trump crowd. We'll see how long it is before she flames out, but he's roused the base at least.
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#314 Aug 02 2017 at 11:35 AM Rating: Decent
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It's the permanent "get out of my country" look on her face that they like.
#315 Aug 02 2017 at 11:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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She gives off a "just follow the apple pictures around down the hill and you'll see the U-pick field by the river" vibe in my mind.
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#316 Aug 03 2017 at 6:26 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
The hits keep on coming for The Mooch. When he sold his company, he planned to take advantage of a provision in the tax code that allowed him to avoid paying taxes as a new federal employee divesting himself of conflicts of interest. But now he's not a federal employee and will owe millions of dollars in taxes from the sale.


Shouldn't he still get that provision? I mean he did divest in anticipation of removing conflicts of interest. We want members of gov't to do this more not less, right?
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We want members of gov't to do this more not less, right?
We'd also like them to stick around for more than negative two weeks.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 3:54pm by lolgaxe
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Shouldn't he still get that provision? I mean he did divest in anticipation of removing conflicts of interest. We want members of gov't to do this more not less, right?

I'm not the IRS so don't ask me. From Lolgaxe's description it sounds as though he was never actually a federal employee so that may be the issue versus someone who was fired from a job they actually held for ten days.

In other news, a bipartisan bill is brewing in the Senate that would make it much more difficult for Trump to fire Mueller. Basically, if Mueller was fired, it would go to a three judge panel to decide if it was warranted or not.
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And back to Scaramucci one last time, he's going to hold an online event tomorrow in case you're so incredibly bored that you care to hear some guy talk about why he got preemptively fired for being a dick.

He's doing it with some former Fox News guy because The Mooch is too good for a Reddit AMA.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 9:07am by Jophiel
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#320 Aug 03 2017 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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Is he going to tell us that he wasn't really fired but decided to sign on to the Miami Heat instead of staying with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers?

Lebron James, ESPN's "The Decision." Yes, I know: If you have to explain a joke then it isn't very good yadda yadda.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 3:53pm by lolgaxe
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#321 Aug 03 2017 at 9:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm hoping for an intelligible rant. Maybe something about wikileaks thrown in randomly for spice.
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#322 Aug 03 2017 at 1:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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He canceled the event in order to spend less time with his family.

Hey, how embarrassing are those phone transcripts? Worth a read?
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#323 Aug 03 2017 at 1:49 PM Rating: Good
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Trying to dictate what Nieto, another World Leader, can and cannot say to the rest of the world about his own campaign promises about who would be paying for his see-through aesthetically pleasing solar energy generating wall probably won't do wonders for his polling numbers.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 3:52pm by lolgaxe
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#324 Aug 03 2017 at 1:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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I liked these two:

Trump wrote:
I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.


Trump wrote:
What is the thing with boats? Why do you discriminate against boats?


I dunno, more or less the stuff seems to be pretty meh to me. A lot of it we've heard before from people reporting what he said. He's not any better with words in private, so lots of blunt, awkward, or crudely worded comments. At least that's what seems to be making headlines. Who knows what sticks though, and anyone left supporting him at this point isn't going to stop doing so because of something he said. They'll just jump on his bandwagon even harder. Smiley: rolleyes

Smiley: twocents

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 1:02pm by someproteinguy
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#325 Aug 03 2017 at 2:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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And now it seems Mueller has convened a grand jury. Interesting.
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But his investigation was a huge dud and turned up nothing!

He also added another criminal prosecutor to his team the other day.
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#327 Aug 04 2017 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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someproteinguy wrote:
He's not any better with words in private, so lots of blunt, awkward, or crudely worded comments.
That can't be right. We were assured that he knows words. He has the best words.
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#328 Aug 04 2017 at 10:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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He's not any better with words in private, so lots of blunt, awkward, or crudely worded comments.
That can't be right. We were assured that he knows words. He has the best words.
Maybe he just doesn't use them often, you know part of "art of the deal" stuff we keep hearing about. Someone said he was good at that. Telling foreign leaders what they can and can't say must be part of it.

Edited, Aug 4th 2017 9:20am by someproteinguy
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The Hill wrote:
Former defense attorney and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett called grand juries an "undemocratic farce" on Thursday, just one day after writing an op-ed asking why a grand jury had not been impaneled for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.
lulz

Also, Murkowski got to assign the Senate pro forma sessions designed to deny Trump any recess appointments while Congress is at the beach for the next month.
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#330 Aug 04 2017 at 2:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Congress is at the beach


Oh, there's a visual I could have lived without.


Edited, Aug 4th 2017 1:28pm by Samira
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Samira wrote:
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Congress is at the beach


Oh, there's a visual I could have lived without.

Here's to making it worse: they'll be staying at Chris Christie's beachhouse.
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#332 Aug 07 2017 at 7:18 AM Rating: Good
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Come on, they need two weeks off from sitting there and not getting anything done.
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The vacation is really for those hard working lobbyists. They need to go back to their employers and get a bunch more of those big sacks with "$" printed on them, fill them with money, and then bring them back to D.C.
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Senator Johnson (R-WI) says that McCain probably voted against the "skinny repeal" bill because of his brain tumor. Not in a "Having a major life threatening illness shaped McCain's opinions about the accessibility of affordable medical care" way, of course. He means it in the "McCain only voted like he did because his brain is damaged" way.
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At 62 he's just new to the retirement village and hoping to nab McCain's chair in the rec room when they ship him off to a hospice center.

Old people... Smiley: oyvey
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Guess they should have thought about that whole preexisting condition thing before clearing him to vote.

So a Coast Guard, Air Force, and Three Army active-duty soldiers walk into a bar are suing the administration over the possible-and-not-even-policy transgender ban tweet.

Edited, Aug 9th 2017 2:07pm by lolgaxe
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Giant inflatable chicken spotted near White House.

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Should have it fight the giant inflatable duck. You can't have multiple giant monsters roaming around the world without some kind of deathmatch happening.
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McCain feeling zen
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Aaaannnddd... the giant chicken is one of those meme things now.

Kids these days.

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No doubt they'd have liked for him to die like a month ago.
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#343 Aug 10 2017 at 11:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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Maybe between the votes on Monday and Thursday.
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Aaaannnddd... the giant chicken is one of those meme things now.
He should fight the wacky inflatable wavy arm tube guy. Smiley: thumbsup

True to form, Fearless Leader of Pottsylvania has decided to lay all the blame for not making any progress on that amazing most bestest panacea repeal and replacement thing on that turtle from Looney Toons, Mitch McConnell. Kind of expected, considering the man regularly blamed anyone else for his own failing businesses.
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Kind of expected, considering the man regularly blamed anyone else for his own failing businesses.
The fact the book was named the "art"of the deal not the "logic" of the deal is pretty telling. You can only get so far by painting mustaches on pictures of your rivals
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You know who else a failed artist...
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A thought that crossed some minds up here in Canada:

Is the news/soundbites/twitter daily barrage of the Trump presidency really the meat of what is going on, or is it the distraction to keep attention from deeper/other machinations?

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A thought that crossed some minds up here in Canada:

Is the news/soundbites/twitter daily barrage of the Trump presidency really the meat of what is going on, or is it the distraction to keep attention from deeper/other machinations?


Pretty much all those tweets he sends out for the media to play with are there to distract.

Talking about Russia too much? "Trans folk cost the military too much money, no more!" Watch the media go into panic mode, sit back and relax for a few days.
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Pretty much. Although I think people tend to put too much stock in the "3D Chess!" theories. We'd rather comfort ourselves by thinking that we're being manipulated by a master plan than come to terms with chaos at the upper tiers of government.

I don't worry too much about the tweets. Trump can tweet and people can flip out one way or the other so long as Mueller and his band of lawyers are doing their job.
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snailish wrote:
Is the news/soundbites/twitter daily barrage of the presidency really the meat of what is going on, or is it the distraction to keep attention from deeper/other machinations?
They're not the meat, but they're not really all that distracting either.
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Well the World now knows how Trump feels about ****'s. Ne confirmed that yesterday's statement wasn't what he wanted to say.

If he had his way last Saturday, I think he would have defended the Alt-Right and put all the blame on the left.
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