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1  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 21, 2018, 12:51:42 PM
Note to the Right also for and from the Left.

It is what it is.

The guy is susceptible to flattery. Condemnation will get you less than nowhere.

We'd like to think this is a peculiar trait. and while it is an "In Extreme" example of the condition it is not unique to Trump.

Watching Nick Mulvaney on Face The Nation and he let it fly.

It is important to note here, that there are degrees (see the "New Rules" by Bill Maher in re #MeToo -> #MeCarthyism) to the insult thrown. This is something that is bothersome, less than when GWB pronounced it "Nukular" proudly displaying dyslexia and illiteracy somehow simultaneously, yet more than "Have A Good Day."

It is certainly less annoying than the N word is to anybody it is directed at. But the way Mulvaney launched it, not even seeming to care that it is a pejorative is along the definition of systemic racism, the racism we don't even think of as present. I refer. of course, to his use of the term "Democrat Party."

Why is it "Democratic Party" versus "Democrat Party?" IDK, perhaps because "Democrat" is singular and that makes the single word an oxymoron. And maybe that's why the wags like to use the term, because it trivializes the power of the many. "Democrats of the nation unite!"

Are Democrats "democratic?" As a party, I'd be able to say both Yes and No. The government isn't a true democracy anyway, so having a faction of the government that runs as a true democracy would do nothing but cede all power to the party that runs as an oligarchy. (Theoretically.) But the ideal is still there. That the majority of the time, the majority of the people know enough about the situation to come to a sensible solution to what the reality is.

Was there other stuff that Mulvaney said that was disturbing? Yeah. sure, as I see it he was lying out his shithole, spewing shit and blaming everyone else for the stink, that he also insists is the fragrance of flowers!

So when RSW says "Democrat Party" he knows he's being insulting. And we know that it's childish for him to taunt people he is supposedly having a conversation with. And, duck's back, who cares what he says? it's just more of the same.  I don't know if Nick Mulvaney meant to be insulting, that's part in parcel why there is the dysfunction in D.C., there is no self reflection required in the party of the oligarchs.   
2  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 19, 2018, 01:41:51 PM
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-religion/u-s-health-agency-revokes-obama-era-planned-parenthood-protection-idUSKBN1F820T?feedType=RSS&feedName=newsOne&google_editors_picks=true

Just in time for the Women's March!

U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials also said the department is issuing a new regulation aimed at protecting healthcare workers’ civil rights based on religious and conscience objections.

The regulation protects the rights of healthcare workers from providing abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization, the officials said during a media call with reporters.


FO, Ladies!


How about, "2018! Before there's nothing Left!" ?
3  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: January 19, 2018, 01:26:29 PM
Don't watch it so I don't know.
4  Science and Technology / Science and Religion / Re: Science and Religion on: January 19, 2018, 01:25:46 PM
On the issue of Skid Row in Los Angeles, it is over, it was a horrible place, and it is great that it is ending.

The Chinese are building in Skid Row, and it is sad that we Americans did not end Skid Row on our own, it sucks that we allowed Skid Row to exist.

Link...

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0825-china-dtla-snap-story.html

A good Christian country such as the USA should not allow places such as Skid Row in Los Angeles to exist. We have Matthew 25: 31-46 telling us to help the poor and the needy, and being a Christian is all about loving our neighbors. It is shameful that we have preachers who live in multi million dollar mansions while we have homeless people out there on the streets.

But, finally the Chinese are coming in to redevelop Skid Row and to build there.

We need to support every effort to redevelop and improve that area and to help the people. Skid Row is a disgrace, and it must end.

Salute,

Tony V.

From the article linked, "A sizable share of home buyers for the new downtown developments are expected to come from China, where many in the middle and upper class are looking to the perceived safety of foreign real estate to diversify their wealth."

So how does this help the people that live(d) in Skid Row? Does anyone think the Chinese wealth diversifiers are going to let homeless people sleep in their apartments while they're away?

It's just gentrification for a different nationality.

Furthermore:

"'What we have experienced in China is that when there is too much supply coming to the same place, then there will be a stop in investment,' said Jason Zhu, chief executive of Gemdale’s U.S. subsidiary."

What the article doesn't mention is that many of those cities built in China were never even finished. This despite the fact that they were bought and paid for. Cities nearly built for 1 million + people are deserted and rusting out. No exterior walls on high rise towers. All that steel! Including the Twin Towers. All that pollution created to recycle the steel. And now it's just rusting away. It's a travesty.
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 19, 2018, 01:20:02 PM
Robert Stansfield's Obit

A reminder of what a capable presidency looks like.

Also a reminder of who George H.W. Bush was! And who "Uncle Dick" was.

This is what "I hire the best people" looks like.
6  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 19, 2018, 01:05:14 PM
Why is Sandy Hook significant?

Because the issue of "Gun Control" is so nebulous and so filled with "solutions" that it is iconic of how an issue can be so anti icon (Icony of irony). It can't be condensed like "BENGHAZI!" condensed the efforts to discredit the Secretary of State and the state department in general. Just say Benghazi and  a high percentage of people will envision four Americans scrambling for their lives in a burning building as the Godless hoard was closing in on them. Even if they never saw it happen, which they didn't, they can still picture it in their mind.

Sandy Hook had the potential to iconize Gun Control. It doesn't any more. Now we're just waiting around for the next horrific shooting so that maybe we can iconize it. But, given that shooting up people in a church doesn't do it (not least among the reasons not being that we lefties figure that churchgoers ought to see the irony that God didn't protect them. We don't like people who blindly follow, and we don't particularly like Texans anyway, so...)
7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 19, 2018, 12:50:23 PM
It's not about how much "The Media" makes of the situation.

It's about the effectiveness of the Echo Chamber.

The Left has an echo chamber as well but it doesn't work the same way as the right echo chamber. They are not equivalencies.

The right wing echo chamber is a repetition of the phrase. "Lock her Up!" "Build that wall!" "USA USA USA" "American Exceptualism!" "Taxed Enough Already!" "Dijon mustard on a hamburger! Elitist!" "He's a Muslim!" "Say Islamoterrorist." (was that the phrase, it has fallen out of the discussion, nearly completely. I haven't heard it or the call to use it since Trump made a point of using it. Nor have I seen the Islamo's melt at its power! So what was the point?)

The left wing echo chamber is of the  Raise an angry mob! type. Which allows each in the mob to express her own story #MeToo. Or the very effective and not at all embarrassing, "Hey... Ho... Deregulation of the banking industry in a post 2008 world has got to go! Hey... Ho..."

The issue is that the news media reports on the issue, and then reports on the reaction to the story. And if that reaction is co ordinated with a single easily understood focus, then the media acts as the medium like agar acts at the bottom of the petri dish. Intentionally or otherwise.

What was the %age number of people that wanted Gun control after Sandy Hook?

Now the Hoaxers essentially own the Sandy Hook event. It's a discussion (as if) about the lack of humanity among those willing to believe it was a hoax and not about gun control.

Why does the POTUS get a pass on these things? Maybe it has to do with the paucity of "Drunk Uncles" on the left. Angry men who are willing to inject their brand of bile into discussions with people they know don't want to hear it ("the snowflakes," he thinks).

But to sit there and discuss this as if it is about "The Media" is to miss the process.  
8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 01:22:45 PM
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

McClatchy Article

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.




FIFY?

Nope, not yet.

Ah ha, there it is, little bahstard. FIFY(?)

Still no?

Ah, there it goes. I hate using that "insert hyperlink" button.

Now to read the article.

The NRA as Commie Plot. Sonovabitch, that is a Chubby Checker level twist in this story.

That's why I chuckle when people insist that "They got nothin!" You can't possibly know that. You're dealing with people who's primary survival trait is not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing. While the left hand is plotting to cut off the right hand and the right hand is plotting to cut off the left hand.

As I said earlier (to mixed ho hums and a few WTF are you talking about?s) what Mueller will need to do (and it seems what he is doing) is "convicting" Putin by running down the threads of his operation.
9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 01:08:30 PM
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

McClatchy Article

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.




FIFY?

Nope, not yet.

Ah ha, there it is, little bahstard. FIFY(?)

Still no?

Ah, there it goes. I hate using that "insert hyperlink" button.

Now to read the article.
10  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 10:57:12 AM
My old man had dementia, and before you go there, that was my father. He did enough in his lifetime to benefit society such that he deserves your respect.

In any case.

The man had an uncanny ability to rally to the test. Granted, when he was younger (and vain) he'd memorize the eyechart so he tested 20/20 at the DMV. It was ok, he nearly never drove anyway, leaving that chore to my mother. But as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia converged on him, he could still confound the experts by acing the tests. They'd look at my mother as if to say, "What are you trying to pull here, lady? This guy's fine." Spoiler alert, he wasn't.

I was taught in business class that somebody named Galbraith (the name has been changed to protect the ignorant, me) noticed that people who knew they were involved in the test always changed their behavior to conform to the test. Therefore the test results were skewed.

So perhaps there is nothing sinister about Trump laying down an ace. But that doesn't negate the fact (if it is one)  that the guy is loose.

The shit storm over Shithole should be that he doesn't understand what it means to US interests around the world that people in desperate circumstances can dream of moving to the United States, for a better life.

If you take that hope away, then these people have one of two choices. They can either admit to themselves that they have nothing to lose (which makes them really dangerous!) or they can find someone else as their shining star, which weakens us by the strengthening of that "Other" (be it Russia, China, Islam, Brazil or where/whatever.)
11  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 10:34:39 AM
Guy once said to me, When you find you're the smartest guy in the room, go find a smarter room.

I would say too, that when you're the baddest badass on the field, go find a badder asser field.

Because you're no longer a bad ass if you're beating up people you know you can beat. Then you're just an ogre. Thing about ogres is that they only exist if people give a shit. Once people stop worrying about them, they fade away like the fairy tales they always were.
12  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 03:41:48 PM
Not telling anybody anything, but I bought Juniper Networks on the idea that Apple was going to use $ from the repatriation to get into an end to end solution that goes around the Cisco dominated WWW as we know it.

That they announced $10B into Data Center investment gives my call a little bit of more "Maybe."

It will be interesting. And it is a good announcement (even though the math includes some dollars more than once, as can be determined by how they couch the phrasing.)

The overarching point, however is that Apple was stupid not to have brought that money back years ago, like Elon Musk did and now he has a huge head start in Auto, Rocket and Hyperloop while Apple is addicted to gazing at their own image in the iPhone.

(To be clear, Musk didn't "repatriate" so to speak. He kept his money here and invested it here, If you bought AAPL when they did their stock buy back (we'll call it January of 2012 ) your $95 grew to @179. Not bad.(close enough to call it a double)  But if put the $ into TSLA @ $26, now you're $347. About 3.3 doubles!
13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 01:12:14 PM
IOKIYAR. What was the name of the Senator/Dr that diagnosed the brain dead woman in Florida?

In Re: Making assumptions of the person based on their writings. Quad Drop

OK, this is just me (?) but the main reason I write is because I am constantly amazed by what it reveals to me about me. This is true whether I'm writing something autobiographic or as a character in a novel or as an instructor. I used to write a newspaper column that more often than seldom taught me as much or more than I set out to teach my readers (assuming I had any.)

So, if you go back and read what you have written, you're likely to spot certain themes that you didn't recognize you were putting there in real time. That isn't to say that you won't also say, "Man, I laid that motherfucker OUT!" Meaning, you won't necessarily change your own mind either.

Beyond this is the ridiculousness of the assertion in the first place. If indeed the person/character you portray on the forums isn't "The Real Me" (see above) then the comments about who you are If it looks like, feels like, smells like and tastes like dog shit, that's probably what it is. It's possible it came from some different shithole, but not likely.
 don't refer to you either. That doesn't mean that they don't explain the general theme of your character's backstory.

If your character carpet bombs dog shit. You don't get to say, "Hey, it's your fault there's dog shit all over the place because you're the one pointing it out."

Is kid working on his New Year's Resolution? OK. I'll give him some space to try to change the story arc of his character. Gad knows it has to be better than the one he has been working up until now. So, Good Luck KidCarter8 (maybe you'll be KidCarter9 Or KidCarter8.1) But Mr. Utley's character is a stone cold racist. I agree with his admonition of the Dems as still looking for the magic pill to lose the weight of Republican bloat instead of doing the actual work. It's kind of a newer story line for him. Unfortunately it sounds like he's fighting with himself as his drinking (or whatever it is that makes him so combative) (We'll call it "combative") over tones his message with abrasive nastiness.

NeedsAdjustment, are/were you Rembee? A simple yes or no. I'll take your answer as sincere. Doesn't particularly matter to a guy who has had two handfuls of handles. Just like it doesn't bother me that Red is some drawer filled with sock puppets. I don't have to explain to him what I think of his dysfunction is about.

Anyway. Enjoy.
14  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 09:08:21 PM

We agree as concerns what your chosen role is.

Far as I'm concerned, you're filling it well.
15  Arts / Television / Re: Television on: January 15, 2018, 09:06:25 PM
Roseanne's husband, "I can't remember the last time we had sex."
Roseanne [Domestic Goddess], "Yeah well I can, and that's why we ain't doin' it!"

So if you ask me, Do I remember the series from 2009, V.

I say, "Oh, yeah I remember that. I remember saying to myself, 'I remember when this was on last time.' That's why I'm not gonna' watch it the second time."
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