Morning Reads for Friday, February 8, 2018

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xdog
xdog

For a few hours last night and this morning, Rand Paul ran the Senate as he engineered a mini-shutdown of government, in the process uniting every Senate faction in opposition to him. Up the libertarians! They must be very proud today.

Meanwhile I read that the new deal will fund government operations six whole weeks, until March 23. That should be plenty of time for pols to buff up their omnibus bill funding government all the way until September 30. That will barely leave time for campaigning.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The government is still shut down as of 8:10 am EST because our President – who isn’t a septuagenarian in physical and mental decline – hasn’t rolled out of bed to sign the bill. Maybe they can bring it to him during a Fox & Friends commercial break.

Obama would have been at work by now.

Benevolus
Benevolus

So the big FBI stories that were ignored are: Hillary Clinton mishandled emails, and; Some people in the FBI actually have personal opinions and they mentioned the word “Clinton” sometimes.

How many generations will it be before some conservatives stop losing their composure whenever the word “Clinton” can be associated with something? Will it be 130 years like it was for “Lincoln”?

bethebalance
bethebalance

That father-daughter dance issue seems silly. Easily fixed with a few words. E.g. “Please join us for the annual parent-child dance, for dads and daughters, moms and sons, and all parents and children.” As a Dad with a daughter, sure the bond is special, but so is every parent-child bond, and no parent worthy of respect would get jealous or territorial over another parent-child bond. Plenty of room in the gym.

Noway2016
Noway2016

This was specifically a father-daughter event. So, a better message would have been: “There is still going to be a father-daughter event this Friday. One or two objections from those confused about their gender identity are concerning to us. Please get the name of a qualified mental health professional at the counselor ‘s office.”

bethebalance
bethebalance

Are you saying that any of the fathers would care if some of the attendees were transgender? Doubt that. Maybe you would, but you’re special. The problem is that the School Board and/or the administration didn’t plan properly, or couldn’t figure out a basic problem quickly enough. Governing with Equality for All does require thought and planning, and adapting.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m saying the Dad’s wouldn’t give a “rats” who ultimately attended. And neither would I. But shutting down a traditional event like this is just stupid. See my note taped to the counselor’s door.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Pretty sure they just had to reschedule, not cancel. Since parent-child love is not dependent upon Hallmark’s favorite holiday, there is not a drop of actual harm.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is this what Noway has been so mad about? That a daddy-daughter dance got cancelled?

Given his support for Roy Moore, I don’t think he should be allowed anywhere near a dance for children.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! Moore againnnnnnnnnn!! And what about your God, Slick Willy, who had all of those trips on the Lolita Express, or as The Rapist himself has called it, “The Bone Drone…”

The Eiger
The Eiger

It feels good seeing that extra $300 in my bank account this morning. Thank you tax cuts.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Did you have to stay up for the world’s dumbest shutdown?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Nope. I was hoping to get a three day weekend out of it. I love that republicans control the House, Senate and the presidency and we have shut the government down twice already.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

At one point, I started to think “you know, Rand Paul’s neighbor might have been justified.”

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK, so it was futile in the big scheme, but a lot of what he said was pretty good.
Although he did fail to distinguish between government spending during a downturn to stimulate the economy, and government spending during a boom to… I don’t know what. To him, it’s all the same apparently.
And it’s true that they should consider appropriations by department so they can actually provide some review and oversight. A 700 page bill with less than 12 hours to consider is ridiculous. Nobody knows what all is in there.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Rand would have a lot more credibility if he didn’t vote for the tax bill in December. You lose all credibility on deficit spending when you only oppose deficit spending that doesn’t put money in your pocket or enrich your donors.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Yeah, I agree with a lot of what Rand said on the floor, but he’s a damn hypocrite just like his dad. He votes against everything with spending, but is perfectly fine putting a bunch of goodies for his state in must pass bills.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Doesn’t this also go against the generally understood strategy of using decreased revenues caused by tax cuts to justify cuts to social programs?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ron Paul voting “no” on nearly every piece of legislation was the kind of harmless kookiness that only works in the House. As a Senator, Rand has the ability to grandstand his way into a government shut down.

He and Ted need to be airdropped onto a deserted island.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I have a whole $34.64 added to my pay check or $900.64 a year. I already did my taxes for 2017 – without the additional payments I made that I was going to loose under the new itemization level(which only removed about an extra $85 in my final taxes) , I had $11,699, plus my personal exemption to deduct from my gross. My tax accountant already warned me I will either pay in an extra $300 (Worse case) or break even on my federal for my 2018 unless he can fin some additional info in the next year. My state… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Will do.

Ellynn
Ellynn

You can celebrate by buying yourself (or the wife) my favorite martini. (I normally drink bourbon but I do branch out sometimes) I use Grey Goose’s pear.

https://www.liquor.com/recipes/pear-tree-martini/#gs.oI4Vh2g

The Eiger
The Eiger

I drink bourbon and when I drink vodka it’s usually a very dirty martini. I did learn how to make a cosmopolitan because that’s what my wife drinks. She says they are better than most bars. I still think they are terrible. I’ll make this one for her and see what she thinks.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Or my favorite, a Manhattan. Some good bourbon, a splash of red vermouth, some bitters if you have them. Cherry in there for tradition, but not essential for me. Mmmmm.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I drink Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, and I take my Bourbon neat. Life improved dramatically when I stopped branching out beyond these simple pleasures.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LM*AO!!! I saw this already. Gilligan kept moving the lobster trap further out in the lagoon without telling the Professor! Egads! The damn island is actually getting bigger. What climate change morons!
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-pacific-nation-bigger.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

You don’t even read the stuff you post do you? Doesn’t it get embarrassing? I only respond because I don’t want others to get the impression that your take on anything you post has any basis in fact. Quote from your story: “It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu’s total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average. I know it’s hard to believe that the world is complicated, and there may actually be more than one or… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

“Science” and “nuance” do not make good headlines for click-baiting bots.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Wellllllll, say it ain’t so….You’ll never guess and I do mean “never” guess her party affiliation.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/08/cristina-garcia-california-metoo-398985

bethebalance
bethebalance

Please stop making sexual harassment/assault a partisan issue. It’s beyond insulting.

Noway2016
Noway2016

No, it’s the assaults that are insulting.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Exactly. So why make such a big deal abt party affiliation, as you did?

Noway2016
Noway2016

A public service…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No, it’s the assaults that are insulting

Except that Noway isn’t insulted when Roy Moore assaults teenage girls. Noway isn’t insulted when Donald Trump assaults multiple women. Noway isn’t insulted when Rob Porter beats his wives. Noway isn’t insulted when Steve Wynn rapes and assaults multiple women. Noway only gets “insulted” when being “insulted” is convenient to fueling the outrage batteries that keep him alive.

Noway2016
Noway2016

My outrage batteries?! LM–AO!!!! You and your side have been eaten up with blinding, irrational hate since November ’16!! That same time period has been the most politically rewarding for Deplorables like me in our collective lives!! To see you guys losing your minds over The Great Man is more funny than a Rodney Dangerfield concert!

bethebalance
bethebalance

“A public service…”

Your services are no longer required.
Partisan hackery makes the world a worse place, especially when it overshadows concern for domestic violence victims.
By my guesses, you should be comfortably collecting Social Security now or in the near future. Thanks Socialism!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Where in my response did I nit care about domestic violence abusers? Just so you jnow, part of my real job is reporting on those who commit such acts, so those that make high level decisions can decide if such people will remain viable in getting federal employment. You’re losing it Balance… Anddddddd, your side has displayed the worst examples of partisan hackeru in the history of the Republic since Trump was elected, so you should just be quiet.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Have a quick look back. Your Over-Emphasis on party affiliation is what I am saying overshadowed the issue of the assault. And that emphasis is particularly egregious to me, and a awful disservice to the victim(s). One could actually argue that highlighting party affiliation in the context of most any crimes is pretty useless and ignores the problem. So, yeah, I’m going to do what I can to point that out. Personally, btw, I don’t have a team. I understand the game, but play by my own rules. Frankly, I’m not opposed to reversible jerseys, depending on the issue. Plus,… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Throw the whole legislative book at her.

Now where is your Rob Portman post?

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m waiting for you to talk about it.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I did on Wednesday. I would have posted this one too once I read it. But since you asked me to talk about Portman, how is it that the WH has known about this for over a year and no one is asking why he was not asked to leave then? There were 3-4 that had the same issues last year which didn’t hired into the West Wing or asked to leave. The lawyers knew, Kelly knew, I am going to go on a limb and say Reince knew. I would bet Jared (who is Portman’s friend and former classmate… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Couple of things: 1) Portman had a temporary security clearance. That clearance was still temporary after more than a year at the White House because there’s no way he’d ever be approved for one given his history of domestic violence. By keeping him on temporary status, Portman could stay in his position. 2) The President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner remains on a temporary security clearance after more than a year in the White House as a senior adviser to the President. It’s already publicly known that he has amended his application on multiple occasions to include previously admitted contacts with foreign… Read more »

xdog
xdog

I ran across this video yesterday. I’d say if you’ve reached the point of losing former DeMint and Cruz staffers, you’re well on the way to losing the war.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

This entire “Rob PORTER” thread is saying “Rob PORTMAN”. Rob Porter is the scumbag that beat his wives. Rob Portman is the exceptionally boring (in a good way) Republican US Senator from Ohio that is probably pretty ticked this scumbag’s name sounds like his.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Maybe we all have inside knowledge on Rob Portman?

I blame Ellynn and my inability to adequately proofread.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I blame my auto correct, and my dyslexia… I will be more attune to the problem in the future.

chamblee54
chamblee54

If you click on the history center link, you will be invited to download adobe flash player. This download is evil, and should never be clicked on.

Will Durant
Will Durant

That site has no such issue. Do a Google search on “fake acrobat update” and I heartily recommend the program Malwarebytes. Their freeware version works fine.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

Hey, Drew, are you insulted by Carper’s hitting his wife ir are you the head of Crickets for Carper, cause you ain’t uttered a peep about that?

Noway2016
Noway2016

This isn’t Hannity. This isn’t Alex Jones. This ain’t even Rush. McCarthy is a respected guy. Read it. Drew, please help me with an exhumation order for Don Meredith…
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456287/grassley-graham-memo-affirms-nunes-memo-fisa-steele-dossier

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ll refer you back to my unanswered questions from earlier in the week: 1) have you actually read the letter? 2) can you, referencing said letter, show me where it claims the Steele dossier was the sole basis for Page’s FISA warrant? 3) can you point me to the part of the letter where the Senators claim the warrant was unfounded or Page was improperly surveilled? 4) can you explain how Page’s FISA warrant was renewed three separate times, a process that requires DOJ to show the court what they’ve found and requires a judge to find probable cause all… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Never said dossier was SOLE. But without it – no Fisa. Period. McCabe said so. Very clearly. The bureau is in trouble here. Let’s wait and watch.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Where does the Graham-Grassley letter – a letter you have not read – say that no FISA warrant would have been issued without the Steele Dossier? Has anyone that’s reviewed the FISA warrant actually alleged there was no probable cause? Has anyone who has reviewed the renewals alleged that there was no probable cause? Again, I’ll refer you to the very simple questions I posed above.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, McCabe himself said it. Did you hear him say that? No snark. He said it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Cool. You can give me the context of his remark when you answer my questions above.

Have you read the letter yet? Hannity doesn’t air on the weekend, so you should have some free time.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You might be surprised to know I don’t watch or listen to him. I’ m a Drudge guy. Bottom line in all of this: FBI in big trouble with the way they present evidence to get FISA warrants.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Cool story. Now support your argument with actual information from the letter. You’ve had like an entire week, how have you still not read it?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The stock market evidences Trump’s greatness, unless it goes down, in which it’s not important. Budget deficits are bad, unless the GOP cuts taxes on the rich while concurrently amplifying them by increasing spending. Trump tweeted 21 June 2016, having heard it on Fox, that trade deficits are bad: “Hillary Clinton surged the trade deficit with China 40% as Secretary of State, costing Americans millions of jobs.”. So natch, it’s expected that trade deficits, like the budget deficit, are simply more hypocritical GOP chatter that occurs only when it’s not on their watch: “The U.S. trade deficit increased more than… Read more »

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Last week’s brutal action seems to be driven by Hedge Funds getting out of their VIX positions via margin calls, ie the hard way. They apparently invested in ETF’s like VIXY. They’d short or sell calls on the VIX ETF which was highly profitable and predictable until it wasn’t.

Trump had nothing to do with this trade/issue. In this case, it is Robert Soft-Coup Meuller Fan and Deep Stater George Bush whose administration who approved these funds.

Benevolus
Benevolus

You can’t take credit when it goes up without taking the blame when it goes down.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Nope. Nope. Nope.

The President can’t claim the stock market as a measure of his performance and then shrug it off when the stock market goes down. He doesn’t get a pass for being a moron.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News
Researchers identify a major risk factor for pernicious effects of misinformation
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cognitive-ability-and-vulnerability-to-fake-news/

Benevolus
Benevolus

Interesting. I think this is something that we all know already as we see it happening every day, even here, but it’s nice to see some scientific validation. The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy media industry has known this for many years and exploits it ruthlessly. The ironic thing is, this will probably be dismissed as fake news by some. A deep state conspiracy. One can imagine a Breitbart story with the provocative headline condemning the studies. Then it gets repeated on Twitter and Facebook and voila, it becomes true that the scientists involved were paid by Obama confidants in a… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

General cognitive ability and age were other notable factors in addition to hearing fake news over and over.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Another column about a letter you haven’t read? Wouldn’t it be more adult to just read the source material and make up your own mind instead of a bunch of pieces telling you how to think?