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1  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 12:21:27 PM
There could be NOTHING to this

On a burger.

Likely, very likely.

There could be nothing to this kidcarter8.  Only absolute certainty here is that you want there to be nothing to this.

And we all know that the FBI is capable of pursuing cases that have no merit ie. Hillary Clinton (and I bet you were front and center pimping the overstuffed stories on her when that was happening.)

But there are an awful lot of threads to these investigations.  While it could be “likely” that just one leads to nothing (even “very likely”) the volume of them added to the info that is public knowledge would lead an impartial person (I can guess) to come to the conclusion that it is “very likely” that there is some criminality here.   And if pulling on just one of these many threads finds purchase, Trumpworld falls apart.

Mostly, I pointed to the story because if true it goes a long way to explaining what is the most puzzling aspect to all this; Republicans committing electoral suicide to shield a guy from inquiry when (in theory) they don’t have any idea if he is guilty or not (with current knowns pointing to it being a strong possibility.)  Republicans are liars and dealers who put their politics above country, sure.  But in order to sacrifice themselves for a historically unpopular headache who may have committed treason?  To my eye, that can’t be explained by what we know.
2  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 10:47:03 AM
To file under "The Russia Thing is Over":

I've speculated here that the Republican Congress' all-in complicity in the Trump-Russia cover-up (while there may not be much to cover up, they sure are behaving like it) could not be explained by shared policy preferences alone.  Pence could do the same job signing bills Congress puts in front of him at least as well, and standing up to Trump at least a little could significantly stem the bleeding in 2018.  

My guess was some connection between the RNC and the Trump Campaign's scheming that senior Republican leaders knew about.  And we already know that Mueller is looking at that connection.  Now there is this:

FBI Investigating Whether Russian Money Went To NRA To Help Trump

ttp://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article195231139.html

Whatever Republicans would do in congress to shield corruption in the RNC, they would do tenfold to shield the NRA.  There could be more to this.

BTW, that Alexander Torshin fellow is a real character.  Convicted of money laundering and known links to Russian mobsters, figures the NRA would welcome him with open arms.  Also no surprise he has had at least one contact with Donald Trump Jr.



3  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 10:38:19 AM
I've been thinking more about Trump's exam and the MoCa.

I've seen it administered twice - a pretty small sample size, but in one of those cases, the doctor tested and found the patient to be fine, to have no signs of dementia. She'd noted that she'd had a recent propensity to struggle in finding words. He replied that anybody using propensity was not somebody he was worried about.

He was wrong. He was fooled by her, even without her trying to. Her grad school prof was fooled by her, too, until near the end of the term of her writing class.




But in Trump's case, the doctor wasn't planning on administering a test and only did it because Trump requested it.

The MoCa's specifics have been available on the internet for years. How hard would it have been for Trump (or a top aide) to have downloaded a copy of it for him to look at in advance, to aid his preparedness for taking it after requesting a test?

And how like him does that sound?

Very like him. 

Would have been suspicious to the Dr. (should have been suspicious) if Trump asked for the test by name, but its possible the plan for the physical exam was gone over beforehand, which yes, would have given Trump's aides time to prep for it.

Its an interesting theory.  I'm ok with thinking that senility isn't the explanation for his behavior.  He could just be a moron. 
4  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: Today at 10:34:20 AM
Your point is probably that under the Trump system that family never comes to the US

I don't dispute that.

By the way - you shouldn't make a habit of hijacking someone else's thread.  Better to allow for one v ones.

Utter horseshit.  It's an open forum.  Anyone can chime in.  And I welcome NA's input, especially since obligations called me away and I was tired of the topic anyway.
Guess NA had a similar lame excuse.

What is it that you wrote that you think merited a response?
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 05:36:48 PM
Per today's announcement from Apple:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/few-large-companies-say-theyll-use-tax-savings-to-boost-wages-cnbc-survey-finds.html

Only 9 companies in the S&P 100 contacted by CNBC said they have specific plans to use some of the money saved from the corporate tax cuts to boost worker pay or invest in facilities or charitable causes.
What does that to do with Apple’s announcement?

This is hilarious.  As the rationale you supported for the Trump Tax Cut falls apart, you deny that you ever supported that rationale, when there is evidence to the contrary on this forum posted all of 3 hours ago.
6  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 05:23:27 PM
Per today's announcement from Apple:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/few-large-companies-say-theyll-use-tax-savings-to-boost-wages-cnbc-survey-finds.html

Only 9 companies in the S&P 100 contacted by CNBC said they have specific plans to use some of the money saved from the corporate tax cuts to boost worker pay or invest in facilities or charitable causes.
7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 05:11:28 PM
Apparently so...

Nothing in economic numbers that show a continued trend over the last five years makes it apparent that there has been an economic turnaround post-election.

8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:56:37 PM

Stronger consumer spending, increased business investment and more shipments of merchandise to overseas customers are providing plenty of fuel for the nation’s producers. What’s more, the lowest business inventory-to-sales ratio in three years could translate into increased production in coming months.


Factory output climbed 1.3 percent in 2017, the strongest annual reading in five years.
The Fed’s monthly data are volatile and often get revised. Manufacturing, which makes up more than 75 percent of total industrial production, accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy. It increased 2.4 percent in December from the same month a year earlier.

http://[url]https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-in-december-for-a-fourth-month

Thanks Obama!
I guess the voters had a different way to thank him.

How could the voters in 2016 thank him for the economic performance he is providing in 2017?
By rejecting his designated successor. Changed the whole economic outlook going forward.

An economy can turn around in one year based on nothing but the election of a historically unpopular President? 

And you say my posts are demonstrative of "economic naiveness."

Yet another thing not supporting your contention (one amongst many) is the fact that Americans by a very large majority credit Obama for the current economy.

9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:48:06 PM
So Congressional Republicans said they will not vote on any of the compromise bi-partisan DACA deals because the President won't sign them as negotiated.

Now McConnell is saying he doesn't know what Trump is looking for in a DACA deal:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/01/17/mcconnell-what-is-trump-for-sot-daca-mattingly-nr.cnn

These Republicans sure know how to govern, don't they?
10  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:37:51 PM
No I didn’t.

LOL.

You called it a feel good story. I posted nothing more than a link.
I guess you didn’t like the story.

My calling it a feel good story means I didn't like the story...that is some Galactic Brain thinking.

Clearly, I am just not at your level.
There are remedial courses you might invest in.

I am sure there are, but I don't have the time to commute to the planet you live on to take them.
11  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:36:33 PM

Stronger consumer spending, increased business investment and more shipments of merchandise to overseas customers are providing plenty of fuel for the nation’s producers. What’s more, the lowest business inventory-to-sales ratio in three years could translate into increased production in coming months.


Factory output climbed 1.3 percent in 2017, the strongest annual reading in five years.
The Fed’s monthly data are volatile and often get revised. Manufacturing, which makes up more than 75 percent of total industrial production, accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy. It increased 2.4 percent in December from the same month a year earlier.

http://[url]https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-in-december-for-a-fourth-month

Thanks Obama!
I guess the voters had a different way to thank him.

How could the voters in 2016 thank him for the economic performance he is providing in 2017?
12  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:32:20 PM
No I didn’t.

LOL.

You called it a feel good story. I posted nothing more than a link.
I guess you didn’t like the story.

My calling it a feel good story means I didn't like the story...that is some Galactic Brain thinking.

Clearly, I am just not at your level.
13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:29:09 PM

Stronger consumer spending, increased business investment and more shipments of merchandise to overseas customers are providing plenty of fuel for the nation’s producers. What’s more, the lowest business inventory-to-sales ratio in three years could translate into increased production in coming months.


Factory output climbed 1.3 percent in 2017, the strongest annual reading in five years.
The Fed’s monthly data are volatile and often get revised. Manufacturing, which makes up more than 75 percent of total industrial production, accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy. It increased 2.4 percent in December from the same month a year earlier.

http://[url]https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-in-december-for-a-fourth-month

Thanks Obama!
14  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:28:28 PM
re: the above:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/12/us-still-doenst-have-ambassadors-in-china-south-korea-or-japan.html

Old article, but still true.
15  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 04:26:53 PM
But I find the plan for the two nations to march under a single flag at the Olympics to be intriguing, to say the least. This whole move to talks is... very much not in the standard mode we've come to expect from Kim Jong Un.

He is taking advantage of Trump's alienating US allies to outmaneuver him.

The US are the only ones that are saying that North Korea's nuclear arms program is a red line.  Kim Jong Un makes nice with everyone else, then the US loses its ability to enforce that.

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